13 February 2018 – Agenda
SUMMONS TO ATTEND A MEETING OF
POLICY & RESOURCES COMMITTEE
TO: All Members of the Policy & Resources Committee
Cllrs B Austin, D Bretherton, D Butler, N Champken-Woods (Deputy Chairman), N Dixon, D Dodds, M Dyer (Chairman), H Fickling, C Jones and P Lambert
Ex Officio (Voting) Members – T Wyse (Town Mayor) and L Emery (Deputy Mayor)
To: All other Members for information
VENUE: Upper Chamber, Thame Town Hall
DATE: Tuesday 13 February 2018
TIME: 6.30 pm (maximum two hours)
Clerk of the Council
Date: 7 February 2018
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Declarations of Interest and Dispensations
To notify of any items that appear in the agenda in which there may be an interest that has not been recorded in the Member’s Register of Interest; and confirmation of any relevant dispensations.
3. Public Participation and Public Questions
To consider applications from members of the public to address the Committee (5 minutes maximum), in respect of any item of business included in the agenda. Applications to speak must have been received by the Town Clerk no later than 5pm on the last working day preceding the meeting.
To consider questions from members of the public (who live, work or run a business in the Parish). Written questions must have been received by the Town Clerk no later than 4pm on the last working day preceding the meeting.
To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Committee Meeting held on 31 October 2017.
5. Financial Update
a) Budget Summary: To monitor actual income and expenditure against estimates.
b) Balance Sheet: To note balance sheet as at 31 December 2017.
6. Financial Overspends
To note that Oxfordshire County Council have invoiced the £11,395 (plus index-linking) s278 Maintenance Charge relating to the Thame Football Partnership, as authorised by the sealing of the agreement at the Council meeting on 24 August 2010. The final charge of £12,915.09 will be met from General Reserves as an unbudgeted cost.
7. Investment Update
To note the summary of the investment performance.
8. Investment Strategy
To approve the Investment Strategy.
9. Fixed Term Deposits
To note that in line with the Investment Strategy, and specific past resolutions re Treasury Management, that:
a) On 1 December 2017 the Council invested £100,000 in a 12 month fixed term deposit at United Trust Bank at 1.45% (in line with intention reported on 31 October 2017).
b) On 25 January 2018, the Council gave notice on its 32 day notice account to transfer £50,000 of its £450,000 core balance to assist with cash flow / forward funding of cricket pavilion.
10. Internal Audit
To receive the Internal Audit Interim Update Report 2017-18.
11. Reports from Representatives on External Organisations
To receive reports from the nominated representatives on:
a) Barns Centre (Cllrs Butler and Dodds)
b) Citizens Advice (Cllr Austin)
c) Health Hub (Cllr Champken-Woods)
d) NALC (Cllr Dyer)
e) Red Kite Family Centre (Cllrs Emery & Wyse)
f) Thame Business Forum (Cllr Dyer)
g) Thame & District Day Centre (Cllr Midwinter)
h) Thame & District Housing Association (Cllr Butler)
i) Thame Youth Memorial Trust (Cllr Lambert)
j) 21st Century Thame (Cllr Emery and Fickling)
k) Welfare Trust (Cllr Champken-Woods)
12. Replacement Boiler for the Town Hall
To consider the purchase of a replacement boiler for the Town Hall.
13. Replacement Radio System for the Maintenance Team.
To consider the purchase of a replacement radio system for the Maintenance Team.
14. Display Screen Equipment Policy
To review and approve the new Display Screen Equipment Policy.
15. Holding an Event on Town Council Land Policy
To review and approve the revised Holding an Event on Town Council Land Policy.
16. Thame Museum Building Improvement Project
To note that Thame Museum Trust have submitted a grant request to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £452,000.
17. Town Council Website
To receive a written update on the integrated business solution for the Town Council’s website.
18. Upper Chamber Acoustics
To receive a verbal update on the progress towards improving the Upper Chamber Acoustics.
19. Memorial Bench at Southern Road Recreation Ground
To receive any relevant update from Cllr David Bretherton.
20. Disposal of Amenity Land at Cromwell Avenue / Webster Close
Following a survey of local residents, to consider a request to sell land at the rear of Cromwell Avenue.
21. Health and Safety Visit Outcomes
To note the General Risk Assessment Report and the Safety Action Plan.
22. Citizens Advice Business Continuity
To consider a request from Citizens Advice to use the Town Hall for a short period in the event of any emergency which resulted in Market House being unavailable. We already provide a lesser service for 2 other organisations (Upper Chamber as holding point for St Joseph’s children / Depot in Lupton Road as secondary option for Fire Service).
23. Free Use / De-Minimis Delegated Authority
To note that the Town Clerk, through De Minimis delegated authority, has granted the following:
a) Charity rate offered for new community orchestra initiative – not yet a charity.
b) Free use of meeting room for Safari – 2 hours on 10/11/17.
c) Free use of Upper Chamber for Business Forum on 5/12/17.
d) 4 stalls free of charge at minimal Farmers Market on 9/1/18.
e) Free use of Upper Chamber for 21st Century Thame on 18/1/18.
f) Permission for WI filming in Upper Chamber, subject to £50 donation to Mayor’s Charity on 18/1/18.
g) Free use of Upper Chamber for Taste of Thame public meeting on 15/3/18.
h) Annual Emergency Services Day – SRRG on 29/7/18.
i) 50% discount to regular bookers WI for a one-off all day event on 17/9/18.
j) 50% discount to charitable external organisation Citizens Advice for monthly team meetings.
24. High Street Car Parks
To note that officers are progressing the remarking of lines in the Upper High Street and High Street car parks which will involve each car park being closed for two consecutive days.
25. Staffing Update
a) To note that Mr Christopher Truran (Chris) and Mr Anthony Collingwood (Tony), commenced employment as Maintenance Assistants in the Maintenance Team on 2 January 2018 and 1 February 2018 respectively.
b) To note that Mr Roy Edwards retired as Town Hall Caretaker on 31 December 2017 and that Mr Mikael Holopainen commenced employment as Town Hall Caretaker on 5 January 2018.
c) To note that Saturday Car Park Attendant Roberta Silva’s last day of employment was 27 January 2018. The replacement recruitment process is underway. In the interim Saturday cover will be provided where possible by other members of the Car Parking team.
26. Oxfordshire Pension Fund Administration Strategy Statement – Service Level Agreement
To note that the Oxfordshire Pension Fund Administration Strategy Statement – Service Level Agreement (as initially approved by the Personnel Committee on 4 November 2014 and then Council on 17 March 2015) is being revised following a consultation process. The Office Administration Manager and the Town Clerk (as Proper Officer) will progress as relevant.
27. For Information
a) CCTV update.