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Decisions published

06/08/2020 - Pop Brixton Lease Extension ref: 6636    Recommendations Approved

(1) To accept a surrender of the current Pop Brixton Ltd. Lease and Service Level Agreement expiring on 30 November 2020 and enter into a new Lease and Service Level Agreement from a current date up to 30 November 2022 on the basis of the key heads of terms set out in paragraph 2.5 of this report.

Decision Maker: Head of Valuation & Asset Management Services

Decision published: 29/07/2020

Effective from: 06/08/2020

Decision:

(1)       To accept a surrender of the current Pop Brixton Ltd. Lease and Service Level Agreement expiring on 30 November 2020 and enter into a new Lease and Service Level Agreement from a current date up to 30 November 2022 on the basis of the key heads of terms set out in paragraph 2.5 of this report.

 

Wards affected: Coldharbour;

Lead officer: Will Steadman


03/08/2020 - Communication Cloud System Contract Extension ref: 6634    Recommendations Approved

1. To agree a one-year contract extension to the Service Agreement for the use of ‘GovDelivery Communications Cloud’ between Lambeth Council and Granicus, LLC effective from 26 July 2020 to 25 June 2021 at a total cost of £32,868.

Decision Maker: Director Policy & Communications

Decision published: 24/07/2020

Effective from: 03/08/2020

Decision:

1.         To agree a one-year contract extension to the Service Agreement for the use of ‘GovDelivery Communications Cloud’ between Lambeth Council and Granicus, LLC effective from 26 July 2020 to 25 June 2021 at a total cost of £32,868.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Michele Morgan


03/08/2020 - Collision Reduction Programme – Coldharbour Lane (Rushcroft Road / Electric Lane) and Additional Parking Bays for Holders of Business Permits in Brixton Town Centre ref: 6635    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant Director of Highways, Capital Programmes and Sustainability

Decision published: 24/07/2020

Effective from: 03/08/2020

Decision:

1.       Following consideration of representations and objections received in respect of the proposals as detailed in this report and Appendices D and E, to proceed with the making of the Traffic Management Orders for the implementation of the proposals as illustrated in Appendices A to C of this report to:

 

a)    introduce one-way working and waiting and loading modifications proposal at Rushcroft Road and Electric Lane (South); as detailed in Section 2 and illustrated in Appendix B (Drawing No. LBL/CBHR/RUS01).

 

b)    introduce and convert on-street parking bays to increase capacity for business parking in Rushcroft Road, Porden Road, Saltoun Road, Kellett Road and Mervan Road, as detailed in Section 2 and illustrated in Appendix C (Drawing No. DES-CPZ-E-1004-100-01)

 

2.    Further investigation into the conversion of the free parking bay on the west side of Electric Avenue outside Chaplin House to residents parking bays takes place, to address the antisocial activity. The location is also identified for a new cycle hanger as part of the statutory consultation.

 

Wards affected: Brixton Hill; Coldharbour; Ferndale; Tulse Hill;

Lead officer: Jay Ward


29/07/2020 - Corporate Property Information Management System ref: 6633    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Finance and Investment

Decision published: 21/07/2020

Effective from: 29/07/2020

Decision:

1.    To note the expenditure between 1 April 2010 and 29 July 2020 for an amount of £467,145.85.

 

2.    To approve of the extension of the TF Cloud contract from 30 July 2020 to 31 March 2021 at an estimated cost of £30,334.15 and a total cost of £497,480 as a waiver under 17.2a of the Contracts Standing Orders.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Rubina Nisar


20/07/2020 - Financial Planning and Medium Term Strategy Report 2020/21 to 2024/25 ref: 6632    Recommendations Approved

The July Financial Planning and Medium Term Strategy Report will provide an update on the economic outlook, pressures, risk areas and set out the revenue funding deficit for 2020-25 as well as the timetable for setting the Council’s budget in February 2021.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 20/07/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 20/07/2020

Effective from: 01/08/2020

Decision:

Councillor Maria Kay, Cabinet Member for Finance & Performance, introduced the Financial Planning and Medium Term Strategy Report 2020/21 to 2024/25. 

 

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance explained that since the coronavirus lockdown council income from sales, fees and charges had fallen while spending had increased, including on supporting care homes, providing personal protective equipment, supporting  local businesses, making transport changes to aid social distancing and delivering food packages to vulnerable people.  It was noted that this had led to a significant budget shortfall. 

