Decisions

Decisions

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Decisions published

15/08/2019 - Parking Suspension - Brightwell Road ref: 3057    Recommendations Approved

Parking Suspension -
4 vehicle lengths of the permit parking bay outside 35 to 41 Brightwell Road, from 8.00 a.m. on 27 August 2019 to 4.00 p.m. on 29 August 2019.
To facilitate traffic light placement.

Decision Maker: Representations Officer

Decision published: 15/08/2019

Effective from: 15/08/2019

Decision:

Approved.

Wards affected: Vicarage;

Lead officer: Sandra Gruda


14/08/2019 - Parking Suspension - 5-7, Park Road ref: 3056    Recommendations Approved

Parking Suspension
2 vehicle lengths of the permit bay outside 5 to 7 Park Road from 8am, 20th August 2019 to 4pm, 23rd August 2019.
To facilitate excavation works.

Decision Maker: Representations Officer

Decision published: 14/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

Approved

Wards affected: Nascot;

Lead officer: Sandra Gruda


12/08/2019 - Building Control Decision - 44 Sydney Road Watford WD18 7PX ref: 3055    Recommendations Approved

19/00520/DEXFP - Single storey rear extension

Decision Maker: Building Control Team Leader

Decision published: 13/08/2019

Effective from: 12/08/2019

Decision:

Approval

Wards affected: Holywell;

Lead officer: Hazel D'Souza


09/08/2019 - Building Control Decision - 7 Bruce Grove Watford WD24 4DZ ref: 3054    Recommendations Approved

19/00407/DEXFP - single storey rear extension.

Decision Maker: Building Control Team Leader

Decision published: 09/08/2019

Effective from: 09/08/2019

Decision:

Conditional Approval.

Wards affected: Callowland;

Lead officer: Hazel D'Souza


09/08/2019 - Parking Suspension - 324 to 338 Hagden Lane ref: 3052    Recommendations Approved

Parking Suspension
10 vehicle lengths of the permit parking place from outside 324 Hagden Lane to 338 Hagden Lane, from 8.00 a.m. on 2 September 2019 to 5.30 p.m. on 4 September 2019.
To facilitate excavation works.

Decision Maker: Representations Officer

Decision published: 09/08/2019

Effective from: 09/08/2019

Decision:

Approved.

Wards affected: Holywell;

Lead officer: Sandra Gruda


09/08/2019 - Parking Suspension - 318 to 334 Hagden Lane ref: 3051    Recommendations Approved

Parking Suspension
10 vehicle lengths of the permit parking place from outside 318 Hagden Lane to 334 Hagden Lane - from 8.00 a.m. on 28 August 2019 to 5.30 p.m. on 30 August 2019.
To facilitate excavation works.

Decision Maker: Representations Officer

Decision published: 09/08/2019

Effective from: 09/08/2019

Decision:

Approved.

Wards affected: Holywell;

Lead officer: Sandra Gruda


09/08/2019 - Building Control Decision - 56 Aldenham Road Watford WD23 2ND ref: 3050    Recommendations Approved

19/00441/DEXFP - single storey rear extension and alterations.

Decision Maker: Building Control Team Leader

Decision published: 09/08/2019

Effective from: 09/08/2019

Decision:

Approval.

Wards affected: Oxhey;

Lead officer: Hazel D'Souza


09/08/2019 - Parking Suspension - 338 Hagden Lane to Junction of Mildred Avenue ref: 3053    For Determination

Parking Suspension
9 vehicle lengths of the permit parking place from outside 338 Hagden Lane to the junction with Mildred Avenue - from 8.00 a.m. on 4 September 2019 to 5.30 p.m. on 7 September 2019.
To facilitate excavation works.

Decision Maker: Representations Officer

Decision published: 09/08/2019

Effective from: 09/08/2019

Decision:

Approved.

