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									                        BARNSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL

                                                 CABINET

                                              8th August, 2007

125.   Present:          Councillors Houghton (Chairman), Bostwick, Burgess, Cheetham, Gardiner, Miller,
                         Newman and Stokes.

                         Councillors Fisher, Hinchliff, Price, Wainwright and Wilson were also in
                         attendance.

126. Chair’s Announcement

       The Chair was pleased to announce the best ever performance by Barnsley’s schools, following
       publication of the National Test Results for Key Stage 2. He expressed his congratulations to all the
       pupils and staff on this achievement.

127. Declarations of Personal Interests

       There were no declarations of personal interest.

128. Leader of the Council - Call-In of Cabinet Decisions

       The Leader reported that no decisions from the previous meeting held on 25th July, 2007 had been
       called-in.

129. Minutes of the Meeting held on 25th July, 2007 (Cab.8.8.2007/3.1)

       The minutes of the meeting held on 25th July, 2007 were taken as read and signed by the Chairman as
       a correct record.

130. Leader – Minutes of the One Barnsley Board Meeting held on 6th June, 2007 (Cab.8.8.2007/3.2)

       RESOLVED that the minutes of the One Barnsley Board meeting held on 6th June, 2007 be received.

131. Adult Social Services and Health Spokesperson – Minutes of the Joint Agency Group Meetings
     held on 21st June and 2nd July, 2007 (Cab.8.8.2007/3.3)

       RESOLVED that the minutes of the Joint Agency Group Meetings held on 21st June and 2nd July,
       2007 be received and referred to the Health and Adult Services Scrutiny Commission.

132. Minutes of the Darfield/Wombwell Area Forum Meeting held on 2nd July, 2007
     (Cab.8.8.2007/3.4)

       RESOLVED that the minutes of the Darfield/Wombwell Area Forum meeting held on 2nd July, 2007
       be received.

133. Minutes of the Monk Bretton/Royston/St. Helens Area Forum Meeting held on 12th July, 2007
     (Cab.8.8.2007/3.5)

       RESOLVED that the minutes of the Monk Bretton/Royston/St. Helens Area Forum meeting held on
       12th July, 2007 be received.

134. Minutes of the Cudworth/North East Area Forum Meeting held on 16th July, 2007
     (Cab.8.8.2007/3.6)

       RESOLVED that the minutes of the Cudworth/North East Area Forum Meeting held on 16th July,
       2007 be received.
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135. Minutes of the Penistone East/Penistone West Area Forum Meeting held on 18th July, 2007
     (Cab.8.8.2007/3.7)

     RESOLVED that the minutes of the Penistone East/Penistone West Area Forum Meeting held on
     18th July, 2007 be received.

136. Decisions of Cabinet Spokespersons (Cab.8.8.2007/4)

     The Record of Decisions taken by Cabinet Spokespersons under delegated powers during the weeks
     ending 27th July and 3rd August, 2007 were noted.

137. Petitions Received Under Standing Order 40 (Cab.8.8.2007/5)

     RESOLVED that the report notifying the receipt of the following petitions and their referral to the
     relevant Executive Director for investigation/action, be noted:-

     (i)     Containing 374 signatures of residents of Darton, Kexborough, Mapplewell and Staincross
             concerning the withdrawal of the 235 bus service.

             Petition referred to Executive Director Development.

     (ii)    Containing 163 signatures of residents of Dearne Hall Road, Barugh Green and surrounding
             area requesting traffic calming measures, including restrictions on HGVs, and
             temporary/mobile speed camera on Dearne Hall Road.

             Petition referred to Executive Director Environmental Services.

     (iii)   Containing 135 signatures of residents of Higham Common Road, Longley Street, Barugh
             Green Road and surrounding area concerning the increase in traffic on Higham Common Lane,
             since the opening of the Dodworth By-pass; and problems with vehicles parked
             inappropriately, ineffective/poorly signed traffic calming features, and the use of St. Austell
             Drive and Longley Street as shortcuts.

             Petition referred to Executive Director Environmental Services.

     (iv)    Containing 27 signatures of residents of the Broomhill area objecting to Gypsy Horse Fairs
             being held at Broomhill.

