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15/05/2024 - Forward Plan of Key Decisions ref: 3734    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2024

Effective from: 15/05/2024

Decision:

The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 19 June to 16 October 2024 which detailed the following issues, was approved:??? 

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Subject Matter??? 

Contact??? 

Final Financial Outturn 2023/24? 

 

Name: Rachel Spain? 

Tel:01785 854455? 

Supported Living Commissioning Update?? 

 

Name: Andrew Jepps??? 

Tel: (01785) 278557? 

Staffordshire Bus Strategy 2024 Update   

 

Name: David Atkinson 

Tel: (01785) 277910 

Treasury Management Report for the Year Ended 31 March 2024 

Name: Melanie Stokes 

Tel: (01785) 276330 

Children and Young People's Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service?? 

Name: Natasha Moody??? 

Tel: 07976 191079??? 

Digital Innovation Strategy for Staffordshire County Council?? 

Name: Linsey Bissell?? 

Tel: 07855 026263?? 

Communities Strategy   

Name:  Catherine Mann 

Tel: (01785) 278320 

Intelligent Transport Systems Maintenance Contract   

Name:  James Bailey  

Tel: (01785) 276591  

Recommissioning of Contract Arrangements for the Supply of Residential and Nursing Care Home Placement 

Name:  Andrew Jepps  

Tel: (01785) 278557  

Delivery Plan and Updates for the Housing With Care Strategy, and Day Care Services 

Name:  Andrew Jepps   

Tel: (01785) 278557   

Additional Nursing Capacity 

Name: Helen Trousdale   

Tel: (01785) 27700  

 


15/05/2024 - Decisions taken by Cabinet Members under Delegated Powers ref: 3733    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2024

Effective from: 15/05/2024

Decision:

Decision – That the following decisions taken by Cabinet Members under delegated powers be noted:??? 

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Cabinet Member???? 

Decision??? 

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People? 

In approving the proposed expenditure, volumes and delivery arrangements for the Household Support Fund (HSF) in Staffordshire, along with the continuation of the procurement of the Hemingways VEX digital rewards voucher system. 

 


15/05/2024 - Staffordshire Means Back to Business ref: 3728    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2024

Effective from: 15/05/2024

Decision:

Decision – That the oral report of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills giving an update on “Staffordshire Means Back to Business” activity including the following matters be noted:

 

·       This month saw a decrease of 85 claimants in Staffordshire, whereas we have seen increases both regionally and nationally. Whilst this is positive news, businesses continue to face challenging economic conditions across the country which is reflected in the overall claimant numbers The total number of claimants in the county now stands at 15,805 and the claimant rate has remained the same at 3.0% of the working age population It is important to note that the claimant count rate in Staffordshire continues to be one of the lowest in the West Midlands, far lower than the average for the region of 5.0%, and lower than the average for England of 3.9%. We will continue to support those residents that unfortunately find themselves out of work to access employment through our dedicated Jobs Brokerage service.

 

·       The youth claimant count in Staffordshire also saw a decrease of 40 claimants this month to a total of 3,015 young people. Decreases were also seen regionally and nationally this month The proportion of young people in Staffordshire aged 18-24 that are claiming work-related Universal Credit has decreased this month from 4.9% to 4.8% Staffordshire continues to be lower than the national rate of 5.2% and far lower than the regional rate of 7.1%. Our focus continues to be to engage with our younger residents and support them to find employment or continue in education and training.

 

·       GivEnergy is an energy storage and management company that opened its headquarters at Lymedale Business Park in Newcastle-under-Lyme last year, supporting the company’s expansion and creating around 40 new jobs in the process This was just the start of the GivEnergy’s plans to help build upon North Staffordshire’s growing reputation as a major renewable energy hotspot The company opened the first phase of its new manufacturing facility earlier this month and has clear plans for continued expansion and growth over the coming years.

 

·            Our Fifty500 programme has highlighted the significant opportunities that exist in supporting the decarbonisation of the A50/A500 corridor, building upon the work of companies like GivEnergy and our research institutions, including Keele University and the continued development of their green energy expertise at the Science and Innovation Park Hydrogen will form a key part of delivering upon the UK’s future energy requirements and it has already been highlighted through our work on the Fifty500 that many companies are currently developing hydrogen technologies across the corridor, including JCB who launched their hydrogen combustion engine early last year.

