Agenda and decisions

Extraordinary Budget Cabinet (Moved from 28/11/2018), Cabinet
Thursday, 29th November, 2018 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Town Hall. View directions

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On behalf of the Chairman, there will be an announcement about the arrangements in case of fire or other events that might require the meeting room or building’s evacuation.


Apologies for absence

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Disclosures of Interest

Members are invited to disclose any interests in any of the items on the agenda at this point of the meeting. Members may still disclose an interest in an item at any time prior to the consideration of the matter.


Update on the Council's Medium Term Financial Strategy 2019-2020 pdf icon PDF 558 KB

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·       Noted the updated national financial context for local government, in year financial performance and the projected budget gap over the period 2019/20 to 2022/23 as set out in sections 1 and 2 of the report and the period 6 (September 2018) and of year forecast position set out in section 3.


·       Noted the assumptions which underpin the forecast.


·       Approved savings proposals for 2019/20 of £8.702m as set out in section 4 and Appendices B (£0.770m), C (£3.156m) and D (£4.776m), having considered the consultation feedback set out in Appendices E and F.


·       Approved the launch of consultation on the measures included in the Improving Traffic Flows project as set out in Appendix D.


·       Approved thegrowth proposal for 2019/20 of £1 million to fund the revenue costs of the £10 million capital investment in the Highways Investment Programme for 2019/20, as set out in section 4, having considered the consultation feedback set out in Appendices E and F.


·       Approved the updated 5 year Capital Programme in Section 6 for recommendation onto full Council for agreement in January 2019.


·       Noted the timetable and process for developing, reporting and considering the 2019/20 budget and MTFS as set out in section 7.




Update on the Council Tax Support Scheme 2019 and Council Tax Surcharge on Empty Homes pdf icon PDF 246 KB

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  • Considered the responses to the Council Tax Support Scheme and Long Term Empty Homes Premium consultation
  • Approved and recommend to Council the adoption of the proposed Council Tax Support Scheme as summarised in Appendix C of the report with effect from 1 April 2019.
  • Approved and recommend to Council an increase from 50% to 100% as a surcharge rate of Council Tax for the properties that have been empty for more than two years with effect from 1 April 2019



Bretons Manor House, Barns and Parks pdf icon PDF 144 KB




·       Agreed that £350k be allocated from the Transformation Fund to fund the project management, master planning and other associated costs plus that funding to a cap of £100k be made available from the Business Risk Reserve to cover any necessary legal costs arising.


·       Delegated authority to the Chief Operating Officer, after consultation with the Leader and Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Safety, to authorise the submission of related funding applications to external bodies to a limit of £5m.




To consider whether the press and public should now be excluded from the remainder of the meeting on the grounds that it is likely that, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, if members of the press and public were present during those items there would be disclosure to them of exempt information within the meaning of paragraph 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972; and, if it is decided to exclude the public on those grounds, the Committee to resolve accordingly on the motion of the Chairman.



Bridge Close, Romford - Purchase of Residential Properties on Waterloo Road and Oldchurch Road pdf icon PDF 276 KB

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  • Agreed to the Council entering into direct negotiations with landowners to purchase up to 23 residential properties on Waterloo Road and Oldchurch Road, Romford through private treaty.


  • Agreed to delegate to the Director of Regeneration authority to take all necessary steps to enable and complete the acquisitions outlined in Resolution 1 above following consultation with the Director of Finance; that includes the authority to approve the terms to enable of the acquisition by private treaty, any financial arrangements for relocation of current land owners or tenants, completion of relevant agreements and appointments of relevant professionals.


  • Agreed following agreement on resolutions 1 and 2 above to agree to recommend to Council to include sufficient financial provision as set out in Appendix A, to enable the private treaty purchase of the 23 residential properties on Waterloo Road and Oldchurch Road, Romford.


  • Noted that the transfer of the properties acquired via this Cabinet decision may be transferred to the Bridge Close Regeneration LLP in accordance with the terms set out in the Land Acquisition Strategy, the Land Agreement and the Members Agreement.