To consider a report of the Director of Culture, Communities and Business Services giving an update on progress made in 2019 towards managing Hampshire’s Built Estate.
The Panel considered a report of the Director of Culture, Communities and Business Services (Item 7 in the Minute Book) giving an update on progress made in managing Hampshire’s Built Estate.
The report outlined how Property Services is managing the County Council’s estate to ensure statutory compliance and the steps it takes to address the high level priorities of health, safety and risk management.
It was noted that a total of around £43 million of capital and revenue investment is spent in the repair and maintenance of schools and HCC corporate buildings in Hampshire.
The Panel were made aware of the increased risk to the health of trees as a result of ash dieback on the corporate and maintained school’s estate. It was reported that a collaborative approach to responding to this was being undertaken across all relevant services of the Council.
The Schools Funding programme was also discussed and it was agreed that the Chairman would write to the Schools Minister at the appropriate time regarding the level of funding received by the County Council for schools maintenance and in particular the high liability of system buildings in the Hampshire estate.
That the Panel notes:
1. progress made against the 2019/20 Planned and Revenue Repairs programme across the corporate and maintained schools estates.
2. the additional schemes to be added to the 2019/20 programme for the corporate estate.
3. the progress made to reduce health and safety risks and the maintenance liability in the corporate estate in the context of the available budgets.
4. the progress in addressing the health and safety risks and condition liabilities in the school estate and the continuing maintenance pressures arising from system buildings of the 1960s and 1970s.