To consider the following Part I Decisions of the Executive taken on 10 February 2021.
2. Minutes – 20 January 2021 3 - 16
3. Minutes of Overview & Scrutiny Committee and Select 17 – 22
4. Covid-19 Update
5. Draft Community Safety Strategy 2021 – 2024 23 – 60
6. Stevenage Connection Area Action Plan: Issues and 61 - 160
Options Report for Public Consultation
7. Final General Fund and Council Tax Setting 2021/22 161 – 336
8. Final Capital Strategy 2020/21 – 2025/26 337 – 380
9. Annual Treasury Management Strategy including Prudential 381 - 416
Code Indicators 2021/22
Notice of Decisions to follow
PLEASE BRING YOUR AGENDA AND REPORTS FOR THE EXECUTIVE
MEETING HELD ON 10 FEBRUARY 2021
The Committee noted the minutes of the Executive meeting held on 20 January 2021.
Minutes of the Executive – 20 January 2021
Minutes of Overview & Scrutiny Committee and Select Committees
4. Covid-19 Update
· The Strategic Director (RP) advised that he provided an update on the latest Covid-19 position at the Executive meeting held on 10 February 2021, and a detailed update was also provided to Coronavirus Executive Committee meeting held on 2 February 2021. He advised Members that there had been a reduction in Covid-19 cases, and currently stood at 150 per 1000 population in Stevenage, which was a 38.1 percent decrease for those over the age of 60.
The Strategic Director (RP) advised Members that the following actions would be taken following the Executive meeting on 10 February 2020.
· Officers were queried to provide further information on running a safe election during the pandemic.
· Further information would be provided to Members on South African variant, once received by the Officers.
· Information on how Members used their Local Community Fund to support Covid-19 would be shared with the Coronavirus Executive Committee on 26 February 2021.
5. Draft Community Safety Strategy 2021 – 2024
In response to a question, the Community Safety Manager advised Members that Hertfordshire County Council had the Hate Crime Strategy and its consultation under their remit, and was a County wide strategy. The Council would be closely monitoring the Strategy outcome. She advised Members on third party reporting centres on hate crimes.
The Committee noted the Draft Community Safety Strategy for 2021 – 2024.
6. Stevenage Connection Area Action Plan: Issues and Options Report for Public Consultation
The Planning Policy Manager updated Members on the draft Stevenage Connection Area Action Plan. In response to a question, the Assistant Director for Planning and Regulations advised Members there would be a minimum of six weeks consultation, and an additional six weeks. He clarified that the second six weeks would more likely to be face to face if lockdown measure were lifted. Members would be informed about the process via email.
In response to a question, the Strategic Director (TP) advised Members that the consultation would be accessible and Council would be responsive for options to the consultation outcome. He explained that it would be for the public to decide which options they would want the Council to explore.
The Committee noted the draft Stevenage Connection Area Plan.
7. Final General Fund and Council Tax Setting 2021/22
In response to a question, the Assistant Director for Finance and Estates (CF) advised Members on allotments. She explained that the Council took on the responsibility for the running of the allotments from the Allotment association in 2020, which had resulted in increased costs to the Council. Members agreed for the increased charge for the allotment in 2020/21 budget.
The Assistant Director for Finance and Estate
(CF) would take Members comments on board regarding increased
communication between the Council and the allotment holders. She
also clarified that there would be more targeted Member
training s, and there was still budget left for it.
The Committee noted the Final General Fund and Council Tax Setting 2021/22.
8. Final Capital Strategy 2020 – 2025/26
The Committee noted the Final Capital Strategy 2020 – 2025/26.
9. Annual Treasury Management Strategy including Prudential Code Indicators 2021/22
The Assistant Director for Finance and Estates (CF) updated Members on the key issues of the report. She explained that the Council was increasing the counterparty limits for short term investments from £8Millon to £10Millon when cash balances were higher than £30Millon.
The Committee noted the Annual Treasury Management Strategy Prudential Code Indicators 2021/22.