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14.

Declarations of Interest

Cabinet Members will be asked to make any declarations of interest in respect of items on this agenda.  A flowchart providing guidance on interests is attached to assist councillors.

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Name

Minute Number

Reason

Interest

Councillor Jonathan Drean

All

Family member works for Brittany Ferries

Private

Councillor James Stoneman

14 – Parking Modernisation and Environment Plan

Father works in the parking department for Plymouth City Council

Private

 

 

15.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 148 KB

To sign and confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 09 June 2022.

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The minutes were agreed as a true and accurate record.

16.

Questions from the Public

To receive questions from the public in accordance with the Constitution.

 

Questions, of no longer than 50 words, can be submitted to the Democratic Support Unit, Plymouth City Council, Ballard House, Plymouth, PL1 3BJ, or email to democraticsupport@plymouth.gov.uk. Any questions must be received at least five clear working days before the date of the meeting.

 

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Q. Dr J. Steadman – taxi policy in place is having the effect or those drivers transporting users of wheelchairs contemplate retirement of licensing elsewhere Plymouth City Council should encourage the retention of drivers and not accelerate numbers declining would you reconsider the policy in order to recruit or  maintain more drivers?

 

A. Councillor Richard Bingley, Leader of the Council – we have 100% wheelchair accessible Hackney Carriage fleet to ensure that the Council does not discriminate against disabled drivers. There had been 293 hackney carriage drivers with 63 with a medical exemption which would leave 230 hackney carriage drivers that are available to transport wheelchair customers. There had also been a number of private hire vehicles that could take wheelchairs and could be found via the website: https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/licensingandpermits/taxilicensing/transportingwheelchairuser

 

There had been 650 private hire vehicles which could also assist wheelchair users if they had been able to transfer into the vehicle as most standard carry wheelchairs could be stored in the standard luggage compartment. There had been a national shortage of taxi drivers, however the policy had not had a negative impact on wheelchair accessible vehicles and Plymouth had the most wheelchair accessible vehicles in Devon.

 

Plymouth City Council had removed the number of hackney carriage vehicles so that anyone could apply for a HCV license at any time. The Council had encouraged drivers to return to the trade by removing the requirement to take the knowledge test. The Council had been reviewing the knowledge test to attempt to make this less onerous to new applicants whilst maintaining standards.

 

A Select Committee would be arranged as part of Scrutiny and Cabinet had reiterated that it had not been satisfactory overall and that the City deserved and needed better taxi provision. The Council had been actively reviewing ways to deliver a good taxi provision for the City as part of the higher value jobs agenda and to maintain investment into the City of Plymouth.

17.

Chair's Urgent Business

To receive reports on business which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be brought forward for urgent consideration.

 

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The Chair had no urgent business.

18.

Leader's Announcements

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Councillor Richard Bingley, Leader of the Council:

 

a)     

Congratulated Dr Ruth Harrell who received an honorary Doctorate from the University of St Mark and St John who demonstrated excellent and critical leadership during the pandemic;

 

b)     

Congratulated Jonathan Bell who had won the South Wests Head Planner of the year award for 2022. Jonathan beat other large scale projects in the South West and would progress through to the national awards. The Leader of the Council thanked Jonathan for his hard work and dedication to the City of Plymouth.

 

 

19.

Cabinet Member Updates

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Councillor Richard Bingley who had been covering the portfolio for Governance, HR, IT & Community Safety:

 

a)     

Formed a group to look at violent crime, repeat crime and violent crime against women and girls. The first preliminary meetings would be held to devise a comprehensive strategy by analysing good practice not only nationally but from around the world;

 

Councillor Shayer, Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for Finance and Economy highlighted:

 

a)     

Working with Destination Plymouth an Armed forces guide had been produced to offer discounts from local businesses to service personnel and veterans across the city. The guide was available electronically and would be distributed to the Armed Forces network for use by locally based forces as well as those visiting vessels and units. The initiative had been created by Peter Coulson and supported by Plymouth City Council and the Armed Forces team.

