Health & Strategic Projects Cabinet Member – Minutes – 31 July 2015

1        (1) PEOPLE DIRECTORATE UPDATE OF CAPITAL PROGRAMMES The Director of People submitted a report which sought approval for the revised capital programme to proceed with the proposed ‘new starts’ and ‘feasibilities’.

The council-wide capital programme for 2015-19 was approved by Full Council on 24 February 2015.  Many of the schemes included in the approved capital programme were  projects that had commenced or had been committed under the previously approved programme.

The report confirmed the latest position regarding the Directorate’s capital programme and sought approval to commence a number of proposed new start projects, and a number of feasibility studies.

The proposed scheme of works shown in Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 to the report had been prioritised in order to ensure:

  • Schools were appropriately maintained in order to avoid unnecessary school closures and loss of school days;
  • To help improve parental satisfaction, by planning for increased capacity at the earliest opportunity.  Insufficient school places in particular areas may increase transport costs.

Full details were outlined within the report and associated appendices.

Resolved – (a) That option 1 relating to the proposed programmes of works shown in Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 of the report be approved; (b) that the decision for approving the priority order of schemes based on feasibility outcomes and resources availability be delegated to the Assistant Director (Prevention and Commissioning) to ensure the four year programme is delivered within budget, and (c) that the Assistant Director (Prevention and Commissioning) be able to approve and commission emergency works, which may otherwise result in school closure or unacceptable risk of harm.  These types of works may include, for example: boiler / heating failure, unforeseen damage to a property or remedial work necessary to reduce health and safety risks / hazards.