Agenda and decisions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Decision:

The Leader of the Council advised that apologies for absence had been received from Councillor Mashari (Chair of the Resources & Public Realm Scrutiny Committee) who had been due to attend to speak in relation to Agenda Item 6a (References from Scrutiny Committee) and Item 9 (Procurement Strategy).

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare at this stage of the meeting, the nature and existence of any relevant disclosable pecuniary or personal interests in the items on this agenda and to specify the item(s) to which they relate.

Decision:

None.

3.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 97 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on 7th September 2020 as a correct record.

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on Monday 7 September 2020 as an accurate record.

4.

Matters Arising (if any)

To consider any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.

Decision:

None.

5.

Petitions (if any)

To discuss any petitions from members of the public, in accordance with Standing Order 66.

Decision:

None.

6.

Reference of item considered by Scrutiny Committees & Request to Speak (if any)

To consider any reference reports from any of the Council’s two Scrutiny Committees.

Decision:

The Leader of the Council advised that he had agreed to accept an additional request to speak at the meeting from Councillor Kennelly regarding the Healthy Neighbourhood proposals.

 

Cabinet noted the comments made by Councillor Kennelly who, whilst supportive of the environmental and public health aims supporting Healthy Neighbourhoods, highlighted concerns regarding local community engagement in the design and introduction of the trial schemes and requested further details in relation to:

·                The response from the Emergency Services to the consultation on the proposals;

·                The criteria under which the outcome of each trial would be assessed prior to any final decision being taken about their introduction on a permanent basis;

·                How the proposals had been risk assessed and account taken of comments submitted as part of the Active Travel interactive consultation;

·                The process for seeking to engage the local communities in the design and implementation of the trial schemes; and

·                The funding bids submitted in relation to the scheme.

 

It was agreed that details of the information being sought would be submitted to the Lead Member Regeneration, Property & Planning.  Cabinet also noted the comments made in response, highlighting the context in which the proposals had been introduced and consultation and engagement undertaken with local ward councillors, which had been developed to include regular feedback on each scheme.

6a

Recommendations from Resources & Public Realm Scrutiny Committee and Draft Executive Response - Public Realm and The Brent Economy pdf icon PDF 117 KB

This report seeks endorsement of the proposed executive response to the recommendations made from the Resources and Public Realm Scrutiny Committee at their meeting on 14 July 2020 on the Public Realm in Brent and the Brent economy.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to note the recommendations made by the Resources & Public Realm Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on the 14 July 2020 relating to the Public Realm in Brent and the Brent Economy and to approve the Executive Response provided on both set of recommendations, as detailed in Appendix 1 and 2 of the report.

7.

Extension of Borough Wide Public Space Protection Order pdf icon PDF 110 KB

This report seeks approval for the extension of the borough wide street drinking Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for three additional years to October 2023.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to extend the Borough wide street drinking Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for a future three years, commencing from 20 October 2020 to 19 October 2023 on the grounds that it was necessary to prevent an increase in the frequency or seriousness of those activities.

8.

Application for the re-naming of the eastern section of Meadow Garth to Pramukh Swami Road pdf icon PDF 130 KB

This report seeks a decision regarding the renaming of the eastern section of Meadow Garth Road to Pramukh Swami Road, following an application from the local community, and outlines the conditions and associated costs.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Having noted:

·                the comments made by a representative of the Shree Swaminarayan Temple and Councillor Hirani in support of the name change;

·                the comments made by a local resident objecting to the name change; and

·                the finely balanced nature of the decision to be made.

 

 Cabinet RESOLVED to:

 

(1)      Confirm and approve the making of an order to change the name of the eastern part of Meadow Garth to Pramukh Swami Road.

 

(2)      Delegate authority to the Strategic Director, Regeneration & Environment to implement the proposed order.

 

(3)      Delegate authority to the Strategic Director, Regeneration & Environment to enter into a legal agreement to ensure that the applicant covered the reasonable costs that were incurred by the Council and occupiers affected as a result of the change to the street name at the eastern section of Meadow Garth, plus to the occupiers of the properties, an inconvenience fee.

