Agenda, decisions and minutes

Council
Wednesday 15th November, 2017 7.00 pm

Venue: Theatre - The Wave Centre, Maryport. View directions

Contact: Dean Devine  01900 702502

Items
No. Item

233.

Minutes of meeting Wednesday 20 September 2017 of Council pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Minutes:

The minutes were signed as a correct record.

234.

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.

235.

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.

236.

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.

237.

Notices of Motion

To receive Notices of Motion.

 

Councillor A Smith submitted the following notice of motion on behalf of the Labour group:

 

POLICING OF EVENTS AT ORGREAVE

 

A.  This Council remains disappointed that a year ago, The Home Secretary rejected a call for an Inquiry into the policing of events at Orgreave in June 1984.

 

B.  That the Council:

 

(i) observes that the Independent Police Commission said in their redacted report released in June 2015 “that there was evidence of excessive violence by police officers, and a false narrative from police exaggerating violence by miners, perjury by officers giving evidence to prosecute the arrested men, and an apparent cover-up of that perjury by senior officers”.

(ii) believes in the light of such statements that the Home Secretary needs to review her decision that there should be no enquiry into such events.

(iii) notes that 95 miners were arrested and charged with riot offences, but were all later acquitted amid claims that police at the time had fabricated evidence.

(iv) requests that the Chief Executive and the Workington MP, Susan Hayman, write to the Home Secretary and ask that she takes into account the opinion of this Council and accepts that there is widespread public concern about events at Orgreave and calls for her to order an inquiry into them.

(v) calls on Cumbria County Council to pass a similar motion.

Minutes:

Councillor A Smith moved the following:

 

A.  This Council remains disappointed that a year ago, The Home Secretary rejected a call for an Inquiry into the policing of events at Orgreave in June 1984.

 

B.  That the Council:

 

(i)  observes that the Independent Police Commission said in their redacted report released in June 2015 “that there was evidence of excessive violence by police officers, and a false narrative from police exaggerating violence by miners, perjury by officers giving evidence to prosecute the arrested men, and an apparent cover-up of that perjury by senior officers”.

(ii)  believes in the light of such statements that the Home Secretary needs to review her decision that there should be no enquiry into such events.

(iii)  notes that 95 miners were arrested and charged with riot offences, but were all later acquitted amid claims that police at the time had fabricated evidence.

(iv)  requests that the Chief Executive and the Workington MP, Susan Hayman, write to the Home Secretary and ask that she takes into account the opinion of this Council and accepts that there is widespread public concern about events at Orgreave and calls for her to order an inquiry into them.

(v)  calls on Cumbria County Council to pass a similar motion.

 

Councillor P Tibble seconded the motion.

 

Councillors P Tibble, B Miskelly, B Cannon, T Lywood and W Jefferson spoke in support of the motion.

 

Councillors T Markley and D Wilson commented that they did not consider the motion relevant to Council business.

 

A vote was taken on the motion – 32 voted in favour, 1 against and 8 abstained. The motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

A.  That the Council remains disappointed that a year ago, The Home Secretary rejected a call for an Inquiry into the policing of events at Orgreave in June 1984.

 

B.  That the Council:

 

(i)  observes that the Independent Police Commission said in their redacted report released in June 2015 “that there was evidence of excessive violence by police officers, and a false narrative from police exaggerating violence by miners, perjury by officers giving evidence to prosecute the arrested men, and an apparent cover-up of that perjury by senior officers”.

(ii)  believes in the light of such statements that the Home Secretary needs to review her decision that there should be no enquiry into such events.

(iii)  notes that 95 miners were arrested and charged with riot offences, but were all later acquitted amid claims that police at the time had fabricated evidence.

(iv)  requests that the Chief Executive and the Workington MP, Susan Hayman, write to the Home Secretary and ask that she takes into account the opinion of this Council and accepts that there is widespread public concern about events at Orgreave and calls for her to order an inquiry into them.

(v)  calls on Cumbria County Council to pass a similar motion.

238.

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.

239.

Announcements from the Mayor, Leader or Head of Paid Service pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Minutes:

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

 

The Mayor asked Members to support the fundraising event she was holding on 8 December at the Royal British Legion, Workington for her chosen charity, the Allerdale Disability Association.

240.

Portfolio Holder updates pdf icon PDF 109 KB

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.

 

Members asked if the Facelift Scheme would be extended to other towns in Allerdale. Councillor M Fryer confirmed that it would.

 

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

 

Members asked if they could have input on the ‘attraction map’ before it went live with the Destination Allerdale webpage. Councillor W Jefferson clarified that the webpage would go live with the launch of the new website, which was due in 2018 and so there was still time for Members’ input.