             Petition referred to Executive Director Environmental Services.

     (v)     Containing 23 signatures of residents of the Smithies Lane Gypsy Site complaining that
             vehicles queuing at the Recycling Centre at Smithies Depot are blocking access to the Site.

             Petition referred to Executive Director Environmental Services.

     (vi)    Containing 32 signatures of residents of Walton Street, Gawber, requesting Walton Street to be
             included in the Barnsley Hospital Residents’ Parking Scheme.

             Petition referred to Executive Director Environmental Services.
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     (vii) Containing 18 signatures of residents of Hollowdene, Gawber, requesting Hollowdene be
           included in the Barnsley Hospital Residents’ Parking Scheme.

             Petition referred to Executive Director Environmental Services.

     (viii) Containing 10 signatures of residents of Roland Road, Gawber, requesting Rowland Road be
            included in the Barnsley Hospital Residents’ Parking Scheme.

             Petition referred to Executive Director Environmental Services.

     (ix)    Containing 1,408 signatures of residents in Hoyland and surrounding area objecting to the
             proposed sale of Hoyland Lowe Stand.

             Petition referred to Executive Director Finance and Property, with request that Hoyland Lowe
             Stand be moved to Year 3 of the Disposals Programme.

138. Leader – One Barnsley Investment Plan 2007/2014 (Cab.8.8.2007/6)

     RESOLVED that the One Barnsley Investment Plan 2007/2014, as outlined in Appendix A to the
     report, be approved.

139. Adult Social Services and Health Spokesperson – Barnsley MBC Home Care Service
     Development (Cab.8.8.2007/7.1)

     RESOLVED:-

     (i)     that, subject to the outcome of a 12 week consultation process, approval be given to change the
             terms and conditions of employment for Home Carers from standard to flexible contracts, as
             detailed in the report;

     (ii)    that the Home Care Service Business Manager be authorised, in consultation with Human
             Resources, to enter into a statutory consultation period prior to issuing a 12 week formal notice
             of changes to contracts on the 5th November, 2007;

     (iii)   that following consultation with Home Carers the Home Care Service Business Manager be
             authorised to implement new working patterns and work programmes.

140. Adult Social Services and Health Spokesperson – Supporting People Programme Annual
     Report, Budget and Commissioning Priorities (Cab.8.8.2007/7.2)

     RESOLVED:-

     (i)     that the financial position of the Supporting People budget as set out in the report be noted;

     (ii)    that the commissioning priorities for the development of new Supporting People Services
             across the Borough as set out in the report be noted;

     (iii)   that a Supporting People Commissioning and Procurement Officer post be established for a
             temporary period of six months.
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141. Corporate Services Spokesperson – Revised Selective Voluntary Early Retirement Policy –
     Teaching Staff (Cab.8.8.2007/8)

     RESOLVED that the revised Selective Voluntary Early Retirement Scheme (SVER) – Teaching
     Employees, as outlined in Appendix 1 to the report, be approved for implementation in order to meet
     legislative requirements.

142. Finance Spokesperson – Barnsley Local Improvement Trust (LIFT) Centres Soft Services
     Facilities Management (Cab.8.8.2007/9.1)

     RESOLVED:-

     (i)     that the Council be the contracting authority for the soft service Facilities Management at the
             LIFT Centres, as detailed in the report;

     (ii)    that, subject to the availability of resources, the Assistant Director (Property and Procurement)
             be authorised to enter into a contract with the service provider for soft services Facilities
             Management at the LIFT Centres.

