minutes of the meeting held on the 5 December 2023 be confirmed and
signed as correct record.
It was RESOLVED: -
That Cabinet considered the feedback from engagement
and endorsed the final Mid Suffolk Plan setting out the vision and
strategic priorities for Mid Suffolk District Council for
2023-2031, as set out in Appendix A.
That Cabinet approved the empty homes and second
homes premiums policy for 2024-25 attached in appendix
That Cabinet delegated authority to the Director
of Housing in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Housing and
Property to make technical amendments to the policy to ensure it
meets the criteria set by Government and the
That the contents of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Report 2022-23 at Appendix A to the report be noted.
It was RESOLVED:
That, the proposed Fees and Charges for 2024/25 as shown in
Appendix A, be approved.
1.1 That Cabinet
endorsed the Full Business Case (FBC) for Work Package 1 in respect
of the Stowmarket, Health, Education and Leisure Facilities as
attached as Appendix A (confidential).
1.2 That Cabinet
approved the full delivery of this element of the project as
outlined in the FBC which will include pitch and land-based
elements of the overall masterplan.
1.3 That Cabinet
approved the recommended funding strategy detailed in Appendix B
(confidential) as the Cabinet’s preferred method of
delivering the project, SUBJECT TO the securing of all internal and
external funding outlined in the recommended funding
1.4 That Cabinet
delegated its authority for completion of all necessary matters and
agreements pursuant to the approval of recommendation 3.3,
including any land legals and transactions required to facilitate
Work Package 1, to the Council’s Director for Economic Growth
and Climate Change and Section 151 Officer/Director for Corporate
Resources in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment
Culture and Wellbeing.
1.5 That Cabinet noted
work carried out to date on a sustainable management model for the
wider Stowmarket, Health, Education and Leisure Facilities (as
outlined in Appendix A – Business Case confidential) but
agree that a further recommendation on the preferred model will be
brought back to Cabinet for consideration early in 2024.
1.6 That Council approve the addition of this project to the Capital
Programme as outlined in the recommended funding strategy,
specifically the Councils commitment of £450,000 from the
Council’s Strategic Reserve towards the total cost of
delivery of Work Package 1.
1.1 That, subject to any
further budget variations that arise during the rest of the
financial year, the projected surplus on the General Fund of
£2.878m referred to in section 4.2 and Appendix A of the
report be noted;
subject to any further budget variations that arise during the rest
of the financial year, the projected overspend on the Housing
Revenue Account of £1.488m and the underspend on the capital
programme of £19.750m referred to in section 4.3 and Appendix
B of the report be noted;
1.3 That, the Council’s compliance with the Prudential
Indicators during quarter two referred to in section 4.4 and
Appendix C of the report be noted.
noted the report.
approved £560k of the total £820k earmarked reserve
funding previously approved in the 2023/24 budget, be spent on
revenue rather than capital.
Cabinet endorsed the Full Business Case (FBC) attached as Appendix
Cabinet approved the full delivery of the project as outlined in
the FBC for an approximate 35,690 sq ft. Skills and Innovation
Centre on Gateway 14 at Stowmarket up to a maximum total cost
envelope of £18.75m.
Cabinet, if minded to approved recommendation 3.2, approved the
recommended funding strategy detailed in Appendix D (confidential)
as the Cabinet’s preferred method of delivering the project,
SUBJECT TO the satisfactory completion of all related legal,
financial, cost and valuation advice and contractual agreements,
full access to Freeport seed fund capital payment and full access
to the required level of Pot B retained business rates generated on
the Gateway 14 site as part of Freeport agreements (as forecast in
the recommended funding strategy attached as Appendix D -
Cabinet delegated its authority for completion of all necessary
matters and agreements pursuant to the approval of recommendation
3.3 to the Council’s Director for Economic Growth and Climate
Change and Section 151 Officer/Director for Corporate Resources in
consultation with the Leader of the Council. This requires that all
‘subject to’ elements within 3.3 are met.
Cabinet authorised the forward funding of next stage technical
design, planning and related preparatory works, up to a total value
of £150k, from the Gateway 14 capital budget.
ONWARD RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL
1.6 That Council approve the
addition of this project to the Capital Programme as outlined in
the recommended funding strategy including the virement of the
Gateway 14 Capital budget of £10.75m and the use of earmarked
reserves or Pot B retained business rates to finance
Suffolk Cabinet agrees to the release of £672k from reserves
to expedite the completion of outstanding repairs and enable
delivery of the next phase of the Building Services Transformation
and Improvement Programmes.
Members noted the report.
Cabinet approval was sought to commence a seven-week period of
consultation, commencing 10th November 2023 and ending 29th December 2023, on the proposed
scope and conditions of a Local Listed Building Consent
Cabinet noted the report and the Healthy Behaviours Partnership
That Cabinet authorised the Director of Corporate
Resources in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance to
enter into the Deed of Variation at
Appendix A to the report.
To note phase 3 of the Cost of Living Action Plan
and endorse the commitment to develop a longer term approach to
preventing poverty which seeks to understand the underlying drivers
of poverty across both districts at a hyper local level through
continued work with internal and external stakeholders and to
include wider engagement with Town and Parish Councils.
engagement on the emerging vision and strategic priorities as set
out in Appendix A
That Cabinet agreed for officers to proceed with
the ‘option 3’ proposal outlined in section 4 of this
report, whilst recognising the associated risks and the limitations
with regards to evidence currently available that this investment
will be feasible and offer good value for money.