Wards affected: Holywell;

Lead officer: Sandra Gruda


07/08/2019 - Building Control Decision - 23 Glen Way Watford WD17 3HL ref: 3049    Recommendations Approved

19/00478/MULFP - First floor side extension, two storey rear extension, loft conversion and internal alterations

Decision Maker: Building Control Team Leader

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 07/08/2019

Decision:

Conditional Approval

Wards affected: Park;

Lead officer: Hazel D'Souza


08/08/2019 - Award of management contract for Council owned properties used as temporary accommodation ref: 3010    Recommendations Approved

The Council currently has 49 units (30 hostel rooms and 19 self-contained properties) used as temporary accommodation.
Following a competitive procurement process in 2012, Watford Community Housing won the contract to manage the units on the Council's behalf. That contract expires 31 September 2019.
Following a further competitive procurement process in 2019, Watford Community Housing were again the successful bidders.

Decision Maker: Head of Housing

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 17/08/2019

Decision:

To award Watford Community Housing the contract for management services for hostels and self-contained properties starting 1 October 2019 as per tender.

Wards affected: ; All;

Lead officer: Laura Payne


30/07/2019 - 2018/19 Statement of Accounts and Annual Governance Statement ref: 3048    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit Committee

Made at meeting: 30/07/2019 - Audit Committee

Decision published: 07/08/2019

Effective from: 30/07/2019

Decision:

The committee received reports from the Head of Finance and the council’s external auditor, EY.

 

The Head of Finance informed members that the Annual Governance Statement was unchanged from the draft version.  There had been one change to the Statement of Accounts which was an amendment to the pension figures.  Officers were still awaiting information from the actuaries as to the exact impact of legal rulings about public sector pensions.

 

Jo Taylor, from EY, then provided an overview of the external auditor’s ‘Audit Results Report’.  She advised that there were still a few things to complete, one of which had been in connection with Watford Health Campus Partnership LLP.  The audit returns had only just been received from PWC; these would need to be checked before the final report could be issued.  It had been noted that the completion of Croxley Business Park had only just been done and therefore was not relevant to the 2018/19 financial statement.  The advice and procedure into the acquisition had been checked and the correct process had been followed.  She finished by stating that the audit fee had been reduced from previous years.  The report included a copy of the council’s management representation letter, which would be signed by the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Finance, and the chair of Audit Committee.

 

The Head of Finance wished to record thanks to the team from EY for their work in auditing the council’s financial processes.  She added that a lot of work had been done to get the audited accounts from PWC in time.

 

It was acknowledged that all local authorities had to complete their Statement of Accounts by 31 July.  This meant that the external auditors had a great deal of work to complete in conjunction with local authorities between 1 April and 31 July.

 

RESOLVED –

 

1.      that the Annual Governance Statement be approved.

 

2.      that the 2018/19 Statement of Accounts be approved.

 

3.      that the Watford Borough Council Audit Result report for year ended 31 March 2019, produced by EY, be noted.

Wards affected: ;


30/07/2019 - SIAS Progress Report ref: 3047    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit Committee

Made at meeting: 30/07/2019 - Audit Committee

Decision published: 07/08/2019

Effective from: 30/07/2019

Decision:

The committee received a report of the Client Audit Manager setting out the progress on the outstanding recommendations from previous audits and amendments to the current Audit Plan.

 

The Client Audit Manager referred members to the timeline.  This showed that only a few audits had started but more would be carried out as the year progressed.  He reminded members that the cyber security update on outstanding internal audit recommendations had been circulated prior to the meeting.  The update included one request to extend the date and one recommendation had been completed.

 

RESOLVED –

 

1.      that the Internal Audit Progress Report for the period to 12 July 2019 be noted.

 

2.      that the removal of the implemented recommendations shown in Appendix C to the report and the additional information on cyber security circulated prior to the meeting be agreed.

 

3.      that the change to the implementation date for the one recommendation set out in Appendix C and one recommendation set out in the additional information about cyber security be agreed.

Wards affected: ;


30/07/2019 - SIAS 2018/19 Annual Assurance Statement and Internal Audit Annual Report ref: 3046    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit Committee

Made at meeting: 30/07/2019 - Audit Committee

Decision published: 07/08/2019

Effective from: 30/07/2019

Decision:

The committee received a report of the Head of Assurance for the Shared Internal Audit Service, setting out the Annual Assurance Statement and Internal Audit Annual Report.

 

The Client Audit Manager highlighted some of the key points in the report.  The Audit Charter was similar to the one published for 2018/19.

