Venue: County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND

Contact: Colm Ó Caomhánaigh  Tel: 07393 001096; E-Mail:

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Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Interest

- guidance note opposite


Minutes pdf icon PDF 656 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 20 July 2021 (CA3a) and resumed on 30 July 2021 (CA3b) and to receive information arising from them.


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Questions from County Councillors pdf icon PDF 178 KB

Any county councillor may, by giving notice to the Proper Officer by 9 am two working days before the meeting, ask a question on any matter in respect of the Cabinet’s delegated powers.


The number of questions which may be asked by any councillor at any one meeting is limited to two (or one question with notice and a supplementary question at the meeting) and the time for questions will be limited to 30 minutes in total. As with questions at Council, any questions which remain unanswered at the end of this item will receive a written response.


Questions submitted prior to the agenda being despatched are shown below and will be the subject of a response from the appropriate Cabinet Member or such other councillor or officer as is determined by the Cabinet Member, and shall not be the subject of further debate at this meeting. Questions received after the despatch of the agenda, but before the deadline, will be shown on the Schedule of Addenda circulated at the meeting, together with any written response which is available at that time.


Petitions and Public Address

Currently council meetings are taking place in-person (not virtually) with Covid-safety measures operating in the venues.  However, members of the public who wish to speak at this meeting can attend the meeting ‘virtually’ through an online connection.  While you can ask to attend the meeting in person, you are strongly encouraged to attend ‘virtually’ to minimise the risk of Covid-19 infection.


Please also note that in line with current government guidance all attendees are strongly encouraged to take a lateral flow test in advance of the meeting.


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If you ask to attend in person, the officer will also advise you regarding Covid-19 safety at the meeting.  If you are speaking ‘virtually’, you may submit a written statement of your presentation to ensure that if the technology fails, then your views can still be taken into account. A written copy of your statement can be provided no later than 9 am 2 working days before the meeting. Written submissions should be no longer than 1 A4 sheet.



Business Management & Monitoring Report - July 2021 pdf icon PDF 436 KB

Cabinet Member: Cabinet Member for Finance

Forward Plan Ref: 2021/048

Contact: Louise Tustian, Head of Insight & Corporate Programmes Tel: 07741 607452/Kathy Wilcox, Chief Accountant Tel: 07788 302163


Report by Corporate Director Customers & Organisational Development and Director of Finance.


This report sets out Oxfordshire County Council’s (OCC’s) progress towards the Corporate Plan priorities for 2021/22 – July 2021. This Cabinet report will concentrate on the latest performance and risk position (July 21).




a)            To note July business management and monitoring report.


b)           To approve virements set out in Annex 2b which include transferring £1m from the Covid-19 reserve to fund relevant expenditure within the directorates as set out in Annex C paragraph 72.


c)            To approve the revised Music Service fees and charges as set out in Annex C paragraph 85 and Annex C-5.

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Workforce Report and Staffing Data - Quarter 1 - April - July 2021 pdf icon PDF 388 KB

Cabinet Member: Corporate Services

Forward Plan Ref: 2021/049

Contact: Sarah Currell, HR Manager – Business Systems Tel: 07867 467793


Report by Corporate Director Customers, Organisational Development & Resources (CA7).


Quarterly staffing report providing details of key people numbers and analysis of main changes since the previous report.


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to note the report.

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Oxfordshire Plan 2050 Reg 18 (Stage 2) Consultation Response pdf icon PDF 479 KB

Cabinet Member: Travel & Development Strategy

Forward Plan Ref: 2021/122

Contact: Dawn Pettis, Strategic Planning Team Leader Tel: 07771 983395


Report by Corporate Director Environment & Place (CA8).


To seek agreement of the County Council’s formal response to the OP2050 consultation.


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to consider the draft OCC response to the Oxfordshire Plan Regulation 18 (Stage 2) consultation and suggest changes to be made to the response as necessary.


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Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) 2022-2026 - Public Consultation pdf icon PDF 230 KB

Cabinet Member: Community Services & Safety

Forward Plan Ref: 2021/119

Contact: Paul Bremble, Group Manager – Strategic Risk & Assurance Tel: 07990 780805


Report by Corporate Director, Commercial Development Assets and Investment (CA9).


The 2018 Fire and Rescue National Framework requires each Fire and Rescue Authority to produce a publicly available Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). Within Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (OFRS) we have called this our Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) to make it more meaningful to the public.


Our current CRMP is due to End in March 2022 so the production of a new CRMP has taken place which will run from April 2022 to March 2026. The CRMP is subject to public consultation which will take place for 12 weeks from 22nd September 2021.


