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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN

Contact: Kieran Elliott  Email: kieran.elliott@wiltshire.gov.uk

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137.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for the meeting.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Richard Britton, Ernie Clark, Brian Dalton, Stuart Dobson, Sarah Gibson, Gordon King, Leo Randall and Fred Westmoreland.

 

138.

Minutes of Previous Meeting

To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of the meeting of Council held on 11 July 2017.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the Meeting held on 11 July 2017were presented. The Chair drew the meeting’s attentions to changes in the draft published circulated on 16 October at minutes referenced as follows:

 

127 Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report 2016-17 to be read as follows:

 

At the invitation of the Chairman, Councillor Graham Wright introduced Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report 2016/17. As the new Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, Councillor Wright paid tribute to work of the Councillors undertaken in the previous year, and encouraged all non-executive members to consider how they wanted to get involved in Scrutiny work over the course of the next year.

 

Having been put to the vote, the meeting;

 

Resolved

 

To note the Overview & Scrutiny Annual Report 2016/17

128 Wiltshire Council Draft Business Plan 2017-2027

 

Votes recorded against the motion in the 2nd recorded vote should be 60

 

135: Minutes of Cabinet and Committees to be read as follows:

 

The Chairman moved that Council receive and note the minutes as listed in the separate Minutes Book and this was duly seconded by the Vice-Chairman.

 

The Chairman then invited questions from members on points of information or clarification on the above minutes and gave the Chairmen of those meetings the opportunity to make any important announcements on the work of their respective Committees.

 

Resolved:

 

That the minutes be received and noted

 

Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the last Council meeting held on 11 July 2017 be approved, as amended, as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

139.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable interests or dispensations granted by the Standards Committee.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The following non-pecuniary declarations were made:

 

·         Councillor Steve Oldrieve stated, with regard to item 11 b – Staff Pay Cap, that he would not be speaking or voting on the item;

 

·         Councillor Clare Cape stated, with regard to item 11 b – Staff Pay Cap, that as an employee of the NHS, she would not vote on the item but did intend to speak; and

 

·         Councillor Anna Cuthbert stated that she was married to one of the officers presenting the item on the Fire Authority Annual Report but that she intended to speak under the item.

140.

Announcements by the Chairman

To receive any announcements from the Chairman.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman made the following announcements:

 

Engagements

 

The Chairman drew the meeting’s attention to the following list of engagements undertaken by herself and the Vice-Chairman had undertaken:

Tidworth War Memorial Opening Ceremony.

 

Red Ensign Flag Raising Ceremony, County Hall

 

Chippenham Civic Service, St. Andrew’s Church

 

Royal Wootton Bassett Mayor’s Civic Service, St. Bartholomew and All Saints

 

Trowbridge in Bloom Awards

 

Official opening of OSJCT Goodson Lodge, Hilperton Road, Trowbridge by the Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire.

 

Official opening of Needham House, Devizes.

 

Calne Town Criers Competition, The Lansdowne Strand Hotel, Calne.

 

CPRE Best Kept Village Competition Presentation Day, Tollard Royal, Rushall, Great Bedwyn and Mildenhall

 

Longleat Military Spectacular Reception and Sunset Ceremony.

 

Royal visit by HRH The Duke to Gloucester to AB Dynamics current factory and official opening of new factory, Bradford on Avon.

 

SSAFA Evensong to commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, Salisbury Cathedral.

 

The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain Western Section Reception, Town Hall, Marlborough.

 

Official opening of Devizes Community Hub and Library, 25 Sheep Street, Devizes.

 

Ludgershall Town Council Parade to commemorate the Freedom of the Town exercised by 26 Engineer Regiment.

 

Wiltshire Scout Council AGM and Celebration of Wiltshire Scouting, Potterne  Wick, Devizes.

 

Member’s Briefing – Spatial Planning

 

The Chairman reminded members that they had been invited to a briefing to be held on the 1November 2017 regarding Spatial Planning.

 

MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award

 

The Chairman announced that the council’s work to support the Armed Forces was officially recognised by the Ministry of Defence at a special awards ceremony last week.

 

It was noted that, alongside Corporate Director Alistair Cunningham and Programme Manager, Kevin Ladner, Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, met HRH Prince Harry and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon MP as she was presented with the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award; and that the accolade is the highest badge of honour for organisations that have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrated outstanding support for those who serve and have served.

