SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES
15 Members present, 5 apologies and 1 not present at the start of the meeting.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
MINUTE OF MEETING OF 22 NOVEMBER 2016
MEMBER - Gail McGregor entered the meeting - 16 Members present.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE SETTLEMENT 2017/18 - REPORT BY HEAD OF FINANCE AND PROCUREMENT
4.1 the details of the Local Government Finance Settlement 2017/18 as reflected at Appendix 1 to the report; and
4.2 the measures set out in the settlement offer (detailed in Appendix 3 to the report) and that local authorities must agree to deliver all of the measures set out in the package to access the full financial benefits.
FINANCIAL STRATEGY - UPDATE OF CORPORATE BUDGET POSITION 2017/18 - REPORT BY HEAD OF FINANCE AND PROCUREMENT
5.1 the update to the 2017/18 funding gap reflected at paragraph 4 to the report following further review of the budget model and the Local Government Finance Settlement;
5.2 the issues on which further clarification is being sought, as reflected at paragraph 5 to the report, and that briefings would be issued to all Members as quickly as possible following the receipt of further information/clarifications; and
5.3 that, in line with the agreed budget process, final budget proposals would be provided to the Head of Finance and Procurement by no later than Wednesday 22 February 2017 to allow publication of proposals no later than Friday 24 February 2017.
FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY - REPORT BY HEAD OF FINANCE AND PROCUREMENT
6.1 the updates to the previously agreed Capital Investment Strategy, as reflected at Appendix 2 to the report, which reflects the details of the recently announced 2017/18 Local Government Finance Settlement and other adjustments to previously agreed assumptions;
6.2 that the updated Strategy reflected at Appendix 2 to the report includes Priority Project Allocations for the Newton Stewart and Langholm Flood Prevention Schemes which are partially netted off through 80% Scottish Government grant contributions; and
6.3 CONSIDERED the information reflected in this report as part of updating the Capital Investment Strategy to be included alongside the 2017/18 budget proposals.
COUNCIL REVENUE BUDGET MONITORING 2016/17 FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016 - REPORT BY HEAD OF FINANCE AND PROCUREMENT
7.1 the Service Performance against budget, and that Service Management Teams were continuing to implement tight spending control measures and active budget management to ensure expenditure is contained within agreed budgets;
7.2 the current progress on the delivery of agreed savings, as detailed in Appendix 2 to the report, and that, based on a risk assessed estimate, a potential delivery shortfall of approximately £1.355 Million had been projected; and
7.3 the estimated Change Fund balance of £3.605 Million (including the release of Service Reserves detailed at paragraph 3.20 to the report) and that, while it was anticipated that the balance would be sufficient to address further costs in relation to the delivery of 2016/17 agreed savings, there were concerns regarding the level of funding that would likely to be available to support the delivery of future savings.
CORPORATE SERVICES - REVENUE MONITORING REPORT 2016/17 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES
8.1 that based on the monitoring position to the end of December, Corporate Services was projected to break even as reflected at Appendix 1 to the report;
8.2 that Corporate Services were currently progressing a range of measures to ensure the avoidance of any budget overspend in the current financial year;
8.3 the progress against the delivery of the agreed savings applied to the 2016/17 Corporate Services budget were reflected at Appendix 2 to the report; and
8.4 the updated position in respect of the Policy Development budgets provided to Corporate Services as reflected at Appendix 3 to the report.
MEMBER - Willie Scobie left the meeting - 15 Members present
CAPITAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY MONITORING 2016/17 FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016 - REPORT BY HEAD OF FINANCE AND PROCUREMENT
9.1 the overall financial and physical progress updates from the Capital Investment Strategy and that it was currently anticipated that the funding available of £48.248 Million would be fully utilised this financial year as detailed in Appendix 1 to the report;
9.2 the progress updates on individual projects within the 2016/17 Property/Buildings (Other) Asset Class Capital Programme, and the projected acceleration of £225k as reflected within Appendix 3 to the report;
9.3 the financial and physical progress on the projects within the Land Asset Class Capital Programme for 2016/17 and the projected slippage of £100k as reflected within Appendix 4 to this report;
9.4 the progress updates on individual projects within the 2016/17 ICT/Business Systems Asset Class Capital Programme, and that it was currently anticipated that the programme would be fully spent, as reflected in Appendix 5 to the report; and
9.5 the monitoring of capital projects from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016 as described at paragraphs 1.4-1.5 of Appendix 6 to the report.
