Agenda and draft minutes

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Notes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To receive the notes of the meeting held on 17 September 2019


The notes of the meeting held on 17 September were received.


Community Link Lifeline Alarm Monitoring Contract

The Community Link Service supplies technology-enabled care to support vulnerable residents so they can continue to live at home. The tender process for a new contract to continue provision of this telephone monitoring service has now been completed.  The Group will receive the exempt draft report ‘Community Link Lifeline Alarm Monitoring Contract’ that will be presented at the next Cabinet meeting on 28 November.     


The Head of Environmental Health & Licensing updated the Group on the procurement process that had taken place to ensure the continued smooth running of the Community Link Lifeline service. The contract would provide a twenty-four hour telephone call monitoring service for people using Horsham District Council’s Lifeline alarms.  There had been five bids for the contract in a joint tender with Crawley Borough Council.  


A report recommending the bid that performed best on quality and price would be considered by Cabinet on 28 November. 


West Sussex Disabled Facilities Grant Policy

The Disabled Facilities Grant Policy has been produced by a project group comprising West Sussex County Council and all West Sussex district and borough councils.  The Group will receive the draft report recommending that the Council adopt this policy, before it is considered by Cabinet on 28 November. 


The Head of Environmental Health & Licensing advised the Group that the Disabled Facilities Grant Policy 2020 – 2024 had been developed to enable better joint working and budget management for all West Sussex district and borough councils.  Joint working had already improved speed of delivery and the current draft Policy would facilitate the awarding of grants to qualifying applicants.   


The Group noted the range of products and adaptations to people’s homes provided through the Disabled Facilities Grant and that there was currently no waiting list. 


The Group were in favour of Cabinet approving the recommendation to agree to adopt the policy at the meeting on 28 November.  


Horsham District Homes

The Group will receive an update on the first two affordable housing acquisitions made through the Council’s recently formed affordable housing company:


Roman Way, Billingshurst – three affordable homes

Hayes Lane, Slinfold – one affordable home


The Head of Housing & Community Services and the Corporate Accountant updated the Group on the first two sites to provide housing through the Council’s recently created Affordable Housing Company (Horsham District Homes).  The presentation focussed on financial arrangements for the holding company.  Details of the homes to be provided had been discussed at the previous meeting of the PDAG.   


The Group noted the project overview and business case for each site, including funding requirements and projected yields.  The site in Billingshurst would accommodate three affordable homes built on Council land, and was subject to planning permission and Cabinet approval. A single dwelling in Slinfold would be purchased from a developer and was subject to contract and Cabinet approval. Funding would come from s106 developer contributions held by the Council.


Proposals for the first two sites would be considered by Cabinet on 28 November.  The Group were supportive of the proposals. 


Forward Plan Extract for the Community and Wellbeing Portfolio pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To note the Forward Plan extract for the Community and Wellbeing Portfolio