Agenda, decisions and minutes

Council
Wednesday 11th December, 2019 5.30 pm

Venue: The Market Hall, Wigton

Contact: Gayle Roach  01900 702502

Items
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264.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 189 KB

To sign as a correct record the minutes of the Council meeting held on 25 September 2019.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 25 September 2019 were signed as a correct record.

 

265.

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:

18.  Reference from Chief Officers Employment Panel 30 October 2019 - Appointment of Chief Executive.

  Andrew Seekings; Disclosable Pecuniary Interest; Due to proposed appointment of position of Interim Chief Executive.

 

18.  Reference from Chief Officers Employment Panel 30 October 2019 - Appointment of Chief Executive.

  Paul Wood; Disclosable Pecuniary Interest; Due to proposed arrangements on deputising duties for the Interim Chief Executive.

 

18.  Reference from Chief Officers Employment Panel 30 October 2019 - Appointment of Chief Executive.

  Sharon Sewell; Disclosable Pecuniary Interest; Due to proposed arrangements on deputising duties for the Interim Chief Executive.

 

266.

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 be excluded.

 

267.

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:

Questions

7 questions had been submitted –

 

1. Ms Julia Robinson submitted the following question -

 

‘The latest report by the leading authority on climate change, the International Panel on Climate Change predicts that ‘-Climate change could increase the annual cost of flooding in the UK almost 15-fold by the 2080s under high emission scenarios’.

The 2019 Government Committee on Climate Change report states that ‘-analysis has showed direct Expected Annual Damages (EAD) to residential properties from flooding are currently £270 million’.

If we ‘carry on as usual’ and do not dramatically reduce our carbon and other greenhouse gas reductions, we can apply this 15 fold increase - so that by 2080 the UK will be expected to spend just over £4 billion on flooding to homes every year.

Anyone born after 2000 - including the two young women presenting the climate emergency petition this evening - will be paying heavily for the consequences of any insufficient response to climate change. The pace of sea and river flooding will continue to grow, driven by the increasing rate of emissions: to control the damage, emissions need an immediate reduction.

As a responsible Council with the long as well as the short term benefit of Allerdale in mind, will the Council prioritise this issue for action in the borough?’

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald responded by saying;

‘I completely agree there is an urgent need for the Council to prioritise climate change. You may be aware that a number of questions were put to this Council at its last meeting relating to climate change and all hugely important. Because of the pressing need to ensure that the Council does not just talk about climate change but actually adopts policies it can act on it was agreed at our last meeting that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will carry out a full investigation of the subject and report to the Executive with proposals that could be adopted. Work has already commenced on this, a Task and Finish Group has been created, who can call for evidence from outside the Council.

The Council will do everything in its power to prioritise this issue for action within the Borough’.

 

Ms Julia Robinson asked a supplementary question;

‘Will the Council declare a climate emergency?’

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald responded by saying;

‘It was agreed at the last meeting that Council wouldn’t be declaring an emergency but what we are very keen to do is ensure that policies are embedded in our practice so that we can take permanent action. There was a real concern at the last meeting that if the Council had agreed to take actions on the basis of debate in public that that might be as far as it ever got, so that is why we handed the investigation over to Scrutiny to report back to us, to ensure that we have actions that we can adopt’.

 

2. Councillor M Heaslip submitted the following question -

‘Can members now see the list of surplus property from the asset review exercise by the Regeneration, Asset Management & Strategic Growth Board; and will members be consulted before any property identified as surplus is made available to One Public Estate or is made available for disposal in any way?’

 

Councillor M Johnson responded on behalf of Councillor M Jenkinson by saying;

‘The asset review exercise by the Regeneration, Asset Management & Strategic Growth Board is ongoing and not yet completed. Any future disposals will be undertaken in accordance with the agreed scheme of delegation and the provisions of the Disposals and Acquisitions Policy that was approved by Executive in May 2016.

 

In terms of member involvement in the process any disposal (or acquisition) with a value of £250K or over is an Executive decision (unless the disposal is to AIP where the value is £500K). Any disposals below £250K would be a delegated decision in consultation with the portfolio holder’.

