Decisions

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Decisions recommendations approved (subject to call-in)

25/07/2024 - Westminster Neighbourhood CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) – Elgin Avenue Project Allocation ref: 2251    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management and Air Quality

Decision published: 17/07/2024

Effective from: 02/08/2024

Decision:

Summary of Decision

The Cabinet Member for City Management and Air Quality has approved the

Neighbourhood CIL bid for Elgin Avenue Central Island Improvements

(Eastern Area), the details of which are set out in this report.

 

Reasons for Decision

The Cabinet Member for City Management and Air Quality has made this decision to ensure robust and effective expenditure and reporting in line with the Planning Act (2008) and the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010. In accordance with the council’s strategic priorities, the revised CIL Spending Policy Statement (2022), and the council’s frameworks for resource allocation and management.

 

Neighbourhood CIL applications are normally decided by the Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development. However, in this case the Cabinet Member lives locally to the project and was an earlier advocate for the Central Island Improvements at Elgin Avenue. It is therefore considered it would have been inappropriate for him to take the decision which is the subject of this report.  Accordingly, the Cabinet Member for City Management and Air Quality has taken the decision instead.

 

Wards affected: Maida Vale;

Lead officer: Alex Csicsek


15/07/2024 - Neighbourhood CIL High Value Allocations: Seymour Centre and Abbey Centre ref: 2246    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To approve Neighbourhood CIL funding for three high value applications: the Abbey Centre, the Seymour Leisure Centre, and Strand Cross.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/07/2024

Effective from: 23/07/2024

Decision:

Cabinet approved:

 

The allocation of £1 million of Neighbourhood CIL funding from the Marylebone Neighbourhood Area pot to the Council to support the transformation of Seymour Leisure Centre.

 

The allocation of £424,435 of Neighbourhood CIL to support the restoration of the Abbey Centre.

 

Reasons for Decision:

 

There is a need for Neighbourhood CIL funding to supplement the project’s capital budget, driven by rising costs from build cost inflation and from changes to the project that reflect community responses to the extensive consultation and engagement exercise.

 

The funding will support a programme of works that will transform Seymour Leisure Centre into high-quality community infrastructure which will be a flagship project to benefit the local community.

 

Cabinet approved this decision to ensure robust and effective expenditure and reporting in line with the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended) and in accordance with the council’s strategic priorities, CIL spending policy statement and its framework for resource allocation and management. 

 

Implementation Date: 5pm 22/7/24

Wards affected: Marylebone; St James's;

Lead officer: Mohibur Rahman


15/07/2024 - Oxford Street Programme – Oxford Street Scheme Stage 3 ref: 2240    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To approvethat the Oxford Street Scheme proceed to Stage 3, detail design, as part of the Oxford Street Programme.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/07/2024

Effective from: 23/07/2024

Decision:

Cabinet approved the option to proceed to Stage 3 design on the basis set out in the report in the knowledge that the remaining funding is yet to be formally confirmed.  

 

Cabinet also approved spend of £3.845m to progress the Stage 3 design.

 

Reasons for Decision: The Stage 2 design for Oxford Street is complete and the finalisation of design is required in advance of pre-mobilisation and construction. A decision is required on how to progress the Oxford Street project. 

 

Implementation Date: 5pm 22/7/24

Wards affected: Marylebone; West End;

Lead officer: Manisha Patel


15/07/2024 - North Paddington Programme – Years 2-4 Programmes of work ref: 2244    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

This report will outline the proposed areas of work the North Paddington Programme will focus on from year 2 onwards.  

 

It will explain the process used to ensure local community input has shaped this work and seeks Cabinet approval to move forwards and initiative work.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/07/2024

Effective from: 23/07/2024

Decision:

Cabinet approved:

 

Spend of the remaining North Paddington budget, subject to further feasibility and project scoping (where required), to fund the Years’ 2-4 indicative programme of works, as detailed in Appendix 1 (“Years’ 2-4 Programme of Works”).

 

The Years’ 2-4 indicative programme of Works (Appendix 1) and notes that some of the indicative Years’ 2-4 programme of works’ projects will, enter a feasibility and pilot stage, if required, before moving to full delivery (subject to due diligence), by drawing on the full North Paddington years' 2-4 budget.

 

Delegated authority to the Executive Director of Regeneration, Economy and Planning, to initiate and deliver projects in the Years’ 2-4 indicative programme of works; conduct any necessary procurement exercises; agree commercial terms and enter into all associated legal agreements and documentation subject to the agreement of the Director of Law. 

 

Delegated authority to the Executive Director of Regeneration, Economy, and Planning to amend, reprofile and reallocate any underspend from the year 1 Programme to Years 2-4 Programme of Works and amend, reprofile reallocate and spend funds earmarked for the North Paddington Programme on Years’ 2-4 programme of works, where such changes should not exceed the overall budget envelope, as detailed in Section 7 of the report.  

 

Noted the findings from the Year 1 North Paddington Review (by evaluators RealWorth) and noted its recommended steer for future focus as detailed in Appendix 7 of the report. 

 

Reasons for Decision:

 

Approval is required for the delivery of the Years’ 2-4 programme of works. 

