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Executive Committee

Meeting: 17/09/2018 - Council (Item 48)

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Members considered a number of recommendations arising from the meetings of the Executive Committee held on 14th August and 11th September 2018 respectively.


Members discussed the following items in detail:


Care Leavers Scrutiny Task Group


Members noted that the proposals would involve the introduction of interim measures to provide Council Tax support to care leavers through the Hardship Fund.  This would help care leavers aged up to 25 years until permanent changes were made to the Council Tax Support Scheme, which was the subject of public consultation.


Reference was made to the work of the Care Leavers Scrutiny Task Group, which had been established earlier in the year following consideration of a Motion on Notice at a Council meeting. The group had investigated the matter in detail and the changes that had been proposed would bring the Council into line with arrangements at other district Councils in Worcestershire.


Town Centre Regeneration


The proposals for the regeneration of Redditch town centre were discussed in detail, with the following points being considered:


·                The potential for housing to be included within the plans for the regeneration of the town.  Members were advised that as this part of the report had been resolved by the Executive Committee no changes could be proposed by Council.

·                The new market evidence that had emerged since March 2018 which had informed the proposal for the public sector hub to move from Church Green to the Town Hall.

·                The Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s pre-scrutiny of the report and how this helped to enhance the transparency of the decision making process.

·                The potential for new restaurants to be introduced in sites located close to the Palace Theatre.


Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 – Implementation of Provisions


Members considered the proposals detailed in the report which outlined changes that would need to be made at the local level, including in relation to the Officer Scheme of Delegations, in response to guidance that had been issued by the Home Office.  A key requirement in the provisions would be for the Executive Committee and Council to agree any requests for the introduction of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in particular locations within the Borough.  Members also welcomed the Executive Committee’s proposal that the use of these orders should be monitored by the Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel every six months.


During consideration of this matter concerns were raised about how anti-social behaviour (ASB) in neighbour disputes, particularly where Council tenants were involved, would be resolved given the financial challenges for the Council’s Housing Revenue Account (HRA). Members were advised that the Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services was working closely with Officers to ensure that the Council could address all scenarios relating to the anti-social behaviour guidance and ASB between neighbours would be taken into account as part of this process.


Redditch Local Lottery


Council considered proposals to introduce a Redditch local lottery and in so doing noted the following points:


·                The lottery would help to support  ...  view the full minutes text for item 48