 

Members asked if the Council would pay tribute to Sir William Henry Bragg, who was born in Wigton in 1862 and shared a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1915. Councillor W Jefferson replied that he would look into 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.

 

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

 

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

 

On the Programme Office, Commissioning and Procurement update, Members raised concerns around the tablet devices. Councillor K Hansen said that he would arrange for a survey to be sent out to Councillors for their feedback on the devices.

 

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

 

Members asked for an update on problems around Causewayhead Cemetery, Silloth. Councillor M Heaslip said that the problems were being progressed between the Council, Silloth Town Council and others involved and the parties hoped to get a resolution soon.

241.

Executive Minutes pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To note the contents of the minutes of the Executive meetings that have taken place since the last Council meeting.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members noted the minutes of the Executive meetings held on 28 September and 8 November 2017.

 

Agreed

 

That the minutes of the Executive meetings held on 28 September and 8 November 2017 be noted.

242.

Update from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Minutes:

Councillor J Farebrother, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee presented the report and thanked everyone for their work in implementing the recommendations made following the Local Government Association’s Overview and Scrutiny Peer Review.

 

Members noted the report.

 

Agreed

 

That:

 

  1. The report be accepted.

 

  1. Regular reports from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee be received at each Council meeting.

243.

Community Governance Review - Workington Town Council pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor J Ellis moved the recommendations in the report. Councillor M Fryer seconded the motion.

 

Members asked if there were any financial implications to the Council in carrying out the Community Governance Review. Councillor J Ellis confirmed that the Council would carry the cost of the review.

 

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

 

Resolved

 

That:

 

  1. The Council agree to carry out a Community Governance Review of the Workington Parish area to consider:

 

·  Ward boundaries

·  Councillor numbers

 

  1. The Terms of Reference for the Community Governance Review, as set out at Appendix 2 of the report be agreed.

 

  1. A Community Governance Review Working Party consisting of the 15 members from the six Allerdale Borough Council Workington wards be established to co-ordinate the review and to make final recommendations to Council.

244.

Revised Revenue & Capital Budget 2017-18 pdf icon PDF 42 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor B Cannon moved the recommendations in the report. Councillor A Smith seconded the motion.

 

Members were provided with a breakdown on the report:

 

  • Table 1 showed a summary of the changes to the revenue budget – an increase of £127k.

 

  • Table 2 demonstrated that the increase of £127k would be financed by additional grants and taxation.

 

  • Table 3 provided a breakdown of the £127k increase by portfolio.

 

  • Table 4 provided a list of recurring budget growth totals.

 

  • Table 5 provided a list of recurring budget savings.

 

  • Table 6 showed a list of non-recurring growth totals.

 

  • Table 7 showed information on non-recurring growth which did not require a change to the budget as it could be financed from existing earmarked reserves.

 

  • Table 8 showed a list of non-recurring savings.

 

  • Table 9 set out a summary of self-sufficiency savings.

 

  • Table 10 provided details of changes to the salary budget.

 

  • Table 11 showed the current contingency budget and how this was being utilised.

 

  • Table 12 summarised the proposed changes to the financing of the 2017/18 budget.

 

  • Table 13 summarised the changes underlying the projected increase in funding from National Non Domestic Rates (NNDR).

 

  • Table 14 set out the proposed changes to the three year capital budget – part of this involved, in this year, the regrowth adjustments and capital bids.

 

  • Table 15 outlined the schemes which made up the re-profiling.

 

  • Table 16 outlined the schemes which made up the capital bids.

 

  • Table 17 set out the 2017/18 capital bids.

 

  • Table 18 set out the 2018/19 capital bids.

 

  • Table 19 provided an additional level of detail showing the revised three year capital budget, split by portfolio and identified how this could be refinanced.

 

  • Table 20 showed the impact of the revised capital programme on interest and the minimum revenue provision.

 

  • Table 21 showed in the impact of the revised capital programme and proposed funding on the levels of capital receipts and capital grants available to the Council.

 

  • Table 22 showed the impact of the proposed revisions to the revenue and capital budgets on the Council’s general fund and earmarked reserves.

 

  • Table 23 set out how the estimated earmarked reserves were forecast to be spent.

 

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

 

Resolved

 

That:

 

  1. The revised net Revenue Budget requirement of £14,629k be approved.

 

  1. The Revised Capital Budget (including proposed financing) of £23,641k comprising £5,935k in 2017-18, £15,516k in 2018-19 and £2,190k in 2019-20 be approved.

  2. The revised position on earmarked and general fund balances be noted.