Council

 

Minutes of the meeting held on 5 December 2019 at 7.00 pm in Council Chamber, Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent.

 

 

Present:

 

Councillor Jason Savage (Chairman); Councillors Albon, Ara, Ashbee, Bailey, Bambridge, J Bayford, R Bayford, Boyd, Campbell, Coleman-Cooke, Crittenden, Currie, Day, Dennis, Dexter, Duckworth, Cllr Everitt, Fellows, Cllr Game, Garner, Green, Gregory, Hart, Hopkinson, Huxley, Keen, Kup, Pat Moore, Ovenden, Parsons, L Piper, Cllr Rev. S Piper, Potts, Pugh, Rawf, Rogers, Cllr Roper, Rusiecki, D Saunders, M Saunders, Scobie, Scott, Shrubb, Taylor, Tomlinson, Towning, Whitehead, Wing, Wright and Yates.

 

 

 

 

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1.            Apologies for Absence

 

Apologies were received from Councillors; Braidwood, Constantine, Farrance, Green, Paul Moore and Stevens.

 

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2.            Minutes of the Previous Meetings

 

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(a)           Minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting 7 October 2019

 

It was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice-Chairman and agreed, that the minutes of the extraordinary Council meeting held on 7 October 2019 be approved and signed by the Chairman.

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(b)          Minutes of the Meeting 10 October 2019

 

It was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice-Chairman and agreed, that the minutes of the Council meeting held on 10 October 2019 be approved and signed by the Chairman.

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(c)           Minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting 10 October 2019

 

It was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice-Chairman and agreed, that the minutes of the extraordinary Council meeting held on 10 October 2019 be approved and signed by the Chairman.

 

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3.            Announcements

 

There were no announcements.

 

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4.            Declarations of Interest

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

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5.            Petitions

 

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(a)           Cabinet Response to Petition on Save Our NHS in Kent Judicial Review

 

Members noted the report.

 

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6.            Questions from the press and public

 

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(a)           Question No.1 - Land at Tivoli Park Avenue

 

Ms Garfield asked Councillor Yates the following question:

 

“The 'official copy of register of title' for Tivoli Park Avenue sold by yourselves clearly shows that there is a restrictive covenant attached to this land.  As its statutory successor and the legal enforcers of this covenant, can you explain why you purported that the land does not have one?”

 

Councillor Yates responded with the following points:

·         The last paragraph of the answer given at the Council meeting in September had not been entirely clear.

·         The Council owned various parcels of land around Tivoli Park Avenue and some had been sold.

·         One of the pieces of land contained a restrictive covenant, imposed by the people who sold the land to the Borough of Margate.

·         The covenant stated that the land should be used as public park gardens or recreation space.

·         When selling various parcels of this land, the Council had complied with all the necessary legal requirements, including advertising it’s intention to sell.

·         The Council could not enforce the covenant. Only the original sellers (or their successors) who imposed the covenant initially were entitled to enforce it.

·         The Council sold the land at auction with limited title guarantee.

 

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(b)          Question No.2 - Recycling facilities for Westbrook Flats

 

The questioner was unavailable to put the question to Council, therefore it would be responded to in writing.

 

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(c)           Question No.3 - Government Grants

 

The questioner was unavailable to put the question to Council, therefore it would be responded to in writing.

 

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7.            Questions from Members of the Council

 

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(a)           Question No.1 - Broadstairs Neighbourhood Plan

 

Councillor Bailey asked the Leader the following question:

 

“The community has spent four years drafting and preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for Broadstairs and St Peter's. The plan was successfully examined by an Independent Examiner and only minor changes were required.

 

When will Thanet District Council proceed to put the plan forward to Local Referendum?”

 

The Leader responded with the following points:

 

 

Councillor Bailey  followed up her question by asking why, in the spirit of localism, the local plan had been given such as precedence over the Broadstairs neighbourhood plan with regard to the two proposed local green spaces.

 

The Leader responded that the Council needed to protect itself from judicial review and would need to evidence that the sites met the criteria for designation as local green space.

 

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(b)          Question No.2 - Council Housing Stock

 

Councillor Pugh asked Councillor Whitehead the following question:

 

“The health and safety failings that were identified some months ago of East Kent Housing is a grave failure of the council’s duty of care towards its tenants. With their safety being of the utmost priority, what is this Council doing to bring our housing stock directly back under control.”

 

Councillor Whitehead responded with the following points:

 

 

Councillor Pugh followed up his question by asking what had changed since the labour administration had taken control of the Council.

