Asset Management, Culture & Housing Cabinet Member – Minutes – 27 December 2013

 74                (25) COLLECTIVE SWITCHING SCHEME – The Director of Places submitted a report advising the Cabinet Member of the success of the first round of registration of the scheme and seeking approval to proceed with a second round of registration.The first Collective Switching Scheme was approved in August 2013 (minute 62 refers).  Promotion was via events, radio, community groups and parish councils.Registration opened on 20 August 2013 and closed 19 November 2013; this resulted in 328 households taking part.

The registration was successful and fed into the national figure of 54,900 with 74 councils taking part.  Average savings were £109 for Online Duel Fuel Customers and £169 for Paper Billing Duel Fuel Customers.  In total 170 who had taken part would save over £50 per year.

Resolved – That the promotion of a second round of the Collective Switching Scheme registration be approved.

75                (26) COMMUNITY RIGHT TO BID – FORMER CAR PARK, LOW STREET, SOUTH FERRIBY – The Director of Places submitted a report seeking to consider the nomination of the former car park, Low Street, South Ferriby as a Community Asset.

The council inherited a car park in South Ferriby from Glanford Borough Council on re-organisation.  The property had never been taken over by the council’s car park service and was a surplus asset.

At one time, parents dropping off children for school used the car park.  This was no longer the case as the school had moved to a new site.

The council had received a nomination from South Ferriby Parish Council to list the asset as an ‘Asset of Community Value’.

Town and Parish councils were eligible to nominate an asset.  An asset could be listed if it ‘furthers (or has recently furthered) their community’s social well-being or social interest (which included cultural, sporting or recreational interests) and was likely to do so in the future’.

The group stated that ‘South Ferriby was a village with limited parking. This car park alleviated the burden on the small side roads surrounding the Playing Field when it was used by the local football team and other events that were held there. It was therefore furthering the social and recreational well-being of those living in and visiting South Ferriby.’

The report gave further details on the process for listing an asset.

Resolved  – That the former car park located at Low Street, South Ferriby be listed as an Asset of Community Value.

The corresponding reports of the following items (Minutes 76-78 refer) contain exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

76                (27) ALLOCATION OF PROPERTY TRADING ACCOUNT FUNDS ANNUAL STRATEGY DOCUMENT – The Director of Places submitted a report seeking to provisionally allocate Property Trading Account (PTA) funds to certain development schemes, and seeking approval to progress schemes listed at Appendix 1 to the report.

The council’s Industrial and Commercial Property Management and Development Policy allowed the use of PTA funds for development schemes that were linked to the council’s wider Regeneration Agenda and Strategy.

The policy required an annual strategy document to be produced.  This required a review at six monthly intervals to approve and report on the progress of those projects.

Most schemes were property related.  They required a period of negotiation to achieve good value for money.  Pre approved funding was essential for this to happen.  Negotiations would result in a legal commitment by the council.  Some schemes could also depend on the approval of external funding before they start.

The report now also reflected the New Non Operational Property Portfolio strategy approved in April 2013.

Resolved – (a) That the proposal to provisionally allocate Property Trading Account Funds against the proposed development schemes listed at Appendix 1 to the report, be approved, and (b) that the Director of Places be authorised to progress negotiations to take forward the approved schemes.

77                (28) PROPERTY TRADING ACCOUNT ROLLING PLAN – The Director of Places submitted a report setting out the estimated capital and revenue position of the Property Trading Account (including the Commercial and Non Operational Portfolios) for the next five years.

The Property Trading Account Management Strategy contained a requirement to provide a three to five year plan (reviewed annually) for approval by the Cabinet Member.  This was in order to inform the council’s budget management process.  It set out the current capital and revenue position and outlines proposals for capital investments and revenue budgets for future years.

The report now also reflected the New Non Operational Property Portfolio strategy approved in April 2013.

Resolved – That the Financial Plan relating to the council’s Industrial/Commercial Property, attached at Appendices 1 and 2 to the report, be approved.

78                (29) PROPERTY TRANSACTION SCHEDULES – The Director of Places submitted a report for consideration, and where necessary, approval of a schedule containing the terms of all recently negotiated property transactions.

The schedules covered both operational and commercial property.

Resolved – That the schedules appended to the report be approved.

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