Agenda and decisions

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence




Declarations of Interest

- guidance note opposite




Minutes pdf icon PDF 571 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 26 April 2022 (CA3) and to receive information arising from them.


The minutes of the meeting held on 26 April 2022 were approved and signed.


Questions from County Councillors pdf icon PDF 221 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.

Additional documents:


See attached Annex.


Petitions and Public Address pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Members of the public who wish to speak at this meeting can attend the meeting in person or ‘virtually’ through an online connection. 


To facilitate ‘hybrid’ meetings we are asking that requests to speak are submitted by no later than 9am four working days before the meeting i.e., 9am on Wednesday 18 May 2022.  Requests to speak should be sent to


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 9am 2 working days before the meeting. Written submissions should be no longer than 1 A4 sheet.


6: Climate Change Update

Cllr John Howson


8: Local Area SEND Strategy

Cllr John Howson


9: Libraries and Heritage Strategy

District Cllr Julian Cooper

Cllr Andy Graham



Climate Action Update pdf icon PDF 273 KB

Cabinet Member: Climate Change Delivery & Environment

Forward Plan Ref: 2022/018

Contact: Sarah Gilbert, Climate Action Team Leader Tel: 07867 467797


Report by Corporate Director Environment & Place (CA6).


In response to the council’s declaration of a climate emergency, a Climate Action Framework was developed to mobilise a cross-organizational Climate Action Programme.  This report updates Cabinet on the delivery of the 21/22 Climate Action Programme delivery plan and sets out the 22/23 delivery plan.


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to


a)                  Note the annual update on the delivery of the Climate Action Programme (Appendix 1)

b)                  Approve the Climate Action Programme delivery plan for 2022/23 (Appendix 2)

c)                  Approve the council’s Carbon Management Plan 2022-25 (Appendix 3) and the interim emissions reduction target for 2024/25.


Additional documents:


Recommendations agreed.


Oxfordshire Food Strategy pdf icon PDF 252 KB

Cabinet Members: Climate Change Delivery & Environment and Public Health & Equality

Forward Plan Ref: 2021/129

Contact: Lauren Rushen, Policy Officer Tel: 07990 367851


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


An Oxfordshire wide food strategy has been developed in partnership with the district and city councils and the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS). The strategy supports a broad range of Council priorities and strategies in particular healthy weight strategies, addressing food poverty and tackling inequalities and the Council’s Climate Action Framework.


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to


a)                  Endorse the Oxfordshire Food Strategy – Part One attached at annexe 1 including the principles and overarching framework


b)                  Agree that £250,000 grant funding be awarded to District and City council partners to support the delivery of the strategy as set out in paragraph 22 of the report


c)                  Delegate authority to the Corporate Director Customers and Organisational Development to agree the terms of reference for the grant funding in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Public Health and Equalities


d)                  Delegate authority to the Corporate Director Customers and Organisational Development to make minor design and typographical changes to the document pending adoption by District and City partners


Additional documents:


Recommendations agreed.



Local Area SEND Strategy pdf icon PDF 230 KB

Cabinet Member: Deputy Leader (including Children, Education and Young People’s Services)

Forward Plan Ref: 2022/046

Contact: Kate Bradley, Head of SEND, 07584 262422


Report by Corporate Director for Children’s Service (CA8).


A Local Area SEND Strategy was co-drafted over a period of 4 months by a governance group of representatives from Local Authority Education, Social Care (Children’s and Adult), Health, Education Setting and Parent/Carers.  Public consultation ran from 10 January to 10 March 2022.


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to approve publication of the Local Area SEND Strategy.


Additional documents:


Recommendations agreed.


Library and Heritage Strategy pdf icon PDF 427 KB

Cabinet Member: Community Services & Safety

Forward Plan Ref: 2021/234

Contact: Mark Haynes, Director for Customer & Cultural Services Tel: 07586 479051


Report by Corporate Director Customers, Organisational Development & Resources (CA9).


A draft Libraries and Heritage Strategy: 2022 - 2027 was approved by Cabinet on 21st December 2021 subject to public consultation.  This report details the consultation approach and sets out the key themes arising from the consultation. 


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to


a)              Note the outcome of the public consultation on the Libraries and Heritage Strategy


b)              Delegate the responsibility for the adoption and implementation of the strategy to the Portfolio Holder for Community Services and Safety and the Corporate Director for Customers, Organisational Development and Resources and the project team. 


c)              Agree that an annual review of the actions to deliver the strategy is reported to Cabinet and the Place Overview and Scrutiny Committee



Additional documents:


Recommendations agreed.



Appointments 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 225 KB

Cabinet Member: Leader

Forward Plan Ref: 2021/219

Contact: Colm Ó Caomhánaigh, Committee Officer Tel: 07393 001096


Report by Director of Law & Governance (CA10).




To consider member appointments to a variety of bodies which in different ways support the discharge of the Council’s Executive functions.


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to agree the appointments to the bodies set out in the Annex to this report.


Additional documents:


Recommendations agreed with two amendments to the Annex:


Under Joint Committees – Future Oxfordshire Partnership

Oxfordshire Plan 2050 Group – substitute to be Cllr Andrew Gant

Environment Advisory Group – substitute to be Cllr Andrew Gant



Forward Plan and Future Business pdf icon PDF 241 KB

Cabinet Member: All

Contact Officer: Colm Ó Caomhánaigh, Committee Officer Tel: 07393 001096


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 CA11.  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.

Additional documents:






In the event that any Member or Officer wishes to discuss the information set out in the Annexes to Agenda Item 13, the Cabinet will be invited to resolve to exclude the public for the consideration of the Annexes by passing a resolution in relation in the following terms:


"that the public be excluded during the consideration of the Annexes since it is likely that if they were present during that discussion there would be a disclosure of "exempt" information as described in Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act, 1972 and specified below the item in the Agenda".


NOTE: The report does not contain exempt information and is available to the public.





The meeting went into private session.


Section 101 Agreement with London Borough of Bromley pdf icon PDF 208 KB

Cabinet Member: Community Services & Safety

Forward Plan Ref: 2022/047

Contact: Jody Kerman, Head of Trading Standards, 07909 905514


Report by Corporate Director - Commercial Development, Assets and Investment (CA13).


The information in this case is exempt in that it falls within the following prescribed categories:


1. Information relating to any individual


7. Information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime


and since it is considered that, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.


The annexes containing exempt information under the above paragraph are attached.


Entering in to an s101 Agreement with London Borough of Bromley, authorising Bromley to undertake a prosecution in relation to an Oxfordshire resident.


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to


(a)                Pursuant to section 101 of the Local Government Act 1972 and section 9EA of the Local Government Act 2000, approve the delegation of specific powers from the county council to the London Borough of Bromley in relation to the investigation and prosecution of companies and individuals associated with the investigation known as Operation Argus


(b)               Authorise the Head of Legal and/or the Director of Law and Governance to enter the necessary agreements to implement this delegation

Additional documents:


Recommendations agreed.