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Agenda

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DR

Contact: Email: memberservices@dartford.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interest from Members including the terms(s) of the Grant of Dispensation (if any) by the Audit Board or Chief Officer & Director of Corporate Services.

3.

Confirmation of the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 28 October 2021 pdf icon PDF 254 KB

4.

Urgent Items

The Chairman will announce his decision as to whether there are any urgent items and their position on the agenda.

ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION IN PUBLIC

5.

To receive the Minutes of the Cabinet Advisory Panel held on 6 December 2021

To follow

6.

References from Committees

None at this stage.

A - Strategies, Policies, Key Decisions, Consultations

7.

Acceptance of Tender - Housing Revenue Account Housing - Sheltered Scheme Fire Alarm and Smoke Detection Upgrade pdf icon PDF 229 KB

Summary:

 

To consider the tender for the upgrade and installation of new fire alarm and smoke detection to the Council’s sheltered housing schemes.

 

Recommendation:

 

That, for the reason detailed in the body of the report, the Council enters into a contract with Company A (as referred to in exempt Appendix A) on terms to be agreed by the Head of Legal Services for the upgrade and installation of new fire alarm and smoke detection to the Council’s sheltered housing schemes, for 2 years, from 17 January 2022.

 

8.

Purchase of Land for Council Housing pdf icon PDF 203 KB

Summary:

 

To seek approval to make an offer to purchase land in Dartford, for council social rented housing, utilising funds within the 1-4-1 replacement HRA property budget.

 

Recommendations:

 

1. That, for the reasons detailed in the body of the report, the Director of Housing and Public Protection be granted delegated authority to bid for land advertised for sale (as described in Exempt Appendix A to the report) and at the offer price referred to in exempt Appendix A; and

 

2. That, in the event that the Council’s offer is successful, the Director of Housing and Public Protection be granted delegated authority to enter into a contract for the purchase of the land , for council social rented housing.  

B - Non-Key Decisions, Monitoring Reports

9.

Spirits Rest Horse Sanctuary/Hope Cottages - The Highways England (A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet Junction Improvements) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019 pdf icon PDF 207 KB

Summary:

 

To agree compensation for Spirits Rest Horse Sanctuary and land at Hope Cottages, following completion of negotiations with Highways England Company Ltd.

 

Recommendations:

 

1. That, the compulsory acquisition by Highways England Company Ltd of Council owned land known as Spirits Rest Horse Sanctuary (Plots 1/5a, 1/5b, 1/6a and 1/6b) and the sub-soil rights in a small land strip fronting Hope Cottages (Plots 31a and b), as identified at Appendix A to the report, for the A2 Bean & Ebbsfleet Junction Improvements, be noted;

 

2. That the CPO Valuer’s recommendation on compensation, as set out in exempt Appendix B to the report, be agreed; and 

 

3. That the Director of Growth and Community be authorised to finalise the transaction with Highways England Company Limited.

 

Additional documents:

10.

Community Infrastructure Levy - Annual Review 2021 pdf icon PDF 174 KB

Summary:

 

To consider an update of the Indicative 5-Year Delivery Programme of potential infrastructure projects that could be supported by funding secured through Dartford’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).  The report also sets out the context for the Delivery Programme in terms of the level of CIL funding received by the Council; the progress that has been made over the past year on the delivery of strategic infrastructure projects as identified in Dartford’s Infrastructure Delivery Plan and the reporting CIL income and expenditure through the Infrastructure Funding Statement.

 

Recommendations:

 

1. That the CIL income received by the Council, as set out in Appendix A to the report, and the level of CIL funding held for strategic infrastructure projects, be noted;

2. That the revised and updated Infrastructure Delivery Plan, as set out in Appendix B to the report, be approved for publication and forms the basis for ongoing liaison with the relevant infrastructure providers and further development of the identified schemes.

3. That the Indicative 5-Year Delivery Programme as set out in Appendix C to the report be agreed and forms the Council’s priority strategic infrastructure projects for the allocation of CIL funding;

4. That, once individual projects within the Indicative 5-Year Delivery Programme are sufficiently progressed to demonstrate they are deliverable, further reports be submitted to Cabinet for decisions on the release of CIL funding contributions towards the projects;

5.  That authority be delegated to the Head of Planning Services to complete and publish the Draft Infrastructure Funding Statement, as set out in Appendix D to the report, in accordance with Government guidance; and

6. That further work be undertaken on the governance arrangements, to enable the release of CIL funds retained for unparished areas, with the intention of a further report to Cabinet early in 2022, for approval of these arrangements.

Additional documents:

11.

Local Scheme of Support for Council Tax 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 142 KB

Summary:

 

To recommend the rolling forward of the Local Scheme of Support for Council Tax 2021/22, with effect from 1 April 2022.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the General Assembly of the Council be recommended to roll forward the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2021/22, to be effective from 1 April 2022.

12.

Financial Contributions to Parish and Town Councils 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 127 KB

Summary:

 

To agree the level of financial contributions to be paid to Parish and Town Councils in 2022/23.

