Decision Maker: Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
To consider the procurement exercises proposed
Note - Councillors Helen Chaffey, Brian Cooper, Vicky Hughes, Anne Hutton, Janette Jenkinson and Susanne Long reserved their positions by virtue of the fact that they were Members of the Planning Committee which was due to consider a planning application relating to the Grange Lido. All remained in the Chamber during the discussion and voting on the item.
At the start of the meeting, Members had been provided with an updated version of the Procurement Schedule relating to this report.
The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder reminded Members that the Council’s Constitution allowed Officers to conduct and conclude contracting processes without further approval, provided that they were in line with the Procurement Schedule. The Procurement Schedule included over 105 projects of varied purposes and value. Some of the projects related to playground and car park improvements procurement of street cleaning equipment, the repointing of Castle Diary and improvement to efficiency of the Council such as the in cab technology.
Members raised questions on whether the Council planned promote electric vehicles and charging points within the District. Members were informed that consideration was being given to the use of electric vehicles for waste collections. However, the Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder explained that such options were not currently viable given the terrain of the District. For smaller vans, electric vehicles would be considered. Members were informed of the recent approval of £180,000 for electric charging points which would be situated in some of the Council’s car parks, off streets and on street charging points. Officers were congratulated for securing lower insurance costs through procurement. The reduction in insurance costs would see a saving of £190,000 over a full year basis for the Council.
Councillor Mark Wilson, who sat on the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee as a County Councillor, informed Members that a written question would be submitted to the Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder relating to this item.
Members requested an update on Gypsy and Travellers study to which the Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder encouraged Members to raise the request with the relevant Portfolio Holder. Officers would prepare a briefing note.
RESOLVED – That the Procurement Schedule for 2020/21 attached at Appendix 1 to the report be noted.
Report author: Helen Smith
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Date of decision: 17/01/2020
Decided at meeting: 17/01/2020 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee