Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Cabinet - Wednesday, 12th January, 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Suite, Civic Centre, Poole BH15 2RU. View directions

Contact: Sarah Culwick (01202 817615)  Email: democratic.services@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

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109.

Declarations of Interests

Councillors are requested to declare any interests on items included in this agenda. Please refer to the workflow on the preceding page for guidance.

Declarations received will be reported at the meeting.

Minutes:

Councillor N Brooks and B Dunlop declared interests in Minute No. 116 (Housing and Property Compliance Update (Housing Revenue Account)) and remained present.

Councillor H Allen declared an interest in Minute No. 114 (2021/22 Quarter 2 Performance Report) and remained present.

 

110.

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 473 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record the minutes of the Meeting held on 15 December 2021.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 15 December 2021 were confirmed and signed as a correct record subject to the inclusion of Councillor S Barons apologies which had been reported to the Leader of the Council.

 

111.

Public Issues

To receive any public questions, statements or petitions submitted in accordance with the Constitution. Further information on the requirements for submitting these is available to view at the following link:-

https://democracy.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CommitteeID=151&Info=1&bcr=1

The deadline for the submission of public questions is 4 clear working days before the meeting.

The deadline for the submission of a statement is midday the working day before the meeting.

The deadline for the submission of a petition is 10 working days before the meeting.

Minutes:

The Leader advised that there had been no questions, statements or petitions received from members of the public on this occasion.

 

112.

Recommendations from the Overview and Scrutiny Board

To consider recommendations from the Overview and Scrutiny Board on items not otherwise included on the Cabinet Agenda.

Minutes:

Cabinet was advised that there were no additional recommendations from the Overview and Scrutiny Board on items not otherwise included on the Cabinet Agenda on this occasion.

 

113.

Council Tax - Tax base 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 234 KB

This report calculates and presents the proposed council tax base for council tax setting purposes in line with current legislation and guidance.

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix 'A' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

Cabinet was advised that the report calculated and presented the proposed council tax base for council tax setting purposes in line with current legislation and guidance.

RECOMMENDED that: -

(a)           the report for the calculation of the council’s tax base for the year 2022/23 be approved and the tax base be approved by Full Council; and

(b)           Pursuant to the report, and in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) Regulations 1992, as amended, the amount calculated as the council tax base for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council for 2022/23 is 142,814.

Voting: Unanimous


Portfolio Holder: Leader of the Council

 

114.

2021/22 Quarter 2 Performance Report pdf icon PDF 197 KB

BCP Council’s Corporate Strategy was adopted by Full Council in November 2019. It sets out the Council’s priorities and the values which underpin the way the council will work as it develops and delivers services.

Refreshed vision and ambition statements set out in the Big Plan provide a wider context to underpin and drive the Corporate Strategy.

Council corporate priorities remain the same and continue to be supported by delivery plans which set out high-level actions.

This report provides an overview of performance against the prioritiesfor Quarter 2 of financial year 2021/22.

It has been informed by the performance measures included in the delivery plans of the Corporate Strategy, agreed at the February 2021 Cabinet meeting. 

Performance is presented across interactive dashboards for each of the priorities which also include a narrative summary of other achievements for the first six months of this financial year.

Whilst the performance measures are not a finite set of measures most have been in place for the last 18 months and therefore are starting to develop a good history of trend data.

Generally, performance is good across the priorities with only four areas that require intervention. The detail of these are available as exception reports attached as appendix 2.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that: -

(a)         Cabinet considered the attached exception reports relating to areas of current adverse performance and supported remedial action; and

(b)        Cabinet advise of any amendments, deletions or additions to the performance indicator set that informs corporate performance.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Leader of the Council

Councillor H Allen declared an interest in this item and remained present.

Reason

The corporate strategy represents the objectives and outcomes that the Council’s performance will be judged against and as such is a vital component of the Council’s performance management framework.

An understanding of performance against targets, goals and objectives will help the council understand and manage service delivery and identify emerging business risks.

A good corporate strategy is driven by a strong vision and ambitious goals which are vital for promoting the opportunities an organisation presents for investment and engagement.

The aspirational vision set out in the Big Plan gives a stronger context for the Council’s corporate strategy and for achieving our wider ambitions. It will influence the allocation and distribution of resources ensuring that the organisation commits its limited resources in accordance with its stated priorities.

