Voting record

 Council, Tuesday 21 May 2024 10.30 am

Item: Annual Appointment of Committees

Ungrouped Member Amendment:

Amendment status:Rejected

To adjust the schedule of committee places allocated to political groups as follows:

 

For the Ungrouped Member, Cllr Edward Kirk, to retain a committee place on the Western Area Planning Committee in place of a Member of the Conservative Group.

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Item: Notice of Motion No.2024-03 - Solar Farms

Solar Farms Motion:

Motion status:Carried

Whilst not opposed to the principle of the development of solar farms in line with the National Planning Policy Framework this Council is increasingly concerned at the concentration of solar farms, battery storage and associated infrastructure in Wiltshire. Some villages are now completely surrounded by solar farms and their continued concentration represents a significant cumulative impact and industrialisation of the countryside.

Wiltshire Council therefore calls on the Secretary of State for the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to define more closely what is meant by ‘cumulative impact’ regarding solar farms battery storage and associated infrastructure and to take clear steps to ensure that solar developments are more evenly spread across the UK and not concentrated in specific areas effectively industrialising the countryside.

We would also ask for clarity of the priority given to ensuring that food production and farming are not destroyed as industries in specific areas through an excessive concentration of solar farms given the massive impact that would have on the rural way of life in villages that have been farmed for time immemorial.

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Item: Community Governance Review 2023/24

Final Recommendations:

Motion status:Carried

That Council:

 

1)    Approve the changes to community governance arrangements as set out below as recommended and detailed by the Electoral Review Committee in the Final Recommendations:

Recommendation 1 – Mere/Zeals
Recommendation 2 – North Bradley/Trowbridge
Recommendation 3 – Salisbury (St Francis & Stratford/Milford Divisions)
Recommendation 4 – Royal Wootton Bassett/Brinkworth
Recommendation 5 – Chippenham (Pewsham/Hardens & Central Divisions)
Recommendation 6 – Trowbridge (Grove/Lambrok Divisions)
Recommendation 7 – Calne/Calne Without
Recommendation 8 – Bradford-on-Avon
Recommendation 9 – Melksham (Forest and South Divisions)
Recommendation 10 – Westbury/Dilton Marsh
Recommendation 11 – Southwick/North Bradley

 

2)    To authorise the Solicitor of the Council to take all necessary measures to make and approve the Community Governance Order(s) to bring into effect for 1 April 2025 all of the changes detailed under resolution 1, subject to any required consents by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England;

 

3)    To authorise the Electoral Registration Officer to make any necessary changes to polling districts to bring them into line with the agreed governance changes at the appropriate time, to be reported to the Electoral Review Committee.

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Item: Proposed Changes to the Constitution

Proposed Changes to the Constitution:

Motion status:Carried

That Council approve the following updated sections of the Constitution:

 

1)    Part 11A – Corporate Parenting Panel (Appendix A)

 

2)     Part 5 – Access to Information Procedure Rules (Appendix B)

 

3)    Part 7 – Cabinet Procedure Rules (Appendix C)

 

4)    Part 8 – Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules (Appendix D)

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

 Council, Tuesday 20 February 2024 10.30 am

Item: Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2024/25

Treasury Management Strategy:

Motion status:Carried

That Council:

a)         Adopt the Minimum Revenue Provision Policy (paragraph 26 – 28)

b)        Adopt the Prudential and Treasury Indicators (paragraphs 17 – 25, 41 – 47 and Appendix A)

c)         Adopt the Annual Investment Strategy (paragraph 65 onwards).

d)        Delegate to the Director of Finance and Procurement (S151 Officer) the authority to vary the amount of borrowing and other long-term liabilities within the Treasury Indicators for the            Authorised Limit and the Operational Boundary

e)         Authorise the Director of Finance and Procurement (S151 Officer) to agree the restructuring           of existing long-term loans where savings are achievable or to enhance the long-term portfolio

f)          Agree that short term cash surpluses and deficits continue to be managed through             temporary loans, deposits and money market funds

g)        Agree that any surplus cash balances not required to cover borrowing are placed in the             most appropriate specified or non-specified investments, particularly where this is more cost effective than short term deposits; and delegate to the Director of Finance and Procurement (S151 Officer) the authority to select such funds

h)        Agree the Investment Policy (paragraph 69)

i)          Agree the Creditworthiness Policy (paragraph 73)

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Item: Wiltshire Council Budget 2024/2025 and MTFS Update 2024/25-2026/27

Amendment A to the budget:

Amendment status:Rejected

A £0.003m increase in social welfare funding to each of the 18 Area Boards, and the establishment of a central fund of £0.036m that Area Boards can bid for extra social welfare funding.

