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Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

No apologies for absence were received.

 

The Leader welcomed Jade McKenzie, Trainee Solicitor, to the meeting who was attending to observe proceedings.

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are required to declare any pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests they or their spouse/partner may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting. Interests are defined on the inside cover of this agenda.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made. 

3.

MINUTES OF CABINET pdf icon PDF 298 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting, held on 25 April 2019, were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair. 

4.

LONDON BOROUGH OF CULTURE 2019: PROGRAMME AND LEGACY UPDATE pdf icon PDF 277 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

(a)          noted the programme developments since the January 2019 Cabinet paper, including the achievement of key milestones such as the delivery of ‘Welcome to the Forest’, ‘Africa Express: the Circus’, ‘EastSide Story’, Roger Ascham: Dancers in Residence, and ‘Atomic 50’;

 

(b)          noted the success of the first round  ...  view the full decision text for item 4.

Minutes:

The Leader introduced the report and, in doing so, described the Borough of Culture programme as being a massive success and said that it was good to digest the excellent progress made.  She went on to say that the events and activities delivered across the borough were exceptional and gave thanks to all officers of the Council who contributed. 

 

Cabinet:

 

(1)  noted the programme developments since the January 2019 Cabinet paper, including the achievement of key milestones such as the delivery of ‘Welcome to the Forest’, ‘Africa Express: the Circus’, ‘EastSide Story’, Roger Ascham: Dancers in Residence, and ‘Atomic 50’;

 

(2)  noted the success of the first round of the Fellowship Funding Make it Happen grants programme, the launch of round two of Make it Happen and activity across Make it Work and Make it Local workstreams;

 

(3)  noted the development of plans for the Cultural Leadership Programme;

 

(4)  endorsed the Impact Strategy: Direction of Travel document which outlines key impacts from the programme so far, makes some early announcements for 2020, and outlines further work to be done before the final impact strategy in early 2020;

 

(5)  noted the update on the programme’s current budget position in line with forecast spend, including sponsorship and fundraising; and

 

(6)  noted that further updates on the London Borough of Culture 2019 programme will be presented to Cabinet on a quarterly basis, with the next update scheduled for September 2019.

 

5.

LOW HALL DEPOT REDEVELOPMENT pdf icon PDF 250 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet:

(1)          approved a capital budget of up to £19.84m comprising:

 

(a)           a Project Delivery Budget of up to £1.74m to fund the project management, design, procurement and other costs required to deliver the new Depot and enabling residential-led development; and

(b)           £18.1m to meet the upfront construction costs of  ...  view the full decision text for item 5.

Minutes:

Councillor Loakes introduced the report and said that the initiation of a programme of redevelopment for the Low Hall depot site was good news for the borough.  He added that the planned redevelopment would significantly improve working conditions.

 

Councillor Miller explained that the report demonstrated how assets could be used to bring about meaningful change and said that the proposals were an innovative use of the Council’s land.  He said that he looked forward to a new community in an area that was under-used.  Councillor Miller went on to say that the proposals offered substantial benefit and would drive forward regeneration.  He then gave thanks to all officers involved.  The Leader echoed his words of thanks.

 

 

Cabinet:

(1)          approved a capital budget of up to £19.84m comprising:

 

(a)           a Project Delivery Budget of up to £1.74m to fund the project management, design, procurement and other costs required to deliver the new Depot and enabling residential-led development; and

(b)           £18.1m to meet the upfront construction costs of the new Depot and to note that this will be repaid via a residential-led mixed-use development on released surplus land that is projected to generate a capital receipt of circa £20.0m subject to market conditions;

(2)          approved the commencement of the project subject to the cost of the new Depot, as outlined in Paragraph 2.2 of the report, being contained within the funding envelope generated by the residential-led development.  Any residual capital receipt will contribute towards any interim works that are undertaken as outlined in Paragraph 7.1.4 of the report and will then be held corporately in the Capital Receipts reserve to finance the remaining capital programme;

 

(3)          noted that, given the value of the project, an Outline Business Case will be produced, similar to HM Treasury’s ‘five case model’ and supplementary Green Book guidance, and approved by the Project Board and Capital Strategy & Asset Management Group prior to procurement commencing;

 

(4)          noted that the business case will be continuously reviewed by the Director of Property & Asset Management and that, if risks relating to a significant reduction in resources or an increase in costs are identified, proposals to mitigate these will be brought back to Cabinet; and

 

(5)          delegated approval to the Director of Property and Asset Management, in consultation with the Strategic Director of Finance & Governance, to procure and appoint the project management and technical teams required to support the new Depot and residential-led development projects.

 

OPTIONS & ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED

 

Given the challenging nature of the site and the range of constraints that are present, the Council could choose not to explore its redevelopment potential.  However, a new, modern Depot facility is urgently required and alternative locations would have to be considered. The time and cost involved in this process are considered to be prohibitive.

 

The Council could explore the possibility of a full joint venture with a development partner, involving construction of the new Depot and the development of released land.  However, the Council would be exposed to the risk of programme delay,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

SLUM LANDLORDS

Minutes:

The Leader confirmed that she had visited a number of properties that morning with licensing officers and representatives from the London Fire Brigade to see residents and the conditions that they live in.  She stated that some of the properties she visited were in appalling conditions even though residents were paying large sums of money for rent. The Leader went on to say that she found the actions of such landlords to be reprehensible and stated that the Council needed to do everything in its power to tackle slum landlords.