Decisions

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Key Decision definition: A key decision means an executive decision which is likely:

(a) to result in the council incurring expenditure which is, or the making of savings which are significant having regard to the council's budget for the service or function which the decision relates; or

(b) to be significant in terms of its effects on communities living or working in an area comprising two or more wards or electoral divisions in the area of the council.

For the purposes of (a) above, the threshold for "significant" is £1.6 million.

Decisions recommendations approved (subject to call-in by scrutiny)

16/01/2020 - Transforming Cities Fund - Proposed Change to the Transport Capital Programme ref: 17796    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

This report requests approval to allocate funding in the Transport Capital Programme to the Transforming Cities Programme.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: Fylde East; Fylde South; Lostock Hall & Bamber Bridge; Moss Side & Farington; Penwortham East & Walton-le-Dale; Penwortham West; Preston Central East; Preston Central West; Preston City; Preston East; Preston North; Preston Rural; Preston South East; Preston South West; Preston West; South Ribble East;

Lead officer: Marcus Hudson


16/01/2020 - Provision of Secondary School Places in Burnley ref: 17793    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

Lancashire County Council has a statutory duty to ensure that a primary or secondary school place is available for every child of statutory school age living in Lancashire who requests one. In August 2019, Cabinet agreed to provide additional places at both Unity College and Shuttleworth College to address this need, through an increase of 30 places to their Published Admission Number, providing a total of 150 additional permanent places at each school.

 

This report outlines a change to this proposal, due to issues that have arisen with the provision of these places at the Shuttleworth site within the agreed timescale The provision of all the required permanent places will now be at Unity College. 

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order C19 have been complied with.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Lead officer: Rachael Hamilton


16/01/2020 - Extra Care in Lancashire ref: 17781    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

This report is on Extra Care in Lancashire.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: N/A;

Lead officer: Joanne Reed


16/01/2020 - Document Handling Service Replacement Hardware and New Software ref: 17780    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

This report sets out the reasons for and costs required for the immediate replacement of essential existing hardware/software due to some equipment nearing end of life. The equipment supports business as usual within Document Handling Service. 

 

In addition it also sets out a request for the service to develop longer term initiatives to support the delivery of the Digital First agenda and Service Challenge 1 and 2.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Lead officer: Gabby Nelson


16/01/2020 - Lancashire County Council (Various Locations, Wyre, Pendle, Rossendale and Fylde Boroughs, and Preston City) (Revocations, Various Restrictions and Electric Vehicle Charging Points (No2)) Order 201* ref: 17786    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

Following investigations and formal public consultation it is proposed to make a Traffic Regulation Order to introduce restrictions to manage on-street facilities for electric vehicles where charging facilities are installed. The restrictions are designed to create a turnover of vehicles ensuring that the facilities are available for a number of drivers. Along with the provision of electric vehicle charging bays it has been necessary to make alterations and clarifications to adjacent parking restrictions, including simplifying and tidying up a number of discrepancies that have been identified.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: Fleetwood West & Cleveleys West; Mid Rossendale; Pendle Central; Preston City; Rossendale East; Rossendale West; St Annes South;

Lead officer: Chris Nolan, Tracey Price


16/01/2020 - Principles Underpinning Schools Capital Development ref: 17790    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

This report sets out the main sources of capital funding available to Lancashire County Council, through which to commission building works to school premises and proposes a set of principles to be taken into consideration in the development of new programmes of works.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Mel Ormesher


16/01/2020 - Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative - Experimental Traffic Regulation Order ref: 17776    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

This report highlights objections to the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order for the recent Bacup town centre improvement works, where the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order can now be considered for making permanent.

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order C19 have been complied with.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: Rossendale East; Whitworth & Bacup;

Lead officer: Warren Thackeray


16/01/2020 - Developing the Approach and Provision for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities ref: 17779    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

This report set out a series of proposals that will enable the county council to fulfil its responsibilities for ensuring the sufficiency of provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities over the next five years. It builds on an earlier report to Cabinet on 8 August 2019, setting out the current position with respect to the number and placement of children and young people in Lancashire with special educational needs and disabilities. The current proposals are consistent with the principles underpinning the approach to the development of special educational needs provision that were agreed at the August Cabinet meeting.

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order C19 have been complied with.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dr Sally Richardson


16/01/2020 - Future of Wennington Hall School ref: 17782    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

This report sets out the position in relation to the future of Wennington Hall School.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: Lancaster Rural East;

Lead officer: Sian Rees


16/01/2020 - Adult Social Care: Extending the Duration of the Homecare Framework ref: 17775    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

This report seeks approval for an extension to the duration of the existing home care framework.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Tony Pounder


16/01/2020 - Proposed Submission to the Department for Transport's Local Pinch Point Fund ref: 17792    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

This report requests approval to submit an Expression of Interest to the Department for Transport's Local Pinch Point Fund for funding to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of St Mary's Way including the gyratory in Rawtenstall. The report also requests approval of a local contribution, which is anticipated to be between £1.5m and £2m, depending on the final design, should the submission be successful.

