Agenda


Executive - Monday 2 October 2023 6.30 pm

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

Contact: Natasha Clark, Democratic and Elections  Email: democracy@cherwell-dc.gov.uk, 01295 221534

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

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.

3.

Petitions and Requests to Address the Meeting

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

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 387 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 4 September 2023.

5.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

 

6.

Response to Petition Received on Food Choices pdf icon PDF 442 KB

Report of Corporate Director Communities and Climate Action Manager

 

Purpose of report

 

To set out the council’s response to the petition received at the 17 July 2023 Council meeting asking the council to support the raising of awareness of the links between food choices, individual carbon footprints and biodiversity loss.

 

The wording of the petition was as follows:

 

“We, the undersigned, petition Council to use its website and leaflets to households on recycling and food waste to raise awareness of the links between food choices, individual carbon footprints and biodiversity loss.

 

We ask Council to encourage residents to consume less meat and dairy and to support local growers and farmers by choosing seasonal, local produce. "

 

This report sets out how the Council has considered the petition and seeks approval of Executive for its proposed resolution.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To acknowledge that the council has already taken considerable steps to support the need for changes in the way food is produced in order to reduce its impact on the climate and biodiversity.

 

1.2         To acknowledge that the council is continuing to support the district in reducing its carbon emissions and seek opportunities to enhance local biodiversity and is working with a range of partners on several initiatives to make this possible.

 

1.3         To acknowledge the work of the Food Insecurity Working Group and the development of a food strategy locally through Good Food Oxfordshire.

 

1.4         To ask the Corporate Director Communities to respond to the petitioner setting out the Council’s position.

 

7.

An Action Plan Regarding the Cost of Living Crisis pdf icon PDF 354 KB

Report of Assistant Director Wellbeing and Housing

 

Purpose of report

 

This report presents both the activities Cherwell District Council is currently engaged in to support residents experiencing difficulties because of the rising cost of living and provides an update on a range of new actions designed for this winter and so complete the action agreed by Full Council on 17 July,

 

This council notes the ongoing pressure on the budgets of local residents and calls on the Executive to draw up a cost-of-living action plan within 100 days.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To approve £100,000 investment in the additional activities programmed for winter 2023 and set out within this report as an action plan.

 

1.2         To approve the development of an evaluation framework that captures the impact of these actions and require officers to update the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in November 2023 and January 2024 on progress made.

 

Additional documents:

8.

Sandy Lane, Yarnton to Kidlington pdf icon PDF 972 KB

Report of Assistant Director – Planning and Development

 

Purpose of Report

 

To advise the Executive of the considerations associated with the Council resolution on Sandy Lane.  

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To note a development brief and planning application for site PR8 (Land East of A44) will be presented to the Planning Committee for consideration in due course.

 

1.2         To note the wording of a formal response to an application expected to be submitted by Network Rail to the Secretary of State for Transport for a Transport and Works Act Order will involve consultation with the Planning Committee Chairman and Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development in due course.

9.

Building Control Enforcement pdf icon PDF 382 KB

Report of Assistant Director - Planning and Development

 

Purpose of report

 

To formalise an Enforcement Policy for Building Control.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1       to endorse the proposed building control enforcement policy (Appendix 1).

 

Additional documents:

10.

OxLEP's Oxfordshire Strategic Economic Plan 2023 - 2033 pdf icon PDF 394 KB

Report of Assistant Director - Growth and Economy

 

Purpose of report

 

To consider Oxfordshire Local Economic Partnership’s (OxLEP’s) Strategic Economic Plan for Oxfordshire (SEP) 2023 – 2033, providing an update on the progress to date in drafting the document. The report will also outline the SEP’s forward trajectory, explaining the path it will follow both through Cherwell District Council’s democratic processes and through other organisations involved. This includes, for example, the OxLEP Board; other local authorities (reporting through their respective democratic processes) and the Future Oxfordshire Partnership (FOP).  

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To endorse OxLEP’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) 2023 – 2033.

 

1.2         To delegate to the Corporate Director – Communities, in conjunction with the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, to engage in the development of the detail of the SEP, including any future action plans which might emerge.

 

Additional documents:

11.

OxLEP's Oxfordshire Visitor Economy Vision and Destination Management Plan 2023 - 2028 pdf icon PDF 454 KB

Report of Assistant Director – Growth and Economy

 

Purpose of report

 

To consider Oxfordshire Local Economic Partnership’s (OxLEP’s) Oxfordshire Visitor Economy Vision and Destination Management Plan 2023 – 2028.

 

Recommendation

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To note OxLEP’s Oxfordshire Visitor Economy Vision and Destination Management Plan 2023 – 2028.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

12.

Procurement Strategy (incorporating Social Value) pdf icon PDF 463 KB

Report of Assistant Director Law and Governance & Monitoring Officer

 

Purpose of report

 

To provide an overview of a new Procurement Strategy - with background context to its aims and objectives - for adoption by the Council.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1       To approve the Procurement Strategy.

 

Additional documents:

13.

Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report August 2023 pdf icon PDF 750 KB

Report of Assistant Director Finance and Assistant Director Customer Focus

 

Purpose of report

 

To give the committee an update on how well the council is performing in delivering its priorities, managing potential risks, and balancing its finances during August 2023.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To consider and note the contents of the Council’s Performance, Risk and Financial report for the month of August 2023.

 

1.2         To approve the Risk Strategy 2023 – 24 (Appendix 8).

 

1.3         To note the change in the reporting cycle for the five monitoring only measures from monthly to quarterly.

 

1.4         To approve the use of reserves in Appendix 5.

 

1.5         To approve the £0.108m additional grant funding for the Disabled Facility Grant Capital Project.

 

Additional documents:

14.

Urgent Business

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

15.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following report contains exempt information as defined in the following paragraph 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 item has 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 this item 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 item 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.”

 

 

 

16.

Town Centre House

** This exempt report will follow **

 

Exempt report of Corporate Director Resources