Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Friday, 6 December 2019 10.30 am

Venue: The Ridgeway Suite, The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

Contact: Steve Culliford, Democratic Services. Tel. 01235 422522 Email:  steve.culliford@southandvale.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

25.

Apologies for absence

To record apologies for absence. 

Minutes:

Councillors Neil Fawcett and Debby Hallett (Vice-Chair) had sent their apologies for absence. 

26.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To adopt and sign as a correct record the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 4 October 2019. 

Minutes:

RESOLVED: to approve the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 4 October 2019 as a correct record and agree that the Chairman signs them as such.

27.

Declarations of interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting.  

Minutes:

None

28.

Urgent business and chairman's announcements

To receive notification of any matters which the chairman determines should be considered as urgent business and the special circumstances which have made the matters urgent, and to receive any announcements from the chairman.

Minutes:

None

29.

Public participation

To receive any questions or statements from members of the public that have registered to speak. 

Minutes:

None

30.

Recommendations from other committees

(1)      Joint Audit and Governance Committee – 14 October 2019

Treasury Outturn 2018/19

 

The Joint Audit and Governance Committee considered the head of finance’s report on the treasury outturn for both South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse in 2018/19. 

 

RECOMMENDED to Cabinet to

 

(a)     note the treasury management outturn report 2018/19; and

 

(b)     that the committee is satisfied that the treasury activities have been carried out in accordance with the treasury management strategy and policy. 

 

(2)      Climate Emergency Advisory Committee – 15 October 2019

Options for the future and next steps

 

The Climate Emergency Advisory Committee considered a report by the Head of Partnership and Insight, which set out the options for recommendations that the committee could make to Cabinet in response to the climate emergency declaration. 

 

RECOMMENDED to Cabinet to

 

(a)      Recommend Target Option Three:

·           Vale of White Horse District Council to reduce carbon emissions by 75% by 2025 and become a carbon neutral council by 2030 

·           Vale of White Horse district to reduce carbon emissions by 75% by 2030 and become a carbon neutral district by 2045 

The committee believes that the final carbon neutral district date of 2045 is an aspirational target, which can be approved pending further assurance from officers based around ongoing evidence and agreed action.  This to be an overarching goal for the council in respect of adopting an early carbon neutral target as outlined in the Council motion put forward on 11 April 2019.

 

(b)     authorise the committee to review the Climate Emergency Work Programme proposals for further exploration, full evaluation and costing.  The activities and actions contained in the themes below be pursued, with a council strategic response being defined in each case:

·           Theme 1, Council Business

·           Theme 2, Partnership

·           Theme 3, Housing

·           Theme 4, Infrastructure

·           Theme 5, Transport

·           Theme 6, Biodiversity

·           Theme 7, Behaviour Change

 

Points of amendment:

·           Theme 5, Transport: Additional point of action to investigate a council project or business partnership, enabling residents, council members and staff access to an electric vehicle hire facility, promoting electric vehicle use in the district.

·           Theme 5, Transport: Additional point to review planning options in relation to the location of housing and business developments to prevent the need for long distance commutes.

·           Theme 5, Transport: Additional point to work with Oxfordshire County Council to improve and increase the number of cycle paths networks, improving safety and the connection between towns and villages.

·           Theme 5, Transport: Additional point to resolve to ask South Oxfordshire District Council to incorporate electric vehicle charging points in the plans for the Crowmarsh council office site.

·           Theme 5, Transport: Additional point to review the opportunities for installing charging points at taxi ranks.

·           Theme 5, Transport: Additional point to resolve to ask the Planning Department to investigate the requirement for electric car charging points within domestic and business applications.

·           Theme 6, Biodiversity: Additional point to engage and support the community in encouraging biodiversity in their own gardens.

 

(c)     authorise the committee to support the commissioning of expertise where  ...  view the full agenda text for item 30.

Minutes:

(1)      Joint Audit and Governance Committee – 14 October 2019

Treasury Outturn 2018/19

 

The Joint Audit and Governance Committee considered the head of finance’s report on the treasury outturn for 2018/19.  The committee recommended that Cabinet noted:

(a)     the treasury management outturn report 2018/19; and

(b)     that the committee was satisfied that the treasury activities had been carried out in accordance with the treasury management strategy and policy. 

 

Cabinet welcomed the committee’s comments for consideration later in the meeting. 

 

(2)      Climate Emergency Advisory Committee – 15 October 2019

Options for the future and next steps

 

The Climate Emergency Advisory Committee had considered a report by the Head of Partnership and Insight, which set out the options for recommendations that the committee could make to Cabinet in response to the climate emergency declaration. 

 

The committee recommended Cabinet to:

 

(a)      Recommend Target Option Three:

·           Vale of White Horse District Council to reduce carbon emissions by 75% by 2025 and become a carbon neutral council by 2030 

·           Vale of White Horse district to reduce carbon emissions by 75% by 2030 and become a carbon neutral district by 2045 

The committee believes that the final carbon neutral district date of 2045 is an aspirational target, which can be approved pending further assurance from officers based around ongoing evidence and agreed action.  This to be an overarching goal for the council in respect of adopting an early carbon neutral target as outlined in the Council motion put forward on 13 February 2019.