 

b)     

From 11 July 2022 Statutory instruments for Plymouth and South Devon were  laid before parliament that officially Plymouth would have a Freeport and would be mobilising over the next 6 month period and undertaking the recruitment of a Chair and Chief Executive;

 

c)     

Welcomed the Nautical Institute of Plymouth for their 50th anniversary conference which would be held the week of 4 July 2022.

 

Councillor Bill Wakeham, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene highlighted:

 

a)     

Gridding growth had been a challenge for the council who had been tackling this problem with mechanical sweepers which had been fitted with new mechanical systems to help remove the system of weeds. This would be a more environmentally friendly approach for the City.

 

b)     

The Council had been trialling a gas fuelled burner in which a flame would be placed over vegetation until it wilts;

 

c)     

The Council would be purchasing two Kersten Quick-Attach70 systems which had been trialled recently and allowed a wide range of instruments to be changed within seconds.

 

Councillor James Stoneman, Cabinet Member for Climate Change highlighted:

 

a)     

Work had been underway to install heat pumps of Ballard House as part of the Council’s Decarbonisation strategy;

 

 

 

 

Councillor Charlotte Carlyle, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills, and Children and Young People highlighted:

 

a)     

The Council had welcomed 42 Ukrainian refugee children under the age18 of which 32 had been under 16 years of age. These children had been doing well and were settling well in the City.

 

Councillor Jonathan Drean, Cabinet Member for Transport highlighted:

 

a)     

A number of contracts to improve the City’s sustainability transport offer had been given approval. The first would commit £800,000 to the first of 23 mobility hubs – these sites would be allocated to e-car clubs, e-bike hire and electric vehicle arrangements. This project had been funded by the Department for Transports, Transforming Cities Fund;

 

b)     

Continuing to invest in sustainable transport infrastructure in the East of the City and the Council awarded £871,000 to continue to the Eastern Corridor’s Strategic Cycle route from Saltram Meadow to Colesdown Hill which would provide a high quality cycling and walking route along the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.

20.

Plymouth's Delivery Plan

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Councillor Richard Bingley, Leader of the Council presented this item to Cabinet and highlighted the four key priorities for the Council:

 

·          

Creating higher value jobs

·          

Delivering good quality green homes 

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Ensuring decent education and

·          

Providing access to first class health and care

 

Cabinet agreed to:-

 

1. Adopts Plymouth’s Future: Our Opportunity, Our Delivery Plan as a statement of the administration’s key priorities for delivery

 

2. Ensures that arrangements are put in place to ensure that progress towards delivery of the plan’s actions is monitored and reported

 

 

 

 

21.

Skills 4 Plymouth Strategic Plan pdf icon PDF 183 KB

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Councillor Charlotte Carlyle, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Children and Young People presented the report to Cabinet. 

 

Cabinet agreed to:-

 

1. Approve the Skills 4 Plymouth strategic plan

 

2. Delegate oversight, strategic direction and delivery of the Skills 4 Plymouth strategic                      plan and action plan to the Employment and Skills Board

22.

UK Shared Prosperity Fund

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Councillor Shayer, Deputy Leader of the Council presented this item to Cabinet.

 

Cabinet agreed to:-

 

1)     

Endorses the approach taken by Plymouth City Council towards the UK Shared Prosperity Fund;

 

2)     

Agrees to accept the UKSPF funds from Government and act as the accountable body with responsibility to distribute the funds.

3)     

Delegates approval and sign-off of the Investment Plan for submission to Government to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader of the Council.

 

23.

Local Government Association Corporate Peer Challenge

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Tracey Lee, Chief Executive presented this item to Cabinet. 

 

Cabinet agreed to:-

 

1.     

Extend its thanks on behalf of the Council to the Peer Challenge team for their work.

 

2.     

