Agenda, decisions and minutes

Council
Wednesday 17th July, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Allerdale House. View directions

Contact: Gayle Roach  01900 702502

Items
No. Item

72.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To sign as a correct record the minutes of the Council meeting held on 22 May 2019.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 22 May 2019 were signed as a correct record.

 

73.

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 received.

 

74.

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.

 

75.

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:

Mr Billy Miskelly submitted the following question –

 

‘The decision by the Executive of Allerdale Borough Council to suspend the recycling and garden waste collections for two months is causing a burden upon the Council Taxpayers of Allerdale Borough Council both financially and by application of alternatives methods of disposal.

 

As the said collections were set in the last budget and the Council Taxpayers have already been pay for these services and will be continuing to be paying for them I would suggest that Allerdale Borough Council does the following,

 

(a) Reduce the amount of the Council Tax Bill for each and every Council Taxpayer in Allerdale to reflect the reduced services being provided by Allerdale Borough Council.

 

(b) Compensate financially each and every Council Taxpayer in Allerdale for having paid for services they have not received from Allerdale Borough Council’.

 

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald responded by saying;

 

‘Council Tax is a local taxation that is used to fund services such as Education, Police, Planning, Waste Collection etc. Allerdale bills on behalf of the County Council, Police and Parishes as well as for its own share of the tax. The average band D charge for a property in Allerdale is £172.99 per year for all borough council services including waste, leisure, environmental protection and housing.

It is important to state that as a form of taxation the payment of council tax is not contingent on the regular delivery of services and therefore residents cannot withhold payment in respect of the council tax they are liable for.

 

The portion of the council tax which goes towards Allerdale services is less than 10% of the total bill. For an average band D property this is £172.99 a year, or about £3.33 a week. This is the lowest for any district council in Cumbria and helps cover the cost of the wealth of services we provide, not just waste collection’.

 

76.

Notices of Motion

Councillor M Heaslip submitted the following Motion –

 

Council agrees to instruct officers to prepare a detailed report to be considered by the Council’s Constitution Review Group and a future Council meeting setting out all the considerations of moving to an alternative to Executive governance by adopting the Committee system, as provided for by the Localism Act 2011.

 

Council notes that each committee would be appointed by Council reflecting the political balance in this chamber and giving all councillors the opportunity to be involved in decisions on specific functions delegated to a committee by Council, with power to make further delegations, as provided for by the relevant legislation’.

 

 

Councillor J Ellis submitted the following Motion –

 

‘Council notes with abhorrence the recent incident of racist abuse and hate crime in Murray Road, Workington and conveys best wishes to the victims of the attack, and condemns those who bring racist hatred onto our streets. Council confirms that it will work with Police and other agencies to counter hate crime wherever it appears in our area’.

 

Minutes:

Councillor M Heaslip requested a recorded vote. A vote was taken on the request for a recorded vote, which was approved.

 

Councillor M Heaslip moved the following Motion –

 

Council agrees to instruct officers to prepare a detailed report to be considered by the Council’s Constitution Review Group and a future Council meeting setting out all the considerations of moving to an alternative to Executive governance by adopting the Committee system, as provided for by the Localism Act 2011.

 

Council notes that each committee would be appointed by Council reflecting the political balance in this chamber and giving all councillors the opportunity to be involved in decisions on specific functions delegated to a committee by Council, with power to make further delegations, as provided for by the relevant legislation’.

 

This was seconded by Councillor A Smith.

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald moved an amendment to the motion to read as follows;

 

‘Council agrees to instruct officers to prepare a detailed report to be considered by the Council’s Constitution Review Group and a future Council meeting setting out every option for future governance structures including the committee structure, hybrid models of governance, the current model and any other option that is available to considered.’

 

The amendment was agreed.

 

A recorded vote was taken on the motion, viz. –

 

In favour:

 

Councillors C Armstrong, M Bainbridge, C Bell, H Briggs, M Campbell-Savours, N Cockburn, J Cook, J Crouch, A Daniels, J Ellis, J Farebrother, M Fitzgerald, P Gaston, M Grainger, I Greaney, H Harrington, M Heaslip, A Hedworth, V Hodgson, D Horsley, M Jenkinson, G Kemp, P Kendall, A Kirkbride, S Lansbury, P Little, L Maguire, O Martin, C McCarron-Holmes, R Munby, A Pitcher, J Sandwith, B Sansom, P Scott, A Semple, A Smith, S Stoddart, A Tyson, W Wilkinson and L Williams.

