Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet - Tuesday, 28th July, 2020 9.30 am

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CA.65

Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre Improvement Project pdf icon PDF 165 KB

Within the Council Plan, 2019-23, ‘Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre Improvements’ are identified as a key project. This project is part of the Council’s strategy to invest in leisure facilities across the district.  This report seeks approval for delivery of a scheme of improvements at Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre, and the submission of a planning application at the relevant time.

 

In accepting the recommendations, Cabinet will approve and recommend to Council that the preferred option to refurbish and extend the centre be approved as described in paragraph 1.11 of the report; the preferred option is funded as described in section 4.0 of the report; the financing of the scheme is delegated to the Director of Finance and Commercial (S151 Officer) as detailed in paragraph 4.6 of the report; Alliance Leisure Services Ltd is commissioned to deliver this project including the undertaking of a exercise to determine the cost certainty before commencement; subject to the limits of flexibility set out in paragraph 1.14, the Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader is authorised to approve the project following the cost certainty exercise; monitoring and review of project delivery is undertaken by Management Team, with regular update reports provided to Council Members; and a planning application is submitted.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The subject of the decision:

 

Within the Council Plan, 2019-23, ‘Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre Improvements’ were identified as a key project. This project was part of the Council’s strategy to invest in leisure facilities across the district. This report sought approval for delivery of a scheme of improvements at Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre, and the submission of a planning application at the relevant time.

 

Alternative options considered:

 

The options considered were set out in the report.

 

The reason for the decision:

 

Cabinet was satisfied that preferred option to refurbish and extend the Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre would provide an improved community facility in line with the Council’s priority Enhancing Health and Wellbeing.

 

The Decision:

 

That Cabinet approves and recommends to Council:-

 

(1)       that the preferred option to refurbish and extend the centre be approved as described in paragraph 1.11 of the report;

 

(2)       the preferred option is funded as described in section 4.0 of the report;

 

(3)       the financing of the scheme is delegated to the Director of Finance and Commercial (S151 Officer) as detailed in paragraph 4.6 of the report;

 

(4)       Alliance Leisure Services Ltd is commissioned to deliver this project including the undertaking of a exercise to determine the cost certainty before commencement;

 

(5)       subject to the limits of flexibility set out in paragraph 1.14 of the report, the Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader is authorised to approve the project following the cost certainty exercise;

 

(6)       monitoring and review of project delivery is undertaken by Management Team, with regular update reports provided to Council Members; and

 

(7)       a planning application is submitted.

 

Declarations of Interest

 

Councillor M S Robson declared a personal interest as Chairman of the Thirsk and Sowerby Flatts Preservation Trust and also as Chairman of the Thirsk and Sowerby Swimming Baths Charity.  Councillor Robson left the meeting at 9.58am prior to any discussion or voting on the above item.

 

Councillor P R Wilkinson in the chair.

 

Councillor D B Elders (in attendance) declared a non-pecuniary interest as a member of the Thirsk and Sowerby Flatts Preservation Trust during discussion of the above item.

 

Councillor M S Robson returned to the meeting at 10.18am prior to any discussion and voting on the following item.

 

Councillor M S Robson in the chair.

 

CA.66

Exclusion of the Public and Press

To consider passing a resolution under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 excluding the press and public from the meeting during consideration of item 6 on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 3 and 4 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

Minutes:

The Decision:

 

That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public were excluded from the meeting during consideration of the items of business at minute no CA.67 on the grounds that it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 3 and 4 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act as the Cabinet was satisfied that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.

CA.67

VAT - Partial Exemption

This reports provides information the Value Added Tax (VAT) partial exemption position and the implication on the Council’s financial position.

Minutes:

The subject of the decision:

 

This report provided information on the Value Added Tax (VAT) partial exemption position and the implication on the Council’s financial position.

 

Alternative options considered:

 

None.

 

The reason for the decision:

 

Cabinet was satisfied with the potential solution for the Council’s future partial exemption position as outlined in the report.

 

The Decision:

 

That Cabinet approves and recommends to Council that:-

 

(1)     a ‘vehicle’ is set up as detailed in paragraphs 2.8 – 2.11 of the report;

 

(2)     the detailed operation of the “vehicle” be determined following an assessment of the strategic, legal and operational arrangements;

 

(3)     stakeholder and community consultation take place on the operation of a “vehicle” and its broader potential;

 

(4)     the Chief Executive is appointed as the Director of the ‘vehicle' and that the Deputy Chief Executive manages the relationship from the Council’s perspective; and

 

(5)     an application be made for “admitted body status” to the North Yorkshire Pension Fund for the new ‘vehicle’.

CA.68

Minutes

To confirm the decisions of the meeting held on 7 July 2020 (CA.59 - CA.64), previously circulated.

Minutes:

The Decision:

 

That the decisions of the meeting held on 7 July 2020 (CA.59 – CA.64), previously circulated, be signed as a correct record.

CA.69

Devolution Deal for North Yorkshire and York pdf icon PDF 290 KB

This report asks Cabinet to make a decision on the submission of the devolution proposal to Government for North Yorkshire and the City of York and to consider jointly commissioning with other North Yorkshire District Councils work on unitary authority options.

 

In accepting the recommendations, Cabinet will make a decision on the submission to Government of the devolution proposal for North Yorkshire and the City of York; and give approval to jointly commission with other North Yorkshire District Councils work on unitary authority options and agreement of the sum is delegated to the Chief Executive.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The subject of the decision:

 

This report asked Cabinet to make a decision on the submission of the devolution proposal to Government for North Yorkshire and the City of York and to consider jointly commissioning with other North Yorkshire District Councils work on unitary authority options.

 

Alternative options considered:

 

Cabinet considered the options as contained within the report.

 

The reason for the decision:

 

Cabinet was not satisfied that there was sufficient information contained with the report to make an informed decision and suggested that further consideration of this matter be deferred until the white paper is published by Government.

 

The Decision:

 

That:-

 

(1)     Cabinet defers any decision to submit the ‘asks list’ at this stage to await further information and the publication of the white paper; and

 

(2)     approval be given to jointly commission with other North Yorkshire District Councils work on unitary authority options and agreement of the sum is delegated to the Chief Executive.