Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Pavilion Barn, Field Place, Worthing

Contact: Neil Terry
Senior Democratic Services Officer
01903 221073  Email: neil.terry@worthing.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

WCAB/1/22-23

Declarations of Interest

Members and officers must declare any disclosable pecuniary interests in relation to any business on the agenda.  Declarations should also be made at any stage such an interest becomes apparent during the meeting.

 

 

 

If in doubt contact the Legal or Democratic Services representative for this meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

WCAB/2/22-23

Public Questions

To receive any questions from members of the public.

 

 

 

Questions should be submitted by noon on Friday 27 January 2023 to Democratic Services, democratic.services@adur-worthing.gov.uk   

 

 

 

(Note: Public Question Time will operate for a maximum of 30 minutes.)

Minutes:

There were no questions from the public.

WCAB/3/22-23

Members Questions

Pre-submitted Members questions are pursuant to rule 12 of the Council & Committee Procedure Rules.

 

 

 

Questions should be submitted by noon on Friday 27 January 2023 to Democratic Services, democratic.services@adur-worthing.gov.uk 

 

 

 

(Note: Member Question Time will operate for a maximum of 30 minutes.)

Minutes:

There were no pre-submitted questions from Members.

WCAB/4/22-23

Items Raised Under Urgency Provisions

To consider any items the Chairman of the meeting considers to be urgent.

Minutes:

An urgent item was agreed to be considered by the Leader who made the following announcement

 

‘There has been an urgent matter brought forward for consideration at tonight’s meeting. I have agreed to accept the item  in  accordance with the appropriate Section of the Local Government Act 1972, by reason of special circumstances.

 

I propose that we shall consider the urgent item as the last item of business on tonight’s agenda’.

WCAB/5/22-23

Investing in our Places - Capital Programme 2023/24 to 2025/26 pdf icon PDF 264 KB

To consider a report by the Director for Digital, Sustainability and Resources, copy attached as item 5

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Before the Committee was a report by the Director for Digital, Sustainability and Resources, copies of which had been circulated to all Members and a copy of which is attached to the signed copy of these minutes as Item 6.

 

This report before Cabinet recommended the investment programmes for Worthing Borough Council which supported both the strategic ambition of the Council and the vital regular investment toward the upkeep and improvement of our public assets.

 

Members were asked to improve the new schemes for 2023/24. The report recommended schemes for inclusion in the programme for 2023/24 and an indicative list for schemes for 2024/25.

 

Cabinet was informed of the resources available for future capital investment, and updated Members about the financing of the proposed programmes.

 

Members welcomed the report and discussed specific projects within the plan

 

Decision

 

That the Cabinet

 

a)    Considered the General Fund Capital Investment Programmes for 2023/24 and confirmed the schemes to be included as detailed in Appendix 2 and 3;

 

b)    Recommended the full programme detailed at Appendix 3 for approval by Council on the 21st February 2023;

 

 

c)    Noted the amendments and additions to the reserve lists as detailed in Appendix 5.

 

Reason for Decision

 

To protect and maintain the Borough’s Assets

 

Alternative options considered

 

As outlined in the report.

 

Call In

 

The call-in deadline for this decision is Monday 13 February 2023 at 5.00pm.

 

There is no call in for b) as it is a decision for Council

 

WCAB/6/22-23

Budget Estimates 2023/24 and setting of the 2023/24 Council Tax pdf icon PDF 443 KB

To consider a report by the Director for Digital, Sustainability and Resources, copy attached as item 6

Minutes:

Before the Committee was a report by the Director for Digital, Sustainability and Resources, copies of which had been circulated to all Members and a copy of which is attached to the signed copy of these minutes as Item 7.

 

The report before members was the final budget report of the year, the culmination of the annual budgeting exercise, and asked members to consider: final revenue estimates, an updated outline 5-year forecast and the provisional level of Council Tax for 2023/24 prior to its submission to Council for approval.

 

The report outlined the medium term financial challenge through to 2027/28, discussed the impact the current high inflation was having on the budget over the next year, and set out performance in the key strategic areas of commercialisation, digital transformation and strategic asset management. This had been updated to include the latest information regarding the impact of the inflation on the Council’s financial position. The current budget strategy was having a significant effect on how the Council would be funded in the future with increasing income generated from commercial income and rents. Following the delay to the fairer funding review, the challenge still remained significant for 2024/25, however the delivery of the budget strategy would ensure that this was met.

