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 £1.7 million.

Decisions

03/12/2020 - Schools Basic Need Programme Update ref: 18658    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

A report providing an update on the School Basic Needs Programme.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2020

Effective from: 09/12/2020

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: Burnley Central East; Burnley Central West; Burnley North East; Burnley Rural; Burnley South West;

Lead officer: Rachael Hamilton, David Stones


03/12/2020 - Transport Asset Management Plan – Phase 2 2020/21 – 2024/25 ref: 18657    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

Phase 2 of the Transport Asset Management Plan started in April 2020 and runs until March 2025. Using the condition of the assets at the end of Phase 1, along with results of Lifecycle Modelling, the original Transport Asset Management Plan assumptions have been reviewed and have been used to produce revised standards and funding proposals for the period 2020/21 to 2024/25. This report sets out the revised standards and recommended approach for the apportionment of future highway funding. 

 

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

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2020

Effective from: 09/12/2020

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Paul Binks


03/12/2020 - Procurement Report ref: 18660    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 a procurement exercise for the provision of Lancashire Enterprise Zone Commercial Agency Services.

 

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

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2020

Effective from: 09/12/2020

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Sarah Goodwill


03/12/2020 - Cottam Parkway - Approval for Use of Powers and Preparation of Various Orders and Schemes including Compulsory Purchase Order ref: 18654    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

Design work and the progression of the planning application has commenced for the Cottam Parkway railway station and new access road.  In order to maintain programme milestones and to ensure the scheme can be delivered, it is essential that the county council has possession of all the necessary land. Negotiations have commenced with landowners however, agreement may not be achievable in time or at all. Consequently, it may be necessary to use Compulsory Purchase powers available to the county council, in particular under the Highways Act 1980 and Town and Country Planning Act 1990, to acquire the land.

 

Additionally a Side Roads Order under the Highways Act 1980 will also be required to enable alterations to be made to the existing highways and private means of access. Other Schemes and Orders under the Highways Act will also be required to enable the construction of a bridge over the canal navigable waters.

 

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

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2020

Effective from: 09/12/2020

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: Preston South West; Preston West;

Lead officer: Joanne Hudson


03/12/2020 - Retention of Foster Carers ref: 18653    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in by Scrutiny)

Nationally there is a shortage of foster carers. The more foster carers Lancashire is able to recruit and retain, the more able we are to place Lancashire children with Lancashire foster carers. This not only results in a financial saving, but also allows our most vulnerable children to be cared for by foster carers assessed and supported by Lancashire County Council. This report sets out a strategy to support the recruitment and retention of foster carers in Lancashire County Council including:

 

(i) Support to Lancashire foster carers who are also employees of Lancashire 

County Council Fostering Wellbeing Activity Programme;

(ii) Retainer fees;

(iii) Word of mouth referrals;

(iv) Welcome recommendation for new applicants.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2020

Effective from: 09/12/2020

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Barbara Bath


23/11/2020 - Public Realm Improvement Grant ref: 18637    Recommendations Approved

This report requests that the county council provide grant funding towards public realm improvement schemes, as requested separately by Pendle Borough Council and Rossendale Borough Council. The grants will facilitate important public realm improvement works and improve accessibility to the Town Centre areas. Both schemes will also enhance further investment opportunities and provide a catalyst for economic growth and regeneration.

Decision Maker: Leader of the County Council

Decision published: 23/11/2020

Effective from: 23/11/2020

Decision:

The Leader of the County Council and the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

Divisions affected: Mid Rossendale; Pendle Rural;

Lead officer: Chris Dyson


05/11/2020 - Operational Premises ref: 18614    Recommendations Approved

This report outlines the capital works required at operational premises, in order to deliver remedial and repair works to address condition, and/or alteration works to address suitability.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 05/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: (All Divisions); Lytham;

Lead officer: Sue Haworth, Emma Pearse


05/11/2020 - Clean Energy and Technology Diversification Fund ref: 18611    Recommendations Approved

A report on the Clean Energy and Technology Diversification Fund.

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order C20 have been complied with.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 05/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

Following the advice of the Director of Corporate Services (Monitoring Officer), the Leader of the County Council agreed that this report would be considered in Part I and a copy of the report is therefore attached to this decision.

 

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

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Andy Walker


05/11/2020 - Eden Project North ref: 18612    Recommendations Approved

A report on Eden Project North.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 05/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: (All Divisions); Morecambe Central;

Lead officer: Andrew Barrow


05/11/2020 - Blackburn Cathedral Council - Appointment of a County Council Representative ref: 18610    Recommendations Approved

The addition of Blackburn Cathedral Council to the county council's list of outside bodies and the appointment of a county council representative to the Blackburn Cathedral Council.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 05/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dave Gorman, Joanne Mansfield


05/11/2020 - Money Matters 2020/21 Position - Quarter 2 ref: 18613    Recommendations Approved

This report provides an update to Cabinet on the county council's 2020/21 revenue and capital financial position, as at the end of September 2020, and an updated medium term financial strategy (MTFS) covering the period 2021/22 to 2023/24.

 

There is ongoing and unprecedented uncertainty in relation to future local government funding and the financial impact of the Covid-19 emergency has exacerbated the problem.