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Amendment C to the budget:

Amendment status:Rejected

Provision of funding of £0.075m to enable partnership working with Visit Wiltshire or an equivalent body in both 2024/25 and 2025/26.

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Amendment B to the Budget:

Amendment status:Rejected

To remove the income budget introduced in 2022/23 as a result of the saving included in the budget to introduce parking charges for Blue Badge holders of £0.040m.

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Wiltshire Council Budget 2024/2025 and MTFS Update 2024/25-2026/27:

Motion status:Carried

That a net general fund budget of 2024/25 of £490.298m is approved;

b)        That the Council Tax requirement for the council be set at £351.077m for 2024/25 with a Band D charge of £1,805.73, an increase of £1.65 per week;

c)         That the Wiltshire Council element of the Council Tax be increased in 2024/25 by the following:

                        i.   A 2.99% general increase;

                        ii.  Plus a levy of 2% to be spent solely on Adult Social Care;

d)        That the Extended Leadership Team be required to meet the revenue budget targets for each service area as set out in Appendix 1 to this report, for the delivery of council services in 2024/25;

e)         That the Extended Leadership Team be required to deliver the revenue savings plans for each service area as set out in Appendix 1 to this report, over the MTFS period 2024/25 to 2026/27;

f)          That the changes in the fees and charges as set out in Appendix 4 are approved;

g)        That the Capital Programme 2024/25 to 2030/31 is approved;

h)        That the Capital Strategy set out in Appendix 2 is approved;

i)          That the DSG budget as approved by Schools Forum is ratified;

j)          That the Medium Term Financial Strategy, the forecast balanced budget over the 2024/25 and 2025/26 financial years and the MTFS 2024/25 to 2026/27 is endorsed.

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen Against

Item: Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Revenue and Capital Budget Setting 2024/25 including Dwelling Rent Setting 2024/25, MTFS Update and 30-Year Business Plan Review

Housing Revenue Account:

Motion status:Carried

That Council:

a)         Approve the HRA Annual Revenue Budget for 2024/25 as described in the report and Appendix 1.

b)        Approve the increase of 7.7% (CPI+1%) to Dwelling Rents and Garage Rents for 2024/25

c)         Approve the HRA Capital Programme for 2024/25 as described in the report and Appendix 2. 

d)        Note the reviewed and updated assumptions in the HRA 30-Year Business Plan as detailed in the report.

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Item: Council Tax Setting 2024/25

Council Tax Setting 2024/25:

Motion status:Carried

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Item: Pay Policy Statement 2024/25

Pay Policy Statement 2024/25:

Motion status:Carried

That Council approve the updated pay policy statement set out in Appendix 1.

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Cllr Stewart Palmen Non-voting

Item: Wiltshire Design Guide

Wiltshire Design Guide:

Motion status:Carried

That Council:

a) Notes the response to the consultation on the draft Wiltshire Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (the WDG) set out in the Consultation Statement at Appendix 1.

b) Endorses the amended WDG as set out in Appendix 2.

c) Approves the final version of the WDG (Appendix 2) for adoption as a supplementary planning document.

d) Delegates to the Corporate Director Place, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance, Development and Strategic Planning, the power to undertake the final stages associated with the formal adoption and publication of the WDG, including any minor textual changes in the interests of clarity and accuracy.

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen Non-voting

Item: Notice of Motion 24-01: Supporting Wiltshire Farmers and Food Producers

Notice of Motion 24-01: Supporting Wiltshire Farmers and Food Producers:

Motion status:Carried

Wiltshire Council is committed to supporting local farmers and food producers across our county. Britain has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and Wiltshire Council should engage and work in partnership with our poultry, arable and livestock farmers to ensure they can continue to enhance our countryside, and contribute to our nation's food security.

