Agenda, decisions and minutes

Council
Wednesday 20th September, 2017 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Allerdale House. View directions

Contact: Dean Devine  01900 702502

Items
No. Item

157.

Minutes of meeting Wednesday 26 July 2017 of Council pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 26 July 2017 were signed as a correct record.

158.

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.

159.

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.

160.

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:

Councillor S Stoddart submitted the following question to Councillor M Fryer:

 

‘Over the last 3 years we have seen over £10m worth of infrastructure taken out of the Moorclose ward. This has had a devastating effect on the whole community.

 

Following the closure of the only public house in the area we as a community feel very isolated from the rest of Workington.

 

I have raised my concerns with 6 members of the current Executive at Allerdale Borough Council, but to date none of the Executive members have offered any help or support for either myself or the community.

 

I represent the area on Cumbria County Council, Allerdale Borough Council and Workington Town Council thanks to the electorate in the Moorclose ward who have put their faith in me.

 

My ward is one of the most deprived areas in the whole of Cumbria and we as a community are crying out for help and support.

 

I feel key decisions are being taken in the ward by the current Executive without any contact or input from myself, and I believe the Executive should be more open and transparent!

 

How are you going to address these issues?’

 

Councillor M Fryer responded that the Executive planned to address the issues by going down the same course it had been, by working with organisations such as the West Cumbria Credit Union to give residents access to affordable credit, also by working with the Citizens Advice Bureau with the rollout of Universal Credit.

 

He said he did not see any key decisions being made without Members having a say on them.

 

Councillor M Fryer talked about the play areas, football pitches, youth clubs and groups within the Moorclose ward and also the successful community centre there. He also mentioned the shops at Moorclose, Workington.

 

With regard to the comment about £10m worth of infrastructure taken out of the ward, he said this was a fallacy as the old leisure centre wasn’t worth anywhere near that amount and hardly worth the retail value of the land.

 

Councillor M Fryer said that people were ‘voting with their feet’ at the new leisure centre. In September 2015 at the old leisure centre there were 690 members from the Moorclose ward. In September 2017 there were 865. In terms of actual visits at the old leisure centre from October 2015–August 2016 there were 18,373 visits from residents of the Moorclose ward. From October 2016 through to 2017 residents of the Moorclose ward made 23,842 visits to the new leisure centre. He said that these figures showed the community was not isolated.

 

On an end note, Councillor M Fryer said that the Executive would continue working with all councillors, whatever political view they might be, working on the Council Plan, working with all political groups and community groups.

 

Councillor S Stoddart asked if he could have a meeting with Councillor M Fryer to discuss issues within the Moorclose ward, such as anti-social behaviour. Councillor M Fryer agreed to the meeting.

161.

Notices of Motion

To receive Notices of Motion.

Minutes:

None received.

162.

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.

163.

Announcements from the Mayor, Leader or Head of Paid Service pdf icon PDF 42 KB

Minutes:

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

164.

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 D Fairbairn asked for more information on which businesses attended the business breakfast meetings and where they took place. Councillor A Smith said that there had been a couple meetings at Allerdale House and businesses such as Iggesund, Innovia, New Balance and others had attended.

 

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

 

Councillor T Markley asked how far on the Council was with its Infrastructure Delivery Plan. Councillor M Fryer said that the Council would be working with Cumbria County Council and other interested parties such as the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership on this.

 

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

 

Councillor B Cannon, Portfolio Holder for Corporate Resources (Finance and Property) presented her report.

 

Regarding the disposal of public toilets, Councillor T Markley said that Allonby Parish Council had taken over ownership for some in February 2017 and had discovered the water utilities weren’t working. He asked if there could be any business rate relief for the parish council. Councillor B Cannon said that she would look into the problem. Councillor T Lywood advised that if the parish council was to apply to the Valuation Office Agency and if a problem was found the property would be de-registered and the parish council would be given a rebate.

 

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

 

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

 

Councillor J Lister asked for a list of the 62 public houses granted business rates relief. Councillor K Hansen said he would circulate the list.

 

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

 

Councillor J Holliday asked why the security system had been disabled at the multi-storey car park in Workington. Councillor M Heaslip said that the system was operated by the previous operators of the car park and was disabled during the transfer. He said that the car park was constantly manned and secure.

