Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

158.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

159.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 58 KB

(a)  To agree the minutes from the meetings of Cabinet on 25th February and 4th March 2014

 

(b)  Matters arising

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meetings held on 25th February and 4th March 2014 were agreed and signed as true records.

160.

Exclusion of Press And Public

To consider whether to exclude the press and public for the item(s) of private business for the reasons shown in the report.

Minutes:

RESOLVED to exclude the press and public under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 relating to the private report in minute 165 below headed ‘Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) Disposal’, on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of information defined in Paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Act as it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information) and that in all circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

161.

Coventry Homefinder Choice Based Lettings Policy pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Report of the Executive Director, People

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report of the Executive Director, People, which sought approval of the final draft of the Coventry Homefinder Choice Based Lettings Policy (attached as an appendix to the report).

 

Coventry Homefinder was the choice based lettings system used to allocate social housing in Coventry. The Homefinder Policy set out who could register, how properties were advertised and who was given priority for social housing in the City. The Coventry Homefinder Policy was first established in September 2007 and had since then undergone a number of changes due to changes in government policy, operational improvements, etc.

 

In June 2012, the Department for Communities and Local Government issued new statutory guidance on allocations following the enactment of the Localism Act 2011, which included legislative changes to social housing allocation. A Homefinder Task and Finish Group, established by the former Transport and Infrastructure Development Scrutiny Board (6), examined these changes and made recommendations to the former Cabinet Member (Neighbourhood Action, Housing, Leisure and Culture). The Cabinet Member requested that the Coventry Homefinder Policy be rewritten and consultation with key stakeholders took place and a new draft Policy was developed.

 

RESOLVED that, having considered the comments of the Business, Economy and Enterprise Scrutiny Board (3) detailed in the report, the Cabinet approves the draft Coventry Homefinder Choice Based Lettings Policy.

162.

Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) Disposal pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Report of the Executive Director, Resources

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report of the Executive Director, Resources, on proposals for the disposal of the Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), a City-wide fibre optic cable network. The network, constructed in 2009, replaced rented leased lines and data circuits to all main Council buildings and local schools and libraries in the wider Coventry area, to provide faster and more resilient internet access. Since its delivery, the Council had been working to commercialise the MAN with a view to creating regeneration and financial benefits for Coventry.

 

The Council had undertaken an open competitive process to invite bids for the MAN asset from the market. CityFibre are the preferred bidder from this process. CityFibre are a company who specialise in building fibre optic infrastructure and are involved in similar schemes in Bournemouth, York and Peterborough.

 

The deal with CityFibre would enable Coventry to become a ‘gigabit’ City with superfast broadband speeds attracting inward investment and driving socio-economic benefit and reinforcing the Council’s mantra that Coventry was ‘open for business’.

 

RESOLVED that the Cabinet recommends that the Council:

 

1.  Authorises the disposal of the Metropolitan Area Network to CityFibre on the terms set out in the Private Report to make Coventry a Gigabit City, leverage investment into the City and generate income for the Council to support existing ABC savings targets.

 

2.  Delegates authority to the Executive Director, Resources and the Council Solicitor, in consultation with the Cabinet Member (Strategic Finance and Resources), to enter into contracts within the financial parameters detailed in the private report.

163.

Outstanding Issues pdf icon PDF 54 KB

Report of the Executive Director, Resources

Minutes:

There were no outstanding issues.

164.

Any other items of public business which the Chair decides to take as a matter of urgency because of the special circumstances involved.

Minutes:

There were no other items of public business.

165.

Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) Disposal

Report of the Executive Director, Resources

 

(Listing Officer: Sarfraz Nawaz, Tel: 024 7683 3634)

 

Minutes:

Further to Minute 162, the Cabinet considered a report of the Executive Director, Resources, that detailed the confidential financial aspects of the Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) Disposal.

 

RESOLVED that the Cabinet recommends that the Council:

 

1.  Authorise the disposal of the Metropolitan Area Network to CityFibre on the terms set out in [Section 2] of the report to make Coventry a Gigabit City, leverage investment into the City and generate income for the Council to support existing ABC savings targets.

 

2.  Delegates authority to Executive Director, Resources and the Council Solicitor, in consultation with the Cabinet Member (Strategic Finance and Resources), to enter into contracts within the financial parameters detailed in the report.

166.

Any other items of private business which the Chair decides to take as a matter of urgency because of the special circumstances involved.

Minutes:

There were no other items of private business.