 

It was highlighted that, at the beginning of the pandemic, central government had stated councils would be fully recompensed. However, it was noted that reimbursements, to date, had covered less than half of the deficit. As a result, with the country facing recession and uncertainly, it was estimated that Lambeth could face a £27m budget shortfall – potentially raising as high as £50m. Despite this, Councillor Kay explained prudent financial management over recent years had meant that this could be covered by reserves. As a result, a Section 114 notice would not need to be issued.

 

The following points were noted: 

 

-       Local government had already been faced with a lack of financial clarity prior to the pandemic, due to uncertainty over the fair funding review, business rates and adult social care funding, leading to a series of one-year settlements. These issues, along with Brexit, were still firmly on the horizon.

 

-       The Council had tried to do what was necessary during Covid-19 and would continue to work on a recovery which worked for everyone, including investing in jobs, affordable workspace, cultural facilities, digital infrastructure and tackling the climate emergency. However, the unprecedented financial gap would result in significant financial pressures on the delivery of council services if no further government funding was forthcoming.

 

It was highlighted that the Financial Planning and Medium Term Strategy Report 2020/21 to 2024/25 had been considered by Overview and Scrutiny on 16 July 2020. The Leader of the Council thanked the Committee for their contribution and invited Councillor Liz Atkins, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to summarise the Committee’s observations and recommendations which had been set out via a supplementary agenda paper.

 

Councillor Jonathan Bartley, Co-Leader of the Opposition, raised concerns which focused on identified pressures of £21.3m over the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) period, set out in section 2.20 of the report. Councillor Bartley also highlighted, in relation to irrecoverable loss of income, that the Council was expected to receive compensation with further details awaited from the Government.

 

In response to these questions the Director of Finance and Property, clarified that section 2.20 of the Financial Planning and Medium Term Strategy Report related to unavoidable growth, and highlighted:

   

-          Some of those costs related to Covid-19, others were identified as part of the closure of the 2019/20 accounts. Temporary accommodation was a particular issue, which was expected to continue especially as Covid-19 had increased instances of homelessness and rough sleeping. 

 

-          There was an urgent need to consider financing alternative models of temporary accommodation provision in order to relieve budget pressures.

 

-          The impact of lost income opportunities as a result of Covid-19, such as those in relation to reduced parking income and events.  

 

-          A number of issues in relation to the need for increased social care budgets for both adults and children and matters in relation to core central government funding and the wider economic forecast.     

 

-          The need for the MTFS to adapt and change in order to respond to changes in funding and to meet new unavoidable growth pressures.

Cabinet went on to discuss a wide range of issues including matters relating to: central government funding; the impact of Covid-19 on the council’s finances; the importance of capital investment including money for the development of a learning disability resource hub at Coburg Crescent; the Council’s reserves position; demand led pressures across adult social care and the portfolio for children and young people; the impact of suspending free travel for under 18s; the importance of refurbishing and developing community buildings; the need to build more homes to reduce reliance on temporary accommodation; and the importance of transport equity and delivering environmental improvements.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.    To note the key risks set out in paragraphs 2.8 to 2.57 of the report presented.

 

2.    To re-affirm the Council’s commitment to delivering the agreed revenue savings planned for 2021/22 (£9.396m) and 2022/23 to 2023/24 (£8.806m), as set out in Table 3 of the report presented.

 

3.    To approve the change to the funding deficit as set out in Table 3, of the report presented, and the consequent amendment to the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy.

 

4.    To note the residual gaps identified under various scenarios as set out in Table 4 of the report presented.

 

5.    To note the 2019/20 General Fund overspend of £12m as confirmed in Table 5 paragraph 2.58 of the report presented.

 

6.    To note the 2019/20 Housing Revenue Account outturn was on budget as confirmed in Table 6 paragraph 2.63 of the report presented.

 

7.    To note the capital investment outturn of £230.5m against the 2019/20 budget of £356.4m as detailed in paragraphs 3.1 to 3.2 and Appendix 1 of the report presented.

 

8.    To approve the 5 year Capital Investment Programme for the period 2020/21 to 2024/25 as set out in paragraphs 3.6 to 3.16 and summarised in Appendix 2 of the report presented.

