To receive a summary of decisions, reports from and to deal with any subsequent questions in relation to the following Cabinet Portfolios:
a) Leader of the Council Cabinet and Portfolio (Economy) Report
b) Cabinet Member for Resources (pages 39-44)
c) Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities (pages 45-49)
d) Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing (pages 51-55)
e) Cabinet Member for Children Education and Skills– (pages 57-63)
f) Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways (pages 65-71)
g) Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health including Solihull Health and Wellbeing Board minutes (pages 73-93)
h) Cabinet Member for Growth and Infrastructure (pages 95-97)
(i) Cabinet Member for Leisure Tourism and Sport (pages 99-103)
Councillor Courts – Leader of the Council
The Leader advised Council of the decisions taken at the Cabinet meetings on 11 February, 11 March and 8 April 2021 and provided a summary of the meetings and activities he had been involved in on behalf of Solihull and the West Midlands.
Councillor Caudwell asked whether the new proposed multi-story car park on the UK Central site would continue to have bus stops 700 metres from the terminal. The Leader advised that they were still in the planning phase for the allocation and distribution of transport links at the site.
Councillor Adeyemo and Councillor McCarthy sought confirmation that the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) would not be located at Damson Parkway. The Leader highlighted that the Local Plan required land use allocation which would not mean that the land would be developed for that purpose. There remained a lease on the current site of the HWRC and would not support its location to Damson Parkway.
Councillor Sleigh – Cabinet Member for Resources
The Cabinet Member advised Council of the decisions taken at the decision session on 23 February 2021. They also congratulated Maria Demosthenous for their EPAT UK National Children’s Champion Award for 2020.
Councillor Rolf – Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities
The Cabinet Member advised Council of the decisions taken at the decision session on 23 February 2021.
Councillor Cole asked how long it would be until the smaller libraries in the Borough would reopen. The Cabinet Member stated that a written response with a breakdown of when all libraries were due to reopen would be circulated to Councillor Cole.
Councillor Mackiewicz – Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing
The Cabinet Member advised Council of the decisions taken at the decision session on 1 March 2021.
Councillor Kathryn Thomas asked whether it would be possible to get an additional report provided for future full Council meetings from the Climate Change Commission to oversee the output the Commission’s meetings and activities. The Cabinet Member explained that the intention for the Committee would liaise with the Cabinet Member and Opposition Spokespersons, as well as present a report to full Council. It was not expected to present a report to every meeting.
Councillor Adeyemo queried about the Wildlife Ways work which had taken place on Hobbs Moat Road, which did not match the quality of other locations. The Cabinet Member refuted that it was not the same quality as other locations, and noted there were a number of factors which impacted the growth at individual sites. A full response would be provided by Officers to Councillor Adeyemo.
Councillor Meeson – Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills
The Cabinet Member advised Council of the decisions taken at the decision sessions on 22 February and 29 March 2021.
Councillor Hawkins – Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways
The Cabinet Member advised Council of the decisions taken at the decision sessions on 16 February and 17 March 2021.
Councillor K Grinsell – Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health
The Cabinet Member advised Council of the decisions taken at the decision sessions on 15 February and 30 March 2021.
Councillor Richards – Cabinet Member for Growth and Infrastructure
The Cabinet Member advised Council of the decisions taken at the decision session on 4 March 2021.
Councillor Tildesley – Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Sport
The Cabinet Member advised Council of the decisions taken at the decision session on 15 March 2021.
Councillor Adeyemo asked whether the tennis courts at Olton Jubilee Park and Elmdon Park could be considered for refurbishment by the Council if they are asked of locations where businesses could fulfil their social corporate responsibility. The Cabinet Member explained he would look into this if Councillor Adeyemo provided more information.
Councillor Caudwell sought clarification that the outdoor facilities at Council leisure facilities had reopened. The Cabinet Member responded that additional work would need to take place at North Solihull Leisure Centre, and would respond in writing about the facilities that had reopened at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre.