Decisions

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Decisions published

04/03/2019 - Community Library Partnerships - Phase 1 ref: 1139    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director for Economic and Community Infrastructure Commissioning

Decision published: 12/04/2019

Effective from: 04/03/2019


14/03/2019 - A change to the protocol for schools converting to a sponsored academy retaining any surplus revenue balances, and the charging for academy conversions by the authority ref: 1107    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education and Council Transformation

Decision published: 14/03/2019

Effective from: 23/03/2019

Lead officer: Ken Rushton


13/03/2019 - Creation of New Academies in Somerset ref: 1106    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Commissioning and Lead Commissioner for Economic Community Infrastructure

Decision published: 13/03/2019

Effective from: 21/03/2019

Lead officer: Elizabeth Smith


11/03/2019 - Item referred from Full Council - Precautionary Salting Network ref: 1102    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/03/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/03/2019

Effective from: 11/03/2019

Decision:

DECISION

 

Following debate on Cllr Rigby’s recommendations, the Cabinet were assured by the Lead Commissioner for ECI services and the planned service review in Spring 2019 that was agreed at the Cabinet meeting in February 2019.

 


11/03/2019 - Month 10 Revenue Budget Monitoring ref: 1101    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/03/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/03/2019

Effective from: 11/03/2019

Decision:

DECISION

 

The Cabinet:

 

  1. commented upon the contents of this report and particularly noted the progress being made with controlling the budget for 2018/19, including the intention to partially replenish earmarked reserves to improve the resilience of the Council for future years;
  2. noted the additional uses of the revenue contingency budget (£0.212m);
  3. noted the potential for specific carry forwards where funds have been received in advance of need or are unspent against specific projects.
  4. Supported the use for urgency and agrees to set the Council’s net budget requirement for 2018/19 (Revenue Budget) as £317,881,900 (see section 1.7)

 

The Chair of Scrutiny Committee for Policies and Place agreed the case for urgency for the decision relating to recommendation 4 to enable that decision to be taken by Cabinet and reported to the next meeting of Full Council.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED: As set out in the officer report

 

REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the officer report

 


11/03/2019 - Social Value Policy Refresh ref: 1100    For Consideration

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/03/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/03/2019

Effective from: 11/03/2019

Decision:

DECISION

 

The Cabinet approved:

 

  1. The refreshed Social Value Policy Statement.
  2. For the statement to be published as a statement of Somerset County Council’s agreed social value priorities

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED: As set out in the officer report

 

REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the officer report

 


11/03/2019 - Equality Objectives 2019-2023 and Equality Commitment ref: 1099    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/03/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/03/2019

Effective from: 11/03/2019

Decision:

DECISION

 

The Cabinet:

 

  1. Agreed and endorsed the proposed five Equality Objectives for the organisation from April 2019 till April 2023.
  2. Agreed and endorsed the revised Joint Equality and Diversity Policy
  3. Requested Directors to identify further actions to support the identified Objectives.
  4. Requested an annual review of the equality objectives and outcomes achieved by 30 September 2020.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED: As set out in the officer report

 

REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the officer report

 


11/03/2019 - Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) Enhanced Programme of Flood Risk Management and the SRA Memorandum of Understanding and Constitution ref: 1098    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/03/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/03/2019

Effective from: 11/03/2019

Decision:

DECISION

 

The Cabinet agreed:

 

  1. To approve the revised Local Memorandum of Understanding (including the Constitution of the SRA) set out in Appendix 1 and authorise the Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Community Infrastructure to sign this on behalf of Somerset County Council;
  2. The case (set out in ‘legal implications’ for exempt information) for Appendix 2 Budget Confidential to be treated in confidence, as the case for the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing that information.
  3. To approve the SRA Budget for 2019/20, (Appendix 3 Budget Public) in accordance with the recommendations of the SRA Board from its meeting on the 1st of March 2019.
  4. To the release of funding committed from all sources in 2019/20 for the purposes of the SRA, subject to receipt of those funds, in accordance with the budget for 2019/20 as set out in item 3 above.
  5. To provide forward funding for the delivery of Flood Action Plan projects in advance of drawing down Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal funding.
  6. That the detailed management of the 2019/20 Budget and Enhanced Programme within the control total allocated to the SRA is undertaken in accordance with the constitutional, financial regulations and decision making arrangements of SCC as accountable body. 

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED: As set out in the officer report

 

REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the officer report

 


11/03/2019 - Proposed merger of the existing Children's Safeguarding Board Arrangements with the Children's Trust Board ref: 1097    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/03/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/03/2019

Effective from: 11/03/2019

Decision:

DECISION

 

The Cabinet approved and endorsed:

 

  1. The proposal to implement new Safeguarding Partnership arrangements alongside changes to the Children’s Trust arrangements.
  2. Consultation with the wider partnership on the proposed new integrated arrangements to meet the Council’s and other local agencies’ duties to children under the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Children Act 2004.
  3. That the Director of Children Services and the Head of Legal services undertake further discussions with local Safeguarding Partners with a view to agreeing contractual arrangements whereby certain safeguarding duties and tasks will be undertaken by identified members of the regional Safeguarding Partnership.
  4. Delegation to the Director of Children’s Services of final approval of the Somerset Safeguarding Partnership arrangements to be published by 29 June 2019 following consultation with Scrutiny for Policies, Children and Families Committee and a further report having been brought to the Cabinet meeting on 10 June 2019.
  5. The retention of a maximum of the current Somerset County Council budget allocation for this first year, and the identification of efficiencies with partners for 2020/2021, hence delivering a reduced budget requirement in future years.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED: As set out in the officer report

 

REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the officer report

 


11/03/2019 - Award of Contract for Bridgwater Special School ref: 1096    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/03/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/03/2019

Effective from: 11/03/2019

Decision:

DECISION

 

The Cabinet:

 

  1. Authorised the County Council to enter in to a call-off contract with the winning contractor (as identified in Appendix B) under the Southern Construction Framework for the construction of a 160-place special school at Bower Lane, Bridgwater for September 2020 at a gross maximum project cost (detailed in Appendix B).

  2. Agreed that Appendix B be treated as exempt information and to be treated in confidence, as the case for the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing that information.

  3. Delegated authority to the Head of Corporate Property, in consultation with the County Solicitor, to finalise and execute the call-off contract referred to in recommendation 1.

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ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED: As set out in the officer report

 

REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the officer report

 


07/03/2019 - Chard Junction Quarry, Westford Park Farm, Chard, TA20 4QU ref: 1095    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Regulation Committee

Made at meeting: 07/03/2019 - Regulation Committee

Decision published: 11/03/2019

Effective from: 07/03/2019

Decision:

The Committee resolved in respect of planning application no. SCC/3540/2018 that the following functions be delegated to Dorset County Council in accordance with Section 101(1) of the Local Government Act 1972:

(a)    determination of planning application SCC/3540/2018; and

(b)    determination of any applications for the discharge of conditions or non-material amendments pursuant to that application;

subject to Somerset County Council in its roles and mineral planning authority and highway authority, together with the local Divisional Member, being consulted for their views regarding the application.


07/03/2019 - Halecombe Quarry, Leigh on Mendip, BA3 5QG ref: 1093    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Regulation Committee

Made at meeting: 07/03/2019 - Regulation Committee

Decision published: 11/03/2019

Effective from: 07/03/2019

Decision:

The Regulation Committee agreed to rescind its decision on planning application 2017/1022/CNT taken on 8th November 2018 for the reasons stated and also to enable the Committee to consider afresh the application together with recommendation detailed in the officer report. 

 

The Committee resolved in respect of planning application no. 17/1022/CNT that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the Applicant entering into a Section 106 agreement, the Draft of which is included as Appendix 1; and imposition of conditions set out in section 7.

 

The Committee further resolved that authority to undertake any minor non-material editing which may be necessary to the wording of those conditions be delegated to the Strategic Commissioning Manager, Economy and Planning Policy.

 


20/02/2019 - Adult Social Care Fees and Charges 2019-20 ref: 1084    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care

Decision published: 20/02/2019

Effective from: 01/03/2019

Lead officer: Tim Baverstock


21/03/2019 - Early Years Block - Early Years Single Funding Formula (EYSFF) 2019/20 ref: 1104    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children and Families

Decision published: 19/02/2019

Effective from: 21/03/2019

Lead officer: Alison Jeffery


18/02/2019 - Dispensation to elected Members ref: 1083    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Monitoring Officer

Decision published: 18/02/2019

Effective from: 18/02/2019

Lead officer: Scott Wooldridge


25/02/2019 - Decision to extend contracts for Pathway to Independence (P2i) service for young people in Somerset ref: 1041    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children and Families

Decision published: 18/12/2018

Effective from: 05/03/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Rowina Clift-Shanley


04/03/2019 - To approve the appointment of a supplier to deliver the Wiveliscombe Enterprise Centre and Wells Technology Enterprise Centre ref: 1087    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Commissioning and Lead Commissioner for Economic Community Infrastructure

Decision published: 19/06/2018

Effective from: 12/03/2019

Lead officer: Nathaniel Lucas