Decisions | Westminster City Council
Decision register

Decisions

Decisions

Use the below search options at the bottom of the page to find information regarding recent decisions that have been taken by the council’s decision making bodies.

Alternatively you can visit the officer decisions page for information on officer delegated decisions that have been taken by council officers.

Decisions

11/12/2018 - Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan ref: 975    Recommendations Approved

Approval required to 'make' the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan following local referendum - giving it development plan status for the determination of planning applications within Knighstbridge Neighbourhood Area

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning

Decision published: 11/12/2018

Effective from: 11/12/2018

Decision:

That the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan be made part of the Statutory

Development Plan following the referendum held on 18 October 2018.

 

That the process followed in this case and which will be followed with regard to future neighbourhood plans be noted.

 

 

 

 

To meet the requirements of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended), the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Localism Act 2011, the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017, and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended). 

 

Wards affected: Knightsbridge and Belgravia;

Lead officer: Sean Walsh


11/12/2018 - Re-procurement of the Domestic Violence and Refuge Service ref: 974    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Cabinet Member approval sought for re-procurement of the service.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision published: 11/12/2018

Effective from: 19/12/2018

Decision:

1.            That this reportbe exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3 (as amended), in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

2.            That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services approved the decision to award the contract to the preferred bidder as part of a competitive tender process as listed in Appendix 1 for the total sum set out in the reportfor the period 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2023.

 

Reasons for Decision 

Regulation 72 (1) of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 require that for any variation clauses to be lawful they must be couched in ‘clear, precise and unequivocal’ terms, that state the scope and nature of possible modifications. This contract must be put onto a compliant contractual footing with clear start/expiry dates and provisions to extend that do not continue indefinitely.


11/12/2018 - Rating Advisory Panel 13.11.2018 ref: 972    Recommendations Approved

Determination of NNDR Discretionary and Hardship Relief Applications

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 11/12/2018

Effective from: 11/12/2018

Decision:

1.            That this report and appendices be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A, Part 1, Paragraph 3, as amended, in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of an individual.

 

2.        That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration approved the recommendations of the Rating Advisory Panel held on 13 November 2018 and determined the applications for National Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary and Hardship relief as set out in Appendix A of the report.

Reasons for Decision

 

The Rating Advisory Panel has set out the reasons for the recommendations in each case considered by the Panel in the recommendations in Appendix A of the report.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Susan Bush


07/12/2018 - Oxford Street District - Place Strategy and Delivery Plan

Update post consultation with the results from the consultation, recommended changes to the strategy and the updated strategy provided seeking approval to deliver it.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 18/02/2019

Wards affected: Bryanston and Dorset Square; Hyde Park; Marylebone High Street; West End;

Lead officer: Susanne Afra

Notice of decision: 07/12/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


07/12/2018 - Parental Policies review ref: 970    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Review of the Council's policies relating to maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave and pay.

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision published: 07/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

That the Leader of the Council agreed:

 

1.    to enhance the maternity pay to 26 weeks full pay, followed by 26 weeks half pay.

 

2.    to make the new pay allowance available under the Shared Parental Leave policy so that partners can also access it.

 

3.    that parents of babies born at or before 37 weeks be entitled to receive an extra week’s leave and pay for every week their premature baby spends in hospital before their due date as part of the ‘Smallest Things’ campaign.

 

4.    All employees will be entitled to reasonable, fully paid time off for antenatal care, pre-adoption and adoption order interviews.

 

5.    that the scheme be launched on 1 January 2019 and be backdated to 1 April 2018.

 

6.    that backdating will apply to current employees only and will ensure those that have recently returned from maternity leave are included.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

This proposal improves the levels of benefits and pay for parents on maternity/parental leave.

 

In line with our diversity agenda, this benefit would be made available to all employees regardless of their gender. The enhanced pay allowance will be available under the adoption leave and shared parental leave schemes.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Giorgia Fiorillo


07/12/2018 - Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Strategy ref: 969    Recommendations Approved

The council's strategy to inform the provision of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure on the public highway.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management

Decision published: 07/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Recommendations

That the Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management approved:

That this report be open for general release.

 

          The proposal for expansion of Electric Vehicle Charing Points (EVCPs) to provide more varied charging opportunities to drivers.

 

          That the following contracts award strategy be approved to increase the number of charge points on the public highway:

 

·         To utilise the GULCS framework to issue a direct award to provide principally lamp column trickle charge points to residents

·         To utilise the TfL framework to run mini competitions to further transition rest and refreshment taxi ranks in the City and also to deliver a number of publically available rapid chargers alongside dedicated EV only bays

·         To utilise the varied Pan London Scheme Agreement with BPL to expand the number 7kW fast chargers and to introduce 22kW fast chargers on to the City highway        

 

 

Reasons for Decision 

The increasing number of EVs operating in Westminster, notably the increase in EVs driven by residents, as well as commercial vehicles, it is essential that sufficient charging infrastructure is in place to meet demand.  In addition, and considering the lack of off street parking available in the City, an increase in charging infrastructure will give more driver confidence in making the transition away from Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles, which will have a positive impact on air quality in the City.  This corresponds with the commitments made to EV charging infrastructure growth set out in the City Council’s Air Quality Manifesto published in March 2018. 

 

The proposal sought to provide a route for expansion on the available Electric Vehicle Charge Points (EVCP) in the City.  

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Philip Robson


06/12/2018 - Westminster's City Plan Regulation 19 consultation

Decision to publish Westminster's City Plan and Integrated Impact Assessment for formal Regulation 19 consultation

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning

Decision due date: 20/01/2019

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Kimberley Hopkins

Notice of decision: 06/12/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


06/12/2018 - Green Plaques to commemorate the centenary of GCHQ

To establish if there is Cabinet Member support for three Green Plaques to commemorate 100 years of GCHQ.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning

Decision due date: 10/01/2019

Wards affected: St James's;

Lead officer: Claire Appleby

Notice of decision: 06/12/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


06/12/2018 - Petition: Lillington and Longmoore Gardens Estate

Cabinet Member report response to petition.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision due date: Not before 14/12/2018

Notice of decision: 06/12/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


05/12/2018 - Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel: (04.12.2018) Determination of Discretionary Housing Payment Review Applications ref: 968    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 05/12/2018

Effective from: 05/12/2018

Decision:

1.            That Appendix A to this report be exempt from public disclosure by virtue of paragraph 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 because the applications involve the likely disclosure of exempt information relating to an individual.

           

2.            That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration approved the recommendations of the Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel meeting held on 8 November 2018.

 

Reasons for Decision 

The Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel has set out the reasons for the recommendations in each case considered by the Panel in the recommendations in Appendix A of the report, which are more fully set out in the case papers submitted to the Panel.


05/12/2018 - Extension of existing CityWest Homes cleaning and grounds maintenance contracts for the South and Central areas and interim award for cleaning, grounds maintenance and concierge services for the North and West areas

Cabinet Member approval sought.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision due date: 13/12/2018

Notice of decision: 05/12/2018

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


04/12/2018 - London Local Authority and Transport for London Act 2013 – Part 2 Section 4 Lighting Attachments and Street Signs.

Authority sought for use of London Local Authority and Transport for London Act 2013 – Part 2 Section 4 Lighting Attachments and Street Signs to improve the lighting and signing of Westminster streets

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management

Decision due date: 01/2019

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Philip Robson

Notice of decision: 04/12/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


10/12/2018 - National Code of Practice - Well Managed Highway Infrastructure ref: 971    Recommendations Approved

The City Council along with other Highway Authorities across the country will adopt the recently released National Code of Practice Well Managed Highway Infrastructure Assets as an example of best practice. The Cabinet Member report will provide details and practices of how Westminster comply with code, the report will seek endorsement of the council approach.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management

Decision published: 04/12/2018

Effective from: 10/12/2018

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for Environment & City Management approved the updated Highways Infrastructure Asset Management (HIAMP) and Maintenance Management Plan (MMP), these being the two documents which detail how the council is adopting a risk based approach towards maintaining the highway network as recommended by the Well Managed Highway Infrastructure code of practice.

 

As a Highway Authority, the City Council has certain legal obligations it must meet to ensure the highway network is safe and fit for purpose. From time to time, these obligations may become the subject of claims for loss for personal injury or legal action by those seeking to establish non-compliance. Demonstrating that the City Council maintains the public highway in accordance with the WMHI code is essential to be able to counter such claims.

The new code has provided an opportunity for the council to review its highway maintenance practices and processes and not be bound by the prescriptive recommendations of the old codes. The new code therefore allows the council to align its service levels more closely to Westminster’s corporate objectives and requirements and provide a more tailored service which meets local needs where those needs are identified and supported by robust evidence gathering and analysis.

Adopting an evidence based approach to maintaining the council’s highway infrastructure, not only feeds into taking a risk based approach which is the corner stone of the new WMHI code, but also provides an opportunity to deliver efficiencies e.g. provide an inspection frequency on need rather than prescription in the medium to long term.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Andy Foster


30/11/2018 - Supply and Allocation of Social Housing 2018/19 ref: 967    Recommendations Approved

This annual report reviews the demand for and supply of affordable housing and low-cost home ownership in and considers supply and demand projections for 2018/19.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision published: 30/11/2018

Effective from: 08/12/2018

Decision:

1.            That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services noted the projected supply and proposed allocation of rented housing, as discussed in paragraph 3.1 of the report and set out in Appendices A, B and B1 of the report.

 

2.            Intermediate Allocations Priorities

 

That in order to enable current Intermediate Renting (IMR) tenants to move to more suitable IMR properties and to prioritise people living and working in Westminster for IMR, the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services agreed that the priorities for allocating intermediate housing are amended so that:

 

a)        Existing Intermediate Renting (IMR) tenants in Westminster living currently in shared IMR accommodation into which the Council has nomination rights will be eligible to bid for self-contained IMR properties

b)        Existing IMR tenants in Westminster who are living currently in shared IMR accommodation and are overcrowded will be eligible to bid for larger IMR accommodation

c)         Westminster households who currently live and work in Westminster will have higher priority for intermediate housing opportunities in the City (IMR and Shared Ownership) over those that only live in the borough and work outside or only work in the borough.

d)        The updated priority table, set out in paragraph 5.1 is approved

 

Intermediate Tenancy Renewals

 

e)        That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services agreed that IMR tenants who are living in a scheme which does not include a linked initiative leading onto home ownership, (e.g. is not part of a savings plan such as that operated by Westminster Community Homes or the Westminster Home Ownership Accelerator operated by Dolphin Square Foundation) should be able to have their tenancy period renewed for a further period on the condition that the household continues to be eligible for intermediate housing in Westminster.

 

f)          That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services agreed that households who are currently living in an Intermediate Scheme and do not have their tenancies renewed for that specific scheme due to the lettings policy of the particular landlord in question or as a condition of planning, but remain eligible for Intermediate Housing, are able to apply for alternative Intermediate Housing from 6 months before their tenancy is due to end and note that this would not apply to: Households whose tenancy was not being renewed for reasons of Anti-social behaviour or rent arrears, and; Households approaching the end of their original tenancy period and who remain eligible to have the tenancy extended are not able to bid for other intermediate rented properties.

 

3.            Homeless Reduction Act

 

a)    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services agreed to changes, as approved by Counsel, to the Housing Allocations Scheme, in order to meet the requirements of the Act are continued.

 

b)    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services noted that the Homeless Reduction Act has been in force since 3rd April 2018 and changes how the Council helps people or households who are or may become homeless and that the Council worked to put new arrangements in place for when the new law came into force.

 

4.       Tenancy Strategy and Tenancy Policy: charging higher rents for higher earners  

 

a)    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services noted that the Council’s Tenancy Strategy, published in 2012, supports the principle of higher rents for higher earning social housing tenants and sets out some preferred principles for a scheme.

 

b)    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services noted that both the Tenancy Strategy and Tenancy Policy sections relating to higher rents would need to be reviewed and updated, as at the time of their development government was planning to introduce a national Pay to Stay scheme for all social housing tenants.

 

c)    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services agreed that the Council does not introduce its local scheme in 2019 for flexible/fixed term tenants and removes the references to rent increases in Section 9 of its Tenancy Strategy and removes paragraphs 8.3 – 8.8 of its Tenancy Policy; and noted that: the reasons for this are that a full review of the Tenancy Strategy and Policy is planned, now the recently published Green Paper has highlighted that the government does not now propose to implement the provisions of the Housing and Planning Act 2015 to make fixed term tenancies mandatory for local authority tenants;In addition analysis shows that it is unlikely that many households would be impacted by the current scheme and income levels would be low after costs.

 

5.            Local Lettings Plans: Infill Programme          

 

a)    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services noted that the 2017/18 Supply and Allocations report agreed that in order to promote the benefits of potentially disruptive development to existing communities and to encourage local resident support it, that for each new infill housing development a local lettings plan (LLP) be developed that prioritises meeting local housing need in line with the Council’s Housing Allocations Policy.

 

b)    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services agreed that approval of each Local Lettings Infill Scheme plan be delegated to the Director of Housing and Regeneration in consultation with the Cabinet Member.

 

c)    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Service noted that when being developed, each plan will follow the key principles below:

 

·           The extent of the boundary of the LLP are the streets within the estates directly affected by the development as defined on a case by case basis

·           The LLP applies to both new social housing and intermediate housing

·           The LLP is applicable to people who have lived within the boundary for 12 months

·           First priority for the new social housing is to households registered with City West Homes for transfers from their current homeswith properties then allocated in line with priorities within the Allocations Scheme

·           Second priority for the new social housing is to anyone else on the Housing Register and this includes homeless households

·           Where social housing properties remain unlet through the above, then they are allocated following the Allocations Scheme

·           Any intermediate housing developed will be let in line with the current priorities for intermediate housing, although those who are working within the boundary who are not residents, will be excluded from the LLP

 

d)    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services agreed that, in consultation with the Director of Housing and Regeneration, that delegated authority be given to the Director of Housing and Regeneration to use discretion when applying these principles to individual Local Lettings Plans and once developed the LLP will be shared through the local development newsletters. 

 

6.            Local Lettings Plans: Regeneration Areas

 

a)    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services noted that Local Lettings Plans will be required for all regeneration areas and agreed that approval of each Local Lettings Regeneration Area plan be delegated to the Director of Housing and Regeneration, in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member following consultation with the local community.

 

b)    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services noted that when developing the LLP, the following principles will be proposed:

 

·           The boundary of the LLP is generally the master plan area but some flexibility can be applied on a site by site basis

·           The LLP is applicable to people who have lived within the boundary for 12 months

·           First priority for the new social housing will be for previous social housing tenants who had to move away to enable the regeneration scheme to take place and are now returning

·           Second priority for the new social housing is for households whose homes are being demolished in later phases

·           Third priority for the social housing will be for those registered with City West Homes for a transfer

·            Fourth priority for the social housing will be for anyone else in the LLP area in line with the Allocations Scheme

·           Any intermediate housing will be included and allocated in line with current priorities although those who are working within the boundary who are not residents, will be excluded from the LLP

·            The LLP will also set out how homes for resident leaseholders who are returning to the area are to be allocated.

 

c)    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services agreed that in consultation with the Director of Housing and Regeneration, to delegate authority to the Director of Housing and Regeneration to use discretion when applying these principles to individual Local Lettings Plans.

 

7.            That in line with the above process, the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services agreed that a Local Lettings Plan be developed for consultation for the new housing being developed at Tollgate for consultation, with the Director of Housing and Regeneration approving the final LLP in consultation with the Cabinet Member.

 

8.            Review of the homelessness policy framework

 

a)    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services noted that the review of the Private Rented Sector Offers, Accommodation Placement and Accommodation Procurement Policies found that they are considered to still provide a robust framework to meet their objectives.

 

b)    That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services agreed that minor changes be made to the Accommodation Procurement Policy to: update the annual Action Plan, update the figures and to update some of the wording so the Policy better reflects market conditions; The reference to Universal Credit as a key cost pressure for TA is also updated.