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix 'B' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

Cabinet was reminded that BCP Council’s Corporate Strategy was adopted by Full Council in November 2019, and that it set out the Council’s priorities and the values which underpin the way the council will work as it develops and delivers services.

In relation to this Cabinet was advised that refreshed vision and ambition statements set out in the Big Plan provide a wider context to underpin and drive the Corporate Strategy, and that council corporate priorities remain the same and continue to be supported by delivery plans which set out high-level actions.

Cabinet was advised that the report provided an overview of performance against the prioritiesfor Quarter 2 of financial year 2021/22, and that the report had been informed by the performance measures included in the delivery plans of the Corporate Strategy, agreed at the February 2021 Cabinet meeting. 

Cabinet was informed that performance is presented across interactive dashboards for each of the priorities which also include a narrative summary of other achievements for the first six months of this financial year, and that whilst the performance measures are not a finite set of measures most have been in place for the last 18 months and therefore are starting to develop a good history of trend data.

Cabinet was further advised that generally, performance is good across the priorities with only four areas that require intervention, and that the detail of these are available as exception reports attached as appendix 2.

The relevant Portfolio Holders for each of the four exception reports addressed the Cabinet informing of the actions in place to meet future targets.

Councillor Hilliard addressed the Cabinet questioning how the residents survey fitted into information gathered.

RESOLVED that: -

(a)         Cabinet considered the attached exception reports relating to areas of current adverse performance and supported remedial action; and

(b)        Cabinet advise of any amendments, deletions or additions to the performance indicator set that informs corporate performance.

Voting: Unanimous


Portfolio Holder: Leader of the Council

Councillor H Allen declared an interest in this item and remained present.

 

115.

Future of the Stour Valley and Poole Revenues and Benefits Partnership pdf icon PDF 236 KB

BCP Council currently works in partnership with Dorset Council to deliver Revenues and Benefit Services for four of the legacy Councils through the Stour Valley and Poole Partnership (SVPP).

The Joint Committee for the SVPP has considered the future options for Revenues and Benefits service delivery and have recommended to each Council that they consider expanding the SVPP to provide a Pan-Dorset Partnership.

For BCP Council, as the host partner Council, for SVPP expanding the Partnership would formally bring together the Revenues and Benefits services and deliver significant efficiencies whilst supporting the Council’s transformation objectives

Dorset Council’s preferred direction is to end the SVPP and return its services to an in-house provision which would place a financial burden on BCP Council of stranded costs that cannot be mitigated.

As there is not a consensus between partners an approach needs to be established for the future of BCP Council’s Revenue and Benefits services.   

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that Cabinet: -

(a)           Endorse, as BCP Council’s preferred option, the recommendation of the SVPP Joint Committee to create a pan-Dorset partnership between BCP Council and Dorset Council for the delivery of Revenues and Benefits services;

(b)           Accepting it is not BCP Councils desired direction of travel, acknowledge that Dorset Council agreed at their 7 December 2021 Cabinet to withdraw their services in respect of East Dorset and North Dorset residents from the SVPP;

(a)           Only agree to an amicable dissolution of SVPP if agreement can be reached with Dorset Council around costs associated with the process;

(b)           Delegate authority to the Chief Finance Officer in consultation with the Leader, Finance & Transformation Portfolio Holder to negotiate the settlement associated with an amicable dissolution of the SVPP; and

(c)          Acknowledge that if an amicable dissolution cannot be agreed that Dorset Council will be required to formally give notice and be responsible for costs in line with the collaboration agreement.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Leader of the Council

Reason

To reach a decision on the future delivery of Revenues and Benefit Services for the Council.

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix 'C' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

Cabinet was reminded that BCP Council currently works in partnership with Dorset Council to deliver Revenues and Benefit Services for four of the legacy Councils through the Stour Valley and Poole Partnership (SVPP).

In relation to this Cabinet was informed that the Joint Committee for the SVPP had considered the future options for Revenues and Benefits service delivery and have recommended to each Council that they consider expanding the SVPP to provide a Pan-Dorset Partnership.

Cabinet was advised that for BCP Council as the host partner Council for SVPP expanding the Partnership would formally bring together the Revenues and Benefits services and deliver significant efficiencies whilst supporting the Council’s transformation objectives

In addition, Cabinet was advised that Dorset Council’s preferred direction is to end the SVPP and return its services to an in-house provision which would place a financial burden on BCP Council of stranded costs that cannot be mitigated.

