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56.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To agree the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 6 December 2018, as a correct record.

 

 

Minutes:

Resolved: That the minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 6 December 2018 be approved and signed as a correct record.

57.

Declarations of interest

Any interests not already registered

Minutes:

Councillor Scholey declared that he had been promoter of an item which was considered by the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Board. 

 

There were no additional declarations of interest.

58.

Questions from Members

Minutes:

A Member asked two questions about Minute 48 (Local Plan – Results of The Draft Local Plan Consultation, agreement to publish the Regulation 19 proposed submission version and next steps), which were taken just before the agreement of the Minutes above.  The two questions firstly related to Pedham Place and secondly to new sites coming late to the local planning process.

 

The Chairman replied that the position of Pedham Place needed to be resolved in the light of further information and evidence, particularly from Highways England.  Only following the receipt of such evidence could the broad location of Pedham Place be ruled in or out of allocation for future development in a future plan.

 

The Chairman replied in respect of new sites that developers could put forward new sites for consideration at all stages of the local planning process.  He reminded Members that the entirety of the Green Belt within the District had been considered by the Arup report.

59.

Matters referred from Scrutiny Committee and CIL Spending Board pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

a)           In-Depth Scrutiny Working Group – Staffing

 

The Chairman presented the report from the Scrutiny Committee.  At its October 2017 meeting the Scrutiny Committee resolved to set up a working group to look in more depth at matters relating to staffing within the Council.  The group had a particular focus on recruitment, retention, and flexible working. While sickness has been covered during meetings, this is a substantial topic and was not the focus of the enquiry (for data on this topic, see Appendix E - sickness absence as of February 2018 and data in relation to occupational health).

 

Resolved:  That

 

a)     the report from the Scrutiny Committee and the recommendations as set out below, be noted:

 

i)      Wider use of flexible working arrangements, particularly the 10-2 market/ job shares where those coming back to the work place can be extremely well qualified but do not wish to commute to London, and the ability to work from home;

 

ii)    Increasing the period where staff have to pay back the costs of training from 2 to 3 years, including where they move to another local authority as opposed to the private sector, as currently occurs;  It is suggested for consideration that this is on a tapered basis.  If an officer leaves within 1 year of completing training, the full training cost is repayable.  The amount then tapers as a reducing amount over years 2 and 3.

 

iii)   Widen the radius for the relocation allowance (Currently 10 miles from District boundary);

 

iv)   Review of structures, roles and responsibilities, and use of market related payments (reviewable every two years) - where finances permit;

 

v)     Improvement of the kitchen areas for staff; 

 

vi)   Introduce a lower rate for car loans (Currently 2.55%);

 

vii)  Extend the period before which MRPs are reviewed;

 

viii)             Create a recruitment microsite for the Council to better advertise vacant posts and consider different places to advertise such as local press and social media (Linkedin, mumsnet etc.)

 

ix)   Review structures as part of the current Customer Redesign initiative, introducing career grades to support career development and succession planning;

 

x)     Encourage greater use of apprentices, funded through the apprenticeship levy.

 

xi)   Consider a referral payment to staff who introduce an individual who then successfully takes up a position within the council.  To be paid once new member of staff has successfully completed probation or 6 months of employment without issue; and

 

b)     Officers to implement the recommendations, as appropriate, as operational decisions, and investigate and report back on the recommendations which were not.

 

 

b)           Allocation of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Contributions to Local and Strategic Infrastructure Projects

 

Members considered the recommendations from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Spending Board.  The Chairman of that Board indicated that he believed the meeting had gone well and that various matters of procedure and governance would be considered at a later date.

 

Resolved:  That

 

A)   the £34,000.00 funding applied for, for the scheme “Edenbridge Public Toilets” be approved on the following grounds

 

i.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 59.

CHANGE IN AGENDA ITEM ORDER

With the agreement of Cabinet, the Chairman brought forward consideration of Agenda Item 8 – Land at Jenkins Neck Wood, Shacklands Road, Badgers Mount (Minute 60).