 

Councillor M Heaslip asked a supplementary question;

‘Do you know when the exercise might be completed?’

 

Councillor M Johnson replied to say that he didn’t at this time.

 

 

3. Councillor M Heaslip submitted the following question -

‘Appendix A of the Quarter 2 2019/20 performance report considered by Executive on 27 November (item 1.4) refers to an offer of funding from Homes England for a development of housing by the Council on Westfield Drive, Workington, which offer was declined: can Cllr Stoddart please tell members what amount of possible funding was mentioned in the offer, and why this offer of funding was turned down?’

 

Councillor S Stoddart responded by saying;

‘The Council had made an application for funding support from the Accelerated Construction Programme which was for site investigations and preliminary work at the Westfield Drive site.

After a lengthy process a conditional offer of £365,285 was received however after careful consideration it was felt that the proposed funding terms and conditions meant there were significant financial risks to the Council if the offer had been accepted. There was a funding gap of over £600,000 that the Council would have had to underwrite with no guarantee that this could be recovered through the future development of the site. In addition the Council would have had to fund all of the work in advance and the timescales and funding conditions meant that there were concerns it may not be possible to claim all of the funding back’.

 

 

4. Councillor J Farebrother submitted the following question -

‘In the summary of the Council Plan that went out for consultation, under the section ‘a financially secure council’ one of the objectives is ‘to address the budget deficit’. 

This wording is misleading as a District Council cannot operate with a deficit budget. 

Can I have an clear explanation for the wording of this objective? What will cause the future funding gap, as mentioned in the notes?  What does "self-sufficient" mean? What research is planned to ensure that Allerdale creates imaginative opportunities for its own future?’

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald responded by saying;

‘The financial management challenges facing the Council are currently more complex than ever. Local government has faced significant funding cuts in recent years and the uncertainty of our future funding levels has led to concerns about unbalanced budgets and how as an authority we address this. Not being able to balance the budget has more serious consequences for us as avoiding a budget deficit is a legal requirement under the Local Government Finance Act. What we are saying is the budget deficit refers to a predicted deficit in the future if we continue on the path that we are on.

 

Being self-sufficient means moving away from our reliance on central government funding, funding from local revenue sources like council tax and business rates will take the place of government grants the aim is to be more in control of our funding and influence in a greater way the monies that we continue to receive from central government. It is also about being more commercial as a Council and finding new income streams.

 

We will be developing and reviewing a number of our key plans and policies, this is likely to include revising the Medium Term Financial Strategy and assumptions around council tax and NNDR and where possible reviewing all the Councils financial support schemes. We will seek to maximise the use of all our capital assets, this includes buying, selling or leasing to ensure that we have a property portfolio that will contribute significantly to our income and help fund future service delivery’.

 

Councillor J Farebrother asked a supplementary question;

‘I would prefer that the wording in the Council Strategy did say ‘predicted budget deficit’, at the moment it’s a bit ambiguous, can the wording be made clearer’.

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald responded by saying she would consider the wording.

 

 

5. Councillor J Farebrother submitted the following question -

‘During the debate at our last Council meeting, we were informed that Allerdale has a very poor tree coverage of only 7% currently.  In answer to a request to commit to doubling tree coverage by 2045, Councillor Fitzgerald replied that we are not able to commit, as we are not the land owners of Allerdale, but we would work closely with the Woodland Trust. 

Now that  National Tree Planting week has come and gone, what actions did Allerdale become involved in during that week and what are the future plans for encouraging tree planting within the Borough?’

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald responded by saying;

‘Through the Environmental Initiatives budget, a small amount of tree planting is undertaken every year to ensure we have a net increase in tree cover, and most years we do some tree-related activity linked to National Tree Week. It should be noted that it is not National Tree Planting Week.

This year the Workington Nature Partnership Officer did a Tree photo walk in Hall Park, which was publicised widely through all our usual channels and posted the pictures as an album on the WNP Facebook page. It was advertised as a public event and to tie in with health walk opportunities. Also, St Patrick’s School also produced some nature art using leaves from trees, during their visit to Siddick Ponds. We also put in a bid through The Woodland Trust’s promotion for National Tree Week and have been offered 240 trees – we’ll receive these with the March distribution and these will be planted in due course.