MEMBER - Jim McClung left the meeting - 14 Members present
LANGHOLM DAY CENTRE AND FORMER LIBRARY, CHARLES STREET, LANGHOLM - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES
10.1 NOTED the recommendation of Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee, as noted at paragraph 3.17 to the report; and
10.2 AGREED that Langholm Day Centre and the Former Library be transferred to Langholm & District Day Centre for Older People Ltd for a nominal amount of £1 as detailed at paragraph 3.20 of the report.
MEMBER - Jim McClung entered the meeting - 15 Members present
LEASE OF FOOTBALL PITCH AT WHITEHILLS, LOCHMABEN - REPORT BY HEAD OF ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT HUMAN RESOURCES AND ASSETS
11.1 NOTED the recommendation of the Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee of 28 September 2016, as noted at paragraph 3.4 to the report;
11.2 that the Council grant a lease for a further 25 years of the football pitch at Whitehills, Lochmaben; and
11.3 that finalisation of all other terms and conditions of the lease be delegated to the Property and Architectural Services Manager.
LEASE OF PAVILION, BEECHGROVE TENNIS COURTS, MOFFAT - REPORT BY HEAD OF ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT HUMAN RESOURCES AND ASSETS
12.1 NOTED the recommendation of the Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee of 25 January 2017;
12.2 that the Council lease an area of land for a new pavilion at Beechgrove Tennis Courts, Moffat to Beechgrove Sports Partnership for a period of 25 years at a rent of £1 per annum, and
12.3 to delegate the agreement of all other terms and conditions to the Property and Architectural Services Manager.
REVISION TO LAND ASSET CLASS PROGRAMME - SPORTS PITCHES - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CYPLL
13.1 NOTED the updated position in regard to capital investment in sports pitch provision; and
13.2 AGREED to re-profile the proposed spend of the Sports Pitch Allocation to include Beechgrove Tennis Courts as detailed at 3.10 of this report, subject to the establishment of a Community Sports Hub and the transfer of responsibility of the operation, upkeep and maintenance of the Courts to the Hub.
DISSENT - Jane Maitland wished her dissent to be recorded having failed to secure a seconder for her motion that the Committee should receive a report on the condition of all the Councils sports pitches, detailing the cost to repair these, before agreeing to allocate £140k to repair Beechgrove Tennis Courts.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION
NOTED that there was no other business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision.
MEMBERS - Colin Wyper and Roberta Tuckfield left the meeting - 13 Members present
LOCAL GOVERNMENT SCOTLAND ACT 1973
AGREED the adoption of a resolution to exclude the public from the meeting in terms of Section 50a (4) of paragraphs 8 and 9 of Part 1 Schedule 7a to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.
POTENTIAL LAND ACQUISITION/BURIAL GROUND DEVELOPMENT - REPORT BY DIRECTOR COMMUNITIES
Summary of report
The purpose of this report is to advise Members of the anticipated demand on resources within the land asset class to provide a new burial ground, and to seek Members approval to bring forward capital expenditure into the 2017/18 programme to permit the acquisition of land.
NOTED the duty that the Council has to provide a burial service and adequate provision of lair availability.
16.2 CONSIDERED the options outlined at paragraph 3.7 to the report and AGREED to advance the future provision of burial ground, including bringing forward £250k of expenditure into the 2017/18 Land Assets Class Programme to facilitate this.
REQUEST FOR LOAN FUNDING - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Summary of report
This report seeks Members agreement for the Council to provide a loan to a Partner Organisation for the acquisition of a long lease on a property.
Following a vote being taken by roll call as to whether the Partner Organisation should first of all be required to investigate alternative borrowing methods, AGREED the provision of loan funding to the Partner Organisation and that the loan be progressed by the Director of Economy, Environment and Infrastructure.