143. Finance Spokesperson – Provisional Revenue Final Accounts 2006/07 for the Housing Revenue
     Account (Cab.8.8.2007/9.2)

     RESOLVED:-

     (i)     that the 2006/07 Housing Revenue Final Accounts, as detailed in the report, be noted;

     (ii)    that the Executive Director Finance submit a further report on the overall outturn position if
             there are significant adjustments to the accounts arising from external audit or other factors;

     (iii)   that the earmarked items within the working balance, as set out in Appendix C and Section 5.1
             of the report, be approved;

     (iv)    that the variation of £0.146m in the Management Fee for Berneslai Homes Ltd be approved,
             subject to the Council’s nominated representatives being satisfied with performance of the
             Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) during 2006/07;

     (v)     that the 2007/08 Management Fee to Berneslai Homes be reviewed to take account of funding
             which is to be carried forward from 2006/07 as set out in Section 4.7 and the development
             proposals in Section 5.1 of the report;

     (vi)    that the Cabinet Spokesperson for Development be authorised to approve the detailed
             investment proposals for Berneslai Homes 2006/07 Management Services revenue surplus.

144. Development Spokesperson – Land Reclamation Programme 2006/07 Year End Report and
     New Programme for 2007/08 (Cab.8.8.2007/10)

     RESOLVED:-

     (i)     that the Land Reclamation Programme 2006/07 Year End Report be noted;
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     (ii)    that the Land Reclamation Programme 2007/08 be approved for implementation by the
             Assistant Directors, Economic Regeneration and Highways and Engineering;

     (iii)   that the Assistant Director Economic Regeneration, or their nominee, be authorised to sign the
             “Grant Approval Acceptance of Grant Conditions” forms and Single Pot approval documents
             issued by Yorkshire Forward and Renaissance South Yorkshire in relation to individual scheme
             approvals;

     (iv)    that the Assistant Directors, Economic Regeneration and Highways and Engineering, be
             authorised to seek planning permission, in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Town and
             Country Planning General Regulations 1992 for each scheme, where appropriate;

     (v)     that, where no suitable standing list is available, the Assistant Director, Highways and
             Engineering be authorised to prepare select tender lists and invite tenders for such works
             within the Programme;

     (vi)    that the Assistant Director Highways and Engineering be authorised to accept tenders for
             schemes within the Programme and that the Borough Secretary be authorised to enter into
             contracts and complete any necessary documentation;

     (vii) that, in cases where 100% Land Reclamation Grant is being sought, the Assistant Director,
           Highways and Engineering, in consultation with the Cabinet Spokesperson Environmental
           Services, be authorised to accept tender figures in excess of the approval Capital Programme
           (subject to Yorkshire Forward’s approval to 100% grant being obtained for the grant eligible
           items) and the resultant variations to the Capital Programme be reported to Cabinet in
           accordance with existing budgetary procedures;

     (viii) that the Assistant Director, Economic Regeneration, after consultation with the Executive
            Director Finance and in consultation with the Cabinet Spokesperson Development, be
            authorised to proceed with projects not currently in the Capital Programme, subject to approval
            of 100% grant funding; non grant eligible components of schemes brought forward in this way
            will be contained within the approved Reclamation Support Fund provision of £26,000;

     (ix)    that variations to the approved Capital Programme arising from in-year Yorkshire Forward
             approvals be reported to future meetings of Cabinet;

     (x)     that the support funding of £35,000 provided to give technical assistance to English
             Partnerships in their development of the Rabbit Ings Scheme at Royston be used as and when
             English Partnerships confirm that the scheme has been agreed in principle by their Board;

     (xi)    that the Assistant Director, Highways and Engineering be authorised to appoint consultants
             when considered necessary, subject to all expenditure being contained within the Reclamation
             Programme fee allocation or the appropriate 2007/08 departmental revenue budgets and that
             the Borough Secretary be authorised to enter into contracts and complete any necessary
             documentation;

     (xii) that, should the final scheme cost exceed the original contract value by more than 10%, subject
           to the increase being fully funded by external grant, the Assistant Director Highways and
           Engineering be authorised to proceed with the scheme and the resultant variations to the
           Capital Programme be reported to Cabinet in accordance with existing budgetary procedures;
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     (xiii) that the Assistant Director Economic Regeneration be authorised to include within the
            approved Capital Programme and release after-value payments which are required to be repaid
            to English Partnerships.

