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					Culture, Communities and Business Services Overview and                         AGENDA ITEM 3
Scrutiny Committee
10th December 2009




DECISIONS TAKEN BY THE EXECUTIVE AND CABINET MEMBERS

1.0    Matter for consideration

1.1    The Committee to consider associated issues arising from the decisions taken by the
       Executive and the Cabinet Members.

2.0    Recommendation(s)

2.1    Members will have the opportunity to question the Cabinet Members in relation to the
       decisions taken which are listed below.



3.0    Executive and Cabinet Member Decisions

3.1    The Notices for the decisions listed below have been circulated to Members
       previously.

3.2    This report is presented to ensure Members are provided with a timely update on the
       decisions taken by the Cabinet Members and the Executive. It provides a process
       where the Committee can raise questions on any Cabinet Member or Executive
       decision and a response be provided.

3.3    Members are encouraged to seek updates on decisions from the Cabinet Members
       and will have the opportunity to raise any issues.

3.4    Executive Decisions taken regarding Business Services related issues

 Date        Subject                                                                Decision     Relevant
 Of                                                                                 Reference    Member
 Decision
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 4           MEMBER DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY 2009/10                                    EX/49/2009   Councillor
 December                                                                                        Fowler
 2009        To consider and recommend to Council the approval of the
             Member Development Strategy 2009/10. Each year, in conjunction
             with the Member Services Working Group, a Member
             Development Strategy is produced and is referenced within the
             Council's Constitution. The Strategy provides guidance and
             direction for member development based on current evidence of
             forthcoming development needs.

             This year, the development priorities were identified in a number of
             ways including:

             - Corporate/departmental and legislative priorities, identified with
             the help of the Executive Directors.
             - Business Plan consultation.
             - Personal development plans.
             - A training priority questionnaire sent to all Members.
                - Discussions undertaken by committee specific focus groups.
                - The Corporate Governance self-assessment action plan.

                As a result of this consultation, the main priority themes have been
                identified and grouped as follows:

                - Members' enquiries
                - Code of Conduct
                - Regulatory training
                - ICT
                - Overview and Scrutiny
                - Leadership
                - Personal / soft skills
                - External
                - Strategic / partnerships
                - Council-wide
                - Information to members
                - Role development

                Decision - The Executive resolved to recommend to Council that
                the Member Development Strategy 2009/10 be approved.


3.5        Decisions taken by the Cabinet Member regarding Business Services related
           issues

 Date           SUBJECT                                                                Decision      Relevant
 Of                                                                                    Reference     Member
 Decision
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 27             AREA PANEL/ WARD GRANT                                                 PH/169/2009   Cllr
 October                                                                                             Fowler
 2009           Applications under the Area Panel/Ward Grant Schemes. An
                extension to the delegated budgets scheme has also been
                approved, as follows:

                Elected Members were awarded an additional £5,000 to be
                spent on community safety related schemes, with the proviso
                that each application be supplemented by 25% or £1,250
                (whichever is the smallest) from their original budget.

                The 7 Area Panels also have an additional £2,500 per ward with
                this amount 'ring fenced' to support the 'Clean Up Blackpool'
                initiative.

                Councillors Clapham and Mitchell of Bispham ward have
                requested £1,150 for the purchase and installation of a
                Christmas tree to be located outside Bispham Fire Station. The
                Councillors have also requested £200 to contribute towards an
                organised trip to Blue Planet Aquarium for 13 children and two
                adults from Barnardos.

                Councillors Mrs Best and Houldsworth of Marton ward have
                requested £1,000 to contribute towards the cost of the
                development of council land at the corner of Weymouth Road
                and East Park Drive. The work is to be undertaken by Neil
                Froggett MBE and the Council’s Adults, Social Care and
                Housing Directorate.

                Councillors Callow and Mrs Callow of Norbreck ward have
                requested £5,000 to purchase library books with £2,500 donated
                to Anchorsholme library and £2,500 donated to Bispham library.
           £1,250 of the money allocated to each library must be spent on
           children's books and the other £1,250 on popular adult fiction
           books.

           Councillors Green and Wynne of Squires Gate ward have
           requested £5,665.44 for the purchase and installation of three
           alley gates at Ash Street. The total amount includes £200
           estimated advertising costs. The Councillors have also
           requested £20,000 to contribute to St Mary's Parish Community
           Centre to undertake works to enable the church to be more
           accessible to the local community. Works include:
           a) Renovation of public areas
           b) the improvement of disabled facilities
           c) creation of a public community area.

           Councillors Brown and Mrs Delves of Warbreck ward have
           requested £34.00 for the purchase and installation of two
           neighbourhood watch signs to be erected at lighting columns 3
           and 8 on Ormond Avenue.

           Decision – The Cabinet Member agreed to authorise the
           requests, as submitted.

