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Meeting of the Executive held on 10/01/2005
Minutes of the Special Meeting held on 10th January 2005




MINUTES of the Special
MEETING of the EXECUTIVE
held on 10th January 2005

(To be read in conjunction with the Agenda for the Meeting)
*Mr C C E Slyfield (Chairman)Mr C H Mansell
*Miss G B W Ferguson (Vice-Chairman)*Mr K T Reed
*Mr M J D Allan*Mr J E Robini
*Mr S D Edge*Mrs C E Savage
*Mr B Grainger-Jones*Mr V K Scrivens
* Present

241. MINUTES

The Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive held on 7th December 2004 were confirmed and signed.

242. APOLOGIES (Agenda Item 2)

Apologies for absence were received from Mr C H Mansell.

243. DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS (Agenda Item 3)

There were no disclosures of interests raised under this heading.

244. HOUSING OPTIONS APPRAISAL (Agenda Items 5-7)

The Executive received detailed presentations from its consultants, Steve Partridge from Housing Quality Network and Ron Houston from PPCR, as well as receiving presentations from the Directors of Finance and Housing. The Executive also considered both the reports on its agenda and the detailed information considered initially by the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee. It was accordingly

RESOLVED to RECOMMEND to the COUNCIL that

1. each political group supports a free vote amongst its members enabling each member to balance the facts according to their own judgement and maintaining the Council's policy of not determining this important issue on block party lines;

2. an ALMO is the best option for meeting the objectives of our tenants, the Government and the Council, including respecting the wishes of our tenants, demonstrating clear tenant support, achieving the Decent Homes Standard and potentially Decent Homes Standard plus;

3. the Council should set high standards of a Waverley ALMO including objectives of making maximum use of assets, new powers, current and future, to meet the Council housing strategy;

4. the Council makes an application to join the ALMO Round 5 Bid;

5. the Council creates a Waverley stand alone ALMO, following proper legal advice;

6. a Special Interest Group of 7 members be created to manage the ALMO process, with draft terms of reference as at Annexe 1 to the Executive report;

7. the draft protocol to eliminate or minimise potential conflicts of interest for councillors and staff, in accordance with ODPM guidance, as at Annexe 2 to the report, be adopted;

8. the Assistant Director of Housing be seconded on a part time basis to the shadow Waverley ALMO;

9. the Directors of Housing and Finance be designated to act on Waverley's behalf in such matters affecting Waverley's interest in relation to the new ALMO; and

10. the draft estimates for set up costs be approved, subject to a decision at the budget making Council.

245. EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC (Agenda Item 8)

RESOLVED that having agreed not to exclude the press and public during the meeting, the reports on the agenda of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee agenda should however remain as exempt, as defined in the appropriate paragraphs of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

The meeting concluded at 9.03 p.m.



Chairman

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