 

Carolyn Godfrey, Corporate Director

 

The Chairman stated that this would be the last Full Council meeting for Carolyn Godfrey, Corporate Director at Wiltshire Council.

 

The Chairman invited Cabinet Members, Councillors Laura Mayes and Jerry Wickham, and the Chair of the Children Select Committee, Councillor Jon Hubbard, to offer their thanks for Carolyn Godfrey’s hard work and dedication on behalf of the Council and Wiltshire’s residents.

 

The meeting, through an expression of acclamation, recorded their thanks.

141.

Petitions Received

Paul Cunningham, Chairman of Netherhampton Parish Council, to present a petition in response to the Draft Housing Site Allocations Plan for Council to note.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman reported the receipt of a petition to the meeting regarding the request to remove the housing allocations on Netherhampton Rd between Netherhampton and Harnham from the Draft Housing Site Allocations Plan on the grounds of transport and infrastructure concerns, and noted that it did not meet the threshold for debate.

 

The Chairman gave Mr Paul Cunningham, one of petitioners, the opportunity to present the petition. In presenting the petition, Mr Cunningham highlighted the concerns of the community as the impact possible development would have and made particular mention of the risks of increased traffic disruption.

 

In response to the petition, Councillor Toby Sturgis noted the petition had been registered as part of the consultation on the Draft Housing Site Allocations Plan and stated that it would be considered along with the other representations submitted. He noted that transport plans for the Salisbury community area were being reviewed, and he would endeavour to keep Mr Cunningham informed of any developments. He finished by encouraging councillors and the public to submit their views as part of the consultation.

142.

Petitions Update

To note updates on petitions submitted to the council.

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman reported that, as of 30June 2017, three petitions had been received since the last meeting.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Ian Thorn in relation to the petition submitted at the last meeting regarding traffic calming in Calne, Councillor Bridget Wayman stated that she had authorised officers to arrange a meeting on this matter but that this had not yet taken place. She also stated that she would be happy for all Calne Area Board members to be involved in the meeting.

 

Having been duly proposed and seconded, and upon being put to the vote, it was,

 

Resolved

 

To note the petitions received and the action taken, as set out in the

appendix to this report.

143.

Public Participation

The Council welcomes contributions from members of the public.

 

Statements

If you would like to make a statement at this meeting on any item on this agenda, please register to do so at least 10 minutes prior to the meeting. Up to 3 speakers are permitted to speak for up to 3 minutes each on any agenda item. Please contact the officer named above for any further clarification.

 

Questions

To receive any questions from members of the public received in accordance with the constitution. Those wishing to ask questions are required to give notice of any such questions in writing to the officer named above (acting on behalf of the Corporate Director) no later than 5pm on 10 October 2017 in order to be guaranteed a written response. Questions received after this deadline and no later than 5pm 12 October 2017  will receive a verbal response. Please contact the officer named on the first page of this agenda for further advice.

 

Questions may be asked without notice if the Chairman decides that the matter is urgent.

 

Details of any questions received will be circulated to Councillors prior to the meeting and made available at the meeting and on the Council’s website

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Mr Brian Warwick, Older People’s Champion for Wiltshire, commended Wiltshire Council on its approach to housing policy and implored the council to continue with sufficient dynamism to meet the needs of older people in the county.

144.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Authority Annual Report

To receive the annual report of the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Authority

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

At the invitation of the Chairman, Ben Ansell, Chief Fire Officer, presented the annual report of the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Authority. The slides presented are appended to the minutes.

 

In the course of the presentation, the Chief Fire Officer highlighted: how governance is organised across the authority area, and the ability of locality committees to scrutinise performance; the priorities within the community safety plan; the focus on protection, prevention and response; the activities undertaken to reduce fire risk; that there were no fire deaths in the Wiltshire area in the last year; the changes made since the merger; the investment in staff and facilities, and the activities around staff recruitment and retention with a focus on a developing diverse workforce; the relatively low funding from central government and the comparison of the precept with other combined authorities; the continuing financial challenges ahead and the activities undertaken to increase efficiencies including the sharing of resources with partners such as the police and the council; the changes to the national inspection regime; and the preparations in response to national emergency risks, and the specific activities in response to Grenfell.