 

These decisions reflect approvals for the proposed programme of works, delegated authority and spend approvals, which govern the overall Programme. 

 

 

Implementation Date: 5pm 22/7/24

Wards affected: Harrow Road; Queen's Park; Westbourne;

Lead officer: Sarah Crampton


15/07/2024 - Reshaping of Housing Solutions Service ref: 2245    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To consider the delivery method for provision of Housing Solution Services. 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 15/07/2024

Effective from: 23/07/2024

Decision:

Cabinet approved:

 

The implementation of a hybrid delivery model for Housing Solutions Services.

 

To bring in-house Lot 1: Frontline housing advice and homelessness prevention and Lot 3: Families Pathway, Housing Assessment, Allocations and Nominations Services, to be directly delivered by the Council by April 2025.

 

To insource back-office functions currently commissioned to support Housing Solutions including, a contact centre, complaint management, and finance functions, to sit within existing services across the Council.

 

To delegate the new operating model and associated budget for insourced services jointly to the Strategic Director of Housing in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Housing Services and the Executive Director of Finance and Resources in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform.

 

Reasons for Decision: Due to unprecedented challenges within the housing market, insourcing the families pathway, assessment, and homelessness decision making, allocations and nominations functions will allow the council to have the ability to provide more person-centred support for those who need it, integrate with wider Council services and have direct control and operational oversight of statutory decision making. 

 

Implementation Date: 5pm 22/7/24

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Sarah Warman


17/07/2024 - Cashless Parking Fees ref: 2243    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management and Air Quality

Decision published: 10/07/2024

Effective from: 25/07/2024

Decision:

Summary of Decision

The Cabinet Member for City Management and Air Quality has approved the introduction of “End-User” charging for future Cashless Parking contracts, as well as the setting of a cap of 30p on End-User charges per transaction with an Officer-led contract mechanism for reviewing and approving any increases in that cap over time to allow for effective contract management and good service-delivery.

 

Reasons for Decision

Currently the City Council absorbs the electronic payment’s transactional charge for those paying to park on street. However, the market has for some time been moving toward charging the customer (the “end user”) rather than the Local Authority. Officers strongly believe that the City Council must move to this model in future Cashless contracts This model will improve the competitive nature of the procurement while offering potential for greater choice for our customers.

 

The City Council’s policies are to encourage the use of active travel and public transport when moving about the City. These policies support greater health and wellbeing through increased activity and reduced pollution and greenhouse gases. While the additional transactional costs as a percentage of the average spend is not considered likely to change behaviour it is not fair to expect residents impacted by the pollution and poor air quality to fund a service dedicated to a type of transport use that the City Council wants to discourage.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jonathan Rowing


18/07/2024 - Acquisition of Hopkinson House, 88 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2RW ref: 2242    For Determination

Acquisition of a site in SW1

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform

Decision published: 10/07/2024

Effective from: 26/07/2024

Decision:

Summary of Decision

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Council Reform has approved the below recommendations:

·       Acquisition of the freehold interest in Hopkinson House, 88 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2RW (subject to legal due diligence) for the price detailed in the confidential appendix.

·       Spend from the Temporary Accommodations acquisitions budget to meet the cost of this purchase.

·       Delegated authority to the Executive Director of Finance and Resources to agree the terms of the purchase contract, following legal due diligence, and complete the acquisition at the approved figure.

 

Reason for Decision

The Council has a statutory obligation to provide housing for those in housing need and has established an ongoing programme of temporary accommodation acquisitions to meet increasing demand within Westminster. Hopkinson House is being purchased with intention to convert the building for use as temporary accommodation. It will deliver a minimum of 33 extra in-borough temporary accommodation units, as well as prevent the potential permanent loss of this longstanding social housing asset to the private housing sector.

 

Wards affected: Vincent Square;

Lead officer: Rupert Grass


16/07/2024 - Direct Award for the Integrated Healthy Lifestyle Service including an enhanced Stop Smoking Service and Support offer ref: 2239    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Voluntary Sector

Decision published: 09/07/2024

Effective from: 24/07/2024

Decision:

Summary of Decision

The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Voluntary Sector has agreed to the below recommendations:

  • To direct award a contract to Thrive Tribe Limited to deliver the Integrated Healthy Lifestyle Service from 1st January 2024 to 31st October 2024 at a cost of £1,720,246
  • A waiver of the requirements under the Procurement Code to conduct a competitive tender exercise regarding the above contract.
  • Further investment of £102,602 into the Integrated Healthy Lifestyle Service, for 6 months, between 1st May to 31st October 2024 to provide an enhance stop smoking offer to be funded from the Local Stop Smoking Service and Support Grant.

 

Reasons for Decision

A direct award is required to allow sufficient time to conclude the procurement process and to mobilise the new contract without disrupting current service delivery. The Office for Health Improvement and Disparity (OHID) has provided additional investment over the next 5 years until 2029, via the LSSSSG, to enhance local stop smoking services and support.  OHID has set an expectation that this enhanced service will commence from 1 April 2024. Thrive Tribe, the incumbent provider, is best placed to incorporate this enhanced offer into the current service without delay.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);