 

Councillor A Pitcher asked for an update on Wigton Town Council’s application for 6 20-minute free-parking spaces at Water Street car park in Wigton. Councillor M Heaslip said that this was being looked into.

 

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

 

Councillor T Markley asked if funding could be available for Allonby Parish Council for the upkeep of the play park at Allonby. Councillor W Jefferson said he would look into this.

165.

Executive Minutes pdf icon PDF 84 KB

To note the contents of the minutes of the meeting of the Executive held on 6 September 2017.

Minutes:

Members noted the contents of the minutes of the Executive meeting held on 6 September 2017.

 

Agreed

 

That the minutes of the Executive meeting held on 6 September 2017 be noted.

166.

Authorisation of Proper Officer for Allerdale Borough Council pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Minutes:

Councillor D Fairbairn asked if there would be any financial implications to the Council as a result of appointing and authorising the officers listed in the report. Councillor C McCarron-Holmes said that she would provide an answer to this in writing.

 

Councillor C McCarron-Holmes moved the recommendations in the report. Councillor M Fryer seconded the motion.

 

A vote was taken on the motion – 43 voted in favour, 0 against and 2 abstentions. The motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

That the Council appoints and authorises:

 

  1. The following consultant level staff in Public Health England North West; Grainne Nixon, Dr John Astbury, Mark McGivern and Dr Nicola Schinaia as Proper Officers as defined under section 74 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984. Staff named above are available to act as Proper Officers in relation to health protection powers set out in table 1.

 

  1. The following consultant level staff in Public Health England North West; Dr Anjila Shah, Dr Caroline Rumble, Dr Evdokia Dardamissis, Dr Joanna Cartwright, Dr John Astbury, Dr Kristina Poole, Dr Matthieu Pegorie, Dr Merav Kliner, Dr Nicola Schinaia, Dr Richard Jarvis, Dr Rosemary McCann, Dr Samuel Ghebrehewet, Dr William Welfare and Dr Yasmin Ahmed-Little as Port Medical Officers under the Public Health (Ships) Regulations 1979 and/or the Public Health (Aircraft) Regulations 1979 as amended.

167.

Reference from Audit Committee 21 August 2017 - Treasury Management Annual Review 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 39 KB

To inform members of the performance of the Council’s treasury management (TM) activities during 2016/17, the effects of TM decisions and transactions executed in the past year and of compliance with its Treasury Management Policy.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Audit Committee had considered the report at its meeting on 21 August 2017.

 

Councillor N Schofield moved the recommendation. This was seconded by Councillor J Colhoun. The motion was unanimously agreed.

 

Resolved

 

That the contents of the Treasury Management Annual Review 2016/17 report be noted.

168.

Changes to Committee Memberships pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The following nominations to committee places were received:

 

  • Councillor L Davies to replace Councillor D Wilson on the Licensing Committee

 

  • Councillor J Sandwith to replace Councillor N Cockburn on the Standards Committee

 

  • Councillor T Annison to replace Councillor A Davis-Johnston on the Audit Committee

 

  • Councillor T Annison to replace Councillor A Davis-Johnston on the Development Panel

 

  • Councillor J Cowell to replace Councillor T Annison on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

Councillor J Ellis moved the changes to committee places as per the recommendations in the report and the nominations received. Councillor J Cowell seconded the motion.

 

A vote was taken – 44 voted in favour, 0 against and 1 abstention. The motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

That:

 

  1. Councillor L Davies be appointed to the Licensing Committee to replace Councillor D Wilson

 

  1. Councillor J Sandwith be appointed to the Standards Committee to replace Councillor N Cockburn

 

  1. Councillor J Sandwith no longer be a substitute on the Development Panel

 

  1. Councillor T Annison be appointed to the Audit Committee to replace Councillor Adrian Davis-Johnston

 

  1. Councillor T Annison be appointed to the Development Panel to replace Councillor Adrian Davis-Johnston

 

  1. Councillor J Cowell be appointed to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to replace Councillor T Annison

169.

Independent Panel for Councillors Allowances Membership pdf icon PDF 54 KB

Minutes:

Councillor B Cannon moved the recommendations in the report. Councillor M Fryer seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously agreed.

 

Resolved

 

That:

 

  1. Richard Askew be re-appointed to serve on the Independent Panel for Councillors Allowances for a further four year term

 

  1. That Chris Nattress be re-appointed to serve on the Independent Panel for Councillors Allowances for a further four year term