 

The Head of Finance confirmed that there were no issues and the scope of internal audit work had not been subject to inappropriate limitations in 2018/19.

 

It was noted that one piece of work had not been assessed during 2018/19.  The Client Audit Manager explained that this related to Disabilities Facilities Grant (DFG) Capital Grant Certification sign-off and was not a formal audit.  If it was felt necessary a DFG audit would be carried out and added to the Audit Plan.  This type of review would be subject to an assurance opinion.

 

RESOLVED –

 

1.      that the Annual Assurance Statement and Internal Audit Annual Report be noted.

 

2.      that the results of the self-assessment required by the Public Sector Internal Audit Standards (PSIAS) and the Quality Assurance and Improvement Programme be noted.

 

3.      that the SIAS Audit Charter be accepted.

 

4.      that management assurance that the scope and resources for internal audit were not subject to inappropriate limitations in 2018/19 be noted.

Wards affected: ;


07/08/2019 - Parking Suspension - Whippendell Road ref: 3044    For Determination

Parking Suspension - 3 limited wait bays outside 'The Spirit Store' (510 Whippendell Road) to 'Bet Ansells' (502 Whippendell Road) from 8am 21st August to 5.30pm, 22nd August 2019 to facilitate Excavation Works.

Decision Maker: Representations Officer

Decision published: 07/08/2019

Effective from: 07/08/2019

Decision:

Approved

Wards affected: Holywell;

Lead officer: Rebecca Rodgers


06/08/2019 - Building Control Decision - Happy Hour Public House Eastbury Road WD19 4JL ref: 3043    Recommendations Approved

19/00387/DOMFP - Three storey building comprising 37 dwellings with associated parking and basement plant room

Decision Maker: Building Control Team Leader

Decision published: 06/08/2019

Effective from: 06/08/2019

Decision:

Conditional Approval

Wards affected: Oxhey;

Lead officer: Hazel D'Souza


06/08/2019 - Building Control Decision - 42 Hagden Lane Watford WD18 0HE ref: 3040    Recommendations Approved

19/00499/DROFP - Loft Conversion

Decision Maker: Building Control Team Leader

Decision published: 06/08/2019

Effective from: 06/08/2019

Decision:

Conditional Approval

Wards affected: Vicarage;

Lead officer: Hazel D'Souza


05/08/2019 - Building Control Decision - 110 Westlea Avenue Watford WD25 9DL ref: 3041    Recommendations Approved

19/00534/OTHFP - Removal of internal walls and alterations

Decision Maker: Building Control Team Leader

Decision published: 06/08/2019

Effective from: 05/08/2019

Decision:

Conditional Approval

Wards affected: Meriden;

Lead officer: Hazel D'Souza


06/08/2019 - Building Control Decision - The Pump House Local Board Road Watford WD17 2JP ref: 3042    Recommendations Approved

19/00518/OTHFP - Demolition of existing WC and provision of single storey extension to form accessible and female WCs

Decision Maker: Building Control Team Leader

Decision published: 06/08/2019

Effective from: 06/08/2019

Decision:

Approval

Wards affected: Central;

Lead officer: Hazel D'Souza


05/08/2019 - Building Control Decision - 21 Shepherds Road WD18 7HU ref: 3039    Recommendations Approved

19/00462/DROFP - Loft Conversion

Decision Maker: Building Control Team Leader

Decision published: 06/08/2019

Effective from: 05/08/2019

Decision:

Conditional Approval

Wards affected: Park;

Lead officer: Hazel D'Souza


06/08/2019 - Parking Suspension - Brightwell Road ref: 3038    Recommendations Approved

Parking Suspension - 3 vehicle lengths of the permit parking bay outside 77 to 81 Brightwell Road, from 7am to 6pm, on Thursday, 22nd August 2019. For use by removal vehicle 'Careful Kelly's or SY12HHT only.
To facilitate domestic removal.

