Cabinet Meeting - Previous Minutes
Meeting held 27th April, 2005
Councillors Jan Wilson (Chair), Gill Furniss, Harry Harpham, Steve Jones, Tim Rippon and Mick Rooney.
CABINET MEMBERS’ APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Chris Weldon.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Councillor Tim Rippon declared an interest, as an employee of the South Yorkshire Housing Association, in the item relating to the Fir Vale Strategic Partnership (minute 6) and did not speak or vote thereon.
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
The minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 13th April, 2005 were received and approved as a correct record.
PUBLIC QUESTIONS AND PETITIONS
No petitions were reported at this meeting
Martin Brighton asked Cabinet Members what they thought about the usefulness of the Cabinet meetings in view of the fact that few members of the public attended.
In response, Councillor Jan Wilson stated that notice of the meetings and agendas were published on the Council’s website and that members of the public were always welcomed, but it was for them to decide whether or not to attend. In general, she felt that, when there were items on the agenda of interest to particular members of the public, they did attend and ask questions of the Cabinet.
ITEMS CALLED IN FOR SCRUTINY/REFERRED TO COUNCIL
The Assistant Chief Executive, Legal and Governance, reported that there had been no items of business called in for scrutiny or referred to Council arising from the previous meeting of this Cabinet.
Cabinet Members noted this information.
FIR VALE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
The Executive Director, Neighbourhoods submitted a report on the proposed establishment of a strategic partnership which would bring together the key statutory, community and economic agencies, Housing Associations and business representatives as the primary means of co-ordinating the Masterplan proposals to restructure the housing market and regenerate the commercial centre in Fir Vale. She stated that the partnership would strive to ensure that the needs of residential and business communities were addressed, would engage with all stakeholders, residents and potential developers to stimulate and direct investment, create local training and employment opportunities within the regeneration activity and develop a long term programme for the successful transformation of Fir Vale. She added that the proposals were being put forward prior to consideration of the Masterplan by the Cabinet on 25th May, 2005 in order that the strategic partnership could be effected at the earliest opportunity, although she stressed that there would be ongoing consultations with the community on the Masterplan.
RESOLVED: That (a) approval be given to the establishment of an unincorporated strategic partnership of key stakeholders to co-ordinate and stimulate regeneration activity in Fir Vale, in accordance with the details set out in the report now submitted, and that authority be delegated to the East Area Development Framework (ADF) Programme Director, Neighbourhoods, in consultation with the Assistant Chief Executive, Legal and Governance, and Councillor Chris Weldon, the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, to implement the recommendations contained in the report for establishing the partnership; and
(b) authority be also delegated to the East ADF Programme Director, Neighbourhoods, in consultation with the proposed Partnership Board members and other interested parties, to establish the wider remit of the Partnership Board and to determine how the agendas of youth, children and older people within the Fir Vale area will be covered.
THREE YEAR STREET MAINTENANCE IMPROVEMENT PLAN 2005-08
The Executive Director, Development, Environment and Leisure, submitted a report seeking approval of a Three Year Street Maintenance Improvement Plan to guide the direction of the Street Maintenance Service over the next three financial years. He referred to the key objectives of the Plan, which were detailed in Appendix 1 to the report, and included (i) transformational improvements in street lighting and street cleaning, (ii) significant improvements in activities relating to trees, drainage and non-principal classified roads, (iii) addressing specific risks identified in relation to damaged street lighting columns, damaged fences and barriers on high speed roads and specific sections of road identified as having potential skidding problems, and (iv) incremental improvement by continually searching for efficiency savings generally. Appendix 2 of the report summarised the overall Street Maintenance Investment Plan, amounting to £30,640,000 for 2005/06, which would be resourced from the Council’s Revenue Budget, the Single Pot, the Local Transport Plan Maintenance Allocation and Transport Supplementary Grant for the Sheffield Parkway.
RESOLVED: That (a) approval be given to the Three Year Street Maintenance Improvement Plan 2005-08, as detailed in Appendix 1 to the report now submitted;
(b) the drive for further improvement in respect of the Business and Highway Asset Management Plan processes be endorsed;
(c) the ongoing work to ensure co-ordination and strategic fit of the Plan with a number of other physical infrastructure improvement programmes be noted;
(d) the provision of appropriate standards of street maintenance for the “Entente Florale” competition 2005 and in those neighbourhoods that have entered the “Yorkshire In Bloom” competition be approved; and
(e) approval be also given for the reinvestment of any efficiency savings, identified within the overall Street Maintenance Service, into environmental maintenance to increase the number of nuisance highway trees tackled.
REGENERATION OF HILLSBOROUGH PARK – RESTORATION AND REDEVELOPMENT OF PENISTONE ROAD LODGE
The Executive Director, Development, Environment and Leisure submitted a report seeking approval for the restoration and redevelopment of Penistone Road Lodge and its setting within Hillsborough Park, phase 1 of which included the replacement of the roof structure and flooring, repair of the external walls, reinstallation of the windows and stone shields, rebuilding of internal walls and chimney breast and the demolition of the disused toilet extension. He stated that the scheme, which would utilise funding from Yorkshire Water, including a contribution for a 25 year lease of part of the Lodge to house their monitoring equipment, would save and revitalise the Grade II listed building and reduce necessary future maintenance, without any additional revenue implications for the Council.
RESOLVED: That (a) approval be given to the Penistone Road Lodge redevelopment scheme in Hillsborough Park, as set out in the report now submitted, including the disposal of part of the Lodge for occupation by Yorkshire Water;
(b) authority be delegated to the Assistant Chief Executive, Legal and Governance, in consultation with the Head of Parks, Woodlands and Countryside, to enter into all appropriate documentation to facilitate the funding and ongoing management of the refurbished lodge and to enter into a lease with Yorkshire Water for a maximum period of 25 years, subject to satisfying the requirements of section 36 of the Charities Act 1993; and
(b) the Capital Project Initiation Form A attached to the report, in respect of the proposed expenditure of £80,000 in 2005/6, be approved for inclusion in the Capital Programme.
DISPOSAL OF LAND AT BLONK STREET
The Executive Director, Development, Environment and Leisure submitted a report containing proposals for the disposal of land at Blonk Street, Central Riverside, for a major mixed use development in a strategic regeneration area.
RESOLVED: That (a) approval be given to the Council entering into a proposed development agreement with Priority Sites Limited and to the separate marketing of the residential plot on the basis set out in the report now submitted; and
(b) the Assistant Chief Executive, Legal and Governance, be requested to complete the necessary legal documentation on behalf of the City Council.
(NOTE: An appendix to the above report was not available to the public and press because it contained exempt information described in paragraphs 7 and 9 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985, relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person other than the Authority and any terms proposed by or to the Authority in the course of negotiations for the acquisition or disposal of property or the supply of goods or services, respectively.)