Decision details

Community Reserve Potential Projects

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To provide the cabinet with some potential project options that could be funded from the Community Reserve for consideration.

Decision:

1)       That Cabinet approves the allocation of up to £100,000 from the Community Reserve to create a themed granted scheme based on improving social mobility and delegate authority to the Deputy Leader, the Executive Member Place and the Executive Director Place to approve the developing service specification and any associate procurement activity.

 

2)       That Cabinet approves the allocation of up to £50,000 from the Community Reserve to carry out a feasibility study to explore the option of developing a commercial leisure offer in Swaffham.

 

3)       That Cabinet approves the allocation of up to £50,000 from the Community Reserve to carry out a feasibility study to explore the option of developing a commercial leisure offer in Attleborough.

 

4)       That Cabinet approves the allocation of up to £100,000 from the Community Reserve to be spent on transport to work schemes, and delegate authority to the Deputy Leader, the Executive Member Place and the Executive Director Place to approve the award of grants to these schemes from these monies.

 

5)       That Cabinet approves the allocation of up to £100,000 from the Community Reserve to create a grant scheme to help support local entrepreneurs, and delegate authority to the Deputy Leader, the Executive Member Place and the Executive Director Place to approve the award of grants to individuals, or to award the administration of this fund to a third party organisation.

 

6)       That  Cabinet approves the allocation of up to £50,000 from the Community Reserve to be spent on providing digital skills training to Breckland residents, and delegate authority to the Deputy Leader, and the Executive Director Strategy and Governance to approve the developing service specification and any associate procurement activity.

 

7)       That Cabinet recommends to Full Council the allocation of £200,000 from the Community Reserve to be spent on the funding of Employment Officers, and that they delegate authority to the Deputy Leader, the Executive Member Place and the Executive Director Place to approve the developing service specification and any associate procurement activity.

 

8)       That Cabinet recommends to Full Council the allocation of £500,000 from the Community Reserve to establish a scheme of leasing/buying vacant shop units to be used as start-up units for small businesses.

Reasons for the decision:

By utilising the Community Reserve in the way set out above it would bring significant benefits to both the Council and the residents. It would enable the council to invest in its community in a sustainable way that would bring long term financial benefits through either additional income or cost reduction. It would benefits residents by improving skills and income levels across the district.

 

The Council has made already the decision to establish the Community Reserve. The budget for 2018-19 has made a provision that this money will be spent and Council Tax rates have been set taking this into account. By not spending this reserve the Council would have in affected set its Council tax rates too high.

 

Alternative options considered:

1.     Do nothing

 

2.     Agree that the Community Reserve can be used to establish the projects as set out in the report.

 

Report author: Greg Pearson

Publication date: 24/07/2018

Date of decision: 24/07/2018

Decided at meeting: 24/07/2018 - Cabinet

Effective from: 01/08/2018

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