Decisions

Decisions published

26/03/2020 - DECISIONS TAKEN UNDER CORONAVIRUS CONTINGENCY PLANNING PROCEDURES ON 26 MARCH 2020 ref: 4672    Recommendations Approved

Under the new Coronavirus Contingency Planning Procedures, as approved by the Leader of the Council, under which the executive (Leader and Cabinet) priorities of the Council are amended to simply be:

 

(i)  preservation of life;

(ii)  supporting the vulnerable;

(iii)  safeguarding children; and

(iv)  aiding the Borough’s businesses and economy during this period that contingency planning is required to respond to an emergency situation and manage the effects of a covid-19 epidemic.

 

In view of the Leader’s decision to agree that:

 

(i)  the Head of Paid Service is authorised to take any action in furtherance of the priorities set out above, acting in consultation with the Leader, Cabinet member and/or Group Leaders wherever it is reasonable and practicable in the opinion of the Head of Paid Service to do so; and

 

(ii)  the Head of Paid Service and each Director is authorised to take any action that officers consider is reasonably necessary to protect the health, safety or welfare of individuals.

 

The following decision(s) have been made:

 

DECISION(S)  26 MARCH 2020

 

1.  That the Head of Paid Service authorises the officers from within Trading Standards, Environmental Health and Licensing to act under the powers conferred by regulation 4(1) and (2) of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 (“the Business Closure Regulations “) to monitor and enforce compliance with these regulations.

 

2.  Council Customer Call Centre – That opening hours be reduced by 90 mins each day, moving to a 9am - 5pm arrangement from Monday 30/03/20.

 

3.  Free School Meals Scheme - That Wirral Council is to provide funding, in the amount of £124k per week, for 3 weeks, to schools for food vouchers, for children that would usually receive free school meals – bridging the gap until central government funding is in place.

 

4.  Library services - That an automatic extension for library books be confirmed i.e. extended for 3 months, no fines payable.

 

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision published: 30/03/2020

Effective from: 26/03/2020

Decision:

1.  That the Head of Paid Service authorises the officers from within Trading Standards, Environmental Health and Licensing to act under the powers conferred by regulation 4(1) and (2) of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 (“the Business Closure Regulations “) to monitor and enforce compliance with these regulations.

 

2.  Council Customer Call Centre – That opening hours be reduced by 90 mins each day, moving to a 9am - 5pm arrangement from Monday 30/03/20.

 

3.  Free School Meals Scheme - That Wirral Council is to provide funding, in the amount of £124k per week, for 3 weeks, to schools for food vouchers, for children that would usually receive free school meals – bridging the gap until central government funding is in place.

 

4.  Library services - That an automatic extension for library books be confirmed i.e. extended for 3 months, no fines payable.

 


26/03/2020 - DECISIONS TAKEN UNDER CORONAVIRUS CONTINGENCY PLANNING PROCEDURES, 25 MARCH 2020 ref: 4671    Recommendations Approved

Under the new Coronavirus Contingency Planning Procedures, as approved by the Leader of the Council, the executive (Leader and Cabinet) priorities of the Council are amended to simply be:

(i)  preservation of life;

(ii)  supporting the vulnerable;

(iii)  safeguarding children; and

(iv)  aiding the Borough’s businesses and economy

during this period that contingency planning is required to respond to an emergency situation and manage the effects of a covid-19 epidemic.

 

In view of the Leader’s decision to agree that

 

(i)  the Head of Paid Service is authorised to take any action in furtherance of the priorities set out above, acting in consultation with the Leader, Cabinet member and/or Group Leaders wherever it is reasonable and practicable in the opinion of the Head of Paid Service to do so; and

 

(ii)  the Head of Paid Service and each Director is authorised to take any action that  officer consider is reasonably necessary to protect the health, safety or welfare of individuals.

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision published: 26/03/2020

Effective from: 26/03/2020

Decision:

no.

Date

decision

1

25/03/20

Mancoed the Council’s Tree Maintenance Contractor to provide a call out service and to undertake only essential tree maintenance works for the foreseeable future 

2

25/03/20

Scaling back of all parking enforcement

3

25/03/20

Scaling back inspection & monitoring of non-essential Street Works activities

4

25/03/20

Suspension of Planned schemes (Hose Side Road footway scheme, Argyle Street South Merseytravel access scheme,

Rolleston Drive / Grove Rd crossing improvement)

5

25/03/20

Reducing number of mourners permitted to attend a funeral within Wirral Cemeteries and Crematorium to 15 (from 30).

