Cabinet 9 June 2016

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Housing, parking and listed building were among items discussed at Cabinet on 9 June 2016.

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Council Housing Update

In her first Cabinet meeting since transferring to the Housing Portfolio from Finance, Councillor Syd Stavrou announced the intention to move toward planning application stage for 12 small sites in Waltham Abbey earmarked for phase 6 of the new Council House-Building programme.

Negotiations have begun with P A Finlay, who undertook the refurbishment works at Marden Close, to complete the new build of four other sites in Waltham Abbey after a notice was served on Broadway Construction immediately terminating the contract with them for Phase 1 of the Council’s House-building programme. This follows a default notice that was served on 26 April; the reason being that they were not carrying out the works regularly and diligently, contrary to their contract obligations.

The Council has now taken over responsibility for safety and security on each of the 4 sites and put in place arrangements with a security company to carry out 24-hour patrols until a new contractor is appointed.

The Council’s agent Pellings LLP, is undertaking a thorough and detailed inventory of materials and equipment on site and recording the works that have yet to be completed. In the meantime, the discussions have begun with P A Finlay, with a view to them completing the works subject to satisfactory negotiations. Appointment will be subject to a separate Housing Portfolio Holder decision.

Off-Street Parking Pay and Display

Transport Portfolio Holder Councillor Gary Waller secured Cabinet approval as the Council moved towards transferring the management of its Pay and Display car parks from the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) to a new provider. Councillors agreed methods of tendering and length of contract as well as agreeing in principle to manage an additional car park in Waltham Abbey at the request of the Lee Valley Regional Park.

PwC to review Council Accommodation

Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Council updated the Cabinet on the Transformation project. Among the projects designed to improve council efficiency and customer services, Councillor Whit  bread was pleased to announce the start of work by PricewaterhouseCoopers looking at the future office accommodation needs of the Council.

Steps to protect historic building

Thrifts Cottage, a Grade II listed building in very poor condition should be renovated and brought back to life. Councillor Gary Waller obtained the support of fellow councillors to use the Council’s powers to return it to a good state of repair. The building adjacent to Thrifts Hall in Sewardstone Road dates back to the 18th century.