 

The Council must work to support them by being sympathetic to diversification opportunities and by promoting local produce through our new Wiltshire Marque labelling programme.

 

As a Council, we will be vocal in opposing attempts to diminish the role our meat, dairy, and arable farmers play in our rural way of life.

 

In line with our environmental commitments, Wiltshire Council should, where practical, provide food at council events sourced from local suppliers. This includes meat, fish, dairy, fruit, and vegetables.

 

Wiltshire Council should also work to raise awareness of the importance of shopping locally, wherever possible, taking advantage of home-grown, affordable, and nutritious food, especially through our farm shops, reducing the “food miles” on our plates and supporting our producers.

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen Non-voting

Item: Notice of Motion 24-02: S.106 Agreements

Notice of Motion 24-02: S.106 Agreements:

Motion status:Carried

This Council requires the completion of a community sporting use management plan involving relevant stakeholders as appropriate as part of future section 106 agreements involving the delivering of facilities that involve community sporting use.

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen Non-voting

 Council, Tuesday 17 October 2023 10.30 am

Item: Corporate Parenting Strategy 2023-2026 and other Corporate Parenting Panel Developments

Corporate Parenting Strategy 2023-2026 and other Corporate Parenting Panel Developments:

Motion status:Carried

1)    That Council approves the revised Corporate Parenting Strategy 2023 – 2026 attached as Appendix 1 to this report.

2)    That approval is given for Wiltshire Council to sign up to the National Care Leavers Covenant.

3)    That all Councillors as Corporate Parents pledge their commitment to the poem (attached as Appendix 2) to our children and young people in care as recommended by the Corporate Parenting Panel. 

4)    That the Council commit to the Corporate Parenting Panel exploring care experience as a protected characteristic and progress this to put in place policies and programmes which promote better outcomes for care experienced young people and adults, with a full proposal returning to Full Council for approval.

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Item: Update on the Council's Response to the Climate Emergency and revised Environmental Policy

Council's Response to the Climate Emergency & revised Enyvironmental Polic:

Motion status:Carried

That Full Council

 

1)    Note the actions taken in response to the climate emergency following the last update in May 2023, and notes the progress made against key indicators as well as areas of limited progress.

 

2)    Approve the updated Environmental Policy in Appendix 1 and add it to Paragraph 1.2 of Part 3B of the Constitution for inclusion as part of the Policy Framework.

 

3)    Agree that future climate updates are received annually at its October meeting.

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Item: Capital Programme Additions and Amendments to the Revenue Net Budget

Capital Programme Additions and Amendments to the Revenue Net Budget:

Motion status:Carried

To approve:

a)     the allocation of a £4.4m budget for Education provision in the North of the County to be funded by a mix of capital receipts, earmarked reserves and £1.7m of new borrowing.

b)    to move the £0.382m income budget associated with saving from increased retained share of funding from Business Rates for Council Assets from Assets to the Business Rates Retention Scheme in the Funding section; and

c)     to increase the Government Grants budget in Funding to recognise the additional Market Sustainability Improvement Fund of £2.773m and increase the net budget in Adults by the same amount.

 

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CouncillorVote
Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Item: Community Governance Review 2022/23

CGR Recommendation 1 - Westbury/Heywood:

Resolution status:Carried

1.1 That the areas marked as A in the map provided be transferred from Westbury Town to the parish of Heywood.

1.2 That the areas marked as B in the map provided be transferred from Heywood to Westbury Town, as part of the Westbury East Ward and Westbury North Ward respectively.

1.3 That the parish of Heywood be unwarded, with seven councillors.

1.4 To request that the LGBCE amend the Westbury North, Westbury East, and Ethandune Electoral Divisions to be conterminous with the proposed revised parish boundaries of Westbury and Heywood.