60.

Land at Jenkins Neck Wood, Shacklands Road, Badgers Mount pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman presented a supplementary report (further to the report considered by Cabinet on 6 December 2018, Minute 50) which attached a letter from the Solicitors acting for the owners of 1 Shacklands Cottages which had requested that the letter was considered by Cabinet when taking decisions on the proposed disposal of surplus property assets at Jenkins Neck Wood, Shacklands Road, Badgers Mount.  He indicated his view that the Badgers Mount Parish Council should be afforded the opportunity to purchase the freehold of the woodland for a deferred capital payment.

 

The Head of Economic Development and Property indicated that he considered that the long leasehold interest held by 1 Shacklands Cottages could be converted to the freehold, the payment for the leasehold having equalled that which would have been made for the freehold.  He also indicated that Cabinet could ask Badgers Mount Parish Council to provide a future management plan or at least evidence of arrangements to manage the woodland as part of any negotiations.

Public Sector Equality Duty

Members noted that consideration had been given to impacts under the Public Sector Equality Duty.

 

It was moved by the Chairman and

 

Resolved:  That

 

a)   Delegated authority be given to the Head of Economic Development and Property to agree detailed Heads of Terms and to dispose of the freehold interest in the surplus land at Shacklands Road, Badgers Mount to Badgers Mount Parish Council for a deferred capital payment;

 

b)   b)  The part of the land currently held under a 99 year lease by 1 Shacklands Cottages be converted to freehold and delegated authority be given to the Head of Economic Development and Property to dispose of the freehold to the tenant for a nominal consideration.

61.

Budget Update 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Finance presented the report which followed on from the report to Cabinet on 6 December 2018 and contained changes resulting from the Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement which was announced on 13 December.

 

The Portfolio Holder indicated that he was pleased to report that there was presently only a £3,000 per annum budget gap, subject to later discussions on SCIAs.  He highlighted the Council Tax increase options.  The current assumption in the budget was a 2% increase for 2019/20 as that was the expected referendum limit at the time of the assumptions.  In the settlement, the referendum limit was increased to the higher of 3% of £5 for districts. By implementing the maximum increase for this council of £6.21 per annum for a Band D property, an additional £103,000 of Council Tax income per annum could be raised.

 

The Portfolio Holder indicated his hope that the Council would remain financially self-sufficient from direct Government funding and once again have a balanced 10-year budget. 

 

The Chief Finance Officer reiterated that the Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement had been published on 13 December and further detail had been announced since. The most relevant points in the settlement were that negative Revenue Support Grant (RSG) had been removed, the Business Rates Retention Pilot for 2019/20 was not successful but that the Council would still receive more than the safety net assumed in the 10-year budget and that the Council Tax referendum limit had been increased from 2% to the higher of 3% or £5.

 

The Advisory Committees had put forward a number of growth and savings proposals which were discussed by Cabinet in December.  He set out that these would need to be considered and that there were three potential resolutions in respect of each.  He also explained that Cabinet needed to recommend the Council Tax increase for 2019/20 and depending upon that resolution to issue further instructions if necessary.

 

Public Sector Equality Duty

 

Members noted that consideration had been given to impacts under the Public Sector Equality Duty.

 

Resolved:  That

 

a)     Members gave consideration to each of the growth and savings proposals in Appendix E and made the following recommendations:

 

                               i.       The following SCIAs were supported and were to be included in the budget:

·      SCIA16 – Asset Maintenance: an ongoing growth item of £100,000 be included in the 2019/20 budget with a review to be carried out each year as part of the budget process taking into account any changing asset maintenance requirements and other funding demands within the Council.

·      SCIA17 – Parish Projects (capital): any unused capital budget will not be carried forward.

 

                              ii.       The following SCIAs should be investigated further and considered for the 2020/21 budget setting process.

