Agenda and decisions

Wednesday, 6 March 2019 9.30 a.m.

Venue: Council Chamber - South Cambs Hall. View directions

Contact: Ian Senior  03450 450 500 Email:

No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive Apologies for Absence from Cabinet members. 


Declarations of Interest


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To authorise the Leader to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 February 2019 as a correct record.




Public Questions


Issues arising from the Scrutiny and Overview Committee


2018-19 Quarter 3 Position Statement: Performance and Finance pdf icon PDF 158 KB

Additional documents:


Cabinet reviewed and agreed the provisional forecast outturn position andthe performance indicator results, and comments, and in-flight project updates in the report from the Head of Finance, and the appendices attached thereto.


Barriers to Council Procurement for SMEs Task and Finish Group findings pdf icon PDF 110 KB




1.            considered and approved, without amendments, the recommendations set out in paragraphs 11 to 34 of the report from the Interim Executive Director; and


2.            requested that progress against any agreed recommendations be reviewed in 12 months’ time.



Brexit Advisory Group - Priorities for action pdf icon PDF 137 KB




(a)          Approved the priorities for action agreed by the Brexit Advisory Group; and


(b)          Directed officers to develop the priorities into detailed actions to be agreed with the Leader of the Council and implemented during 2019 or to be incorporated into the Council’s developing plan, as outlined in the Council’s Business Plan, to support the South Cambridgeshire economy and local businesses.


East-West Rail Bedford to Cambridge consultation response pdf icon PDF 192 KB

Additional documents:


On behalf of South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cabinet approved the draft consultation response to the East-West Rail Bedford to Cambridge consultation, attached as Appendix 1 to the report from the Joint Director of Planning and Economic Development, subject to


1.    amendments to reflect the following:


·         On the approach to Cambridge section, removal of an expression of a preference, and focus instead on issues that should be taken into account, including emphasise the importance of connectivity, to the east of Cambridge, to the proposed Cambridge South railway station, and to other transport links;

·         an assessment of the impact on the amenity of communities located along the chosen route

·         an expression of the Council’s disappointment that trains using the route at least at the outset would be diesel rather than electric,

·         highlighting the necessity for measures to minimise any adverse impact on the environment and on heritage assets, and to explore opportunities for environmental enhancement, including to address flood risk.


2.    delegation to the Joint Director of Planning and Economic Development, in consultation with the Deputy Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, to finalise the wording of the response.


South Cambridgeshire District Council - an organisation for a sustainable future pdf icon PDF 144 KB




a)   Noted the progress of the organisational review to date;

b)  Agreed the proposed approach to communicating the findings and recommendations of the consultant’s report;

c)   Approved a budget of £40,000 to enable the organisational review to progress to the next phase of developing a programme plan;

d)  Approved the Leader as Programme Sponsor;

e)  delegated further decisions relating to the next phase to the Leader, in consultation with the Cabinet, Chief Executive and Section 151 Officer.


Date of next meeting

The next scheduled meeting of the Cabinet will be on Wednesday 3 April 2019, starting at 9.30am.