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order C19 have been complied with.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: Rossendale South;

Lead officer: Janet Wilson


16/01/2020 - Transport Asset Management Plan Review ref: 17797    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

The Transport Asset Management Plan was approved by the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport in June 2014 and identified the key strategic priorities of the county council, as the highway authority for Lancashire, during the 15 year period 2015/16 to 2029/30.

 

The draft 2019/20 Transport Asset Management Plan Refresh provides updated condition data as at March 2019. Phase 1 of the Transport Asset Management Plan runs until March 2020. This review is therefore the penultimate refresh for this phase and provides indicative information as to likely outturn performance at the end of 2019/20.

 

Phase 2 of the Transport Asset Management Plan starts in April 2020 and runs until March 2025. It is proposed to review the original Transport Asset Management Plan assumptions using the latest asset condition data and lifecycle modelling to produce a Transport Asset Management Plan Phase 2 Review document which will set out the proposals for the period 2020/21 to 2024/25.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Paul Binks


16/01/2020 - Future of Hendon Brook Short Stay School, Nelson ref: 17778    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

Between 9 September and 18 October 2019, the local authority consulted on a proposal to close Hendon Brook Short Stay School, Nelson, with implementation commencing from 31 August 2020. Under the standard process, the authority is now required to consider the responses to the stage 1 consultation and decide whether to publish a Public Notice on the proposal.

 

The purpose of this report is to provide the information necessary for that decision to be considered.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Will Gale


16/01/2020 - Procurement Report ref: 17791    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

In line with the county council's procurement rules this report sets out a recommendation to approve the commencement of the following procurement exercises:

 

(i)  Provision of a Direct Payments Support Service

(ii)  Integrated Home Response and Falls Lifting Service

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order C19 have been complied with.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Rachel Tanner


16/01/2020 - Lancashire Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education - Constitution and Terms of Reference ref: 17787    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

The Lancashire Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education was first established in 1997. The Constitution and Terms of Reference for the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education have been in existence since then without amendment. This report proposes to update the Constitution and Terms of Reference to reflect the current state of the Lancashire Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education. 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Misbah Mahmood


16/01/2020 - Adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Definition of Antisemitism ref: 17773    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

Lancashire County Council received a letter dated 15 October 2019 from the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (Rt. Hon. Robert Jenrick MP), encouraging council leaders in England, to formally adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism.

 

The Community Security Trust is the leading organisation monitoring and supporting victims of antisemitism. Community Security Trust figures reflect the Home Office official statistics from October 2019, which show that 18% of religiously motivated hatred is targeted at Jewish people - up from 12% in 2018 - and that, per capita, Jewish people were most likely to report experiencing hatred.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Lead officer: Saeed Sidat


16/01/2020 - Future Viability of Thomas Whitham Sixth Form ref: 17783    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

In July 2019, the governing body of Thomas Whitham Sixth Form asked Lancashire County Council to consult on the future viability of the school. Therefore, between 16 September and 1 November 2019, the local authority consulted on the future viability of Thomas Whitham Sixth Form, Burnley. Under the statutory process, the authority is now required to consider the responses to the stage 1 consultation and decide whether to publish a Statutory Notice on a proposal to close the school from 31 August 2020.

 

The purpose of this report is to provide the information necessary for that decision to be considered.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: Brierfield & Nelson West; Burnley Central East; Burnley Central West; Burnley North East; Burnley Rural; Burnley South West; Mid Rossendale; Nelson East; Pendle Central; Pendle Rural; Rossendale East; Rossendale West;

Lead officer: Sarah Hirst


16/01/2020 - Adult Social Care - Procurement of Core Systems Consultancy Support ref: 17774    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

This report is for the Procurement of Core Systems Consultancy Support

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Lead officer: Tony Pounder


16/01/2020 - Lancashire County Council (Churchfield, Fairways, Haighton Court, Kennet Drive, Levensgarth Avenue, Southey Close, St Clares Avenue, St Francis Close, The Paddock and Tower Green, Fulwood, Preston City) (Revocation, Prohibition of Waiting and Restric ref: 17785    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

This report sets out proposals to introduce parking restrictions on ten streets in the Fulwood area of Preston. There is significant daytime parking on these roads due to staff, patients and visitors to the Royal Preston Hospital using the surrounding residential roads for parking.