 

Councillor Whitehead responded that her motion was put before Council in October to highlight the need to bring the management of the Council’s housing stock in-house.  The statutory regulations would be followed to the letter to ensure that nothing impeded the work that needed to be done.

 

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(c)           Question No.3 - Parking Charges

 

The question was withdrawn at the request of the questioner.

 

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8.            Notice of Motion

 

There were no notices of motions.

 

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9.            Leaders Report

 

During his report the Leader covered the following areas:

 

Councillor Game as Leader of the Conservative Party responded with the following points:

 

The Leader replied to Councillor Game’s comments with the following points:

 

Councillor Reverend Piper as leader of the Thanet Independents Party made the following points:

 

The Leader replied to Councillor Reverend Piper’s comments with the following point:

 

Councillor Roper as Leader the Green Party made the following points:

 

The Leader replied to Councillor Roper’s comments noting that:

 

Councillor Scobie left the meeting during this item.

 

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10.          Report of the Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Panel

 

Councillor Campbell, the Vice-Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Panel, presented the report and the following points were noted:

·         There had been one Panel meeting since the last meeting of Council, the main item discussed was the provision of traveller sites in Thanet.

·         The Panel rejected the sites recommended by the Traveller Review Working Party and recommended to Cabinet that further work be undertaken, that included extensive public consultation.

·         Future topics to be considered by the Panel were: The future management of housing stock in January, and a service review of operational services in February.

 

Members noted the report.

 

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11.          2019-20 Mid-Year Treasury Management Review

 

It was proposed by Councillor Yates, seconded by Councillor Albon and Members agreed the recommendations detailed in the report, namely;

 

“That Council:

·         Approves this report and the prudential and treasury indicators that are

shown,

·         Approves the proposed changes to the 2019-20 Treasury Management

Strategy Statement.”

 

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12.          Fees and Charges

 

It was noted that in accordance with council procedure rule 17.6, a recorded vote would be taken on the motion or any amendments and substantive motions.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Yates and seconded by Councillor Albon that:

 

“Council approve the Fees and Charges as listed in Annex 1 of the report.”

 

The Monitoring Officer conducted a recorded vote on the motion as follows:

 

49 Members voted in favour the motion: Councillors Albon, Ara, Ashbee, Bailey, Bambridge, B Bayford, J Bayford, Boyd, Campbell, Coleman-Cooke, Crittenden, Currie, Day, Dennis, Dexter, Duckworth, Everitt, Fellows, Game, Garner, Gregory, Hart, Hopkinson, Huxley, Keen, Kup, Pat Moore, Ovenden, Parsons, L Piper, S Piper, Potts, Pugh, Rawf, Rogers, Roper, Rusiecki, D Saunders, M Saunders, Savage, Scott, Shrubb, Taylor, Tomlinson, Towning, Whitehead, Wing, Wright, Yates.

 

0 Members voted against the motion.

 

0 Member abstained from voting on the motion.

 

The motion was carried.

 

 

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13.          Appointment of an East Kent Joint Remuneration Panel

 

It was proposed by Councillor Duckworth, seconded by Councillor Yates and Members agreed the recommendations detailed in the report, namely;

 

·         To confirm the Council’s continued participation in the East Kent Joint Independent Remuneration Panel (EKJIRP) until 30 November 2023.

·         To appoint Mrs Kerry Sabin-Dawson and Mrs Sue Longden as Thanet District Council’s representatives on the EKJIRP for a four year term expiring on 30 November 2023.

 

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14.          Representation on Outside Bodies

 

The Leader proposed, Councilor Yates seconded and Members agreed the list of non-executive outside bodies with the following nominations:

 

 

Name of Outside Body

No. of

Reps

Representatives 2019/20

Action with Communities in Rural Kent 

2

1.

2.

Age UK: Thanet 

1

Campaign to Protect Rural England

1

Canterbury Festival

1

Whitehead

Citizens Advice Bureau, Thanet

2

1.Rawf

2.Keen

East Kent Housing Board 

1

Millmead Children’s Centre Partnership Ltd

1

Duckworth

Multiple Sclerosis Society

1

Gregory

Parking and Traffic Regulation Outside London

1

Powell Cotton Museum and Quex House

1

(The) River Stour (Kent) Internal Drainage Board

1

Parish Cllr Crow-Brown

Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve Steering Group

1

Huxley

Thanet Countryside Trust

2

1.

2.

