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Cabinet (Education) 
10 November 2020 


At a Meeting of the Cabinet of North Ayrshire Council at 2.30 p.m. involving 
participation by remote electronic means. 


Present 

Joe Cullinane, John Bell, Robert Foster, Alex Gallagher, Louise McPhater and Jim 
Montgomerie; and Jacqui MacKenzie (Teaching Representative), Andrew Bruce, and 
Babs Mowat (Church Representatives) (Agenda Items 1-5). 


In Attendance 

C. Hatton (Chief Executive), M. Boyd, Head of Service (Finance), D. Forbes, Senior 
Manager (Financial Management); F. Walker, Head of Service (People and ICT), E. 
Nixon, Senior Manager (Customer Services) and (Chief Executive’s); R. 
McCutcheon, Executive Director, D. Hammond, Head of Service (Commercial); C. 
McAuley, Head of Service (Economic Development and Regeneration); J. Cameron, 
Senior Manager (Housing Strategy and Development); A. Laurenson (Senior Manager 
(Regeneration), and M. Laverty, Team Manager (Housing Strategy) (Place); A. Sutton, 
Executive Director (Interim), A. McClelland, Head of Service (Education) and R. 
Arthur, Head of Service (Interim) (Connected Communities) (Communities); K. 
Yeomans, Director (Growth and Investment); C. Cameron, Head of Service (HSCP 
Finance and Transformation) and D. MacRitchie, Senior Manager (Children, Families 
and Justice (HSCP); and M. McColm, Senior Manager (Communications), J. 
Hutcheson, Senior Communications Officer, E. Gray and A. Little, Committee Services 
Officers (Democratic Services). 


Apologies for Absence 
lain Haining 


Chair 
Joe Cullinane in the Chair. 


1. Declarations of Interest 


There were no declarations of interest by Members in terms of Standing Order 10 and 
Section 5 of the Code of Conduct for Councillors. 


2. Minutes 


The accuracy of the Minutes of the Meeting of the Cabinet held on 6 October 2020 
was confirmed and the Minutes authorised to be signed in accordance with Paragraph 
7 (1) of Schedule 7 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. 


3. Scottish Attainment Challenge in North Ayrshire — Progress Report 


Submitted a report and received a presentation by the Executive Director 
(Communities) on the impact of the Scottish Attainment Challenge on improved 
outcomes for learners in North Ayrshire. A Data & Impact Overview for 2019-2020 
was set out at Appendix 1 to the report. 


The presentation provided details on primary attainment levels in literacy and 
numeracy as well as a focus on the attainment levels of those pupils living in the areas 
of highest deprivation within North Ayrshire. Comparisons were also shown between 
the attainment level locally and nationally. 


Members asked questions and were provided with further information in relation to: 


e whether it would be possible to include the 2019/20 academic year in future 
data trends given the interruption to classroom learning amid the Covid-19 
pandemic; 

e what plans are in place to provide assistance to those pupils who struggled to 
learn at home and may have fallen behind as a result; 

e the process for setting up a remote learning model should a school be forced 
to shut and the lessons learned from the first lockdown; and 

e whether there had been any reports of reduced socialization among pupils 
following the period of remote learning. 


The Cabinet unanimously agreed to (a) note the progress made to date; and (b) 
receive a further progress report in one year. 


4. South West Educational Improvement Collaborative (SWEIC) Annual Plan 
2020 


Submitted a report by the Executive Director (Communities) on the priorities and 
content of the South West Educational Improvement Collaborative (SWEIC) Annual 
Plan 2020 as set out at Appendix 1 to the report. 


Members asked questions and were provided with further information in relation to the 
future of the collaboration and whether funding will be available beyond the current 
academic year. 


The Cabinet unanimously agreed to (a) approve the SWEIC Annual Plan 2020; and 
(b) note the progress to date. 


5. Local Education Phasing Delivery Plan (Revised) 


The Cabinet was advised that, following a recent Scottish Government update, the 
report on the Local Education Phasing Delivery Plan would need to be amended to 
reflect the latest guidance. Assurance was provided that the latest requirements and 
advice within the updates had been implemented locally. 


The Cabinet unanimously agreed to continue consideration the item to the next 
meeting to allow the updates to be incorporated into the report. 


6. Revenue Budget 2020/21: Financial Performance to 31 August 2020 


Submitted a report by the Head of Finance on the financial performance for the Council 
at 31 August 2020. Budget reports for each service and the Housing Revenue Account 
were set out at Appendices 1-7 of the report, a summary of virement/budget 
adjustment requests at Appendix 8 and an overview of the IJB’s financial performance 
as at Period 3 at Appendix 9. 


Members asked questions and were provided with further information in relation to: 


e the timeline for the 2020/21 budget setting process; and 
e the continued impact of the pandemic upon financial projections 


The Cabinet unanimously agreed to (a) note (i) the information and financial 
projections outlined in the report and (ii) the current financial projection for the Health 
and Social Care Partnership; and (b) approve (i) the earmarking of £1.720m to meet 
future year commitments and (ii) the virements detailed in Appendix 8 of the report. 


7. Capital Programme Performance to 31 March 2021 


Submitted a report by the Head of Finance on the progress in delivering the Capital 
Investment Programme for 2020/21 as set out at Appendix 1 to the report. The HRA 
Capital Statement was set out at Appendix 2. 


Members asked questions and were provided with further information in relation to the 
anticipated impact of construction inflation attributable to the pandemic on the cost of 
projects detailed in the Capital Investment Programme. 


The Cabinet unanimously agreed to (a) approve the revisions to budgets outlined in 
the report; and (b) note (i) the General Services and HRA revised budgets at 31 August 
2020 and (ii) the forecast expenditure to 31 March 2021. 


