Top

Top

Agenda Item No

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 17 June 2013

Report of the Cabinet Member for Children's Services

Utilisation of Additional Welsh Government Capital Funding for Schools

Purpose of the Report

1. To request that Cabinet approve the inclusion of a number of additional projects in the 2013/14 Capital Programme following receipt of additional funding from the Welsh Government for capital maintenance and investment in schools late in 2012/13.

Recommendations

1. That capital funding allocated from the Welsh Government is utilised to fund the following additional education projects within the 2013/14 capital programme:

 Oakfield Primary, new entrance and reception area - £146,282.

 High Street Primary, boiler renewal - £80,000.

 Gwenfo Primary, boiler renewal - £60,000.

 Romilly Primary, toilet refurbishment - £50,000.

 Romilly Primary, dry rot eradication - £50,000.

 Peterston-super-Ely Primary, Ysgol Pen y Garth and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive, fire precaution works - £72,000.

 Ysgol Iolo Morganwg, overboard ceilings - £10,000.

2. That Cabinet endorse the use of the Managing Director's emergency powers to approve the procurement of a demountable for Llancarfan Primary School.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1&2   To allow the approved projects to proceed.

Background

2. On the 15 March 2013 the Welsh Government confirmed that the Council had been allocated £574,882 capital funding for planned capital maintenance works at schools during the financial year 2012/13. This sum is derived from a formula allocation of the £12,853,000 agreed by the Minister for Education and Skills.

3. This funding had to be spent before the 31 March 2013 on capital repair and maintenance works, identified as a priority in the Council's planned capital maintenance programme.

4. The funding has been used to fund projects on the approved 2012/13 Education capital programme that had previously been funded through internal Council funds. This has released £574,882 to fund additional Education capital projects in 2013/14.

Relevant Issues and Options

5. In accordance with the Welsh Government's criteria this capital funding is restricted to use on Education capital projects.

6. Following an assessment of current educational needs at all schools across the Vale, the following schemes have been proposed to be funded through this additional capital funding and included in the 2013/14 capital programme:

 Llancarfan Primary, £106,600 required to replace the existing very poor quality demountable classroom in addition to the £153,000 from the 2012/13 capital programme. In order to progress procurement in time for the summer holidays the Managing Director has already exercised her emergency powers to approve this request.

 Oakfield Primary, £146,282 to build a new entrance and reception area to improve access to the school and security.

 High Street Primary, £80,000 to replace the 25 year old boiler which is at the end of its economic life.

 Gwenfo Primary, £60,000 to replace the 19 year old boiler which is at the end of its economic life.

 Romilly Primary, £50,000 to refurbish the year 5/6 toilets which following an assessment of all school toilets were confirmed as being in very poor condition.

 Romilly Primary, £50,000 to eradicate dry rot under main reception floor.

 Peterston-super-Ely Primary, Ysgol Pen y Garth and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive, £72,000 for fire precautions works highlighted after Fire Risk assessments to replace missing and defective fire barriers within the ceiling voids.

 Ysgol Iolo Morganwg, £10,000 to overboard cracked lath and plaster ceilings to prevent loose section of plaster failing through suspended ceilings.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

7. If approved the 2013/14 Education Capital Programme will increase by £574,882.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8. The replacement of the existing demountable and installation of new boilers will reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions from these schools.

 Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9. There are no legal or human rights implications arising from this matter.

Crime and Disorder Implications

10. There are no crime and disorder implications arising from this matter.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11. There are no equal opportunities implications arising from this matter.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12. The implementation of these schemes will contribute towards the corporate property objective stated in the Corporate Asset Management Plan 2012-13 'To manage Council assets to ensure that they comply with appropriate statutory, regulatory and corporate standards and are maintained to an appropriate level.'

Policy Framework and Budget

13. This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14. Consultation on the proposed projects has been undertaken with the Cabinet Member for Children's Services. Ward member consultation has not been carried out as the impact of this report is Vale wide.

15. Property Section is in support of these proposed schemes.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

16. Lifelong Learning.

Background Papers

None.

Contact Officer

Mark Haynes , School Organisation and Buildings Manager

Officers Consulted

Paula Ham, Head of Strategic Planning and Performance

Laura Davis, Senior Accountant

Jane Wade, Operational Manager, Property Section

Responsible Officer:

Jennifer Hill, Chief Learning and Skills Office