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Executive Committee

Meeting: 31/01/2022 - Council (Item 54)

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The Mayor explained that Council was scheduled to consider recommendations from three separate meetings of the Executive Committee held on 7th December 2021, 15th December 2021 and 11th January 2022.  These recommendations were considered in chronological order.


The following reports were discussed in particular detail at the meeting:


Financial Outturn 2020/21 – Housing Revenue Account (HRA)


The Portfolio Holder for Housing and Procurement explained that the Covid-19 pandemic had impacted on the Housing Service, in particular causing delays to work undertaken by the Repairs and Maintenance (R&M) team.  However, the restructure of the Housing team had been very successful and had also resulted in some financial savings.  The Council would be working with local contractors to help address the backlog in R&M works.  The new Housing IT system would also help to streamline the service.  Officers were thanked for their hard work in managing the service at a difficult time, particularly the Deputy Chief Executive, the Head of Community and Housing Services and the Head of Environmental and Housing Property Services


During consideration of this item questions were raised about the impact that the new Housing ICT system would have on the Council’s budget and the stage that had been reached in terms of the introduction of this system at the Council.  Members were advised that the system would enhance the quality of Housing Services delivered at the Council.  A more detailed response would be provided after the meeting.


New Cemetery Provision


The Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services presented the New Cemetery Provision report and in so doing commented that investigation of this subject had been through various stages over a number of years. The latest report on this subject had been pre-scrutinised in detail by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and had also been considered at a meeting of the Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee had ultimately determined that there should continue to be burial provision available in the Borough and that Ipsley Meadow would be the preferred site for a new cemetery.  Council was required to consider whether to allocate additional funding to the project, which would be used to take action to progress with the new burial site.


After the presentation of the report, the following issues were discussed in detail:


·            The decisions that had already been taken on the subject of new cemetery provision by the Executive Committee, which could not be altered by Council.

·            The different views that a number of Members had articulated on the subject of the new cemetery provision following publication of the report.

·            The discussions that had been held in previous years regarding burial provision in the Borough, dating back to 2009, and the reasons why it had taken time to test the suitability of various different potential sites.

·            The length of time in which new cemetery provision remained available in the Borough using existing cemeteries.  Council was informed that there was approximately two years’ provision of new burial plots remaining available at existing cemeteries in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 54