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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet: 5th October, 2015

Report of the Leader

Use of the Managing Director's Emergency Powers

Purpose of the Report

1.    To notify Cabinet of the exercising of Emergency Powers by the Managing Director since the last report in March 2015.

Recommendation

That the report be noted.

Reason for the Recommendation

To inform Cabinet.

Background

2.    The Emergency Powers procedure was approved by Minute No. 95 2012/13.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.    To note the following:

(a)    Wales Coast Path Development Programme 2013-15

 

    Authority to accept Community Links and Equestrian Development Projects Grant Offer GU9441 - An award of funding of £22,530 has been received in relation Community Links and Equestrian Development Projects.  This funding is to be used for Rhoose community link and ancillary works.  It is therefore requested that the grant offer from Natural Resources Wales of £22,530 be included in the 2014/15 Capital Programme.

 

    Authority to accept Wales Coast Path Development Programme 2013-15 Grant Offer GU9484 - The grant award of £45,000 from Natural Resources Wales for Wales Coast Path Development Programme has been increased to £80,299.  In addition to this there is also £15,000 match funding contribution from Capital Receipts.  It is therefore requested that the £35,299 increase in grant from Natural Resources Wales be included in the 2014/15 Capital Programme.

 

    Authority to make consequential amendments to 2014/15 Capital Programme to reflect the above grant funding.

 

(Scrutiny - Economy and Environment)

 

(b)    Metro Fund Grant Funding 2014-15 - Dinas Powys to Cardiff Bus Priority Corridor

 

    Authority to accept additional Metro Fund Transport Grant by the Welsh Government for 2014/15 to carry out feasibility and design of Bus Priority Measures along the Dinas Powys to Cardiff corridor to the value of £7,270.  This brings to total of funding for 2014/15 to £59,770.

 

    Authority to amend the 2014/15 Capital Programme by including the above grant in the 2014/2015 Capital Programme.

 

(Scrutiny - Economy and Environment)

 

(c)    Additional Capital Scheme - Llansannor CIW Primary School, replacement of pathway, access ramp and fencing across the rear of the school

 

    (i)    Authority to fund Llansannor CiW Primary School replacement of pathway access ramp element of the scheme £30,25) from DDA Adaptations to Council's Buildings Budget

 

    (ii)    Authority to reallocate £11.5k of additional capital funding to St. Joseph's Security Entrance Gate Scheme and £6k of additional capital funding is allocated to Llansannor CCTV scheme.

 

(Scrutiny - Lifelong Learning)

 

(d)    Repairs to Porthkerry Country Park access road

 

    Authority to amend the Capital Programme.  After identifying sufficient savings on revenue budgets, the Director of Development authorised expenditure of £29,353.36 on essential repairs to the access road through Porthkerry Country Park.

 

(Scrutiny - Economy and Environment)

 

(e)    Variation to Award of Funding in relation to Vibrant and Viable Places, Tackling Poverty Fund Programme (Barry Parks Enhancement Programme)

 

    (i)    Authority to accept grant funding of £94,000 from Welsh Government which forms part of the larger Vibrant and Viable Places, Tackling Poverty Fund Programme award to fund the Barry Parks Enhancement Programme Scheme.

 

    Welsh Government have been advised that the Council will draw down £78,498 of this grant as the contractor is only now taking delivery of the various walling elements.  

 

    (ii)    Authority to amend the 2014/15 Capital Programme by £78,498.

 

(Scrutiny - Economy and Environment)

 

(f)    Amendment to the Housing Renewal Policy 2014

 

    Authority to amend

 

    (i)    the Housing Renewal Policy in respect of Upper Holton Road to increase the maximum level of grant from 85% to 95%.

 

    (ii)    Housing Renewal Policy in respect of Main Street to increase the maximum level of grant from 85% to 95%.

 

    (iii)    the Housing Renewal Policy in respect of Upper Holton Road and Main Street to allow owners to apply for the 95% grant funding and not use the Council's Renewal Area agency service.

 

    (iv)    Authority to approve an Exception Policy for Upper Holton Road and Main Street for small scale improvements to maximise the impact of the amended Housing Renewal Policy for the wider areas.