145. Children and Young People’s Services Spokesperson – Introduction of Financial Assessment
     for Adoption, Special Guardianship and Residence Order Allowances (Cab.8.8.2007/11.1)

     RESOLVED:-

     (i)     that the standardised financial assessment model for Adoption and Special Guardianship
             Allowances, be adopted by the Authority for Adoption, Special Guardianship and Residence
             Order Allowances, as detailed in the report;

     (ii)    that, as set out in the model, payments be reviewed after 3 months where it is felt that
             applicant’s income will have increased as a result of receiving additional state benefits;

     (iii)   that allowance payments be reviewed at least annually and recipients be required to alert the
             Authority at any time if their circumstances change;

     (iv)    that allowances granted before the implementation of the report’s recommendations will not be
             subject to the proposed financial assessment model.

146. Children and Young People’s Services Spokesperson – Education Capital Programme 2007/08
     and 2008/09 (Cab.8.8.2007/11.2)

     RESOLVED:-

     (i)     that the proposed Education Capital Programme 2007/08 and 2008/09 schemes listed in
             Appendix B to the report be approved and financed from capital allocations as detailed in
             Appendix A to the report;

     (ii)    that the Executive Director Children, Young People and Families, in consultation with the
             Cabinet Spokesperson, be authorised to vary the programme of works, and to approve
             additional schemes, in the light of tenders received;

     (iii)   that the financial implications arising from the report be included in the Capital Programme
             and funding be released in accordance with Financial Regulations Code of Practice Paragraph
             C5.2(a).

147. Children and Young People’s Spokesperson – Children’s Play Strategy and Big Lottery Fund
     Application (Cab.8.8.2007/11.3)

     RESOLVED:-

     (i)     that the Barnsley Children’s Play Strategy, as detailed in Appendix 1 to the report, be
             approved;

     (ii)    that a Barnsley Play Partnership be established as a sub-group of the Children and Young
             People’s Strategic Partnership;

     (iii)   that approval be given to the submission of Barnsley’s application and Project Portfolio for Big
             Lottery Funding in September, 2007 (subject to minor amendments before submission);
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     (iv)    that the Cabinet Spokesperson for Children and Young People’s Services be endorsed as the
             Play Champion for Barnsley.

148. Exclusion of the Public and Press

     RESOLVED that the public and press be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the
     following items, because of the likely disclosure of exempt information as described by the specific
     paragraphs of Part I, of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as follows:-

     Item Number                 Type of Information Likely to be Disclosed

       149                                   Paragraph 3
       150                                   Paragraph 1

149. Development Spokesperson – Barnsley Premier Leisure – Darton High School Fitness Facility
     (Cab.8.8.2007/13.1)

     RESOLVED that approval be given for the Council to provide a loan to cover the initial capital costs
     of equipment for the Darton High School Fitness Facility, in accordance with the details set out in the
     report.

150. Development Spokesperson – Raising Planning Standards: Processes, Resources and
     Performance Management (Cab.8.8.2007/13.2)

     RESOLVED:-

     (i)     that the proposals described in Appendix B to the report, in relation to regrading and structures
             for the Planning and Transportation Management Team, Development Control and Highways
             Development Control staff be approved (subject to evaluation); that resources and staff relating
             to Highways Development Control, Countryside and the Trans Pennine Trail Office be
             transferred to Environmental Services Directorate and that a further report be submitted to
             Cabinet on arrangements to implement this change;

     (ii)    that supplementary proposals in relation to the trees/forestry activity hosted by Planning and
             Transportation be reported to Cabinet following further discussions;

     (iii)   that appointment to the new Planning and Transportation Management Team posts, as
             described in the report be progressed, and that revised structures for Policy Development and
             Improvement Sections be the subject of a further report in Autumn 2007, following
             appointment to the Management posts;

     (iv)    that the proposals, set out in Appendix C to the report, to strengthen processes within the
             Planning and Transportation Service, be approved and that a further report be submitted to
             Cabinet on delegations by the Planning Regulatory Board;

     (v)     that the proposals, outlined in Appendix D to the report, in relation to Performance
             Management, be approved;

     (vi)    that the scheme for the investment in ICT within Development Control be included within the
             approved Capital Programme and funding be released in accordance with Financial
             Regulations Code of Practice Paragraph C5.2(a).
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                   …………………………..
                   Chairman

								
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