 

9.    To note the Capital Strategy as set out in Appendix 3 of the report presented.

 

10.To note the recommendations from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee set out in the Supplementary Paper.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Amaris Wong


27/07/2020 - Proposed Controlled Parking Zone in Streatham Hill East ref: 6630    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant Director of Highways, Capital Programmes and Sustainability

Decision published: 17/07/2020

Effective from: 27/07/2020

Decision:

1.         Following consideration of representations and objections received during statutory consultation, to make traffic management orders creating the following parking controls, all as illustrated in Appendix A to this report:

a.         introduce a new Streatham Hill East ‘M’ controlled parking zone operational Monday to Friday between 10am – 12pm (noon);

b.         extend the Tulse Hill ‘H’ controlled parking zone to include Probyn Road, operational Monday to Friday between 8.30am - 6.30pm;

c.         extend the Brixton Hill ‘F’ controlled parking zone to include the remainder of Roupell Road, operational Monday to Friday between 12noon - 2pm; and,

d.         introduce at any time (double yellow line) waiting restrictions:

i.          at both junctions of Palace Road and Coburg Crescent;

ii.         at the junction of Palace Road and Bushell Close;

iii.        at the junction of Palace Road and Presentation Mews;

iv.        across accesses to communal off-street parking areas on Palace Road;

v.         at the junction of Hillside Road and Hillside Gardens;

vi.        on the northern side of Kingsmead Road adjacent to No. 48;

vii.       on the northern side of Leigham Vale from the flank wall of No.91 to a point level with the boundary of Nos. 3 and 5 Kingsmead Road; and,

viii.      on the southern side of Leigham Vale from the flank wall of No.91 to a point level with the boundary of Nos. 101/102.

 

Wards affected: Streatham Hill;

Lead officer: Caroline Stanyon


27/07/2020 - Freehold Disposal of 247-251 Sternhold Avenue, London SW2 4PG ref: 6629    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Head of Valuation & Asset Management Services

Decision published: 17/07/2020

Effective from: 27/07/2020

Decision:

1.         To approve the unconditional freehold disposal of 247-251 Sternhold Avenue, Streatham, London SW2 4PG on the basis of the key terms set out at paragraph 2.8 and at the sale price detailed in the exempt part II report.

 

2.         To authorise the associated costs incidental on disposal and deduction of capital costs against the capital receipt.

 

Wards affected: Streatham Hill;

Lead officer: Kay Milstead


27/07/2020 - Lambeth Adult Learning Contract Awards 2020/21 Academic Year ref: 6628    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Community Safety

Decision published: 17/07/2020

Effective from: 04/08/2020

Decision:

1          To award Adult Learning contracts for the academic year 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021. This includes delivery of accredited learning at £825,527 and non-accredited learning at a cost of £1,061,980 to Lambeth residents at a total cost of £1,888,841.

 

2.      To approve direct awards to existing to existing providers (High Trees Community Development Trust, Morley College and The Spires Centre) for non-accredited and accredited learning for the 2020/21 academic year due to continued high performance and good value for money.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Lesley Robinson


22/07/2020 - Incoming and Outgoing Mail Contract Variation ref: 6624    Recommendations Approved

Approval is being sought to increase the estimated contract value for the council’s incoming and outgoing mail contracts as additional funds are required for the council to continue receiving these services.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance

Decision published: 14/07/2020

Effective from: 30/07/2020

Decision:

1.            To approve the variation of Incoming Mail contract with Canon (UK) Ltd by £428,000 from a current contract value of £931,000 to an estimated contract value of £1.359m until the expiry of the initial term of the contract on 31 May 2021.

 

2.            To approve the variation of Outgoing Mail contract with Canon (UK) Ltd by £424,000 from a current contract value of £987,000 to an estimated contract value of £1.411m until the expiry of the initial term of the contract on 31 May 2021.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Andrew McCabe


22/07/2020 - Appropriation for Phase 2 of Your New Town Hall (Olive Morris House) ref: 6622    Recommendations Approved

Agree use of Powers of Appropriation to secure benefits provided by Phase 2 of Your New Town Hall and to allow construction to progress.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes

Decision published: 14/07/2020

Effective from: 30/07/2020

Decision:

1.     To exercise the Council’s powers under Section 122 of the Local Government Act 1972 to appropriate the land identified at Appendix 1 (“Olive Morris House”) for planning purposes so as to engage the authorisation conferred by Section 203 Housing and Planning Act 2016 in order to facilitate the carrying out of the redevelopment of site.

 

2.     To instruct the Director Infrastructure and Capital Delivery to implement Recommendation 1.

 

Wards affected: Brixton Hill;

Lead officer: Sandra Roebuck


22/07/2020 - Provision of Enforcement Agent Services ref: 6623    Recommendations Approved

Procurement of Enforcement Agents for the collection of unpaid parking debt. The current contracts for these services expire in October 2020

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader of the Council (Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air)

Decision published: 14/07/2020

Effective from: 30/07/2020

Decision:

1.         To approve the award of Enforcement Agent contracts to Marston Holdings Ltd and Phoenix Commercial Collections with Equita Ltd acting as a reserve for a three (3) year period, running from 13 October 2020 to 12 October 2023.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jonathan Pook