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Agenda and decisions

Executive Board
Tuesday, 8th January, 2019 10.00 am

With effect from 1 April 2016 Agenda and Minutes will be available in both Welsh and English. Reports are working documents and produced in English only in accordance with Welsh Language Standard 41 of this Council’s Final Compliance Notice from the Welsh Language Commissioner.

Venue: Council Chamber, Guildhall

Contact: Helen Coomber  Committee Manager

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Items
No. Item

1.

Questions pdf icon PDF 8 KB

 

(a)          Public Questions/Statements

 

(b)          Members’ Questions

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2.

Apologies for Absence

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3.

Declarations of personal interests, if any

Members are reminded of their responsibility, under Paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare the existence and nature of any personal interest in respect of any of the business to be transacted at this meeting

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4.

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 11 December 2018

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5.

Proposal to consult on the increase in pupil capacity at Ysgol Bro Alun - Consultation Feedback pdf icon PDF 173 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for People - Education

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Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

(i)        That the consultation feedback contained in report HEd/01/19 be noted.

 

(ii)       That Officers be given approval to proceed to Statutory Notices (Appendix 1) regarding the proposal to increase pupil capacity at Ysgol Bro Alun. 

 

            To create an extension to the current building to accommodate a further 105 pupils (15 pupils per year group).  The first year of increase would be September 2019 for Nursery (additional 15 places) and Reception (additional 15 places) the increase in capacity would be restricted to those year groups only.

 

            The annual admission number will increase by 15 places (from 30 to 45) for nursery and reception places from 2019 onwards and these classes will feed through the school until the maximum capacity of 315 (plus 45 nursery places) has been reached.

 

(iii)      That these matters be dealt with as an urgent item of business in accordance with Standing Order 43 (1) of the Council’s Standing Orders.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(i)         There is continued demand for Welsh medium places within Wrexham. Whilst we are meeting current demand, further growth is projected.

 

(ii)        The Welsh in Education Strategic Plan identifies the growth in Welsh medium and the Welsh Government’s aims for 1 million Welsh speakers by 2050.

 

(iii)       An opportunity has arisen where funding has been made available through Welsh Government for Welsh medium education.

 

 

6.

Revenue Budget 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for Organisation – Finance, Performance, Health & Safety and Governance

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Decision:

RESOLVED -

 

(i)         That the Board agrees its final recommendation on the budget and council tax for consideration by Council and that:

(a) the 2019/20 revenue budget totalling £236,853,291 be approved

(b) a sum of £61,601,358 be raised from council tax which equates to £1,153.13 at band D and of that sum:-

 

(i)         £82,061 be raised as special expenses on the community areas of Acton, Caia Park, Offa and Rhosddu (£1.53), £4,885 on the community of Glyntraian (£0.09), £14,235 on the community of Llangollen Rural (£0.27) and £18,073 on the community of Chirk (£0.34)

 

(ii)        £ 61,482,104 be raised as general expenses (£1,150.90).

 

(ii)        That the Medium Term Financial Strategy Statement outlined in Appendix 4 to report HF/01/19 be recommended to Council.

 

(iii)       The 2019/20 Capital Strategy, Treasury Management Strategy Statement and the Investment Strategy as outlined in Appendix 5 and Appendix 5a to report HF/01/19 be recommended to Council.

 

Reason for decisions

 

To enable the Council to determine its revenue budget for 2019/20 and set the council tax for that year. To update the Medium Term Financial Plan and to make recommendations to Council on its Capital, Treasury Management and Investment Strategies.

7.

Erlas pdf icon PDF 122 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for Organisation – Finance, Performance, Health & Safety and Governance

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Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

(i)           That the Head of Housing and Economy be authorised to carry out relevant ecological surveys and implement mitigation measures required to enable the demolition of Erlas House, as marked 1 on Appendix 3 to report HHE/55/18 together with the derelict semi-detached cottages as marked 2.

 

(ii)          That subject to the outcome of the Adult Social Care Work Opportunities review, the Head of Housing and Economy in consultation with the relevant Lead Member(s) be authorised to determine whether or not to demolish the Principal’s House and associated structures as marked 3 on Appendix 3 to report HHE/55/18.

 

(iii)      That the site edged red on Appendix 3 to report HHE/55/18 be retained for future use to be determined by the Executive Board In accordance with the Council’s Corporate Land and Buildings Policy and Procedures.

 

Reason for decisions

 

          A release strategy for assets will enable more effective use of office accommodation and reduce annual costs whilst also offering the potential for either seeking a capital receipt or reusing the site in the future.

8.

Football in Wrexham County Borough pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for Place – Environment and Transport

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Decision:

RESOLVED -  That the Head of Environment and Planning, in consultation with the Lead Member for Place - Environment and Transport and Lead Member for People, Youth Services and Anti-Poverty, be authorised to develop the pilot football hubs in partnership with Football Association of Wales (Trust) and North East Wales Football Association.

 

Reasons for decision

 

(i)           A strategic approach in partnership with footballing organisations, utilising their expertise and knowledge, should result in better football outcomes, stronger, more successful clubs, better facilities and more women and girls participating in the sport.    

 

(ii)          Developing better football facilities in schools, in partnership with clubs, the Education Department and governing bodies, should encourage more young people to participate in the sport.

 

(iii)      A robust strategy for the management of football facilities will ensure a more resilient future for the game in Wrexham and the wider North Wales region.

9.

Flood and Water Management - Sustainable Drainage Approving Body Implementation pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for Place – Environment and Transport

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Decision:

RESOLVED -

 

(i)         That Wrexham County Borough Council will become the Sustainable Drainage Approving Body on 7 January 2019 following commencement of Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and that delegated authority be given to the Head of Environment and Planning for the necessary operational responsibilities of the Sustainable Drainage Approval Body and the powers to determine applications for approval.

 

(ii)        That this matter be dealt with as an urgent item of business in accordance with Standing Order 43 (1) of the Council’s Standing Orders.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(i)      To allow the necessary arrangements to be implemented providing Wrexham County Borough Council with the ability to fulfil the new statutory responsibility as a Sustainable Drainage Approval Body as required under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

 

(ii)     The late availability of Welsh Government guidance and statutory instruments has significantly delayed the delivery of this report to the Executive Board. This new duty is live from 7 January 2019. Delegated powers need to be formalised as a matter of urgency to enable the immediate establishment and function of the Sustainable Drainage Approving Body within Wrexham County Borough Council.

 

10.

Appointment of Members to Committees, Sub-Committees, Panels and Working Groups pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Corporate and Customer Services/Monitoring Officer

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Decision:

RESOLVED -

 

(i)         That the size and political balance (where appropriate) of the Statutory Groups set out in Appendix 1 to report HCCS/02/19, and the appointment of Members to those seats so as to give effect to the wishes of the Political Groups to which the seats are allocated be agreed.

 

(ii)        That the size and political balance (where appropriate) of the Executive Board Sub-Committees and Non-Statutory Groups set out in Appendix 2 to report HCCS/02/19, and the appointment of Members to those seats so as to give effect to the wishes of the Political Groups to which the seats are allocated be agreed.

 

(iii)       That this matter be dealt with as an urgent item of business in accordance with Standing Order 43(1) of the Council’s Standing Orders.

 

Reason for decisions

 

To agree the appointment of Members to the Statutory and Non-Statutory Groups established by the Executive Board.  The reason for urgency is to allow those Members appointed to operate immediately.