Decisions

Decisions published

09/07/2024 - LGA Corporate Peer Challenge Feedback Report ref: 1531    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/07/2024

Effective from: 09/07/2024

Decision:

(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Phillip Black)

 

Cabinet received a report from the Chief Executive to request that Cabinet formally accepts the feedback in the LGA Corporate Peer Challenge report for the final report to be published by the deadline of 18th July 2024.

 

The options, options analysis, including risk assessment and officer preferred option, were set out in the report as follows:

 

 

Option 1: Accept the findings and recommendations in the report.

Option 2: Do not accept the findings and recommendations in the report.

 

If accepted, the report will be published, and the Chief Executive will develop an action plan to act on the recommendations and monitor progress.

No advantages are identified for this option.

 

No specific disadvantages are identified for this option.

The Council will need to engage with the LGA on any disputed findings and recommendations. This will slow down the process of establishing an action plan for CPC recommendations.

 

None identified.

None identified.

 

The recommended option is to accept the report findings and recommendations, so that the report can be published and for the Chief Executive to develop an action plan to act on the recommendations (Option 1). The report must be published by 18th July 2024, and the action plan by 4th September 2024.

 

The meeting adjourned at 6.22pm whilst a disturbance in the public gallery was resolved.  The meeting reconvened at 6.26pm.

 

During the debate it was noted that the LGA Executive Summary referred to ‘the former seaside resort of Morecambe’ and it was agreed to formally minute that Cabinet would like to see the word ‘former’ removed before the report was made publicly available.

 

Councillor Phillip Black proposed, seconded by Councillor Dowding:-

 

“That the recommendations, as set out in the report, be approved.”

 

Councillors then voted:-

 

Resolved unanimously:

 

(1) That Cabinet formally acknowledges the work undertaken by the peer team and accepts the feedback in the Corporate Peer Challenge (CPC) report.

 

(2) That responsibility for the development of an action plan to meet the CPC recommendations be delegated to the Chief Executive.

 

Officer responsible for effecting the decision:

 

Chief Executive

 

Reasons for making the decision:

 

The CPC feedback report provides a number of recommendations that align with the strategic principles of the Council Plan 2024-2027. The development of an action plan for the recommendations will consider the scope of actions in consideration of the strategic and financial decision-making already set out in the Council Plan 2024-2027.

 

Cabinet acceptance of the findings and recommendations in the CPC report will result in the report being published and a new action plan to be developed to act on the recommendations for organisational developments. Alongside this a comms and engagement plan will ensure that staff, members and partners are briefed on the excellent findings of this review.


09/07/2024 - Lancaster District Strategic Partnership'Memorandum of Understanding' ref: 1530    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/07/2024

Effective from: 19/07/2024

Decision:

(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Peter Jackson)

 

Cabinet received a report from the Chief Executive to request that Cabinet adopt the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Lancaster District Strategic Partnership.

 

The options, options analysis, including risk assessment and officer preferred option, were set out in the report as follows:

 

 

Option 1: Adopt the MOU and commit the council to the stated objectives of the partnership.

Option 2: Do not adopt the MOU and do not commit to the objectives of the partnership.

Advantages

If adopted, the Chief Executive will sign the MOU and formalise the partnership with all other strategic organisations involved.

No advantages are identified for this option.

Disadvantages

No specific disadvantages are identified for this option.

The Council will need to revise aspects of the MOU with partners. Or if not adopted, the Council will be weakened in its ability to work with partners to deliver mutually beneficial strategic outcomes for the district.

Risks

None identified.

None identified.

 

The recommended option is to proceed with adopting the MOU so that the Chief Executive can sign the MOU with all other partners and move towards the delivery of outcomes (Option 1).  The report provides details of the objectives of the Lancaster District Strategic Partnership and outlines the content and importance of the MOU.

 

Councillor Peter Jackson proposed, seconded by Councillor Wood:-

 

“That the recommendation, as set out in the report, be approved.”

 

Councillors then voted:-

 

Resolved unanimously:

 

(1) That Cabinet agrees to the principles of the partnership as detailed in the Memorandum of Understanding and authorises the Chief Executive to sign on the Council’s behalf.

 

Officer responsible for effecting the decision:

 

Chief Executive

 

Reasons for making the decision:

 

Cabinet adoption of the MOU will enable officers and strategic partners to deliver on the stated objectives outcomes.

 

The strategic priorities for the Lancaster District Strategic Partnership correlate with the strategic principles of the Council Plan 2024-2027. The partnership may evolve so that there is added resource and capacity, between partners, to deliver projects and services aligned to the strategic and financial decision-making already set out in the Council Plan 2024-2027.


09/07/2024 - Asset Consideration - Lancaster ref: 1529    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet are requested to consider the disposal of a commercial property within the City Council's portfolio.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/07/2024

Effective from: 19/07/2024

Decision:

(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Hamilton-Cox)

 

Cabinet received a report from the Chief Officer Housing and Property.  The report was exempt from publication by virtue of paragraph 3, of Schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972

 

The options, options analysis, including risk assessment and officer preferred option, were set out in the exempt report.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Hamilton-Cox, seconded by Councillor Wood and resolved unanimously when put to the vote:-

 

Resolved unanimously:

 

The resolution is set out in a minute exempt from publication by virtue of paragraph 3, of Schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

Officer responsible for effecting the decision:

 

Chief Officer Housing and Property

 

Reasons for making the decision:

 

The decision is consistent with the Council’s priorities. Exactly how the decision fits with Council priorities is set out in the exempt minute.

 

Wards affected: Castle Ward;

Lead officer: Joanne Wilkinson


09/07/2024 - Burrow Beck Solar Project ref: 1528    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet decision to approve 4 mega-watt ground-mount solar project in South Lancaster.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 11/07/2024

Effective from: 19/07/2024

Decision:

(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Dowding)

 

Cabinet received a report from the Chief Officer – Planning & Climate Change to seek approval to deliver a 4MW ground-mounted solar project on land known as ‘Burrow Beck.’  The report was exempt from publication by virtue of paragraph 3, of Schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

The options, options analysis, including risk assessment and officer preferred option, were set out in the exempt report.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Dowding seconded by Councillor Wood and resolved unanimously when put to the vote:-

 

Resolved unanimously:

 

The resolution is set out in a minute exempt from publication by virtue of paragraph 3, of Schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

Officer responsible for effecting the decision:

 

Chief Officer - Planning and Climate Change

 

Reasons for making the decision:

 

The decision is consistent with the Council’s priorities. Exactly how the decision fits with Council priorities is set out in the exempt minute.

Wards affected: Scotforth East Ward; Scotforth West Ward; University Ward;

Lead officer: Elliott Grimshaw