Agenda, decisions and minutes


Executive
Tuesday 3 April 2018 6.30 pm

Venue: Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4AA

Contact: Natasha Clark, Democratic and Elections  Email: natasha.clark@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk, 01295 221589

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Items
No. Item

111.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest that they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

112.

Petitions and Requests to Address the Meeting

The Chairman to report on any requests to submit petitions or to address the meeting.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There were no petitions or requests to address the meeting.

113.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 212 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 26 February 2018.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 26 February 2018 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

114.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s announcements.

 

115.

Participation in the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme pdf icon PDF 162 KB

Report of Interim Director: Wellbeing

 

Purpose of report

 

To consider Cherwell District Council’s progress regarding the resettlement of six refugee families into the district as part of the Government’s Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (VPRS).  This report also intends to inform future decision making regarding the resettlement of refugee families in Cherwell District, wider engagement in the asylum seeker dispersal programme and preparation of a bid for Controlling Migration Fund monies. 

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

 1.1        To note the contents of the report.

 

1.2       To note the findings of the evaluation report of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (VPRS) in Cherwell.

 

1.3       To consider resettlement of additional Syrian Refugee families within Cherwell district.

 

1.4       To support the establishment of a dedicated post to deal with Syrian Refugee work in Cherwell (funded by VPRS funding).

 

1.5       To support officers to develop a bid to the Controlling Migration Fund in relation to Cherwell district.

 

1.6       To consider participation in the Asylum Seeker Dispersal Programme in Cherwell district, and advise officers accordingly.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the contents of the report be noted.

 

(2)          That the findings of the evaluation report of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (VPRS) in Cherwell be noted.

 

(3)          That, having given due consideration, the resettlement of an additional six Syrian Refugee families within Cherwell district be agreed.

 

(4)          That the establishment of a dedicated post to deal with Syrian Refugee work in Cherwell (funded by VPRS funding) be supported.

 

(5)          That officers be supported to develop a bid to the Controlling Migration Fund in relation to Cherwell district.

 

(6)          That, having given due consideration, participation in the Asylum Seeker Dispersal Programme in Cherwell district be endorsed and officers requested to proceed accordingly.

 

 

Minutes:

The Interim Director: Wellbeing submitted a report to consider Cherwell District Council’s progress regarding the resettlement of six refugee families into the district as part of the Government’s Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (VPRS). This report also sought to inform future decision making regarding the resettlement of refugee families in Cherwell District, wider engagement in the asylum seeker dispersal programme and preparation of a bid for Controlling Migration Fund monies.

 

On behalf of Executive, the Chairman commended officers and other agencies for their hard work supporting the families who had previously relocated to the district.

 

Resolved

 

(1)          That the contents of the report be noted.

 

(2)          That the findings of the evaluation report of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (VPRS) in Cherwell be noted.

 

(3)          That, having given due consideration, the resettlement of an additional six Syrian Refugee families within Cherwell district be agreed.

 

(4)          That the establishment of a dedicated post to deal with Syrian Refugee work in Cherwell (funded by VPRS funding) be supported.

 

(5)          That officers be supported to develop a bid to the Controlling Migration Fund in relation to Cherwell district.

 

(6)          That, having given due consideration, participation in the Asylum Seeker Dispersal Programme in Cherwell district be endorsed and officers requested to proceed accordingly.

 

Reasons

 

Based upon the success of the programme to date, there is an opportunity for Cherwell District Council to resettle additional Syrian Refugee families into the district. A further 6 families would approximately equate to 50 individuals in total. This would align with the request made to senior politicians from the Churches in Bicester group in January 2017.

 

If further families are resettled, Cherwell District Council should continue to source accommodation from the private rented sector for VPRS use. Also the Council should continue to focus on securing 3 and 4 bedroom properties. This would ensure smaller accommodation is not being taken away from others in the district in housing need and ensures that the Council has sufficient funding available to support the families being resettled.

 

If Cherwell District Council choose to resettle more families into the district consideration needs to be given to how these families will be supported. The preferred way forward at this stage is that a procurement exercise would be undertaken to secure a support provider for a subsequent phase of VPRS in Cherwell District.

 

The evaluation has highlighted that the resettlement of refugees into the district requires significant amounts of officer time to be committed to ensure families are resettled successfully and that a joined up approach is achieved with other statutory agencies and partners. If further families are resettled, it is proposed that a dedicated member of staff is employed using some of the funding available to support the programme moving forwards to help the Council deliver the project further.

 

The Controlling Migration Fund is designed to support local authorities in England who are experiencing pressures on services from either illegal or legitimate migration. The Fund is available for local authorities to apply for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 115.