Thanet Rural Regeneration Group

1

Wright

Thanet Sports Network

1

+reserve

1.Garner

2.Scott (reserve)

Thanet Volunteer Bureau

1

Scott

The Friends of Margate Cemetery Trust

2

1.Tomlinson

2.Yates

Trust for Thanet Archaeology

2

1. Wright

2.Whitehead

Youth Advisory Group

(formerly, Concorde Youth Centre)

1

Kup

 

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15.          Changes to Committees, Panels and Boards 2019/20

 

It was proposed by the Chairman, Seconded by the Vice-Chairman and Members agreed to create a Standards Appointments Working Party with a membership of four Members, and a political balance of two Conservative Members, one Labour Member and one Thanet Independents Member.

 

Members noted the following nominations to committees, panels and boards for the remainder of the 2019/20 year:

Planning Committee

Conservative

Labour

Thanet Independents

Green

1

Tomlinson

1

Duckworth

1

Taylor

1

Garner

2

Coleman-Cooke

2

Scobie

2

Dennis

3

J Bayford

3

Albon

4

Wright

4

Keen

5

Hart

5

Currie

6

Scott

 Planning Committee (pool of substitute Members)

Conservative

Labour

Thanet Independents

Green

1

Towning

1

Everitt

1

Rusiecki

1

Roper

2

Stevens

2

Campbell

2

S. Piper

3

Paul Moore

3

Pat Moore

4

4

Green

5

5

 Licensing Board

Conservative

Labour

Thanet Independents

Green

1

Bambridge

1

Currie

1

Potts

1

Wing

2

Rogers

2

Green

3

Dexter

3

Ara

4

M Saunders

4

Scobie

5

Wright

5

Huxley

6

Shrubb

  Overview & Scrutiny Panel

Conservative

Labour

Thanet Independents

Green

1

R Bayford

1

Campbell

1

L Piper

1

Roper

2

Boyd

2

Huxley

2

Rusiecki

3

Coleman-Cooke

3

Gregory

4

Paul Moore

4

Pat Moore

5

Parsons

5

Hopkinson

6

Scott

 

Governance and Audit Committee

Conservative

Labour

Thanet Independents

Green

1

Day

1

Crittenden

1

Braidwood

1

Garner

2

Dexter

2

Moore

3

Boyd

3

Campbell

4

Kup

4

Currie

5

Shrubb

5

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6

Towning

 

 

Governance and Audit Committee (Pool of Substitute Members)

Conservative

   Labour

Thanet Independents

Green

1

Pugh

1

  

1

Potts

1

Roper

2

Scott

2

 

3

3

4

4

General Purposes Committee

Conservative

Labour

Thanet Independents

Green

1

Game

1

Campbell

1

S Piper

2

Pugh

2

Everitt

3

Stevens

3

Rawf

4

Day

4

Ovenden

5

D Saunders

 

 General Purposes - (Pool of Substitute Members)

Conservative

Labour

Thanet Independents

Green

1

Wright

1

Albon

1

Braidwood

2

Dexter

2

Pat Moore

3

Rogers

3

Scobie

4

4

5


Boundaries and Electoral Arrangements Working Party

Conservative

Labour

Thanet Independents

Green

1

Parsons

1

Currie

1

S Piper

2

Moore

2

Green

3

Stevens

 

 Constitutional Review Working Party

Conservative

Labour

Thanet Independents

Green

Independent Members

(non Councillors) *

1

Stevens

1

Hopkinson

1

Piper

1

Sexton

2

Tomlinson

2

Vacant

NOTE: *drawn from the Independent Members of the Standards Committee 

Standards Committee

Conservative

Labour

Thanet Independents

Green

Independent Members

(non Councillors) *

 

1

Kup

1

Campbell

1

Braidwood

1

Sexton

 

2

Dexter

2

Duckworth

2

Vacant

 

3

Fellows

3

Crittenden

3

Vacant

 

4

J Bayford

4

Vacant

 

Joint Transport Board

Conservative

Labour

Thanet Independents

Green

1

M Saunders

1

Scobie

1

Taylor

2

Fellows

2

Farrance

3

Hart

3

Keen

 East Kent Services Committee

Labour

Conservative

Thanet Independents

Green

1

Everitt

 

2

Whitehead

 

Standards Appointments Working Party

Conservative

Labour

Thanet Independents

Green

1

Fellows

1

Scobie

1

Dennis

 

 

 

 

 

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16.          Rearrangement of January 2020 Planning Committee

 

It was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice-Chairman and Members agreed that 15 January 2020 Planning Committee meeting be moved to 22 January 2020.

 

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Meeting concluded: 8.05 pm

 

 

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