Further to Minute No. 25, 15th July 2015, the Assistant Chief Executive (Citizens and Communities) submitted a report presenting the progress which had been made to date on the Community Hub programme, specifically the delivery of the six Priority 1a schemes. In addition, the report also sought agreement to a number of proposals in order to progress Phase 2 of the scheme. Finally, the report also sought approval for the overall funding injections and authority to spend required to enable the delivery of the Community Hub Phase 2 programme.
Responding to a concern raised with regard to proposals in Horsforth, it was highlighted that consultation would continue with local Ward Members and all other relevant parties on this matter, and it was highlighted that the related proposals remained ‘in principle’ whilst such consultation took place.
With regard to proposals in Pudsey, emphasis was placed upon the importance of continuing to utilise Pudsey Town Hall as a venue for public meetings.
With regard to Rothwell, a concern was raised regarding the declaration of the area office as surplus to requirements.
Following consideration of Appendix A to the submitted report, designated as exempt from publication under the provisions of Access to Information Procedure Rule 10.4(3), which was considered in private at the conclusion of the meeting, it was
(a) That the contents of the submitted report, and specifically the progress made on delivering the Phase 1a Community Hubs, be noted;
(b) That the delivery of the Phase 2 of Community Hubs schemes, be supported;
(c) That the contributions of £600k from the Changing the Workplace and Corporate Property Management programmes already injected into the capital programme be noted, and that an additional injection of £4,017.4k be authorised in order to finalise the total funding needed of £4,617.4k for phase 2 of the Community Hubs programme;
(d) That expenditure of £4,617.4k for the delivery of phase 2 of the Community Hubs programme be authorised, subject to the approval of the Assistant Chief Executive (Citizens and Communities) to the individual submission of business cases for delivering each part of the Phase 2 Community Hub programme;
(e) That the disposal of the properties, as set out in the capital receipt section of exempt appendix A to the submitted report, be approved;
(f) That the use of the revenue savings expected from the proposed asset rationalisation and delivery of the Community Hubs, as set out in paragraph 6.4.9 of the submitted report, be approved, in order to contribute towards the capital repayment cost required to deliver the Phase 2 Community Hub programme.
(Under the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 16.5, Councillor A Carter required it to be recorded that he abstained from voting on the decisions referred to within this minute, whilst under the same provisions, Councillor Golton required it to be recorded that he voted against the decisions referred to within this minute)