Agenda, decisions and minutes

Executive
Wednesday 18th April, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Allerdale House. View directions

Contact: Gayle Roach  01900 702502

Items
No. Item

413.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 21 March 2018.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 21 March 2018 were signed as a correct record.

 

414.

Declaration of Interests

Councillors/Staff to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, other registrable interest or any other interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

None declared.

 

415.

Questions

To answer questions from members of the public – submitted in writing or by electronic mail no later than 5.00pm, 2 working days before the meeting.

Minutes:

None received.

 

416.

Members' Announcements

Minutes:

None received.

 

417.

Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy pdf icon PDF 145 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The subject of the decision

 

The Environmental Health Officer and Private Sector Housing Manager submitted a report which sought member’s approval of the draft Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy and the Civil Penalty Policy.

 

Councillor M Fryer moved the recommendations in the report. This was seconded by Councillor A Smith. The recommendations were unanimously agreed.

 

Alternative options considered

 

Options for the adoption of additional legislation were set out in the report.

 

The reason for the decision

 

The Policy was to be revised due to the introduction of new powers through the Housing and Planning Act 2017.

A Civil Penalty Policy had been developed to set out how the council was planning to use Civil Penalties.

 

The decision

 

Resolved:

 

That:

 

  1. The Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy and Civil Penalty Policy be approved

 

  1. The Head of Housing and Health be given delegated authority to authorise officers to exercise the enforcement powers reserved by the legislative changes in the Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy

 

  1. The Head of Housing and Health be given delegated authority to make minor amendments to the Housing Enforcement Policy, once the regulations relating to houses in multiple occupation had been enacted.

 

418.

Response to BEIS consultations on a geological disposal facility pdf icon PDF 171 KB

Minutes:

The subject of the decision

 

The Policy Manager Nuclear submitted a report which sought member’s approval of the draft responses to the Government consultations relating to their proposed siting process for a Geological Disposal Facility.

 

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) had launched two consultations relating to their revised siting process for a Geological Disposal Facility.

 

Members thanked the officer for an excellent report which they felt captured their desired response and which reiterated their position from when the consultation was last on the agenda back in 2013.

 

Members reacted unfavourably over the Governments consultation process with Allerdale Borough Council. In that, it failed to acknowledge that West Cumbria was, and had been for the last 70 years, the host to Sellafield and therefore its situation was different to most. Allerdale Borough Council had also engaged in the process in 2013 therefore the authority was not coming in to it new nor was it declaring an interest.

 

The Executive believed the Government needed to converse and negotiate with Allerdale on a different basis and framework to those declaring an interest as newcomers.

 

It was agreed a strong cover letter be included with the Councils consultation responses to raise members concerns and due to timescales,delegated authority be awarded to the Leader and the Deputy Leader of the Council to sign off the letter to ensure compliance with the consultation deadline.

 

Concerns were also raised around geological safety and process and it was requested the consultation response be strengthened around concerns in those areas.

 

Councillor A Smith moved the recommendations subject to the amendments. This was seconded by Councillor M Fryer. The recommendations were unanimously agreed.

 

Alternative options considered

 

Not to respond to the consultation process.

 

The reason for the decision

 

To approve responses to the Government consultations relating to their proposed siting process for a geological disposal facility.

 

The decision

 

Resolved:

 

That –

 

1.  The draft responses to the two Government consultations relating to their proposed siting process for a geological disposal facility be amended to reflect comments made by the Executive on strengthening the lines around geological safety and process and then submitted to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

 

2.  A cover letter be included with the Councils consultation responses to raise members concerns and due to timescales,delegated authority be awarded to the Leader and the Deputy Leader of the Council to sign off the letter to ensure compliance with the consultation deadline.

 

419.

Extension of Memorandum of Agreement, Solway Coast AONB Partnership pdf icon PDF 69 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The subject of the decision

 

The Solway Coast AONB Manager submitted a report which sought member’s approval of an extension to the current Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), Solway Coast AONB Partnership to cover the years 2018/19 and 2019/20 to provide a framework for financial support and hosting of the AONB Partnership and staff team along with Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council.

 

Councillor A Smith left the room at the start of the item.

 

Councillor W Jefferson moved the recommendations in the report. This was seconded by Councillor B Cannon. The recommendations were unanimously agreed by the 6 members present.

 

Alternative options considered

 

Not to extend the Agreement or to produce a separate Agreement between Allerdale Borough Council and the AONB Partnership.

 

The reason for the decision

 

To extend the current Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), Solway Coast AONB Partnership to cover the years 2018/19 and 2019/20.

 

The decision

 

Resolved:

 

That:

 

  1. The Memorandum of Agreement be extended for a further two years to cover the financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20, along with Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council

 

  1. The drafting of the extension of the shared agreement between the three local authority partners be delegated to the AONB Manager, in consultation with the Corporate Director and the Head of Governance.