Decisions

Decisions published

22/11/2021 - Recruitment to the post of Executive Director Children's Social Care and Education and Head of Service Quality Assurance, Performance and Safeguarding ref: 11217    For Determination

Decision Maker: Employment Procedure Committee

Made at meeting: 22/11/2021 - Employment Procedure Committee

Decision published: 29/11/2021

Effective from: 22/11/2021

Decision:

The Committee considered the report of the Chief Personnel Officer relating to recruitment to the posts of (1) Executive Director Children's Social Care and Education and (2) Head of Service Quality Assurance, Performance and Safeguarding.

 

The report updated Members on the recruitment process so far, the process for completion of the appointment to the post of Executive Director Children’s Social Care and Education and the recommended shortlist of candidates for progression to the next stage of the selection process for that post.

 

The report also advised of proposed arrangements for the recruitment of a Head of Quality Assurance, Performance and Safeguarding.

 

RESOLVED:  That

 

1.

in respect of the post of Executive Director Children's Social Care and Education:

 

1.1

the applications and recommended shortlist of candidates be approved for progression to the Technical Interview stage, to be conducted by the consultant – Gatenby Sanderson; the Chair of the Sefton Improvement Board and a highly respected former Director of Children’s Services;

 

1.2

the Chief Executive and the Chief Personnel Officer be authorised to conduct an initial sift in consultation with the Chair of the Employment Procedure Committee (EPC) following the Technical Interviews, which will enable candidates to be taken forward to the next stages of the recruitment process, which includes  the Stakeholder Panel, the One Council interviews, the Head Teachers’ Panel, the Children’s Panel and then the final EPC process;

 

1.3

Following 1.2 above, the Chief Executive and the Chief Personnel Officer be authorised to conduct a further sift in consultation with the Chair of the EPC, which will be prior to the formal interviews with the Employment Procedure Committee on 9 December 2021;

 

1.4

it be noted that the post of Executive Director Children's Social Care and Education is graded at Senior Management Hay Grade 1 at a salary of £119.952 per annum, with provision for a market supplement as dictated within the Council’s pay policy the matters concerning terms and conditions being matters delegated to the Chief Personnel Officer , Chief Executive and the Chair. Gatenby Sanderson will provide appropriate advice;

 

1.5

it be noted that the job advertisement, detailed at Appendix 1 to the report had been placed in appropriate recruitment media as advised by consultant - Gatenby Sanderson, including appropriate Social Media such as the Council’s twitter feed, Facebook and Linked In;

 

1.6

the job description and person specification set out at Appendix 1 to the report be noted;

 

1.7

the full recruitment timetable and process for the post as set out at Appendix 2 to the report be noted;

 

 

(2)

in respect of the post of Head of Quality Assurance, Performance and Safeguarding:

 

2.1

the process for recruitment to the post as outlined by the Chief Personnel Officer be approved;

 

2.2

the job description and person specification as set out in the Supplementary Agenda be noted;

 

2.3

it be noted that the post of Head of Quality Assurance, Performance and Safeguarding is graded Senior Management Hay Grade 3 at a salary of £87,597 per annum (normal pay policy market supplement provisions apply); and

 

 

2.4

it be noted that the post will be advertised and the Chief Personnel Officer will appraise the Committee of progress at the next meeting of the EPC. The Chief Personnel Officer outlined, given the importance of the role, the need to consider all recruitment options that may need to be utilised to secure this important appointment.

 

 

Lead officer: Geraldine Evans


26/11/2021 - Pump House Esplanade Southport ref: 11216    Awaiting Implementation

To appraise the Cabinet Member on the outcome of the recent marketing exercise carried out for the former Pump House premises on the Esplanade adjacent to Kings Gardens in Southport. The Council shall, subject to the receipt of planning permission for the proposed use, enter into a Building Lease followed by a 125 years Lease with the Company submitting the highest offer.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services

Decision published: 26/11/2021

Effective from: 07/12/2021

Decision:

Decision(s):

 

(1) That the outcome of the marketing exercise be noted

 

(2) That subject to the receipt of planning permission the Council enters into a Building Lease followed by a 125 years Lease of the premises with the Company submitting the highest premium offer

 

(3) That the Chief Democratic and Legal Services Officer be authorised to complete the necessary legal documentation.