 

Recommendations:

 

1. That the following contributions be made to Parish and Town Councils, to compensate for lost council tax income in local areas from the council tax support scheme:

 

                                                                                              £

Bean

334

Darenth

1,923

Longfield

631

Southfleet

198

Stone

7,021

Sutton at Hone and Hawley

1,737

Swanscombe and Greenhithe

14,435

Wilmington

1,317

 

2. That the contributions be made subject to the Parish and Town Councils submitting suitably analysed details of estimated net expenditure for the ensuing year by 31 January each year, and actual net expenditure for the preceding year no later than six months after the end of each financial year, in a format prescribed by the Council;

 

3. That the payments be made in two equal instalments; the first on 30 April 2022 (or next working day) and the second, the latter of 30 September 2022 (or next working day) or seven days following receipt of the Parish or Town Councils’ 2021/22 accounts, certified as correct by their Clerks;

 

4. That the Council continues to operate the Capacity Building Fund and makes a contribution of £20,000 into the fund in 2022/23;

 

5. That the Chief Officer and Director of Corporate Services be granted delegated authority, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, to agree the Capacity Building Fund bidding criteria; and

 

6. That Capacity Building Funding bids from Parish and Town Councils be submitted to the Grants Panel, and that the Chief Officer and Director of Corporate Services be granted delegated authority to approve the award of the bid(s), on the recommendation of the Grants Panel.

 

Additional documents:

C - Items for Information, noting, endorsing

13.

Revenue Budget Monitoring 2021/22 - Projected Outturn pdf icon PDF 219 KB

Summary:

 

To notify the Cabinet of the Projected Outturn on the General Fund and the Housing Revenue Account, with the reasons for significant variances.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Cabinet notes the projected outturn position for the General Fund and the Housing Revenue Account as set out respectively, in Appendices A, B and C to the report.

Additional documents:

14.

Capital Programme Budget Monitoring 2021/22 - Progress and Projected Outturn pdf icon PDF 320 KB

To inform the Cabinet of the progress to date on the schemes in the approved Capital Programme, and to report the latest position on capital resources.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the progress made to date, on the 2021/22 Capital Programme, be noted.

 

Additional documents:

15.

Report of Delegated Action taken under Standing Order 38 - Street Naming and Numbering First Phase - Alkerden Ebbsfleet Valley pdf icon PDF 193 KB

Summary:

 

To report to Cabinet, in accordance with the requirements of Standing Order 38(2)(b), the delegated action taken under Standing Order 38(2)(a) by the Chief Officer & Director of Corporate Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Chairman, to endorse the name of a new single road for the first phase of the Alkerden Ebbsfleet Valley development as Portbridge Gardens. Potential buyers of properties to be built were unable to obtain mortgages until postal addresses had been allocated and the developer was concerned that there was insufficient time to go through the standard street naming process as postal addresses were needed as soon as possible.

 

Recommendation:

 

That Cabinet note the action taken by the Chief Officer & Director of Corporate Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Chairman, under Standing Order 38(2)(a), in relation to the allocation of a new single road name for the first phase of the Alkerden Ebbsfleet Valley development.

 

Additional documents:

16.

Committee Minutes pdf icon PDF 276 KB

Summary:

 

To receive the minutes of the following meetings:

 

(a) Policy Overview Committee held on 14 September 2021;

 

(b) Strategic Housing Board held on 13 October 2021.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the minutes of the meetings of the Policy Overview Committee held on 14 September 2021 and of the Strategic Housing Board held on 13 October 2021 be noted.

 

Additional documents:

Exclusion of the Press and Public

TO RESOLVE: That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information.

D - Items for Consideration in Private

A

Acceptance of Tender - Housing Revenue Account Housing - Sheltered Scheme Fire Alarm and Smoke Detection Upgrade - Exempt Appendix A
(Exempt Category SO 46 (1) (b) Annex 1 Paragraph 3

Summary:

 

To consider exempt Appendix A to the main report on the acceptance of a tender for the provision of the Sheltered Scheme Fire Alarm and Smoke Detection upgrade.

 

Recommendation:

 

That, for the reason detailed in the main report, the Council enters into a contract with Company A (as referred to in exempt Appendix A) on terms to be agreed by the Head of Legal Services for the upgrade and installation of new fire alarm and smoke detection to the Council’s sheltered housing schemes, for 2 years, from 17 January 2022.

B

Purchase of Land for Council Housing - Exempt Appendix A
(Exempt Category SO 46 (1) (b) Annex 1 Paragraph 3

Summary:

 

To seek approval to make an offer to purchase land in Dartford, for council social rented housing, utilising funds within the 1-4-1 replacement HRA property budget, as detailed in Exempt Appendix A.

 

Recommendations:

 

1. That, for the reasons detailed in the body of the main report, the Director of Housing and Public Protection be granted delegated authority to bid for land advertised for sale (as described in Exempt Appendix A to the report) and at the offer price referred to in exempt Appendix A; and

 

2. That, in the event that the Council’s offer is successful, the Director of Housing and Public Protection be granted delegated authority to enter into a contract for the purchase of the land , for council social rented housing. 

 

C

Spirits Rest Horse Sanctuary/Hope Cottages - The Highways England (A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet Junction Improvements) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019 - Exempt Appendix B
(Exempt Category SO 46 (1) (b) Annex 1 Paragraph 3

Summary:

 

To agree compensation for Spirits Rest Horse Sanctuary and land at Hope Cottages, following completion of negotiations with Highways England Company Ltd, as detailed in the main body of the report.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the CPO Valuer’s recommendation on compensation, as set out in exempt Appendix B to the report, be agreed.