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen Abstain

CGR Recommendations 2-7:

Resolution status:Carried

That Council:
1)
Approve the changes to community governance arrangements as set out below as recommended and detailed by the Electoral Review Committee in the Final Recommendations:

                           
Recommendation 1 Heywood/Westbury (Separate Vote)
                           
Recommendation 2 Tidworth
                           
Recommendation 3 Netheravon/Figheldean/Fittleton cum Haxton
                           
Recommendation 4 Grittleton/Castle Combe/Nettleton The Gibb
                           
Recommendation 5 Yatton Keynell/Castle Combe/Biddestone & Slaughterford
                           
Recommendation 6 Warminster
                            
Recommendation 7 Donhead St Mary/Monkton Farleigh
                            
 
2)
To authorise the Solicitor of the Council to take all necessary measures to make and approve the Community Governance Order(s) to bring into effect for 1 April 2025 all of the changes detailed under resolution 1, subject to any required consents by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England;
 
3)
To authorise the Electoral Registration Officer to make any necessary changes to polling districts to bring them into line with the agreed governance changes at the appropriate time, to be reported to the Electoral Review Committee.

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Item: Part 12: Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct:

Motion status:Carried

That Council approve the following updated section of the Constitution:

 

Part 12 Code of Conduct

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Item: Protocol 12: Wiltshire Police and Crime Panel Arrangements and Procedure Rules

Protocol 12:

Motion status:Carried

That Council approve the following updated section of the Constitution:

 

Protocol 12 – Wiltshire Police and Crime Panel Protocol

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

 Council, Tuesday 18 July 2023 10.30 am

Item: Treasury Management Outturn Report 2022/23

Treasury Management Outturn report:

Resolution status:Carried

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Item: Capital Programme Additions

Capital Programme Additions:

Resolution status:Carried

?That Council agrees to:

 

1)    the addition to the capital programme of £40m, funded through £10m reserves and £30m debt, to enable the Council to acquire housing for long term investment to deliver service solutions.?

 

2)    the allocation of £0.800m CIL funding to finance £0.400m per year for 2023/24 and 2024/25 budgets for Local Highways and Footpath Improvement Groups?.

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For

Item: Wiltshire Local Plan Review

Wiltshire Local Plan Review:

Resolution status:Carried

That Full Council:

  1. Endorses the Wiltshire Local Plan Review - Pre-Submission Draft Plan at Appendix 1 subject to amendment in (iii).
  2. That the Wiltshire Local Plan Review - Pre-Submission Draft Plan at Appendix 1 (subject to modification in (iii) and as detailed in Agenda Supplement 1) be approved for publication in line with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended), for a period of at least six weeks public consultation.
  3. Authorises the Director for Planning, in consultation with the Director for Legal and Governance and Cabinet Member for Finance, Development Management and Strategic Planning, to: make any necessary minor changes to the Pre-Submission Draft Plan before it is published; and to enable the finalising of the associated evidence documents for publication alongside the Plan; and to make arrangements for, and undertake statutory consultation.

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen Abstain

Wiltshire Local Plan Review - Amendment:

Amendment status:Rejected

That Full Council:

  1. Endorses the Wiltshire Local Plan Review - Pre-Submission Draft Plan at Appendix 1 subject to amendment in (iii).
  2. That the Wiltshire Local Plan Review - Pre-Submission Draft Plan at Appendix 1 (subject to modification in (iii) and as detailed in Agenda Supplement 1) be approved for publication in line with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended), for a period of at least six weeks public consultation.
  3. Authorises the Director for Planning, in consultation with the Director for Legal and Governance and Cabinet Member for Finance, Development Management and Strategic Planning, to: make any necessary minor changes to the Pre-Submission Draft Plan before it is published; and to enable the finalising of the associated evidence documents for publication alongside the Plan; and to make arrangements for, and undertake statutory consultation.

 

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CouncillorVote
Cllr Stewart Palmen For

 Council, Tuesday 16 May 2023 10.30 am

Item: Proposed Changes to the Constitution

Proposed Changes to the Constitution:

Resolution status:Carried

That Council approve the following updated sections of the Constitution:

 

·       Part 1 – Summary and Contents

·       Part 2 – Articles of the Constitution

·       Part 3 – Responsibility for Functions and Schemes of Delegation

·       Part 4 – Council Rules of Procedure

 

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Cllr Stewart Palmen For