Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Town Hall Watford

Contact: Caroline Harris  Email: legalanddemocratic@watford.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

17.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

No apologies were received.

18.

Disclosure of interests (if any)

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of interest.

19.

Minutes of previous meeting

The minutes of the meeting held on 2 July 2018 to be submitted and signed.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 2 July 2018 were submitted and signed.

20.

Conduct of meeting

The Cabinet may wish to consider whether there are any items on which there is general agreement which could be considered now, to enable discussion to focus on those items where the Cabinet sees a need for further debate.

Minutes:

No changes were made to the agenda.

21.

Award of Unified Communications, WAN and Personal IT Contracts pdf icon PDF 74 KB

    Report of Head of Service Transformation to ask Cabinet to delegate responsibility for the for the award of contracts for the WAN, Unified Communications and Personal IT equipment to the Head of Service Transformation in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Resources and Customer Service.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Cabinet received a report of the Head of Service Transformation.  Councillor Watkin introduced the report and explained that Cabinet was requested to allow delegated authority for himself as Portfolio Holder and the Head of Service Transformation to award contracts for the three projects: Unified Communications, Wide Area Network (WAN) and Personal IT.  Delegated authority was requested as the contracts were not ready to come to Cabinet presently but would be awarded prior to the next Cabinet meeting. 

     

    Councillor Watkin continued that there were a number of benefits to Unified Communications listed in the report which would improve the authority’s productivity and better management of services.  Unified Communications was key to being able to achieve Watford 2020 and would be transformational.  The Personal IT contract would ensure that officers had the right equipment for their role and four different work needs had been identified along with appropriate hardware for these roles.  WAN would improve connectivity between council sites.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That Cabinet agrees to delegate responsibility for the award of contracts for the WAN, Unified Communications and Personal IT equipment to the Head of Service Transformation in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Resources and Customer Service.

22.

Opportunity to increase the provision of social rented housing pdf icon PDF 67 KB

    Report of the Deputy Managing Director – Place Shaping and Corporate Performance.  The Mayor has agreed to consider this report as an urgent item.

     

    The appendix is considered Part B in accordance with Paragraph 3, Part 1, Schedule 12A as it contains information relating to the financial and business affairs of the Council.

     

    Minutes:

    A report of the Deputy Managing Director was circulated.  The Mayor had agreed the report could be received as an urgent item and the Chair of Overview and Scrutiny Committee had also agreed the urgent decision.  There was an appendix to the report which was Part B as it contained information relating to the financial and business affairs of the Council.  A Part B Equalities Impact Assessment was also presented at the meeting by the Head of Corporate Strategy and Communications and considered by Cabinet.

     

    The Mayor introduced the item and explained that it was part of his manifesto commitment to build social housing and it was good that, working together with Watford Community Housing, Hart Homes was now starting to see some tangible projects coming forward.  The Mayor explained that the report had come as an urgent item to Cabinet as funding from Central Government had become available.

     

    Councillor Johnson introduced the report and explained that Homes England had given an opportunity to bid for a grant for social housing.  There were certain projects which the council wanted to bring forward and there could be a grant of up to £60,000 per unit.  It would mean that the council could provide a commitment to 50+ social housing units.  It was a very positive opportunity to contribute in conjunction with Watford Community Housing. 

     

    The Deputy Managing Director explained that responses had been given to questions from Homes England and that Watford Community Housing was also considering the report today.

     

    The Managing Director commented that there may be a possibility of grant funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership towards social housing which would also add value to future social housing projects.  Also, that following staff consultation, there would be joint communications with Watford Community Housing on the project.

     

    The Head of Corporate Strategy and Communication drew members’ attention to the tabled Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) and asked Cabinet to be mindful of the Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010.  The EIA set out the positives and negatives of the decision and highlighted ways to mitigate any negative impacts.

     

    Councillor Johnson confirmed that he had read and understood the EIA and the Mayor thanked the Head of Corporate Strategy and Communication for her work.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

                That Cabinet:

               

    1.         Approves a joint proposal by Watford Borough Council (WBC) and Watford Community Housing (WCH) to provide 50+ socially rented properties in the Borough to be delivered over a 3 year period by WCH subject to agreeable nomination rights and subsidy being received from WCH on an equal basis with WBC and,

     

    2.         Subject to the approval of (5) below confirmation from an independent valuer that the Council is achieving best consideration the transfer of land as identified in 4.6 in the report from WBC to WCH at nil consideration and,

     

    3.         Approves the commencement of consultation on redevelopment of the WBC sites where required (as identified in the Part B appendix to the report) followed by the submission of a planning  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.

23.

Exclusion of press & public

The Chair to move: that, under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business as it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the public were present during consideration of the item there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Section 100(1) of the Act for the reasons stated below in terms of Schedule 12A.

 

Note: if approved, the Chair will ask members of the press and public to leave the meeting at this point.

Minutes:

During discussion of minute number 22 it was agreed to move into Part B.

 

RESOLVED –

 

that under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business as it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the public were present during consideration of the item there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Section 100(1) Schedule 12A of the Act for the reasons stated in the reports.

24.

Market Procurement Exemptions

    Report of Head of Community and Environmental Services for Cabinet to note two procurement exemptions

     

    This report is considered Part B in accordance with Paragraph 3, Part 1, Schedule 12A as it contains information relating to the financial and business affairs of the Council.

    Minutes:

    A report of the Head of Community and Environmental Services was received.  Councillor Williams introduced the report.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That Cabinet notes the two procurement exemptions.

 

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