Note and endorse the recommendations of the LGA Corporate Peer Review as set out in the LGA Corporate Peer Challenge Feedback Report.

 

3.     

Agree and implement the action plan to deliver on the recommendations set out in the LGA Corporate Peer Challenge Feedback Report.

 

 

 

24.

Finance Monitoring Report Month Two

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Councillor Shayer, Deputy Leader of the Council presented the report to Cabinet. 

 

Cabinet agreed to:-

 

1.     

Notes the report and the current revenue monitoring position

 

25.

Plymouth Crematorium - Capital Budget Variation

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Councillor Pat Patel, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Culture, Leisure and Sport presented this item to Cabinet. 

 

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Chair of Performance, Finance and Customer Focus Overview and Scrutiny Committee presented recommendations from the Committee for Cabinets consideration and included:

 

1.     

Cabinet were encouraged to act swiftly in signing a design and build contract for the construction of the Crematorium works;

 

2.     

The full updated business case for the Crematorium project was submitted to the Performance, Finance and Customer Focus Overview and Scrutiny Committee to be discussed under part 2;

 

3.     

A governance board was established by Cabinet with cross party membership as a matter of urgency for the Crematorium project.

 

4.     

A ‘lessons learnt’ exercise in terms of internal processes (skills development, internal project management of major developments, etc) is initiated in order to inform future major capital projects undertaken by the Council;

 

5.     

The cross party work to review the capital programme agreed as part of budget setting should review the impact of rising costs and scheduling on all capital programme activity in light of lessons being learnt from the crematorium project;

 

6.     

That the Crematorium project is added as a standing item to the Performance, Finance and Customer Focus Overview and Scrutiny Panel until the work is successfully completed and the facility in full use;

 

7.     

At the 12 September 2022 Performance, Finance and Customer Focus Overview and Scrutiny Panel, a focus upon Government guidance and regulation specifically regarding council operated crematoria and budget management is held under part 2;

 

8.     

A site visit is scheduled for Members to see the scale of the site and works on the ground.

 

Cabinet agreed to:-

 

1.     

That Cabinet agree a virement of £13.352m from the existing FM Corporate Estate capital resources to finance the Plymouth Crematorium scheme.

 

2.     

That Cabinet note that the virement from the FM budget will ensure that overall capital commitments can be constrained within the existing level of the Capital Programme pending the usual review of the Programme as part of the 2023/24 budget process

 

 

 

26.

Parking Modernisation and Environment Plan

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heCouncillor Mark Shayer presented this report to Cabinet.  Councillor Shayer advised Cabinet that section 4.9 of the plan had been withdrawn and 4.9 would address electric cars as a flat rate and all other permits would be raised in line with inflation.

 

Cabinet discussed:

 

a)     

As part of the consultation process, Plymouth City Council would be writing to partner’s such as the City Centre Company, Waterfront Partnership and disability groups. As part of the statutory consultation process Plymouth City Council would be required to advertise in local media and place notices onto lampposts across the areas it would be affecting. 17 other bodies would be consulted prior to going to public consultation;

 

b)     

If parking on street and have time left, you could drive to another onstreet location – looking to introduce a 24 hour stay in long stay car parks and looking to increase spaces of parking bays;

 

c)     

Plymouth City Council supported its travel and hospitality sector with parking and provided discounts to their customers. Work had been underway to transfer this transaction online through the hotels and guest houses;

 

d)     

People using parking in the city could use the Ring-go app to extend their stay time;

 

e)     

A trial for motorhome parking had taken place in partnership with the continental ferry operator, there had been many letters of commendation from this trial and in general motorhome parking for the city would be further looked into at the end of the summer season.   

 

f)      

Councillor Drean confirmed that he would look at the over subscribing of areas and the eligibility criteria for new permits and renewals for residential permits

 

Cabinet agreed to:-

 

1.     

To undertake consultation on the proposals as set out within this report, except 4.9 and to provide a report to Cabinet on conclusion of the consultation.