We have established a mini tree nursery in Workington Hall Park, which has been developed by the Workington Nature Partnership. This year a handful of trees were lifted from the nursery and planted in Horse Close woodland, at Siddick Pond and Bankfield. This involved students from Lakes College. In previous years we have done some small scale planting with schools.

As for the ‘Big Picture’, it is true to say that Allerdale tree coverage is well below the national average but of course changing this situation is very dependent on finding ways of releasing land for planting, especially farmland. A river-catchment based approach is an obvious way to approach this.

There are a fair number of organisations operating in Cumbria that include tree planting (and woodland management) as a core objective and that already have (or could have) a significant role to play in Allerdale. These include the Forestry Commission, The Woodland Trust, The National Trust, Lake District National Park Authority, Cumbria Woodlands, West Cumbria Rivers Trust, Natural England amongst others. A Partnership-based approach would seem to be the obvious way to tackle the aspiration to increase tree cover across the borough (and West Cumbria as a whole given that Copeland has very similar statistics to Allerdale).

We have a draft Tree Strategy that was prepared a few years ago, it was quite a comprehensive piece of work although it was never submitted for full Council approval. It has been used primarily as a working document for those involved in making decisions about management of our tree resource (parks, grounds maintenance etc). It would need relatively little work for the Strategy to be finalised and presented to Council with a view to it being adopted’.

 

6. Councillor M Campbell-Savours submitted the following question;

‘Pursuant to my question at previous Council meeting, can the Executive member for Environmental Quality please confirm what the monthly bin collection rates have been achieved for October and November 2019?’

 

Councillor G Kemp responded by saying;

‘The number of missed bins in October was 459, all but 9 were rectified the following day, the total number of bins missed for November was 401, all but 5 were rectified the following day’.

 

Councillor M Campbell-Savours asked a supplementary question;

‘The end of the contract is in sight, does the Executive member feel there is any risk for a fall in the standard of service before the end of the contract?’

 

Councillor G Kemp responded by saying;

‘I am confident that the contractor will keep the service and targets up for the remainder of the contract’.

 

7. Councillor M Campbell-Savours submitted the following question;

‘Can the Executive member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing please provide a report on the council’s current progress with the creation of a new housing trust for the development and management of housing schemes in Allerdale e.g. the Otley Road housing development in Keswick?’

 

Councillor S Stoddard responded by saying;

Firstly, can I thank Councillor Campbell-Savours for raising the matter. A report for Executive has been drafted which will go to the January Executive meeting for approval.

Most recently the Council has approved a new Council Strategy for 2020 – 2030 and a revised Housing Strategy. The creation of a council owned housing company clearly supports both strategies and the company will look to help the council by:

 

·  developing housing where it is most needed

·  Increasing investment in regeneration

·  Bringing empty properties back into use

·  Generating a source of income for the Council

Once set up, the company will focus on getting 3 empty properties ready for occupation and let next year. During this time they will also produce a further business plan with the aim of developing more housing where it is most needed’.

 

 

Petition

 

Isabella Bridgman and Clare Rodger, year 11 students from Cockermouth School, presented a petition to Council with over 1200 signatures in support of the following statement;

 

 We the undersigned petition Allerdale Borough Council to:

  • Join Carlisle City Council, South Lakes District Council and over fifty other UK Councils to declare a Climate Emergency
  • Work with partners in local sustainability organisations and Parish, Town and County Councils to help to deliver this goal through strategies, plans and shared resources
  • Work with relevant officers to divest from fossil fuels and to invest in ethical funds
  • Pledge to make Allerdale carbon neutral by 2030
  • Call on Government to provide the policy changes & funding to make the 2030 deadline possible
  • Report to full Council with the actions the council will take to address this emergency, within six months, in time for their recommendations to be funded in the next budget cycle
  • Establish an ethical procurement framework to ensure suppliers reduce their carbon footprint

 

The signatures were collected by Riversmeet Cockermouth, Friends of the Earth, Climate Change West Cumbria, Sustainable Keswick and several local green youth groups.