 

9.         Tenancy Strategy and Policy Update: Lifetime tenancies

 

That In line with new legislation, the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services agreed that the Secure Tenancy section of the Tenancy Policy is updated to provide security of tenure to tenants who have had to move home as a result of domestic abuse, so secure tenancies will be granted to: 

 

Any existing secure or assured tenant, that has to move home due to domestic abuse. This would also apply to a sole tenant that had lost their security of tenure by leaving the home due to domestic abuse, or to a joint tenant, where security of tenure had been lost by the tenancy being terminated. In all these circumstances, the City Council would need to be satisfied that the domestic abuse had taken place.  

 

10.         That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services agreed that the Tenancy Strategy be updated to make clear that the Council supports lifetime tenancies in these circumstances. 

 

Reasons for Decision 

The proposals contained in this report set out the issues related to the development of allocation projections for social housing for 2018/19 to meet the Council’s statutory obligations, meet the varying demands for social housing and to reduce the numbers of people living in Temporary Accommodation who are waiting for social housing.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Greg Roberts


29/11/2018 - Expenditure from the Ward Budget for Knightsbridge and Belgravia

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community

Decision due date: 29/12/2018

Lead officer: Janis Best

Notice of decision: 29/11/2018


29/11/2018 - Annual Review of Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Rent and associated HRA charges 2019-20

To set the HRA tenant rents and other charges for the financial year 2019-20. The City Council is required by law to give tenants at least 28 days’ notice of any variation to the rent charged.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision due date: Before 25/01/2019

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Daniel Peattie

Notice of decision: 29/11/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


12/12/2018 - Westminster Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) - Project Allocations ref: 976    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

This report seeks to allocate funding of CIL to infrastructure projects to support growth in Westminster following receipt of monies from development. The report also seeks approval of the governance process for the 'neighbourhood portion' of CIL monies.

Decision Maker: Cabinet CIL Committee

Decision published: 27/11/2018

Effective from: 20/12/2018

Decision:

Recommendations

 

The Cabinet CIL Committee is asked to:

 

Approve the expenditure of £3.262m from Westminster’s City CIL Strategic Portion as set out in Section 5.2 of this report. This includes the allocation of funding for the following projects set out in Appendix B.

(i)           Church Street Triangle

(ii)          Sayers Croft Climbing Tower

(iii)         Great Western Road Public Realm

(iv)         St. Martin’s Lane Public Realm

(v)          St. Clement Danes School Public Realm

(vi)         St. Augustine’s High School Public Realm

(vii)       Halcyon International London School Public Realm

(viii)      QEII Jubilee School Cycle Storage

(ix)         Soho Dropped Kerbs

(x)          Maida Vale/ Elgin Avenue Junction Improvements

(xi)         Bessborough Street Subway Works

(xii)       George Eliot and Beachcroft Schools MUGA

 

Note the neighbourhood portion of CIL received to date as set out in Section 7 of this report and Appendix C.

Consider and approve the governance proposals for the neighbourhood portion of CIL as set out in Section 7 of this report and Appendix D.

 

Reasons for Decision 

 

In order 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.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Michael Clarkson


26/11/2018 - Contract Award decision - Services for Older People and Carers

Authority is sought to directly award time limited interim contracts for older people and carers services within Westminster due to expire in 2019.

This decision will enable service continuity for residents with established providers whilst a number of transformation initiatives are undertaken to inform future competitive tendering activity.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health

Decision due date: 28/12/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Sharon Thurley

Notice of decision: 26/11/2018

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
Contains information relating to the financial and business affairs of a particular person under paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972


26/11/2018 - Tenant Policy for Housing Renewal Areas

The updated policy will replace the one published in 2015 and will set out the rehousing options, financial compensation and general support for Council tenants where the Council wants to acquire their properties to enable housing renewal to go ahead.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision due date: 26/12/2018

Notice of decision: 26/11/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


23/11/2018 - Queensway Public Realm - Next Steps ref: 966    Recommendations Approved

Approval for the capital expenditure to be released to proceed to Stage 3 design, for the capital expenditure to be released to implement footway changes on the west side of Queensway from Bayswater Station to Moscow Road ahead of the TMO, and to proceed with the TMO consultation for the proposed changes to kerbside management and parking

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management

Decision published: 23/11/2018

Effective from: 01/12/2018

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning and the Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management approve the development of the concept design identified in this report, Appendix 1.

That the Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning and the Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management approve capital expenditure in the sum of £1,860,927 to develop the design to Stage 3 and implement public realm works on the west side of Queensway between no 73 (currently Sainsbury’s) to Porchester Gardens ahead of the TMO.

That the Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management approves the commencement of the Traffic Management Order (TMO) consultations for the proposed changes to the kerbside management and parking.

 

In the wake of strong competition from and close proximity to the West End and Westfield, Queensway as a retail centre has somewhat suffered and cannot compete with these major retail hubs.  The City Council agreed that action was needed to ensure Queensway’s future as one of Westminster’s major retail centres and to work closely with the key stakeholders on the initial development of a concept design for the street. The City Council ran a public consultation in 2014 to understand what level of support there was to look to radically improve the public realm to support the investment being made by the landowners.  Local stakeholders were generally supportive of the concept design and the reduction of the car parking. 

To date £4.851million is being secured through the Council’s Capital Programme, CIL and landowner contributions to support the implementation programme for the final approved public realm scheme for Queensway.  There is a further potential £8.6million through S106 agreements linked to commencement of developments. 

If Queensway is to remain a major retail centre, investment in the public realm is required to complement the investment being made by local landowners.  Together this should help to attract interest from new retailers and restauranteurs and ensure that the offer appeals to the local residential community, as well as those that work or visit and stay in the area.

 

Wards affected: Bayswater; Lancaster Gate;

Lead officer: Rebecca Cloke


20/11/2018 - Outcome of Consultation on the future of Carlton Dene, Peebles House and Westmead

Cabinet Member approval sought for proposals in respect of the future of Carlton Dene, Peebles House and Westmead.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration, Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision due date: Not before 20/12/2018

Notice of decision: 20/11/2018

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons


20/11/2018 - Annual Report of the Safeguarding Adults Executive Board    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 10/12/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Bernie Flaherty

Notice of decision: 20/11/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


19/11/2018 - Treasury Management Strategy Mid-Year Review 2018-19    Recommendations Approved

This report forms part of the monitoring of the treasury function as recommended in the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (CIPFA) Treasury Management Code of Practice. It reviews the implementation of the strategy to date and allows for any changes to be made depending on market conditions.


Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 10/12/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Phil Triggs

Notice of decision: 19/11/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


15/11/2018 - Extension of an Existing Contract with CLCH

Extension of an existing contract with CLCH for meeting the health outcomes of adults with Learning Disabilities eligible for ASC. 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health

Decision due date: Before 31/12/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Anna Waterman

Notice of decision: 15/11/2018


15/11/2018 - Council Tax Discounts (including Council Tax Reduction scheme) and Council Tax Base report

Annual report setting the levels of Council Tax discount, the Council Tax Reduction scheme and Council Tax Base for the forthcoming financial year

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 10/12/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Martin Hinckley

Notice of decision: 15/11/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


13/11/2018 - S147 Gloucester Terrace - Contract Award approval

Cabinet Member approval sought.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision due date: Not before 11/12/2018

Notice of decision: 13/11/2018

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


13/11/2018 - Lisson Grove Programme Interim Update

Update on Lisson Grove Programme.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration, Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision due date: Not before 10/12/2018

Notice of decision: 13/11/2018

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


12/11/2018 - Westminster City Plan - Consultation on Publication Draft ref: 961    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks a decision on whether to proceed to consultation on the 'publication' draft of the Westminster City Plan Full Revision, and all accompanying documentation, in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning

Decision published: 12/11/2018

Effective from: 12/11/2018

Decision:

Summary of Decision

 

That the proposed documents for publication for informal consultation, attached as Appendices 1 and 2 of the report: 1. The draft City Plan 2019 – 2040 and 2. Revised Policies Map be approved.

 

Reasons for Decision 

 

To provide a robust and up to date policy framework within the statutory local plan for the taking of planning decisions across the city and delivery of City for All commitments.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Nina Miles


12/11/2018 - West End Gate - Affordable Units Acquisition ref: 960    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought for affordable units acquisition.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 12/11/2018

Effective from: 20/11/2018

Decision:

1.            That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration approved the acquisition of 130 affordable units at West End Gate for £32.0m.

 

2.            That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration approved the bringing forward £13.0m of budget into 2018/19 in order to make the initial golden brick payment and noted that based on current levels of forecast expenditure and capital receipts, this will require additional borrowing of £13.0m in 2018/19.

 

3.            That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration noted that an additional £7.1m of overall funding was required, financed through the increased Capital receipt on Cosway Street (£2.1m) and that there would be a £1m per annum reduction for five years on the Self-financing scheme.

 

Reasons for Decision 

 

Westminster City Council specifically require additional social rent homes and intermediate homes to facilitate the regeneration of Church Street and rehouse overcrowded families in Parsons House North, Little Venice. The availability of homes for re-housing tenants and leaseholders is a key factor in WCC’s ability to deliver the planned regeneration scheme in Church Street. The affordable units at West End Gate will provide an excellent ‘local’ offer for residents in Church street and therefore should greatly assist decant negotiations and provide greater certainty around deliverability, costs and timescales. Without these units, WCC may find other re-housing options difficult to locate and acquire and may end up costing considerably more, as well as other potential cost implications of delays to the project if vacant possession cannot be secured at Church Street.


07/11/2018 - Arboricultural Services Contract ref: 959    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning

Decision published: 07/11/2018

Effective from: 15/11/2018

Decision:

That the report is exempt from disclosure on the grounds that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of a particular person (including the authority holding that information) under paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, and in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

That the Council’s Arboricultural Services Contract be awarded on the terms set out in the report.

 

Reasons for Decision 

 

The Council has a duty of care to prevent or minimise the risk of injury or damage to property and person caused by tree failure. This duty arises from the following legislation:

               

·         Occupiers’ Liability Act (1957 and 1984).

·         Health and Safety at Work Act  (1974)

·         Highways Act (1980)

·         Common Law liability of Negligence and Nuisance

 

Lead officer: Stuart Reilly


05/11/2018 - Rating Advisory Panel 23.10.2018 ref: 957    Recommendations Approved

Determination of NNDR Discretionary and Hardship Relief Applications

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 05/11/2018

Effective from: 05/11/2018

Decision:

1.            That this report and appendices be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A, Part 1, Paragraph 3, as amended, in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of an individual.

 

2.        That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration approved the recommendations of the Rating Advisory Panel held on 23 October 2018 and determined the applications for National Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary and Hardship relief as set out in Appendix A of the report.

Reasons for Decision

 

The Rating Advisory Panel has set out the reasons for the recommendations in each case considered by the Panel in the recommendations in Appendix A of the report.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Susan Bush


05/11/2018 - National Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary and Hardship Relief Applications (25.09.2018) ref: 956    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought for recommendations of the Rating Panel held on 25 September 2018 in respect of National Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary and Hardship Relief Applications.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 05/11/2018

Effective from: 05/11/2018

Decision:

1.         That this report and appendices be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A, Part 1, Paragraph 3, as amended, in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of an individual.

 

2.        That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration approved the recommendations of the Rating Advisory Panel held on 25 September 2018 and determined the applications for National Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary and Hardship relief as set out in Appendix A of the report.

Reasons for Decision

 

The Rating Advisory Panel has set out the reasons for the recommendations in each case considered by the Panel in the recommendations in Appendix A of the report.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Karen Way


31/10/2018 - Rating Advisory Panel 22.1.2019

Determination of NNDR Discretionary and Hardship Relief Applications

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision due date: 05/02/2019

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Susan Bush

Notice of decision: 31/10/2018

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons


31/10/2018 - Re-procurement of Managing Agents Contract

Cabinet Member approval sought for re-procurement of Managing Agents contract.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision due date: Not before 30/11/2018

Notice of decision: 31/10/2018

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


26/10/2018 - Oxford Street District - Place Strategy and Delivery Plan ref: 955    Recommendations Approved

Draft Place Strategy and Delivery Plan developed for the Oxford Street District. The request is for Cabinet to endorse the draft and to approve that it goes to public consultation.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 26/10/2018

Effective from: 26/10/2018

Decision:

1.       That Cabinet endorsed the draft Place Strategy and Delivery Plan for public consultation commencing on 6th November.

 

2.       That Cabinet agreed to delegate authority to the Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing and the Director of Place Shaping and West End Partnership to approve the final public consultation materials for approval by the Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning.

 

3.       That Cabinet approved expenditure of up to £2.5m for the development of the strategy and the project as outlined in section 8 of the report.  This will be funded via an Oxford Street/West End budget as per the Capital Strategy approved by Full Council in March 2018. 

 

4.       That Cabinet approved the re-profiling of the existing Oxford Street/West End budget of £2.5m from 2019/20 into 2018/19.

 

 

1.       The Council believes that the District would benefit from adopting a place-based approach to determine how to deal with the current and future opportunities and issues. Owing to the complexities of the District, a more responsive approach to developing a range of solutions across the area needs to be adopted. The Council supports the need for a mixed use District and one that places strong emphasis on the amenity of its local residential communities. All this is essential if the District is to continue to thrive. The Council has now developed a draft Place Strategy and Delivery Plan for the Oxford Street District.

 

2.       The Council’s commitment to the Oxford Street District is to create a long term and ambitious vision for the whole of the District that will strengthen its world-renowned status as a great place to live, work and visit.  Its strategy will support the ambition and respond to the big challenges that the District faces, including: a rapidly evolving retail environment; a place that can cater to a greater numbers of people; providing more attractions; and for Oxford Street to be a better neighbour to the wider district. In the wake of strong competition from retail hubs like Westfield; online shopping; increased business rates; Brexit; and interest rates, the retailers and businesses in the district are finding the trading environment very challenging. 

 

3.       The Council will take responsibility for delivering an ambitious set of projects that are affordable but also help to bring about a significant change that will help to counter some of the external factors that the District currently faces. The Council recognises that investment in the District is required in order to retain its status as the nation’s high street and a world-renowned destination for domestic and international visitors.  It is also essential that investment helps to improve the liveability of the district and provide a greater amenity for our residents. On 7th November 2018, Full Council will be asked to approve the Council’s Capital Strategy including allocation of £150 million towards the delivery of the final adopted Place Strategy and Delivery Plan.  Additional funding to support the delivery of the final projects listed in the draft Place Strategy will be required from other external sources. The coherent and district wide programme will ensure that Oxford Street District strengthens its reputation.

 

4.       The Policy context relating to this report include the Council’s City for All and City Plan policies. The draft Place Strategy reflect these policies and will contribute to delivering these over the lifetime of the project. See appendix 2 for the policies and how the Place Strategy will deliver these.

 

Lead officer: Susanne Afra


26/10/2018 - Supply and Allocation of Social Housing Report 2019/20

This annual report reviews the demand for and supply of social rented housing and low-cost home ownership in and considers supply and demand projections for 2019/20.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision due date: 20/03/2019

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Greg Roberts

Notice of decision: 26/10/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/10/2018 - Proposals for improved cross London procurement of Temporary Accommodation

Proposals to improve pan London procurement of Temporary Accommodation through London Councils' Capital Letters project

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision due date: 12/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Greg Roberts

Notice of decision: 26/10/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


25/10/2018 - Planning Review ref: 962    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 25/10/2018 - Cabinet

Decision published: 25/10/2018

Effective from: 25/10/2018

Decision:

4.1     Councillor Richard Beddoe, Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning, introduced the item. He referred to the fact that upon her election as Leader, Councillor Aiken implemented a comprehensive change to the management of the planning system in Westminster. He referred to the independent review of Westminster’s Development Management service undertaken by the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) and highlighted that it had concluded that the Council has a robust planning system, however, it is a reactive, development control led service. It also highlighted the fact that whilst the governance and decision making processes are robust, they are not seen as accessible by residents.  Councillor Beddoe stated that Westminster City Council needs to be more ambitious and proactive. The review further concluded that there is a need to improve engagement with residents and the wider community in the planning and decision-making process related to development in their area.

 

4.2     Councillor David Harvey advised that a number of applications in his ward could have been resolved much earlier if there had been more engagement with the community at a much earlier stage.

