Agenda

Published, Weekly Bulletin - Wednesday, 11 March 2020 12.00 p.m.

Contact: Patrick Adams  01954 713408 Email: democratic.services@scambs.gov.uk

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1.

Meetings and events from Thursday 12 March to Friday 28 March

Date

Time

Name

Venue

Contact

Thu 12 Mar

5:20pm

Scrutiny & Overview Committee

Council Chamber

Victoria Wallace

Fri 13 Mar

Mon 16 Mar

Tue 17 Mar

Wed 18 Mar

10am

Employment & Staffing Committee

Swansley A

Patrick Adams

Thu 19 Mar

Fri 20 Mar

 

Mon 23 Mar

Tue 24 Mar

9:30am

Audit & Corporate Governance Committee

Swansley Room

Patrick Adams

 

2pm

Climate and Environment Advisory Committee - POSTPONED

 

 

Wed 25 Mar

Thu 26 Mar

Fri 27 Mar

10am

Grants Advisory Committee

Monkfield Room

Aaron Clarke

 

INFORMATION FOR DISTRICT COUNCILLORS AND PARISH COUNCILS

2.

A14 Improvement Scheme: Planned Road Closures for Week Commencing 9 March pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Please find attached road closures information for the week commencing Monday 9 March, in relation to the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.

 

To contact your A14 sections stakeholder manager, please use the email addresses below or the A14 helpline.

 

John Birchall has now left the project. For all queries in relation to Section 1 & 2: Alconbury to the East Coast Main Line & Section 3: East Coast Main Line to Swavesey, please email A14CambridgeHuntingdon@highwaysengland.co.uk

 

Section 4 & 5: Swavesey to Milton

John Akester - John.Akester@thea14.com

 

Section 6: Huntingdon town centre

Liam Heath liam.heath@thea14.com

 

A14 helpline 0800 270 0114 - This will be answered by a team member during site hours 8am - 5pm and messages can be left at other times. Further updates as the scheme progresses can be found on the website.

 

3.

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Upgrade, SCDC Update - March 2020 pdf icon PDF 24 KB

Please find an update from the District Council regarding the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Upgrade.

UPCOMING DISTRICT COUNCILLOR TRAINING

Unless otherwise specified, please confirm your availability to attend any of the following briefing or training events by contacting Jonathan Malton. This will ensure your training records are kept up to date and suitable venue and catering booking can be made. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

4.

Investment Partnership Training: 12 March at 12 noon

It is proposed that Investment Partnerships will fulfil a substantial role in the delivery of the Council’s Investment Strategy, with a £170m funding allocation in this investment stream anticipated by March 2024.  It is proposed that Full Council will, on 2nd April, consider the recommendation from Cabinet on 4th March to enter into Limited Liability Partnerships with two Partners, Hill Partnerships Limited and Balfour Beatty Investments.  It is essential that members who will be scrutinising this proposal are properly informed as to the nature and extent of these Partnerships.  To this end, specific training on this issue has been organised on 12 March, timed to start and finish before the Scrutiny and Overview committee meeting.

 

The training will cover the following issues:

  • The role of investment partnerships within the SCDC Investment Strategy
  • Key ingredients for successful partnerships
  • What the parties bring to the table
  • Governance challenges within the investment partnerships
  • Initial business case development and approval
  • Exit strategies on investments
  • Interaction between investment partnerships and Council policy framework
  • Community engagement and public perceptions
  • Case studies / experiences from elsewhere
  • Legal basis (Haringey Case)

 

The training will be delivered by Chris Brain, an expert in the field who has previously provided member training to the Council on its Investment Strategy in April 2019. He is an expert in this field, able to easily disseminate what can sometimes seem an impenetrable subject in a highly accessible and enjoyable way.

 

Please advise Democratic Services if you can attend the training on Thursday 12 March from 12 noon to 4pm in the Council Chamber. Lunch will be provided.

5.

Appeals Hearing Training: 18 March at 1:30PM

With the introduction of the new constitution, Members will have the opportunity to participate in employment appeals within the Council. As such, we are inviting all Members to attend an Appeals Hearing training session Wednesday 18th March from 13:30 until 16:00 in the Chamber.