In relation to this Cabinet was further advised that as there is not a consensus between partners an approach needs to be established for the future of BCP Council’s Revenue and Benefits services.   

RESOLVED that Cabinet: -

(a)           Endorse, as BCP Council’s preferred option, the recommendation of the SVPP Joint Committee to create a pan-Dorset partnership between BCP Council and Dorset Council for the delivery of Revenues and Benefits services;

(b)           Accepting it is not BCP Councils desired direction of travel, acknowledge that Dorset Council agreed at their 7 December 2021 Cabinet to withdraw their services in respect of East Dorset and North Dorset residents from the SVPP;

(a)           Only agree to an amicable dissolution of SVPP if agreement can be reached with Dorset Council around costs associated with the process;

(b)           Delegate authority to the Chief Finance Officer in consultation with the Leader, Finance & Transformation Portfolio Holder to negotiate the settlement associated with an amicable dissolution of the SVPP; and

(c)          Acknowledge that if an amicable dissolution cannot be agreed that Dorset Council will be required to formally give notice and be responsible for costs in line with the collaboration agreement.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Leader of the Council

 

116.

Housing and Property Compliance Update (Housing Revenue Account) pdf icon PDF 316 KB

This report provides information on how the council meets its responsibilities in ensuring that all council housing within the Housing Revenue Account is managed in a way that meets compliance with current health and safety legislation, best practice and regulatory standards to ensure the health and safety of residents. It sets out issues concerning compliance across the Bournemouth and Poole neighbourhoods and demonstrates how these are being managed.

During quarter three, 2021/22 concerns were identified within the Bournemouth neighbourhood regarding overdue fire risk assessment actions and electrical safety tests and potential non-compliance with the Regulator of Social Housing’s (Regulator) Home Standard.  A robust action plan is in place and issues continue to be addressed at pace with additional resources. To ensure full transparency the council has made a self-referral to the Regulator to make them aware of the situation.

Over the coming years there will be increased responsibilities placed on social landlords to manage the health and safety of residents. These will be primarily included in the Building Safety Bill which is progressing through Parliament. Future changes will also be made to the regulatory regime overseen by the Regulator through the “Charter for Social Housing Residents; a social housing white paper”.

In preparation for these changes, we are ensuring that we are taking steps to improve our existing monitoring and recording of compliance work.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that: -

(a)           Cabinet noted the compliance information provided which details how the council is performing against statutory building compliance relating to its council housing; and

(b)           A performance report will be made annually to Cabinet in future years.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: People and Homes

Councillor N Brooks and B Dunlop declared interests in this item and remained present.

Reason

The council, as a landlord, has many legal obligations it must satisfy to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its tenants and leaseholders. It must also adhere to the regulatory standards as set out by the Regulator, particularly the Home Standard.

Councillors should also have oversight and assurance of compliance against the legal and regulatory requirements that are placed upon it through this annual report to Cabinet.

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for People and Homes presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix 'D' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

Cabinet was advised that the report provides information on how the council meets its responsibilities in ensuring that all council housing within the Housing Revenue Account is managed in a way that meets compliance with current health and safety legislation, best practice and regulatory standards to ensure the health and safety of residents, and that in addition it sets out issues concerning compliance across the Bournemouth and Poole neighbourhoods and demonstrates how these are being managed.

Cabinet was informed that during quarter three, 2021/22 concerns were identified within the Bournemouth neighbourhood regarding overdue fire risk assessment actions and electrical safety tests and potential non-compliance with the Regulator of Social Housing’s (Regulator) Home Standard, and that a robust action plan is in place and issues continue to be addressed at pace with additional resources.  Cabinet was further informed that to ensure full transparency the council has made a self-referral to the Regulator to make them aware of the situation.

Cabinet was further advised that over the coming years there will be increased responsibilities placed on social landlords to manage the health and safety of residents, and that these will be primarily included in the Building Safety Bill which is progressing through Parliament.

In relation to this Cabinet was informed that future changes will also be made to the regulatory regime overseen by the Regulator through the “Charter for Social Housing Residents; a social housing white paper”, and that in preparation for these changes, the council is ensuring that we are taking steps to improve our existing monitoring and recording of compliance work.

