Agenda, decisions and minutes

Council
Wednesday 26th July, 2017 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Allerdale House. View directions

Contact: Dean Devine  01900 702502

Items
No. Item

Minute's Silence

Members observed a minute’s silence in memory of Councillor John (Binky) Armstrong.

85.

Minutes of meeting Wednesday 17 May 2017 of Council pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 17 May 2017 were signed as a correct record.

86.

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.

87.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

To consider whether there are any items on the agenda for which the press and public should be excluded.

Minutes:

There were no items on the agenda for which the press and public should have been excluded.

88.

Questions and Petitions

To answer questions under Procedural Rule No. 4.16 from members of the public and from Councillors under Procedural Rule No. 4.17.2 and to receive Petitions under Access to Information Rules.

 

Minutes:

None received.

89.

Notices of Motion

To receive Notices of Motion.

 

Councillor Hilary Harrington submitted the following notice of motion:

 

‘In light of the recently published traffic data which reveals a sharp increase in traffic volume through Harrington, Salterbeck and Mossbay this Council supports the development of a southern relief road in Workington as a priority for the County Highway Authority and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.’

 

Councillor Tony Lywood submitted the following notice of motion:

 

'Between now and 2021 the Government intends to make substantial spending cuts on education. This Council condemns these cuts and resolves to send a letter to the Education Minister asking for a complete reconsideration of this new Schools Funding Review which will leave a majority of Allerdale schools worse off than now.'

 

Councillor Stephen Stoddart submitted the following notice of motion:

 

‘Allerdale Borough Council is made up of 56 elected Councillors – 28 Labour, 15 Conservative, 7 Independent, 2 UKIP and 4 no party

 

In order to better represent the people in Allerdale and to improve the decision making process, this Council resolves to begin the process for introducing and appointing a directly elected Mayor in Allerdale.’

Minutes:

Councillor H Harrington moved the following:

 

‘In light of the recently published traffic data which reveals a sharp increase in traffic volume through Harrington, Salterbeck and Mossbay this Council supports the development of a southern relief road in Workington as a priority for the County Highway Authority and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.’

 

Councillor J Osborn seconded the motion.

 

Councillor M Heaslip said that records showed that the Council had supported the proposal since its meeting held on 13 April 2005 when the Local Transport Plan was considered and that the Council had protected the route throughout the years in the Allerdale Local Plan and remained protected in the current version of the plan.

 

Councillor M Heaslip also said that an allocation of government funding would be needed to develop such a road and that on 24 July 2003 Cumbria County Council had considered a report on Cumbria’s next major transport scheme which included a Workington Southern Link scheme but that this was voted against, in favour of the Kendal Northern Relief Road.

 

Councillor T Markley considered that the Council needed to highlight economic viability and access to businesses and the port of Workington.

 

Councillor T Markley moved the following amendment to the motion:

 

‘In the light of recently published traffic data which reveals increases of traffic flow in and around Workington this Council informs the relevant highway authorities and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership that it supports as an Allerdale infrastructure priority for Cumbria, the development of a relief road for Workington, incorporating better access to the port of Workington, stimulating economic growth and easing traffic flow in and around the town.’

 

Councillor J Cowell seconded the amendment.

 

Councillor A Smith said that he had joined the Board of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to represent both Allerdale Borough Council and Copeland Borough Council and would be pushing for the development of a relief road for Workington.

 

Councillor D Robertson asked that support also be given for a relief road in Moorclose, Workington.

 

A vote was taken on the amendment – 42 voted in favour, 4 against and 0 abstentions. The amendment was carried and became the substantive motion on the floor.

 

A vote was taken on the substantive motion – the vote in favour was unanimous. The motion was carried.

 

Councillor J Ellis moved the following in the absence of Councillor T Lywood:

 

‘Between now and 2021 the Government intends to make substantial spending cuts on education. This Council condemns these cuts and resolves to send a letter to the Education Minister asking for a complete reconsideration of this new Schools Funding Review which will leave a majority of Allerdale schools worse off than now.’

