Agenda and draft minutes

Executive Board
Tuesday, 16th July, 2019 1.30 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Committee Room - Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG

Contact: Kate Morris, Constitutional Services, Tel: 0115 8764353  Email: kate.morris2@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Note: Unless stated otherwise, all decisions are subject to call-in. The last date for call-in is 25 July 2019. Decisions cannot be implemented until the working day after this date. 

Items
No. Item

22.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Councillor Linda Woodings – Council Business

 

 

23.

Declarations of interests

Minutes:

Councillor Sam Webster declared an interest in item 7, Loan to Nottingham City Homes Enterprise Limited (NCH E Ltd) for Market Rent property acquisition, as an outgoing Board Member of Nottingham City Homes.

 

This did not preclude him from speaking on the matter as following Item 4, appointments to Outside Bodies he was no longer on the Board.  

24.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 239 KB

Last meeting held on 18 June 2019  (for confirmation)

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 18 June 2019 were confirmed as a true record and were signed by the Chair.

25.

Appointments to Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 233 KB

Report of the Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment and Democratic Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered the report of the Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment and Democratic Services seeking approval of nominations and appointment to Outside Bodies. The Portfolio Holder outlined the importance of these appointments meaning that Nottingham City Council is able to influence nationally, regionally or locally in respect of the community as a whole or in respect of certain sectors of the community. Unless otherwise stated all appointments are made for a 4 year period.

 

RESOLVED to:

 

(1)  Agree, subject to confirmation with the Charity Commission where necessary, the following deletions of bodies from Register A:

·  Civic Enterprise Nottingham Ltd

·  Gas Fund Trustees

·  Nottingham High School

·  Pakistan Community Centre Management Committee

 

(2)  Agree to the nomination / appointments to Outside Bodies as set out in Register A with amendments confirmed by the Board highlighted.

 

(3)  Agree to transfer the following body to the Register of Bodies appointed to by Area Committees as it is relevant to one particular ward:

·  Wollaton Park Golf Club Management Committee

 

(4)  Note that appointments are not required to the following bodies at this time:

·  NET Development Board

·  SPLAT (Speaking, Learning, Acting Together)

 

(5)  Note the organisations contained in Register B (the register for Area Committee Appointments) and to delegate appointments to those organisations to the relevant area committees together with responsibility for adding to or deleting organisations from Register B.

 

(6)  Note the revised process for managing Outside Bodies as laid out in appendix C published with the agenda;

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

Appointments to Outside Bodies need to be kept up to date to reflect changes in Council Membership following local elections

 

Approval of these recommendations helps to ensure that the bodies to which the Council appoints remain relevant to its business

 

Procedures are in place to maintain the register proactively and accurately during each four-year term.

 

Other Options Considered

The other option considered was not to make the nominations / appointment to Outside Bodies. This option was rejected as it would deny the City Council a voice on a number of key local, citywide and national organisations.

26.

Extension to Nottingham City Council’s Public Spaces Protection Orders in respect of Dogs - KEY DECISION pdf icon PDF 341 KB

Report of the Leader of the Council / Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Safety and Communication

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered the report of the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Safety and Communication seeking approval for the extension of existing Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO’s) in respect of dogs across its administrative area.

 

The PSPO’s were originally approved in May 2016 by Nottingham City Council’s Executive Board and were designed to address various problems associated with dogs in relation to nuisance and annoyance to the public across Nottingham City. 

 

The Board agreed that the PSPO’s had been working well and were a fair and balanced way to address the issues.  The PSPO’s will be extended as they currently stand. Any extension of area, or addition of areas where dogs are banned would be subject to public consultation and approval by this Board.

 

RESOLVED to:

(1)  To authorise extensions to the following Public Spaces Protection Orders (“PSPOs”), having been satisfied that the test in section 59 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 is met, and having regard to the rights of freedom of expression and freedom of assembly so that they remain in effect for a further period of three years from the 25th September 2019,:

 

(i)  Nottingham City Council Dogs on Leads by Direction Public Spaces Protection Order 2016 (“PSPO 1”) Appendix 1

 

(ii)  Nottingham City Council Dogs on Lead Public Spaces Protection Order 2016 (“PSPO 2”) Appendix 2

 

(iii)  Nottingham City Council Dogs Exclusion Public Spaces Protection Order 2016 (“PSPO 3”) Appendix 3

 

(iv)  Nottingham City Council Fouling of Land by Dogs and Requirement to Produce Device for or Other Suitable Means of Removing Dog Faeces Public Spaces Protection Order 2016 (“PSPO 4”) Appendix 4

 

(2)  To carry out the necessary advertisements and arrange for appropriate signage to be erected or amended where necessary in accordance with the legislative requirements

 

Reasons for recommendations

Before the Dog Control PSPOs were made in 2016, there were significant problems caused by dog related anti-social behaviour, nuisance and disorder across the whole city of Nottingham. Reports received showed that the problems were often caused by irresponsible dog owners allowing their dogs to intimidate citizens in Nottingham and run amok within the urban areas of Nottingham without being under the full control of their owners. Evidence showed that these issues impacted greatly on the quality of the life for the residents, visitors and businesses alike by intimidation to citizens, posing a danger to citizens and traffic control, and damage to play equipment, street furniture and the wildlife and trees. It undoubtedly had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality.

