Knowsley Council’s Cabinet met on Wednesday, 5 September 2018. Here’s our quick summary of what was on the agenda, and what was agreed:
Bowring Park Restoration Project
Councillors approved the appointment of a Principal Contractor – Idverde UK Ltd – to deliver the Bowring Park Restoration Project following a recent procurement exercise. This is part of the successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Parks for People programme, which awarded Bowring Park £1.8m in July 2016.
Planned work at the park includes the restoration of the Coach House and refurbishment of the Stables Block, landscaping work to the historic parkland and restoration of habitats. There will also be a programme of education to raise awareness of the historic and cultural relevance of the park and an activity programme to increase use of the park.
In order to progress the works, Cabinet also agreed a contribution of £374,000 from one-off resources.
2017/2018 Capital Outturn and 2018/2019 Capital Monitoring
Cabinet received an update on how the council’s capital resources were spent during 2017/18 along with the programme of expenditure on capital schemes for 2018/19 and future years. Cabinet also approved two new schemes to be added to the capital programme – £2.887m for the Sustainable Transport Enhancement Programme and £1.837m for the Local Growth Fund 3 Key Route Network.
Adoption of adding social value to development – Employment and Skills Supplementary Planning Document
Following a public consultation, Cabinet agreed to adopt the ‘Adding Social Value to Development Employment and Skills Supplementary Planning Document’. The Supplementary Planning Document provides formal guidance to supplement policies in the Knowsley Local Plan: Core Strategy. The adoption and successful implementation of this new Supplementary Planning Document enables the council to secure local employment opportunities by helping businesses to improve, grow and employ more local staff; address a national shortage in construction skills; help businesses to find suitable (and especially local) staff and suppliers and improve the skills of local people to enable them to take advantage of the resulting employment opportunities.
Adoption of amended new residential development Supplementary Planning Document
Cabinet approved an amended New Residential Development Supplementary Planning Document. The amendment introduces a requirement for developers to provide electric vehicle charging points in new residential developments and the recommendation follows a public consultation.
New strategy to improve road safety around schools
Cabinet endorsed a new Road Safety Around Schools strategy to ensure a cohesive approach is taken to road safety across the borough.
The draft strategy has been developed in consultation with parents and carers, head teachers, school governors, The Youth Cabinet and Merseyside Police, with a collective aim of maintaining the safety of Knowsley’s children and young people as they travel to and from school.