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Venue: Council Chamber, Woodhatch Place, 11 Cockshot Hill, Reigate, Surrey ,RH2 8EF

Contact: Vicky Hibbert or Huma Younis  Email: huma.younis@surreycc.gov.uk

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1.

Apologies for Absence

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    To note any apologies for absence.

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    Decision:

    There were no apologies.

2.

Minutes of Previous Meeting: 28 September 2021 pdf icon PDF 237 KB

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    To agree the minutes of the last meeting as a correct record of the meeting.

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    The Minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 28 September 2021 were approved as a correct record of the meeting.

     

3.

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.

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    Decision:

    There were none.

4.

Procedural Matters

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4a

Members' Questions pdf icon PDF 264 KB

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    The deadline for Member’s questions is 12pm four working days before the meeting (20 October 2021).

     

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    Decision:

    There was one member question from Will Forster. The questions and responses were published as a supplement to the agenda.

     

4b

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 264 KB

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    The deadline for public questions is seven days before the meeting (19 October 2021).

     

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    Decision:

    There was one public question. The question and response was published as a supplement to the agenda.

     

4c

Petitions

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    The deadline for petitions was 14 days before the meeting, and no petitions have been received.

     

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    Decision:

    There were none.

     

4d

Representations received on reports to be considered in private

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    To consider any representations received in relation why part of the meeting relating to a report circulated in Part 2 of the agenda should be open to the public.

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    Decision:

    There were none.

     

5.

Reports from Select Committees , Task Groups, Local Committees and other Committees of the Council pdf icon PDF 133 KB

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    Cabinet to consider the following:

     

    A.    Referral of County Council motion to Cabinet (Motion 8 iv)

    B.    Referral of County Council motion to Cabinet (Motion 8 v)

     

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    RESOLVED:

     

    At the County Council meeting on 12 October 2021, Lance Spencer moved a motion under Standing Order 11. It was agreed for the motion to be referred to Cabinet for consideration.

     

    1.    That the Cabinet Member for Environment write to the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, the new Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Alok Sharma, President of COP26 to urge sufficient funding and policy change to allow local government to make urgent progress in meeting its challenges meaningfully in the financial year 2022/23.

    2.    That the Cabinet Member for Environment review and update the existing communications and engagement plan, before the next meeting of the Council, to set out how we will engage with the 1.2 million residents, eighty-one Members and businesses across Surrey so they fully understand the transformation needed for Surrey to meet its carbon reduction targets.

     

    The Community, Environment and Highways Select Committee scrutinised, as part of its pre-decision scrutiny process, the Government’s new National Bus Strategy for England (Bus Back Better). Recommendations were considered by Cabinet at its meeting.

     

    3.    That the recommendations from the Communities, Environment and Highways Select Committee on the National Bus Strategy, Bus Back Better be noted.

     

6.

Leader / Deputy Leader / Cabinet Member/ Strategic Investment Board Decisions Taken Since the Last Cabinet Meeting pdf icon PDF 125 KB

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    To note any delegated decisions taken by the Leader, Deputy Leader, Cabinet Members, Strategic Investment Board and Committees in Common Sub-Committee since the last meeting of the Cabinet.

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    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.

     

7.

Covid-19 Delegated and Urgent Decisions Taken pdf icon PDF 211 KB

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    To ensure transparency of decisions taken in response to Covid-19, Cabinet are asked to note the attached decisions taken since the last meeting.

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    1.    That the decision taken by officers since the last meeting be noted.

     

    Reason for decision:

     

    To inform the Cabinet of decisions taken by officers under delegated authority.

     

8.

Cabinet Member of the Month pdf icon PDF 127 KB

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    For the Cabinet Member for Environment, Marisa Heath to provide an update on the environment service.

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    That the Cabinet Member of the Month report be noted.

     

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Surrey's Greener Futures Climate Change Delivery Plan (CCDP) pdf icon PDF 566 KB

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    This report sets out plans to reduce emissions and tackle the effects of climate change in line with net-zero carbon targets between 2021 and 2025. 

    (The decisions on this item can be called-in by the Communities, Environment and Highways Select Committee)

     

     

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    1.    That Cabinet approves the Greener Futures Climate Change Delivery Plan for 2021 – 2025 (Delivery Plan).

    2.    That Cabinet approve the Council’s 2030 Net Zero Carbon Programme (the 2030 Programme), which sets out how the Council’s organisational emissions will be reduced, on the basis that any resulting significant new policy will be brought to future Cabinet meetings for approval.

    3.    That Cabinet approves the initial Greener Futures Finance Strategy (the Finance Strategy), noting the quantum of investment necessary to meet our 2030 and 2050 carbon reduction targets, that the plan will be reiterated over time and recognising that where appropriate future investment will need to be considered as part of the Council’s MTFS.

    4.    That Cabinet approves the initial Greener Futures Communications and Engagement Plan (the Engagement Plan), whose priorities will be updated on a six-monthly basis; recognising the critical role of partners in delivering net zero carbon.