 

Evidence gathered in the areas where the Council had previously implemented Dog Control Orders showed a reduction in dog related nuisance and disorder through the use of associated powers. Dog Control Orders were repealed under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) and replaced by PSPOs. As such, the Dog Control PSPOs were implemented across the Council’s administrative area to ensure that the problems being experienced at that time  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

Approvals in relation to the expansion of Nethergate Academy - KEY DECISION pdf icon PDF 233 KB

Report of the Portfolio Holder for Early Years, Education and Employment

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered the report of the Portfolio Holder for Early Years, Education and Employment seeking approval for projects to extend Nethergate Academy in Clifton. Expansion of this academy will support the delivery of the City Council’s Special Education Needs and Disabilities strategy by creating an additional 48 school places for September 2020.

 

Officers confirmed to the Board that the issue of parking is being addressed. Consideration is being given to a number of options including extension of onsite parking and / or introduction of traffic regulations.

 

RESOLVED to:

 

(1)  Approve the extension of Nethergate Academy by 48 places subject to consultation being successfully concluded and the necessary approvals in place;

 

(2)  Amend the capital programme to reflect the capital funding envelope of £2,137,328 of funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFS) phased over three years, noting that £250,000 has already been allocated towards this project previously;

 

(3)  Approve the remaining SEND allocation received by the ESFA and an additional £275,000 from other funding sources, towards the cost of construction of the ASD unit at Nethergate Academy;

 

(4)  Approve the use and procurement of consultants for mechanical and electrical services as this cannot be resourced in house;

 

(5)  Approve the procurement of the contractor in compliance with the Councils financial regulations and procurement policies;

 

(6)  Delegate authority to the Director of Legal and Governance to enter into contracts for the services and works;

 

(7)  Approve funding of any direct costs and fees associated with Planning Building Control, Design Services and reimburse any project related costs incurred by the school; and

 

(8)  Delegate authority to the Director of Major Projects to approve payment of any costs incurred by the school and to authorise reimbursement.

 

Reasons for recommendations

This report sets out the approval necessary to deliver a 48 place Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) unit at Nethergate school.

 

Following extensive consultation, Nottingham City Council (NCC) published a SEND strategy that sets out the principles of the SEND strategy across the city of Nottingham for the next five years.  The development of this strategy involved looking at the type and number of places required and reviewing options for increasing provision at SEND schools in order to meet the growing demand for places and identifying priority areas.  The first priority identified in this strategy is the expansion of ASD provision at Nethergate by 48 places.

 

A previous report in February 2019 (DDM 3304) allowed for this work to commence, including early works to allow the school to provide urgently required places by Easter 2019 and to look at the options and costs for delivering a separate 48 place ASD unit. 

 

Other options considered

The first alternative option considered was to do nothing. This option was rejected as the shortfall in provision for pupils with ASD across the City needs to be addressed in order to mitigate an increase in the revenue costs for sourcing specialist provision for other providers that is not suitable in the long term.

 

The second alternative option was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.

28.

Loan to Nottingham City Homes Enterprise Limited (NCH E Ltd) for Market Rent property acquisition - KEY DECISION pdf icon PDF 219 KB

Report of the Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage and the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Growth and City Centre

Minutes:

The Board considered the report of the Portfolio Holder for Planning Housing and Heritage and the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Growth and City Centre seeking approval to provide a loan to Nottingham City Homes Enterprise Limited from an existing loan facility approved by Executive Board in December 2016. The loan will be used to expand the private rent portfolio through the acquisition of private rent properties.

 

RESOLVED to:

(1)  Approve a loan of £20.086m to Nottingham City Homes Enterprise Limited (NCH E Ltd) on the terms set out within the exempt finance advice; and

 

(2)  Delegate authority to the Strategic Director of Finance to approve loan drawdown subject to the completion of due diligence as detailed in the exempt advice.

 

Reasons for recommendations

Supporting NCH E Ltd  to expand their private rent portfolio by providing a loan for the acquisition of private rent properties will help to drive up standards in the private rent sector ensuring well managed high quality properties are made available to rent.

 

Other options considered

Not providing a loan was also considered. This was rejected as it would be detrimental to the shared objective of improving the private rent sector in Nottingham and would restrict the ability of NCH E Ltd to develop a property portfolio and asset base.

 

29.

Exclusion of the public

To consider excluding the public from the meeting during consideration of the remaining item(s) in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the basis that, having regard to all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs in the public interest in disclosing the information

Minutes:

RESOLVED to exclude the publicfrom the meeting duringconsideration ofthe remaining item inaccordancewithSection 100A(4) ofthe Local Government Act 1972 on the basisthat, having regard to all thecircumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the publicinterest in disclosing the information as defined in paragraph 3 of part 1, Schedule12Aof theAct.

 

30.

Loan to Nottingham City Homes Enterprise Limited (NCH E Ltd) for Market Rent property acquisition - EXEMPT APPENDIX

Report of the Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage and the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Growth and City Centre

Minutes:

RESOLVED to note the content of the Exempt Appendix