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6          AREA PANEL/ WARD GRANT                                               PH/171/2009   Councillor
November                                                                                      Fowler
2009       Applications under the Area Panel/Ward Grant Schemes.

           The Council’s delegated budgets scheme allocated budgets of
           £20,000 to each ward and the Area Panels have been awarded
           budgets equivalent to £5,000 per ward covered.

           The funding for either scheme can be spent on supplementing or
           funding public services, for the benefit of the local community.
           The following is a definition of what this means: "Relates to the
           functions of the Local Authority, or other public services with
           shared delivery responsibilities with the Local Authority through
           the Local Area Agreement or other partnership arrangement".

           The Sandhurst Area Panel has requested £215 to contribute
           towards the purchase of a laptop for use by Neighbourhood
           Policing Teams at Police and Community Together meetings
           and community events.

           Councillors Jebson and Williams of Anchorsholme ward have
           requested the following:
                                                              th
           i) £149.75 for the purchase of equipment for the 4
           Anchorsholme Brownie Unit.
           ii) £3,377.55 to fund the purchase of chairs for use at the
           Sevenoaks Community Centre.
                                          rd
           iii) £761.33 to donate to the 3 Anchorsholme Scout Group to
           purchase equipment.

           Councillors Blackburn and Coleman of Brunswick ward have
           requested £200 as a contribution to Barnardos charity to assist
           with the cost of the Summer Trip.

           Councillors Taylor and Mrs Taylor of Claremont ward have
           requested £2,000 for the purchase and installation of alley gates
           at Springfield Road. The total cost of the scheme is £4,000 with
           the residents contributing 50% of the total cost. The total amount
           includes £200 estimated advertising costs.
           Councillors Houghton and Mineur of Greenlands ward have
           requested the following:
           i) £1,212.20 to fund the removal of an exiting fence at Elmridge
           Crescent and replace with new posts and railing.
           ii) £250.92 to purchase a lockable display cabinet to assist the
           Greenlands ward notice network.
           iii) £159 to fund the hire of a coach to transport elderly residents
           from sheltered accommodation in Greenlands ward, through the
           Illuminations.
           iv) £724.50 to fund the hire of a marquee for the official public
           launch of the Fylde Memorial Arboretum and Community
           Woodlands.

           Councillors Mrs Fowler and Mrs Henderson of Highfield ward
           have requested £5,500 for the purchase and installation of alley
           gates at Ivy Avenue. They have also requested £1,530 for the
           purchase and installation of alley gates at Faringdon Avenue.
           The total amount for each scheme includes £200 estimated
           advertising costs.

           Councillors Mrs Best and Houldsworth of Marton ward have
           requested £650 to provide and erect railings and a gate at the
           South Park substation at the request of residents and the Police.

           Decision – The Cabinet Member agreed to authorise the
           requests, as submitted.

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10         AREA PANEL/ WARD GRANT                                                 PH/190/2009   Councillor
November                                                                                        Fowler
2009       Applications under the Area Panel/Ward Grant Schemes.

           Councillors Jebson and Williams of Anchorsholme ward have
           requested the following:

           i) £1,464.06 to supply Karaoke and Disco equipment for the
           Anchorsholme Girl Guides.
           ii) £1,748 for the purchase of trees that will be planted in small
           green spaces and grass verges throughout Anchorsholme ward.
           iii) £178.25 to fund the purchase of bowling equipment for the
           over 60's club, held at the Anchorsholme Methodist Church.

           Councillors Houghton and Mineur of Greenlands ward have
           requested £2,248.25 to supply and erect 3 x 8 metre fibre glass
           flag poles to be located at Fylde Memorial Arboretum, Bispham
           High School and Beacon Hill High School.

           Councillors Collins and Doherty of Park ward have requested
           £1,000 as a donation to Blackpool Sixth Form College to assist
           with the costs of guests visiting from Turkey for the Ecofest
           2010.

           Councillors Jackson and Owen form Victoria ward have
           requested £1,000 for additional funding of the Arkholme Avenue
           alley gate scheme.
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           On 20 February 2009 under decision notice PH30/2009, the
           Revoe Area Panel received approval of £3,740 for the purchase
           and installation of alley gates at Harris Avenue. Due to a
           resulting under spend, £102.95 will be returned to the Area
           Panel budget.
                th
           On 7 April 2009 under decision notice PH68/2009, Councillors
           Best and Mrs Greenhalgh of Clifton ward received approval of
           £5,876.47 for the purchase and installation of alley gates at Ailsa
           Avenue. Due to a resulting under spend, £1,998.98 will be
           returned to the ward budget.
                 th
           On 13 March 2009 under decision notice PH38/2009,
           Councillors Houldsworth and Mrs Best of Marton ward received
           approval of £2,053.46 for the purchase and installation of alley
           gates at Airedale Avenue. Due to a resulting under spend,
           £76.47 will be returned to the ward budget.