 

None Against.

 

No Abstentions.

 

The vote was unanimous; the motion was carried.

 

 

Councillor J Ellis requested a recorded vote. A vote was taken on the request for a recorded vote, which was approved.

 

Councillor J Ellis moved the following amended Motion –

 

‘Council notes with abhorrence the recent reported alleged incident of racist abuse and hate crime in Murray Road, Workington and conveys best wishes to the victims of the attack, and condemns those who bring racist hatred onto our streets. Council confirms that it will work with Police and other agencies to counter hate crime wherever it appears in our area’.

 

This was seconded by Councillor A Semple.

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald said she was very keen to support the motion and said that the Council had a long history in supporting social fairness and equalities and made reference to the motion she had submitted herself in 2016.

 

Councillor A Semple spoke in support of the motion.

 

A recorded vote was taken on the motion, viz. –

 

In favour:

 

Councillors C Armstrong, M Bainbridge, C Bell, H Briggs, M Campbell-Savours, N Cockburn, J Cook, J Crouch, A Daniels, J Ellis, J Farebrother, M Fitzgerald, P Gaston, M Grainger, I Greaney, H Harrington, M Heaslip, A Hedworth, V Hodgson, D Horsley, M Jenkinson, G Kemp, P Kendall, A Kirkbride, S Lansbury, P Little, L Maguire, O Martin, C McCarron-Holmes, R Munby, A Pitcher, J Sandwith, B Sansom, P Scott, A Semple, A Smith, S Stoddart, A Tyson, W Wilkinson and L Williams.

 

None Against.

 

No Abstentions.

 

The vote was unanimous; the motion was carried.

 

77.

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:

Councillor A Pitcher made a speech on the John Peel Theatre at Wigton and the great improvements made following the support it had received from the Council.

 

The Mayor permitted Councillor C Armstrong to say a few words and thank the people of Workington and all those who had joined in the search for Mr Ged Doran who had recently been reported missing. On the sad news he had since been found she said our wishes and condolences go to the family.

 

78.

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 undertaken since the meeting held on 22 May 2019.

 

79.

Portfolio Holder Reports pdf icon PDF 115 KB

To consider reports from Members of the Executive.

Minutes:

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

 

Questions were asked around the future of the Allerdale Investment Partnership, proposed new Community Stadium for Workington, the council’s priorities around mental health, street scene and grounds maintenance in Wigton and member training.

 

80.

Executive Minutes pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To note the contents of the minutes of the meetings of the Executive held on 25 February, 22 March and 17 April 2019.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members noted the minutes of the Executive meetings held on 25 February, 22 March and 17 April 2019.

 

81.

Reference from Executive 17 April 2019 - Capital Investment Strategy 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 37 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This report was considered at Executive on 17 April 2019.  Members considered the report and the recommendations.

 

Councillor M Jenkinson moved the recommendation. This was seconded by Councillor P Scott.

 

With reference to page 83 of the report re the Reedlands Road Development, Councillor P Kendall asked ‘if by the time the project comes and the UK has left the EU will there be any opportunity for claw back’. It was agreed that clarification would be sought and a response shared with members.

 

A vote was taken, 40 in favour, 0 against and 0 abstentions. The motion was unanimously agreed.

 

Resolved – That the Capital Investment Strategy be adopted and following best practice it be reviewed on an annual basis.

 

82.

Annual Overview and Scrutiny Committee Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 158 KB

Minutes:

Councillor A Pitcher, Co-Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee moved the annual report for 2018/19.

This was seconded by Councillor O Martin.

 

Resolved

 

That the report be Agreed.

 

83.

Changes to Committee Memberships and Outside Body Representation pdf icon PDF 55 KB

Minutes:

Councillor J Cook moved his report and nominated Councillor Paul Scott as the new Council representative on the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee outside body. This was seconded by Councillor S Stoddart.

 

A vote was taken – 28 voted in favour, 0 against and 12 abstentions. The motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

That –

 

1.  Councillor Paul Scott be replaced by Councillor Adrian Kirkbride on the Audit Committee

 

2.  Councillor Paul Scott be appointed as the new Council representative to serve on the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee outside body, to replace Councillor Carole Armstrong.