 

Councillor J Ellis said that since the submission of the notice of motion, the Secretary of State for Education had announced an increase of £1.3bn to the core schools budget in 2018 and 2019 and a delay in the full implementation of the new national funding formula for schools in England. However, Councillor J Ellis emphasised that this was not additional funding from the treasury and was being diverted from other parts of the education budget.

 

Councillor C Tibble seconded the motion.

 

Councillor T Markley considered that he would not be able to vote on the motion as it did not include figures on the spending cuts.

 

The Mayor extended the time allowed to consider motions by a further 15 minutes under procedural rule 4.18.6 in the Council’s Constitution.

 

Councillor J Cook said that he was on the Board of Governors for Solway Community Technology College, which had just received an outstanding result from Ofsted and he did not want to lose such schools due to funding cuts so agreed with the need to keep the pressure on the government to reconsider the funding review. However, Councillor J Cook considered that more information would be needed before the Council considered such matters.

 

A vote was taken on the motion – 33 voted in favour, 1 against and 12 abstentions. The motion was carried.

 

Councillor S Stoddart asked to withdraw his motion on notice and for it to be considered at the next meeting. The meeting consented to the withdrawal of the motion and the Mayor agreed that it be put to the next meeting.

 

Resolved

 

That:

 

1.  In the light of recently published traffic data which reveals increases of traffic flow in and around Workington this Council informs the relevant highway authorities and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership that it supports as an Allerdale infrastructure priority for Cumbria, the development of a relief road for Workington, incorporating better access to the port of Workington, stimulating economic growth and easing traffic flow in and around the town.

 

2.  Between now and 2021 the Government intends to make substantial spending cuts on education. This Council condemns these cuts and resolves to send a letter to the Education Minister asking for a complete reconsideration of this new Schools Funding Review which will leave a majority of Allerdale schools worse off than now.

90.

Councillor Speeches

To hear speeches (not exceeding 5 minutes each), for up to a specified period of 15 minutes, from individual members on a local issue in the Member’s Ward, of which 24 hours’ notice has been given to the Chief Executive.

Minutes:

None received.

91.

Announcements from the Mayor, Leader or Head of Paid Service pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Minutes:

The Mayor made reference to the engagements she and the Deputy Mayor had attended since the last meeting.

 

The Mayor reminded members that her Civic Service was being held at Our Lady and St Michaels Church, Workington on Sunday 13 August 2017 and asked for their support on the day.

92.

Portfolio Holder Reports pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To consider reports from Members of the Executive.

Minutes:

Councillor A Smith, Leader of the Council presented his report.

 

Councillor M Fryer, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth presented his report.

 

Councillor J Crouch said that he was pleased to hear about the success of the Maryport Facelift Grant Scheme and asked that it could be extended to other towns in Allerdale.

 

Councillor M Fryer replied that the Council would continue the success of the project, with plans for the next scheme to take place in Wigton.

 

Councillor A Davis-Johnston asked Councillor M Fryer to convey his thanks to A Hines, Policy Development Manager and her team who he said put forward a fantastic representation to the Lake District National Park Authority on behalf of Allerdale in support of a proposed planning application for a privately funded car park at Cat Bells, Keswick which he considered very important to people that this went ahead.

 

Councillor M Fryer presented the Portfolio Holder for Corporate Resources (Finance and Property) report on behalf of Councillor B Cannon.

 

Councillor M Jenkinson said that accounts showed a loss to the Allerdale Investment Partnership up to March 2017. He asked if the partnership was still expected to be profitable. Councillor M Fryer said that a written answer would be provided to this question.

 

Councillor J Ellis, Portfolio Holder for Governance and People Resources presented her report.

 

Councillor B Finlay said that he was concerned with the review of polling stations being undertaken by Electoral Services as he considered that polling stations would need reviewed again following the Local Government Boundary Commission for England review. Councillor J Ellis said that she would get a response to this.

