Decisions

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Decisions published

17/11/2021 - Nominations and Appointment to Committees ref: 285    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/11/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

Decision:

The Monitoring Officer presented the report which was required to give effect to the wishes of the Leader of the Alliance Group as to the nominations for appointments to the Planning Committee. Cllr Karen Lucioni was nominated by the Alliance Group to fill the vacant  vice-chairman seat on the Policy and Scrutiny Committee for Children’s Services, Education and Skills. No further nominations were received.

 

A vote was taken and it was:

 

RESOLVED:

 

i)               THAT Cllr Karen Lucioni be appointed to the Planning Committee.

 

ii)              THAT Cllrs Rodney Downer and Debbie Andre of the Alliance Group be appointed to the Planning Committee as substitute members.

 

iii)            THAT Cllr Karen Lucioni be appointed as vice-chairman to the Policy and Scrutiny Committee for Children’s Services, Education and Skills.

 

The meeting was adjourned for a five-minute comfort break, during which the Leader left the meeting unwell. The Deputy Leader took her place.

Electoral Divisions affected: (All Electoral Divisions);


17/11/2021 - Isle of Wight Council Corporate Plan ref: 282    Recommendations Approved

To agree the Corporate plan for the next 4 years.

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/11/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

Decision:

The Leader presented the report which set out the vision and aspirations of the Council’s administration in its revised corporate plan. Cllr Andrew Garratt presented an amendment, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report, which was duly seconded and accepted.

 

Following debate, a vote was taken and it was:

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the Corporate Plan as set out in Appendix 1 incorporating the revisions tabled in Appendix 2 be approved and adopted.

 

Electoral Divisions affected: (All Electoral Divisions);


17/11/2021 - Report on Pension Board Appointments ref: 284    Recommendations Approved

To report on and for council to agree on the appointments to the Isle of Wight Council Pension Board.

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/11/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

Decision:

The Monitoring Officer presented the report which sought approval of the revised terms of reference for the Local Pension Board, and for appointments to be formally made to it. The chairman sought clarification from the Monitoring Officer regarding whether councillors should declare an interest in this item (as members of the local government pension scheme). It was confirmed that this was not required given the nature of the report and as there was an obligation on councillors to establish the Board.

 

A vote was taken and it was:

 

RESOLVED:

 

i)               THAT the revised terms of reference of the Local Pension Board, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, be approved.

 

ii)              THAT the appointments to the Local Pension Board, as set out in Appendix 2 of the report, be approved.

 

Electoral Divisions affected: (All Electoral Divisions);

Lead officer: Christopher Potter


17/11/2021 - Report on the use of Special Urgency Provisions ref: 283    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is for the leader of the council, who chairs the Cabinet, to inform the council of details of each executive decision taken where the making of the decision was agreed as urgent in accordance with regulation 11 of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to information) (England) Regulations 2012.

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/11/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

Decision:

The Monitoring Officer presented the report which informed the Council of the details of each executive decision taken where the making of the decision was agreed as urgent, in accordance with Regulation 11 of the Local Authorities Executive Arrangements (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.

 

A vote was taken and it was:

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the statutory report on the use of Special Urgency Provisions be received and noted.

Electoral Divisions affected: (All Electoral Divisions);

Lead officer: Christopher Potter


11/11/2021 - Members' Question Time ref: 278    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/11/2021

Effective from: 11/11/2021

Decision:

A query was raised as to whether the question asked by the Shanklin Hoteliers at the Corporate Scrutiny Committee had been answered. The Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Business Development and Tourism indicated that a response had been prepared and would be sent.


11/11/2021 - Consideration of the Forward Plan ref: 279    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/11/2021

Effective from: 11/11/2021

Decision:

The many items on the Forward Plan were noted, and it was requested that the relevant Cabinet Member be included in the list in future.


11/11/2021 - Cabinet Member Announcements ref: 281    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/11/2021

Effective from: 11/11/2021

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for Planning and Community Engagement reported that a letter had been received from the Minister for Housing concerning exceptional circumstances for the island. indicating that local and neighbourhood plans are fundamental for the Planning Department and its Committee’s decisions. It would be for the Planning Inspector to examine any local plan provided and consider whether the evidence provided by the IWC and decide whether these factors amount to constraints which would prevent the IW from meeting its housing needs. Evidence would be the key factor and would need to be robust and defendable.