116.

Notification of Urgent Action: Amendment to the Local Discretionary Rate Relief Policy for 2017-2018 pdf icon PDF 113 KB

Report of Chief Executive

 

Purpose of report

 

To note the urgent decision taken by the Chief Executive to revise the Local Discretionary Rate Relief Policy for 2017-2018 in order to.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To note the urgent action taken by the Chief Executive to revise the Policy and to maximise the funding to support local businesses.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the urgent action taken by the Chief Executive to revise the Local Discretionary Rate Relief Policy for 2017-2018 and to maximise the funding to support local businesses be noted.

 

Minutes:

The Chief Executive submitted a report to note the urgent decision taken by the Chief Executive to revise the Local Discretionary Rate Relief Policy for 2017-2018 in order to.

 

Resolved

 

(1)          That the urgent action taken by the Chief Executive to revise the Local Discretionary Rate Relief Policy for 2017-2018 and to maximise the funding to support local businesses be noted.

 

Reasons

 

The timescale for making use of this funding is extremely tight and exceptional arrangements are therefore necessary. The taking of urgent action associated with the proposals set out in this report give the Council the best chance of utilising the available funds and delivering consequent benefits to local businesses. In accordance with the Constitution, the urgent action is reported to Executive for information.

 

Alternative options

 

Option 1: Not to note the report. This is not recommended as the urgent action has been taken and it is a constitutional requirement for it to be reported to the body that would ordinarily have taken the decision.

 

117.

Urgent Business

The Chairman to advise whether they have agreed to any item of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

118.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following reports contain exempt information as defined in the following paragraphs of Part 1, Schedule 12A of Local Government Act 1972.

 

3 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

Members are reminded that whilst the following items have been marked as exempt, it is for the meeting to decide whether or not to consider it in private or in public. In making the decision, members should balance the interests of individuals or the Council itself in having access to the information. In considering their discretion members should also be mindful of the advice of Council Officers.

 

No representations have been received from the public requesting that the items be considered in public.

 

Should Members decide not to make a decision in public, they are recommended to pass the following recommendation:

 

“That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the ground that, if the public and press were present, it would be likely that exempt information falling under the provisions of Schedule 12A, Part 1, Paragraph 3 would be disclosed to them, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the ground that, if the public and press were present, it would be likely that exempt information falling under the provisions of Schedule 12A, Part 1, Paragraph 3 would be disclosed to them, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

119.

Community Infrastructure Grants

Exempt report of Assistant Director: Communities

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the grant information pack, associated application form and the criteria for the approval be agreed.

 

(2)          That the approach of delegating future grant funding decisions above £20,000 to the Lead Member with responsibility for Communities subject to funds being available and subject to the same terms and conditions as will be applied (as amended from time to time) to the proposed grant scheme be endorsed.

 

Minutes:

The Assistant Director: Communities submitted an exempt report which sought approval of the grant process and criteria for the newly established Community Infrastructure grants pot.

 

Resolved

 

(1)          That the grant information pack, associated application form and the criteria for the approval be agreed.

 

(2)          That the approach of delegating future grant funding decisions above £20,000 to the Lead Member with responsibility for Communities subject to funds being available and subject to the same terms and conditions as will be applied (as amended from time to time) to the proposed grant scheme be endorsed.

 

Reasons

 

The grant scheme was established through the last budget setting process with the intention of having a small scale of capital funding available to properly constituted, not-for-profit organisations, who need to secure some investment in property or equipment in order to sustain their community activity and involvement.

 

This grant programme sits alongside money for community development and infrastructure delivered through various S106 agreements. Usually the grants will be for infrasatrucutre outside the areas of growth and as such are complementary.

 

Alternative options

 

Option 1: To determine additional or different grant criteria. This option was not pursued as the criteria are generally in line with other grant schemes managed by officers and provide for a broad and balanced application of funding

 

 

120.

Crown House Update

** Please note this report will follow as it is being reviewed and finalised **

 

Exempt report of Chief Executive

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the report and appendices be noted.

 

(2)          As set out in the exempt decisions.

 

(3)          That it be noted that the matter will be reported to the May Council meeting for information.

 

Minutes:

The Chief Executive submitted an exempt report which provided an update on Crown House.

 

Resolved

 

(1)          That the report and appendices be noted.

 

(2)          As set out in the exempt minutes.

 

(3)          That it be noted that the matter will be reported to the May Council meeting for information.

 

Reasons

 

As set out in the exempt minutes

 

Alternative options

 

As set out in the exempt minutes