 

·            Hydrogen presents a particular opportunity to decarbonise the industrial, transport and power sectors, and a huge amount of activity is already taking place.  Much of this activity is coming together through the Hydrogen Valley partnership which is being led by Cadent and National Gas Transmission, with the partnership considering how we can develop and build a hydrogen network capable of delivering clean hydrogen to consumers and supporting the growth of the hydrogen economy across the middle of England We are therefore working proactively with the Hydrogen Valley partnership to ensure that we are supporting the development of hydrogen technologies and infrastructure within Staffordshire and collaboratively building the hydrogen economy across the region.

 

·            Having an effective business support offer is a vital part of ensuring businesses can start, invest and thrive within the county, including within those green economy industries that I’ve just referenced In recent Cabinet have been updated on the transfer of the responsibilities, assets and liabilities of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to ourselves and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, to be managed through a new Joint Committee which met for the first on 9 May There was a very productive discussion with our counterparts in Stoke-on-Trent on how we will work together on those responsibilities we will now be delivering across the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent geography This includes the Growth Hub which is our front door for businesses looking for support and is therefore a fundamental part of our business support offer.  The County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council both made the decision back in March to ringfence funding transferred to us from the LEP to fund an additional year of the Growth Hub if Government funding is not forthcoming, putting the Hub on a sound financial footing and allowing us to run it on a two-year programme.

 

·            It has been confirmed that we will receive £300,000 for the delivery of the Growth Hub up to April 2025, and the additional funding that we have committed to use if required means that we can plan for the delivery of the service up to April 2026 We have recently successfully recruited a new Growth Hub Manager who will lead this work This puts in an extremely strong position to be able to put our plans for the Growth Hub into action and develop and deliver an ambitious longer-term plan.


15/05/2024 - Minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 1 May 2024 ref: 3727    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2024

Effective from: 15/05/2024

Decision:

Decision – That the minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 1 May 2024 be received. 


15/05/2024 - Leader's Update ref: 3726    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2024

Effective from: 15/05/2024

Decision:

Decision – That the oral report of the Leader of the Council giving an update on a range of issues including The launch of the Council’s Post-Winter Highways Recovery Plan, a major drive to tackle highway defects; the celebrations on 1 May where communities came together once again to celebrate Staffordshire Day; plans to invest in our countryside to allow more people to enjoy it, to boost our visitor economy and to ensure generations to come can benefit from the amazing green spaces on their doorstep which will include investment in the Country parks at Cannock Chase and Chasewater, and the 92-mile Staffordshire Way; the launch of the Staffordshire Film Office which will help film and TV production companies raise Staffordshire’s profile on the national and international stage and help play a part in growing the county’s economy; the Council’s new partnership with the Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust to provide alcohol and drug support, which is believed to be the first agreement of its kind in this sector and we are proud to be a trailblazer in this field; and Council employee Stefan Andrusychyn’s, together with his wife Denise, who are both blind, appearance on TV’s Britain’s Got Talent where they were unanimously voted through to the next round; be noted.? 

 

The Cabinet also paid tribute Rob Salmon, the Council’s Director of Finance, who was to retire in June after 38 years at the County Council.  They also extended their best wishes to him for a long, happy and healthy retirement.


15/05/2024 - Stafford Town Centre Update - Eastgate Development ref: 3736    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To provide Cabinet with an update on developments in Stafford town centre including those of interest to Staffordshire County Council.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2024

Effective from: 22/05/2024

Divisions affected: Stafford - Stafford Central;

Lead officer: Anthony Hodge


15/05/2024 - Framework Agreement for Staffordshire Garden Waste ref: 3732    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Staffordshire County Council (SCC) are procuring a Framework Agreement for the provision of a Green Waste Processing Service. The Framework will consist of 3 lots. Lot one for the treatment of green waste, with this lot being accessed by Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council only (NULBC). Lot two for the treatment of green waste, with this lot being accessed by Stafford Borough Council only (SBC) Lot three for the treatment of food and green waste, with this lot being accessed by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council only (SMDC). The framework is for a supplier(s) to supply treatment facilities for the acceptance of separately collected green waste to be processed with the exception of lot three which is for mixed food and green waste.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2024

Effective from: 22/05/2024

Decision:

 

 

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“This move to simplify multiple contracts will save the taxpayer money and maintain services  

to the district and borough councils. It is part of a wider commitment to provide or commission good quality services for residents at value-for-money prices.” 

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Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Commercial matters 

 

 

“Staffordshire County Council is committed to recycling and reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The efficient and comprehensive collection and composting of garden waste plays a vital part in the overall progress towards that goal.”  