 

The government had instructed 668 homes to be built on the Island but the council was trying to suppress this to 484 homes.

 

In response to a query from Cllr Brodie, the Leader agreed to share the letter sent to the DLUHC with councilllors.

 

The Planning Inspector had upheld a decision of the Planning Committee to refuse permission for an application at Ventnor Road, Apse Heath.

 

The Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Business Development and Tourism reported that local input was being sought in shaping the final plans for use of the £5.8 million from the levelling up fund for East Cowes.

 

The D-Bid had been voted in for the second five-year period. Visit Isle of Wight had a good business plan in place.

 

A meeting had been held with the Arts Council to discuss cultural regeneration, which was one of the cornerstones of the new Corporate Plan.

 

The Southampton City of Culture bid was through to the next round.

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways PFI, Transport and Infrastructure reported that the Floating Bridge was expected to return to service on 13 December after final repairs and testing, crew refresher training and an inspection by the MCA.

The cost of the failures of the Floating Bridge were not to hand, but the council was entering into mediation for the cost and loss of revenue. It was hoped that the current modifications would reduce the level of failure going forward. A report would be brought to Cabinet in January 2022.

 

In response to a question from Cllr Brodie regarding the lack of notice to Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council regarding Coppins Bridge signal works, the Cabinet member explained that the Contract Management Team resources were stretched, meaning works were sometimes delayed or implemented at short notice, but gave reassurance that consultation would be carried out in future.

 

The Leader left the meeting at 6pm for a prior appointment and the Deputy Leader took the Chair.

 

 

The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health reported that there were difficulties currently in recruiting to the care sector resulting in a shortage of staff on the island. The council was juggling staff to maintain a safe standard. Teams had gone to extra effort after hours. The Integrated Care systems should be moving forward in the new year.

 

The Deputy Leader reported that homelessness was rising on the island, due in part to problems in the rental market and the removal of the universal Credit uplift. The council was to pursue the rental provider avenue and would be moving forward in partnership with housing associations with the aim of providing affordable accommodation, which other members were pleased to hear. It was recognised that what may be affordable on the island was not necessarily the same as in other parts of the South of England. The Island Planning Strategy was hoping to address this issue and it would be important for the Planning Inspector to properly scrutinise the plan and recognise the island’s special circumstances. It was believed that more 1-2 bedroom properties were required for island residents in addition to the 3-4 bedroom properties which had been built in recent years.

 

The had been some recent problems with the council’s website which were being addressed.

 

The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Lifelong Skills reported that Ofsted inspections had resumed since being suspended during the pandemic, and that there had been a recent focused visit to the Child Protection Service which had been favourable. There had been some good work done in schools but it had been difficult to evidence improvement. Christ the King College had been given an overall rating which was an improvement from the previous inspection. Broadlea Primary School had also been given an improved rating. 75% of schools had been rated ‘good’ which was an increase from previous years.

 

The Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Waste Management reported that there had been support from Island Roads for the ‘Dark Skies’ application, which would bring important benefits for wildlife and tourism. A report would be brought to Cabinet on 16 December. Th ‘Biosphere in the Bay’ project, which had launched in 2020 was being reinstated via the AONB and would seek grant funding to improve the biosphere and heritage in the Bay area.

 

The Cabinet Member for Strategic Finance, Corporate Resources and Transformational Change reported that the Cabinet was working towards a balanced budget, and they members were open to ideas from any Councillor.  


11/11/2021 - Chairman's Announcements ref: 280    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/11/2021

Effective from: 11/11/2021

Decision:

The Chairman had attended the opening of the Green Meadows extra care facility in Freshwater, with Cllr Jarman and Cllr Love. Up to 75 residents could be accommodated, freeing up other homes for island families.

 

The Chairman had also attended a Remembrance Service at Carisbrooke Castle to lay a cross, and was pleased to see so many island school children and cadets present.