That Cabinet informed officers of any further
stipulations they wish to be added to the proposed next
That Cabinet delegated the further development
and delivery of ‘option 3’ to the Director for Economic
Growth and Climate Change, in consultation with the Cabinet Member
for Thriving Towns and Rural Communities.
That Cabinet approved that option 1 is taken forward and that the
joint councils’ draft EV Infrastructure Implementation Plan
That the completion of the final documentation
was delegated to the Director for Economic Growth and Climate
Change in consultation with portfolio holders for Environment,
Culture & Wellbeing in Babergh and Thriving Towns and Rural
Communities in Mid Suffolk.
To note and support the implementation of the
Councils first Employer Supported Volunteering Policy.
Cabinet agreed Option 1 and approved the revised Safeguarding
Policy for Children,
Young People and Adults at Risk
That Cabinet agreed for the Deputy Chief
Executive in consultation with the Portfolio Holder to have
delegated authority to make minor amendments to the Safeguarding
Policy in line with outcomes derived from the Annual Section 11
Audit or future Internal Audit Reviews.
minutes of the meeting held on the 8 August 2023 be signed and
confirmed as a correct record.
That the CIL Expenditure Programme (September 2023)
and accompanying Technical assessments of the following CIL Bids
(forming Appendices, A and B) be approved (including decisions on
these CIL Bids for Cabinet to make and to note - delegated
decisions only) as follows:-
Decisions for Cabinet to approve: -
Ringfenced Infrastructure Funds (Needham Market, Walsham Le Willows
CIL Bid, Location and Infrastructure Proposed
Amount of CIL Bid and total cost of the
Park Young Childrens Play Equipment Upgrade
CIL Bid £65,560.50
cost of the project £87,414 (excluding VAT)
Market Town Council £21,853.50
Recommendation to Cabinet to approve CIL Bid M23-08
for £65,560.50 from the Ringfenced Infrastructure
CIL Bid £75,000
cost of the project £329,490
106 - £235,000
Market Town Council and Scout Group Contribution
Recommendation to Cabinet to approve CIL Bid M23-19
for £75,000 from the Ringfenced Infrastructure
WALSHAM LE WILLOWS
and Cycling- Palmer Street Footpath
costs of the project (including VAT – recoverable by SCC and
Recommendation to Cabinet to approve CIL Bid M23-16
for £41,439 from the Ringfenced Infrastructure
costs of the project
funding sources are from:
Somersham Parish Council Neighbourhood
Councillor Locality Monies
Recommendation to Cabinet to approve CIL Bid M23-02
for £62,776.17 from the Ringfenced Infrastructure
Decisions for Cabinet to make: -
Ringfenced Infrastructure Fund and Local Infrastructure Fund
£66,400 including VAT and design costs.
funding sources are:
Recommendation to Cabinet to approve this CIL Bid
for £52,000 with £2761.32 from the Ringfenced
Infrastructure fund and £49,238.68 from the Local
Decisions for Cabinet to make:
- Local Infrastructure Fund
Village Hall Kitchen Refurbishment and
Council Contribution: £10,000
Town Trust Contribution
Village Hall Own Funds
Recommendation to Cabinet to approve CIL Bid M23-10
for £65,970.90 from the Local Infrastructure Fund
Ashfield Community Hall Kitchen Refurbishment and
cost of the project
Ashfield Parish Council reserves
Recommendation to Cabinet to approve CIL Bid M23-07
for £24,556.65 from the Local Infrastructure Fund
Community Centre Development and Extension
sources of funding
Precept-paid loan - £295,765.90
Recommendation to Cabinet to approve CIL Bid M22-11
for £100,000 from the Local Infrastructure Fund
CREETING ST MARY
and Cycling - Sally Woods
(Difference is recoverable by VAT)
Recommendation to Cabinet to approve CIL Bid M for
£10,170 from the Local Infrastructure Fund
Decisions for Cabinet to note: -
Local Infrastructure Fund
and Cycling scheme
costs of the project including VAT recoverable by SCC)
Recommendation for Cabinet to note the delegated
decision for CIL Bid M23-17 for £2,700 from the Local
1.2 That Cabinet noted
and endorsed this CIL Expenditure Programme which includes the
position in respect of approved CIL Bids from Rounds 1 to 10
inclusive (Appendix A Section B) together with details of emerging
infrastructure/CIL Bids (Appendix A Section C).
Cabinet noted the content of Appendix A & B and agreed to join
the UK100 network.
Cabinet agreed to support the RSPCA campaign and thereby
an outright ban on the giving of live animals as prizes, in any
form, on Babergh & Mid Suffolk Council owned land is
the Councils write to UK Government requesting an outright ban on
live animals as prizes on both public and private
the Councils carry out a review of the current policies and the
terms and conditions of the contract agreements relating to the
hire of council owned land and premises to ensure that they reflect
the councils’ positions as regards giving of live animals as
minutes of the meeting held on the 11 July 2023 be signed and
confirmed as a correct record.
That the revised table of fares be approved for
consultation as attached at Appendix A to this report, and in
accordance with Section 65 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Act 1976.
That Appendix A be amended to read:- tariff 1 £7.50 for the first 2
That the Director for Operations be authorised in
consultation with the Portfolio Holder to make changes to the table
of taxi fares as required following the consultation.
That the consultation period commenced from the
8th August 2023 for a period of 21 days.
That unless there were any exceptional
circumstances, a further review of taxi fares would not take place
until a period of 12 months had passed.
That Cabinet approved option 3, to deferred any
further progress on this site until Part 2 of the Joint Local Plan