Decisions

Decisions published

09/09/2019 - Land at Lingham Lane, Moreton - Acquisition for Footbridge Replacement ref: 4557    Recommendations Approved

The report of the Assistant Chief executive sought approval to acquire land in Lingham Lane, Moreton to enable the existing footbridge over the railway line to be replaced.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Finance & Resources

Decision published: 09/09/2019

Effective from: 17/09/2019

Decision:

Resolved - That the Corporate Director of Delivery Services / Assistant Chief Executive be authorised to agree the acquisition of land at Lingham Lane, Moreton from Magenta Living for nil consideration but paying reasonable legal/valuation fees to enable the existing footbridge over the railway line to be replaced.

Wards affected: Moreton West and Saughall Massie;


09/09/2019 - Land at Borough Way, Seacombe ref: 4556    Recommendations Approved

The report of the Assistant Chief Executive sought approval to the release of a restrictive covenant in respect of a small parcel of land amounting to 45 square metres located in Borough Way, Seacombe.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Finance & Resources

Decision published: 09/09/2019

Effective from: 17/09/2019

Decision:

Resolved - That the Corporate Director of Delivery Services / Assistant Chief Executive be authorised to release a restrictive covenant in respect of 45 square metres of land located in Borough Way, Seacombe for a consideration of £1,000 plus fees of £700.

Wards affected: Seacombe;


09/09/2019 - Corporation Road / Buccleuch Street, Birkenhead - Proposed Parking Restrictions ref: 4555    Recommendations Approved

The report of the Interim Director for Highways and Streetscene sought approval to note objections and introduce a scheme of parking restrictions at the junction of Corporation Road with Buccleuch Street, Birkenhead.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Community Services

Decision published: 09/09/2019

Effective from: 17/09/2019

Decision:

Resolved – That,

 

(1)  the report and the objections received, be noted and;

 

(2)  the proposed scheme to introduce parking restrictions at the junction of Corporation Road with Buccleuch Street, Birkenhead as shown on drawing no. TD0748b0 for implementation, be approved.

 

Wards affected: Bidston and St. James;


06/09/2019 - Old Chester Road, Rock Ferry - Proposed Casualty Reduction Scheme ref: 4554    Recommendations Approved

The report of the Interim Director for Highways and Streetscene sought approval to note an objection and approve a proposed traffic calming and 20mph introduction in the Old Chester Road area, Rock Ferry.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Community Services

Decision published: 06/09/2019

Effective from: 14/09/2019

Decision:

Resolved – That,

 

(1)  the objection received and the Officers’ responses, be noted and;

 

(2)  the proposed traffic calming and 20mph in the Old Chester Road area as shown on attached drawing no. DC/0534/100 for implementation, be approved.

Wards affected: Rock Ferry;


06/09/2019 - Acceptance of Tender and Award of Contract - Garden Waste Composting Service ref: 4553    Recommendations Approved

The report of the Interim Director for Highways and Streetscene sought approval to participate in the five year city region contract commencing November 2019 for the disposal and composting of domestic garden waste. The fundamental purpose of the contract is to provide an efficient, cost effective and reliable Garden Waste Composting Service throughout the contract term, with a key objective of producing a compost end product capable of resale or beneficial reuse. The contract will be for a period of 5 years commencing on 1 November, 2019 with the option to extend for up to a further 2 periods of 12 months (at the Council’s sole discretion).

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Community Services

Decision published: 06/09/2019

Effective from: 14/09/2019

Decision:

Resolved – That,

 

(1)  the Wirral element of the tender for the Garden Waste Composting Service for the Liverpool City Region, submitted by SED Services Ltd to Sefton Council on 15 March 2019, be accepted; and

 

(2)  the award of the Wirral element of the contract to SED Services Ltd, with a value of £588,000 over the initial 5 year contract term, be approved.


06/09/2019 - Highway Structural Maintenance Programme 2019/20 - Additional Key Route Network Allocation ref: 4552    Recommendations Approved

The Report of the Interim Director for Highways and Streetscene sought approval to accept an additional £315,000 Highway Maintenance Capital funding from the Mayoral Combined Authority for 2019/20 and approve the proposed use of this funding for Structural Maintenance schemes on the Key Route Network. The report also sought approval for a further Local Roads Programme covering the remainder of the £2.54m ‘Local (Unclassified) Roads’ allocation approved by Cabinet.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Community Services

Decision published: 06/09/2019

Effective from: 14/09/2019

Decision:

Resolved – That,

 

(1)  the acceptance of the additional £315,000 Key Route Network funding from the Combined Authority and its allocation to deliver the schemes set out in appendix 1 to the report, be approved;

 

(2)  the additional schemes set out in appendix 2 to the report, to be funded from the ‘Main (Classified) and KRN’ allocation previously approved by Cabinet in March 2019, be approved.