 

(Scrutiny - Housing and Public Protection)

 

(g)    Education Asset Renewal

 

    Authority to approve the allocations listed below ahead of the report to Cabinet:

 

-        £250k allocated for Ysgol Bro Morgannwg kitchen roof renewal
-        £10k allocated for Llanfair Primary kitchen floor, and
-        £120k allocated for Peterston Super Ely Primary to renew electric heaters.

 

(Scrutiny - Corporate Resources)

 

(h)    Amendments to the Capital Programme for the following schemes

 

    Authority to amend the Capital Programme to provide a capital budget to cover the costs of the marketing and disposal of the following projects:

 

    -        Marketing and Disposal of the 'Innovation Quarter Southern Development             Site, Barry Waterfront'
    -        Marketing and Disposal of 'Nell's Point, Barry Island' and
    -        Marketing and Disposal of Park of Cowbridge Livestock Market.

 

 (Scrutiny - Economy and Environment and Corporate Resources)

 

(i)    Barry Community Watersports Facilities

 

    Authority to amend the Capital Programme by the inclusion of £106k of S106 funding.

 

(Scrutiny - Economy and Environment)

 

(j)    Old Coal Yard, St. Athan and St. Athan Crossroads Scheme- Highway Works

 

    Authority to amend the Capital Programme by the inclusion of £36k of S106 funding.

 

(Scrutiny - Economy and Environment)

 

(k)    Welsh Government's Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) (Tackling Poverty) programme for the settlement of Barry

 

    Authority to amend the Capital Programme for 2015/16 by increasing the Tackling Poverty Scheme by £10k to be funded by S106 funding.

 

(Scrutiny - Economy and Environment)

 

(l)    Amendment to the Housing Renewal Area Policy 2014 - Castleland Renewal Area (including Upper Holton Road) Barry

 

    Authority to amend the Housing Renewal Policy to allow solid wall masonry stabilisation techniques to be considered eligible works in Facelift schemes.

 

(Scrutiny - Economy and Environment)

 

(m)    Bus Shelter, Court Road

 

    Authority to amend the 2015/16 Capital Programme by inclusion of £22,252.50 for the works to provide a bus shelter on Court Road to be funded from S106 monies.

 

(Scrutiny - Economy and Environment)

 

(n)    Maximising the Employment Potential of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast

 

    Authority to amend the 2015/16 Capital Programme by the inclusion of £98k to be funded by a grant from Big Lottery Fund.

 

(Scrutiny (Economy and Environment)

 

(n)    Innovation Quarter - Sharing of Capital Receipts for Pumphouse and Triangle Land Transactions with Welsh Government (as per JV agreement)

 

    Authority to pay the Welsh Government their share of the capital receipts the Council has previously received in respect of the following land disposals:

 

-        Triangle Disposal to Whitbread
-        Pumphouse Disposal.

 

    Authority to increase the 2015/16 Capital Programme by £396,109.

 

Scrutiny (Economy and Environment)

 

(o)    Amendments to Capital Programme to pay marketing agent fees relating to disposal of Former Ysgol Maes Dyfan site

 

    Authority to pay the above fees in the sums of £8,323.77 plus VAT and to make consequential amendments to the Capital Programme.

 

(Scrutiny - Lifelong Learning)

 

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

4.    The procedure requires that these are taken into account by the Committee / Department originating the request for the use of Emergency Powers.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

5.    The procedure requires that these are taken into account by the Committee / Department originating the request for the use of Emergency Powers.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

6.    The procedure requires that these are taken into account by the Committee / Department originating the request for the use of Emergency Powers.

Crime and Disorder Implications

7.    The procedure requires that these are taken into account by the Committee / Department originating the request for the use of Emergency Powers.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

8.    The procedure requires that these are taken into account by the Committee / Department originating the request for the use of Emergency Powers.

Corporate/Service Objectives

9.    The procedure requires that these are taken into account by the Committee / Department originating the request for the use of Emergency Powers.

Policy Framework and Budget

10.    All actions fall within Paragraph 1 of the Managing Director's Delegated Powers set out on page 190 of the Council's Constitution.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

11.    None.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

12.    As indicated under Paragraph 3 above.

Background Papers

Relevant Emergency Powers proformas.

Contact Officer

Jeff Rees, Principal Democratic and Scrutiny Services Officer

Officers Consulted

None.

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Managing Director

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