Decision Maker: Representations Officer

Decision published: 06/08/2019

Effective from: 06/08/2019

Decision:

Approved

Wards affected: Vicarage;

Lead officer: Sandra Gruda


02/08/2019 - Building Control Decision - 95 Fern Way Watford WD25 0HQ ref: 3037    Recommendations Approved

19/00514/MULFP - Single storey rear extension, new porch and associated alterations

Decision Maker: Building Control Team Leader

Decision published: 06/08/2019

Effective from: 02/08/2019

Decision:

Approval

Wards affected: Stanborough;

Lead officer: Hazel D'Souza


30/07/2019 - Building Control Decision - 91 Hagden Lane - WD18 7UA ref: 3036    Recommendations Approved

19/00512/DROFP - Loft conversion

Decision Maker: Building Control Team Leader

Decision published: 06/08/2019

Effective from: 30/07/2019

Decision:

Conditional Approval

Wards affected: Holywell;

Lead officer: Hazel D'Souza


30/07/2019 - Building Control Decision - 4 Rufford Close Watford WD17 4UU ref: 3035    Recommendations Approved

19/00502/DEXFP - Front porch extension

Decision Maker: Building Control Team Leader

Decision published: 06/08/2019

Effective from: 30/07/2019

Decision:

Approval

Wards affected: Nascot;

Lead officer: Hazel D'Souza


31/07/2019 - Building Control Decision - 97 Kingswood Road Watford WD25 0EQ ref: 3034    Recommendations Approved

19/00431/DROFP - Proposed loft conversion, roof alteration, rear dormer

Decision Maker: Building Control Team Leader

Decision published: 06/08/2019

Effective from: 31/07/2019

Decision:

Approval

Wards affected: Stanborough;

Lead officer: Hazel D'Souza


30/07/2019 - Building Control Decision - 84 Whippendell Road Watford WD18 7LR ref: 3033    Recommendations Approved

19/00295/MULFP - Two storey rear extension and alterations to existing building resulting in 4 no. 1 bed apartments and 1 no. 3 bed maisonette on first and second floors of existing building above retained shop on ground floor.

Decision Maker: Building Control Team Leader

Decision published: 06/08/2019

Effective from: 30/07/2019

Decision:

Conditional Approval

Wards affected: Vicarage;

Lead officer: Hazel D'Souza


23/07/2019 - Work Programme ref: 3032    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 23/07/2019 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 01/08/2019

Effective from: 23/07/2019

Decision:

The scrutiny committee received the updated draft of its work programme, incorporating the suggestions from the previous meetings. 

 

Councillors discussed scrutinising the Community Safety Partnership and asking the Police to attend the meeting.  The Senior Democratic Services Officer advised the scrutiny committee that it was a statutory requirement to hold one meeting to scrutinise the Community Safety Partnership.  She acknowledged that previous timetables had allocated several meetings to the Community Safety Partnership Task Group. 

 

There were options available to councillors if they had a valid community safety topic to scrutinise, including one off meetings to scrutinise a specific aspect of the partnership.  However, the meeting should not be about getting information without an identified outcome or recommendation.  The Senior Democratic Services Officer reminded the scrutiny committee that the Community Safety Partnership comprised a number of organisations, including the Police, Watford Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council and many others.

 

Following further discussion, it was agreed that an all member briefing be arranged to explain about the Community Safety Partnership and providing answers to the following questions –

 

·             What is it?

·             Who is involved?

·             What are its aims, objectives and plan?

·             How can the council help?

 

The Senior Democratic Services Officer added that once the councillors had received the presentation they may identify areas that needed further scrutiny.  This could be discussed at a future meeting for inclusion in the work programme or as a separate meeting in December, January or February.

 

The chair suggested that at the meeting on 27 February the scrutiny committee could discuss how scrutiny had worked this year and if there were any suggestions that could be taken forward in the future.

 

RESOLVED –

 

1.      that an all member briefing be arranged to explain about the Community Safety Partnership and its role.

 

2.      that the work programme be updated as discussed.

Wards affected: ;


23/07/2019 - Watford 2020 Update ref: 3030    Recommendations Approved

An update to Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the progress of Watford 2020, the council's corporate transformation programme.

Decision Maker: Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 23/07/2019 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 01/08/2019

Effective from: 23/07/2019

Decision:

The scrutiny committee received a report of the Watford 2020 Programme Manager which provided an update on the latest position of the corporate transformation programme.

