Our future accommodation plans took another major step forward at the latest Cabinet meeting on 31 October.Councillors approved a decision not to pursue relocation to North Weald. The Civic Offices in Epping will remain the central building for the delivery of council services.
Councillor Aniket Patel provided an update on progress towards the establishment of Local Authority companies to help us maximise the opportunities to develop new housing for the district.
Councillors listened to Mr Alan Fricker, who addressed them on the provision of Library services by Essex County Council. Overview and Scrutiny Chairman, Councillor Mary Sartin reported back on recent business including scrutiny of local health services at Whipps Cross Hospital. Councillors also raised a number of concerns around Transport for London.
The council budget for 2020/21 and medium term financial strategy for the next 3 to 4 years is under development. Cabinet reviewed progress on the budget and options for a 2.5% increase or a 0% freeze in Council Tax. Councillors expressed particular support for the continued financing of additional police officers within the district and bringing highway rangers back.
Councillors accepted tenders of £75,000 for tiled roof repairs and maintenance to council housing.
CCTV plays an important role is helping the police fight crime. We manage 782 CCTV cameras at 61 sites across the district plus 11 portable and 3 covert systems. New CCTV installations will bring the number of sites up to 65 by 2020.
Councillors noted steps taken by the council to improve private water supplies. The Local Council Tax Support Scheme is set to continue unchanged for next year. Housing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Holly Whitbread received support for proposals to redirect resources from off-street parking schemes to Traffic Regulation Orders on our housing estates.