 

Accordingly, significant assumptions are required to underpin our forecasts. While these can be made with a level of confidence in the current year, over the medium term, with limited information, we rely heavily on advice from national bodies, benchmarking and discussion with peers.

 

Whilst a multi-year Spending Review was originally expected, the Chancellor and the Prime Minister have now decided to conduct a one-year Spending Review, setting department’s resource and capital budgets for 2021/22 only, in order to prioritise the response to Covid-19 and focus on supporting jobs. The exact date of the Spending Review has not been confirmed yet but will conclude in late November and this and the subsequent settlement may have a significant impact on the forecast gap in 2021/22 given the clear recognition now that financial pressures relating to Covid-19 will continue into 2021/22 and beyond.

 

Whilst the quarter 2 forecast presents a small underspend of £2.017m for the current financial year, there remains a level of uncertainty about the longer term impacts of the ongoing pandemic. There will certainly be ongoing impacts relating to the collection fund that force a pressure, currently estimated at £6.9m per annum, into the next three years.

 

The wider impacts on economic activity remain uncertain at present and as a result we have assumed no growth in our tax base and share of non-domestic rates for 2021/22 the effects of which impact significantly upon our MTFS.

 

Any latent impact on price or demand for our services also remains unclear.

 

The current MTFS indicates an aggregated funding gap of £78.791m by 2023/24, a small decrease of £0.515m from the previously reported position.

 

In summary:

 

(i)  The 2020/21 revenue forecast outturn is £842.834m, representing a projected underspend of £2.017m (0.24%) of the agreed budget.

 

(ii)  The MTFS has been updated for our current expectations of levels of funding, savings delivery, demand and inflation.

 

(iii)At Cabinet in September 2020 the MTFS showed a deficit of £79.306m in 2023/24. The forecast now indicates a financial deficit of £78.791m by 2023/24.

 

(iv)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. 

 

(v)  The council is forecast to hold £151.241m of uncommitted transitional reserve at the end of the financial year. This is sufficient to meet the forecast gap for financial years 2021/22 and 2022/23 only.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 05/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Neil Kissock, Kate Lee


05/11/2020 - Request Approval to Extend Existing Contracts in Response to Covid 19 ref: 18617    Recommendations Approved

Given the continued unprecedented circumstances brought about by the Covid 19 outbreak, the Procurement Service has undertaken a further review of contracts which would otherwise have commenced re-procurement work in the next 6 to 12 months, but resources in the service areas continues to be focussed on Covid related activity. Approval is sought to extend contracts.

 

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

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 05/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Rachel Tanner


05/11/2020 - Procurement Report ref: 18615    Recommendations Approved

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) Agency Staff Neutral Vendor Managed Service

(ii) Framework Agreement for Professional and Technical Services

 

and to note an amendment to a previously agreed procurement procedure:

 

(iii) Amendment to plant and vehicle hire report approved by Cabinet on 3 October 2019.

 

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

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 05/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Paul Fairclough


05/11/2020 - Adult Social Care Winter Plan 2020/21 ref: 18609    Recommendations Approved

This report provides details of the Lancashire County Council Adult Social Care Winter Plan for 2020/21, and the additional capacity that will be mobilised to meet the anticipated demand.

 

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

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 05/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Sue Lott


05/11/2020 - Transport Asset Management Plan End of Phase 1 Review ref: 18618    Recommendations Approved

The Transport Asset Management Plan 2015 - 2030 was approved by the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport on 10June 2014 and identified the key strategic priorities of the county council.

 

It is proposed to publish a review of the progress made during phase 1 of the Transport Asset Management Plan which ran from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2020 and report the latest condition of our assets.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 05/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Paul Binks


05/11/2020 - Proposal for a New Sporting Campus in Central Lancashire ref: 18616    Recommendations Approved

A report on the proposals for a new sporting campus in central Lancashire.

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order C20 have been complied with.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 05/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: Moss Side & Farington;

Lead officer: Steve Burns, Chris Dyson


04/11/2020 - Works to Operational Premises

This report outlines the capital works required at operational premises, in order to deliver works to address condition, and/or alteration works to address suitability issues.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 14/01/2021

Lead officer: Sue Haworth, Emma Pearse

Notice of decision: 04/11/2020

Anticipated restriction: Part II


04/11/2020 - Residents Parking Schemes Revised Criteria

It has been some time since Residents Parking Schemes have been introduced by Lancashire County Council. This report aims to revise and update the criteria governing the standards required for any scheme to be considered.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 14/01/2021

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Chris Nolan, Tracey Price

Notice of decision: 04/11/2020

Anticipated restriction: Part I


04/11/2020 - Land Disposal

Disposal via tender of land at the former Marton Agricultural Estate Westby with Plumptons.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 10/06/2021

Divisions affected: Fylde West;

Lead officer: Gary Jones

Notice of decision: 04/11/2020

Anticipated restriction: Part II  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
Commercial sensitive financial information.


02/09/2020 - Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone

An update on the Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 04/02/2021

Divisions affected: Ribble Valley South West; South Ribble East;

Lead officer: Chris Dyson

Notice of decision: 02/09/2020

Anticipated restriction: Part II  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
The report will contain commercially confidential matters alongside information realting to commercial partners and as such id commercially confidential