Temporary suspension of staff service: witnessing the scattering of ashes and burial of ashes.

Temporary suspension of non-essential Exhumations.

6

25/03/20

To advise all allotment plot holders and site secretaries that we will be waiving any allotment ‘non-cultivation’ inspections and notices for three months. Also to agree that proof of ID will not be required ‘in person’ for new allotment plot applications for the period to the end of September 2020

 

Lead officer: Paul Satoor


24/03/2020 - DECISIONS TAKEN UNDER CORONAVIRUS CONTINGENCY PLANNING PROCEDURES, 17 TO 24 MARCH 2020 ref: 4670    Recommendations Approved

Under the new Coronavirus Contingency Planning Procedures, as approved by the Leader of the Council, the executive (Leader and Cabinet) priorities of the Council are amended to simply be:

(i)  preservation of life;

(ii)  supporting the vulnerable;

(iii)  safeguarding children; and

(iv)  aiding the Borough’s businesses and economy

during this period that contingency planning is required to respond to an emergency situation and manage the effects of a covid-19 epidemic.

 

In view of the Leader’s decision to agree that

 

(i)  the Head of Paid Service is authorised to take any action in furtherance of the priorities set out above, acting in consultation with the Leader, Cabinet member and/or Group Leaders wherever it is reasonable and practicable in the opinion of the Head of Paid Service to do so; and

 

(ii)  the Head of Paid Service and each Director is authorised to take any action that  officer consider is reasonably necessary to protect the health, safety or welfare of individuals.

 

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision published: 25/03/2020

Effective from: 24/03/2020

Decision:

no.

Date

decision

1

17/03/2020

Temporary closure of the Floral from 18/03/20

2

18/03/2020

Decision to cease bailiffs to residents for Council tax

3

18/03/2020

Rent relief for Birkenhead Market traders for next 3 months

4

18/03/2020

Closure of the Williamson and the Priory museums

5

18/03/2020

Closure to the public of the Wirral archives 

6

19/03/2020

Closure of all Council leisure centres

7

19/03/2020

Closure of all libraries

8

19/03/2020

Closure of all youth clubs, and playschemes

9

19/03/2020

Investment of £200k, £120k p/a thereafter for digital solution to enable working from home

10

19/03/2020

Decision to close all but one One Stop Shop – Birkenhead to remain open

11

19/03/2020

Closure of Visitor Centres and ceasing all group activities in Parks and Countrysides

12

20/03/2020

Removal of all parking charges in Parks and Countrysides

13

20/03/2020

Ceasing school crossing patrol services from 23/03/20

14

20/03/2020

Service reduction – cease bulky waste collections, and defer new garden waste subscriptions

15

22/03/2020

Loan of £100k p/m, for 6 months, to support Age UK maintain critical service provision

16

22/03/2020

Loan of £95k to support The Chamber, to maintain critical business support services

17

23/03/2020

Closure of youth centres across the Borough - including The Hive

18

23/03/2020

2 out of the 5 Children's Centres in the Borough temporarily closed

19

24/03/2020

Postponing the contract award for construction/Tower Road contract

20

24/03/2020

Decision to postpone Northbank West Sustainable Transport project

21

24/03/2020

Closure of all children's play areas

22

24/03/2020

Closure of the golf courses

23

24/03/2020

Service reduction - cease non-critical road markings services in highways

24

24/03/2020

Reduced service provision for critical services only from Birkenhead One Stop Shop

25

24/03/2020

Closure of all public toilets

26

24/03/2020

Reduction in service in Youth Justice - emergency contact service only

27

24/03/2020

Reduction in service – weed control services to cease on highways

28

24/03/2020

Reduction in service – street cleansing to prioritise services

29

24/03/2020

Reduction in service - cease removal of non-offensive flyposting and graffiti

30

24/03/2020

Reduction in service – prioritisation of domestic refuse and recycling collections

31

24/03/2020

Closure of the Pedestrian Walkway at West Kirby Marine Lake

32

24/03/2020

Reduction in service – scaling back parking enforcement measures

 

Lead officer: Paul Satoor


24/03/2020 - The People’s Pool Project – Our Lido Ltd ref: 4668    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

The report of the Director of Resources provided background information for a proposal brought forward by an external organisation, Our Lido Ltd (OLL), to build a lido complex on a site within the Wirral, fully funded by external grant funding.

