Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday, 25 February 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Ashcombe Suite, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN

Contact: Vicky Hibbert or Angela Guest  020 8541 9075 Email: angela.guest@surreycc.gov.uk

Webcast: View the webcast

Items
No. Item

21/20

Apologies for Absence

22/20

Minutes of Previous Meeting: 28 January 2020

    The minutes will be available in the meeting room half an hour before the start of the meeting.

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    The Minutes of the meeting held on 28 January 2020 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

    Minutes:

    The Minutes of the meeting held on 28 January 2020 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

23/20

Declarations of Interest

    All Members present are required to declare, at this point in the meeting or as soon as possible thereafter

    (i)            Any disclosable pecuniary interests and / or

    (ii)           Other interests arising under the Code of Conduct in respect of any item(s) of business being considered at this meeting

    NOTES:

    ·         Members are reminded that they must not participate in any item where they have a disclosable pecuniary interest

    ·         As well as an interest of the Member, this includes any interest, of which the Member is aware, that relates to the Member’s spouse or civil partner (or any person with whom the Member is living as a spouse or civil partner)

    ·         Members with a significant personal interest may participate in the discussion and vote on that matter unless that interest could be reasonably regarded as prejudicial.

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    There were none.

    Minutes:

    There were none.

24/20

Members' Questions

25/20

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 46 KB

    The deadline for public questions is seven days before the meeting – 18 February 2020.

     

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    There was one question from a local resident.  This and the response are attached.

    Minutes:

    There was one question from a local resident.  This and the response are attached as an annex to these minutes.

26/20

Petitions

27/20

Representations received on reports to be considered in private

28/20

Reports from Select Committees , Task Groups, Local Committees and other Committees of the Council pdf icon PDF 86 KB

    A report has been received from Guildford Joint Committee in relation to Item 7 - Bus Lane Enforcement.

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    There was one report from the Guildford Joint Committee which was discussed with item 7 (Bus Lane Enforcement), to which it related.

    Minutes:

    There was one report from the Guildford Joint Committee which was discussed with item 7 (Bus Lane Enforcement), to which it related.

29/20

Leader / Deputy Leader / Cabinet Member/ Strategic Investment Board Decisions Taken Since the Last Cabinet Meeting pdf icon PDF 102 KB

    To note any delegated decisions taken by the Leader, Deputy Leader, Cabinet Members and Strategic Investment Board since the last meeting of the Cabinet.

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the delegated decisions taken since the last meeting of the Cabinet be noted.

     

    Reason for decision:

     

    To inform the Cabinet of decisions taken by Cabinet Members, Strategic Investment Board and the Committee in Common subcommittee under delegated authority.

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the delegated decisions taken since the last meeting of the Cabinet be noted.

     

    Reason for decision:

     

    To inform the Cabinet of decisions taken by Cabinet Members, Strategic Investment Board and the Committee in Common subcommittee under delegated authority.

30/20

Bus Lane Enforcement pdf icon PDF 75 KB

    To update the approval mechanism for bus lanes and bus lane enforcement.

     

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.    That the revised Bus Lane and Camera policy (Feb 2020) attached as Annex A to the submitted report be agreed.

    2.    That authority be delegated to the Director for Infrastructure & Operations in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Highways to introduce Bus Lane Enforcement.

     

    3.    That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Highways to introduce new or amend existing bus lanes and determine any formal objections though the public formal Cabinet Member decision making meeting.

     

    4.    That the Cabinet Member for Highways enter into any new bus lane enforcement agency agreements or external enforcement contracts, subject to County Council procurement and governance processes and procedures.

    Reason for decisions:

     

    To ensure the County Council can effectively, efficiently and consistently manage bus lane enforcement and bus lane provision to support the growth of bus use in Surrey as a part of our Greener Futures agenda.

     

    [The decisions on this item can be called in by the Communities, Environment and Highways Select Committee]

     

     

     

     

    Minutes:

    Mr Keith Taylor introduced the report from the Guildford Joint Committee and explained the work around enforcement that was being planned locally and that this work was now in jeopardy due to a change in county policy.  He went on to say that the Joint Committee had received late notice of the proposed changes and requested that money raised in Guildford be used on traffic alleviation in Guildford. He also requested that Guildford be treated the same as Woking where there was bus lane enforcement in its High Street.

     

    Mrs Fiona White also spoke of the Guildford Joint Committee meeting and raised the issue of the short notice given on changes to the financial arrangements.  She went on to talk about localism and how this policy change removed localism and questioned the committee’s ability to take local decisions.  She requested that the policy be changed or at least deferred until all boroughs had discussed the proposed changes.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Highways introduced the main report and explained how in 2019 the County Council declared a climate emergency and was developing detailed plans to support the Greener Futures agenda.  He spoke of the need for a consistent county-wide policy and that properly located and managed bus lanes would help improve bus transport efficiency and hence impact on the usage of private motor vehicles, potentially aiding both congestion and emissions.  High Street, Woking would be brought in line with the new policy and any surplus revenue would be used for walking, cycling and buses across the county.  The bus operators had seen the paper and welcomed the proposals.

     

    Six other Cabinet Members spoke in support of the proposals.

     

    The Leader responded to the Guildford Joint Committee report stating that he understood the concerns and recognised the issues raised about process; from which learning would be taken.  He reiterated that Woking would be brought into line so there would be consistency across the county.  He apologised if the report had not satisfied the Guildford Joint Committee but there was a need to move at pace and with consistency and fairness regarding revenue generated.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.    That the revised Bus Lane and Camera policy (Feb 2020) attached as Annex A to the submitted report be agreed.

    2.    That authority be delegated to the Director for Infrastructure & Operations in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Highways to introduce Bus Lane Enforcement.

     

    3.    That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Highways to introduce new or amend existing bus lanes and determine any formal objections through the public formal Cabinet Member decision making meeting.

     

    4.    That the Cabinet Member for Highways enter into any new bus lane enforcement agency agreements or external enforcement contracts, subject to County Council procurement and governance processes and procedures.

    Reason for decisions:

     

    To ensure the County Council can effectively, efficiently and consistently manage bus lane enforcement and bus lane provision to support the growth of bus use in Surrey as a part of our Greener Futures agenda.

     

31/20

2019/20 MONTH 9 (DECEMBER) FINANCIAL REPORT pdf icon PDF 166 KB

    This report provides the details of the County Council’s 2019/20 financial position as at 31 December 2019 (M9) for revenue and capital budgets, the expected outlook for the remainder of the financial year and also as a quarter-end report.  It includes Treasury Management and Debt.  Further details on Service budgets are to be found in Annex 1.

     

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    RESOLVED:

     

    To note the Council’s forecast revenue and capital budget positions for the year.

     

    Reason for decision:

     

    To comply with the agreed policy of providing a monthly budget monitoring report to Cabinet for approval of any necessary actions.

     

    [The decisions on this item can be called in by the Resources and Performance Select Committee]

     

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Finance gave a detailed overview of the report which reflected revenue and capital budgets, the expected outlook for the remainder of the financial year and, also as a quarter-end report.  It also included Treasury Management and Debt.  Whilst there had been a negative movement on the revenue outlook  since last month’s report the Cabinet Member confirmed that a balanced budget still looked achievable.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    To note the Council’s forecast revenue and capital budget positions for the year.

     

    Reason for decision:

     

    To comply with the agreed policy of providing a monthly budget monitoring report to Cabinet for approval of any necessary actions.