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This is where you can find the reports for decisions made by the Council. To view the minutes of meetings please go to the relevant meeting page by navigating from the Meeting Calendar tab or the Committees tab.

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Decisions

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1607Property Purchase in Vineyard Street

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PortfolioCouncillor Annie Feltham20 Feb 2018Decision Proposed
1610Mandatory Member DevelopmentD... Motion that the recommendation contained in draft minute 239 of the Cabinet meeting of 31 January 2018 and the recommendation contained in the report by the Assistant Director of Policy and Corporate entitled "Mandatory Member Development - Consultation with Independent Remuneration Panel" be approved and adopted.CommitteeCouncil21 Feb 2018Implemented
1611Schedule of Portfolio Holder decisionsCouncil to note the Schedule of Portfolio Holder decisions for the period 29 November 2017 - 5 February 2018. CommitteeCouncil21 Feb 2018Implemented
1608Strategic Plan 2018 - 2021B... Motion that the recommendation contained in draft minute 230 of the Cabinet meeting of 31 January 2018 be approved and adopted.CommitteeCouncil21 Feb 2018Implemented
16092018-19 General Fund Revenue Budget, Capital Programme and Medium Term Financial Forecast

C.... Motion that the recommendations contained in draft minute 232 of the Cabinet meeting of 31 January 2018 and the recommendations contained in the Assistant Director Policy and Place's report entitled "Precept and Council Tax Levels 2018-19" be approved and adopted. 

Please note that in accordance with the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 15(3) any motion or amendment on the setting of the Council budget must be subject to a named vote. 

Main Amendment 

Proposer: Councillor Laws


That the recommendations contained in minute 232 of the Cabinet meeting of 31 January 2018 and the recommendations contained in the Assistant Director Policy and Corporate’s report entitled “Precept and Council Tax Levels 2018-2019” be approved and adopted, subject to the necessary amendments to give effect to the following:-

1.         To allocate £100,000 to 'deep clean' the Historic Old Town centre, return civic pride and challenge the 'broken window effect' cycle. Funded by reinvestment of savings from management restructuring into the front line. 

2.         To use the £92,000 Heritage Reserve to light up and enhance our historic Roman City Walls, Jumbo and historic monuments. To allocate £200,000 from the New Homes Bonus for the capital costs of installation. 

3.         To allocate £200,000 to introduce weekly black bag collections with a 2 bag limit per week to address residents storage and hygiene concerns. This will be delivered through efficiency savings, achieving income targets and allocated against the end of annual elections (£177k). 

4.         To use the £250,000 allocated to the RIF to prioritise investment into town centre regeneration schemes such as at St Nicholas Square and at the public realm around Jumbo. To urgently prepare for feasibility of such schemes. For example, an archaeological investigation of St Nicholas Square with potential schemes laid out to enhance the public realm. This will enhance and revitalise the historic town centre for residents and visitors, making it a more attractive experience day and night and see a tangible return to the council through the appreciation of assets - and potential further income opportunities. 

5.         To invest £200,000 into the Local Highway Panel to deliver safer roads, pathways and communities from the New Homes Bonus. 

6.         To ring fence the remaining New Homes Bonus and place it into an ‘Infrastructure and community facilities fund’ to help reduce congestion, improve connectivity and ensure a greener borough. 

 

 

CommitteeCouncil21 Feb 2018Implemented
1617Revised Housing Asset Management Strategy PortfolioCouncillor Tina Bourne22 Feb 2018Decision Proposed
1621Disposal of land at Colne Bank Avenue, Colchester PortfolioCouncillor Tina Bourne26 Feb 2018Decision Proposed
1622Appeal against Fees and Charges for Taxi and Private Hire PortfolioCouncillor Michael Lilley28 Feb 2018Decision Proposed
1627Audit Plan for year ending 31 March 2018The report request that the Committee review the contents of the Audit Plan for year ending 31 March 2018.CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee6 Mar 2018Decision Proposed
1628Financial Monitoring ReportThis report gives the Panel the opportunity to hold Service Managers and Portfolio Holders accountable for their budgets. The Committee is asked to consider the financial performance of General Fund Services and the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) for the first nine months of 2017/18, and to note the forecast budget overspend of £44k on the General Fund.CommitteeGovernance and Audit Committee6 Mar 2018Decision Proposed