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald thanked the students for an excellent presentation. In response to the petition request Councillor Fitzgerald said the Council would not be declaring an emergency as debated and agreed at the previous Council meeting on 25 September 2019, that the Council had asked its Overview and Scrutiny Committee to do a piece of work and report back its proposals to Council at a later date. She continued, the subject is very important to us as well and that she was very aware of the important role the local authority needed to play.

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald moved that the petition be shared with the Scrutiny Climate Change Task and Finish Group for them to give it full consideration as part of their research and work in developing a full set of proposals, which will help this Council take positive steps in relation to climate change and reducing our carbon footprint and encouraging our partners in the Borough to work towards the same outcome.

This was seconded by Councillor M Heaslip.

 

Councillor S Lansbury said she understood there was a lot of work already happening in the authority around climate change however did not feel it was too late to go one step further in declaring a climate change emergency. She said she did not understand why there was resistance to doing so, as it would demonstrate the Councils commitment.

 

Councillor J Farebrother said she was unsure why there seemed to be nervousness around making a declaration.

 

Councillor A Pitcher commented he did not know what was to be gained from making a declaration at this stage; he felt having a proper plan in place seemed more reasonable than jumping straight in. He continued, the Task and Finish Group was working well taking advice from multiple agencies.

 

A vote was taken on the motion, 32 in favour, 1 against and 1 abstention.

The motion was carried.

 

Councillor J Lister joined the meeting

268.

Notices of Motion

Councillor P Scott submitted the following motion -

 

‘Sky lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns, are dangerous fire hazards which can have devastating consequences for people, buildings and animals. Similarly balloons and helium balloons used for balloon releases can also have a negative impact on animal welfare as the balloons and their strings can entangle animals, and create a choking hazard when animals consider the balloon as food. Additionally, once these items come back down to land, they end up as litter.

 

This Council proposes that:

 

1.  The intentional release of Sky/Chinese lanterns balloons and helium balloons will be prohibited from any building or land owned and occupied by Allerdale Borough Council. This includes play areas, sports pitches, parkland and allotments

 

2.  The intentional release of Sky/Chinese lanterns and helium balloons will be prohibited at events licensed, sponsored or supported by Allerdale Borough Council

 

3.  The Council will discourage organisations/clubs/schools/its tenants within the Allerdale Borough Council area from releasing Sky/Chinese lanterns balloons and helium balloons and to look for environmentally safe alternatives

 

4.  Calls on the UK Government to implement a nationwide ban on the release of sky lanterns and helium balloons across England’.

 

Minutes:

Councillor P Scott moved the following amended Motion –

 

‘Sky lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns, are dangerous fire hazards which can have devastating consequences for people, buildings and animals. Similarly balloons and helium balloons used for balloon releases can also have a negative impact on animal welfare as the balloons and their strings can entangle animals, and create a choking hazard when animals consider the balloon as food. Additionally, once these items come back down to land, they end up as litter. Plastic ducks and similar material released into water courses also damage wildlife and the environment and many end up as marine plastic litter.

 

This Council proposes that:

 

1.  The intentional release of Sky/Chinese lanterns balloons and helium balloons and plastic ducks and similar materials will be prohibited from any building or land owned and occupied by Allerdale Borough Council. This includes play areas, sports pitches, parkland and allotments and riverbanks and watercourses

 

2.  The intentional release of Sky/Chinese lanterns and helium balloons and plastic ducks and similar materials will be prohibited at events licensed (as land owners not as the licensing authority), sponsored or supported by Allerdale Borough Council

 

3.  The Council will discourage organisations/clubs/schools/its tenants within the Allerdale Borough Council area from releasing Sky/Chinese lanterns balloons and helium balloons and plastic ducks and similar materials and to look for environmentally safe alternatives

 

4.  Calls on the UK Government to implement a nationwide ban on the release of sky lanterns and helium balloons and plastic ducks and similar materials across England’.