 

These budgets reflected the Council's ambitions set out in the JSC Sub-Committee report ‘New Priorities for Worthing’, supported by ‘Our Plan’ and agreed savings proposals contributing to the financial sustainability of the Councils.

 

The major points raised within the report included:

 

? A full update on the impact of settlement. The Council should prepare itself for a continuation of the reduction in Government resources for 2023/24 and beyond (see section 4);

 

? Highlighted the proposed funding for initiatives to support the Councils’ ambitions;

 

? Details the proposals to invest in services outlined in Appendix 2;

 

? The Executive would need to consider whether to increase Council Tax by 2.99% or by a lower amount (section 5.10).

 

The budget was analysed by Cabinet Member portfolio. In addition, the draft estimates for 2023/24 have been prepared, as always, in accordance with the requirements of the Service Reporting Code of Practice for Local Authorities (except in relation to pension costs adjustments that do not impact either on the Budget Requirement or the Council Tax Requirement).

 

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) had been informed that the referendum criteria for this year was an increase of £15.00 per Band D property which would be equivalent to an increase of 6.67% and a further £10.00 in 2024/25. The proposed 2023/24 budget was due to be considered by the Sussex Police and Crime Panel (PCP) on 27th January 2023. If the proposals were vetoed by the PCP, revised proposals would be considered by the Panel on the 20th February 2023 at which point the Commissioner will be in a position to confirm the Council Tax for 2023/34 in time for Council on the 21st February 2023.

 

The draft Local Government Settlement allowed Councils to increase core Council Tax by up to  ...  view the full minutes text for item WCAB/6/22-23

WCAB/7/22-23

Local Plan Adoption with Additional Modifications

Minutes:

Before the Committee was an urgent report and exempt annex by the Director for Economy, copies of which had been circulated to all Members and a copy of which is attached to the signed copy of these minutes. Prior to hearing the item the Leader confirmed with members that they had received enough time to read and consider the report.

 

The report detailed that Worthing Borough Council must prepare a Local Plan to establish local planning policies for the Borough. After a number of years of preparation the Worthing Local Plan was entering the final stages towards adoption. The Local Plan was Submitted for Examination in June 2021, the Hearing Sessions were held in November 2021 and a Schedule of Modifications was consulted on during 2022.

 

The Local Planning Inspector issued his Report to the Council.  This summarised the Inspector’s key findings and his conclusion within the Report was that the Plan, as modified, was sound and legally compliant confirming the steps for formally adopting the local plan. The Local Plan was thereafter referred for adoption to the December 2022 Full Council Meeting.

 

Prior to Full Council, Officers became aware of a factual misrepresentation in the information that had been submitted to the Planning Inspector when considering his final report which is referred to in more detail at Paragraph 3 below. As result of the Misrepresentation the referral to Full Council for adoption in December was postponed to enable Officers to consider how best to resolve the Misrepresentation.

 

The Report 

 

·         Referenced under background papers the Report previously considered by The Joint Strategic Committee Sub-Committee on 8th November 2022 and approved for referral to Full Council;

 

·         Repeated the Recommendations for adopting the Local Plan to be referred to Full Council subject to the additional modifications proposed within the Report

 

Decision

 

That the Cabinet

 

1.    Approved the additional modifications referred to in this Report at Paragraph 5.1 (a)  and delegated authority to the Director for the Economy to make the additional modifications to the Local Plan.

 

2.    Referred the the Local Plan together with the additional modifications to full Council for approval, repeating the recommendations from the November JSC Sub-Committee which read as follows:- 

 

a.    Note the Inspector’s Report containing the Inspector’s main modifications to be made to the submitted Worthing Local Plan in order for it to be found sound (Appendix 1);

 

b.    Note the process of Sustainability Appraisal that has been followed and the likely significant effects of the Local Plan (together with Main Modifications);

 

c.    Note the schedule of Main Modifications (Appendix 2) to the Worthing Local Plan;

 

d.    Recommend to Full Council the adoption of the Worthing Local Plan and Policies Map (including main modifications and additional modifications relating to presentational improvements, factual updates, grammatical and typographical corrections at Appendix 3);

 

e.    Note that if the Local Plan is adopted a copy of the Final Sustainability Appraisal report, including a Sustainability Appraisal Post-Adoption Statement, will be made available for inspection alongside the Local Plan.

 

f.     To approve  ...  view the full minutes text for item WCAB/7/22-23