Decisions

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Decisions recommendations approved (subject to call-in)

17/09/2019 - Notice of Motion - Climate Emergency Declaration ref: 624    Item Called In

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/09/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 20/09/2019

Effective from: 28/10/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet received a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (Place) which had been prepared in response to the above Notice of Motion presented to Council on 18th July 2019 by Councillor Mulroney.

 

Resolved:-

 

1.    That in taking forward the Motion, the current position in respect to the Council’s own CO2 emissions which have already been reduced by 75%, be noted.  Subject to completion of the current capital programme and that proposed in the 2050 outcomes, the Council is expected to achieve net-zero by 2024/5.

 

2.    That in taking forward the Motion, the implications of the proposed Declaration of Climate Emergency and its potential impact on all areas of the Council, be noted.

 

3.    That in taking forward the Motion, the Council’s leadership opportunity be noted, but that achieving net-zero for the Borough by 2030 will require coordinated actions across all parts of the Borough and will be an enormous undertaking which may take resources from other priorities.

 

4.    That Cabinet lobby Government (via LGA) with other Local Authorities to ensure that funds are made available to increase the work towards achieving carbon neutral status.

 

Reasons for Decisions

 

Major reductions in emissions are required across the world to mitigate against climate change and hold global warming to less than 2 degrees, preferably 1.5 degrees.

 

Other Options

 

None

 

Note: This is an Executive Function

Eligible to call in to Place Scrutiny Committee

Cabinet Member: Councillor Mulroney

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Carl Robinson


17/09/2019 - Fire Safety ref: 618    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/09/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 20/09/2019

Effective from: 28/10/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet considered a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (Place) setting out the progress in delivering the Council’s Fire Safety Review, which was established following the Grenfell Tower fire on 14th June 2017.

 

The report also set out the Council’s response to the Government Consultation ‘Building a Safety Future: Proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system’ that sets out the Government’s proposals to implement the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.

 

Resolved:-

 

1.    That the work undertaken by the Council and South Essex Homes with respect to Fire Safety including independent fire engineer assessments of two typical tower blocks and proposals to undertake Type 4 Fire Risk Assessments in a further two typical blocks be noted and endorsed.

 

2.    That the Council’s response to the Government Consultation ‘Building a Safety Future: Proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system’ be noted and endorsed.

 

3.    That a further update be provided to Cabinet in spring 2020.

 

4.    That it be noted that a request to increase the Fire Improvement Works capital budget for 2019/20 has been included in the Corporate Budget Performance – July 2019/20 report.

 

Recommended:-

 

5.    That £750k p.a. be added to the Fire Improvement Works capital budget for the five years from 2020/21 to 2024/25, to be financed by corporate borrowing.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

1.    The Council has undertaken a fundamental review of its fire safety policies and procedures, reviewed its property stock and put in place appropriate resources (financial and other) to ensure that it maintains its buildings in a safe condition whilst upgrading them where this is appropriate and practicable.

 

2.    The Council has also recognised its ‘community leadership’ role with respect to fire safety and engaged with partners and the private sector to ensure residents, employees and visitors across the Borough are housed in, work in or visit safe premises.

 

3.    The Council has considered the recommendations of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and determined that it should take immediate steps to assess and enhance its duty holder requirements and to enhance opportunities for members of the public to raise concerns.

 

Other Options

 

1.    To maintain all operational properties in their current condition with fire improvement works and, where practicable, to bring them up to the requirements of the latest Building Regulations when they next undergo major alterations and/or extension.

 

2.    To maintain the current arrangements whereby individual building managers are identified as responsible for the buildings within which they operate.

 

3.    To commit to the immediate adoption of all recommendations set out within the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.

 

Note: The decisions in 1-4 above constitute an Executive Function. The decision in 5 above constitutes a Council Function.

Eligible for call in to: Place Scrutiny Committee

Cabinet Member: Councillors Gilbert and Terry

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Mark Murphy


 

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