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Medway Council Cabinet decisions

Date: 15/10/2008           Category: Members Services / Chief Executive Office

The Cabinet met on Tuesday, 14 October and discussed issues ranging from private sector housing to Medway Park running track contract. Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy Cabinet agreed the Private Sector Housing Policy which aims to encourage landlords to bring properties up to scratch and gives local authorities enforcement powers to deal with poor housing conditions. Code of Corporate Governance Corporate Governance is how local government bodies ensure they are doing the right things, in the right way for the right people in a timely, inclusive, open, honest and accountable manner. Cabinet will recommend to full council on 13 November that the revised Code of Corporate Governance be accepted and included into the Constitution. Medway Park running track contract The Medway Park development will be tendered in three separate contracts – the running track, the internal works and the new build. This was agreed as the best way to get value for money and the specialist contractors necessary for each aspect of the development. The running track is key to the Medway Park project and it is important that work starts on it as soon as possible. Cabinet agreed to award the contract to the named contractor as set out in the exempt report. Gillingham North Ward extension to existing controlled parking zone This reports on the results of a consultation carried out with residents and businesses of Gillingham North ward. 58 per cent of those asked were in favour of the controlled parking zone and they also voted on the hours of operation as being between 8am and 10pm Monday to Saturday. The estimated cost of the scheme is £70,000 and it will be funded from the Section 106 agreement associated with the planning consent for the new Mid Kent College at the Lower Lines. Cabinet agreed to introduce this scheme and the related suggestions. Recruitment freeze Cabinet agreed to unfreeze the posts of support services assistant in adult social care, support services assistant in the Strood integrated team, voluntary sector co-ordinator in social care contracts and strategic project manager in integrated transport so the recruitment process could begin.