{meta} Agenda for Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development on Thursday, 27 January 2022, 3.30 pm

Agenda and decisions

Venue: Microsoft Teams Meeting. View directions

Contact: Claire Edwards 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Declarations of interest

3.

Items for Decision- Part 1 (Open to the Public)

3a

Salford Crescent - Funding to Support Crescent Active Travel Infrastructure pdf icon PDF 371 KB

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

I, Councillor Mike McCusker, Lead Member for Planning & Sustainable Development, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution, do hereby:

 

1.    Note Transport for Greater Manchester’s allocation to Salford City Council of £180,766 funding secured from The Department for Transport’s (DfT’s) Capability Fund. The funding will be used to develop active travel infrastructure proposals for the Frederick Road corridor.

 

2.    Provide delegated authority to the Strategic Director Place, City Solicitor and Chief Finance Officer to negotiate and finalise the detailed financial, commercial and contractual arrangements in respect of the proposed grant to the Council.

 

3.    Approve the Council entering into a grant funding agreement with English Cities Fund (ECF) for the provision of onward funding of the maximum sum of £180,766 in relation to the above funding, to enable them to work with their transport consultants to develop the proposals.

 

4.    Provide delegated authority to the Strategic Director Place, City Solicitor and Chief Finance Officer to negotiate and finalise the detailed financial, commercial and contractual arrangements in respect of the proposed onward grant from the Council to English Cities Fund.

 

5.    Authorise the City Solicitor to enter into and complete all necessary agreements or documents to give effect to the above recommendations.

 

The Reasons are: In order to draw down the above-mentioned funding, grant funding agreements are required between the Council and TfGM and between the Council and the English Cities Fund, who will develop the Fredrick Road proposals with their transport consultants.

 

Options considered and rejected were: Not to take this course of action.

 

Assessment of Risk: Low – in relation to the grant allocation, the obligations will be transferred to ECF via a back-to-back legal agreement. It is considered low risk that the Council will not be able to meet the terms of the grant funding agreement, given its partnership with ECF and discussions between the Council, ECF and the funder to date.

 

The source of funding is:The Department for Transport’s Capability Fund.

 

Legal Advice obtained:Lauren Armstrong 10/12/21

 

The report refers to utilising funding from TfGM of £180,766. Use of this funding must comply with any conditions applicable to these funding streams (if any). Legal shall be happy to advise on any proposed grant funding agreement between the Council and DfT or TfGM in relation to the Capability Fund.

 

As always, if the funding is subject to conditions, then it is important that the Council complies with the terms of the grant funding agreement (in particular ensuring that the fund is only used for eligible expenditure and any timescales around expenditure and reporting) are adhered too. Otherwise, the Council may be at risk of the funder seeking clawback of the funding for failure to comply.

 

Legal can draft a suitable ‘back-to-back’ agreement with English Cities Fund in respect of the total grant funding of £180,766. Legal can advise on whether this should either be a variation to an existing Grant Funding Agreement recently agreed with  ...  view the full decision text for item 3a

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Exclusion of the Public

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Items for Decision - Part 2 (Closed to the Public)

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