of a meeting of the



held on Friday 29 October 2021 at 10.30 am

in 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, OX14 4SB






Open to the public, including the press


Present in the meeting room:

Councillors: Emily Smith (Chair), Neil Fawcett, Helen Pighills and Judy Roberts

Officers: Steve Culliford and Mark Stone


Remote attendance:

Councillors: Councillor Andrew Crawford, Councillor Bethia Thomas and Councillor Catherine Webber

Officers:  Patrick Arran, James Carpenter, Emma Creed, Jeremy Lloyd, Suzanne Malcolm and David Wilde

Guests: Councillor David Grant




42     Apologies for absence


Councillor Debby Hallett had given her apologies for absence. 




43     Minutes


RESOLVED: to adopt as a correct record the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 1 October 2021 and agree that the Chair signs them as such. 




44     Declarations of interest






45     Urgent business and chair's announcements


The Chair reminded Cabinet that only those members present in the meeting room had voting rights. 




46     Public participation








47     Recommendations and updates from other committees


Cabinet noted an update from other committees, including the matters discussed at recent meetings of the Climate Emergency Advisory Committee, the Scrutiny Committee, and the Licensing Acts Committee.  There were no recommendations for Cabinet to consider at this meeting. 


Councillor David Grant attended the meeting to update Cabinet further on the matters discussed at the Climate Emergency Advisory Committee. 




48     Technology strategy


Cabinet considered the head of corporate services’ report on the joint technology strategy.  This updated the current strategy agreed in 2018, allowed the council to develop its technology infrastructure to meet the needs of the corporate plan, allowed the council to provide for future needs as it moved to new offices, and allowed it to adapt to changes in IT provision.  The strategy was set out in appendix A to the report, published with the agenda. 


Cabinet welcomed the updated technology strategy and noted that it would support all objectives set out in the corporate plan.  Cabinet particularly welcomed the emphasis on meeting the climate emergency objectives of the corporate plan, with a move towards cloud-based services, plus carbon neutral and carbon negative IT solutions. 


RESOLVED: to note the update on the projects incorporated in the Joint Technology Strategy and to support the continuing implementation of the programme. 




49     Exclusion of the public, including the press


RESOLVED: to exclude members of the press and public from the meeting for the following items of business under Part 1 of Schedule 12A Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 and as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 on the grounds that:

(i)     it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3, Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, and

(ii)    the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. 




50     Minutes


The exempt minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 1 October 2021 were adopted as a correct record.   




51     Technology strategy


Cabinet noted the exempt appendices to the joint technology strategy update report. 




52     Property, asset management and technical services IT solution


Cabinet approved investment for a project to consolidate and upgrade the IT systems used for the property, asset management and technical services.