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to accept and adopt in the final version the Community Risk Management Plan 2022 - 2026, for public Consultation.

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Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Contract pdf icon PDF 405 KB

Cabinet Member: Public Health & Equality

Forward Plan Ref: 2021/105

Contact: Emily Schofield, Acting Head of Strategy Tel: 07881 311707/Karina Russell, Senior Policy Officer Tel: 07917 921511


Report by Acting Head of Strategy (CA10).


To seek approval for a grant agreement for a year in place of the current Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Contract, and the production of a wider Voluntary Sector Strategy across services.


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to:


a)            Endorse the development of an organisational Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Strategy;


b)           Approve the recommendation of converting the current VCS infrastructure contract into a grant for the next year (2022/23) to enable the development of the VCS Strategy.


Oxfordshire Street Design Guide pdf icon PDF 217 KB

Cabinet Member: Travel & Development Strategy

Forward Plan Ref: 2020/174

Contact: Chanika Farmer, Transport Development Control Lead Tel: 07557 082590


Report by Corporate Director Environment & Place (CA11).


Oxfordshire County Council aims to enable Oxfordshire as a whole to become zero-carbon by 2050. This ambition extends into our role as the Local Highway Authority when advising and assessing new developments. The Design Guide presents how we can prioritise active and healthy travel through street design in new developments meeting our carbon ambitions and that of established transport policy.


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to endorse the Oxfordshire Street Design Guide for adoption and thereafter publication of the guidance document.

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England's Economic Heartland (EEH) Governance - Endorsement to New Framework pdf icon PDF 371 KB

Cabinet Member: Leader and Cabinet Member for Transport & Development Strategy

Forward Plan Ref: 2021/160

Contact: James Gagg, Principal Infrastructure Planner Tel: 07776 997303/John Disley, Infrastructure Strategy & Policy Manager Tel: 07767 006742


Report by Corporate Director Environment & Place (CA12).


Following discussions with Government and its Members, and in context of the emerging Oxford to Cambridge Arc Governance, England’s Economic Heartland (EEH), the sub-national transport body for the area which includes Oxfordshire, has produced a new governance framework, including changes to the political oversight process.


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to


a)               Confirm that England’s Economic Heartland (EEH), the sub-national transport body encompassing Oxfordshire, should be considered as a ‘strategic’ outside body as per the definitions set out in Table 1 below;


b)              Endorse the new full EEH governance framework as set out in Annex 1; and


c)               Confirm appointment of the leader of the Council to the new EEH Political Forum, proposed to be called the Strategic Transport Leadership Board.

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Watlington Relief Road - Preferred Options and In Principle Use of Statutory Powers pdf icon PDF 865 KB

Cabinet Member: Travel & Development Strategy

Forward Plan Ref: 2021/073

Contact: Marco Assucena, Programme Lead – South & Vale Tel: 07922 849387 / Helen Powdrill, Programme Lead - Countywide, Tel: 07554 103476 / John McLauchlan, Head of Infrastructure Planning Office, Tel: 07554 103512


Report by Corporate Director Environment & Place (CA13).


Following completion of Stage 0 Options Appraisal Report and consultation, to seek acceptance to continue with the design of the identified preferred option.


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to


a)               Approve the revised alignment route (figure 1) and approve progression into Design and Procurement Stage 2 of the project.


b)              Approve in principle the use of The Oxfordshire County Council (Watlington Relief Road) Compulsory Purchase Order 202[x] in parallel with negotiations for private acquisition, with such powers of compulsory purchase used only as a matter of last resort. If Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) is required to deliver the project, we will seek further approval, subject to the scheme meeting all CPO requirements and the paper will be brought back to Cabinet, once the necessary approval has been sought, including public engagement on preferred options and submission of a planning application for the scheme.


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Forward Plan and Future Business pdf icon PDF 235 KB

Cabinet Member: All

Contact Officer: Alison Bartlett, Democratic Support Officer Tel: 07741 607515


The Cabinet Procedure Rules provide that the business of each meeting at the Cabinet is to include “updating of the Forward Plan and proposals for business to be conducted at the following meeting”.   Items from the Forward Plan for the immediately forthcoming meetings of the Cabinet appear in the Schedule at CA14.  This includes any updated information relating to the business for those meetings that has already been identified for inclusion in the next Forward Plan update.


The Schedule is for noting, but Cabinet Members may also wish to take this opportunity to identify any further changes they would wish to be incorporated in the next Forward Plan update.


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to note the items currently identified for forthcoming meetings.