Decisions

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Decisions published

15/10/2020 - Low Carbon Challenge Fund – Green Business Grant decision – Avon Industrial Doors Ltd ref: 221    Recommendations Approved

Delegated authority has been granted to the WECA Chief Executive to take decisions on the award of Green Business Grants (through the Low Carbon Challenge Fund) in consultation with the Chief Executives of the West of England unitary authorities.

The key details of this Green Business Grant application were as follows:
Green Business grant applicant: Avon Industrial Doors Ltd
Sector: Manufacturing
Local authority area: South Gloucestershire
Project description: Based in Yate, Avon Industrial Doors are planning to replace their existing fluorescent lighting in their workshop and office areas with LED units, as well as install a 17kWp solar PV array on the roof of their warehouse building.
Project timescale: October – December 2020
Approximate annual savings analysis of the proposal:
Greenhouse gas emissions: 7.9tCO2e
Energy use: LED - 16% reduction in electricity; Solar PV - 59% of electricity use offset
Energy costs: £2,192 on electricity bills

The proposal was assessed by officers as meeting the required criteria in terms of value for money, deliverability and financial viability.

Decision Maker: Chief Executive, West of England Combined Authority

Decision published: 22/10/2020

Effective from: 15/10/2020

Decision:

To award £8,863.20 to Avon Industrial Doors Ltd in relation to their Green Business Grant application (ref: GBG012).

Lead officer: Patricia Greer


15/10/2020 - Low Carbon Challenge Fund – Green Business Grant decision – Bristol Spaceworks Ltd ref: 220    Recommendations Approved

Delegated authority has been granted to the WECA Chief Executive to take decisions on the award of Green Business Grants (through the Low Carbon Challenge Fund) in consultation with the Chief Executives of the West of England unitary authorities.

The key details of this Green Business Grant application were as follows:
Green Business grant applicant: Bristol Spaceworks Ltd
Sector: Real estate activities
Local authority area: Bristol
Project description: Owned and managed by Bristol Spaceworks, Redbrick House provides co-working space for small businesses with a capacity of up to 90 people. This project will replace the existing fluorescent lighting with modern energy-efficient LED units to reduce lighting energy consumption by around 60%.
Project timescale: October – November 2020
Approximate annual savings analysis of the proposal:
Greenhouse gas emissions: 3.3tCO2e
Energy use: 18% on electricity use
Energy costs: £1,030 on electricity bills

The proposal was assessed by officers as meeting the required criteria in terms of value for money, deliverability and financial viability.

Decision Maker: Chief Executive, West of England Combined Authority

Decision published: 22/10/2020

Effective from: 15/10/2020

Decision:

To award £1,408 to Bristol Spaceworks Ltd in relation to their Green Business Grant application (ref: GBG030).

Lead officer: Patricia Greer


19/10/2020 - Transport Operations – continuation of payments for concessionary fare reimbursement, supported bus service contracts and Community Transport grants ref: 219    Recommendations Approved

• Bus operators and transport providers are at real risk of going out of business before normality is resumed due to significantly reduced revenue income from fare box, grant awards, payments for contracted services and/or concessionary fare reimbursement for an extended period.
• Services may be reduced below an acceptable minimum level for the duration of the crisis potentially leaving some key workers unable to access work.
• Permanent loss of operators/providers would mean it would be virtually impossible to reinstate the full network coverage of bus operations and transport services after the Covid-19 crisis.
• Continuation of concessionary fare reimbursement and contracted service payments would cost no more than is currently budgeted within the Transport Levy (approx. £5m for these three elements for each quarter) but would provide immediate certainty of cash flow to all operators on a business as usual basis.
• In order to ensure the continued funding delivers appropriate services and support a number of conditions have been devised which operators will be required to accept before the funding is released – see background document. These conditions align well with other Combined Authorities across the country.
• This action would provide reassurance that operators have the support from the Transport Authority for their long-term survival and future role in the region.
• The Department for Transport has been actively encouraging Local Transport Authorities to take this step and subsequently wrote to local authorities again stating that the CBSSG restart payments had been calculated on the basis that LTAs continue providing the reimbursement and contract payments. on 25 March 2020 urging them to continue to pay operators in this way – see background document.
• This is a decision taken under the Scheme of Delegations approved by the WECA Committee. This decision has been taken under this provision.

Decision Maker: Director of Infrastructure

Decision published: 19/10/2020

Effective from: 19/10/2020

Decision:

• Pay operators from the 2020/21 concessionary travel budget the same as they would have expected to receive for Q3 Oct – Dec, irrespective of whether journeys are taken.
• Pay Community Transport providers their expected grants for Q3 Oct - Dec.
• Pay operators for the service contracts in place, irrespective of whether these are operated, again for a limited period to end of Dec.
• Payments to be offered immediately to provide certainty of cash flow, subject to the acceptance of conditions set out in background document.
• Review further payment position ahead of Q4 2020/21.