 

(3)  the programme of footway refurbishment and treatment schemes set out in appendix 3 to the report, and micro-asphalt surface treatment and patching schemes set out in appendix 4 to the report, to be funded from the remainder of the ‘Local (Unclassified) Roads’ allocation previously approved by Cabinet in March 2019, be approved.


03/09/2019 - Wirral Growth Company ref: 4551    Recommendations Approved

The report of the Director of Finance and Investment sought approval for the release of funds which Cabinet had previously agreed to be earmarked to fund its 50% share of Wirral Growth Company’s initial working capital. Agreement was also sought for the three key milestones within Wirral Growth Company Partnership Agreement to be extended, as agreed between Wirral Council and Muse at the quarterly JV Board on 25 July, 2019.

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision published: 03/09/2019

Effective from: 11/09/2019

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)  That working capital of up to £1.27m (which is within limits previously agreed by Cabinet in February 2018) be made available by way of loan to Wirral Growth Company LLP (WGC) on an equal contributory basis with Muse Developments Ltd (Muse) in advance of an agreed Partnership Business Plan. The agreement is provided on the premise that in each case the Director of Finance is satisfied that the expenditure is reasonable and is necessary for WGC to incur in advance of any Indicative Drawdown Profile being agreed in an approved Partnership Business Plan or relevant Site Development Plan.

 

(2)  That the milestone date for the submission of the Partnership Business Plan by Muse (as Development Manager) to WGC Board for its approval be extended by agreement with Muse to a date no later than 30 November, 2019.

 

(3)  That the milestone date for the approval by the Council of the Partnership Business Plan adopted by WGC be extended by agreement with Muse to a date no later than 31 January, 2020.

 

(4)  That the approval of the Council and Muse to the Final Site Development Plan for Phase 1 of the Birkenhead Commercial District be extended by agreement with Muse from 21 to 24 months from the date of the execution of the Partnership Agreement (19 March, 2019).


02/09/2019 - REVENUE AND CAPITAL COMBINED MONITORING 2019-20 QUARTER 1 ref: 4550    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 02/09/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 02/09/2019

Effective from: 10/09/2019

Decision:

In the absence of Councillor Janette Williamson, the Leader of the Council introduced a report which provided a summary of the projected year-end revenue position as at Quarter 1, Month 3 (June 2019). The year-end forecast recorded as part of June’s financial monitoring activity represented an adverse variance to budget of £4.327m. Plans were, in some cases, in place to mitigate the overspend whereas in other areas these were still being developed.

 

There were a number of areas with particular pressures, including Children’s Services and the Look After Children budget; delivery services where sport and recreation income and the implementation of savings was causing budget challenges; highways and streetscene where there were challenges with car parking charges income and waste collection income. At the end of 2019/20 73% of programmed savings were or were expected to be achieved, 8% were partly achieved or required further work to be achieved and 6% were at risk of not being delivered, relating to Children’s Services and Business Support and the Floral and Golf projects.

 

Due to the Council’s financial position, an adverse budget variance was not viable and Corporate Directors would be supported to ensure that a balanced budget would be achieved by year-end. The report also provided an update on the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) and budget gap pressures. The anticipated budget gap for 2020/21 was £40m with £16m of savings for 2020/21 reducing the initial assessment of pressures which totalled £56m.

 

The report also provided progress on the Capital Programme 2019/20 at the end of June 2019. It recommended that Cabinet agreed the 2019/20 Capital Programme of £88.7 million which took account of re-profiling, additional funding requirements for Eastham Youth Hub and the Eureka project and grant variations identified since February.

 

On a motion by Councillor Anita Leech, seconded by Councillor Tony Jones, it was –

 

Resolved – That,

 

Revenue

 

(1)  the Year-end forecast position at Quarter 1 of £4.327 million Adverse, be noted;

 

(2)  the level of achievement of savings proposed for 2019-20, be noted;

 

(3)  the revisions to the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) 2020-2025, be noted;

 

Capital

 

(4)  the expenditure at Quarter 1 of £2.9 million, be noted;

 

(5)  Cabinet recommends to Council the approval of additional funding for the schemes referred to in paragraph 3.7 of the report, i.e. Eureka Project, Seacombe (£200,000) and Eastham Youth Hub (£442,000);

 

(6)  Cabinet recommends to Council the approval of the revised Capital Programme of £88.7 million (Table 2 of the report) for 2019-20.

 

Reasons for decision: Regular monitoring and reporting of the Revenue Budgets, savings achievements, MTFS position and Capital Programme enable decisions to be taken faster which may produce revenue benefits and will improve financial control in Wirral Council.