Decisions made

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Decisions published

08/10/2021 - Application for a Definitive Map Modification Order to record a bridleway in East Woodhay Parish of East Woodhay ref: 2980    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Culture, Communities and Business Services

Decision published: 25/10/2021

Effective from: 08/10/2021

Decision:

That the application for a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) to record a bridleway in the parish of East Woodhay (see attached plan) should be partially
accepted.
That a DMMO should be made to record a restricted byway between Points A and C on the attached plan (commencing and terminating at junctions with
Hatch House Lane). The width of the route should be a variable width of between 5.4 and 15 metres.

Lead officer: Jonathan Woods


18/10/2021 - Traffic Order Proposals – 40mph Speed Limit at Sherfield-on-Loddon ref: 2977    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Economy Transport & Environment

Decision published: 19/10/2021

Effective from: 18/10/2021

Decision:

That a traffic order be implemented under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (RTRA), the effects of which will be to introduce a 40 miles per hour speed limit on A33 Basingstoke – Reading Road between a point 117 metres south of the entrance leading to Redlands Lodge and a point 269 metres north-east its junction with U225 Wildmoor Lane, an approximate distance of 1474 metres. This will replace part of the current 50 miles per hour speed limit currently in force on A33 Basingstoke – Reading Road; the rest shall remain at 50 miles per hour.

Lead officer: Adrian Gray


18/10/2021 - COVID Household Support Fund - Vouchers for October 2021 Half Term ref: 2974    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Executive Lead Member for Children's Services

Made at meeting: 18/10/2021 - Executive Lead Member for Children's Services Decision Day

Decision published: 18/10/2021

Effective from: 18/10/2021

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);


18/10/2021 - Marnel Junior School, Additional funding to facilitate Contract Award with Greendale Construction ref: 2973    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Culture, Communities and Business Services

Decision published: 18/10/2021

Effective from: 18/10/2021

Decision:

Approval to allocate an additional £249,500.00 of the Schools Condition Allocation (SCA) funding to the project to reclad the SCOLA 2 building at Marnel Junior School, Basingstoke

This approval increases the funding allocation from £1,400,00 to £1,650,000 for the project

Lead officer: Steve Clow


05/08/2021 - Test Valley Consolidation Traffic Regulation Order ref: 2972    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Economy Transport & Environment

Decision published: 15/10/2021

Effective from: 05/08/2021

Decision:

That a traffic order be implemented under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (RTRA), the effects of which will be to consolidate the existing Test Valley Borough Council parking and waiting restrictions orders into a Hampshire County Council map-based order.

Lead officer: Adrian Gray


29/07/2021 - Traffic Order Proposal : No Waiting at Any Time in Newgate Lane Fareham ref: 2971    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Economy Transport & Environment

Decision published: 15/10/2021

Effective from: 29/07/2021

Decision:

That a traffic order be implemented under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (RTRA), the effects of which will be to vary existing maps found within the “The Hampshire (Fareham) (Prohibition and Restriction of Waiting and Parking Places) Consolidation Order 2020” order, and to add additional maps which will impose further prohibitions and restrictions of waiting that coincide with works currently undertaken to improve access and ease congestion.

Lead officer: Adrian Gray


11/10/2021 - Managing Hampshire's Built Estate ref: 2966    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Estates and Property

Made at meeting: 11/10/2021 - Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Estates and Property Decision Day

Decision published: 14/10/2021

Effective from: 22/10/2021


11/10/2021 - Woodcot Lodge Nursing Home ref: 2968    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is to seek approval to the acquisition of the freehold interest of Woodcot Lodge Nursing Home on the agreed terms.

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Estates and Property

Made at meeting: 11/10/2021 - Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Estates and Property Decision Day

Decision published: 14/10/2021

Effective from: 22/10/2021

Divisions affected: Bridgemary;


11/10/2021 - EII South Fire Precaution Improvements – post project completion report ref: 2967    Recommendations Approved

In accordance with paragraph 2.30 of the County Council’s Financial Procedures this report provides a post completion review of the additional costs incurred in undertaking the improvements to the fire precautions in EII South.

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Estates and Property

Made at meeting: 11/10/2021 - Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Estates and Property Decision Day

Decision published: 14/10/2021

Effective from: 22/10/2021

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Rebecca Thompson


11/10/2021 - Strategic Partner Spend Approval ref: 2965    Recommendations Approved

Update on the Strategic Partner Spend Approval.

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Estates and Property

Made at meeting: 11/10/2021 - Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Estates and Property Decision Day

Decision published: 14/10/2021

Effective from: 22/10/2021

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);


11/10/2021 - Surplus Land at Heath Road, Locks Heath – Nutrient Mitigation Strategy ref: 2969    Recommendations Approved

Update on the Surplus Land at Heath Road, Locks Heath – Nutrient Mitigation Strategy

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Estates and Property

Made at meeting: 11/10/2021 - Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Estates and Property Decision Day

Decision published: 14/10/2021

Effective from: 22/10/2021

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Louise Hague


11/10/2021 - Property Services Asset Decisions ref: 2970    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this paper is that the proposed transaction(s) shown in the schedule be approved.