 

4.3     Stuart Love, Chief Executive, referred to the fact that the PAS review found no impropriety or failure to follow guidelines and protocols regarding hospitality. However, the practice of accepting hospitality from planning applicants was found to be excessive and unnecessary.  Stuart Love made it clear that it was not the case that all officers in the planning service accepted gifts and hospitality.  The Chief Executive advised that he had reviewed the guidance on gifts and hospitality together with the Director of Law and found it to be clear and robust.

 

4.4     The Leader commented that she had taken note of the views submitted by a number of amenity societies in the last few days on the proposed changes. She explained that the purpose of making changes to the management of the planning system in Westminster is to make the process more open and transparent. She considered that residents should have an opportunity to take a more proactive role at an earlier stage in the planning and decision-making process as well as the opportunity to make verbal representations at Planning Applications Sub-Committees.  She stated that this will require a significant culture change for staff and those externally who use the planning system. She considered that further work is required to understand how to best implement the new procedures and that views should be sought from all those with a stake in the planning system in Westminster, most notably residents. This was supported by Cabinet.

 

          RESOLVED: That Cabinet:

 

        1.         Endorsed the findings and recommendations of the report  submitted  by  the  Planning  Advisory  Service (PAS) and agreed to take the following steps to:

a)               Improve the openness and transparency of the planning system:

·         We will record Planning Sub-Committee meetings and make the coverage available post-meeting;

·         We will live stream Planning Sub-Committee meetings once an appropriate technological solution has been identified and sourced;

b)      Make it easier for residents to engage with the planning system:

·             We will introduce “public speaking rights” at Planning Sub-Committee meetings;

·             We will review all our digital content on the planning process and planning decisions, particularly that included on the council’s website to improve accessibility for the general public;

·             We will improve the way we explain planning policies and decisions to make them easier to understand.

2.        Agreed to support resident and ward Councillor participation at an earlier stage of the process, for example in the pre-application stage of major applications and to adopt a new approach to communicating and engaging their views in proposals.  Further details are to be presented to Cabinet following further engagement with stakeholders.

3.        Directed the Chief Executive, to present detailed plans to increase delegations and review the call-in procedures, in consultation with ward members as appropriate without the need for escalation to Sub-Committee, thereby speeding up the process.  The details of the revised delegation and call-in procedures to be developed in consultation with relevant stakeholders and presented to Cabinet prior to submission to the Planning and City Development Committee for approval. 

4.        Directed the Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing and the Executive Director of Policy, Performance and Communications to submit a joint report to Cabinet setting out the detailed proposals for the introduction of public speaking rights following stakeholder engagement for approval by the appropriate decision making body, to be determined in consultation with the Director of Law.

    5.         (a)    Directed the Chief Executive to restate to both officers and members their responsibilities in terms of the Council’s gifts and hospitality policies.  This will include emphasising the importance of exercising sound judgement in dealing with all offers of gifts and hospitality. Noted that in terms of the planning service, this will build on the guidance issued in February 2017 regarding Councillor meetings with developers on particular schemes. 

                (b)    Requested that the Chief Executive and Director of Law refine the wording in the paragraph below to reflect that this should apply to elected Members involved in the planning decision making process.  The revised text to be referred back to Cabinet at a later date

 

                        Council officers and elected members involved in the planning process must retain a distance from land owners, applicants, agents and community stakeholders, other than at formally arranged visits and recorded meetings linked directly and specifically to the consideration of planning applications, pre applications, or the development of the local plan.

 

          6.       Agreed to create a new Place-Shaping and Planning directorate which reflects the ambitious agenda set by the Leader and Cabinet to deliver a City for All, and for the new service to deliver the direction of travel which will be set out in the emerging City Plan.

 

          Reason for Decision 

1.     The Leader and Cabinet have set an ambitious agenda to change how the Council operates in a number of areas, including, but not limited to planning.

2.     The direction of travel is to shift away from a largely reactive and development management focused planning service towards a proactive and strategic approach, guided by the Council’s vision and priorities. This will require cultural change throughout the whole system.

3.     It will also mean that, should they wish to, residents and others will have the ability to take a clearer and more proactive role in the planning and decision making process related to development in their area. This includes Neighbourhood Forums, Amenity Societies and the general public.

4.     Work is ongoing to finalise the City Plan (the Council’s Statutory Local Plan) for public consultation in November 2018. The revised City Plan will be streamlined and place much greater emphasis on positive considerations about the type of development that is appropriate in Westminster. The service which implements this policy framework must therefore also be governed by the same principles.

5.     These recommendations are supported by the findings of the PAS report.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


16/10/2018 - Strategic Options for CityWest Homes ref: 952    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet approval sought concerning strategic options for CityWest Homes.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 17/10/2018

Effective from: 25/10/2018

Decision:

1.         That it be agreed that urgent steps be taken to return the housing management function outsourced to CityWest Homes (CWH) to the Council’s direct control, as follows:   

 

1.1      The Council will seek a mutual agreement with CWH to terminate the management agreement with effect from 1st April 2019; and

 

1.2      In case that mutual agreement cannot be reached then the Council will give unilateral notice to CWH to terminate the management agreement with effect from as soon as possible after 1st April 2019.

 

1.3      The Council will continue to engage with its tenants and leaseholders on the future provision of housing management services and how these services can improve.

 

1.4      In line with 1.3 above, the Council will undertake a review of the housing service provision and consult on a potential revised structure for the service with the aim of embedding a new culture centred on high performance and excellent customer service.  This will be in consultation with all relevant parties. 

 

1.5      That authority be delegated to the Executive Director, Growth, Planning and Housing to take all steps and to execute all documents required to achieve the above outcomes and in order to ensure the smooth transition of the transfer of housing services back in-house. 

 

1.6      That authority be delegated to the Executive Director, Growth, Planning and Housing to agree in respect of any contract to which CWH is a party and which the Executive Director considers could be of assistance to the council in delivery of the housing management services and performance of its relevant function, that such contact is novated to the council or held on trust for the benefit of the council and that any such novation or trust may be executed on behalf of the council by the Director of Law.

Reasons for Decision

 

1.      CWH has experienced serious and ongoing service problems in a number of key areas particularly repairs and maintenance, the contact centre and responses to complaints and other queries from residents and Councillors.

 

2.      It is in the best interests of tenants and leaseholders and in line with feedback from tenants and residents’ groups for the Council to seek a mutual agreement with CWH to terminate the management agreement with effect from 1st April 2019 and transfer housing services back in-house.

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);


12/10/2018 - Ebury Bridge Estate Renewal - Initial Report on Delivery Options    Recommendations Approved

To note the findings of the initial appraisal of delivery options for Ebury Bridge estate renewal

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 25/10/2018

Wards affected: Churchill;

Lead officer: Barbara Brownlee

Notice of decision: 12/10/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


12/10/2018 - Contract Award for the Revenues and Benefits Service ref: 950    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought for contract award for the Revenue and Benefits Service.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 12/10/2018

Effective from: 20/10/2018

Decision:

1.         That the report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A Part 1, paragraph 3 (as amended) in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

2.        That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration approved the award of a contract for the Revenues and Benefits Service to the preferred bidder for the total sum as detailed in the reportfor the period of 7 years from 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2025, with the option to extend for up to 3 additional years at a cost detailed in the reportand noted the total cost of the 10 year contract, if extended.

 

Reasons for Decision 

1.         The Council’s current Revenues and Benefits Service contracts expire on 31 October 2018 and the Council therefore has to procure a new contract.

2.         The recommended contract award is based on:

a)     A high quality tender response from the recommended tenderer, which received good technical evaluation scores.

b)    Financial savings above the MTP savings linked to the procurementfor 2018/19 and 2019/20.

c)    A range of service improvements that interlink with the Council’s Digital programme.


26/10/2018 - Adoption of the councils Statement of Principles for Gambling ref: 954    Recommendations Approved

Adoption of the councils amended Statement of Principles for Gambling as required by the Gambling Act 2005.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing

Decision published: 09/10/2018

Effective from: 26/10/2018

Decision:

Recommendations

The Cabinet Member agreed the draft Statement of Licensing Principle for Gambling.

 

The Cabinet Member agreed to recommend to full Council that the draft Statement of Licensing Principles for Gambling should be approved and published on 1st December 2018, and made effective from 31st January 2019.

 

Reasons for Decision 

 

The approval of this final draft of the Statement of Licensing Principles for Gambling and recommendation that it be approved for publication by Full Council will ensure that the Council meets its statutory requirements for adopting this statement.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Kerry Simpkin


01/10/2018 - Recycling of Devices

Cabinet Member approval sought for recycling of devices.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision due date: Not before 15/11/2018 Cabinet Member approval sought in releation to recycling of devic

Notice of decision: 01/10/2018

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


28/09/2018 - Oxford Street District - Place Strategy Delivery Plan Award of Contract

Award of contract for the design and build related to the Oxford Street District - Place Strategy and Delivery Plan.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration, Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning

Decision due date: 22/02/2019

Wards affected: Bryanston and Dorset Square; Hyde Park; Marylebone High Street; West End;

Lead officer: Susanne Afra

Notice of decision: 28/09/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


15/11/2018 - Oxford Street District - Procurement Strategy ref: 963    Recommendations Approved

Outline the proposed procurement strategy and seek approval to progress with the proposed strategy

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management

Decision published: 28/09/2018

Effective from: 23/11/2018

Decision:

Recommendations

Formal approval was given to commence the procurement of a Design and Build Services Contract to deliver the Oxford Street District project.

Formal approval was given to change the price/quality contract evaluation ratio depending on the outcome of the soft market testing and in consultation with the Strategic Steering Group.

Reasons for Recommendations

 

That the Oxford Street District was in need of significant and wide reaching public realm improvements to underpin and support the delivery of the emerging draft Oxford Street District Place Strategy. This will ensure that a service provider are appointed to deliver the District Place Strategy following public consultation.

The potential variation to the price/quality evaluation split was recommended as this was a very high profile initiative requiring a greater emphasis on the quality of works.

 

Wards affected: Bryanston and Dorset Square; Hyde Park; Marylebone High Street; West End;

Lead officer: Susanne Afra


26/09/2018 - Treasury Management Strategy Statement for 2019-2020 to 2023-2024    Recommendations Approved

The Annual Treasury Management Strategy Statement sets out the Council's Strategy for its treasury operation

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 15/10/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Steven Mair

Notice of decision: 26/09/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/09/2018 - Capital Strategy 2019-2020 to 2023-2024, forecast position for 2018-2019 and future years' forecasts summarised up to 2023-2033    Recommendations Approved

This report outlines the City Council’s Capital Strategy and proposed expenditure and income budgets from 2019/20 to 2023/24, forecast position for 2018/19 and future years’ forecasts summarised up to 2032/33. It outlines the proposed £2.521bn expenditure budget, funded by £0.309bn external funding, £0.426bn capital receipts with a £1.786bn net funding requirement from 2018/19 to 2032/33. Funding of the proposed programme, revenue implications, and risks and mitigations are detailed

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 15/10/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Stephen Muldoon

Notice of decision: 26/09/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/09/2018 - 2019-2020 Budget Proposals    Recommendations Approved

This report sets out the Council's budget proposals for the 2019-2020 financial year

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 15/10/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Stephen Muldoon

Notice of decision: 26/09/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/09/2018 - Integrated Investment Framework 2019-2020    Recommendations Approved

Implementation of an Integrated Investment Framework will influence investment decisions going forwards and deliver added value to Council services. This report identifies the potential for future improved returns

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 15/10/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Steven Mair

Notice of decision: 26/09/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/09/2018 - Housing Investment Strategy and Housing Revenue Account Business Plan 2019-2020    Recommendations Approved

To note the indicative HRA Capital budgets from 2019-2020 to 2023-2024 and Revenue budgets for 2019-2020

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 15/10/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Daniel Peattie

Notice of decision: 26/09/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/09/2018 - Increase in littering Penalties ref: 947    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing

Decision published: 26/09/2018

Effective from: 26/09/2018

Decision:

Recommendations

 

The Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing approved the proposed increase in penalties issued for littering to £150 with a reduced early payment rate of £95.

 

Reasons for Decision 

 

  • The penalty range from 1st April 2018 cannot be lower than £50 and cannot be higher than £150. If the Local Authority does not specify the rate, it defaults to £100. From 1st April 2019, the lower rate increases from £50 to £65. There is also an opportunity to offer a lower rate for payment within a specified time frame
  • The current penalty for littering is £80. This is set at the highest level that the legislation allows.
  • Currently the level for all fixed penalties relating to environmental crime in Westminster is set at the highest level that the legislation allows.
  • To encourage early and increased level of payment for Environment crime Fixed Penalty Notices, Westminster currently offer a reduced early payment rate. This is set at approx.35%-40% lower than the higher rate if the Fixed Penalty is paid within 10 days

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Andy Ralph


10/07/2018 - Update on Oxford Street District Transformation ref: 912    Recommendations Approved

Update on Oxford Street District Transformation

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 25/09/2018

Effective from: 10/07/2018

Decision:

That Cabinet

 

1.       Endorsed the new approach for the Oxford Street District Project as detailed in the report;

 

2.       Agreed the Governance outlined in the report;

3.       Approved the revenue funding of £727,000, made up of a reallocation of council’s own revenue for the development of a place based solution and a set of feasibility/concept options for the district; and,

4.       Noted plans to bring forward necessary safety works and governance associated with the development and implementation of the specific Oxford Street safety scheme ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth Line and during 2019, which will be subject of a separate Cabinet Member Report.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

1.       The Leader of the City Council on 7th June announced that there is a need to be hugely ambitious to ensure the district’s long-term success by future proofing Oxford Street and the surrounding area so it remains the pre-eminent, retail focused, outdoor shopping destination in the UK.

2.       In December 2017, the Leader and Deputy Leader issued eight pledges to residents, created to assure residents that the City Council would safeguard their amenity by insisting that no scheme would be approved that failed to meet their concerns. Feedback from residents in the consultation report (temporarily published March 2018), confirmed that 61% of Westminster residents did not support the partial pedestrianisation of Oxford Street (Orchard Street to Oxford Circus). Subsequent statements from the City Council, made clear that the scheme consulted upon had not achieved a local consensus.

3.       In these circumstances, the City Council considers it necessary to devise other solutions that will transform the district and meet concerns expressed.

4.       The previous project structure to devise a solution for Oxford Street was developed within a joint team with Transport for London. This produced a significant body of information about the district. Going forward, the City Council will lead the project and consequently a new governance and operational structure is needed as outlined. We will continue to liaise and work closely with residents, stakeholders and partners (Mayor/Greater London Authority, TfL and New West End Company) to develop new solutions.

5.       Resources are needed to provide staffing and commissions to facilitate work to devise a new solution(s).

6.       Work on the options to ensure a safe street and district prior to the opening of Elizabeth Line is currently being progressed and will be presented for decision to the Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management in July 2018.

 

Wards affected: Bryanston and Dorset Square; Marylebone High Street; West End;

Lead officer: Deirdra Armsby


25/10/2018 - Oxford Street District - Phase 1 Works ref: 953    Recommendations Approved

The report outlines proposals for the implementation of a number of improvements to Oxford Street, Phase 1 of the Oxford Street District programme.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management

Decision published: 25/09/2018

Effective from: 31/10/2018

Decision:

Recommendations

 

The Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management and Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning approved:

 

The proposed range of measures for Phase 1 of the Oxford Street District scheme as detailed in the report and set out in Appendix 1.

 

The expenditure of up to £3m to develop and implement the proposed works for Phase 1 from the Planned Preventative Maintenance capital budget.  Phase 2 of the Oxford Street District programme will be funded via the Council budget allocation within the capital programme.

 

The re-profiling and substitution of £3m within the current capital programme (for Stone Mastic Asphalt replacement works) for the works identified in the report.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

As set out in the Cabinet report of 9th July on the Oxford Street District – Project Approach, work on options to ensure a safe street and district prior to the opening of the Elizabeth Line have been developed. The required works are aimed at ensuring the street and district is able to support the increase forecast in passengers associated with the gradual impacts of the Elizabeth Line opening.

