Agenda and minutes
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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.
There were no declarations of interest made by cabinet members.
To sign and confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 21 December 21.
The minutes from 21 December 2021 were signed as a true and accurate record.
Questions from the Public
To receive questions from the public in accordance with the Constitution.
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There were no public questions received.
Chair's Urgent Business
To receive reports on business which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be brought forward for urgent consideration.
There we no items of urgent business from the Chair.
COVID 19 Update
Dr Ruth Harrell, Director of Public Health in Plymouth gave an update to members and highlighted the following key points:
Councillor Nick Kelly, Leader of the Council announced the following:
had now appointed an interim chief executive for our National Marine Park.
Elaine Hayes was an environmentalist with a brilliant track record of leading nature and conservation organisations, and brought with her a vast wealth of knowledge and experience.
We have some really exciting times ahead with a lot of different ambitions and projects to deliver in this sector. We want to plan for a more sustainable future but also inspire and enthuse our residents.
had been working closely with Shekinah, which was a charity organisation in Plymouth that provides opportunities for people who were experiencing all forms of homelessness and other challenges. They help people to make meaningful changes in their lives with specialist support to address health issues, getting a home and learning new skills to lead to employment.
With them we were hoping to turn the empty Stonehouse Community Centre at Stonehouse Creek into a new type of community centre, bringing all types of services into one, safe space. The new venture would include offering:
· Skills training;
· Health promotion;
· Employment services;
· Housing advice;
· Mental health support;
Shekinah had an incredible track record of changing lives of many Plymouth people and we are keen to support them in any way possible. This move would bring a new lease of life to a current vacant building, but it also means we could continue with our long term goal to regenerate Millbay. The new boulevard has really opened up the area, and with a new hotel being built, means this is all good news for the city, the economy and residents.
Plymouth hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses that had been impacted by Covid-19 would now be able to apply for further financial support through the Council. The Government announced the new Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grant on 21 December to help support businesses in this sector that had been impacted over the Christmas and New Year period.
The team here had worked quickly to get this latest business grant scheme up and running. We were now working on plans for the discretionary grant scheme as we want to make sure we understand where the support is really needed most and how we could make sure the funding available has the best impact.
Had received the news that Historic England were giving us an increase to the existing High Street Heritage Action Zone Grant. We would be getting an extra £130k for the historic enhancements projects within Old Town Street and New George Street. This was excellent news to help with the delivery of this important project within our town centre.
Cabinet Member Updates
Councillor Jonathan Drean (Cabinet Member for Transport) made the following announcements:
Councillor Vivien Pengelly (Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities) made the following announcements:
Councillor Nick Kelly, The Leader of the Council introduced the Commitments report to Cabinet, this report provided progress on the remaining 43 commitments.
Cabinet noted the progress made on the remaining commitments in anticipation of further commitments being completed in the early part of 2022.
Response to Scrutiny Recommendations
Councillor Dr Pam Buchan, Vice Chair of the Brexit, Infrastructure and Legislative Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee presented the report to members.
The four key priorities from the report and put before Cabinet included; endorsing the Climate Emergency Action Plan 2022 and to note that the Investment Fund is yet to be funded or established; To ensure that the Climate Emergency Action Plan is understandable to the public and to ensure that the document is easily readable, free from jargon; To write to local MP’s to support the Climate Emergency Action plan; To develop the Council’s portal so as to ensure the public are able to contribute to the Climate Emergency Action Plan.
Councillor Mrs Maddi Bridgeman made the following points:
The administration had focussed on sectors that had been responsible for carbon emissions in both action plans. The administration had focussed on deliverable actions with Councillor Mrs Maddi Bridgeman updating scrutiny every 6 months to demonstrate the administrations commitment to taking climate change seriously.
Councillor Mrs Maddi Bridgeman took into account all four recommendations made by the Brexit, Infrastructure and Legislative Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee and recommended to Cabinet that those were all accepted.
The Plymouth Highways team had been working to reduce their Carbon emissions and had partly achieved this through the white lining of roads;
The COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on the pace of delivering the Climate Emergency Action Plan however this still remained a top priority for the Council.
Members of the public had been encouraged to review the consultation of the taxi trade which had been attempting to tackle vehicle emissions over a period of time. Members of the public were also encouraged to comment appropriately on the consultation.
Cabinet agreed to:-
1. Support and endorse the Climate Emergency Action Plan 2022, noting that the Climate Emergency Investment Fund has yet to be funded or established;
2. Contextualise prior actions within the Climate Emergency Action Plan in 2022;
3. Support the Plymouth Climate Emergency Action Plan by asks to Government through local MPs and national channels;
4. Provide the public with a Plymouth Climate Emergency Action Plan website support tool by May 2022.
Finance Monitoring Report November 2021
Councillor Nick Kelly, Leader of the Council provided an update on month 8 of the Financial Monitoring Report
(a) the Month 8 Finance Monitoring Report, which covered the revenue forecast position as at the end of November 2021;
(b) an example of how the financial position would fluctuate as we move through the year, this month saw an improvement from the October position;
(c) In October, it was reported an over spend position of £883,000. For November, this had improved to £744,000 over. A favourable movement of £139,000.
The improvements were:
(d) The Corporate & Customer Services Directorate had recorded a further improvement of £37,000; the forecast was now an over spend of £618,000;
(e) The Place Directorate was now forecasting a breakeven position from last month’s over spend of £121,000; The pressures (arising from the impact on income targets following delegated decisions signed off by us in June 2021) had been set against savings from Treasury Management activity;
(f) As a reminder, we continued to improve and were now more than 50% below the position of a forecast over spend of £1.514m at Quarter 2 in June;
(g) full disclosure of our revenue savings targets and latest forecast of delivery was included at Appendix A;
(h) It is worth noting that we are now reporting close to 80% of the savings targets as either already achieved or ready to be achieved being a total of £10.771m from the total £13.845m;
(i) There were still £2.662m of savings marked as Red and at risk; these were all included in the forecast figures;
(j) Officers and Members would work closely to manage the finances towards a balanced position by the end of the year.
Cabinet noted the report.
Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Future Financing
Councillor Jonathan Drean, Cabinet Member for Transport introduced the report to members and highlighted the following key points:
Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry 2022-2023 Revenue and Capital Estimates
Councillor Jonathan Drean (Cabinet Member for Transport) introduced the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry 2022-23 Revenue and Capital Estimates report to members and highlighted the projects that were required to be undertaken as well as maintenance works. Future plans included the bridge protective coating phase three and the ferry refits which were scheduled for 2030.
Cabinet agreed to recommend the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee’s Annual Business Plan and the 2022/23 Revenue Estimates and Capital Programme to Council for approval.