 

In response to questions from Councillors, officers of the Authority stated that: the results of a funding review were awaited, but that it was clear that the area did suffer from lower funding due, in part, to its rural demographic profile; that response times in rural areas are slower than those in urban areas, but that preventions work can be targeted at vulnerable rural residents to mitigate against the risk of negative effects; that the Authority was part of national efforts to address recruitment and retention issues; that the number of staff and appliance in each areas was under review. 

 

The Chief Fire Officer stated that some questions in relation to how the changes to governance arrangement, in particular: whether targets on response times in Wiltshire and rural areas could be more accessible within the annual report; and the proposals by Government for great working with Police Commissioners and the possible impact of the reduction in the number of Councillors on the Authority, would more appropriately be dealt with by the Chairman of the Authority rather than by officers but that he would be happy to refer these on. Having said that, he did confirm that the authority was meeting with the Wiltshire and Dorset Police Commissioners to continue to explore opportunities for joint working.

 

In the following discussion, Councillors comments included: commendation for the officers on their work during a successful merger of two authorities; the work of Councillors with different governance roles in the authority; the support given by fire officers to areas of the Council’s work such as improving the lives of vulnerable adults; and examples of the good engagement of fire officers with the wider public.

 

Having been duly proposed and seconded, and upon being put to the vote, it was,

 

Resolved

 

1.     To note the report;

 

2.     To thank the Chief Fire Officer for his presentation;

 

3.     To  ...  view the full minutes text for item 144.

145.

Update on Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme

To receive a briefing note from the Corporate Director.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

At the invitation of the Chair, the Leader presented the report which provided an update on Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.

 

A presentation was received from some beneficiaries of the scheme who shared their personal experiences of their move from Syria and their experiences of living in Wiltshire.

 

During the course of the discussion, issues raised included: the cross party support for the scheme; the excellent work undertaken by staff and volunteers to make the scheme a success; that the services provided to new Wiltshire residents helped under the scheme had not been to the detriment to the existing residents; and the favourable performance of the council in comparison to other similar councils

 

Having been duly proposed and seconded, and upon being put to the vote, it

was,

 

Resolved

 

1.     That the Council expresses deep thanks to all council and partner staff, and all the great many volunteers, who have assisted with the scheme; and

 

2.     That the Council continues to offer its welcome to all those who have made Wiltshire their home through the scheme.

146.

Independent Remuneration Panel's Report

To receive the report of the Independent Remuneration Panel’s report and to consider the recommendations therein.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

At the invitation of the Chairman, the Cabinet member for Corporate Services, Councillor Richard Clewer, presented a report which set the financial context for the report on the agenda from the Independent Remuneration Panel. He thanked the Panel for their work reviewing the Scheme, which had involved comparisons with other authorities and submissions from members. He highlighted the small number of proposed changes to the scheme in terms of the remuneration of specific roles, the overall cost being very similar, and in particular that, as had been the case for the last four years, annual adjustments to the basic allowance and special responsibility allowances would be indexed to the annual pay award to council staff.

 

Following the invitation of the Chairman, Group Leaders commented broadly in support of the proposals from the Independent Panel.

 

Having been duly proposed and seconded, and upon being put to the vote, it

was,

 

Resolved

 

To accept the recommendations made in the Independent Remuneration Panel’s report, without amendment, as follows:

 

(1)      To adopt the annual pay award to the majority of council staff subject to the NJC local government services terms and conditions as the index by which annual adjustments are made to the basic allowance, currently £12,811.80. The same index will apply to the special responsibility allowances (SRA) payable to individual councillors, co-opted members and the group leaders’ allowance. Indexing will apply for the period up to 2020/2021. 

 

(2)      All of the allowances recommended in this report are unless stated otherwise backdated to 8 May 2017, being the first day of office for elected councillors and will be rounded to the nearest pound. All figures given below are subject to that backdated indexing.

 

(3)      The Council maintains the maximum cap of 2 SRAs be payable to individual councillors.

 

(4)      The Leader’s SRA remains at 250% of the basic allowance resulting in an SRA of £32,028.98 per annum (Band 1).

 

(5)      The Deputy Leader SRA remains at 80% of the Leader SRA or £25,622.56 per annum (Band 2).

 

(6)      The Cabinet Member SRA remains at 60% of the Leader SRA or £19,217.18 per annum (Band 3).

 

(7)      The Chairman of Council SRA remains at 40% of the Leader SRA or £12,811.80 (Band 4).

 

(8)      The Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee SRA is increased to 40% of the Leader SRA or £12,811.80 (Band 4).