 

Wards affected: Bryanston and Dorset Square; Hyde Park; Marylebone High Street; West End;

Lead officer: Susanne Afra


24/09/2018 - Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel: (18.09.2018) Determination of Discretionary Housing Payment Review Applications ref: 946    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought for recommendations of the Panel held on 18 September 2018.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 24/09/2018

Effective from: 24/09/2018

Decision:

1.            That Appendix A to this report be exempt from public disclosure by virtue of paragraph 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 because the applications involve the likely disclosure of exempt information relating to an individual.

           

2.         That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration approved the recommendations of the Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel meeting held on 18 September 2018.

 

Reasons for Decision 

The Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel has set out the reasons for the recommendations in each case considered by the Panel in the recommendations in Appendix A of the report, which are more fully set out in the case papers submitted to the Panel.


21/09/2018 - Agilisys Lot 2 Contract Extension

Cabinet Member approval sought for extension of contract for Agilisys ICT Lot 2 contract.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision due date: 08/11/2018

Notice of decision: 21/09/2018

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


20/09/2018 - Council Tax, NNDR, Housing Benefit Overpayments and Former Client Rent Arrears - Irrecoverable Debt for Quarter 1 of 2018-19 ref: 945    Recommendations Approved

The losses arising from National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR), Council Tax, Housing Benefit Overpayment and Former Client Rent arrears write-offs can be met from the provisions made in the accounts in previous years for irrecoverable debts and thus there will be no impact on the current year’s budgets.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 20/09/2018

Effective from: 28/09/2018

Decision:

1.            That the report be declared exempt from publication as, the business to be transacted involves the disclosure of information as prescribed by paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12a of the Act relating to information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority).

 

2.            That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration approved the writing off the irrecoverable debt shown as set out in sections 5.1 and 6.1 of the report.

 

3.            That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration noted the amounts shown in paragraphs 7.1 and 8.1 of the report as written-off under officer delegated authority.

 

Reasons for Decision 

The recommendation to write-off the amounts detailed in this report is proposed as all other avenues available to the Council for the recovery of these debts have been exhausted, including, where appropriate, the issue of distress proceedings.

 


19/09/2018 - Windows 10 Device Procurement, Provisioning and Support Services ref: 944    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought for Windows 10 procurement, provisioning and support services.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision published: 19/09/2018

Effective from: 27/09/2018

Decision:

1.              That Part B of this report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, Part 1, (as amended) paragraph 3, in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information.

2.          That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services approved Officers to procure a contract for provision of laptop, desktop devices, peripherals and deployment services by varying the existing London ICT Framework Lot 1 Lot 1 Call-Off contract.

Reasons for Decision

1.               As the value of the contract variation is above £500,000, this variation constitutes as a Key Decision under section 2.28 of the Code and accordingly Member Involvement is required as per section 2.28.

2.               April 2018 Cabinet and Key Decision reports approved commissioning and expenditure for a Windows 10 POC to prove a solution for upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. The upgrade is required prior to June 2019 to minimise the Councils risk of entering a period of an unsupported Operating System with associated security threats, retain regulatory data compliance including the recent GDPR implementations and to deliver benefits through Windows 10 features aligned to the IT strategic principles.


11/09/2018 - Updated Leaseholder Policy for Housing Renewal Areas ref: 942    Recommendations Approved

Report sets out financial compensation and rehousing options for leaseholders in housing renewal areas where the council wants to acquire their properties in order to regeneration to go ahead.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 18/09/2018

Effective from: 22/09/2018

Decision:

1.         That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration agreed the Policy for Leaseholders in Housing Renewal Areas August2018 as set out in Appendix B of the report and noted that it replaces the Policy for Leaseholders in Housing Renewal Areas (Updated January 2017).

 

2.         That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration agreed that the Policy for Leaseholders in Housing Renewal Areas August 2018 as set out in Appendix B be applied to current and future designated housing renewal areas.

 

3.         That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration delegated authority to the Director responsible for Regeneration, in conjunction with the Cabinet Member, to decide when the Policy should be implemented. 

 

4.         That in order to implement the Policy, the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration  delegated authority to the Director responsible for Regeneration, or any other person duly delegated by them, to enter into individual equity loan agreements with leaseholders, where it has been agreed they can buy one of the new build properties in one of the housing renewal areas with an equity loan.

 

5.         That in order to implement the Policy, the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration delegated authority to the  Director responsible for Regeneration, or any other person duly delegated by them, to enter into shared equity or shared ownership leases or arrangements with leaseholders, where it has been agreed they can buy one of the new build properties, in one of the housing renewal areas, on a shared equity basis, or as a shared owner.

 

Reasons for Decision 

 

1.            A Policy for Leaseholders in Housing Renewal Areas is needed in order to set out the Council’s rehousing offer to leaseholders in housing renewal areas, where their homes are identified for acquisition, as a result of housing renewal. Vacant possession of these properties is needed in order to proceed with the housing renewal programme.

 

2.            An updated Policy is needed, in order to take into account of the changing nature of the housing renewal programme, to respond to ongoing feedback from leaseholders about the current Policy and in light of the changing external policy environment.  

 


17/09/2018 - BT ICT Services Lot 1 and Lot 3 Contract Extension

Decision required to approve extension of contract for BT ICT Lot 1 and Lot 3 contract

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision due date: 15/10/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Patrick Montgomery

Notice of decision: 17/09/2018

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
Legal to confirm


13/09/2018 - Strand/Aldwych project - vision, objectives and next steps ref: 943    Recommendations Approved

Report seeking approval for the vision and objectives of the project and to proceed with consultation and next steps

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management

Decision published: 13/09/2018

Effective from: 21/09/2018

Decision:

1.         Decision

 

1.1       That formal approval was given:

 

  • for the vision and objectives of the project
  • for the emerging concept design and its development to the next design stages
  • to undertake public consultation on the concept design

·         to proceed with Initial and Detailed Design following consultation

 

 

2.         Reason for Decision

 

2.1       A Cabinet Member decision was required to move forward the project to the next stages.  A concept design had been developed through the Feasibility Stage of the project and, whilst validated by the technical studies undertaken to date and stakeholder involvement, the design must now be shared with a wider audience and feedback sought from the community.  This is key to informing the next design stages. 

 

Wards affected: St James's;

Lead officer: Rebecca Cloke


10/09/2018 - Ingestre Court - Fire Safety Measures ref: 941    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision published: 10/09/2018

Effective from: 18/09/2018

Decision:

1.            That this report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3 (as amended), in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

2.         That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services approved that costs be borne by Westminster City Council for a fire curtain to be installed in accordance with the residents’ choice to minimise disruption and increase speed of resolution.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The works are being undertaken following a residents’ consultation on their preferred option.

 

Wards affected: West End;


04/09/2018 - Integrated Healthy Lifestyles Service Contract Award ref: 940    Recommendations Approved

Officer Report

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health

Decision published: 04/09/2018

Effective from: 12/09/2018

Decision:

1.         That this report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3 (as amended), in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

2.            That the Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public approved the award of a contract to the preferred bidder under the Integrated Healthy Lifestyles Services Framework Agreement (“the Framework”) set up by Westminster City Council for a term of three years commencing 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2022, with the option to extend for a further two years until 31st December 2024.

 

3.            That the Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public approved the award of call off contract with the service provider under the Framework for a term of three years from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022, with the option to extend for a further two years until 31 December 2024 (subject to performance and financial constraints) and note the contract price and extension costs.

 

4.            That the Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health delegates the approval to exercise the option to extend to the Director of Integrated Commissioning, in consultation with the responsible Cabinet Member at that time.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

1.            Reshaping the provision of adult healthy lifestyle services was a priority for the local authority in order to ensure that services meet the needs of our residents and we achieve Public Health Outcomes by:

·                Reducing health inequalities

·                Helping residents make healthy lifestyle choices in order to prevent early deaths

·                Ensure residents find health and wellbeing support easily through digital connections and community connections

·                Target specific groups to access services according to need

 

2.            The redesign and integration of services to create an Integrated Healthy Lifestyle Service would provide the sustainability needed to achieve a targeted local service in the most cost effective way and to deliver a model that was based on local need. It was also intended to deliver improvements in quality and move the balance of support towards digital solutions whilst ensuring the face-to-face service offer would be a more accessible and responsive community based service for the residents.

 

3.            The Integrated Healthy Lifestyle Service would include face-to-face support for those most in need. This would include one to one support work, group sessions and links to other services that would help improve residents’ health. These interventions will improve residents’ clinical outcomes. It would be an outcomes based model that would include a workforce training element. The service would link with a digital platform based on Public Health England’s ‘One You’ platform. The service would be expected to work together with Primary Care to encourage referrals from health checks and from GP registers, monitor delivery of the service that takes place in those locations, and make payments to GPs and pharmacies for the face to face services and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and for NHS health checks.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Gaynor Driscoll


31/08/2018 - Westminster Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) - Ward Councillor Proposals ref: 939    Recommendations Approved

To allocate funds from the Westminster Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to proposed infrastructure projects suggested to the Cabinet CIL Committee by Westminster Councillors.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning

Decision published: 31/08/2018

Effective from: 08/09/2018

Decision:

The Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning:

1.            Approved the expenditure of £0.288m from Westminster’s City Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Strategic Portion as set out in Section 5.4 of the report and includes the allocation of funding for the following projects set out in Appendix A of the report.

2.            Noted those projects put forward by Westminster Councillors that can now be brought forward using alternative funding sources as set out in Section 5.5 of this report and Appendix B.

3.            Noted progress and the recommended next steps on the remaining ‘pending projects’ previously put forward by Westminster Councillors set out in Section 5.6 of this report and Appendix C.

Reasons for Decision

To ensure the timely delivery of project proposals previously submitted to the Cabinet CIL Committee by Westminster Ward Councillors, in accordance with the decision of the Cabinet CIL Committee on 25th July 2018.

 

Wards affected: Knightsbridge and Belgravia; Lancaster Gate; Little Venice; Marylebone High Street; Westbourne;

Lead officer: Michael Clarkson


23/08/2018 - Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) programme for 2019/20 in respect of Highways, Public Lighting & Bridges and Structures

Annual Capital programme for Highways, Lighting and Structures

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management

Decision due date: 01/2019

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Andy Foster

Notice of decision: 23/08/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/09/2018 - Elevated Harrow Road Bridge – Replacement of Cathodic Protection ref: 948    Recommendations Approved

A Cathodic Protection system protects a structural asset from corrosion. The Cathodic Protection system on the Elevated Harrow Road Bridge is life expired and needs replacing

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management

Decision published: 23/08/2018

Effective from: 04/10/2018

Decision:

Recommendations

That the Cabinet Member for Environment & City Management approved the detailed proposals to replace the Cathodic Protection on the Elevated Harrow Road Bridge at an estimated gross cost of £2,400,000.

 

Reasons for Decision

The Elevated Harrow Road Bridge underwent major repairs in 2002/03 because the steel reinforcement in the concrete beams and columns supporting the main bridge deck had corroded so severely that its capacity to carry modern highway loading was at risk. The A40 Westway above, which is supported by the EHR, was also placed at risk. Severe corrosion was noted in the structure in the late1990’s some 25 years after the bridge was opened. The 2002/03 scheme included the installation of the of the first Cathodic Protection system for the bridge.

Cathodic Protection is a controlled electrochemical process explained in more detail in Section 5 of this report. The Cathodic Protection is an essential protective measure for the bridge, the system installed in 2003 has now reached the end of its serviceable and needs replacing.

The existing system has been protecting the bridge for over 15 years, currently there is no evidence of significant corrosion in the bridge suggesting the Cathodic Protection has been fulfilling its function. An upgraded Cathodic Protection system should protect the bridge for another 15 to 20 years thus minimising the requirement of major repairs.

 

Wards affected: Bayswater; Hyde Park; Little Venice; Westbourne;

Lead officer: Andy Foster


22/08/2018 - Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan ref: 938    Recommendations Approved

Approval required to modify plan as per independent Examiner's recommendations, and proceed to local referendum

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning

Decision published: 22/08/2018

Effective from: 22/08/2018

Decision:

RECOMMENDATIONS

That the Cabinet Member agreed:

 

A)        That the recommendations of the examiner as set out in the council’s decision statement (see appendix 1), be accepted.

           

B)        That the examiner’s recommendation that the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan, as modified in appendix 2, proceed to a referendum.

           

C)        That in accordance with the examiner’s recommendation, the referendum area be restricted the neighbourhood area designated by the council on 27th March 2014 as the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Area.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION 

1)         The examiner’s recommendations would ensure the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan was clear and effective as a framework for making decisions on planning applications in the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Area. They addressed the concerns raised by the council and other stakeholders, and ensured the plan met the basic conditions prescribed by legislation.

2)         Before a neighbourhood plan can be made, it was a statutory requirement that it was first subject to a local referendum. Before this happens, the council must publish a decision statement setting out the actions it proposed to take in response to the examiner’s report.

Wards affected: Knightsbridge and Belgravia;

Lead officer: Sean Walsh


31/05/2018 - Bag O' Nails, 9 Kingly Street, W1 ref: 937    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Licensing Sub-Committee (5)

Made at meeting: 31/05/2018 - Licensing Sub-Committee (5)

Decision published: 22/08/2018

Effective from: 31/05/2018

Decision:

LICENSING SUB-COMMITTEE No. 5

Thursday 31st May 2018

 

Membership:              Councillor Murad Gassanly (Chairman), Councillor Heather Acton and Councillor Aziz Toki

 

Legal Adviser:             Barry Panto

Committee Officer:     Kisi Smith-Charlemagne

Presenting Officer:     Samantha Eaton

                                   

 

Relevant Representations:         The Licensing Authority, Environmental Health, Metropolitan Police and two Local Residents

 

Present: Mr Craig Baylis (Solicitor, representing the Applicant), Giovanni Delmino (on behalf of the Applicant company), Miss Daisy Gadd (Licensing Authority), Mr Dave Nevitt (Environmental Health), PC Bryan Lewis (Metropolitan Police) and Richard Brown (CAB Licensing Project representing Liz Callingham)

 

Bag O' Nails, 9 Kingly Street, W1 18/03731/LIPV

 

1.

Conditions being Varied, Added or Removed

 

Current:

 

Proposed:

 

 

 

 

Add the Following Conditions:

 

Model Condition 1

The premises shall install and maintain a comprehensive CCTV system as per the minimum requirements of the Westminster Police Licensing Team. All entry and exit points will be covered enabling frontal identification of every person entering in any light condition. The CCTV system shall continually record whilst the premises is open for licensable activities and during all times when customers remain on the premises. All recordings shall be stored for a minimum period of 31 days with date and time stamping. Viewing of recordings shall be made available immediately upon the request of Police or authorised officer throughout the entire 31 day period.

 

 

Model Condition 2

A staff member from the premises who is conversant with the operation of the CCTV system shall be on the premises at all times when the premises is open. This staff member must be able to provide a Police or authorised council officer copies of recent CCTV images or data with the absolute minimum of delay when requested.

 

 

Condition 25

At least 2 SIA licensed door supervisors shall be on duty at the entrance of the premises at all times whilst it is open for business.

Remove the Following Condition:

 

 

Condition 13

 

Condition 14

 

Condition 21

 

Condition 22

 

Condition 23

 

Condition 24

 

Amendments to application advised at hearing:

 

None

 

 

Decision (including reasons if different from those set out in report):

 

The Sub-Committee considered an application by West End Commercial Properties Ltd, for a premises licence variation in respect of Bag O Nails, 9 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5PH.

 

The Licensing Officer provided an outline of the application to the Sub-Committee.

 

Mr Baylis, representing the applicant, advised the Sub-Committee that the existing licence was old and pre dated the 2003 Licensing Act.  My Baylis further advised the Sub-Committee that the application required a tidy up of the current licence, the removal of some of the old, redundant conditions and the updating of the licence in line with new conditions such as CCTV.  Mr Baylis then went on to discuss the current terminal hours for licensable activities (03:00 Monday-Friday and 23:00 on Saturday) describing the hours as unusual.  Mr Baylis described the premises as a private members club with a capacity limit of over 350, but indicated that it was never used to its full capacity. 