    5.    That delegated authority for approving any further changes to the Delivery Plan is given to the Executive Director for Environment, Transport and Infrastructure in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment, to enable the plan to evolve and adapt to local and national developments.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    The Delivery Plan and associated annexes document the proposed approach to meeting the targets set out in the Climate Change Strategy agreed by the SCC Cabinet in May 2020. The Delivery Plan is Surrey-wide, not a plan solely for SCC. It must have broad ownership by the public sector, residents, communities and business for successful delivery, and it must continue to remain relevant to existing and new partners to ensure continued ownership. National policy and technology are rapidly changing so the Delivery Plan must also be agile. Therefore, it is recommended that delegated authority be given to the Executive Director for Environment, Transport and Infrastructure in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment to evolve the Delivery Plan.

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

     

10.

National Bus Strategy - Bus Back Better - A Bus Service Improvement Plan for Surrey pdf icon PDF 327 KB

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    A new National Bus Strategy for England (Bus Back Better) was published by the Government on 15 March 2021. This report explains the next stage of this council’s response to Government, namely the creation of a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP).

     

    Annex 1 is to follow.

     

    (The decisions on this item can be called-in by the Communities, Environment and Highways Select Committee)

     

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    1.    That Cabinet welcomes the level of aspiration and the proposed initiatives set out in the draft Bus Service Improvement Plan for Surrey, including the proposed measures aiming to ensure buses can operate reliably on Surrey’s roads.

    2.    That Cabinet agrees that the draft Bus Service Improvement Plan for Surrey be submitted to the Department for Transport by the 31 October 2021 deadline, with authority delegated to the Executive Director for Environment, Transport and Infrastructure in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure to agree the final document.

    3.    That Cabinet support the proposed draft governance arrangements that will oversee the delivery and further development of the draft Bus Service Improvement Plan.

    4.    That a further report is taken to Cabinet once levels of Government funding are confirmed, setting out the interventions and improvements to be delivered in partnership with Surrey’s bus operators.

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    The Government’s aspirations in the National Bus Strategy, to be delivered through Bus Service Improvement Plans and Enhanced Partnership schemes, support the Council’s own intentions within the emerging new Surrey Transport Plan, to encourage modal shift and a deliver a reduction in carbon and other emissions from the transport sector.

    A Cabinet Member for Highways & Infrastructure report on 29 June 2021 gave approval to proceed with the development of Enhanced Partnerships with bus operators and to issue a notice of intent to prepare Enhanced Partnership Schemes, as set out in section 138F of the Transport Act 2000.

    The Bus Service Improvement Plan in the next task, to be completed and submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) by 31 October 2021.

    This council and our bus operator partners will then develop and enter into formal Enhanced Partnership arrangement, to commence on 1 April 2022.

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

     

     

11.

Economy And Growth Update Report: Delivering A Programme For Growth pdf icon PDF 334 KB

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    This Cabinet report provides an update on the activities taken forward to deliver on the economic opportunities set out within the economic strategy and help address the economic challenges in Surrey following the COVID-19 pandemic. Cabinet is asked to agree the key elements of the future work programme which will include the incorporation of five new projects within the delivery plan. 

     

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    1.    That Cabinet note the update on the work undertaken to address the challenges and opportunities set out within Surrey County Council’s Economic Strategy Statement to 2030: Surrey’s Economic Future.

    2.    That Cabinet acknowledges the role and contribution of the One Surrey Growth Board to the development of the economic growth future work programme set out

    3.    That Cabinet agrees the forward programme of work to deliver Surrey’s Economic Future, as detailed in Annex 1.

    4.    Cabinet notes that a further update will be presented to Cabinet in Spring 2022.

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    The work programme to deliver on Surrey’s Future Economy Strategy is at an early stage of development and needs to remain agile to take advantage of current opportunities as well as responding to the challenges which are limiting the productivity and growth of the Surrey economy. Updates are presented to Cabinet to ensure the work programme remains aligned to the Council’s priorities and responsive to the needs of residents and businesses.

    Since the last update to Cabinet in April 2021, the programme of work has been significantly refined and expanded to incorporate detailed and deliverable projects. A further five projects have been identified for feasibility work to deliver on the objectives of the Strategy. Approval is sought from Cabinet to agree the updated work programme to reflect the addition of the five new projects detailed in section 21 of this report.

     

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

     

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Surrey Infrastructure Plan- Phase 1 Schemes pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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    The Surrey Infrastructure Plan Prioritisation Framework was approved by Cabinet in February 2021.  This report recommends the approval to implement the first phase of schemes, highlights those schemes requiring further development and proposes the governance arrangements through which the development and implementation can be overseen.

     

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    1.    That Cabinet agree the implementation of the Phase 1 projects identified in this report and set out in Appendix 1, within the approved budget envelope, subject to the final business case for each scheme being approved by the Capital Programme Panel.

    2.    That Cabinet agree to the establishment of a Surrey Infrastructure Programme Board to oversee development and delivery of schemes to be chaired by the Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure.

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    The recommendations will enable the development and delivery of infrastructure    schemes that meet a wide range and outcomes and demonstrate deliverability and affordability.  They enable the implementation of the first phase of schemes and the introduction of a second phase that requires further feasibility work, creating a flexible system for developing and delivering infrastructure schemes. The process is intended to remain dynamic with new schemes added to the long list as they are identified, and a continuous programme of schemes developed taking them from concept through to delivery identifying suitable funding opportunities as they progress.