Lead officer: Peter Mann


09/10/2020 - Investment Fund ref: 218    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Joint meeting - West of England Combined Authority Committee and West of England Joint Committee

Made at meeting: 09/10/2020 - Joint meeting - West of England Combined Authority Committee and West of England Joint Committee

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 09/10/2020

Decision:

The West of England Combined Authority Committee RESOLVED:

 

1. To note the identification of £32.2m of headroom in the programme to 2022/23 as set out in paragraph 5-7.

 

2. To approve the Feasibility and Development Funding Application for the Access for All - Step Free Stations Feasibility Study and award of £100k.

 

3. To approve the Outline Business Case for the Yate A432 Park & Ride and delegate approval of the Full Business Case to the WECA Chief Executive in consultation with the Chief Executives of the constituent Councils.

 

4. To allocate a further £4.395m to the regional recovery fund from the Business and Skills allocation, with individual project business case approvals falling within the existing delegation to the WECA Chief Executive in consultation with the Chief Executives of the constituent Councils.

 

5. To approve the Full Business Case for the South Bristol Workspace and the award of £2.7m subject to securing the ERDF funding, obtaining planning consent, resolution of land issues and finalising the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.

 

6. To approve the Reboot West Full Business Case and award of £720k subject to securing the match funding, finalising the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan and provision of a detailed programme.

 

7. Approve the change requests for schemes within the current programme as set out in Appendix 2.

 

8. To amend the approved capital programme for individual project approvals agreed at the June Committee and within this report.

 


09/10/2020 - WECA & Mayoral budget outturn, April-June 2020 ref: 217    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Joint meeting - West of England Combined Authority Committee and West of England Joint Committee

Made at meeting: 09/10/2020 - Joint meeting - West of England Combined Authority Committee and West of England Joint Committee

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 09/10/2020

Decision:

The West of England Combined Authority Committee RESOLVED to:

 

1. Note the Mayoral Fund revenue outturn as detailed in Appendix 1.

 

2. Note the WECA revenue outturn as detailed in Appendix 2.

 

3. Approve the continuation of paying concessionary fares, in line with budgeted profile, to local transport operators up to 31 December 2020, and to Community Transport Providers and in respect of current Service Contracts with delegation for enabling these payments provided to the Head of Strategic Transport Integration.

 

4. Approve an internal virement of £150k from Treasury Management surplus and consultancy savings to establish capacity in the financial services team.

 

5. Approve a drawdown of £403k from the WECA Business Rates Reserve to fund the projected income shortfall in business rates for 2020/21.

 


09/10/2020 - Local Enterprise Partnership One Front Door funding programme ref: 216    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Joint meeting - West of England Combined Authority Committee and West of England Joint Committee

Made at meeting: 09/10/2020 - Joint meeting - West of England Combined Authority Committee and West of England Joint Committee

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 09/10/2020

Decision:

The West of England Joint Committee RESOLVED:

 

1. To approve the proposals for the use of the Getting Building Fund as set out in paragraphs 5.1 - 5.3.

 

2. To approve the Full Business Case for Temple Quarter Enabling Works up to £32m, with a requirement on Bristol City Council to provide detailed information on the works specification and anticipated cost profile.

 

3. To approve the change requests for schemes within the LGF programme as set out in Appendix 1.

 

4. To approve the change requests for schemes within the EDF and RIF programmes set out in Appendix 2.

 

5. To delegate the detailed funding allocations and grant funding arrangements for the South West Energy Hub Green Homes Grant to the WECA Chief Executive in consultation with the South West LEP Chief Executives.

 


09/10/2020 - Local Enterprise Partnership & Invest Bristol and Bath budget outturn, April - June 2020 ref: 215    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Joint meeting - West of England Combined Authority Committee and West of England Joint Committee

Made at meeting: 09/10/2020 - Joint meeting - West of England Combined Authority Committee and West of England Joint Committee

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 09/10/2020

Decision:

The West of England Joint Committee RESOLVED:

 

1. To note the Local Enterprise Partnership revenue outturn as set out in Appendix 1.

 

2. To note the Invest Bristol & Bath revenue outturn as set out in Appendix 2.

 


09/10/2020 - Regional Covid-19 response and Recovery Plan & Climate Emergency Action Plan ref: 214    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Joint meeting - West of England Combined Authority Committee and West of England Joint Committee

Made at meeting: 09/10/2020 - Joint meeting - West of England Combined Authority Committee and West of England Joint Committee

Decision published: 09/10/2020

Effective from: 09/10/2020

Decision:

The West of England Combined Authority Committee RESOLVED:

 

1. To endorse the regional Covid-19 Recovery Plan and support the next stages of the Taskforce’s work.

 

2. To approve the Climate Emergency Action Plan.

 

The West of England Joint Committee RESOLVED:

 

1. To endorse the regional Covid-19 Recovery Plan and support the next stages of the Taskforce’s work.

 

2. To approve the Climate Emergency Action Plan.