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision published: 24/03/2020

Effective from: 01/04/2020

Decision:

Resolved - That The People’s Pool project be supported and the investigation to identify a Council site within Wirral to potentially be transferred under the community asset transfer process or occupied in some other way to be decided at a future date, be approved.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Peter Molyneux


24/03/2020 - Birkenhead Market ref: 4667    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

The report of the Director of Regeneration and Place sought approval for the redevelopment of Birkenhead Market to bring forward a modern and fit-for-purpose market offer through a new build on the current Birkenhead market site. It was anticipated that the new Birkenhead Market would be developed as part of the Birkenhead Commercial District programme delivered by the Wirral Growth Company.

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision published: 24/03/2020

Effective from: 01/04/2020

Decision:

Resolved – That,

 

(1)  the Full Business Case be approved and the preferred option be adopted as outlined in the report, i.e. to demolish, redesign and redevelop the current market site;

 

(2)  the Director of Regeneration and Place be authorised to progress the preferred option for the redevelopment of Birkenhead Market, as outlined in the Full Business case, and in line with the outcomes of consultation on regeneration plans and provide a report back to Members on the proposed design, funding and financial modelling;

 

(3)  the Director of Governance and Assurance be authorised to initiate the termination of current market stall tenancies and other occupational arrangements at the appropriate time;

 

(4)  the Director of Governance and Assurance be authorised to issue new tenancies or other occupational agreements with market traders at the appropriate time;

 

(5)  the adoption of initiating a trader selection criterion as outlined in the detailed full business case, be approved; and

 

(6)  the scale of the new market offer to accommodate an approx. 35,000sq.ft scheme, be approved.


24/03/2020 - Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2020-2025 ref: 4664    For Determination

The report of the Director of Regeneration and Place sought approval for Wirral’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2020-2025, which had been developed following a detailed homeless review, which incorporated public consultation with stakeholders and service users. The strategy sets out a five-year delivery plan setting out short, medium and long-term solutions and actions identified to deliver lasting change to those at risk of, or currently homeless in Wirral.

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision published: 24/03/2020

Effective from: 01/04/2020

Decision:

Resolved – That the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2020 -2025 as set out in Appendix One of the report, be approved.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Sheila Jacobs


24/03/2020 - Highway Structural Maintenance Programme 2020/21 - Funding Allocations and Detailed Programme for Classified Roads ref: 4663    For Determination

The report of the Interim Director of Highways and Streetscene sought approval to accept Highways Maintenance Capital Funding for 2020/21 allocated by the Department for Transport and Mayoral Combined Authority. It  also requested approval to the allocation of this money between roads / footways, bridges and street lighting and the detailed programme for Classified Roads.

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision published: 24/03/2020

Effective from: 01/04/2020

Decision:

Resolved – That,

 

(1)  the acceptance of £2,149,000 of Highway Maintenance funding for 2020/21 awarded by the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Combined Authority, be approved;

 

(2)  the proposed  allocation  of  the  Highway  Maintenance  funding between Roads / Footways, Bridges and Street Lighting as set out in the report, be approved;

 

(3)  the detailed Highway Structural Maintenance Programme for 2020/21 for Classified Roads totalling £949,000 as outlined in Appendix 1, be approved; and

 

(4)  the Director of Delivery, in consultation with relevant Members, be authorised to make necessary adjustments to the programme should the need arise due to financial, asset conditions or other factors.


24/03/2020 - Town Centre / High Street Funds – Birkenhead and New Ferry Future High Street Fund. ref: 4665    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

The report of the Director of Regeneration and Place stated that the Council had been successful in progressing to the final stage of the government Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) Programme for both Birkenhead and New Ferry. Officers were working on the development of Treasury Green Book compliant Full Business Cases, with a submission deadline of 30 April 2020. The report provided an overview of the development of the bids to date and recommended the Director for Regeneration and Place provided final sign-off in April 2020, therefore allowing Officers to maximise the bid writing timescale within the submission deadline.