Councillor Hadley addressed the Cabinet with regards to water quality and questioned whether it will be possible to monitor the flow and quality of water remotely or using automated means?

In relation to this the Portfolio Holder advised that the council will no longer be using contractors from April of this year and will be doing this inhouse and so there is an opportunity for this possibility to be looked into.

Councillor Hilliard questioned whether it would be possible to integrate PHP and BCP to one housing management model.

In relation to this the Portfolio Holder advised that the different models will be looked at with a view of pulling together the best aspects of each into one model going forwards.

RESOLVED that: -

(a)           Cabinet noted the compliance information provided which details how the council is performing against statutory building compliance relating to its council housing; and

(b)           A performance report will be made annually to Cabinet in future years.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: People and Homes

Councillor N Brooks and B Dunlop declared interests in this item and remained present.

 

117.

Climate Action Annual Report 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 467 KB

As agreed in the ‘Response to Climate and Ecological Emergency’ report to Council in December 2019, an annual report on climate action is required to monitor and communicate progress towards achieving the declared goals.  This report will go to Full Council on 22nd February 2022.

BCP Council declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency on 16 July 2019.  This report sets out the work the Council has carried out in the second year towards achieving our targets to:

·       Make BCP Council and its operations carbon neutral by 2030 - The amount of carbon emissions from Council operations has reduced by over 10%, from 41,567 tCO2e to 37,109 tCO2e.

·       Work with the wider community to make the region carbon neutral before the UK target of 2050 – the amount of area-wide carbon emissions has decreased by 71,748 tonnes CO2e (3.7%) between figures released in 2019 and 2020 (energy use data for the years 2017 and 2018 respectively).

2020/21 has been a transitional and unusual year for Climate Action, sitting as it does between the declaration of national and local Climate and Ecological Emergencies and the COP26 summit, and while we are still in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic that continues to dominate news. Covid-19 continues to be a major factor in progressing Climate Action, and it is not yet clear if the effects on carbon reduction will be maintained and trends continued. At the start of the reporting period, Council funding for Climate Action had been withdrawn as part of the response to financial pressures caused by Covid-19. Following a change in political control of the Council, the funding was reinstated, but this interruption significantly disrupted the ability to spend the money effectively. Important additional funding has been secured to grow the Climate Action team and to drive forward the delivery of the Action Plan with a new Climate Action staffing structure created. This will ensure that the service provided by the Team meets and exceed stakeholder expectations, and that the portfolio of activities in the Action Plan is optimised to meet our 2030 and 2050 targets as cost effectively and as quickly as is sensible.

In addition, this report also recommends that Cabinet approve exploration of the Council becoming members of the UK100 - a network of highly ambitious local government leaders looking to transition to clean energy, taking the public and business with them.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and Transport presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix 'E' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

In introducing the item Cabinet was advised that a member of the public had submitted a question to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee who had subsequently suggested the question be submitted to the Cabinet. The question was submitted as follows: -

Question from Mrs Zoe Tees

The global overheating tragedy accelerates. Crop failure, starvation, floods, fires, ocean acidification, landslides, tornados; effects are multiplying exponentially. We are all vulnerable.

But Councillor Stribley (Echo report 18.12.21) fails to explain to local motorists the deep urgency of the climate crisis let alone show concern for the schoolchildren of the area on an extremely dangerous road (Tatnam).  

Despite financial government support, the approval of officers, the transport portfolio holder, headteachers, councillors and residents the decision is- inconsistently-  being reversed, the road kept open to polluting vehicles.

Moreover, BCP still support deadly policies harmful to nature. 

How can BCP reassure us we'll be speedily protected? 

Response by the Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and Transport

The Portfolio Holder thanked Mrs Tees for her question and referred to the previous Cabinet meeting in respect of the reference to Tatnam Road which he advised had been thoroughly debated by both the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Cabinet and which should answer the questions raised.

The Portfolio Holder then went on to introduce the Cabinet report.

Cabinet was advised that as agreed in the ‘Response to Climate and Ecological Emergency’ report to Council in December 2019, an annual report on climate action was required to monitor and communicate progress towards achieving the declared goals. 

In relation to this Cabinet was advised that this report will go to Full Council on 22 February 2022.

Cabinet was informed that BCP Council had declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency on 16 July 2019, and that this report sets out the work the Council has carried out in the second year towards achieving  targets to:

·       Make BCP Council and its operations carbon neutral by 2030 - The amount of carbon emissions from Council operations has reduced by over 10%, from 41,567 tCO2e to 37,109 tCO2e.