 

(9)      The Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board SRA remains at 30% of the Leader SRA or £9,608.07 per annum (Band 5).

 

(10)   The Chairman of the Police and Crime Panel SRA be reduced to 22.5% of the Leader SRA or £7206.05 per annum  (Band 6).

 

(11)   The Portfolio Holders’ SRA remains at 22.5% of the Leader SRA or £7,206.05 per annum (Band 6).

 

(12)   SRAs for the Chairmen of the Children’s Select Committee, the Environment Select Committee and the Health Select Committee remains at 22.5% of the Leader SRA or £7,206.05 per annum (Band 6).

 

(13)   The Vice-Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee SRA remains  ...  view the full minutes text for item 146.

147.

Local Government Boundary Commission for England - Proposed Electoral Review of Wiltshire

To inform members of the forthcoming Electoral Review to be carried out by the Commission.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

At the invitation of the Chairman, cabinet member for Corporate Services, Councillor Richard Clewer presented the report which informed members of the forthcoming Electoral Review to be carried out by the Commission and to propose the creation of a Committee to consider the issues arising from this Review and made recommendations to the Council as appropriate.

 

Having been duly proposed and seconded, and upon being put to the vote, it

was,

 

Resolved

 

a)        That the Council notes the current position regarding the proposed Electoral Review to be carried out by the Commission.

 

b)        That an Electoral Review Committee, comprising 10 members, is established to progress the proposed Review on behalf of the Council and to formulate recommendations to the Council on any submissions to the Commission during the Review process comprising of the following members:

 

Conservative Group: Councillors Richard Clewer, Stuart Wheeler, Christopher Newbury, Ashley O’Neil, Ian Blair – Pilling, and Jonathon Seed -with appropriate substitutes to be notified to the Monitoring Officer.

 

               I.        Admin Note: Subsequent to the meeting, the Monitoring received notification of the following additional substitutes: Councillors Jacqui Lay and Peter Fuller.

 

             II.         Liberal Democrat Group: Councillors Gavin Grant and Clare Cape, with Councillors Ruth Hopkinson and Ian Thorn as substitutes.

 

            III.        Independent Group: Councillor Graham Wright with Councillor Nick Murry as a Substitute.

 

           IV.        Labour Group: Councillor Ian Mclennan with Councillor Ricky Rogers as a Substitute.

 

c)          That the terms of reference for the Electoral Review Committee as set out in the Appendix to this report are agreed;

 

d)          That any proposed parish community governance reviews are put on hold pending the conclusion of the Electoral Review, unless the Electoral Review Committee considers otherwise in relation to specific cases; and

 

e)          That the council approves, as a one-off funding, use of the Enabling Fund Earmarked Reserve for the provision of any additional resources required for this significant programme of work.

148.

Notices of Motion

To consider the following notices of motions:

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The meeting considered the following motions:

148a)

Notice of Motion No.03 - Recorded Votes

To consider the attached motion from Councillors Jon Hubbard and Ross Henning.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman reported receipt of the listed motion from Councillors Jon Hubbard and Ross Henning. Accordingly, Councillor Jon Hubbard moved the following motion which was duly seconded by Councillor Ross Henning:

 

“Wiltshire Council is committed to being an open and transparent local authority and aims to do all it can to encourage participation by members of the public, and to be as open as is possible on how and why it has made decisions.

 

Council notes that the agendas for its meetings are split into sections and that substantive items usually fall into POLICY FRAMEWORK or COUNCILLOR MOTIONS.

 

Council therefore resolves to expand the current requirement, imposed by central government, that all budget matters must be resolved by a recorded vote to all policy matters, the council’s business plan and councillor motions considered by council.

 

Details of the recorded vote to be published with the minutes of every meeting and made available to elected members and the public following each meeting on request”.”

 

Presenting his motion, Councillor Hubbard stated that he believed that motion would promote further transparency in decision making and would be relatively easy to implement given the technology available.

 

In response to the motion, Councillor Richard Clewer stated that he was broadly supportive of the motion and that following discussions with Councillor Hubbard, he was confident that amendments designed to strengthen and clarify the motion further would be accepted.

 

Councillor Hubbard and Councillor Henning, as moved and seconder of the original motion, indicated that they would accept the amendments into the substantive motion.