 

Excessive and obstructive on street parking is creating issues with traffic flow and parking. The proposed restrictions will remove the obstructive parking and assist with the expeditious movement of traffic along the roads and at their junctions with other roads, whilst also improving road safety for all highway users.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: Preston North;

Lead officer: Eric Melling, Chris Nolan, Tracey Price


16/01/2020 - Guild Wheel Improvements, Parallel Crossing - Oliver's Place and Pittman Way ref: 17784    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

The 2020/21 Cycle Safety Capital Programme includes funding for two parallel crossings as part of the Guild Wheel cycle route in Preston.

 

The crossings on Oliver's Place and Pittman Way will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists using the Guild Wheel.

 

This report summarises the results of the formal advertisement of the proposed parallel crossings to which one objection has been received.

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order C19 have been complied with.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: Preston East; Preston North;

Lead officer: Isabel Mead


16/01/2020 - Broadfield Drive, Leyland - Bus Stop Clearways ref: 17777    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

The Public Transport team has identified a need for two new permanent bus stops and bus stop clearways replacing the existing temporary two-way bus stop on Broadfield Drive, Leyland.

 

This report summarises the results of the formal advertising of the proposed bus stop clearways to which one objection has been received.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: Leyland Central;

Lead officer: Isabel Mead


16/01/2020 - Libraries, Museums and Archives Fees and Charges Review 2019/20 ref: 17788    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

This report presents proposals relating to fees and charges in the Libraries, Museums, Culture and Archives service following an annual review to ensure that they support service objectives, efficiency and effectiveness.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Jacquie Crosby, Gareth Jones


16/01/2020 - Money Matters 2019/20 Position – Quarter 2 ref: 17789    Recommendations Approved

This report provides an update to Cabinet on the county council's 2019/20 revenue and capital financial position as at the end of September 2019 and an updated medium term financial strategy (MTFS) covering the period 2020/21 to 2023/24. 

 

There is currently an unprecedented amount of uncertainty relating to future funding across local government. Accordingly significant assumptions are required to underpin our forecasts. While these can be made with reasonable confidence in the current year, over the medium term, with limited information, we rely heavily on advice from national bodies and discussion with peers. A number of funding scenarios were assessed and the most likely scenario selected as the basis for this forecast.

 

The provisional local government finance settlement for 2020/21 announced on the 20th December, was largely in line with the technical consultation that was published in October. It announced the continuation of the revenue support grant and significant additional funding for adult social care. As a result a balanced financial position without recourse to reserves is expected in 2020/21.

 

The settlement is for one year only and the figures are expected to be confirmed in late January 2020 (within the final settlement announcement). The 2020/21 announcement is the first and only year of the Spending Round 2019, with future years’ announcements dependent on a number of factors, including: spending review 2020, the outcome of the fair funding review, the business rates retention reset, the move to 75% business rates retention and any reform of the new homes bonus scheme. 

 

Given the uncertainty regarding the future funding for local government, we have modelled a number of scenarios to reflect a range of possible funding measures. Whilst we expect to deliver a balanced budget in 2020/21 without recourse to reserves and after a contribution of £800,000 from revenue to organisational development work, commencing in January 2020. Forecasting based on the most likely funding scenario indicates a significantly reduced future funding gap of £28.438m by 2023/24. This compares favourably with the funding gap reported at Q1 of £64.755m. This is due primarily to increased pay costs and service demand pressures. Work continues to build on last years' service challenge work to deliver further efficiencies and close the funding gap. Further reports will follow as firm costed proposals become available.

 

In summary:

 

(i)  The 2019/20 revenue forecast outturn is £790.140m, representing a projected underspend of £12.135m (1.51%) of the agreed budget.

 

(ii)  The MTFS has been updated and revised and the forecast position has improved significantly in the light of our expectations of future funding levels. At Q1 the MTFS showed a deficit £64.755m to 2022/23 and our most likely scenario now indicates a financial deficit of £28.438m in 2023/24.

 

(iii)The Council is forecast to hold a General Reserve against unforeseen issues of £23.437m representing circa 3% of net budget, which is unchanged from the previously reported position. 

 

(iv)The Council is forecast to hold £150.358m of uncommitted transitional reserve which is sufficient to meet the forecast gap beyond the end of the current MTFS period.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report and included the following additional recommendation:

 

vi.  Thanked the Chief Executive and Director of Resources; the Director of Finance and his staff; and all staff for their hard work in achieving the improvement in the county council's financial position and the forecast reduced future funding gap.

 

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Neil Kissock, Kate Lee, Chris Warren


16/01/2020 - The Future of Maintained Nursery Schools ref: 17795    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

This report provides an update on the current viability of Maintained Nursery Schools in Lancashire, any areas of concern and the recommended actions.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/01/2020

Effective from: 22/01/2020

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Paul Duckworth