·      SCIA19 – Agenda printing, delivery and postal arrangements: a Member Working Group to be set up.

·      SCIA20 – Training for taxi knowledge test: investigate a trial at this council only.

·      SCIA21 – MOT testing: investigate advertising and the potential financial benefits.

 

                            iii.       The following SCIAs should be kept  ...  view the full minutes text for item 61.

62.

Calculation of Council Tax Base and other tax setting issues pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Finance presented the report which set out details of the calculation of the District’s tax base for council tax setting purposes.  These figures were used to determine tax rates for each of the council tax bands once the Council’s budget requirement was known. The report also advised Members of the timetable for setting the 2019/20 council tax.

 

The Chief Finance Officer set out that as part of the budget cycle the Council was required to calculate the Council Tax base of the District for tax setting purposes for the coming financial year.  The calculation had to be approved by Cabinet and Full Council.  The tax base was determined by converting all property and occupancy data to the equivalent number of band D properties and this figure was used to calculate the band D charge.

 

This report showed that the tax base for 2019/20 would be 50,772.34 which was an increase of 1.7%.  A collection rate of 99.4% had been included which was the same as the rate used in 2018/19.

 

The Chief Finance Officer reiterated that the timetable leading up to setting the Council Tax for 2019/20 was also included in the report.  The major precepting authorities’ council taxes should be known in advance of the Council setting the tax for the whole District on 26 February 2019.

Public Sector Equality Duty

Members noted that consideration had been given to impacts under the Public Sector Equality Duty.

Resolved:  That it be recommended to Council that

 

a)     the report of the Chief Finance Officer for the calculation of the Council’s tax base for the year 2019/20 be approved;

b)     pursuant to the report of the Chief Finance Officer and in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) Regulations 1992 (as amended) the amount calculated by the Sevenoaks District Council as its council tax base for the whole area for the year 2019/20 shall be 50,772.34;

 

c)      pursuant to the report of the Chief Finance Officer and in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) Regulations 1992 (as amended) the amount calculated by the Sevenoaks District Council as the council tax base for 2019/20 for the calculation of local precepts shall be:

 


Parish

Tax Base

Ash-cum-Ridley

2,460.65

Badgers Mount

334.28

Brasted

778.50

Chevening

1,450.74

Chiddingstone

602.66

Cowden

435.77

Crockenhill

660.41

Dunton Green

1,323.31

Edenbridge

3,556.04

Eynsford

945.99

Farningham

664.59

Fawkham

283.39

Halstead

782.28

Hartley

2,555.38

Hever

610.42

Hextable

1,666.94

Horton Kirby & South Darenth

1,299.56

Kemsing

1,839.00

Knockholt

634.77

Leigh

948.18

Otford

1,709.88

Penshurst

835.95

Riverhead

1,249.06

Seal

1,253.83

Sevenoaks Town

9,637.63

Sevenoaks Weald

615.09

Shoreham

685.46

Sundridge

932.07

Swanley

5,607.45

Westerham

2,068.71

West Kingsdown

2,344.35

d)     any expenses incurred by the Council in performing in part of its area a function performed elsewhere in its area by a parish or community council or the chairman of a parish meeting shall not be treated as special expenses for the purposes of section 35 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

63.

Annual Review of Parking Management arrangements for 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 55 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder Direct & Trading Services presented a report which informed Members of the outcome of the public consultation on the annual review of parking management arrangements for 2019-20, which had proposed a moderate increase in the daily and season ticket charges in the Council’s Bradbourne car park, and amendments to the maximum stay periods in Sevenoaks town centre car parks.

Public Sector Equality Duty

Members noted that consideration had been given to impacts under the Public Sector Equality Duty.

