Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder presented an update report on progress with the Council Plan 2019 for Quarter 2 of 2019/20. Monitoring the success of the Council Plan demonstrated improvements and ensured that Council services addressed the needs of residents in an open and transparent way. The Council was committed to delivering high quality, cost effective services that met the needs of residents and improved quality of life. The performance management process helped the Council to demonstrate how well it was doing. The report also included the Council’s Strategic Risk Register.
The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder informed Members that the report had also been considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 25 October 2019. In response to a query raised at that meeting, Members had been informed that a report was currently being produced with regard to Cumbria’s carbon footprint based on research carried out by Professor Mike Berners-Lee of Lancaster University. The report was due to be finalised and presented for discussion by Cumbrian Leaders in December 2019. In addition, a study was being carried out by South Lakeland District Council regarding carbon reduction in South Lakeland, with a report due to be presented at the December Council meeting. It was the Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder’s hope that, based on this information, the Council would be in a position to set a target for a zero carbon footprint by the New Year, with a list of actions to be carried out throughout Cumbria. The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder also referred to a query raised at the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in relation to the Strategic Risk Register when it had been explained that high priority risks were placed above the appetite level in order to ensure continued focus through quarterly monitoring.
The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder turned to the report, which he felt demonstrated that the Council was performing well. He praised the work carried out by the Chief Executive, officers, his predecessor, Cabinet Members and all Councillors, all pulling together to work for the community, this work being carried out at the same time as the Council moved forward with its Customer Connect Programme. He highlighted a number of the Council’s achievements, including work relating to playgrounds, climate emergency, biodiversity loss, new jobs, affordable homes and waste recycling. The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder, however, drew attention to concerns which existed around, for example, child poverty, food poverty, fuel poverty, homelessness, rural connectivity, Brexit and loneliness and, in addition, as raised at the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, domestic violence. In closing, the Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder commended the work being carried out by the Council, however, stressed the need to address these issues and not to be complacent.
The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder was thanked for sharing his correspondence with Members of Parliament in relation to zero carbon homes following the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
Discussion took place with regard to the Council’s target for affordable housing. The Deputy Leader and Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder confirmed that, despite a slight dip in delivery during the current 12 month period, the Council remained on track to meet this target, with a number of significant developments in the pipeline across the District. In response to a query regarding the requirement for a 35% affordable housing requirement for developments with ten or more dwellings, he also believed that this target was being met, and undertook to provide Members with the current figures. Further, he agreed to provide figures as regards the split between the social rented/affordable rent/intermediate housing and discounted affordable to buy on all current developments. Whilst he acknowledged that developers were challenging viability in this regard and the need to be aware of this and to strengthen the process, he reiterated that the 35% affordable housing requirement was on the whole being met. He agreed that he would be keen for the development of more social housing for rent, however, pointed out the Government constraints in this regard.
RESOLVED – That the following be noted:-
(1) the Summary of Performance as detailed in the report; and
(2) the detailed risks information contained within Appendix 1 to the report.
Reasons for Decision
The report is directly linked to the Council Plan commitment to ensure that the Council is equipped to provide the best, most cost effective services. Details regarding performance monitoring are published in line with the Council’s latest Performance Management Framework.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
None – the purpose of the report is to receive a performance update. The Council must note successes, monitor progress and take action where appropriate.
Report author: John Davies
Publication date: 01/11/2019
Date of decision: 30/10/2019
Decided at meeting: 30/10/2019 - Cabinet
Effective from: 11/11/2019