9.

Procurement Strategy 2020-2023 pdf icon PDF 254 KB

This report seeks approval for the Procurement Strategy 2020-2023, which outlines the Council’s procurement priorities under five pillars: community wealth building, sustainability, circular economy, social value and ethical policy, and active procurement.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Having noted the intention to incorporate the recommendations made by the Resources & Public Realm Scrutiny Committee when considering the strategy at their meeting on 1 October 2020, Cabinet RESOLVED to approve the Procurement Strategy 2020-2023 as set out in Appendix A of the report.

10.

ICT Work with the Local Government Association pdf icon PDF 83 KB

This report seeks approval to enter into further arrangements to partner with the Local Government Association (LGA) for a period of 3 years for the provision of ICT services. The contract includes the hosting of LGA ICT services at Brent Data Centres, the provision of ICT support services, and the implementation of new hardware where required.

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to:

 

(1)        Note the current arrangements for partnership working with the Local Government Association in relation to the provision of ICT services, as set out in sections 3.1 and 3.2 of the report.

 

(2)    Approve the Council entering into further arrangements to partner with the Local Government Association for a period of 3 years with an optional 2 year extension for the provision of ICT services, to include the hosting of its ICT services at the Brent Data Centres, and the ongoing provision of ICT support services and the implementation of new hardware where necessary.

 

(3)    Delegate authority to the Strategic Director of Customer and Digital Services in consultation with the Director of Finance and the Director of Legal, HR, Audit and Investigations to agree the full terms of the legal agreements required to deliver the partnering arrangements referred to in (2) above and thereafter to enter into such agreements.

11.

Shared Ownership Sales and Marketing Policy pdf icon PDF 108 KB

This report seeks approval for the Shared Ownership and Sales Marketing Policy, developed to set out the Council’s approach to selling shared ownership homes and to raise awareness of the scheme to potential applicants.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to

 

(1)        Note the contents of the report.

 

(2)        Approve the content of the draft Shared Ownership and Sales Marketing Policy.

 

(3)        Delegate Authority to the Strategic Director for Community Well Being in consultation with the Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reforms to make relevant changes to the Shared Ownership and Marketing Policy arising from any relevant changes to legislation or statutory guidance made by central Government.

12.

Authority to Tender for a Framework Agreement for Housing Refurbishment Works & a Framework Agreement for Technical Consultancy Services pdf icon PDF 234 KB

This report seeks approval to commence procurement of two multi-supplier, multi-lot framework agreements for housing works and technical consultancy services as required by Contract Standing Orders 88 and 89.  

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to

 

(1)      Approve inviting tenders for a framework agreement for Housing Refurbishment Works,on the basis of the pre - tender considerations set out in section 3.11 of the report.

 

(2)     Approve inviting tenders for a framework agreement for Technical Consultancy Services to support the asset management and refurbishment programmes,on the basis of the pre - tender considerations set out in section 4.8 of the report.

 

(3)     Approve Officers evaluating the tenders referred to in (1) and (2) above, on the basis of the evaluation criteria set out in section 3.11 of the report.

 

(4)     Delegate to the Strategic Director for Community Wellbeing, in consultation with the Lead Member for Housing Welfare Reforms, authority to appoint contractors and consultants to the framework agreements referred to in (1) and (2) above for a term of 4 years.

 

(5)     That in line with the Council Procurement Rules, specific contract awards would be as set out in paragraphs 5.6 – 5.10 of the report.

13.

Q2 Financial Report 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 193 KB

This report presents the council’s current forecast of income and expenditure against the approved revenue budget for 2020/21.

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to note the overall financial position and actions being taken to manage the issues highlighted, as outlined within the report.

14.

Exclusion of Press and Public

No items have been identified in advance of the meeting that will require the exclusion of the press or public.

 

Decision:

There were no items that required the exclusion of the press or public.

15.

Any other urgent business

Notice of items to be raised under this heading must be given in writing to the Head of Executive and Member Services or her representative before the meeting in accordance with Standing Order 60.

Decision:

None.