 

Councillor S Stoddart said that he had received a telephone call from Electoral Services with regard to the review on polling stations, informing him that Laybourn House, Workington may no longer be used as a polling station. This concerned him as he considered that if this polling station was not used it would negatively affect the voter turnout at elections. Councillor J Ellis said that she would raise this with the team.

 

Councillor K Hansen, Portfolio Holder for Transformation presented his report.

 

Councillor K Hansen said that members would each be receiving tablet devices from August 2017 and would receive training on how to use them.

 

Councillor M Heaslip, Portfolio Holder for Locality and Environmental Quality presented his report.

 

Councillor A Davis-Johnston asked if the Council could convert some of the spaces in the multi-storey car park in Workington into parent and child spaces. Councillor M Heaslip confirmed that this would be looked at.

 

Councillor M Jenkinson said that there had been some procurement issues with rubbish bins recently and asked if these had been dealt with. Councillor M Heaslip said that he would look into this.

 

Councillor A Pitcher asked for an update on an application that Wigton Town Council had submitted for 6 20-minute free-parking spaces at Water Street car park, Wigton. Councillor M Heaslip confirmed he would get an update on this.

 

Councillor B Jefferson, Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Culture presented his report.

 

Councillor B Finlay asked if there was a time limit on when councillors had to get in touch with the Communications team regarding anything in their areas that they would like considered for inclusion in the new tourism and business investment brand. Councillor B Jefferson said that he would be meeting with officers soon and would be able to confirm the deadline following this.

 

Councillor C McCarron-Holmes, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Health and Wellbeing presented her report.

 

Councillor M Jenkinson asked if management of the 2 new houses in Maryport which had been converted from a toilet block would be handed to an existing social housing provider. Councillor C McCarron-Holmes confirmed that this would be the case and that the Council was currently in talks about this.

 

Councillor S Stoddart raised concerns about overgrown trees in Moorclose, Workington. He asked if this could be looked into. Councillor C McCarron-Holmes confirmed that she would look into it.

93.

Executive Minutes pdf icon PDF 51 KB

To note the contents of the minutes of the meetings of the Executive held on 10 May, 21 June and 12 July 2017.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members reviewed the contents of the minutes of the Executive meetings held on 10 May, 21 June and 12 July 2017.

 

Agreed

 

That the minutes of the Executive meetings held on 10 May, 21 June and 12 July 2017 be noted.

94.

Reference from Executive 10 May 2017 - Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document pdf icon PDF 38 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered the report and the Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document contained in pages 49-79 of the agenda (Appendix 2). The report had been considered at the Executive meeting on 10 May 2017 and members had recommended that Council agrees the adoption of the Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document as contained within Appendix 2 of the report.

 

Councillor M Fryer moved the recommendation. This was seconded by Councillor A Smith.

 

A vote was taken on the motion – the vote in favour was unanimous. The motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

That Council agrees the adoption of the Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document as contained within Appendix 2 of the report.

95.

Reference from Executive 12 July 2017 - Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 38 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered the report, which had been considered at the Executive meeting on 12 July 2017 and members had recommended that Council agrees the adoption of the proposed amendment to paragraph 3.4.1 of the Constitution, as set out in the report.

 

Councillor M Fryer moved the recommendation. This was seconded by Councillor A Smith.

 

A vote was taken on the motion – the vote in favour was unanimous. The motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

That Council agrees the adoption of the proposed amendment to paragraph

3.4.1 of the Constitution, as set out in the report.

96.

Review of Financial Regulations pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered the report.

 

Councillor A Smith moved the recommendation within the report in the absence of Councillor B Cannon.

 

Councillor A Smith highlighted that there was an error in the report in the table on pages 138-140 of the agenda. An amended table had been handed out at the meeting.

 

Councillor M Fryer seconded the motion.

 

A vote was taken on the motion – the vote in favour was unanimous. The motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

That Council approve the contents of the new Financial Regulations, including the revised Schedule of Financial Authority to Officers which forms Appendix A to the Regulations and the Mandatory Financial Procedures listed in Appendix B.