Agenda and decisions

Venue: The Oculus, Buckinghamshire Council, Gatehouse Road, HP19 8FF

Contact: Craig Saunders - Email: democracy@buckinghamshire.gov.uk 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

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2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 568 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 29 June 2021.

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3.

Declarations of interest

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4.

Hot Topics

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5.

Question Time

Question from Councillor Robin Stuchbury to Leader of the Council

 

“The Leader of Buckinghamshire Council recently suggested that Buckinghamshire had been one of the most successful Councils in England when it came to supporting local businesses through the pandemic. However on reading national data on Restart Grant payments the data suggests that Buckinghamshire ranks 108 among the 309 English Councils, paying around 16% of the £22.6M funding made available from Central Government. How does Buckinghamshire Council reconcile these two very different views of the Council’s performance and what future help can our local businesses expect to receive from Buckinghamshire Council ?”

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6.

Forward Plan (28 Day Notice) pdf icon PDF 601 KB

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7.

Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) Initial Programme pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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Decision:

Cabinet received a progress report of the Future High Streets programme in High Wycombe.  A further report to establish the programme and governance would be submitted to Cabinet in September 2021.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)               That the Leader, in consultation with the Cabinet Members for Finance, Resources, Property and Assets and the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, and the Section 151 Officer, be authorised to submit the offers to purchase the properties listed in Annex 1 (confidential), subject to the exchange of contracts being conditional upon Future High Streets grant first being received by the Council from MHCLG.

 

(2)               That the Section 151 Officer be authorized to sign the MHCLG Future High Streets grant offer agreement, as set out in paragraph 5, and to draw down on the first year’s allocation.

 

(3)               That the Service Director for Property and Assets be delegated to appoint the external consultants to undertake development management, valuations, due diligence and lettings, to be funded by the Future High Streets grant.

 

(4)               That the Leader, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance, Resources, Property and Assets, and the Section 151 Officer, be authorised to exchange contracts and complete on the proposed acquisitions set out in the Cabinet report.

 

(5)               That the Service Director for Property and Assets, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance, Resources, Property and Assets, and the Section 151 Officer be authorised to undertake the tendering, selection and appointment of buildings contractors to undertake the refurbishment (subject to planning, if required) of acquisitions, once purchases have been completed.

8.

Former Orchard House pdf icon PDF 772 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet received a report on the proposed construction by the Council, in partnership with South-Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), of a new Ambulance Resource Centre on the site of a former property (now demolished) owned Freehold by the Council in High Wycombe under Title Nos BM357755 and BM357753.  The development would replace the much smaller existing High Wycombe ambulance facility and would meet current and future operational needs.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)               That Cabinet recognised this project represented a good example of a Local Authority (Buckinghamshire Council) and a NHS Foundation Trust organisation (South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS)) working jointly together to better serve the Council’s resident population in providing a more modern and larger ambulance facility to replace the much smaller existing facility which would enable the Service to meet current and future operational needs.

 

(2)               That the addition of this scheme to the Capital Programme, to be funded via the prudential borrowing facility, which in turn is funded by Public Works Loan Board for a new Ambulance Station be agreed, with the facility to be let on a long lease to The South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS).

 

(3)               That the Service Director for Property and Assets, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance, Resources, Property and Assets, and the S151 Officer be authorised to appoint consultants and contractors within the agreed cost envelope set out in the Part 2 report (confidential) to progress and complete development of the site including seeking and obtaining planning permission.

 

(4)               That the Service Director for Property and Assets, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance, Resources, Property and Assets, and the Section 151 Officer, be authorised to finalise and agree the Heads of Terms together with any necessary amendments for a development agreement and Agreement for Lease and Lease in accordance with the emerging heads of terms set out in the confidential annex at part two of the Cabinet report; and subsequently, subject to meeting contract conditions, to exchange and complete the contracts.

 

(5)               That the Service Director for Property and Assets, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance, Resources, Property and Assets, and the Section 151 Officer, be authorised to prepare all necessary briefings and scopes of work, make and amend as required Planning Applications, undertake any Consultation and to tender for necessary consultants and a main contractor for the construction, design and delivery of this project and subsequently award the construction contracts, subject to those costs falling within the parameters set out in the financial envelope considered in the Part 2 confidential report.

 

(6)               That the Service Director for Property and Assets, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance, Resources, Property and Assets, and the Section 151 Officer, be authorised to enter into, administer and comply with the terms of any required non-disclosure agreement for the duration of this project while it remained in force.

 

(7)               That the Service Director for Property and Assets, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance, Resources, Property and  ...  view the full decision text for item 8.

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Corporate Performance Indicators 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 687 KB

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Decision:

The report detailed the key performance indicators and targets being proposed for reporting to Cabinet in 2021/22.  It was proposed that reporting against these indicators would commence for Quarter 2.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)               That the key performance indicators for 2021/22 be agreed.

 

(2)               That the associated targets for 2021/22 be agreed.

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Q1 Budget Monitoring Report 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 685 KB

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Decision:

The report set out the Revenue and Capital position for Buckinghamshire Council for the financial year 2021/22.

 

RESOLVED –

 

That the report, including the risks and opportunities contained within it, be noted.

11.

Exclusion of the public (if required)

To resolve that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Act.

 

Paragraph 3

Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular  person (including the authority holding that information)

 

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12.

Confidential Appendix for Future High Streets Fund

13.

Confidential appendices for Former Orchard House

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Date of next meeting

7 September 2021 at 10am

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