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Simon Tagg, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change? 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider approval to award under a framework agreement for the disposal of Garden Waste for all Districts and Boroughs across Staffordshire. 

Decision – (a) That it be agreed that officers undertake two procurement exercises in compliance with the requirements of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”) for the Framework Agreements for Staffordshire-wide Garden Waste Disposal (the “Framework Agreement”). 

  

(b) That following the procurement processes, the successful suppliers be appointed to the Framework Agreements. Agreement of the final contractual agreements being delegated to the Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Services. 

  

(c) That it be noted that any instructions in terms of the framework agreement subsequent call-offs will be approved in accordance the council’s Procurement Regulations. 

Divisions affected: Staffordshire;

Lead officer: David Atkinson


15/05/2024 - Framework Agreement for Roofing Works ref: 3731    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Renewal of Corporate Roofing Framework Agreement

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2024

Effective from: 22/05/2024

Decision:

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Given the size and scale of Staffordshire’s works it makes sense to ensure we have flexible, long-term contracts that enable certainty and consistency of delivery, while providing value for money for residents.” 

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Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Commercial Matters   

Reasons for the Decision – To consider undertaking a procurement exercise to establish a new framework agreement for the provision of Roofing works. 

Decision – (a) That officers undertake a procurement exercise in compliance with the requirements of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”) for the Framework Agreement for Roofing Works (the “Framework Agreement”). 

  

(b) That it be agreed that the following shall be delegated to the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Corporate Services: - 

  

·       Approval of the appointment of the successful providers to the Framework Agreement. 

·       Approval of the entering into the Framework Agreement with successful providers to include approval and execution of the final contractual agreements. 

  

(c) That it be noted that any instructions in terms of the framework agreement subsequent call-offs will be approved in accordance the council’s Procurement Regulations. 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Ian Turner


15/05/2024 - Community Learning Accountability Agreement 2024-2025 ref: 3729    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

The report provides an update on performance across Community Learning and the opportunity to consult on the Accountability Agreement which lays out priorities and targets for the 2024-2025 academic year. The Accountability Agreement forms the basis of the Council's Adult Education Budget grant agreement with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). It is a funding requirement to seek approval from Cabinet and submit the Accountability Agreement to the ESFA by the 30th June 2024 for funding to be released to the Council.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2024

Effective from: 22/05/2024

Decision:

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“Our community learning team provides an invaluable service to our residents, supporting them to gain employment opportunities and manage household budgeting and day-to-day tasks.  

 

The service recently received a Good Ofsted rating – recognising its dedicated team members and learning providers who work hard to deliver high quality courses which make a real difference to people’s lives.  

 

The team works continually to further develop and improve service provision and this agreement for the next academic year focusses on how we intend to support local, regional, and national needs.” 

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Philip White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills?? 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider an update on performance across Community Learning and to approve the draft Accountability Statement which lays out our priorities and targets for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

Decision – (a) That the developments and performance of the service area be acknowledged. 

  

(b) That the Accountability Statement for the 2024-2025 academic year be approved. 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Anthony Baines


15/05/2024 - Walleys Quarry: Addressing the Impact on our Communities ref: 3730    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

This report considers the ongoing impact of Walley's Quarry landfill site on communities in Newcastle under Lyme and recommends that the Council adopt a formal policy calling for urgent action by Government to reduce emissions.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2024

Effective from: 22/05/2024

Decision:

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“Residents living and working near Walleys Quarry landfill site have for too long been exposed to foul odour from hydrogen sulphide emissions.  

 

We call for urgent and decisive action by Government to put an end to this situation and protect their health and well-being.” 

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Mike Wilcox, Cabinet Member for Health and Care  

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the ongoing impact of Walleys Quarry landfill site on communities in Newcastle-under-Lyme and a recommendation that the Council adopt a formal policy calling for urgent and decisive action by Government to reduce emissions. 

Decision – That it be agreed that the Council calls for urgent and decisive action by Government to reduce emissions from Walleys Quarry landfill site to protect the health and well-being of local residents. 

Divisions affected: Newcastle - Keele, Knutton and Silverdale;

Lead officer: Dr Richard Harling MBE


01/05/2024 - Amendments to the Property-Sub Terms of Reference ref: 3715    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Property Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 01/05/2024 - Property Sub-Committee

Decision published: 07/05/2024

Effective from: 11/05/2024

Decision:

The Clerk of the meeting updated the Committee on the recent changes that were made to Cabinet member titles and informed them of the tracked changes to the Terms of Reference that had been updated.

 

Resolved – that the tracked changes be approved.