 

My Baylis advised the Sub-Committee that there had been a number of onsite meetings with the Police and Environmental Health (EH) Officers where conditions have been agreed.  The only decision that could not be agreed with the EH, is the last entry time every day at 00:00.  My Baylis informed the Sub-Committee that in terms of the licence, this was a straight swap, changing one day of the week (Monday) when the premises is less busy, for a day when they  would like to take advantage of greater demand (Saturday).  Mr Baylis expressed the view that the premises had been in existence for many years and was exceptional as there had been no problems or complaints regarding the premises in this time.  Mr Baylis also advised that this application was exceptional due to it being a private members club.

 

The Sub-Committee then heard from PC Bryan Lewis from the Metropolitan Police, who advised that this was a policy objection, there were conditions proposed to which the applicant agreed, however due to policy the objection is still maintained.  PC Lewis also confirmed that the police have had no complaints regarding the premises.  Dave Nevitt, representing Environmental Health was invited to speak. Mr Nevitt raised concerns regarding the likely impact on the cumulative impact area and advised that there was the potential for 150 extra people to be active in the cumulative area on a Saturday night. It was felt that this was not a like for like swap. Monday nights are very different from Saturday’s; it was felt that this would be adding more people to an already saturated area.  The Licensing Authority (LA) Officer Daisy Gadd, advised that the LA did not view the trade in operating hours to be exceptional circumstances, however it would be for the Sub-Committee to decide.

 

Richard Brown, from Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB) who represented local resident Liz Callingham, agreed with the applicant’s representative in regards to the current operating hours being usual.  However it was felt that the proposed swap (Monday to Saturday) was not a fair trade. The Sub-Committee was also advised that according to the applicant website, it does not currently open on Monday’s. Mr Brown also referred to WCC licensing policy (2.4.1) regarding the concentration of late night and alcohol led premises and licences and in particular the requirement that applications that were contrary to policy should only be granted in exceptional circumstances.  Mr Brown went on to discuss private member clubs not being exceptional circumstances referring to the 2016 change in policy.  Mr Brown was generally happy with the rest of the conditions but asked the applicant if they would consider keeping condition 22, and especially the provision which required the sale of alcohol to be ancillary to the use of the premises for music and dancing and substantial refreshment.  The applicants agreed to keep condition 22 as this was already a part of their operating model.

 

Local resident Ms Callingham, then addressed the Sub-Committee raising concerns regarding the lack of communication from the applicant prior to the licensing hearing.  Ms Callingham felt that there was a large difference between Monday and Saturday night trading and that the application may be motivated by financial gain at the expense of residents.  The number of people in the areas is growing and everyone is aware of the cumulative impact around Kingly Court.  There is already a problem with cabs and chatting on narrow streets with noise echoing.  Ms Callingham felt there would be 150 more people on the street and crowds attract crime and objected to the application strongly.

 

The Sub-Committee listened to all the evidence presented and advised that good behaviour, good conduct and lack of complaints does not constitute exceptional circumstances that could justify the grant of an application. That is expected from all license holders. The Sub-Committee asked the applicant how they felt 150 people in the cumulative impact area at 03:00 on a Sunday morning would not add to the impact.  Mr Baylis urged the Sub-Committee to consider the likely impact, advising the Sub-Committee that the applicant is able to manage 150 people every other day of the week, so there is unlikely to be any additional impact. The Sub Committee asked additional questions of Mr Delmino regarding the number of members and crowd dispersal routes. The legal adviser to the Licensing Sub-Committee, Barry Panto then addressed the Sub-Committee, making reference to WCC policy (2.4.5) which related to the global and cumulative effect on licencing on the area as a whole.  It is about movement of people who leave those areas. He also referred to the policy regarding proprietary clubs and premises that promote private functions, which stated that they were very likely to contribute to cumulative impact. The Sub-Committee then retired to make its decision. 

 

The Sub-Committee did not grant the amended application in full, as the Sub-Committee felt that a switch of operating hours from a Monday night to a Saturday night would clearly add to the cumulative impact and no exceptional to policy had been shown to justify granting the application. However, policy did allow the variation of an existing licence to within core hours and the Sub-Committee were happy to grant the licences until 00:00 on Saturday night, with an additional 30 minutes for drinking up time, therefore ceasing operations at 00:30.  The Sub-Committee also advised that it would not be removing the 03:00 operating time for Mondays; this would remain in place.  The Sub-Committee encouraged the applicant to continue its current dispersal policy, asking patrons to leave via Regents Street. The Licensing Sub-Committee decided not to impose any further conditions regarding smokers who might congregate outside the premises, but nevertheless expected that the licence holder would manage this so as to ensure that it did not cause any public nuisance. 

 

Overall having listened to all the evidence and concerns raised by all the objectors, including the local residents, the Sub-Committee was satisfied that a small increase in operating hours on a Saturday night so as to match core hours would not add to cumulative impact and could be granted. However, any hours beyond core hours would have added to cumulative impact and would not have promoted the licensing objectives.

 

It was decided to delete most of condition 22 from the existing licence as requested, apart from the key requirement in that condition to the effect that the sale of alcohol must be ancillary to the use of the premises for music and dancing and substantial refreshment. It was decided to remove the other conditions proposed by the applicant but the Licensing Sub-Committee did not impose the additional condition proposed by the applicant which would have required 2 door supervisors to be on duty at the entrance as this was not considered to be appropriate in the circumstances. New CCTV conditions were imposed as offered by the applicant in the application form as were other conditions proposed by Environmental Health that were considered to be appropriate.

 

2.

Sale by Retail of Alcohol – On and Off Sales

 

From

 

Monday 10:00 to 03:00

Saturday 10:00 to 23:00

To

 

Monday 10:00 to 23:00

Saturday 10:00 to 03:00

 

 

 

Amendments to application advised at hearing:

 

None

 

 

Decision (including reasons if different from those set out in report):

 

The Sub-Committee grant part of the application (see reasons for decision in Section 1).

 

3.

Performance of Dance and Live Music (Indoors)

 

From

 

Monday 09:00 to 03:00

Saturday 09:00 to 23:00

To

 

Monday 09:00 to 23:00

Saturday 09:00 to 03:00

 

 

 

Amendments to application advised at hearing:

 

None

 

 

Decision (including reasons if different from those set out in report):

 

The Sub-Committee grant part of the application (see reasons for decision in Section 1).

 

4.

Late Night Refreshment (Indoors)

 

From

 

Monday 23:00 to 03:30

Saturday 23:00 to 23:30

To

 

Monday – Not Required

Saturday 23:00 to 03:30

 

 

 

Amendments to application advised at hearing:

 

None

 

 

Decision (including reasons if different from those set out in report):

 

The Sub-Committee grant part of the application (see reasons for decision in Section 1).

 

5.

Hours Premises Are Open to the Public

 

From

 

Monday 09:00 to 03:30

Saturday 09:00 to 23:00

To

 

Monday 09:00 to 23:30

Saturday 09:00 to 03:30

 

 

 

Amendments to application advised at hearing:

 

None.

 

Decision (including reasons if different from those set out in report):

 

The Sub-Committee granted part of the application (see reasons for decision in Section 1).

 

 

 

Conditions attached to the Licence

Mandatory Conditions

 

1. No supply of alcohol may be made at a time when there is no designated premises supervisor in respect of this licence.

 

2. No supply of alcohol may be made at a time when the designated premises supervisor does not hold a personal licence or the personal licence is suspended.

 

3. Every supply of alcohol under this licence must be made or authorised by a person who holds a personal licence.

 

4. (1) The responsible person must ensure that staff on relevant premises do not carry out, arrange or participate in any irresponsible promotions in relation to the premises.

 

(2) In this paragraph, an irresponsible promotion means any one or more of the following activities, or substantially similar activities, carried on for the purpose of encouraging the sale or supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises—

 

(a) games or other activities which require or encourage, or are designed to require or encourage, individuals to;

 

(i) drink a quantity of alcohol within a time limit (other than to drink alcohol sold or supplied on the premises before the cessation of the period in which the responsible person is authorised to sell or supply alcohol), or

(ii) drink as much alcohol as possible (whether within a time limit or otherwise);

 

(b) provision of unlimited or unspecified quantities of alcohol free or for a fixed or discounted fee to the public or to a group defined by a particular characteristic in a manner which carries a significant risk of undermining a licensing objective;

 

(c) provision of free or discounted alcohol or any other thing as a prize to encourage or reward the purchase and consumption of alcohol over a period of 24 hours or less in a manner which carries a significant risk of undermining a licensing objective;

 

(d) selling or supplying alcohol in association with promotional posters or flyers on, or in the vicinity of, the premises which can reasonably be considered to condone, encourage or glamorise anti-social behaviour or to refer to the effects of drunkenness in any favourable manner;

 

(e) dispensing alcohol directly by one person into the mouth of another (other than where that other person is unable to drink without assistance by reason of a disability).

 

5. The responsible person must ensure that free potable water is provided on request to customers where it is reasonably available.

 

6. (1) The premises licence holder or club premises certificate holder must ensure that an age verification policy is adopted in respect of the premises in relation to the sale or supply of alcohol.

 

(2) The designated premises supervisor in relation to the premises licence must ensure that the supply of alcohol at the premises is carried on in accordance with the age verification policy.

 

(3) The policy must require individuals who appear to the responsible person to be under 18 years of age (or such older age as may be specified in the policy) to produce on request, before being served alcohol, identification bearing their photograph, date of birth and either—

 

(a) a holographic mark, or

(b) an ultraviolet feature.

 

7. The responsible person must ensure that—

 

(a)    where any of the following alcoholic drinks is sold or supplied for consumption on the premises (other than alcoholic drinks sold or supplied having been made up in advance ready for sale or supply in a securely closed container) it is available to customers in the following measures—

 

(i) beer or cider: ½ pint;

(ii) gin, rum, vodka or whisky: 25 ml or 35 ml; and

(iii) still wine in a glass: 125 ml;

 

(b) these measures are displayed in a menu, price list or other printed

material which is available to customers on the premises; and

 

(c) where a customer does not in relation to a sale of alcohol specify the quantity of alcohol to be sold, the customer is made aware that these measures are available.

 

A responsible person in relation to a licensed premises means the holder of the premise licence in respect of the premises, the designated premises supervisor (if any) or any individual aged 18 or over who is authorised by either the licence holder or designated premises supervisor. For premises with a club premises certificate, any member or officer of the club present on the premises in a capacity that which enables him to prevent the supply of alcohol.

 

8(i) A relevant person shall ensure that no alcohol is sold or supplied for consumption on or off the premises for a price which is less than the permitted price.

 

8(ii) For the purposes of the condition set out in paragraph 8(i) above –

 

(a) "duty" is to be construed in accordance with the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979;

 

(b) "permitted price" is the price found by applying the formula - P = D+(DxV)

 

Where -

(i)  P is the permitted price,

(ii) D is the amount of duty chargeable in relation to the alcohol as if the duty were charged on the date of the sale or supply of the alcohol, and

(iii) V is the rate of value added tax chargeable in relation to the alcohol as if the value added tax were charged on the date of the sale or supply of the alcohol;

 

(c) "relevant person" means, in relation to premises in respect of which there is in force a premises licence –

 

(i) the holder of the premises licence,

(ii) the designated premises supervisor (if any) in respect of such a licence, or

(iii) the personal licence holder who makes or authorises a supply of alcohol under such a licence;

 

(d) "relevant person" means, in relation to premises in respect of which there is in force a club premises certificate, any member or officer of the club present on the premises in a capacity which enables the member or officer to prevent the supply in question; and

 

(e) "value added tax" means value added tax charged in accordance with the Value Added Tax Act 1994.

 

8(iii). Where the permitted price given by Paragraph 8(ii)(b) above would (apart from

this paragraph) not be a whole number of pennies, the price given by that subparagraph shall be taken to be the price actually given by that sub-paragraph rounded up to the nearest penny.

 

8(iv). (1) Sub-paragraph 8(iv)(2) below applies where the permitted price given by

Paragraph 8(ii)(b) above on a day ("the first day") would be different from

the permitted price on the next day ("the second day") as a result of a change to the rate of duty or value added tax.

 

(2) The permitted price which would apply on the first day applies to sales or supplies of alcohol which take place before the expiry of the period of 14 days beginning on the second day.

 

9. All persons guarding premises against unauthorised access or occupation or against outbreaks of disorder or against damage (door supervisors) must be licensed by the Security Industry Authority.

 

 

Conditions Consistent with the Operating Schedule

 

10. This licence is subject to all the former Rules of Management for Places of Public Entertainment licensed by Westminster City Council, in force from 4 September 1998 and incorporating amendments agreed by the Council on 25 October 1999, 30 June 2000, 16 January 2001 and 1 October 2001.

 

11. On New Year's Eve the premises can remain open for the purpose of providing regulated entertainment from the time when the provision of regulated entertainment must otherwise cease on New Year's Eve to the time when regulated entertainment can commence on New Year's Day (or until midnight on New Year's Eve where no regulated entertainment takes place on New Year's Day).

 

12. Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule of Management No.6 the premises may remain open for the purposes of this licence from 23:00 on each of the days Monday to Friday to 03:00 on the day following.

 

13. An attendant shall be on duty in the cloakroom during the whole time it is in use.

 

14. The exitway to Beak Street via the open court and Kingly Court shall be maintained readily available and the collapsible gate at the inner end of the arch shall be locked back fully in the open position when the premises are in use.

 

15. The spring keys to the entrance doors of No. 10 Kingly Street be removed and retained in the possession of a responsible person during the whole time the public are on the premises.

 

16. The number of persons accommodated at any one time (excluding staff) shall not exceed the following: Ground floor of Nos. 9 and 10 Kingly Street – 30. Basement of No. 9 Kingly Street and Nos. 12/15 Kingly Court – 120.

 

17. The sale of alcohol must be ancillary to the use of the premises for music and dancing and substantial refreshment.

 

18. The premises shall install and maintain a comprehensive CCTV system as per the minimum requirements of the Westminster Police Licensing Team. All entry and exit points will be covered enabling frontal identification of every person entering in any light condition. The CCTV system shall continually record whilst the premises is open for licensable activities and during all times when customers remain on the premises. All recordings shall be stored for a minimum period of 31 days with date and time stamping. Viewing of recordings shall be made available immediately upon the request of Police or authorised officer throughout the entire 31 day period.

 

19. A staff member from the premises who is conversant with the operation of the CCTV system shall be on the premises at all times when the premises is open. This staff member must be able to provide a Police or authorised council officer copies of recent CCTV images or data with the absolute minimum of delay when requested. 

 

20. The supply of alcohol at the premises shall only be sold for consumption by members and their bona fide guests (not exceeding 4 guests per member). No person shall be admitted to membership of the private club or be entitled to take advantage of any of the privileges of membership without an interval of at least 48 hours between their nomination or application for membership and their admission.

 

21. A list of the names and addresses of members shall be kept on the premises at all times together with a book showing the names and dates of attendance of any guests introduced by members. Both the list and the book shall be produced on demand for inspection by the police or an authorised officer of the Council.

 

22. After 23:00 hours, the supply of alcohol at the premises shall only be to a person seated at a table

 

23. No noise generated on the premises, or by its associated plant or equipment, shall emanate from the premises nor vibration be transmitted through the structure of the premises which gives rise to a nuisance.

 

24. All external doors shall be kept closed after 23:00 hours, or at any time when regulated entertainment takes place, except for the immediate access and egress of persons.

 

25. Notices shall be prominently displayed at all exits requesting patrons to respect the needs of local residents and businesses and leave the area quietly.

 

26. All waste shall be properly presented and placed out for collection no earlier than 30 minutes before the scheduled collection times.

 

27. Patrons permitted to temporarily leave and then re-enter the premises, e.g. to smoke, shall not be permitted to take drinks or glass containers with them.

 

28. During the hours of operation of the premises, the licence holder shall ensure sufficient measures are in place to remove and prevent litter or waste arising or accumulating from customers in the area immediately outside the premises, and that this area shall be swept and or washed, and litter and sweepings collected and stored in accordance with the approved refuse storage arrangements by close

 

29. The approved arrangements at the premises, including means of escape provisions, emergency warning equipment, the electrical installation and mechanical equipment, shall at all material times be maintained in good condition and full working order.

