Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Monday, 9th September, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Council Offices. View directions

Contact: Emma Denny  Email: emma.denny@north-norfolk.gov.uk

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No. Item

2.

Public Questions and Statements

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

3.

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

4.

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

5.

Members' Questions

To receive oral questions from Members, if any

6.

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

7.

Budget Monitoring Report 2019/20 - Period 4 pdf icon PDF 538 KB

Summary:

 

 

 

Options considered:

This report summarises the budget monitoring position for the revenue account and capital programme to the end of July 2019.

 

Not applicable.

 

Conclusions:

 

The overall position at the end of July 2019 shows an £612,936 underspend for the current financial year on the revenue account, this is currently expected to deliver a full year overspend of £141,156.

 

Recommendations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reasons for

Recommendations:

It is recommended that:

 

1)    Cabinet note the contents of the report and the current budget monitoring position;

2)    Full Council agree to release £468,954 from capital receipts to fund the ongoing maintenance works to Cromer Pier following receipt of the storm surge insurance payment.

 

 

To update Members on the current budget monitoring position for the Council.

 

LIST OF BACKGROUND PAPERS AS REQUIRED BY LAW

(Papers relied on to write the report and which do not contain exempt information)

 

System budget monitoring reports

 

Cabinet Member(s)

Cllr Eric Seward

Ward(s) affected

Contact Officer, telephone number and email:

Duncan Ellis, 01263 516330, Duncan.ellis@north-norfolk.gov.uk

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED to:

 

 

Note the contents of the report and the current budget monitoring position;

 

To recommend to Council to:

 

Full Council agree to release £468,954 from capital receipts to fund the ongoing maintenance works to Cromer Pier following receipt of the storm surge insurance payment.

 

Reason for the Decision:

 

To update Members on the current budget monitoring position for the Council.

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NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK LOCAL INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY - NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL COMMENTS ON DRAFT STRATEGY DOCUMENT pdf icon PDF 237 KB

 

Summary:

In response to a request from the Government, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership has co-ordinated the development of a draft Local Industrial Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk which it is intended to present to Government during October of this year.

 

Stakeholders, including North Norfolk District Council, are now asked to comment upon and indicate their support for the Norfolk and Suffolk Local Industrial Strategy document.

 

 

Conclusions:

The draft Norfolk and Suffolk Local Industrial Strategy document lays out an ambitious vision for the future development of the Norfolk and Suffolk economy which is intended to complement and contribute towards the objectives of the national Industrial Strategy.

 

In order to demonstrate to Government collective commitment and support for the Local Industrial Strategy, local authority partners, business groups, universities and colleges across the two counties are being invited to endorse the draft strategy document.

 

North Norfolk District Council is therefore invited to comment upon and indicate its support for the draft Local Industrial Strategy which is being developed for Norfolk ad Suffolk.

 

Recommendations:

It is recommended that Cabinet indicate its support for the draft Local Industrial Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk as detailed in Section 3 of the report.

 

 

Reasons for Recommendations:

 

To ensure that North Norfolk is well-positioned and seen as a supportive and committed partner in the context of the emerging Local Industrial Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk.

 

 

Cllr Richard Kershaw

 

 

All wards

 

Contact Officer, telephone number, and e?mail:

Steve Blatch, Corporate Director and Head of Paid Service

Steve.blatch@north-norfolk.gov.uk

Tel:- 01263 516232

 

 

Decision:

RESOLVED that

 

Cabinet indicate its support for the draft Local Industrial Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk as detailed in Section 3 of the report.

 

Reason for the Decision:

 

To ensure that North Norfolk is well-positioned and seen as a supportive and committed partner in the context of the emerging Local Industrial Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk.

 

 

9.

North Norfolk Growth Sites Delivery Strategy pdf icon PDF 142 KB

Summary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Options considered:

It has been identified that there is a vital need for a report (to include feasibility, strategy and actions) to unlock and deliver local employment sites that have the potential to support economic growth. It is proposed that the ‘North Norfolk Growth Site Delivery Strategy’ could support NNDC in its ambition to enact a more delivery-focused approach to bringing forward the development of key sites and unlocking the historic ‘bottle-necks’ of some locations. This report outlines the proposed work.

 

Whilst this work could potentially be delivered via a series of feasibility reports produced in isolation, it is considered that a ‘wholesale’ review of all the identified growth sites would be preferable as this will allow the Council to prioritise the sites, evaluate the scale of intervention and consider any cross-site delivery mechanisms.

 

Conclusions:

 

It is considered that market failure, of varying causes and degrees has meant that many of the District’s current allocated employment sites will not come forward (within a reasonable timescale) to support business investment decisions without public sector intervention – either directly or through supporting third parties. Moreover, it is feared that similar will be experienced with sites identified within the emerging Local Plan without a suitable strategy in place to support their delivery.