 

(b)     authorise the committee to review the Climate Emergency Work Programme proposals for further exploration, full evaluation and costing.  The activities and actions contained in the themes below be pursued, with a council strategic response being defined in each case:

·           Theme 1, Council Business

·           Theme 2, Partnership

·           Theme 3, Housing

·           Theme 4, Infrastructure

·           Theme 5, Transport

·           Theme 6, Biodiversity

·           Theme 7, Behaviour Change

 

Points of amendment:

·           Theme 5, Transport: Additional point of action to investigate a council project or business partnership, enabling residents, council members and staff access to an electric vehicle hire facility, promoting electric vehicle use in the district.

·           Theme 5, Transport: Additional point to review planning options in relation to the location of housing and business developments to prevent the need for long distance commutes.

·           Theme 5, Transport: Additional point to work with Oxfordshire County Council to improve and increase the number of cycle paths networks, improving safety and the connection between towns and villages.

·           Theme 5, Transport: Additional point to resolve to ask South Oxfordshire District Council to incorporate electric vehicle charging points in the plans for the Crowmarsh council office site.

·           Theme 5, Transport: Additional point to review the opportunities for installing charging points at taxi ranks.

·           Theme 5, Transport: Additional point to resolve to ask the Planning Department to investigate the requirement for electric car charging points within domestic and business applications.

·           Theme 6, Biodiversity: Additional point to engage and support the community in encouraging biodiversity in their own gardens.

 

(c)     authorise the committee to support the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 30.

31.

Wootton and St Helen Without Neighbourhood Plan pdf icon PDF 158 KB

To consider the head of planning’s report. 

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the head of planning’s report on the Wootton and St Helen Without Neighbourhood Plan.  The report sought Cabinet’s recommendation to Council to make the plan part of the council’s development plan. 

 

The Cabinet member for planning, Councillor Catherine Webber, had not taken part in the preparation of the neighbourhood plan but, as local ward member, had encouraged the two parishes to do so.  Instead, the Leader of the Council presented the report, pointing out that the plan safeguarded the character of the two parishes and provided for a new development at Dalton Barracks, together with a green buffer. 

 

The plan was compatible with the European Union obligations and complied with the Habitats Regulations Assessment.  The independent planning inspector has supported the plan and agreed that it should proceed to referendum. 

 

The referendum, held on 24 October 2019, had resulted in 89.3 per cent support for the plan.  Therefore, the Leader recommended that Cabinet supported a recommendation to Council to make the plan part of the council’s development plan.  Cabinet welcomed the plan and supported the recommendation.  The local ward member supported the plan and commended the parish on their work. 

 

RECOMMENDED to Council to:

 

(a)      make the Wootton and St Helen Without Neighbourhood Development Plan so that it continues to be part of the council’s development plan; and

 

(b)      authorise the head of planning, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, and in agreement with the Qualifying Body, to correct any spelling, grammatical, typographical or factual errors, together with any improvements from a presentational perspective. 

32.

Budget monitoring pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To consider the head of finance’s report. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the head of finance’s report on revenue and capital budget monitoring for the period April to August 2019, the first five months of the financial year.  This showed a projected revenue overspend of £197,000 at the year-end (31 March 2020), and a projected capital underspend of £164,000. 

 

The Cabinet member for finance reported that the council had little control over several elements of the budget, such as the amount of housing benefit that could be reclaimed, the legal costs of planning appeals, and the reduced number of planning applications. 

 

Cabinet noted that work had begun to monitor budgetary performance at the end of November 2019.  Officers and Cabinet members were working to ensure there was no overspend at the end of the current financial year to avoid impacting on next year’s budget. 

 

RESOLVED: to note the budget monitoring report for the period April to August 2019. 

33.

Treasury management outturn 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 146 KB

To consider the head of finance’s report. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the head of finance’s report on the treasury outturn in 2018/19. 

 

Cabinet noted that the report had been considered by the Joint Audit and Governance Committee, which was satisfied that the treasury activities had been carried out in accordance with the treasury management strategy and policy. 

 

Cabinet welcomed the report, noting that performance had exceeded targets. 

 

The Cabinet member for finance reported that he would be investigating the possibility of a more flexible policy to allow the council to switch between treasury investments and property investments.  Cabinet noted that any change would have to be part of the 2020/21 budget proposals. 

 

RECOMMENDED to Council to:

 

(a)     approve the treasury management outturn report 2018/19; and

 

(b)     approve the actual 2018/19 prudential indicators within the report. 

34.

Council tax base 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 133 KB

To consider the head of finance’s report. 

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the head of finance’s report regarding the setting of the council tax base for 2020/21.  Before the council tax could be set by Council, a calculation had to be made of the council tax base: an estimate of the taxable resources for the whole district and for each parish. 

 

Cabinet noted how the council tax base was calculated and noted the assumptions made as part of that calculation.  Cabinet was asked to recommend the council tax base to Council.  Once set by Council in December, the council tax base would be notified to Oxfordshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and each parish and town council, to allow them to set their budgets for 2020/21. 

 

Cabinet supported the recommendations. 

 

RECOMMENDED to Council:

 

(a)      that the report of the head of finance to Cabinet on 6 December 2019 for the calculation of the council’s tax base and the calculation of the tax base for each parish area for 2020/21 be approved;

 

(b)      that, in accordance with The Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012, the amount calculated by Vale of White Horse District Council as its council tax base for the year 2020/21 be 52,686.4; and 

 

(c)       that, in accordance with The Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012, the amount calculated by Vale of White Horse District Council as the council tax base for the year 2020/21 for each parish be the amount shown against the name of that parish in Appendix 1 of the report of the head of finance to Cabinet on 6 December 2019.