 

30. The means of escape provided for the premises shall be maintained unobstructed, free of trip hazards, be immediately available and clearly identified in accordance with the plans provided.

 

31. All emergency exit doors shall be available at all material times without the use of a key, code, card or similar means.

 

32. All emergency doors shall be maintained effectively self-closing and not held open other than by an approved device.

 

33. The edges of the treads of steps and stairways shall be maintained so as to be conspicuous.

 

 

 

Wards affected: West End;


31/05/2018 - Queens Ice Bowl, Queens Ice Club, 17 Queensway, W2 ref: 899    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Licensing Sub-Committee (5)

Made at meeting: 31/05/2018 - Licensing Sub-Committee (5)

Decision published: 22/08/2018

Effective from: 31/05/2018

Decision:

LICENSING SUB-COMMITTEE No. 5

Thursday 31st May 2018

 

Membership:              Councillor Murad Gassanly (Chairman), Councillor Heather Acton and Councillor Aziz Toki

 

Legal Adviser:             Barry Panto

Committee Officer:     Kisi Smith-Charlemagne

Presenting Officer:     Samantha Eaton

                                   

 

Relevant Representations:         The Licensing Authority, Environmental Health and local residents association.

 

Present:   Mr James Anderson-Poppleston Allen (Solicitor, representing the Applicant), Leisure Box Limited (Applicant), David Devaney (General Manager for applicant company) Miss Daisy Gadd (Licensing Authority), Mr David Nevitt (Environmental Health), Richard Brown (CAB Licensing Project on behalf of SEBRA) and John Zamit (SEBRA)

 

Queens Ice Club, 17 Queensway, London, W2 4QP, (Lancaster Gate Ward/ Queensway & Bayswater Cumulative Impact Area)  18/03595/LIPV

 

1.

To vary the premises licence and for clarity, this is licence number 17/03341/LIPVM:

 

1. To remove condition 11, 12, 13, 16 and 24.

 

2. To remove the first sentence from condition 23 (See details in 1-D).

 

3. To amend condition 41 such that it states as follows:-

In the restaurant area the supply of alcohol at the premises shall only be to a person seated taking a table meal there and for consumption by such a person as ancillary to their meal.

 

4. To extend the red line so that alcohol can be both sold and consumed in the Ice Rink Café, the Ice Rink View Café and the Viewing Gallery areas.

 

5. To extend the existing restaurant area into the current games area.

 

6. To allow the sale and consumption of alcohol in the Ice Rink shown hatched blue on the plan limited to when there is a pre-booked private function.

 

7. To add the following conditions to promote the licensing objectives

 

a. The sale and consumption of alcohol in the Ice Rink shaded blue on the plan will only take place when there is a pre-booked private function using the Ice Rink.

 

b. In the Ice Rink Café and the Ice Rink View Café and the related Viewing Gallery areas the supply of alcohol will only be to a person seated taking a table meal there and for consumption by such a person as ancillary to their meal until 7pm.

 

8.  All licensable activities and permitted hours and opening hours to remain as existing. All other conditions are to remain as existing subject to comments made by the Environmental Health Officer with whom there has been a pre-application meeting.

 

 

Amendments to application advised at hearing:

 

None

 

 

Decision (including reasons if different from those set out in report):

 

The Sub-Committee considered an application by Leisurebox Limited Ltd, for a premises licence variation in respect of Queens Ice Club, 17 Queensway, London, W2 4QP.  The Licensing Officer provided an outline of the application to the Sub-Committee.

 

The applicant’s representative, Mr Anderson, advised the Sub-Committee that an issue has arisen and that he was asking for an adjournment.  He was of the view that one of the conditions (41) which the applicant was requesting to be amended, should already be a condition within the current licence and this would need further investigation. This impacted on the adverse impression that would be given regarding other areas of the premises near to the main restaurant area.

 

Mr Panto, the legal adviser to the Licensing Sub-Committee, confirmed that he was aware of a previous variation decision that appeared to have been granted under delegated authority and which was not reflected on the current licence.   

 

The Sub-Committee agreed to adjourn the application to a later date, agreed as 21st June 2018.

 

2.

Sale by Retail of Alcohol; Late Night Refreshment; the Performance of dance and live music; the Playing of recorded music and the provision of private entertainment with a view to profit.

 

To extend the area of the premises where the activities could take place so as to include the Ice Rink Café, the Rink View Café and the Viewing gallery (with the consumption of alcohol being ancillary to a table meal until 7pm) and to extend the area for the sale and consumption of alcohol to the Ice Rink Area when a pre-booked planning function was taking place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wards affected: Lancaster Gate;


22/08/2018 - Expenditure from the Queens Park Ward Budget Floating Classrooms ref: 936    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community

Decision published: 22/08/2018

Effective from: 22/08/2018

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community approved expenditure of £10,225 in respect of the proposal detailed in the report.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The expenditure will help address the priority of improving local amenities within the Queens Park Ward.

Lead officer: Janis Best


21/08/2018 - Response to petition: To prioritise the site of Balmoral Castle pub on Churchill Gardens estate for new-build sheltered housing ref: 935    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 21/08/2018

Effective from: 21/08/2018

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration;

 

·                     Acknowledged the dilapidated condition of the building and the ongoing costs to keep the building safe and secure

·                    Recognised the potential of the site to contribute to the Council’s ambitions to deliver an increase in levels of affordable housing for the residents of Westminster

·                     Committed to engaging with the local community and ward members on the opportunities achievable on this site

·                     Acknowledged the need for more sheltered and other supportive accommodation in this area

 

Reasons for Decision 

 

Following full consideration of the petition it was considered that there are clear imperatives to consider opportunities to the site as it not feasible or desirable to maintain the site in its current state. The ongoing costs to secure the building do not represent value for money.

Wards affected: Churchill;


21/08/2018 - Letting for operational purposes in SE8

Cabinet Member approval sought.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision due date: 18/09/2018

Lead officer: Alan Rhind

Notice of decision: 21/08/2018

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


16/08/2018 - Request Approval to Award Contract for Westminster Advice Services

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community

Decision due date: Before 16/09/2018

Notice of decision: 16/08/2018


13/08/2018 - Westminster Community Homes - Funding requirements for spot purchases used as affordable housing ref: 933    Recommendations Approved

Approval of Cabinet Members sought for funding requirements for spot purchases used as affordable housing.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 13/08/2018

Effective from: 21/08/2018

Decision:

1.            That the financial appendices attached to this report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3, in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

2.            That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and  Regeneration and the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services approved a funding contribution of £5.237m be provided from the Affordable Housing Fund to Westminster Community Homes towards 34 properties purchased by Westminster Community Homes for use as affordable housing.

 

Reasons for Decision 

1.         The provision of funding by the City Council to Westminster Community Homes assists in the delivery of additional affordable homes in the city and also helps with land assembly in those areas of the City where regeneration is planned.

2.         It is a permitted use of the Affordable Housing Fund to finance the delivery of new affordable housing in Westminster.


09/08/2018 - Somerset House Studies - Final Stage Space ref: 932    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community

Decision published: 09/08/2018

Effective from: 17/08/2018

Decision:

Recommendations

The Cabinet Member was asked to approve:

·         The submission of a deed of variation which re-profiled spend from the Marylebone Flyover to the Somerset House Project.

·         The transfer £250k of NHB funding currently allocated to Marylebone Flyover to Somerset House in the form of a conditional grant.

Reasons for Decision 

1.            The report proposed support needed for affordable space for start-up businesses. This would:

·         Continue to address the market failure of lack of affordable and flexible space for start-up businesses.

·         Support socio-economically disadvantaged residents who had entrepreneurial aspirations

·         Retain and enhance Westminster’s creative and cultural skills base

·         Create new jobs through increased business survival rates in start-up businesses, attract new start-up businesses to locate and stay in Westminster and add to the vitality of the local economy.

2.            The proposed approach was similar to enterprise space created previously by Somerset House Studios, which had effectively supported entrepreneurs. The model had been compared with other local authority supported enterprise spaces and was found to secure significant economic impact and value for money.

 

3.            In 2017, a feasibility study was completed for the conversion of Marylebone Flyover into an enterprise space. The study found that the amount of space created was too small to make a viable business case. As a result, the team had explored alternative projects that delivered the outputs required by the New Homes Bonus funding agreement and which can use investment before the deadline to return any unspent funds – the end of this financial year. The final phase of Somerset House meets these objectives and delivers the project outputs within the required time frame. The reallocation of funding had been discussed with the GLA, the original funders, and they were in agreement in principle of the Deed of Variation set out in Appendix C. 

Lead officer: Barbara Brownlee


09/08/2018 - Implementation of Strategic Housing Options for Older Persons programme.: Carlton Dene and Westmead ref: 931    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought for implementation of strategic housing options for the Older Persons Programme.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health

Decision published: 09/08/2018

Effective from: 17/08/2018

Decision:

Recommendations

 

1.    That this report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3 (as amended), in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

2.        That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration and the Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health, and the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services.

 

1.            Agree to proceed with the consultation strategy with residents and stakeholders over the future of Carlton Dene and Westmead Care Homes.

2.            Agree to proceed with consultation for the residents and stakeholders at Peebles House over the future of their homes, including consultation with the Carlton Vale Resident Management Organisation and residents of the Carlton Vale Estate.

3.            Cabinet Members note expenditure of £0.197m to date and approve additional expenditure of £0.901m to progress the scheme to OBC stage. This will increase the total authorisation to spend for Carlton Dene and Westmead to £1.098m.

4.            Approval to acquire by agreement the leasehold property at Peebles House where a sale is contemplated by the leaseholder before the emerging option for Carlton Dene was identified.

5.            Agree that the Council’s leaseholder and tenant decant policies for Housing Renewal Areas will represent the Council’s offer for leaseholders and tenants at Carlton Dene if redevelopment was identified for Peebles House.

Reasons for Decision

 

The proposed key drivers to decision making were:

 

1.            Provide more high quality extra care and supported living accommodation in the City.

2.            Provide more homes of all tenures in the City (for sale, market rent and subsidised rent).

3.            Provide new sub-market homes in line with the Council’s planning policy.

4.            Improve the environmental performance of Council properties, saving energy and money.

5.            Give residents of current care homes confidence that they can live with dignity in a safe, secure setting with the minimum disruption consistent with having contemporary standards of accommodation and amenity.

6.            Offer current Council tenants and residents leaseholders the chance to stay in their current neighbourhood should they wish.

7.            Improve the quality of the built environment and enhance neighbourhoods.

8.            Deliver viable options which take into account the duty of the Council to safeguard the public purse.


16/10/2018 - Proposed LIP3 Delivery Plan document ref: 951    Recommendations Approved

The City Council is obliged to submit a draft transport projects Local Implementation Plan 3 (LIP3) Delivery Plan document to TfL by 2 November 2018. This report is presented to the Cabinet Member for Environment & City Management. It will also be copied to All Members for their information and to incorporate any comments they may raise.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management

Decision published: 09/08/2018

Effective from: 24/10/2018

Decision:

Recommendations

Cabinet Member approved the spend of TfL granted Capital expenditure of £3,133,000 per annum for the next three year period 2019/20 to 2021/22, which is specifically for the LIP3 ‘Corridors and Neighbourhoods’ sub Programme.

 

Cabinet Members considered and noted the appended draft LIP3 Delivery Plan document. This highlights the proposed Capital expenditure for the four other LIP3 sub programmes namely: The Liveable Neighbourhoods Programme, The Principle Carriageway Renewal and Bridges and Structures Programme, The Cycle Network Programme and The Bus Priority Programme. All of which will be fully determined by separate Cabinet Member Decision Reports submitted over the next three years.

 

Cabinet Member’s considered and noted the modest Consultation plan set out in Section 9 of this report.

 

Reasons for Decision 

 

The City Council is obliged to submit a new statutory LIP3 Delivery Plan programme to TfL for consideration and ultimate approval by February 2019 and the enclosed draft Delivery Plan programme document would fulfil this objective. Failure to do so would prevent TfL from releasing the allocated Capital funds to the City Council.

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Hugh Brennan


17/07/2018 - 52 Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3EE ref: 919    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Made at meeting: 17/07/2018 - Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Decision published: 07/08/2018

Effective from: 17/07/2018

Decision:

Application 1: Use of ground floor as a mixed retail/restaurant use (sui generis) with new ducting at the rear and retractable awnings to the front and side elevation.

 

Application 2: Display of 3no. externally illuminated fascia signs measuring 0.3m x 2.5m, 0.4m x 2.8m and 0.3 x 2.5m.

 

Additional representations were received from 3 local residents (30 June 2018, 7 July 2018 and 9 July 2018).

 

Late representations were received from the applicant (13.07.2018) and a local resident (16.07.2018).

 

Councillor Harvey, who had earlier declared an interest in this item, withdrew from the Committee and addressed the Committee in her capacity as a Ward Member to represent residents objecting to the application. She then left the room during consideration of this application.

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY:

 

1.            That Application 1 be refused on the grounds of loss of retail, impact on local residents and their local amenity in respect of noise, vibrations and odours in respect of the proposed kitchen extract duct and the proposed awnings would harm the appearance of the building and fail to maintain or improve (preserve or enhance) the character and appearance of the Pimlico Conservation Area.

 

2.            That conditional advertisement consent be granted.

Wards affected: Warwick;


17/07/2018 - 5 Duke's Mews, London, W1U 3ES ref: 915    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Made at meeting: 17/07/2018 - Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Decision published: 07/08/2018

Effective from: 17/07/2018

Decision:

Use of the building as a day nursery (Class D1).

 

Additional representations were received from Howard de Walden Estate Ltd (11.07.2018), the Marylebone Mums and Dads Community Group (undated), an interested party (06.07.2018) and the Marylebone Village Nursery School (undated).

 

Late representations were received from Legal Services (17.07.2018), the manager of Henley Village Nursery School (16.07.2018), a local resident (undated) and Lancaster Hall Hotel (13.07.2018).

 

Councillor Bott, who had earlier declared an interest in this item, withdrew from the Committee and addressed the Committee in his capacity as a Ward Member in support of the application. He then left the room during consideration of this application.

 

Councillor Harvey then assumed the role of Chairman for this item.

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY:

 

1.            That it was agreed that the benefits of providing a replacement day nursery outweigh the policy presumption to protect the existing residential use.

 

2.            That conditional permission be granted, subject to the deletion of condition 4.

Wards affected: Marylebone High Street;


17/07/2018 - 1 Wood's Mews, London, W1K 7DL ref: 916    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Made at meeting: 17/07/2018 - Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Decision published: 07/08/2018

Effective from: 17/07/2018

Decision:

Demolition of the existing building and erection of a three storey building with basement, terraces at rear first and second floor level roof for use as a single family dwelling house (Class C3); new canopy on the west elevation, and green roof.

 

An additional representation was received from a local resident (3 July 2018).

 

RESOLVED (Councillors Bott, Harvey and Short in favour and Councillor Barraclough against):

 

That the application be deferred for the applicant to consider a re-design of all three frontages.

Wards affected: West End;


17/07/2018 - 53 Chandos Place, London, WC2N 4HS ref: 917    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Made at meeting: 17/07/2018 - Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Decision published: 07/08/2018

Effective from: 17/07/2018

Decision:

Use of the basement, ground to fourth floor of the building as a hotel (Class C1) with ancillary cafe at ground floor level. External alterations to include 5 no. new windows on the west elevation and installation of acoustic louvres and photovoltaics at roof level. Alterations to windows on the rear elevation and provision of a louvred screen (ground to fifth floor level) fronting rear courtyard area and alterations to rear courtyard area.

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY:

 

That conditional permission be granted, subject to an additional condition to prevent guest access to the rear courtyard, except to use the bicycle parking facilities

Wards affected: St James's;


17/07/2018 - 4 Bingham Place, London, W1U 5AT ref: 918    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Made at meeting: 17/07/2018 - Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Decision published: 07/08/2018

Effective from: 17/07/2018

Decision:

Demolition of 4 Bingham Place behind retained front facade and roof; erection of replacement three storey dwelling (Class C3) with one new basement level. Additional basement excavation and rear extensions on ground to second floors at 19 Nottingham Place in connection with the existing hotel use (Class C1). (Site includes 19 Nottingham Place).