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Estates and Property Decision Day

Made at meeting: 11/10/2021 - Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Estates and Property Decision Day

Decision published: 14/10/2021

Effective from: 22/10/2021

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Steve Clow


27/09/2021 - Hampshire Pension Fund – Cash Investments ref: 1426    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Corporate Operations

Decision published: 13/10/2021

Effective from: 27/09/2021

Decision:

Hampshire Pension Fund’s cash balances will be invested in accordance with the approved decision sheet for Hampshire Pension Fund – Cash Investments. This has been prepared with the advice of the County Council’s Treasury Management adviser, Arlingclose Ltd, and in accordance with the Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2021/22.

Lead officer: Carolyn Williamson


12/10/2021 - Proposals Regarding Business Efficiency & Review of Financial Thresholds ref: 3009    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 12/10/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/10/2021

Effective from: 20/10/2021

Decision:

Cabinet considered a report of the Chief Executive regarding business efficiency and a review of financial thresholds.

 

With the agreement of the Chairman, Councillor House addressed Cabinet expressing concern about a reduction in transparency should more decisions be taken in private. He also noted that the increase in the Key Decision threshold was not in line with inflation.

 

The report was presented and it was highlighted in particular that the increase in the Key Decision threshold to £2 million reflected the substantial change in significance of contractual value to departmental budgets since the previous review. It was furthermore noted that the alternative “significant impact” criteria for a Key Decision remained and was regardless of monetary value. It was explained that the revision to tendering procedures created an efficient alignment between any waiver decision and the decision maker.

 

Cabinet welcomed the report, noting that recommendations were based on lessons learned, that there must always be a balance between transparency and efficiency and that these changes didn’t preclude Cabinet Members from making a decision on a matter that could be decided by officers where it was appropriate to do so.

 

The recommendations set out in the report were considered and agreed. A

decision record is attached to these minutes.


12/10/2021 - Recovery from and learning to live with Covid-19 ref: 3005    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 12/10/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/10/2021

Effective from: 20/10/2021

Decision:

Cabinet considered a report of the Chief Executive regarding the County Council’s continuing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

It was noted that since publication of the report a meeting with Council Leaders in Hampshire regarding the proposed County Deal had highlighted areas requiring further discussion. For that reason, discussion by Cabinet would be deferred to a future meeting.

 

The report was introduced with reference to the economic impact and recovery, rates of infection, staffing and the return to office working, support for Afghan refugees, the return of children to school in September and safeguarding and a number of other service specific impacts.

 

At the invitation of the Chairman, Councillor House addressed Cabinet, highlighting that there were a number of unknowns relating to the County Deal and therefore caution should be exercised. He welcomed further consideration being given to proposals, and confirmed his support for an outcome based on genuine partnership and devolution of power. 

 

Cabinet discussed the latest statistics for Hampshire relating to Covid-19 infections, noting the success of the vaccination programme and higher rates of infection in younger, unvaccinated age groups. It was confirmed that data on the booster vaccine was still emerging and Cabinet heard that the flu vaccine was being rolled out earlier than normal.

 

The increase in child protection plans was considered and it was explained that this was likely a short term increase, however the number of referrals to children’s social care was now constantly raised by around 20% reflecting heightened professional concern. This increase in referrals was part of the national picture and the cost pressure of responding to it had been raised with government.

 

The recommendations set out in the report were considered and noting that the County Deal proposals were subject to discussion at a future meeting, the recommendations were agreed. A decision record is attached to these minutes.


12/10/2021 - Medium Term Financial Strategy Update and Savings Programme to 2023 Savings Proposals ref: 3006    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

The purpose of this report is to consider the overall financial strategy for dealing with the budget gap to 2023/24 in light of the various options available to the County Council and to present the high level outcomes from the public consultation exercise on balancing the budget. The report details savings proposals that have been submitted by Executive Members in meeting their initial savings targets as part of the Savings Programme to 2023 (SP2023) Programme. The report also examines the medium term financial prospects for the County Council to 2025/26 and takes the opportunity to update Cabinet on the financial monitoring position for 2021/22.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 12/10/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/10/2021

Effective from: 20/10/2021

Decision:

Cabinet considered a report of the Chief Finance Officer and Director of Corporate Operations regarding the overall financial strategy for dealing with the budget gap to 2023/24 in light of the various options available to the County Council and the high level outcomes from the public consultation exercise on balancing the budget.

 

With the agreement of the Chairman, Councillors Porter and House addressed Cabinet. Councillor Porter expressed her concern about specific reductions to the Children’s Services budget, in particular in the areas of fostering, home to school transport, school funding and the youth offending team.

 

Councillor House welcomed no further changes to HWRC or school crossing patrol budgets, but noted that previously agreed budget reductions had not yet been achieved and expressed concern about Council Chamber refurbishment costs, a reduction in spending on vulnerable adults and an increasing dependence on volunteers to deliver services. He called on Cabinet to meet with Hampshire MPs to lobby for fair funding to support local services.