           On 13th March 2009 under decision notice PH38/2009,
           Councillors Houldsworth and Mrs Best of Marton ward received
           approval of £2,253.46 for the purchase and installation of alley
           gates at Lindsay Avenue 3. Due to a resulting under spend,
           £176.47 will be returned to the ward budget.

           On 3rd February 2009 under decision notice PH25/2009,
           Councillors Green and Wynne of Squires Gate ward received
           approval of £3,902.03 for the purchase and installation of alley
           gates at Mayfield Avenue 1. Due to a resulting under spend,
           £133.90 will be returned to the ward budget.

           On 15th May 2009 under decision notice PH78/2009,
           Councillors G and R Bell of Talbot ward received approval of
           £2,050 for the purchase and installation of alley gates at Lever
           Street. Due to a resulting under spend, £100 will be returned to
           the ward budget.

           On 9th April 2009 under decision notice PH71/2009, Councillors
           Jackson and Owen of Victoria ward received approval of £6,100
           for the purchase and installation of alley gates at Wood Park
           Road. Due to a resulting under spend, £198.20 will be returned
           to the ward budget.

           Decision – The Cabinet Member agreed to authorise the
           requests, as submitted.

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27         AREA PANEL/ WARD GRANT                                                PH/191/2009   Councillor
November                                                                                       Fowler
2009       Applications under the Area Panel/Ward Grant Schemes.

           The Council’s delegated budgets scheme allocated budgets of
           £20,000 to each ward and the Area Panels have been awarded
           budgets equivalent to £5,000 per ward covered.

           The funding for either scheme can be spent on supplementing or
           funding public services, for the benefit of the local community.
           The following is a definition of what this means: "Relates to the
           functions of the Local Authority, or other public services with
           shared delivery responsibilities with the Local Authority through
           the Local Area Agreement or other partnership arrangement".

           An extension to the delegated budgets scheme has also been
           approved, as follows:

           Elected Members were awarded an additional £5,000 to be
           spent on community safety related schemes, with the proviso
           that each application be supplemented by 25 per cent or £1,250
           (whichever is the smallest) from their original budget.
            The seven Area Panels also have an additional £2,500 per ward
            with this amount 'ring fenced' to support the 'clean up Blackpool'
            initiative.

            Councillors Jebson and Williams of Anchorsholme ward have
            requested £2,000 to donate to Anchorsholme Primary School to
            assist with the cost of fuel for the two minibuses for 2010. The
            Councillors have also requested £1,000 to donate to the
            Donna's Dream House charity to be presented at a charity night
            for Donna's Dream House.

            Councillors Clapham and Mitchell of Bispham ward have
            requested £4,430 for the purchase and installation of two
            alleygates and a gate at Montpelier Avenue. The total amount
            includes £200 estimated advertising costs. The Councillors have
            also requested £4,397 to fund the provision of lighting at the rear
            street between Haddon Road and Chatsworth Avenue. Works
            include:
            a) 3 x 6 metre aluminium lighting columns
            b) 3 x advanced LED Marlin lanterns
            c) 3 x DNO/ electricity board supply
            d) Installation of lighting column and lantern.

            Councillors Houghton and Mineur of Greenlands ward have
            requested £400 to contribute to St Anne's Church for the
            reinstatement of the fencing situated along the boundaries of
            Church and Council land. A total of 29 6 x 5 panels are required.

            Councillors Haskett and Mrs Ridyard of Layton ward have
            requested £2,465 for the purchase and installation of 2 alley
            gates at Chelford Avenue 1. The total amount includes £200
            estimated advertising costs.

            Councillors N Best and Houldsworth of Marton ward have
            requested £750 to fund the purchase of camping equipment for
            the Blackpool 6th Scouting Group based at Marton United
            Reformed Church. Equipment will include five dome tents, roll
            mats and airbeds.

            Councillors Mrs Delves and Brown of Warbreck ward have
            requested £7,370 for the purchase and installation of four alley
            gates at the rear of Carlin Gate. The total amount includes £200
            estimated advertising costs.

            Decision – The Cabinet Member agreed to authorise the
            requests, as submitted.


3.6   Executive Decisions taken Culture and Communities related issues

 Date       Subject                                                               Decision    Relevant
 Of                                                                               Reference   Member
 Decision

            None taken.
3.7    Decisions taken by the Cabinet Member regarding Culture and Communities
       related issues

 Date        Subject                                               Decision          Relevant
 Of                                                                Reference         Member
 Decision

             None taken.




4.0    Witnesses/representatives

4.1    As requested by the Committee, the following relevant Member has been invited to
       attend the meeting to speak on the matter:

           Councillor Fowler, Cabinet Member, Business Services
           Councillor Williams, Cabinet Member, Culture and Communities


Relevant officer:
Mark Lewis, Head of Legal and Democratic Services
Tel: (01253) 477400, e-mail: mark.lewis@blackpool.gov.uk

Appendices attached:
None.

Background papers:
None.

Glossary:
None.