Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Monday, 15th July, 2024 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX

Contact: Democratic Services  Email: democratic.services@croydon.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

2.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, 15th May 2024 as an accurate record.

3.

Disclosure of Interests

Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that, in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, they are required to consider in advance of each meeting whether they have a disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI), an other registrable interest (ORI) or a non-registrable interest (NRI) in relation to any matter on the agenda. If advice is needed, Members should contact the Monitoring Officer in good time before the meeting.

 

If any Member or co-opted Member of the Council identifies a DPI or ORI which they have not already registered on the Council’s register of interests or which requires updating, they should complete the disclosure form which can be obtained from Democratic Services at any time, copies of which will be available at the meeting for return to the Monitoring Officer.

 

Members and co-opted Members are required to disclose any DPIs and ORIs at the meeting.

-      Where the matter relates to a DPI they may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must not stay in the meeting unless granted a dispensation.

-      Where the matter relates to an ORI they may not vote on the matter unless granted a dispensation.

-      Where a Member or co-opted Member has an NRI which directly relates to their financial interest or wellbeing, or that of a relative or close associate, they must disclose the interest at the meeting, may not take part in any discussion or vote on the matter and must not stay in the meeting unless granted a dispensation. Where a matter affects the NRI of a Member or co-opted Member, section 9 of Appendix B of the Code of Conduct sets out the test which must be applied by the Member to decide whether disclosure is required.

 

The Chair will invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3, to be recorded in the minutes.

4.

Urgent Business (If any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.

5.

Scrutiny Stage 1: Recommendations Arising from Scrutiny pdf icon PDF 131 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to:

 

1.     Receive the recommendations arising from the meeting of the Homes Sub-Committee on 29 January 2024 (Appendix 1), Children & Young People Sub-Committee on 19 March 2024 (Appendix 2), the Streets & Environment Sub-Committee on 2 April 2024 (Appendix 3), the Scrutiny & Overview Committee on 22 April 2024 (Appendix 3).

 

2.     Provide a substantive response to the recommendations (a Scrutiny Stage 2 Report) at the Cabinet meeting on 25 September 2024

 

 

6.

Scrutiny Stage 2: Responses to Recommendations: Streets & Environment Sub-Committee, 30th Jan and Homes Sub-Committee 16th April & 9th July 2024 pdf icon PDF 122 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to:

 

1.     Approve the responses and action plans attached to this report as Appendix 1, 2, and 3, and

 

2.     Delegate authority to the officers identified in Appendix 1, 2, and 3 to report back to the Scrutiny and Overview Committee, or relevant Sub-Committee, within the periods specified in the agreed responses and action plans, and on progress made in implementing any action plan.

7.

Future Options for Maintained Nursery Schools pdf icon PDF 139 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to:

 

2.1       note the findings from the MNS review at Appendix 1.

 

2.2       note that the current model of Croydon’s MNS is not financially sustainable to guarantee their future viability as funding is insufficient to cover the costs in some of the MNS, alongside declining birth rate. 

 

2.3       approve Croydon’s new operating model for its MNS, which is for each MNS to establish, at least, a ‘soft’ federation - formally collaborate - with the governing body of a primary school, special school, or academy trust through a Service Level Agreement (SLA). This is in line with Model – Aii – referred to in the MNS review at Appendix 1.

 

2.4       note that three of Croydon’s MNS – Thornton Heath, Tunstall, and Purley – are already linked successfully to a primary school via an SLA or a federation and have a balanced budget.

 

2.5       note that the other two MNS – Federation of Crosfield and Selhurst – are not linked to a primary school and have a deficit budget.

 

2.6       strongly recommend that the Governing Body of the Federation of Crosfield and Selhurst Nursery Schools accept and support Croydon’s new operating model for MNS and start the process immediately to establish a ‘soft’ federation with a primary school, special school, or academy trust through a Service Level Agreement (SLA), by January 2025.

 

2.7       authorise officers to work with Crosfield and Selhurst (Federation) Nursery schools to broker and identify a suitable primary school, special school or academy trust to create a ‘soft’ federation through an agreed Service Level Agreement. If the Federation of Crosfield and Selhurst, does not respond positively, robustly, or rapidly to the recommendation by the Council and the requirement to achieve a balanced budget by the 2025/26 financial year then the Council could intervene by issuing a warning notice to the governing body and appoint an Interim Executive Board (IEB) on the grounds of poor financial management.

 

2.8       As a consequence of recommendations 2.6 and 2.7, confirm that, if the MNS follow these proposal the need to reduce the number of Maintained Nursery Schools in Croydon through closures or mergers, will not be pursued, at this stage.

8.

Report on Nine Experimental Traffic Management Orders to support Healthy School Streets Schemes (Group 3) pdf icon PDF 307 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to:

 

 

2.1       To make the following eight experimental traffic orders, which form the healthy school streets schemes detailed within this report, permanent: 

 

School 

Affected road(s) 