 

Resolved:  That

 

a)     the responses to the public consultation be noted; and

 

b)     the revised parking management arrangements for 2019-20 as detailed below, be agreed

 

Areas for consideration: Review of Fees and Charges 2019-20

Off Street

 

Current

Revised

 

 

Up to 30 mins

70p

No Change

 

 

Up to 1 hr

£1.50

1A

Blighs

Up to 2 hours

£3

 

 

Up to 3 hours

£5

 

 

Up to 4 hours

£10

1B

 

Up to 1 hr

£1

Buckhurst 1

Up to 2 hours

£2

South Park

Up to 3 hours

£3

Suffolk Way

Up to 4 hours

£4

Up to 5 hours

£4.50

Revoked

Buckhurst 2 Weekdays

Up to 5 hours

n/a

£4.50

Over 5 hours and all day

£4.60

No Change

Buckhurst 2 Saturdays

Up to 1 hr

£1

Up to 2 hours

£2

Up to 3 hours

£3

Up to 4 hours

£4

Up to 5 hours

n/a

£4.50

Over 5 hours and all day

£4.60

No Change

Buckhurst 2 Season Tickets

Annual Season Ticket

£859

 

Quarterly Season Ticket

£224.75

 

Monthly Season Ticket

n/a

£92

 

Weekly Season Ticket

n/a

£23

 

Resident Permit

£35

No Change

1D

Council Offices

Saturdays & Sundays

Free

2A

St Johns St James

Up to 30 mins

20p

Up to 1 hr

40p

Up to 2hours

60p

Up to 4 hours

£1

Over 3 hours and all day

£3.10

Annual Season Ticket

£429

Quarterly Season Ticket

£117.25

Resident Permit

£35

2B

Bradbourne

Up to 1 hr

£1

Up to 2 hours

£2

Up to 3 hours

£3

Up to 4 hours

£4

Up to 5 hours (weekdays)

£5

All day (weekdays)

£7

£8

All day (weekends)

£5

No Change

Bradbourne Season

Premium Bay

£2,500

Annual

£1,110

£1,300

6 Monthly

£565

£660

Quarterly

£287.50

£335

Monthly

£140

£160

Weekly

£35

£40

2D

 

Up to 30 mins

30p

No Change

Bevan Place

Up to 1 hour

50p

Park Road

Up to 2 hours

70p

Station Road

Up to 4 hours

£1.10

 

Over 4 hours and all day

£4

2E

Bevan Place Season Tickets

Annual

£396

 

Quarterly

£109

Areas for consideration: Review of Fees and Charges 2019-20

Off Street (continued)

 

Current

Revised

2F

Darent

Up to 30 mins

Free

No Change

Up to 1 hr

 

Up to 2 hours

 

Up to 3 hours

 

Up to 4 hours

£1.50

Over 4 hours and all day

£3.50

2G

Quebec Avenue

Up to 15 mins

10p

Up to 30 mins

20p

Up to 1 hr

50p

Up to 2 hours

70p

Up to 4 hours

£1.20

Over 4 hours and all day

£3.10

2H

Vicarage  ...  view the full minutes text for item 63.

64.

Economic Development Strategy 2018-2021 pdf icon PDF 28 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Economic and Community Development presented the report, which detailed the responses to the consultation on the draft Economic Development Strategy 2018/21 and recommended adoption of the Strategy.  The Strategy had three areas of common interest, being Innovation and Technology, the Rural Economy and Sustainability.  The Portfolio Holder also set out that the Strategy was based around five themes, being Growth and Investment, Infrastructure, Visitor Economy, Skills and Enterprise.  He thanked officers for their input into the Strategy and explained how the Council had gone about taking the views of businesses and residents in producing the document.

Public Sector Equality Duty

Members noted that consideration had been given to impacts under the Public Sector Equality Duty.

 

Resolved:  That the Economic Development Strategy be approved.

IMPLEMENTATION OF DECISIONS

This notice was published on 14 January 2019.  The decisions contained in Minutes 59 and 61(a) take effect immediately.  The decisions contained in Minutes 60, 63 and 64 take effect on 22 January 2019.  Minutes 61(b) and 62 are recommendations to Council.

 

 

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