 

Reasons for the Decision(s):

 

1.    The premises have been advertised in the local press and on the Agent’s website together with national property websites so the premium offered meets best consideration requirements in accordance with Section 123 of the Local Government Act 1972 and complies with the competitive disposals aspect of the Asset Disposal Policy.

 

2.     Conversion to a community restaurant is in keeping with the aspirations for this area of Kings Gardens and the Southport Town Investment Plan. A previous planning permission for a restaurant use has recently lapsed.

 

3.     Redevelopment will bring underused premises back into productive use providing jobs and employment opportunities.

 

4.     Use of the premises will remove the repair maintenance and holding costs from the Council’s budgets.

 

5.     The grant of a long Lease falls within the approved delegations for Cabinet Member under the Asset Disposal Policy and Finance and Contract Procedure Rules

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)

 

1.    The Council could retain the premises and continue to use for storage purposes. However this isn’t a productive use. The continuing deterioration of the premises represents a risk to occupiers if no works are undertaken. Significant capital expenditure is required to bring the premises up to a reasonable condition.

 

2.    Retention of the premises in their current condition would act as a blight to this area of Kings Gardens which has had significant funding in recent years.

 

Wards affected: Dukes;

Lead officer: Andy Bond


26/11/2021 - Appointment of Local Authority Representatives to Governing Bodies of Maintained Schools ref: 11215    Awaiting Implementation

To advise the Cabinet Member of the current situation with regard to Local Authority vacancies on the governing bodies of Community and Voluntary Aided Schools.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Education

Decision published: 26/11/2021

Effective from: 07/12/2021

Decision:

Decision(s):

 

The recommended appointments to fill vacancies for Local Authority governorships in line with Council Policy be agreed.

 

Reasons for the Decision(s):

 

The appointment of School governors is regulated by the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012, as amended by the School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 and the School Governance [Miscellaneous Amendments] [England] Regulations 2015 made under sections 19 and 20 of the Education Act 2002.  

 

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)

 

None

 

 

 

Wards affected: Linacre; Litherland; Manor; Molyneux; Ravenmeols; St. Oswald; Sudell;

Lead officer: Tricia Davies


18/11/2021 - Proposed Temporary Closure - Hightown Station Footbridge, Alt Road, Hightown ref: 11214    For Determination

To seek approval for the introduction of a temporary closure of the footbridge at Hightown Station whilst refurbishment works are taking place.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Locality Services - Deputy Leader

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 27/11/2021

Decision:

Decision(s):

 

(1) the temporary closure of Hightown Station Footbridge, Alt Road, Hightown for a period of approximately 3 weeks in February 2022 be approved; and 

 

(2) The necessary legal procedures, including those of public consultation and advertising the Council’s intention to implement the Order, be approved.

 

 

Reasons for the Decision(s):

 

The Council has the power to make temporary Traffic Regulation Orders under (Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984).

 

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)

 

None

 

Wards affected: Manor;

Lead officer: Julie Leacy


18/11/2021 - Proposed Temporary Closure of Marine Drive, Southport ref: 11213    Awaiting Implementation

To seek approval for the closure of Marine Drive, Southport to facilitate 

the reconstruction of both the footway and the carriageway and the installation of a new and improved drainage system.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Locality Services - Deputy Leader

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 27/11/2021

Decision:

Decision(s):

 

(1) the temporary closure of Marine Drive, Southport be approved; and

 

(2) The necessary legal procedures, including those of public consultation and advertising the Council’s intention to implement the Order, be approved

 

Reasons for the Decision(s):

 

The Council has the power to make temporary Traffic Regulation Orders under (Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984).

 

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: None

 

 

 

 

Wards affected: Cambridge;

Lead officer: David Franey