·       Work with the wider community to make the region carbon neutral before the UK target of 2050 – the amount of area-wide carbon emissions has decreased by 71,748 tonnes CO2e (3.7%) between figures released in 2019 and 2020 (energy use data for the years 2017 and 2018 respectively).

Cabinet was advised that 2020/21 had been a transitional and unusual year for Climate Action, sitting as it does between the declaration of national and local Climate and Ecological Emergencies and the COP26 summit, and while we are still in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic that continues to dominate news.

In relation to this Cabinet was advised that Covid-19 continues to be a major factor  ...  view the full minutes text for item 117.

118.

Levelling Up pdf icon PDF 529 KB

In May 2021 the Government announced it will publish a landmark Levelling Up White Paper, “articulating how bold new policy interventions will improve opportunity and boost livelihoods across the country as we recover from the pandemic.  The White Paper - which will be led by the Prime Minister - will focus on challenges including improving living standards, growing the private sector and increasing and spreading opportunity”.

In readiness for this White Paper, this Cabinet report showcases several excellent recent studies that help to explain why Levelling Up is important for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and how it can support our current and future work. These studies also help us to have some early sight on what our Levelling Up needs and aspirations may be.

This Cabinet report also provides a brief update on the development of the Skills Commission (a key early action to support Levelling Up) and sets out a series of proposed next steps for approval to ensure there is an agreed, evidenced based council-wide approach that is complimentary to and supports the delivery of existing council policies and strategies. 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that the proposed approach to Levelling Up be approved.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Development, Growth and Regeneration

Reason

Levelling Up the country is one of Government’s key policy aims. The council’s Big Plan and Corporate Strategy speak to the same agenda. The recommendation, if approved, will enable BCP Council to better understand our needs and aspirations around Levelling Up and consider how they relate to the Corporate Strategy and other council strategies, so that we are well positioned for the publication of the Government’s White Paper, and any future funding opportunities that may arise

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Development, Growth and Regeneration and the Leader Member for Levelling Up and Skills presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix 'F' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

Cabinet was informed that in May 2021 the Government announced it will publish a landmark Levelling Up White Paper, “articulating how bold new policy interventions will improve opportunity and boost livelihoods across the country as we recover from the pandemic, and that the White Paper - which will be led by the Prime Minister - will focus on challenges including improving living standards, growing the private sector and increasing and spreading opportunity”.

Cabinet was advised that in readiness for this White Paper, this Cabinet report showcases several excellent recent studies that help to explain why Levelling Up is important for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and how it can support our current and future work, and that these studies also help us to have some early sight on what our Levelling Up needs and aspirations may be.

Further to this Cabinet was informed that the Cabinet report also provides a brief update on the development of the Skills Commission (a key early action to support Levelling Up) and sets out a series of proposed next steps for approval to ensure there is an agreed, evidenced based council-wide approach that is complimentary to and supports the delivery of existing council policies and strategies.

A number of Cabinet and Lead Members spoke in support of the report recognising the challenges but highlighting the tremendous opportunities.

In addition, thanks was expressed to the Officers for pulling together the report particularly as the white paper has not yet been released. 

RESOLVED that the proposed approach to Levelling Up be approved.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Development, Growth and Regeneration

 

119.

Coastal Business Improvement District (BID) pdf icon PDF 270 KB

Bournemouth Coastal Business Improvement District (BID) is preparing to undertake a ballot for its third term from 2 March 2022 – 30 March 2022. The result of the ballot will be announced on 31 March 2022.

If successful, the 5-year BID Term will run from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2027. This report seeks Cabinet approval for the Council to support Coastal Town Centre BID for the third term.    

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that Cabinet agree BCP Council’s support of the Coastal Business Improvement District (BID); and agree:

i)       To endorse the BID proposal that will be submitted to BCP Council by the BID;

ii)      To authorise the Director of Economic Development to complete the ballot papers on behalf of the Council in favour of the BID proposal; and

iii)    To authorise the Head of Legal Services to complete any necessary legal agreements required for the operation of the BID Levy, Ballot and service arrangements and any other necessary matters for the proposed BID in consultation with the appropriate officers.   