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision published: 24/03/2020

Effective from: 01/04/2020

Decision:

Resolved – That,

 

·  the content of the report and the importance of Future High Streets Fund to the regeneration of Birkenhead and New Ferry town centres, be noted;

 

·  the Director of Regeneration and Place be authorised to provide final sign-off for the Future High Street Fund applications to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government in respect of New Ferry and Birkenhead Town Centres, and

 

·  it be noted that should the Council be successful in securing Future High Streets Funds then a future report will be brought back to the appropriate Committee for approval in relation to the full terms and conditions of the grant funding agreement.

 

Wards affected: Birkenhead and Tranmere; Bromborough;

Lead officer: Bev Staniford


24/03/2020 - Coronavirus Contingency Planning ref: 4666    Recommendations Approved

The report of the Chief Executive outlined a change in the Council’s executive priorities during the period of contingency planning necessary to meet the demands of the covid-19 outbreak and provided for necessary changes to ensure that effective decision-making arrangements were in place to meet the scale of the challenge.

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision published: 24/03/2020

Effective from: 24/03/2020

Decision:

Resolved – That,

 

(a)  the executive (Leader and Cabinet) priorities of the Council are amended to simply be:

(i)  preservation of life;

(ii)  supporting the vulnerable;

(iii)  safeguarding children; and

(iv)  aiding the Borough’s businesses and economy

during this period that contingency planning is required to respond to an emergency situation and manage the effects of a covid-19 epidemic.

 

(b)  without prejudice to the current Executive Scheme of Delegation, which is noted and endorsed:

 

(i)  the Head of Paid Service is authorised to take any action in furtherance of the priorities set out at (a) above, acting in consultation with the Leader, Cabinet member and / or Group Leaders wherever it is reasonable and practicable in the opinion of the Head of Paid Service to do so; and

 

(ii)  the Head of Paid Service and each Director is authorised to take any action that that officer considers is reasonably necessary to protect the health, safety or welfare of individuals.

 

(c)  That the Council’s action to date in response to the covid-19 outbreak are noted and supported.

 


24/03/2020 - SmartBusiness (ERP) Project Update ref: 4669    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

The report of the Director of Resources provided an update on the progress of the SmartBusiness project.

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision published: 24/03/2020

Effective from: 01/04/2020

Decision:

Resolved - That approval be given to the project moving into the procurement process and to go out to tender for a new ERP System.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Andy Dixon


16/03/2020 - Pay Policy 2020/21 ref: 4662    Recommendations Approved

Council are required to sign off the Pay Policy as per the Localism Act 2011.

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 16/03/2020 - Council

Decision published: 16/03/2020

Effective from: 16/03/2020

Decision:

Resolved (20 for, none against, 1 abstention) – That the Pay Policy Statement for 2020/21 be approved.


13/03/2020 - Lease to Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Collaborative (Champs) at Riverside Park, Bromborough ref: 4660    Recommendations Approved

The report of the Assistant Chief Executive sought approval to enter into a new lease of private office space located at Riverside Park, Bromborough, to accommodate the Champs service.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Finance & Resources

Decision published: 13/03/2020

Effective from: 21/03/2020

Decision:

Resolved - That the Corporate Director of Delivery Services / Assistant Chief Executive be authorised to agree the terms for a lease of office space at Riverside Park, Bromborough, to be backdated to 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2020 at a total cost of £24,675 per annum.


13/03/2020 - Hoylake Beach Management ref: 4661    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Environment and Climate Change

Decision published: 13/03/2020

Effective from: 21/03/2020

Decision:

Resolved – That,

 

(1)  the contents of the report and the accompanying Natural England report, be noted;

 

(2)  the pausing of vegetative beach management works, including the spraying of herbicide and mechanical raking on Hoylake Beach whilst full independent environmental and scientific studies and stakeholder engagement by a suitably qualified provider are undertaken, be agreed. This will determine the long-term strategy for the management of Hoylake Beach and will include local communities and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI);

 

(3)  ongoing engagement and dialogue with local stakeholders and other statutory bodies including Natural England, the Environment Agency and the Marine Management Organisation in relation to the provision of overall beach management and the identification and agreement of (if appropriate, in accordance with the findings of any ecological survey, and consented by Natural England) a designated “amenity beach” area, be approved;

 

(4)  the continuation of the removal of windblown sand from against the sea wall as and when it accumulates, be approved. This does not constitute vegetation maintenance.

Wards affected: Hoylake and Meols;