Following the invitation of the Chairman, Group Leaders commented broadly in support of the amended motion

 

 Following a vote, the meeting;

 

Resolved

 

1.     That Wiltshire Council is committed to being an open and transparent local authority and aims to do all it can to encourage participation by members of the public, and to be as open as is possible on how and why it has made decisions.

 

2.     That all future votes undertaken by members at Full Council should be carried out using the electronic voting system and that data be recorded.

 

3.     To note that agendas for its meetings are split into sections and that substantive items usually fall into Items for Council, Policy Framework or Councillor Motions.  The votes of each councillor on items in these sections should be recorded and appended in the minutes of the meeting under the relevant item.

 

4.     That details of the recorded votes on those items are to be published with the minutes of every meeting and to be made available publicly following each meeting.

148b)

Notice of Motion No.04 - Staff Pay Cap

To consider the attached motion from Councillors Brian Mathew and Chris Hurst.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman reported receipt of the listed motion from Councillors Brian Mathew and Chris Hurst. Accordingly, Councillor Brian Mathew moved the following motion which was duly seconded by Councillor Chris Hurst:

 

Council welcomes the change in Government policy towards the pay cap for Police and Prison staff. It believes that the wider public sector pay cap is having an unreasonable effect on the living standards of many public-sector staff, and is also affecting recruitment and retention.

 

Council therefore instructs the Corporate Team and Leader of Council to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to request that the cap is lifted to allow the implementation of the recommendations of Pay Review Bodies and negotiations with employers, and that subsequent pay increases be fully funded via Central Government settlement.

 

Further, Council urges the Local Government Association to make urgent representations to Government to fund and notify us of their actions in this regard.”

 

Presenting his motion, Councillor Mathew stated that he believed that the time was right to ask government to provided funding to enable Council to consider increasing staff pay to mitigate against the effect of the fall in living standards.

 

In response to the motion, the Leader stated that she would continue to lobby central government regarding funding for local government but would not agree to writing a letter to the minister as this would be additionally effective.

 

Following a vote, the motion was agreed for debate.

 

In the course of the debate, issues raised included: the legitimacy of the Council lobbying central government on a national policy issues; the effect of any unfunded increases of payroll on staffing and service levels; the views of the wider community both for and against the proposals; the political implications of the proposed motion; the impact of the cost of living and the lower pay settlements on staff; the impact of pay levels on recruitment and retention; and the views of staff on the balance between increasing staff pay and protecting existing jobs.

 

Following a debate and a request for a recorded vote, and having been put to the vote, the motion was LOST and was recorded as follows:

 

For the motion (22):

 

Cllr Andy Phillips, Cllr Bill Douglas, Cllr Bob Jones MBE, Cllr Brian Mathew, Cllr Chris Hurst, Cllr Christopher Devine, Cllr David Jenkins, Cllr Gavin Grant, Cllr Graham Wright, Cllr Hayley Spencer, Cllr Ian Mclennan, Cllr Ian Thorn, Cllr Jim Lynch, Cllr John Walsh, Cllr Jon Hubbard, Cllr Nick Fogg MBE, Cllr Nick Murry, Cllr Pat Aves, Cllr Ricky Rogers, Cllr Ross Henning, Cllr Ruth Hopkinson, Cllr Stewart Palmen.      

 

Against the motion (54):

 

Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, Cllr Alan Hill, Cllr Allison Bucknell, Cllr Andrew Davis, Cllr Ashley O'Neill, Cllr Ben Anderson, Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cllr Christine Crisp, Cllr Christopher Williams, Cllr Chuck Berry, Cllr Darren Henry, Cllr David Halik, Cllr Deborah Halik, Cllr Derek Brown OBE, Cllr Edward Kirk, Cllr Fleur de Rhe-Philipe, Cllr Horace Prickett,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 148b)

149.

Minutes of Cabinet and Committees

a.         The Chairman will move that Council receives and notes the minutes of Cabinet and the various Committees of the Council as listed in the minute book.

 

b.         The Chairman will invite the Leader, Cabinet members and Chairmen of Committees to make any important announcements.

 

c.         Councillors will be given the opportunity to raise questions on points of information or clarification on the minutes presented.

 

d.         Councillors will be given an opportunity to raise any questions on the minutes of the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Authority - please submit any questions to committee@wiltshire.gov.uk by 5pm 9 October May 2017

 

e.     Councillors will be given an opportunity to raise general issues relating to  Area Boards but not specific local issues.