 

The training will be delivered by Bill Kerr.

 

This training is designed to prepare Members to undertake appeal hearings effectively and fairly, taking into account developments in employment law and is suitable as a refresher for those who have attended previously, or for those who are undertaking this for the first time.

 

The training will cover the following key issues:

·         Recognising the role of the Appeal Hearing in the relevant procedure.

·         Exploring key legal and procedural points which must be understood when hearing an appeal.

·         Practising key skills for Members involved in hearing appeals.

·         Identifying the practical implications for Members in conducting Appeals Hearings.

 

Please advise Democratic Services if you can attend the training on Wednesday 18 March. If you have queries please contact Jonathan Malton at Jonathan.Malton@scambs.gov.uk.

Please note that lunch will not be provided.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

6.

Media Monitoring

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The Council’s Communications Team produce a weekly summary of recent news items which is published in the Bulletin to help keep members informed of recent coverage of the Council.

Please contact the Communications Team for further information.

 

Date

Publication

Details

04/03/20

Cambridge News

Residents 'in limbo' over South Cambs planning 'pickle'

P8

 

04/03/20

Cambridge Independent online

‘A completely perfect pickle’ - Councillor Deb Roberts hits out over South Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning process

Link

 

04/03/20

Cambridge Independent online

Roll-out of residents parking schemes in Cambridge could be suspended

Link

County / GCP article

04/03/20

Cambridge Independent

Council 'in a pickle' over planning

P5

 

04/03/20

Cambridge Independent

Short-term plan to improve transport

P9

GCP / CA article

04/03/20

Cambridge Independent

Cllr Bridget Smith column: Let us help fund VE Day projects

P31

 

05/03/20

Cambridge News

Council to rethink proposed residents' parking scheme

P6

County / GCP article

05/03/20

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cllr Bridget Smith interviewed about upcoming International Women's Day 2020

1h 45 mins into show

 

05/03/20

Cambridge Network online

Cambridge TV programme looks at plastic pollution

Link

 

07/03/20

Rail Advent online

New cycle storage planned at Meldreth railway station

Link

 

07/03/20

Cambridge News

Busway hold-ups could affect land supply

P5

 

08/03/20

Cambridge Independent online

Scrapping off-road Cambourne to Cambridge busway could hit Bourn Airfield plans, warns councillor

Link

 

Mar-20

Change.org

EXECUTIVE CAR DRIVER'S CAMPAIGN AGAINST LOCAL COUNCILS INTRUSION OF PASSENGER PRIVACY

Link

Online petition to SCDC

09/03/20

Cambridge News

Court challenge to interpretation of council's policies

P8

 

09/03/20

Cambridge News

Spark old electrics into life

P9

 

 

7.

Items of Interest from the Local Government Association (LGA)

Items of Interest from the Local Government Association (LGA)

 

The Local Government Association provides a list of news headlines relevant to its members. Please click the headlines below for more details.

 

Saturday 7 March 2020, Mail: Budget: Fly-tip fighting fund

The Chancellor is to announce a £9 million war on fly-tipping in next week’s Budget.

 

Monday 9 March 2020, Mail: Coronavirus: bin collections

Councils are planning to review their bin collections if they are forced to prioritise services.

 

Monday 9 March 2020, BBC Online: Business rates affecting high streets

Pressure is growing for changes in business rates to help struggling high streets and fill vacant retail premises.

 

Tuesday 10 March 2020, BBC Online: Crisis charity warn of affordable housing shortage

A chronic lack of affordable housing is “forcing homeless people on to the streets”, the charity Crisis has said.

 

Tuesday 10 March 2020, Mail: Coronavirus: rubbish collections

Councils are reviewing their rubbish collections under contingency efforts to manage the potential spread of the coronavirus.

8.

View Planning Applications

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To view the list of planning applications that have recently been submitted to the Council, please visit the authority’s on-line Planning Application Search. 

 

The system will provide a range of information on current and decided applications since 1948, including a brief description of the development, reference number, decision and the date of decision.  More recent applications show the name and telephone number of the council officer who is dealing with the application.

