Policy and Resources Committee - 21 January 2020 (following the conclusion of the Extraordinary Council meeting)
Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House21st January 2020
POLICY AND RESOURCES COMMITTEE
NOTICE AND AGENDA
For a meeting to be held in the Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth, on Tuesday 21 January 2020 following the conclusion of the Extraordinary Council meeting.
Members of the Policy and Resources Committee:-
Councillors Sara Bedford (Chairman) (Local Plan)
Chris Lloyd (Vice-Chairman) (Leisure)
Matthew Bedford (Resources and Shared Services)
Phil Williams (Environmental Services and Sustainability)
Andrew Scarth (Housing)
Steve Drury (Infrastructure & Planning Policy)
Stephen Giles-Medhurst (Transport and Economic Development)
Roger Seabourne (Community Safety and Partnerships)
David Hill, Interim Chief Executive
13 January 2020
The Policy and Resources Committee welcomes contributions from Members of the public to its discussion on agenda items. Contributions will be limited to one person speaking for and one against each item for not more than three minutes. Please note that in the event of registering your interest to speak on an agenda item but not taking up that right because the item is deferred, you will automatically be given the right to speak on that item at the next meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee. Details of the procedure and the list for registering the wish to speak will be available for a short period before the meeting.
In accordance with The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 any matters considered under Part I business only of the meeting may be filmed, recorded, photographed, broadcast or reported via social media by any person.
Recording and reporting the Council’s meetings is subject to the law and it is the responsibility of those doing the recording and reporting to ensure compliance. This will include the Human Rights Act, the Data Protection Act and the laws of libel and defamation.
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Policy and Resources Committee meeting held on 9 December 2019.
3. NOTICE OF OTHER BUSINESS
Items of other business notified under Council Procedure Rule 30 to be announced, together with the special circumstances that justify their consideration as a matter of urgency. The Chairman to rule on the admission of such items.
4. DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
To receive any declarations of interest.
5. TO RECEIVE A PETITION UNDER COUNCIL PROCEDURE RULE 18
To receive the following petition:
Watford Rural Parish is losing out on funding: Three Rivers District Council have applied a Zero Rate Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to all new local developments. This “Developments’ Tax” is used to fund local facilities including education, highways, playgrounds and leisure facilities. Our Parish area has seen significant development, particularly in South Oxhey, but has not received a single penny of funding from the “Developers’ Tax”.
In other Three Rivers Parishes, developers must pay CIL rates of £120 or £180 per square metre on developments above a certain size. For example, the new Batchworth Community Council (less than two years old) has already received over £200,00 of CIL funding – Our Parish gets nothing which is simply not fair. We would urge you to sign our petition to help bring a change to this unfair policy.
6. HERTFORDSHIRE GROWTH BOARD – MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Since the formation of the Hertfordshire Growth Board in September 2018 Leaders and Chief Executives of the eleven Hertfordshire Councils and the Local Enterprise Partnership have worked together to develop a Place Leadership model for Hertfordshire. In March 2019 the Growth Board development programme was commissioned. This six-month supported programme has explored how issues relating to housing, infrastructure, and funding can be jointly addressed in future. This programme reached a major milestone at the September Growth Board meeting where an ambitious forward work programme was approved and the transition into an implementation phase was started.
At the September meeting Leaders also agreed to develop a Memorandum of Understanding to signal their intent to work collaboratively on place-based issues to central government, partners, and Hertfordshire residents. This document would help set out the objectives of the work to be undertaken through the Hertfordshire Growth Board, the principles which the parties will apply to their work and to working with each other, and what is – and what is not – within its scope.
7. CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE STRATEGY
The Customer Experience Strategy 2019-23 builds on the existing good work from the Customer Programme Strategy from July 2012 which focused on ‘changing the face of Customer Services’. Its aim was to identify how customers accessed our services. The 2012 strategy delivered a number of successes in creating and implementing digital platforms, including a new customer relationship management system. This will allow for continued customer channel migration in the new Customer Experience Strategy, which will help us make further improvements to the services and experience we provide to our residents, businesses, stakeholders and visitors.
The Customer Experience Strategy will also bring the current redevelopment project for Three Rivers House into one strategy. Excellent work has already taken place with the relocation of office staff to the first floor. The strategy will now look at making the reception area and customer facing areas welcoming, modern, flexible and able to support staff in delivering the strategy.
8. REVOCATION OF DELEGATED POWERS TO HOLD A MARKET IN ST ANDREWS ROAD SOUTH OXHEY DUE TO RELOCATION OF THE MARKET AS PART OF THE SOUTH OXHEY DEVELOPMENT
The current market operated by Watford Rural Parish Council (WRPC) at St Andrews Road precinct is due to be relocated shortly as part of the redevelopment of South Oxhey. Countryside Properties Ltd (CS) has been working with TRDC and WRPC to move the market to Prestwick Road and a suitable site and facilities are already in place. Officers at the Council have been in discussions with WRPC which are ongoing over the practicalities and exact timings. CS will facilitate the physical infrastructure for the new market place. WRPC are responsible for procurement, appointment (following TRDC agreement) and overall management of the market operator.
9. CORPORATE FRAMEWORK 2020-23
The report presents the proposed Corporate Framework 2020-23 and provides feedback on the consultation undertaken with stakeholders. The Framework, if agreed, would form part of the Strategic Service and Financial Planning arrangements for 2020-23.
10. APPOINTMENT TO THE HERTFORDSHIRE BUILDING CONTROL BOARD
The purpose of the report is to appoint a Director on the Hertfordshire Building Control Board.
11. TO RECEIVE THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE INFRASTRUCTURE, HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE – 7 JANUARY 2020 - ON THE PROPOSAL FOR AN IMPROVED COMMUNITY TRANSPORT SERVICE
12. FINANCIAL PLANNING 2020-2023
This report is an introduction to the three agenda items that follow.
13. FINANCIAL PLANNING – REVENUE SERVICES
The purpose of this report is to enable the Policy and Resources Committee to recommend to the Council the medium term revenue budgets. This report is the first of three that are covered together under the recommendations reported at Item 15 on this agenda.
14. FINANCIAL PLANNING – CAPITAL STRATEGY AND THE TREASURY MANAGEMENT POLICY
The purpose of this report is to enable the Policy and Resources Committee to recommend to the Council its capital strategy and treasury management policy over the medium term (2020-23). This report is the second of three that is covered under the recommendations report at Item 15 on this agenda.
15. FINANCIAL PLANNING – RECOMMENDATIONS
This report enables the Committee to make its recommendations on the Council’s Revenue and Capital budgets and Treasury Management Policy for the period 2019-22 (medium term) to Council on 25 February 2020.
16. WORK PROGRAMME
To receive the Committee’s work programme.
17. OTHER BUSINESS
If approved under Item 3 above
18. EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC
If the Committee wishes to consider the remaining item in private, it will be appropriate for a resolution to be passed in the following terms:-
“that under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined under paragraph 3 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Act. It has been decided by the Council that in all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”
(Note: If other confidential business is approved under item 3, it will also be necessary to specify the class of exempt or confidential information in the additional items.)
1. PROPOSAL FOR AN IMPROVED COMMUNITY TRANSPORT SERVICE
To consider Appendix A to item 10 above.
2. PROPERTY INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
To receive a report on property investment opportunities. (deferred)
3. OTHER BUSINESS
If approved under item 3 above.
General Enquiries to the Committee Team: Committeeteam@threerivers.gov.uk