01/05/2024 - 1 Sandpiper Drive, Stafford ref: 3723    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Property Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 01/05/2024 - Property Sub-Committee

Decision published: 07/05/2024

Effective from: 11/05/2024


01/05/2024 - 10 Browning Street, Staffordshire County Council ref: 3722    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Property Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 01/05/2024 - Property Sub-Committee

Decision published: 07/05/2024

Effective from: 11/05/2024


01/05/2024 - 2 Church Road, Hixon ref: 3721    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Property Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 01/05/2024 - Property Sub-Committee

Decision published: 07/05/2024

Effective from: 11/05/2024


01/05/2024 - Wombourne Cricket & Bowling Club ref: 3720    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Property Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 01/05/2024 - Property Sub-Committee

Decision published: 07/05/2024

Effective from: 11/05/2024

Decision:

Details were submitted of the proposed surrender the existing lease from members of Wombourne Cricket, Tennis and Bowling Club and grant a new lease for a period of 20 years from 1st January 2024 until 31st December 2043 at a peppercorn rent to Wombourne Cricket Tennis and Bowling Club.

 

Representations received from the local member supporting the proposal were reported.

 

Resolved – That approval be given to surrender the existing lease from members of Wombourne Cricket, Tennis and Bowling Club and grant a new lease for a period of 20 years from 1st January 2024 until 31st December 2043 at a peppercorn rent to Wombourne Cricket Tennis and Bowling Club (Charity number 1206678).  The final terms and conditions to be delegated to the Assistant Director for Commercial and Assets. 


01/05/2024 - Eccleshall Library Lease ref: 3719    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Property Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 01/05/2024 - Property Sub-Committee

Decision published: 07/05/2024

Effective from: 11/05/2024

Decision:

The Committee were presented with details granting a new lease on Eccleshall Library, 20 High Street, Eccleshall, Staffordshire ST21 6BZ to Eccleshall Parish Council to enable them to run a community managed library facility there. 

 

Comments were received by the local member wishing to formally thank the Eccleshall Mercia Community Library Community Interest Company for their brilliant running of the library for the past five years, and for this to be sent in writing and ensure there is sufficient support in the handover.

 

Resolved- That approval be given to:

a)   approve the granting of a new five year lease from 5th August 2024 of the premises known as Eccleshall Library, 20 High Street, Eccleshall, Staffordshire ST21 6BZ to Eccleshall Parish Council at a rent of £1 per annum if demanded to run a community managed library, with an option to renew for a further term of five years on similar terms. 

b)  the terms of the lease will be very similar to the format of leases agreed for other community managed libraries in the County with approval of the precise terms of the agreement being delegated to the Assistant Director for Commercial and Assets.  

c)   the Clerk to draft and send a formal letter of thanks for the Eccleshall Mercia Community Library.


01/05/2024 - The Grange Centre Lease - Burton ref: 3718    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Property Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 01/05/2024 - Property Sub-Committee

Decision published: 07/05/2024

Effective from: 11/05/2024

Decision:

Details were submitted to grant a lease to Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) for a period of 5 years from 24th June 2024 at a peppercorn rent and apportionment of all other services costs provided by the County. 

 

It was noted that both the local member and the Strategic Delivery Manager supported the proposal.

 

Resolved – That approval be given to grant a lease of part of the Grange Centre Grange Street, Burton-on-Trent to Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) for a period of 5 years from 24th June 2024 at a peppercorn rent with apportionment of service charges and maintenance as agreed per occupied areas. Final terms and conditions to be delegated to the Assistant Director for Commercial and Assets


01/05/2024 - Academy Lease Approval - Doxey Primary School ref: 3717    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Property Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 01/05/2024 - Property Sub-Committee

Decision published: 07/05/2024

Effective from: 11/05/2024

Decision:

The Committee were presented with proposals to grant a separate 125 year lease for Doxey Primary and Nursery School, Doxey Road, Doxey, Stafford, ST16 1EG at a peppercorn rent.

 

Resolved – That a lease of the site set out in the Report Schedule in the standard format be approved.


01/05/2024 - Transfer of Freehold - Ranton Primary School ref: 3716    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Property Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 01/05/2024 - Property Sub-Committee

Decision published: 07/05/2024

Effective from: 11/05/2024

Decision:

Details were submitted of a transfer of the freehold interest in the Property required under the School Standards and Framework Act 1988 as amended by the Education and Inspections Act 2006 (“the Acts”).

 

Resolved - That approval be given of the transfer of the freehold interest in the Property required under the “the Acts” to the Trustees.