 

Search results are presented in a collection of pages, the number of which depends on the number of results your search produces.  There are navigation tools to allow you to browse your results.

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE DECISIONS TAKEN SINCE WEDNESDAY 4 MARCH 2020

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In accordance with the Access to Information Procedure Rules in Part 4 of the Council’s Constitution, any executive decision shall be published normally within five days of being made.  That record will bear the date on which it is published and will specify that the decision will come into force, and may then be implemented, on the expiry of 5 working days after the publication of the decision, unless called in for review by the Chairman of the Scrutiny and Overview Committee or by any five other councillors.

 

A list of decisions currently within the call-in period is available on the Council’s website.

 

The call in procedure is set out in full in Part 4 of the Council’s Constitution, ‘Scrutiny and Overview Committee Procedure Rules’

9.

Review of IDOX Contract

The Lead Cabinet Member for Finance AGREED the recommendation of the Grants Advisory Committee with regards to the review of the IDOX contract.

 

This decision was first published on Friday 6 March and so the deadline for call-in is Friday 13 March at 5pm.

10.

Amendment to Discretionary Business Rate Relief Policy

The Lead Cabinet Member for Finance AGREED to adopt an updated Discretionary Business Rate Relief Policy.

 

This decision was first published on Friday 6 March and so the deadline for call-in is Friday 13 March at 5pm.

11.

Grants to Mobile Warden Scheme 2020/2021

The Lead Cabinet Member for Finance AGREED to award a number of grants to the Mobile Warden Scheme, as recommended by the Grants Advisory Committee.

 

This decision was first published on Friday 6 March and so the deadline for call-in is Friday 13 March at 5pm.

12.

Policy for the allocation of Faith/Community Land at Northstowe

Cabinet

 

ENDORSED the proposed policy which has been developed in conjunction with the faith groups to which it will be applied.

AGREED the application of this growth sites across the district.

 

This decision was first published on Friday 6 March and so the deadline for call-in is Friday 13 March at 5pm.

13.

Communal Room Review Project -Decision Required Regarding the Future use of The Limes/Limes Close Sheltered Communal Room in Bassingbourn

Cabinet:

 

Approved the decision to transfer the sheltered community building at The Limes / Limes Close, Bassingbourn to Bassingbourn Parish Council on a long 99-yr full repairing lease with a peppercorn rent for use as a village community hall, with the costs of transfer to be split 50:50 between the district and parish councils, up to a maximum value in total of £18,000 (£9,000 each).

 

This decision was first published on Friday 6 March and so the deadline for call-in is 5pm on Friday 13 March.

14.

Town Centre Development Northstowe Phases 1&2

Cabinet:

 

Approved South Cambridgeshire District Council as the project manager of the community-based projects listed in the confidential report;

 

This decision was first published on Friday 6 March and so the deadline for call-in is 5pm on Friday 13 March.

15.

Community Chest Grants

The Lead Cabinet Member for Finance AGREED the recommendation of the Grants Advisory Committee with regards to the award of Community Chest Grants

 

This decision was first published on Wednesday 11 March and so the deadline for call-in is Wednesday 18 March at 5pm.

 

DECISIONS MADE BY OFFICERS AND REPORTED FOR INFORMATION

Please click on the link below to find details of decisions made by officers under delegated authority:

https://www.scambs.gov.uk/your-council-and-democracy/access-to-information/

OTHER INFORMATION

16.

Newly-Published Items on modern.gov

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Agendas

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Reports

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Decisions

·                      Amendment to Discretionary Business Rate Relief Policy

·                      Review of IDOX Contract

·                      Grants to Mobile Warden Scheme

·                      Cabinet 4 March

·                      Award of Community Chest Grants

 

Minutes

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Plans

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Issues

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Library Items

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Parish Council Items

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Meetings Added / Postponed / Cancelled

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17.

SCDC Starters and Leavers

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New Employees at the Council

 

Name: Ian Haywood

Job title: Watercourse Operative

Date started: 09/03/2020

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Staff who have moved jobs

 

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Staff who have left