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Development, Growth and Regeneration

Reason

BCP Council is fully supportive of BIDs and the significant benefits and investment that they bring. The Coastal BID proposal will help deliver the Council’s strategic aims and objectives including the Dynamic Places objectives in the Corporate Plan. It has a strong track record of supporting businesses along the seafront and in its Trading Districts and supporting innovative new projects. It is therefore recommended that BCP Council supports the Coastal BID for its third 5-year term.

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Development, Growth and Regeneration presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix 'G' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

Cabinet was advised that the Bournemouth Coastal Business Improvement District (BID) is preparing to undertake a ballot for its third term from 2 March 2022 – 30 March 2022, and that the result of the ballot will be announced on 31 March 2022.

Further to this Cabinet was informed that if successful, the 5-year BID Term will run from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2027, and that this report seeks Cabinet approval for the Council to support Coastal Town Centre BID for the third term.    

Members praised the work of the BID and stressed the close working relationship.

RESOLVED that Cabinet agree BCP Council’s support of the Coastal Business Improvement District (BID); and agree:

i)       To endorse the BID proposal that will be submitted to BCP Council by the BID;

ii)      To authorise the Director of Economic Development to complete the ballot papers on behalf of the Council in favour of the BID proposal; and

iii)    To authorise the Head of Legal Services to complete any necessary legal agreements required for the operation of the BID Levy, Ballot and service arrangements and any other necessary matters for the proposed BID in consultation with the appropriate officers.   

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Development, Growth and Regeneration

 

120.

Bournemouth Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) pdf icon PDF 267 KB

Bournemouth Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) is preparing to undertake a renewal ballot for its third term from 2 March 2022 – 30 March 2022. The result of the ballot will be announced on 31 March 2022.

If successful, the 5-year BID Term will run from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2027. This report seeks Cabinet approval for the Council to support Bournemouth Town Centre BID for the third term.    

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that Cabinet agree BCP Council’s support of the Bournemouth Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID); and agree:

i)        To endorse the BID proposal that will be submitted to BCP Council by the BID;

ii)      To authorise the Director of Economic Development to complete the ballot papers on behalf of the Council in favour of the BID proposal; and

iii)    To authorise the Head of Legal Services to complete any necessary legal agreements required for the operation of the BID Levy, Ballot and service arrangements and any other necessary matters for the proposed BID in consultation with the appropriate officers.   

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Development, Growth and Regeneration

Reason

BCP Council is fully supportive of BIDs and the significant benefits and investment that they bring. The Bournemouth Town Centre BID proposal will help deliver the Council’s strategic aims and objectives including the Dynamic Places objective in the Corporate Plan. It has a strong track record of supporting businesses in the town centre and supporting innovative new projects. It is therefore recommended that BCP Council supports the Bournemouth Town Centre BID for its third 5-year term.

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Development, Growth and Regeneration presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix 'H' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

Cabinet was advised that Bournemouth Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) is preparing to undertake a renewal ballot for its third term from 2 March 2022 – 30 March 2022, and that the result of the ballot will be announced on 31 March 2022.

Further to this Cabinet was informed that if successful, the 5-year BID Term will run from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2027, and that this report seeks Cabinet approval for the Council to support Bournemouth Town Centre BID for the third term.

Members praised the work of the BID and stressed the close working relationship.

RESOLVED that Cabinet agree BCP Council’s support of the Bournemouth Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID); and agree:

i)        To endorse the BID proposal that will be submitted to BCP Council by the BID;

ii)      To authorise the Director of Economic Development to complete the ballot papers on behalf of the Council in favour of the BID proposal; and

iii)    To authorise the Head of Legal Services to complete any necessary legal agreements required for the operation of the BID Levy, Ballot and service arrangements and any other necessary matters for the proposed BID in consultation with the appropriate officers.   

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Development, Growth and Regeneration

 

121.

Urgent Decisions taken by the Chief Executive in accordance with the Constitution

The Chief Executive to report on any decisions taken under urgency provisions in accordance with the Constitution.

Minutes:

Cabinet was advised that there were no urgent decisions taken by the Chief Executive in accordance with the Constitution to report on this occasion.

 

122.

Cabinet Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 342 KB

To consider the latest version of the Cabinet Forward Plan for approval.

Minutes:

The Leader advised that the latest Cabinet Forward Plan had been published on the Council’s website.

 

 

Meeting ended @ 11:47