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman moved that Council receive and note the minutes as listed in the separate Minutes Book and this was duly seconded by the Vice-Chairman.

 

The Chairman then invited questions from members on points of information or clarification on the above minutes and gave the Chairmen of those meetings the opportunity to make any important announcements on the work of their respective Committees.

 

Resolved:

 

That the minutes be received and noted

 

150.

Membership of Committees

To determine any requests from Group Leaders for changes to committee membership in accordance with the allocation of seats to political groups previously approved by the Council.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman invited Group Leaders to present any requests for changes to committee membership in accordance with the allocation of seats to political groups previously approved by Council.

 

Following a request made The Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of the Conservative Group, it was;

 

Resolved

 

1. Overview & Scrutiny Management Committee:

Add: Councillor Mathew Dean

Remove: Councillor Pip Ridout

Add: Councillor Pip Ridout as a substitute.

 

2. Health Select Committee:

Add: Councillor Tony Trotman

Remove: Councillor Melody Thompson

 

3. Staffing Policy Committee:

Add: Councillor Tony Trotman as a substitute

 

151.

Councillors' Questions

Please note that Councillors are required to give notice of any such questions in writing to the officer named on the first page of this agenda (acting on behalf of the Corporate Director) not later than 5pm on Tuesday 10 October 2017. Questions may be asked without notice if the Chairman decides that the matter is urgent. 

 

Details of any questions received will be circulated to Councillors prior to the meeting and made available at the meeting and on the Council’s website.

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman reported receipt of eight questions for this meeting from Councillors Jon Hubbard, Ian Thorn, Nick Fogg, and Alan Hill. details of which were circulated in Agenda Supplement No. 1.

 

Questioners were permitted to each ask one relevant supplementary question

per question submitted and where they did so, the relevant Cabinet member

responded as summarised below:

 

1.    Councillor Jon Hubbard to Councillor Baroness Scott (Ref 17-53)

 

There was no supplementary question.

 

2.    Councillor Ian Thorn to Councillor Toby Sturgis (Ref 17-54)

 

There was no supplementary question.

 

3.    Councillor Nick Fogg to Councillor Bridget Wayman (Ref 17-49)

 

In response to a supplementary question, Councillor Wayman stated that: there had been a response to the consultation, that there was no preferred option identified in the consultation, and that she did no personally support further devolution of collection to a lower tier of government.

 

4.    Councillor Alan Hill to Councillor Philip Whitehead (Ref 17-59)

 

Councillor Whitehead gave a detailed verbal response, included in the appendix to these minutes, regarding the current progress and the likely implications regarding the roll-out of the Universal Credit scheme.

 

5.    Councillor Ian Thorn to Councillor Toby Sturgis (Ref 17-55)

 

In response to a supplementary question, Councillor Sturgis stated that a business plan would be required to assess the viability of any options.

 

6.    Councillor Jon Hubbard to Councillor Bridget Wayman (Ref 17-58)

 

Councillor Wayman gave a verbal response, appended to these minutes, to the effect that charities should only be collecting goods that can be reused and should not be collecting goods that require disposal.

 

In response to a supplementary question, Councillor Wayman stated that she would consult with officers as to the whether this approach contradicts other regulations that state that charities should not be charged for disposal of waste that would otherwise be treated as domestic waste.

 

7.    Councillor Ian Thorn to Councillor Toby Sturgis (Ref 17-59)

 

In addition to the written response circulated, Councillor Sturgis clarified that whilst Core Policy 49 was concerned with the protection of rural facilities, a similar approach could be taken to apply to facilities in other settings.

In response to a supplementary question, Councillor Sturgis stated that he did not agree that the council should identify where this policy applied for the disposal of assets.

 

In response to a supplementary question, Councillor Wayman stated that she would consult with officers as to the whether this approach contradicts other regulations that state that charities should not be charged for disposal of waste that would otherwise be treated as domestic waste.

 

8.    Councillor Jon Hubbard to Councillor Bridget Wayman (Ref 17-60)

 

Councillor Wayman gave a verbal response, appended to these minutes, to the effect that officers and the council’s contractors had met with the representative of the local community safety partnership to agree work on the CCTV system. Following this agreement, further request for work were received, but as there was no further funding available, it was not felt necessary for further meetings to take place.

 

Councillor Wayman stated that she  ...  view the full minutes text for item 151.

 

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