 

The Watford 2020 Programme Manager and Group Head of Transformation gave a presentation explaining the background to the Watford 2020 Programme and the accompanying report.  The Group Head of Transformation explained about each of the enabling projects and the current position, including –

 

·             Customer Management System Replacement

·             Front Office

·             Personal IT

·             Wider Area Network (WAN)

·             Unified Communications

·             Business Support

·             Business Intelligence

 

The Watford 2020 Programme Manager provided an update on the following service-led projects –

 

·             Development Management / Planning Policy

·             Community and Environmental

·             Community Protection

·             Revenues and Benefits

·             Corporate Asset Management

·             Communications

·             Transport and Infrastructure

·             Print and Post

·             Legal

·             Human Resources

 

At future meetings councillors would be provided with updates on the progress of these areas.

 

In response to a question about involving external organisations who worked with the council, the Watford 2020 Programme Manager confirmed that as part of the workshops external agencies were considered where necessary.  The team was aware that there were various outside organisations that interacted with the council.

 

The Watford 2020 Programme Manager stated that the team were mindful of GDPR.  A Data Protection Impact Assessment had been carried out and any GDPR implications were reviewed.  It was part of the design process.

 

Following a question about the ‘RAG’ status and those in red, the Watford 2020 Programme Manager advised that a monthly report was presented to the Watford 2020 Programme Board, chaired by the Managing Director.  This report provided details of each project.  Officers considered whether there was anything that could be put in place to ensure the project met its deadlines or the board could be asked for an extension with relevant explanations for the request. 

 

A question was asked about complaints and the ability to provide feedback.  The Watford 2020 Programme Manager confirmed that one of the first things to go live was the compliments, comments and complaints form.  It was also possible to provide feedback through the member and staff portals.

 

The Group Head of Transformation responded to a question about tender decisions and whether officers involved in those processes and decisions represented areas from across the council.  He explained that the decision process depended on the contract and which officers were appropriate for each procurement exercise, but officers from different service areas were involved.

 

The Portfolio Holder, Councillor Watkin, thanked the programme team for the presentation.  He suggested it may be useful to give councillors a demonstration at the next meeting.  He suggested the process of transformation looked impersonal.  However, officers were fully involved and did any related work in addition to their normal work.  It was important to understand the pressure officers were under.  He commented that it would take time for the processes to bed in.  He asked councillors to provide any feedback they received or had about the process.

 

In response to a question about job losses, the Group Head of Transformation confirmed that there had been some and there were likely to be a few more.  Part of the driver for the programme was to save £1 million.  When any jobs were at risk the council worked with officers to try and redeploy them to other positions.  Senior officers had carefully considered how the loss of jobs could be minimised.  As an example, he explained how vacant posts in the Customer Services’ team were filled with fixed term-contracts or contractors on short-term contracts.

 

The chair thanked the officers for their presentation and looked forward to seeing them again on 24 October.

 

RESOLVED –

 

1.      that the Watford 2020 update be noted.

 

2.      that at the meeting on 24 October 2019 officers provide a demonstration of one or two online forms.

Wards affected: ;

Lead officer: Liam Hornsby


23/07/2019 - New scrutiny task group - Watford Colosseum ref: 3031    Recommendations Approved

To review a new scrutiny proposal from the Head of Leisure and Environmental Services.
To consider the future facility mix and contract management arrangements for Watford Colosseum.

Decision Maker: Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 23/07/2019 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 01/08/2019

Effective from: 23/07/2019

Decision:

The scrutiny committee received a report of the Senior Democratic Services Officer setting out a new scrutiny proposal for a task group.  It was noted that the report included the names of three councillors who were interested in taking part in the task group but none had offered to chair it.

 

Following a discussion, Councillors Grimston and Parker stated they were interested in being part of the new task group.  Councillor Smith said that he was happy to be considered as chair, which the scrutiny committee agreed.

 

RESOLVED –

 

1.      that a new task group be established to review the feedback about Watford Colosseum.

 

2.      that the Watford Colosseum Task Group comprises Councillors Crout, Grimston, Martins, Parker and Smith

 

3.      that Councillor Smith be appointed Chair of the Watford Colosseum Task Group.

Wards affected: ;

Lead officer: Sandra Hancock


 

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