 

Councillor Bott, who had earlier declared an interest in this item, withdrew from the Committee and addressed the Committee in his capacity as a Ward Member to raise concerns about the impact on local residents during construction. He then left the room during consideration of this application.

 

Councillor Harvey then assumed the role of Chairman for this item.

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY:

 

That conditional permission be granted, subject to an informative requiring the applicant to adhere to the Code of Construction Practice.

Wards affected: Marylebone High Street;


17/07/2018 - Declarations of Interest ref: 914    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Made at meeting: 17/07/2018 - Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Decision published: 07/08/2018

Effective from: 17/07/2018

Decision:

2.1      Councillor Iain Bott explained that a week before the meeting, all four Members of the Committee were provided with a full set of papers including a detailed officer’s report on each application; together with bundles of every single letter or e-mail received in respect of every application, including all letters and e-mails containing objections or giving support. Members of the Committee read through everything in detail prior to the meeting.  Accordingly, if an issue or comment made by a correspondent was not specifically mentioned at this meeting in the officers’ presentation or by Members of the Committee, it did not mean that the issue had been ignored.  Members will have read about the issue and comments made by correspondents in the papers read prior to the meeting.

 

2.2      Councillor Bott then made the following further declarations as they related to the specific applications on the agenda:

 

            Item 1: That the application site is in his Ward, that he knows the applicant who is a next door neighbour and a friend, and that he will withdraw from the Committee for this item and address the Committee in his capacity as a Ward Councillor.

 

            Item 2: That Councillor Geoff Barraclough, Councillor Selina Short and himself had undertaken a site visit on 17 July 2018.

 

            Item 4: That the application site in his Ward and that he will withdraw from the Committee for this item and address the Committee in his capacity as a Ward Councillor.

 

2.3      Councillor Geoff Barraclough declared that in respect of item 8, that he knew the previous landlord and was Chairman of the ACV Committee of which is no longer involved, although his wife is. Councillor Barraclough stated that he does not know the current landlord, however he does still use the premises. Councillor Barraclough stated that he would be withdrawing from the Committee during consideration of this item as he felt that it would be appropriate to do so.

 

2.4       Councillor Angela Harvey declared that in respect of item 5, the application site is in her Ward and that she will withdraw from the Committee for this item to address the Committee in her capacity as a Ward Councillor.


17/07/2018 - 3 Abbey Road, London, NW8 9AY ref: 920    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Made at meeting: 17/07/2018 - Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Decision published: 07/08/2018

Effective from: 17/07/2018

Decision:

Variation of Condition 7 of planning permission dated 28 March 2017 (RN 16/07867/FULL) which varied Condition 1 of planning permission dated 2 July 2015 (RN: 14/11186/FULL) for the reconfiguration and expansion of facilities for music recording and production at No.3 Abbey Road comprising erection of a new recording studio to rear of No.5 Abbey Road; conversion of existing garage building facing Hill Road to form new recording studio and addition of pitched roof structure; new gate to Hill Road frontage of site; enlargement of single storey block adjacent to boundary with Abbey House and erection of extension to accommodate new transformer; erection of single storey extension to rear of Studio 2; use of lower ground floor of No.5 Abbey Road as a gift shop (Class A1) with associated alterations to form access and new landscaping to the front of No.5; installation of new mechanical plant equipment; new landscaping; and internal alterations, including to Studios 2 and 3; NAMELY, to extend the opening hours of the retail shop at No.5 Abbey Road from between 09.30 and 19.00 Monday to Saturday and between 10.00 and 18.00 on Sundays to between 09.00 and 20.00 Monday to Saturday and between 10.00 and 18.00 on Sundays.

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY:

 

That conditional permission be granted.

Wards affected: Abbey Road;


17/07/2018 - 55 Shirland Road, London, W9 2JD ref: 921    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Made at meeting: 17/07/2018 - Planning Applications Sub-Committee (3)

Decision published: 07/08/2018

Effective from: 17/07/2018

Decision:

Use of the public highway measuring 9.1m x 1.9m outside public house for the placing of 4 tables and 14 chairs.

 

Additional representation was received from Councillor Melvyn Caplan (10.07.2018), the Highways Planning Officer (09.07.2018) and a local resident (undated).

 

Councillor Barraclough, who had earlier declared an interest in respect of this application, withdrew from the Committee and took no part in discussion during consideration of this item.

 

The presenting officer tabled the following additional condition:

 

7.         Whenever the tables and chairs are placed on the highway, you must comply with the Front Area Management Statement.

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY:

 

That conditional permission be granted, subject to an additional condition 7 as set out above.

Wards affected: Little Venice;


02/08/2018 - Community Benefit Fund

Cabinet Member approval sought.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision due date: 02/09/2018

Notice of decision: 02/08/2018

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


02/08/2018 - Traffic Management Orders on Housing Estate Land

Seeking approval to implement Traffic Management Orders on Westminster City Council housing estate land to enable effective parking controls and enforcement of non-compliance.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management, Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision due date: 29/08/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Darren Montague

Notice of decision: 02/08/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


30/07/2018 - Lisson Arches Enterprise Space

Cabinet Member approval sought.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration, Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision due date: Not before 27/08/2018

Wards affected: Church Street;

Notice of decision: 30/07/2018

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


26/07/2018 - Westminster Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Pooled Section 106 Funding – Project Allocations (Q1) ref: 928    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks to allocate funding from CIL to infrastructure projects to support growth in Westminster following receipt of monies from development.

Decision Maker: Cabinet CIL Committee

Decision published: 26/07/2018

Effective from: 03/08/2018

Decision:

The Cabinet CIL Committee:

 

1.              Approved the expenditure of £4.952m from Westminster’s City CIL Strategic Portion as set out in Section 5.2 of the report. This includes the allocation of funding for the following projects set out in Appendix B to the report.

(i)          Bourchier Street Public Realm (Appendix B, Project 1)

(ii)         Drainage Further Works Programme (Appendix B, Project 2)

(iii)       Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (Appendix B, Project 3)

(iv)       CCTV and Lining Programme (Appendix B, Project 4)

(v)        Hyde Park Ward Pedestrian Improvements (Appendix B, Project 5)

(vi)       Neat Streets 2 (Appendix B, Project 6)

(vii)     Riding House Street (Appendix B, Project 7)

(viii)    Strand and Piccadilly Road – SCADA (Appendix B, Project 8)

(ix)       Shaftesbury Avenue Carriageway Resurfacing (Appendix B, Project 9)

(x)        Smart Lighting and Asset Condition Indices (Appendix B, Project 10)

(xi)       St. George’s Drive/ Warwick Way Junction (Appendix B, Project 11)

(xii)     Parks and Gardens Lighting Upgrade (Appendix B, Project 12)

(xiii)    Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) (Appendix B, Project 13)

(xiv)   Victoria Embankment (Lion Heads Moorings) (Appendix B, Project 14)

(xv)     Paddington Recreation Ground (Appendix B, Project 15)

(xvi)   ARK Atwood School Roof Garden (Appendix B, Project 16)

(xvii)  Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) (Appendix B, Project 17)

(xviii)    Oxford Street Catenary Infrastructure (Appendix B, Project 18)

(xix)       St. Vincent’s Catholic Primary School (Appendix B, Project 19)

 

2.              Approvd the expenditure of £0.200m from Section 106 funds held for the purposes of the Paddington Social and Community Fund Account (PS&CFA) as set out in Section 6.2 of the report. This includes the allocation of funding for the following projects set out in Appendix B to the report:

(i)              Tollgate Gardens Community Centre (Appendix B, Project 20)

 

3.              Considered the update on Councillor proposed priority projects, as set out in Section 7 of the report and Appendix C, and noted progress.

4.              Noted the neighbourhood portion of CIL received to date as set out in Section 8 of the report and Appendix D to the report.

5.              Considered the governance proposals for the neighbourhood portion of CIL as set out in Section 8 of the report and Appendix E to the report.

Reasons for Decision 

 

In order 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.

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Michael Clarkson


26/07/2018 - Revision of the Council's National Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary Relief Guidelines in respect of the Local Discretionary Business Rate Revaluation Relief scheme for 2018/19 ref: 930    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought for revision of the Council’s National Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary Relief Guidelines.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 26/07/2018

Effective from: 26/07/2018

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration approved the revised National Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary Relief guidelines as shown in Appendix A of the report.

Reason for Decision 

The proposed guidelines at Appendix A of the report will, by providing criteria to be considered when making decisions, assist with robust and consistent decision-making.


25/07/2018 - Strand Enterprise Space

Approval for the refurbishment of a new enterprise space within the Stand.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community

Decision due date: 31/07/2018

Wards affected: West End;

Lead officer: David Wilkins

Notice of decision: 25/07/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


25/07/2018 - Rating Advisory Panel 17/7/18: Determination of NNDR Discretionary and Hardship Relief Applications ref: 929    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 25/07/2018

Effective from: 25/07/2018

Decision:

1.         That this report and appendices be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A, Part 1, Paragraph 3, as amended, in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of an individual.

 

2.        That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration approved the recommendations of the Rating Advisory Panel held on 17 July 2018 and determined the applications for National Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary and Hardship relief as set out in Appendix A of the report.

Reasons for Decision

 

The Rating Advisory Panel has set out the reasons for the recommendations in each case considered by the Panel in the recommendations in Appendix A of the report.


23/07/2018 - Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel: (10.07.2018) Determination of Discretionary Housing Payment Review Applications ref: 926    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought for recommendations of the Panel held on 10 July 2018.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 23/07/2018

Effective from: 23/07/2018

Decision:

1.         That Appendix A to this report be exempt from public disclosure by virtue of paragraph 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 because the applications involve the likely disclosure of exempt information relating to an individual.

           

2.         That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration approved the recommendations of the Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel meeting of 12 July 2018.

 

Reasons for Decision 

The Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel has set out the reasons for the recommendations in each case considered by the Panel in the recommendations in Appendix A of the report, which are more fully set out in the case papers submitted to the Panel.

 


23/07/2018 - Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel: (05.06.2018) Determination of Discretionary Housing Payment Review Applications ref: 925    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought for recommendations of the Panel held on 5 June 2018.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 23/07/2018

Effective from: 23/07/2018

Decision:

1.         That Appendix A to this report be exempt from public disclosure by virtue of paragraph 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 because the applications involve the likely disclosure of exempt information relating to an individual.

           

2.         That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration approved the recommendations of the Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel meeting of 5 June 2018.

 

Reasons for Decision 

The Discretionary Housing Payment Review Advisory Panel has set out the reasons for the recommendations in each case considered by the Panel in the recommendations in Appendix A of the report, which are more fully set out in the case papers submitted to the Panel.


23/07/2018 - Rating Advisory Panel 12/6/18: Determination of NNDR Discretionary and Hardship Relief Applications ref: 927    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 23/07/2018

Effective from: 23/07/2018

Decision:

1.         That this report and appendices be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A, Part 1, Paragraph 3, as amended, in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of an individual.

 

2.        That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration approved the recommendations of the Rating Advisory Panel held on 12 June 2018 and determined the applications for National Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary and Hardship relief as set out in Appendix A of the report.

Reasons for Decision

 

The Rating Advisory Panel has set out the reasons for the recommendations in each case considered by the Panel in the recommendations in Appendix A of the report.


23/07/2018 - Continued investment into St Mungo’s Real Lettings property Investment Fund to provide a further 47 family sized units of accommodation with support ref: 924    Recommendations Approved

This represents a further investment into an established social property fund led by St Mungo’s which will secure an additional 47 properties for use by homeless families with support provided by St Mungo’s. The Council has already invested £15m in the scheme in January 2017 and this would represents a further similar investment.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision published: 23/07/2018

Effective from: 31/07/2018

Decision:

1.         That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services granted project approval for the Real Lettings initiative as set out in this report to enable the Council to enter into agreements with Resonance and St Mungo’s.

 

2.        That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services approved the investment of £15m into a Property Fund to support Homelessness.

 

3.         That Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services delegated authority to the Executive Director, Growth Planning and Housing and the City Treasurer to enter into contractual agreements for this investment.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

1.            This initiative is required to deliver additional affordable, suitable private sector accommodation to allow the council to meet its homelessness duties at a cost it can sustain against the background of:

·         An increasingly difficult market, marked by rapid increases in rent costs

·         The likelihood of increased numbers of households accepted as being homelessness

·         Changes to national policy and legislation likely - in the short term at least – to constrain the supply of social rented housing, and

·         A shift in emphasis in homelessness policy towards use of resources to prevention.

 

2.         This decision is necessary in order to fulfil the Council’s statutory duties to house persons who are defined as homeless under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 and reduce the costs of fulfilling that duty.

 

3.         This investment provides a cost effective alternative to Temporary Accommodation and provides an additional source of good quality accommodation within London for families in housing need.

 

4.         This represents a positive investment for the Council compared with purchasing properties and providing support itself, continuing to provide long-term Temporary Accommodation.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Greg Roberts


20/07/2018 - Passenger Transport Taxi Framework Award ref: 923    Recommendations Approved

To seek approval to appoint a number of suppliers onto a Framework for the provision of Passenger Transport Taxi services for eligible children, young people and vulnerable adults in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) and Westminster City Council (WCC).

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management

Decision published: 20/07/2018

Effective from: 28/07/2018

Decision:

1.1.       It was recommended that the Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health and the Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community, approve the following decisions:

1.2.       The establishment of a Passenger Transport Taxi Framework, to be used by both WCC and RBKC via an Inter-Authority agreement.

 

1.3.       The appointment of the following suppliers, to Lot 1 - Regular and Scheduled Taxi Provision of the Passenger Transport Taxi Framework for the duration of the four-year Framework:

 

·         Chequers Transport Ltd

·         Green Tomato Cars Limited

·         HATS Group Ltd

·         Jimac Radio Cars Ltd

·         London Hire Community Services Ltd

·         London VIP Cars

·         Olimpicars Limited

·         One Transport Ltd

·         Westway CT Trading Ltd

 

1.4.       The appointment of the following suppliers, to Lot 2 - Ad-hoc Taxi Provision of the Passenger Transport Taxi Framework for the duration of the four-year Framework:

·         Chequers Transport Ltd

·         Dial-a-Cab Limited

·         Green Tomato Cars Ltd

·         HATS Group Ltd

·         Jimac Radio Cars Ltd

·         London VIP Cars

·         Olimpicars Ltd

·         One Transport Ltd

·         Q-Despatch (West) Ltd

·         Westway CT Trading Ltd

 

1.5.       Approval for the following selection methods for the award of call-off contracts for both Lot 1 - Regular and Scheduled Taxi Provision and Lot 2 - Ad-hoc Taxi Provision:

i.              That the ranking of taxi suppliers (as detailed in the exempt section of this report) be used to award all taxi contracts for both Lot 1 - Regular and Scheduled Taxi Provision and Lot 2 - Ad-hoc Taxi Provision according to their ranked positions, unless a mini-competition is required as outlined in the recommendation ii below.

ii.             That for out-of-Borough, longer distance, and TUPE-related contracts, and when in the Council’s interests to do so, suppliers on the relevant Lot of the Framework will be invited to participate in a mini-competition. 

 

iii.            That the decision to award and enter into call-off contract, valued at £100,000 and under, be delegated from the Corporate Leadership Team to the Head of Travel Care or in his/her absence the Assistant Director of Integrated Commissioning, to ensure transport is delivered to service users in a timely and efficient manner.  Should any taxi contract be valued at £100,000 or more, that this contract will be awarded by the Executive Management Team in accordance with the WCC Procurement Code.

 

1.6.       That approval was given for WCC to enter into an Inter-Authority agreement with RBKC to enable both Councils to call contracts off the WCC Framework, and to share taxi routes where appropriate.