Section 

ETMO Cited As 

Ref 

Howard Primary School 

a.      .Dering Place; 

b.      Barham Road 

a.  Entire length 

b.  Entire length 

The Croydon (Traffic Movement) (No.1) Experimental Order 2023 

HOWARDSS/2023 

South Norwood Primary School 

a.        Birchanger Road; 

b.        Crowther Road; 

c.         Gresham Road 

a.  Between Carmichael Road and Merton Road 

b.  Between Balfour Road and Stanger Road 

c.  Entire length 

The Croydon (Traffic Movement) (No.2) Experimental Order 2023 

SOUTHNORWOODSS/2023 

Gonville Academy 

Gonville Road 

Between Limpsfield Avenue and Gonville Academy 

The Croydon (Traffic Movement) (No.3) Experimental Order 2023 

GONVILLESS/2023 

The Crescent Primary School and The BRIT School 

a.        The Crescent 

b.        Saracen Close 

a.  Entire length 

b.  Entire length 

The Croydon (Traffic Movement) (No.4) Experimental Order 2023 

CRESCENTSS/2023 

St Cyprians Greek Orthodox Primary School 

a.        Ingram Road 

b.        Springfield Road 

a.  Between Carolina Road and Springfield Road 

b.  Between Carolina Road and Springfield Road 

The Croydon (Traffic Movement) (No.5) Experimental Order 2023 

CYPRIANSS/2023 

Good Shepherd Catholic School 

a.        Dunley Drive 

b.        Walker Close 

a.  Between Leigh Crescent and Chesney Crescent 

b.  Entire length 

The Croydon (Traffic Movement) (No.6) Experimental Order 2023 

GOODSHSS/2023 

Kenley Primary School 

a.        New Barn Lane 

b.        Mosslea Road 

a.  Between Beverley Road and the railway line 

b.  Between New Barn Lane and Hillcrest Road 

The Croydon (Traffic Movement) (No.8) Experimental Order 2023 

KENLEYSS/2023 

Oasis Shirley Park 

a.        Stroud Green Way 

b.        Swinburne Crescent 

a.  Between north-eastern boundary of Oasis Academy, Shirley Park and Coleridge Road 

b.  Entire length 

The Croydon (Traffic Movement) (No.9) Experimental Order 2023 

SHIRLEYPARKSS/2023 

 

2.2       To withdraw The Croydon (Traffic Movement) (No.7) Experimental Order 2023 effective as of 23 July 2024 in respect of the Park Hill Junior & Infant School Street in Stanhope Road, The Avenue, Cotelands, Crusader Gardens and Pageant Walk, and not to proceed to make it permanent; and to authorise the Corporate Director of Sustainable Communities, Regeneration and Economic Recovery to take steps necessary to publicise this withdrawal and remove any associated signage and other measures in place as a result of the experimental order. 

 

2.3       Subject to approval of recommendation 2.1 above, to delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Sustainable Communities, Regeneration and Economic Recovery to undertake all measures necessary to make the eight experimental orders permanent Traffic Management Orders, including pursuant to the statutory requirements of the Road Traffic Management Act 1984 and Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996 and make arrangements for the enforcement thereof. 

9.

REGINA ROAD PROJECT - PROJECT UPDATE AND NEXT STEPS pdf icon PDF 225 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to:

 

2.1.              To agree an updated approach to phasing to ensure the delivery of 225 grant funded new Council homes in respect of planning, demolition, and construction. The redevelopment will only include 2 phases being: 

 

2.1.1         Phase 1, comprising 225 new Council homes (minimum 200 social rented and up to 25 leaseholder/freeholder products) and kindergarten/ community facility (previously phases 1 & 2).  

2.1.2         Phase 2, comprising a minimum 155 private homes.

 

2.2        To note that the procurement of a demolition contractor is being progressed in line with delegations set out in the Annual Procurement Plan

 

 

 

 

10.

Council Housing Asset Management Strategy 2024/29 pdf icon PDF 182 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet  RESOLVED to:

 

2.1   Consider the feedback received on the principles behind the Asset Management Strategy 2024-2029 from residents, partners and Members via engagement and consultation briefings; and Equalities Impact Assessment detailed in Appendix 2.

 

2.2   Consider the feedback from the Homes Scrutiny Committee held on 9th July 2024 and executive response (Appendix 3).

 

2.3   Agree the Council Housing Asset Management Strategy 2024 - 2029 (Appendix 1) and recommend to Full Council for adoption.

 

2.4   Agree to delegated authority to Corporate Director to make minor amendments (i.e., slight wording changes to make more accessible, formatting etc.) in conjunction with Executive Mayor and Cabinet Member but prior to its recommendation and adoption by Full Council.

2.5   Note the report will be updated for Council on Wednesday 17th July 2024 with the related Executive responses to the Scrutiny recommendations.

 

 

11.

Housing Resident Engagement Strategy for Croydon 2024-29 pdf icon PDF 147 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to:

 

2.1    Consider the feedback received via the engagement and consultation process as detailed in Appendix 2.

 

2.2    Consider the feedback received from the Homes Scrutiny Committee held on 23rd October 2023 and feedback from the Homes Scrutiny Committee held on 9th July 2024 and executive response (Appendix 5). 

 

2.3    Consider the Equalities Impact Assessment detailed in Appendix 3 and 

 

2.4    Agree the Residents Engagement Strategy 2024- 2029 as detailed in Appendix 1

 

2.5    Agree to delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Housing to make minor amendments to the Strategy in consultation with the Executive Mayor and Cabinet Member for Homes following agreement by the Executive Mayor but prior to its recommendation and adoption by Full Council.

 

2.6    Agree to recommend to Full Council, the adoption of the Resident Engagement Strategy 2024 to 2029, Appendix 1 to this report.

12.

Update on Housing Needs and Homelessness Transformation pdf icon PDF 275 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to:

 

2.2   To note the progress to date of the delivery of the transformation projects within the Housing Needs and Homelessness division of the Housing directorate.

 

 

13.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following motion is to be moved and seconded where it is proposed to exclude the press and public from the remainder of a meeting:

 

“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.”

14.

MADE NOW PARTA - OPEN - PREVIOUSLY PART B - Restricted Appendix 1C and 1D - Future of Maintained Nurseries Item pdf icon PDF 261 KB

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