8. Treasury Management & Investment Mid-Year Report 

Submitted a report by the Head of Finance on Treasury Management update for the 
period 1 April to 30 September 2020. The Treasury Management and Investment Mid- 
Year Report was set out at Appendix 1 to the report. 

The Cabinet unanimously agreed to (a) endorse the contents of the Treasury 
Management and Investment Mid-Year Report for 2020/21; and (b) note the Prudential 
and Treasury Indicators contained therein. 


9. myaccount — Customer Authentication for Online Services 


Submitted a report by the Head of People and ICT on myaccount and the benefits of 
using this as the authentication method for North Ayrshire Council online services. 


The Cabinet unanimously agreed that (a) the Council use myaccount for 
authentication for online services on the new Customer Relationship Management 
system; (b) the Yoti app be used for level 3 verification, linked with myaccount; and (c) 
no existing online customer data or case data be migrated to the new Customer 
Relationship Management System. 


10. Strategic Housing Investment Plan 2021 - 2026 


Submitted a report by the Executive Director (Place) on the Strategic Housing 
Investment Plan 2021 - 2026 as set out at Appendix 1 to the report. 


The Cabinet unanimously agreed to (a) approve the Strategic Housing Investment 
Plan 2021-2026 for submission to Scottish Government; and (b) give delegated 
authority to the Executive Director (Place) and the Cabinet Member for the Green 
New Deal and Sustainability to liaise directly with the Scottish Government in 
agreeing the North Ayrshire development programme and the rescheduling of 
projects as required. 


11. Roads Winter Service and Weather Emergencies Plan 2020-21 


Submitted a report by the Executive Director (Place) on the Roads Winter Service 
and Weather Emergencies Plan 2020/21 as set out at Appendix 2 to the report. The 
Winter Preparation Action Plan 2020/21 was set out at Appendix 1. 


The Cabinet unanimously agreed to (a) approve the Roads Winter Service and 
Weather Emergencies Plan 2020/21; and (b) note the preparations and 
developments contained in the Winter Preparation Action Plan. 


12. Millport Coastal Flood Protection Scheme - Final Scheme 


Submitted a report by the Executive Director (Place) on final confirmation of the 
scheme and the proposed next steps. The objections received to the project were 
collated and set out at Appendix 1 to the report. 


Having considered the contents of the objections to the project, the Cabinet 
unanimously agreed to (a) approve (i) the scheme without modification; and (ii) the 
commencement of the final design of the scheme; and (b) note the indicative project 
timescale as detailed in Section 2.14 of the report. 


13. Millburn Flood Protection Scheme - Isle of Cumbrae 

Submitted a report by the Executive Director (Place) on the development of the 
Millburn Flood Protection Scheme. A summary of the community consultation 
process was set out at Appendix 1 to the report. 

The Cabinet unanimously agreed to (a) note the feedback from the recent community 
consultations on the scheme options; and (b) approve the preferred scheme option 
and submission. 


Councillor McPhater left the meeting at this point. 


14. Lochshore Regeneration Project 


Submitted a report by the Executive Director (Place) on the delivery of the strategic 
regeneration of Lochshore. 

The Cabinet unanimously agreed to (a) approve the transfer of land owned by 
Scottish Enterprise to the Council at nil value to facilitate the wider regeneration 
proposals; and (b) note (i) the significant progress made in securing £3.45m of the 
required £3.6m funding required to deliver the proposed Garnock Visitor & 
Community Hub, (ii) the proposed implementation of early phase projects including 
the Garnock Visitor and Community Hub and proposed access improvements, play 
facilities and planting which will contribute to the regeneration of the area and (iii) the 
intention to utilise the Lochshore site as a key location for tree planting as part of the 
Council's net-zero aspirations. 


15. Proposals for Street Naming 


Submitted a report by the Executive Director (Communities) seeking approval for a 
street name within the residential development on land which was formerly St 
Brendan’s RC Church in Corrie Crescent, Saltcoats. The Council’s street naming 
and numbering guidance was set out at Appendix 1 to the report, location plans at 
Appendix 2 and Cunninghame Housing Association’s supporting statement at 
Appendix 3. 


The Cabinet unanimously agreed to (a) note the exceptional circumstances; and (b) 
approve the street name recommended by the Three Towns Locality Partnership, 
namely ‘Janet Strang Court’. 

16. Ayrshire Growth Deal Update 


Submitted a report by the Director (Growth and Investment) on the progress of North 
Ayrshire Council’s Ayrshire Growth Deal Projects. 


The Cabinet unanimously agreed to note the progress made in developing the suite 
of projects forming part of North Ayrshire Council’s Ayrshire Growth Deal portfolio. 


17. Chief Social Work Officer Annual Report 


Submitted a report by the Director (Health and Social Care Partnership) on the Chief 
Social Worker’s annual report as set out at Appendix 1 of the report. 


The Cabinet unanimously agreed to note and endorse the Chief Social Worker’s 
annual report. 


18. Exclusion of the Public 


The Cabinet resolved in terms of Section 50(A)4 of the Local Government (Scotland) 
Act 1973, to exclude from the Meeting the press and the public for the following item 
of business on the grounds indicated in terms of Paragraph 9 of Part 1 of Schedule 
7A of the Act. 


The Chair noted that confirmation had been received that the webcast of the meeting 
had been terminated at this point. 


18.1 Lease of Gateway Building 13 Irvine Enterprise Area 


Submitted a report by the Executive Director (Place) on letting of the Gateway Building 
in i3, Irvine Enterprise Area. 


The Cabinet unanimously agreed to the recommendations as set out in the report.