 

In seconding the motion Councillor M Heaslip said he had no problem with duck races just not using plastic ducks.  He suggested instead using birds made from paper or wood or from any another material that would not harm the environment. He said plastic ducks could damage wildlife and the environment and may end up as plastic litter. It is important that we take care of our environment.

 

Councillor J Lister moved an amendment to the motion to remove from the third bullet point ‘and to look for environmentally safe alternatives’.

This was seconded by Councillor W Wilkinson.

 

A vote was taken on the amendment; 3 in favour, 32 against and 0 abstentions. The motion was lost.

 

Councillor A Daniels moved an amendment to the motion that it also include the release of fireworks that had plastic in them. This was seconded by Councillor S Lansbury.

 

A vote was taken on the amendment; 3 in favour, 30 against and 2 abstentions. The motion was lost.

 

The debate was re-opened on the original motion.

 

Councillor I Greaney enquired as to the reason behind the motion.

Councillor P Scott explained that his partner owned 2 horses and their experience of incidents with lanterns were a regular occurrence.

 

A vote was taken on the original motion; the vote was unanimous.

The motion was carried.

 

269.

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.

 

270.

Announcements from the Mayor, Leader or Head of Paid Service pdf icon PDF 297 KB

Minutes:

The Mayor made reference to the engagements she and the Deputy Mayor had undertaken since the last Council meeting held on 25 September 2019.

 

271.

Portfolio Holder Updates pdf icon PDF 354 KB

Minutes:

Councillor M Fitzgerald, Leader of the Council, presented the Portfolio Holders update report.

 

Questions were asked around preparations for Brexit, progress on the Councils Local Plan Part 2, plans on Devolution, the Northside Allotments and footway lighting.

 

Councillor J Crouch enquired as to the reasons why some beaches on the Solway Coast had lost their blue flag status.

Councillor M Fitzgerald agreed to find out more information and report back.

 

272.

Executive Minutes pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To note the contents of the minutes of the meetings of the Executive held on 4 and 16 September 2019.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members noted the minutes of the Executive meetings held on 4 and 16 September 2019.

 

273.

Reference from Executive 2 December 2019 - Quarter 2 Finance update report and Revised budget 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 121 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This report was considered at Executive on 2 December 2019.  Members considered the report and the recommendations.

 

Councillor M Johnson moved the recommendations. This was seconded by Councillor M Fitzgerald.

 

Councillor A Smith asked for further information on the earmarked reserves, in particular he referred to those under the Environmental Quality portfolio.

Councillor M Johnson agreed to provide a written response following the meeting.

 

A vote was taken, 35 in favour, the motion was carried.

 

Resolved – That –

 

  • The forecasted position against the original revenue and capital budgets at the end of quarter 2 be noted

 

  • The revised budget (inclusive of spend from earmarked reserves) of £17,143k be approved

 

  • The revised net revenue budget requirement of £15,681k be approved

 

  • An additional release from the Council’s earmarked reserves of £678k be approved

 

  • An increase in the contribution from the Council’s General Fund of £32k be approved

 

  • The revised three year capital budget (including proposed financing) of £34,846k comprising £8,628k in 2019-20, £25,148k in 2020-21 and £1,070k in 2021-22 be approved

 

  • The revised position on earmarked and un-earmarked general fund balances be noted.

 

Councillor M Campbell-Savours left the meeting

274.

Reference from Audit Committee 26 November 2019 - Treasury Management Operations - Mid Year Review 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This report was considered at Audit Committee on 26 November 2019.  Members considered the report and the recommendation.

 

Councillor A Tyson moved the recommendation. This was seconded by Councillor J Lister.

 

Resolved – That the contents of the report be noted.

 

275.

Reference from Executive 27 November 2019 - Council Strategy 2020-2030 pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor M Fitzgerald moved a report which sought Council to endorse the Councils priorities for 2020-2030 as set out in the Council Strategy 2020-2030. Councillor M Johnson seconded the motion.

