Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Tuesday, 15th June, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Penrith. View directions

Contact: Members Services 

Items
No. Item

E/1/06/21

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Robinson.

E/2/06/21

Minutes

RECOMMENDATION that the public minutes E/153/M/20 to E/163/M/20 of the meeting of the Executive held on 18 May 2021 be confirmed and approved by the Chairman as a correct record of those proceedings (copy previously circulated).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that minutes E/153/05/21 to E/163/05/21 of the meeting of the Executive held on 18 May 2021 be confirmed and approved by the Chairman as a correct record of those proceedings.

E/3/06/21

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of the existence and nature of any private interests, both disclosable pecuniary and any other registrable interests, in any matter to be considered or being considered.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Tonkin declared a personal and non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 8 (Support for Penrith Football Club) in that he was a supporter and ex player of the club. He did not participate in the item.

E/4/06/21

Questions and Representations from the Public

To receive questions and representations from the public under Rules 3 and 4 of the Executive Procedure Rules of the Constitution

 

Minutes:

The following question was received from a member of the public under Rules 3 and 4 of the Executive Procedure Rules of the Constitution:

 

Councillor J Davies asked the following question of the Leader:

 

Can the Leader detail the costs incurred by Eden Council to date on Voreda House since the Council purchased the building and it has stood unused by the Council.

 

The Leader responded as follows:

 

The costs incurred on Voreda House since its purchase is £68,044, the majority of which is made up of business rates.

 

Mr Davies asked the following supplementary question:

 

Is the Leader aware that the Council paid £8,859.88 on metered water charges. How is that amount being paid for water in a vacant building.

 

The Leader responded as follows:

 

The Council have paid £8859.88 for metered water and unmetered water. We expect a credit note as partial refund as part of the next quarterly bill as we believe we have been charged in error for part of the bill. We were invoiced because there had been some water usage and we are still responsible for the unmetered water irrelevant of the building being empty. 

E/5/06/21

Questions from Members

To receive questions and representations from Members under Rule 5 of the Executive Procedure Rules of the Constitution

 

Minutes:

The following question was received from a Member under rule 12 of the Constitution:

 

Councillor Wicks asked the following question of Councillor Sharp:

 

It is noted that there is a proposal to Grant £100k to Penrith Football Club, can the Leader or Portfolio Holder further explain the background to this preferential treatment for Penrith Football Club and how they plan to finance the £100k.

 

Councillor Sharp responded as follows:

 

The background to the proposed grant to Penrith Football Club is set out in the report on this agenda.  It is planned that the grant funding is made from reserves through a supplementary estimate that will be subject to Council approval. It should be recognised that as the Council own the stadium and lease it to the club that any improvements made to the stadium through the proposed grant represents an investment in our own asset and is not preferential.

 

Councillor Wicks asked the following supplementary question:

 

Given that the Council Tax increase brought £104k, the two amounts are virtually equitable and, is the Portfolio Holder aware that less than 5 years ago a significant amount of rental due from the Club was written off. Are we aware of what marketing and Income generation is being done by the Club, I understand they are a Semi Professional Club which is also ‘paying’ players. What assurance do we have that monies provided with be spent on the maintenance alone?

 

A written response will be provided to Councillor Wick’s supplementary question.

 

The following question was received from a Member under rule 12 of the Constitution:

 

Councillor Wicks asked the following question of the Leader:

 

Can the Exec give us an overview of their plans for the future of Penrith Tourist Information Centre?  What is the annual running cost of the TIC and within whose Portfolio does this fall?

 

The Leader responded as follows:

 

The options for how Tourist Information is provided in Penrith are being considered, including continuing direct delivery by the Council. The annual budget for the Penrith TIC is £80,009 including staffing for 2021/22 and falls within the Economy and Enterprise Portfolio.

 

Councillor Wicks asked the following supplementary question:

 

Can the Leader assure the people of Eden that the TIC in Penrith will not be closed?

 

The Leader responded as follows:

 

Future arrangements are currently subject to consultation with staff which is being dealt with by officers.

E/6/06/21

Corporate Performance Report: Q4 January - March 2021 pdf icon PDF 36 KB

To consider report F20/21 from the Interim Director of Resources which is attached and which provides a summary of progress against the revised corporate performance targets and for the period 1 January 2021 – 31 March 2021

RECOMMENDED that the Executive note the report.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered report F20/21 of Interim Director of Resources which provided a summary of progress against the revised corporate performance targets for the period 1 January 2021 – 31 March 2021.

 

Proposed by Councillor Taylor

Seconded by Councillor Derbyshire

 

andRESOLVED that the report be noted.

 

Other options considered: The only other option is not to report on progress against targets set. This was not recommended.

 

Reasons for decision: To advise Members of progress against outcomes.

 

E/7/06/21

Eden District Council Community Fund Recommendations pdf icon PDF 228 KB

To consider Report No: PP15/21 from Assistant Director of Communities to seek approval for the award from the Eden District Council Community Fund of grants to the eight projects set out in Appendix A.

 

RECOMMENDED that a grant from the Eden District Council Community Fund is agreed for each of the eight projects set out in Appendix A, to a total of £32,607.13.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report PP15/21 from the Assistant Director Communities which sought approval for the award from the Eden District Council Community Fund of grants to the eight projects set out in Appendix A to the report.

 

Proposed by Councillor Sharp

Seconded by Councillor Tonkin

 

and RESOLVED that a grant from the Eden District Council Community

Fund is agreed for each of the eight projects set out in Appendix A to the report, to a total of £32,607.13.

 

Other options considered: To decide to approve or not approve all or any of the

recommended grants as it sees fit in accordance with the criteria set out at

paragraph 3.6 of the report.

 

Reasons for decision:

1. Eight applications are recommended for approval as outlined in Appendix A to the report. All were considered by the Eden District Council Community Fund Partnership

Panel and were recommended for support.

 

2. The applications are recommended for support as the Council has historically

supported community groups and organisations that meet both the Eden

District Council Community Fund criteria and Council Plan priorities.

E/8/06/21

Support For Penrith Football Club pdf icon PDF 359 KB

To consider report no.CE5/21 from the Deputy Chief Executive to implement measures to support the sustainability of Penrith Football Club.

 

RECOMMENDED that Executive approve:

1.    that the lease with Penrith Football Club is modified to a peppercorn basis and the term reset to 30 years.

2.    that a supplementary estimate of £100,000 is made in the capital programme as grant for to Penrith Football Club for funding investment in infrastructure. 

 

Minutes:

Members considered report CE5/21 from the Deputy Chief Executive which sought to implement measures to support the sustainability of Penrith Football Club.

 

Proposed by Councillor Sharp

Seconded by Councillor Derbyshire

 

and RESOLVED that the lease with Penrith Football Club is modified to a peppercorn basis and the term be reset to 30 years.

 

RECOMMENDED to Council that a supplementary estimate of £100,000 be made in the capital programme as grant to Penrith Football Club for funding investment in infrastructure.

 

Other options considered: Not to modify the lease as set out and not to provide grant funding for capital investment by the club have been considered and rejected as both are considered important to help secure the sustainability of the club in the long term.

 

Reasons for decision: The modification of the lease and the provision of grant funding will help secure the sustainability of an important local institution that makes an important contribution to the area.

E/9/06/21

Any Other Items which the Chairman decides are urgent

Minutes:

There were no items which the Chairman felt were urgent.

E/10/06/21

Date of Next Scheduled Meeting

To confirm that the next scheduled meeting of the Executive will be held at 1800 on Tuesday 20 July 2021. 

Minutes:

The next scheduled meeting of the Executive was confirmed as 20 July 2021.