Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Monday, 8th July, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Council Offices. View directions

Contact: Emma Denny  Email:

No. Item


Minutes pdf icon PDF 219 KB

To approve, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 3rd June 2019


Public Questions and Statements

To receive questions and statements from the public, if any.


Items of Urgent Business

To determine any other items of business which the Chairman decides should be considered as a matter of urgency pursuant to Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972


Declarations of Interest

Members are asked at this stage to declare any interests that they may have in any of the following items on the agenda. The Code of Conduct for Members requries that declarations include the nature of the interest and whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest


Members' Questions

To receive oral questions from Members, if any


Overview & Scrutiny Matters

To consider any matters referred to the Cabinet by the Overview & Scrutiny Committee for reconsideration by the Cabinet in accordance within the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules


Recommendations from Working Parties pdf icon PDF 423 KB

To consider the following recommendations from the meeting of Planning Policy & Built Heritage Working Party held on 15 April 2019:


1.    To adopt the four Glaven Port Appraisals for statutory planning purposes and for the Appraisal documents to become material considerations in the planning process.


2.    To agree the proposed boundary changes as recommended in the draft Appraisal documents and that they be published in accordance with the Planning (Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas) Act 1990.


3.    To agree the proposed Local Listings as identified within the draft Appraisal documents. 



Debt Recovery 2018-2019 pdf icon PDF 291 KB




This is an annual report detailing the council’s collection performance and debt management arrangements for 2018/19

The report includes a:


§  A summary of debts written off in each debt area showing the reasons for write-off and values.

§  Collection performance for Council Tax and Non- Domestic Rates.

§  Level of arrears outstanding

§  Level of provision for bad and doubtful debts



1)    To approve the annual report giving details of the Council’s write-offs in accordance with the Council’s Debt Write-Off Policy and performance in relation to revenues collection.

2)    To approve the updated Debt Write Off Policy (shown in Appendix 2)

3)    To approve the updated Benefit Overpayment Policy and the use of High Court Enforcement Agents if considered necessary (shown in Appendix 4)





Eric Seaward


Contact Officer, telephone number, and e?mail:

Sean Knight 01263 516347


Additional documents:


Enforcement Update pdf icon PDF 161 KB









This report provides the six monthly update for Members on a range of enforcement related issues arising from the work of the Enforcement Board and Combined Enforcement Team, both over the past six months but also an assessment of progress made sincethe Board’sinception over5 yearsago.


The Council has a far wider range of regulatory and enforcement powers and it should be noted that this report deals only with those covered by the Enforcement Board the Combined Enforcement Team.


With the recent changes to the Member cohort, following the May election, the opportunity has been taken to give a more historical overview of enforcement issues, to help bring new Members up to date on this area of work.




The Enforcement Board continues to makesignificant progress towards its objectives of dealing with difficult and long-standing enforcement cases and bringing long term empty properties back into use, across all areas of the District, with both social and economic benefits to the community, and financial benefits to the Council.


As well as the above, the combined Enforcement Team has achieved considerable success in reducing the backlog on the planning enforcement caseload and ensuring that property level Council Tax enforcement is taken forward at the earliest opportunity.





Reasons for



1.    That Cabinet notes the continued progress of the Enforcement Board and the Combined Enforcement Team


1.    To ensure appropriate governance of the Board’s activities

2.    To show the progress of Combined Enforcement Team cases and contribution to the work of the Enforcement Board



Cabinet Members

Cllr Karen Ward (Planning)

Cllr Nigel Lloyd (Environmental Health)

Cllr Eric Seward (Revenues and Benefits)

Ward(s) affected


All Wards

Contact Officer, telephone number and email: Nick Baker, Corporate Director 01263 516221




Market Towns Initiative - Second Round Award of Funding pdf icon PDF 254 KB

To consider the recommendations from the meeting of the Market Towns Initiative Working Group held on 3rd July 2019 (please note that this meeting took place after the Cabinet agenda was published and therefore the report and recommendations will follow)


Exclusion of Press and Public

To pass the following resolution:

“That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs _ of Part I ofSchedule 12A (as amended) to the Act.”


Private Business