1.7.       In order to aid efficient future decision-making, given the possibility of fluctuating demand, to approve the delegation to the Assistant Director for the Integrated Commissioning Directorate to review and approve all minor contract variations (up to 10% of the contract value) to ensure they are a compliant modification, whilst also ensuring that there is no disruption of service to vulnerable service users. 

 

Reasons for Decision

 

Reasons for re-procurement and establishment of Framework

 

1.8.       The Local Authority has a statutory duty to provide home to school transport provisions as per the Education Act 1996. Both Councils have a Travel Assistance Policy which clearly sets out these duties, together with further information via the Local Offer. The Travel Assistance policies can be found in the background papers appended to this report.

 

1.9.       For Adults, the Care Act 2014 stipulates a duty to Local Authorities to meet assessed needs, and while transport is not prescribed provision, it may be one way of meeting people’s assessed needs and preferences relating to their personal outcomes towards independence and engagement with the community.

 

1.10.    The West London Alliance (WLA) framework which service the existing taxi contracts expired in July 2016. RBKC and WCC extended current Taxi contracts under the WLA framework to July 2018, the maximum contract length possible.

 

1.11.   The re-procurement provides RBKC and WCC with an opportunity, through more detailed service specifications, to formalise current quality standards and to incorporate the feedback from consultation and engagement with stakeholders.

 

Reasons for delegated authority to call-off contracts from the Framework

1.12.   The approval of delegations to award call-off contracts under the Passenger Transport Taxi Framework, outlined in section 2 of this report, will enable the service to:

·         Align statutory passenger transport provision with the current practice of delegating authority to award care placements to the Director of Family Services based on the needs of children and young people;

·         Offer a quality passenger transport taxi service that is responsive, flexible and offers real-time provision to meet the needs of the child, young person or vulnerable adult;

·         Ensure that the volume of call-off contracts required at the beginning of the new academic year in September is provided without delay or disruption to children and young people’s needs;

·         Meet the changing demands of passenger transport on an ongoing basis in a timely and efficient manner;

·         Achieve best value for the Councils by ensuring that out of borough, longer distance and TUPE related contracts are subject to mini-competition, and;

·         Ensure that taxi contracts can be modified to support the Councils’ fluctuating demands and achieve best value for money through route optimisation whilst also ensuring consistency of service.

Reasons for Inter Authority Agreement

1.13.    The shared service re-procurement on a Bi-Borough basis between RBKC and WCC requires the development of a new Inter Authority Agreement between the two Boroughs to enable them both to operate effectively under the Framework.

1.14.    It is proposed that WCC will call-off from the Framework on behalf of itself and RBKC. The Inter-Authority Agreement will therefore sets out the contractual relationship between the two Councils including how contracts are called off the Framework; how the Councils co-operate to manage the services through the Travel Care and Support Team; WCC’s responsibilities to operate the contract on behalf of RBKC; how any defaults or performance issues by a supplier are  managed; RBKC’s obligations to co-operate and comply with the terms of the call-off; the liability between the two Councils; and how any disputes between the Councils are resolved.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Annabel Saunders


19/07/2018 - Dudley House - Operating Lease Appointment ref: 922    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet Member approval sought for operating lease appointment.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision published: 19/07/2018

Effective from: 27/07/2018

Decision:

1.            That this report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3 (as amended), in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

2.            That the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regenerationauthorised the City Council to enter into an Operating Lease with the preferred bidder for 6 years, 364 days for a total net rent as detailed in the report.

 

3.            That he Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration agreed to delegate authority to the Director of Property, Investment and Estates, working collaboratively with the Director of Development, to negotiate and enter into the Agreement for Lease and Operating Lease with the preferred bidder with the final figure not to vary from the total net rent detailed in the report by no more than 5%. 

 

Reasons for Decision

 

Westminster City Council (WCC) require a quality building operating to manage the Dudley House scheme and relationships with the school, church and retail operators. WCC will be transferring all risk associated with the management of the building to the operator, however will retain insurance obligations over the structure. The full operating lease will cover these obligations.

 


09/07/2018 - Ebury Bridge: Estate Renewal ref: 910    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet approval sought for Ebury Bridge Estate Regeneration.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 10/07/2018

Effective from: 17/07/2018

Decision:

2.1           Cabinet agreed to:

 

1.1     Take forward Scenario 7 as the preferred development scenario. 

1.2     Concluded the Outline Business Case (Part 1).

1.3     Agreed to extend the re-development boundary to the area needed by the preferred scenario. Please note this land is held freehold by the Council.

1.4     Authorised Officers to enter into voluntary negotiations with residents and retailers to acquire all interests in scenario 7 by agreement at open market value together with compensation commensurate with that payable under compulsory purchase provisions.

1.5     Agreed to extend rehousing commitments to both tenants and leaseholders contained in new development boundary.

1.6     Authorised determination/future agreement of commercial leases in line with retail strategy.

1.7     Agreed to voids no longer being let on residential secure tenancies.

1.8     Authorised tender and commencement of enabling and demolition works including initial demolition notices on void properties to de-risk unknowns and accelerate a start on site in dialogue with Community Future Group (CFG).

1.9     Authorised the implementation of a Meanwhile Use strategy in partnership with the CFG for temporary uses on cleared areas.

1.10    Agreed for a Cabinet Member decision in October 2018 to select a preferred delivery route that will be supported by the Outline Business Case (Part 2).

1.11    Agreed to the need for external procurement, property and legal advice associated with the delivery of the overall project.

 

 

1.       The Ebury Bridge Estate is one of the five priority estates identified in the Council’s Housing Renewal Strategy (2010) as needing significant improvement and investment. In line with the Council’s City for All objectives, the overarching objective of regenerating Ebury Bridge Estate is to create a comprehensive renewal that brings about physical, economic and sustainable change that creates additional homes and improves the lives of residents, businesses and visitors alike.

 

2.       Scenario 7 is viewed as the preferred approach following the extensive resident consultation.  It brings about the most beneficial changes when judged against the developed scenario assessment (see summary matrix at Appendix C).  This assessment incorporates an evaluation of Viability, Desirability and Deliverability across the eight scenarios and is supported by:

·       The wide-ranging consultation process with residents and businesses;

·       Soft Market testing within the development market,;

·       The feasibility work completed by the Council led design team and the review;of the five cases within the Outline Business Case (Part 1).

 

3.       Scenario 7 provides a compelling case in the public interest for regenerationafter a period of resident consultation including a 6 week consultation on the preferred scenario. This scenario will involve comprehensive estate renewal through the creation of 750 homes, including 342 affordable homes, community facilities, retail accommodation and improved public realm, subject to planning.  Further design work will involve further consultation with residents and the wider community.

 

 

Wards affected: Churchill;

Lead officer: Barbara Brownlee


26/06/2018 - Commemorative Green Plaque on the site of the former Paddington Town Hall ref: 908    Recommendations Approved

Westminster Commemorative Green Plaque for the site of the former Paddington Town Hall at Hermitage Street, W2.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning

Decision published: 26/06/2018

Effective from: 26/06/2018

Decision:

Notice is hereby given that Richard Beddoe, Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning,has made the following executive decision on the above mentioned subject for the reasons set out below.

 

Summary of Decision

 

That the nomination for a Westminster Green Plaque to commemorate the site of Paddington’s demolished Town Hall at the Enterprise Space, Paddington Exchange, Hermitage Street, W2, be approved in full.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

There is an opportunity to commemorate the establishment of this local government building and its place in the history of the City of Westminster, close to its original location, by the installation of a Westminster Green Plaque on the northern elevation of Westminster’s latest Enterprise Space facility in the Paddington Exchange development in Hermitage Street, W2.

 

 

 

Stuart Love, Chief Executive,

Westminster City Hall,

64 Victoria Street

LONDON SW1E 6QP

 

Publication Date:

 

26 June 2018

Implementation Date:

 

26 June 2018

Reference:

 

CMfPS&P/2/2018/2019

 

Wards affected: Hyde Park;

Lead officer: Claire Appleby


26/06/2018 - Commemorative Green Plaque for architects John Darbourne and Geoffrey Darke on Morgan House, Lillington Gdns estate, SW1V 2LF ref: 907    Recommendations Approved

To establish whether there is Cabinet Member support for a commemorative Green Plaque for Darbourne and Darke architects on Morgan House, Lillington Gardens estate.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning

Decision published: 26/06/2018

Effective from: 26/06/2018

Decision:

Notice is hereby given that Richard Beddoe, Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning,has made the following executive decision on the above mentioned subject for the reasons set out below.

 

Summary of Decision

 

That the nomination for a Westminster Green Plaque to commemorate the two architects, who designed the Lillington Gardens estate, SW1, be approved.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

This is an opportunity to commemorate the two architects whose design skills set new standards in social housing and made Lillington Gardens estate one of the most outstanding public housing schemes of its time.Their innovative designs are widely credited with pioneering the move from tower and slab block designs, which dominated the 1960s.  

 

 

 

Stuart Love, Chief Executive,

Westminster City Hall,

64 Victoria Street

LONDON SW1E 6QP

 

Publication Date:

 

26 June 2018

Implementation Date:

 

26 June 2018

Reference:

 

CMfPS&P/1/2018/2019

 

Wards affected: Tachbrook;

Lead officer: Claire Appleby


25/06/2018 - Expenditure from the Ward Budget for Marylebone High Street ref: 906    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community

Decision published: 25/06/2018

Effective from: 25/06/2018

Decision:

SUBJECT: 

Expenditure from the Ward Budgets for Hanging Baskets in Marylebone High Street

 

Notice is hereby given that David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community,has made the following executive decision on the above mentioned subject for the reasons set out below.

 

Summary of Decision

 

That the expenditure of £31,639.50 in order to commission 237 550mm diameter Summer and Winter hanging baskets, including full maintenance from June 2018 till May 2019 be agreed.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The expenditure will help address the priority of improving local amenities within the Marylebone High Street Ward.

 

 

Stuart Love, Chief Executive,

Westminster City Hall,

64 Victoria Street

LONDON SW1E 6QP

 

Publication Date:

 

25 June 2018

Implementation Date:

 

25 June 2018

Reference:

 

CMfEDE&C/4/2018/2019

 

Wards affected: Marylebone High Street;

Lead officer: Janis Best


25/06/2018 - Expenditure from the Ward Budget for Little Venice ref: 905    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community

Decision published: 25/06/2018

Effective from: 25/06/2018

Decision:

SUBJECT: 

Expenditure from the Ward Budgets for Hanging Baskets (winter and summer) in Little Venice

 

Notice is hereby given that David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community,has made the following executive decision on the above mentioned subject for the reasons set out below.

 

Summary of Decision

 

That the expenditure of £15,382 in order to commission the rental of 108 Summer and Winter hanging baskets in Little Venice ward. As well as the installation and rental of two additional hanging baskets for Summer and Winter along Randolph Avenue until May 2019 be agreed.

 

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The expenditure will help address the priority of improving local amenities within the Little Venice Ward.

 

 

Stuart Love, Chief Executive,

Westminster City Hall,

64 Victoria Street

LONDON SW1E 6QP

 

Publication Date:

 

25 June 2018

Implementation Date:

 

25 June 2018

Reference:

 

CMfEDE&C/3/2018/2019

 

Wards affected: Little Venice;

Lead officer: Janis Best


25/06/2018 - Expenditure from the Ward Budget for Church Street ref: 904    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community

Decision published: 25/06/2018

Effective from: 25/06/2018

Decision:

SUBJECT: 

Expenditure from the Ward Budgets for Church Street ward for the Floating Classrooms

 

Notice is hereby given that David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community,has made the following executive decision on the above mentioned subject for the reasons set out below.

 

Summary of Decision

 

That the expenditure of £10,225 in order to commission Floating Classrooms, which provides ten learning trips for pupils of Christ Church Bentinck CE Primary School, Gateway Academy and King Solomon Academy during 2018-19 autumn and spring terms be agreed.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The expenditure will help address the priority of improving local amenities within the Church Street Ward.

 

 

Stuart Love, Chief Executive,

Westminster City Hall,

64 Victoria Street

LONDON SW1E 6QP

 

Publication Date:

 

25 June 2018

Implementation Date:

 

25 June 2018

Reference:

 

CMfEDE&C/2/2018/2019

 

Wards affected: Church Street;

Lead officer: Janis Best


25/06/2018 - Expenditure from the Ward Budget for Abbey Road ref: 903    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community

Decision published: 25/06/2018

Effective from: 25/06/2018

Decision:

SUBJECT: 

Expenditure from the Abbey Road Ward Budget for Hanging Baskets

 

Notice is hereby given that David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community,has made the following executive decision on the above mentioned subject for the reasons set out below.

 

 

Summary of Decision

 

That the expenditure of £13,884 to commission the rental of 104 Summer and Winter hanging baskets in Abbey Road ward until May 2019 be agreed.

 

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The expenditure will help address the priority of improving local amenities within the Abbey Road Ward.

 

 

Stuart Love, Chief Executive,

Westminster City Hall,

64 Victoria Street

LONDON SW1E 6QP

 

Publication Date:

 

25 June 2018

Implementation Date:

 

25 June 2018

Reference:

 

CMfEDE&C/1/2018/2019

 

Wards affected: Abbey Road;

Lead officer: Janis Best


22/06/2018 - Public Health Provision of Obesity Prevention and Lifetime Weight Management - Extension and variation of contract

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health

Decision due date: 20/07/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Gaynor Driscoll

Notice of decision: 22/06/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


22/06/2018 - Development of sites at Cosway Street, Ashbridge Street and Ashmill Street car park

Cabinet Member approval sought for development of sites.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration

Decision due date: 22/07/2018

Notice of decision: 22/06/2018

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


15/06/2018 - Prevention Supported Housing Contract Extensions ref: 900    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks approval for the extension of various supported housing contracts under the remit of the Prevention Commissioning Team. This is to allow time for a detailed procurement strategy to be completed.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision published: 15/06/2018

Effective from: 23/06/2018

Decision:

1.            That this report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3 (as amended), in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

2.            That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services approved a waiver of the Procurement Code to permit the direct award of interim contracts for the contracts listed in Appendix 1 of the report, to the total sum as detailed in the reportfor the period 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2020 and noted that this will allow for a programme to be developed and implemented for the re-procurement of these services over the next 2 years.

 

Reasons for Decision

1.            Regulation 72 (1) of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 require that for any variation clauses to be lawful they must be couched in ‘clear, precise and unequivocal’ terms, that state the scope and nature of possible modifications. The ‘review clauses’ in many of the existing contracts that enable the contracts to be rolled on without limit would therefore not be considered lawful. The contracts must be put onto a compliant contractual footing with clear start/expiry dates and provisions to extend that do not continue indefinitely.

2.            The current ‘expiry date’ for these services is 31st March 2018 and further extensions to the contracts are therefore sought to maintain continuity of service whilst a re-procurement programme is developed in order to achieve full compliance.

3.            At present, all the contracts are closely monitored and, as recorded in capitalesourcing, are considered to meet the Contract Managers’ expectations.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Elizabeth Gallou


15/06/2018 - Aids and Adaptations Contract Extension ref: 901    Recommendations Approved

Background is the strategy for provision of aids and adaptations for disabled tenants in properties owned and managed by CityWest Homes on behalf of Westminster City Council. The existing suppler (Effectable) carries out reviews of Occupational Health recommendations and installs property improvements for disabled/ “at risk” persons and families. A contract needs to be procured to replace the existing contract which expires on 17/6/18. The existing contract needs to be extended until 17/07/19 to allow time for a restricted competitive procedure as there is a dense supplier market.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services

Decision published: 15/06/2018

Effective from: 23/06/2018

Decision:

1.            That this report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3 (as amended), in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

2.            That the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer Services approved the extension of the current contract for Aids and Adaptation between City West Homes and the supplier as detailed in the report from 18th June 2018 to 17th June 2019. 

 

Reasons for Decision

1.            A single supplier contract needs to be procured to replace the existing Aids and Adaptations contract, which expires on 17th June 2018. The existing contract needs to be extended until 17th June 2019 to allow time for a restricted competitive procedure, as there is a dense supplier market.

 

2.            Quality, Health and Safety, and safe transfer of services and confidential data to the new supplier are key factors in the re procurement.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Christine Baker