 

Recommendations:

 

 

Reasons for

Recommendations:

 

It is recommended that Cabinet acknowledge the project and note the contents of the report.

 

The recommendations of such a study will help to target NNDC’s own projects and financial resources on the opportunities that are most beneficial to the local economy and which are most in need of such investment. Furthermore, it will inform the delivery of allocated sites and designations in the emerging Local Plan and will help inform the investment decisions of third parties (be that developers, land owners, industrialists or growing local businesses). It will also improve the chances of success of bids when seeking external funding.

               

 

Cabinet Member(s)

Cllr Richard Kershaw

Ward(s) affected:

All Wards

 

Contact Officer, telephone number and email:

Stuart Quick, Economic Growth Manager

stuart.quick@north-norfolk.gov.uk 01263 516263

 

Decision:

RESOLVED that

 

Cabinet acknowledge the project and note the contents of the report.

 

Reason for the decision:

 

It will help to target NNDC’s own projects and financial resources on the opportunities that are most beneficial to the local economy and which are most in need of such investment. Furthermore, it will inform the delivery of allocated sites and designations in the emerging Local Plan and will help inform the investment decisions of third parties (be that developers, land owners, industrialists or growing local businesses). It will also improve the chances of success of bids when seeking external funding.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGE POINTS - COUNCIL CAR PARKS pdf icon PDF 269 KB

Summary:                         This report identifies an opportunity for the Council to install Electric Vehicle Chargepoints (EVCs) in Council owned car parks, as part of its Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability agenda.

These will help provide the infrastructure necessary to encourage and enable uptake of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and will benefit both local residents who do not have off street parking and therefore, domestic EV charging options, as well as normal car park users. Such provision also helps support our market towns’ economies, by extending dwell times for customers and visitors.

The Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is accepting applications for grant funding of up to 75% of the capital full cost of installation of EVCs by local authorities to provide the necessary infrastructure to help the growth of Electric Vehicle (EV) ownership.

Six public car parks across the district are proposed for this project, which could be commenced immediately. In addition, the Council Offices car park at Cromer is also considered, but under a grant different funding scheme.

 

Conclusions:                      The number of EVs in the UK is predicted to grow very significantly in coming years with a gradual move away from fossil fuels. This gives rise to a need for EVCs and there is little doubt that councils will be expected to provide them on public car parks as part of the enabling infrastructure for low emissionvehicles.  At this point, the government needs early development of infrastructure, hence the grant scheme being provided.

Whilst there are financial risks associated with such an installation now, mainly around forecasting numbers of EVs and therefore potential usage hours, especially in the early years of operation, the opportunity to obtain funding from central government significantly improves the financial viability and partly mitigates the risks associated with installing the technology.

Recommendations:    1.Cabinet approves an EVC installation project at six Council-owned public car parks across the District, along with the Cromer office car park, with the work being phased if required to enable the maximum grant funding from government.

2.   Cabinet recommends to Full Council the approval of a capital budget of £248,600 to fund the EVC installation project as described in the report. This to be funded from capital reserves and OLEV grant from Government as described in the report.

 

3.    That, assuming this budget is approved, officers are authorised to:

a)    appoint Inspired Renewables on the basis of their experience and involvement to date, to undertake further work to finalise the necessary applications to OLEV, seeking the available grantfunding, at a cost of £5,000

b)    procure the necessary ground works, cabling and installation of theEVCs

c)  procure a contract with a back office payment services provider for the chargingmechanism

d)  bring forward any necessary changes to the Council’s Car Parking Order to allow for EVCspaces

 

Reasons:                      1.   Electric Vehicle Charging Points are an important component in encouraging the uptake of Electric Vehicles, with resulting positive environmentalbenefits.

2.    To provide the necessary budget for theproject.

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Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

To approve an EVC installation project as six council owned car parks across the District, with the work being phased if required to enable the maximum grant funding from Government.

 

To recommend to Council:

 

The approval of a capital budget of £248,600 to fund the EVC installation project as described in the report. This is to the funded from capital reserves and OLEV grant from Government as described in the report.

 

assuming this budget is approved, officers are authorisedto:

a)    appoint Inspired Renewables on the basis of their experience and involvement to date, to undertake further work to finalise the necessary applications to OLEV, seeking the available grant funding, at a cost of £5,000

b)    procure the necessary ground works, cabling and installation of theEVCs

c)    procure a contract with a back office payment services provider for the chargingmechanism

d)    bring forward any necessary changes to the Council’s Car Parking Order to allow for EVCspaces

 

Reason for the decision:

1. Electric Vehicle Charging Points are an important component in encouraging the uptake of Electric Vehicles, with resulting positive environmentalbenefits.

2. To provide the necessary budget for the project

3. To provide the necessary arrangements for installation and customer use of the EVCs onceinstalled.

 

 

11.

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.”

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Private Business