 

The Chairman congratulated the Regeneration team on the £5.8 million received from the levelling up fund for East Cowes. Cllr Love also thanked all involved. The final details were still to be defined but it would be a good opportunity to move forward in partnership with businesses. He had attended the ceremony for the Queens Award for Industry along with the Chairman and felt that this had put the island on the map as an employer for future investment.


11/11/2021 - Public Question Time - Maximum 15 Minutes for Written Questions and 15 Minutes for Oral Questions ref: 274    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/11/2021

Effective from: 11/11/2021

Decision:

A written question was submitted by Mr P Coueslant (PQ 43-21) relating to the council’s site at Pier Street, Sandown. The Leader provided a response.


11/11/2021 - Declarations of Interest ref: 275    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/11/2021

Effective from: 11/11/2021

Decision:

There were no Declarations of Interest.


11/11/2021 - Minutes ref: 276    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/11/2021

Effective from: 11/11/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 25 October 2021 be agreed.

 


11/11/2021 - Pop-up enterprises on Council land ref: 272    Recommendations Approved

To approve the undertaking of a marketing of designated schedule of council assets to be offered for use by "pop-up" enterprises across the Island.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/11/2021

Effective from: 23/11/2021

Decision:

Option A. To market a small number of IWC sites for “pop up” business for 2022 as a pilot scheme to inform a more comprehensive business case for the wider council portfolio in 2023.  The details of the pilot sites to be offered to be agreed by the Cabinet member for Regeneration, Business Development and Tourism.

 

Electoral Divisions affected: (All Electoral Divisions);

Lead officer: Ashley Curzon


11/11/2021 - Review of options to identify investment proposals for regeneration of Culver Parade tourism opportunity area ref: 273    Recommendations Approved

To consider staff appraisal of the procurement exercise to identify an investment partner for Dinosaur Isle, and to confirm the scope, objectives and timing of a procurement to secure wider regeneration proposal. This will include ensuring the continuing accreditation of museum status for Dinosaur isle and hosting of the fossil collection at the current or an alternative location.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/11/2021

Effective from: 23/11/2021

Decision:

Option A -  to (i) seek to secure an effective and sustainable long term solution to the future of the dinosaur museum (including the collection and Museum Accreditation) either at the current or any alternative site. (ii) To develop an alternative regeneration proposition of the council owned land at Culver Parade which reflects its environment and supports the Island Biosphere designation. (iii) Pursue an alternative site (either council or third party owned) for the development of a new dinosaur themed visitor attraction, and iv) to undertake full consultation with all relevant local and industry stakeholders in relation to any plans that come forward.

Electoral Divisions affected: Sandown North;

Lead officer: Ashley Curzon


11/11/2021 - Holiday Activity and Food Programme – Christmas Grants ref: 271    Recommendations Approved

Seeking approval for award of grants to providers to deliver holiday activities and food over the Christmas holidays

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/11/2021

Effective from: 23/11/2021

Decision:

It is recommended that Cabinet approves the award of grants to the organisations identified in Appendix 1 to this report to a total value of £21,210.

 

In the event that a provider is unable to fulfil the funded number of places or has to amend its offer in the light of Covid, it is recommended that the Cabinet Member delegates approval to the Director of Children’s Services to reallocate any underspent Winter HAF grant funding to ensure an Isle of Wight wide offer, within the grant allocation for Winter of £61,150.  Any such reallocations will be determined in consultation with the Cabinet Member.

Electoral Divisions affected: (All Electoral Divisions);

Lead officer: Theresa Wall


11/11/2021 - Quarterly Perfomance Monitoring Report - Q2 ref: 270    Recommendations Approved

To report on progress against the Corporate Plan

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/11/2021

Effective from: 23/11/2021

Decision:

Option 2: Cabinet approves the Performance and Finance Report – Quarter ended 30 September 2021 and the priority report detail as set out in appendices 1-9, together with the council’s financial position as set out at 10 and 11.

 

Electoral Divisions affected: (All Electoral Divisions);

Lead officer: Wendy Perera