 

Councillor J Farebrother commented that the wording “to address the budget deficit” under the ‘A financially secure Council’ theme was misleading and suggested it be reworded. Councillor M Fitzgerald agreed to re-look at the wording of that point.

 

Councillor S Lansbury moved and amendment in that the ‘A cleaner, greener Allerdale’ theme in the Strategy included a reference to the Councils decision at the 25 September 2019 meeting on a Motion to pledge to make Allerdale carbon neutral by 2030.

This was seconded by Councillor M Heaslip.

 

A vote was taken on Councillor S Lansbury’s amendment, 9 in favour, 25 against and 0 abstentions. The motion was lost.

 

A vote was carried on the original motion, 26 in favour, 3 against and 5 abstentions. The motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

That the draft Council Strategy 2020-2030, as attached at Appendix 1 of the report, be approved.

 

The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 7.40pm

The Mayor re-opended the meeting at 7.50pm

276.

Reference from Constitution Working Group 26 November 2019 - Review of Constitution pdf icon PDF 242 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Governance and Regulatory Services (Monitoring Officer) submitted a report summarising a review of the Councils Constitution recommended by the Constitution Working Group.

 

Councillor M Heaslip moved the recommendations in the report. Councillor A Pitcher seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously agreed.

 

Resolved

 

That –

 

  1. The proposed amendments to the Constitution as set out in

Appendix 1 - Section 4: Rules of Procedure

Appendix 2 - Section 8: Officer Employment Procedure Rules and

Appendix 3 - Section 11: Petition Scheme be approved

 

  1. The Protocol for Member/Officer Relations as set out in Appendix 4 be adopted

 

  1. The amended Terms of Reference for the Chief Officers Employment Panel as set out in paragraph 6.2 of the report be approved.

 

277.

Changes to Committee Membership pdf icon PDF 236 KB

Minutes:

Council was asked to approve changes to committee memberships in line with Sections 15, 16 and 17 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and The Local Government (Committees and Political Groups) Regulations 1990, to ensure political balance on committee memberships.

 

Councillor J Cook moved the recommendations as per the report. Councillor S Stoddart seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously agreed.

 

Resolved

 

That –

 

1.  The distribution of seats across committees, as set out in paragraph 1.7 of the report be approved, to accord with the rules on proportionality as far as is practicable

 

2.  Councillor Michael Little be appointed to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the Allerdale Conservatives Group

 

3.  Councillor Tony Annison be appointed to the Personnel Tribunal to replace Councillor Michael Little

 

278.

Independent Panel for Councillors Allowances Membership pdf icon PDF 207 KB

Minutes:

Councillor J Cook moved the recommendations in the report. Councillor S Stoddart seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously agreed.

 

Resolved

 

That -

 

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

 

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

 

279.

Report of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 206 KB

Minutes:

Councillor I Greaney moved an update report from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Council to note.

 

Resolved – That the report be noted.

 

A Seekings, S Sewell and P Wood left the meeting for the following item

280.

Reference from Chief Officers Employment Panel 30 October 2019 - Appointment of Chief Executive pdf icon PDF 126 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Officers Employment Panel met on 30 October 2019 and recommended to Council that the current Director, and Acting Chief Executive, Andrew Seekings be appointed as interim Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service effective from 12 December 2019 to 31 December 2020.

 

In addition, Council must amend and approve the Pay Policy Statement to reflect those changes, in accordance with Section 112 of the Local Government Act 1972 and Section 38 of the Localism Act 2011.

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald moved the recommendations as per the report. Councillor A Smith seconded the motion.

The motion was unanimously agreed.

 

Resolved

 

That –

 

a)  The Director, Andrew Seekings be appointed asChief Executive and Head of Paid Service for an interim period effective from 12 December 2019 to 31 December 2020;

 

b)  The amendments to the Pay Policy Statement (attached as Appendix 1) be approved;

 

c)  Authority be delegated to the Head of HR to take any further action necessary to give effect to the contents of this report.

 

 

At the end of the meeting the Mayor offered seasonal greetings to the Council and wished everyone a merry Christmas and good wishes for the New Year.