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13.

Acquisition of Land at Tice's Meadow, Farnham pdf icon PDF 403 KB

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    Cabinet is asked to approve acquiring the freehold interest in approximately 22 hectares (55 acres) of land, a restored former quarry, at Tice’s Meadow Farnham.

     

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    N.B There is a Part 2 Annex at Item 18.

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    1.    That Cabinet approves the freehold purchase of land known as Tice’s Meadow, Farnham, dependent on receipt of 45% of the purchase price from a consortium of key partners, as previously agreed. The purchase price and transaction costs are commercially sensitive at this time and are set out in the Part 2 report.

    1. That Cabinet delegates authority to the Director of Land and Property and the Executive Director of Resources, in consultation with the Leader and Cabinet Member for Property, to conclude contracts and completion and to recover agreed capital contributions from its key partners. The capital contributions are commercially sensitive at this time and are set out in the Part 2 report.

     

    1. That Cabinet agrees that Surrey County Council takes over as lead accountable body for the Aftercare and Management Scheme, in partnership with its public sector partners and approved private bodies.

     

    1. That Cabinet notes that Surrey County Council will become responsible for the Aftercare Management Scheme as set out in paragraph 8 in this report, and the associated costs noted in the Part 2 report.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    It is recommended that Cabinet approves Surrey County Council purchasing land in Farnham as set out in the Part 2 report. The land is a former quarry which has been restored and remains subject to a 20-year management plan for its enhancement and protection delivered in partnership with Waverley Borough Council, Farnham Town Council, Guildford Borough Council, and both Hampshire County Council and Rushmoor Borough Council, supporting the Blackwater Valley Partnership.

    The purchase of land, on behalf of its local authority partners, protects against the risk of a private purchaser taking over and seeking to reduce public access or amenity benefit, and also averts the risk of land disposal possibly into small parcels that would make future purchase potentially more complex and expensive.

    The Council’s Natural Capital Estate provides 10,000 acres of high-quality landscape and recreational space. However, in Waverley open space of this kind is currently limited, so the purchase of this land provides an ideal opportunity to expand space available for residents and visitors. The area complements Surrey’s existing land ownership known as Tongham Pool to the immediate east, and the Blackwater Valley Way (owned by Rushmore Borough Council) which sits along the northern boundary. It will also provide the opportunity for a number of circular walks within the site, and an additional attraction for visitors to explore wildlife and the natural environment.

    Since the landscape quality of the site as a quarry was very low, there is a high net biodiversity value to be gained from active management of the site to maximise value delivered by the new wetland, woodland and grasslands.

    By approving the purchase of the land Surrey County Council will support both its public sector partner authorities and the Greener Futures priority objectives.

    (This item can be called in by the Resources and Performance Select Committee]

     

     

     

14.

SEND Transformation pdf icon PDF 428 KB

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    The purpose of this report is to provide Cabinet with a progress update on the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) transformation programme.

     

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    1.    That Cabinet notes the work being undertaken through the SEND Transformation programme, and endorses the strategic priorities, implementation plan and next phase of delivery, which will drive improvements across Surrey’s SEND system.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    Surrey County Council is two years into a long-term programme of SEND transformation and is developing the next phase of planning and delivery to accelerate and embed change.

    The report ensures that Cabinet is assured on the next phase of transformation, its delivery and the impact of the programme.

    (The decisions on this item can be called-in by the Children, Families, Lifelong Learning & Culture Select Committee)

     

15.

Surrey Safeguarding Adults Annual Report 2020-2021 pdf icon PDF 349 KB

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    The Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) is a statutory multi-agency Board with responsibilities set out in the Care Act 2014. To support the transparency of the work of the Safeguarding Adults Board, the Annual Report 2020/21 is presented to Cabinet.

     

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    1.    That Cabinet notes the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Annual Report for 2020/2021.

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    This recommendation demonstrates that the Council is fulfilling its statutory requirement under the Care Act 2014 in having established a Safeguarding Adults Board in its area.

    It will support the SSAB to be transparent by providing information to the public on the performance of the Board and its strategic plan.

     

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2021/22 Month 5 (August) Financial Report pdf icon PDF 503 KB

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    This report provides details of the County Council’s 2021/22 financial position as at 31st August 2021 (M5) for revenue and capital budgets, and the expected outlook for the remainder of the financial year. 

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    1.    That Cabinet notes the Council’s forecast revenue and capital budget positions.

    2.    That Cabinet approves the reset of Directorate budgets to distribute Covid-19 funding set out in paragraphs 7 to 10.

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

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

    (This item can be called in by the Resources and Performance Select Committee]

     

     

     

17.

EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC

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    That under Section 100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information under the relevant paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.

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Acquisition of Land at Tice's Meadow, Farnham

19.

PUBLICITY FOR PART 2 ITEMS

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    To consider whether the item considered under Part 2 of the agenda should be made available to the Press and public.

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  • Updated: 27 Oct 2021

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