 

With reference to the report, key details of the MTFS and SP23 proposals were highlighted to Cabinet, including investment recommendations and proposed recommendations to the County Council.

 

Cabinet welcomed the report and heard that the Leader held regular meetings with Hampshire MPs to make the case for the importance of fair funding, furthermore service specific issues were brought to government attention via professional networks. It was noted that the Council Chamber was a listed building and provided accommodation for the coroner which would otherwise require alternative facilities, therefore the proposed maintenance was both necessary and cost effective. It was recognised that reductions in the youth offending budget were in combination with initiatives to reduce youth crime and therefore the demand on the service. The benefits of Extra-Care both in terms of cost reduction and the customer experience were set out and noted. Cabinet also discussed the current limitations on home to school transport, which are bound by national legislation, and the potential benefits of being able to control  this locally to achieve better alignment with need and the use of more sustainable transport methods.

 

The recommendations in the report were considered and agreed. A decision record is attached to these minutes.


12/10/2021 - New Forest National Park Authority Management Plan ref: 3008    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To consider a report of the Director of Economy, Transport and Environment regarding the New Forest National Park Partnership Management Plan 2021-2026.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 12/10/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/10/2021

Effective from: 20/10/2021

Decision:

Cabinet considered the report of the Director of Economy, Transport and Environment regarding the New Forest National Park Partnership Management Plan 2021-2026.

 

The key purpose of the Management Plan was set out and Cabinet welcomed the report, noting in particular sections on climate change and nature recovery.

 

The recommendations set out in the report were considered and agreed. A

decision record is attached to these minutes.


12/10/2021 - Climate Change Annual Report 2020-2021 ref: 3007    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To consider a report of the Director of Economy, Transport and Environment regarding an update on progress on Climate Change over the last 12 months.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 12/10/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/10/2021

Effective from: 20/10/2021

Decision:

Cabinet considered the report of the Director of Economy, Transport and Environment setting out the Climate Change Annual Report 2020-21.

 

With the agreement of the Chairman, Councillors Porter and Tod addressed Cabinet. Councillor Porter noted the emphasis on engaging with young people in the findings of the Hampshire 2050 Commission and highlighting the role that young people will play in progressing climate change initiatives, expressed concern that the climate change programme was not engaging enough.

 

Councillor Tod highlighted the links to climate change in the County Council’s Strategic Plan (2021-2025). With reference to inconsistent wording between the Plan and covering Cabinet report (from the July Cabinet meeting), he noted that “sustainable” had been removed from Outcome 1 and felt that a clearer ambition for recycling was needed. Councillor Tod also proposed areas where the climate change programme could develop further, relating to local energy generation, solar PV, tree planting and carbon reduction.

 

One year into the Climate Change programme, key areas of progress were highlighted to Cabinet, as was the focus for the second year. Actions to embed the programme within the organisation were drawn to Members’ attention, as was extensive partnership and engagement work. It was noted that the Covid-19 pandemic had limited progress in some areas.

 

Cabinet welcomed the report and the success and ambition of the climate change strategy. In particular initiatives such as “walktober”, the promotion of staycations, the use of bio-fuels and electric machinery, the greening campaign and the recycling of asphalt were recognised.

 

In response to Councillor Tod’s comments, it was clarified that the wording of the Strategic Plan as adopted by the County Council took precedence over any covering reports. An additional recommendation was proposed by Councillor Warwick and seconded by Councillor Oppenheimer that:

 

Cabinet recognise the importance of waste minimisation through promotion of the circular economy as a key element of the climate change strategy and accordingly recommends that County Council amend Outcome One of the “Serving Hampshire’s Residents – Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025” to reflect this, as detailed in the extract from the Strategic Plan attached to the Decision Record.

 

The recommendations in the report, along with the additional recommendation were considered and agreed. A decision record is attached to these minutes.


01/10/2021 - Getting Going Again Fund Grant Scheme ref: 2963    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Adults' Health and Care

Decision published: 11/10/2021

Effective from: 01/10/2021

Decision:

That approval is given for the grants as outlined in the Officer Decision record from the Getting Going Again Fund Grant scheme.

Lead officer: Graham Allen


06/10/2021 - Application for a Definitive Map Modification Order to record public footpath rights between Wych Lane and Gosport Footpath 510 - Bridgemary, Gosport (CR/976) ref: 2962    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Culture, Communities and Business Services

Decision published: 11/10/2021

Effective from: 06/10/2021

Decision:

In 2006, a member of the public submitted an application to Hampshire County Council for a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) to have a route connecting
Wych Lane and Nobes Avenue (as well as two spurs linking the route to Fisher Road) in Bridgemary, Gosport, as public footpaths, based on evidence of long use
by the public without challenge. The routes in question run through land within the ownership of Hampshire County Council (HCC) and Gosport Borough Council (GBC). Part of the application route has since been dedicated by GBC.

Lead officer: Jonathan Woods