Council

 

Minutes of the meeting held on 28 March 2019 at 7.00 pm in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent.

 

 

Present:

 

Councillor David Saunders (Chairman); Councillors Ashbee, Bambridge, Bayford, Braidwood, Buckley, Campbell, G Coleman-Cooke, K Coleman-Cooke, Connor, Crow-Brown, Curran, Dawson, Day, Dennis, Dexter, Edwards, Evans, J Fairbrass, L Fairbrass, Falcon, Fenner, Game, I Gregory, Grove, Hayton, G Hillman, Jaye-Jones, Johnston, Larkins, Matterface, Messenger, Parsons, L Piper, S Piper, L Potts, R Potts, Pugh, Rogers, Rusiecki, M Saunders, Savage, Shonk, Stummer-Schmertzing, Taylor, Taylor-Smith, Tomlinson, Townend, Wells and Wright.

 

 

 

1.            APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

 

Apologies were received from Councillors Constantine, Dellar, Dixon and Martin.

 

2.            MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

 

It was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice-Chairman and agreed, that the minutes of the Council meeting held on 28 February 2019 be approved and signed by the Chairman.

 

3.            ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

There were no announcements.

 

4.            DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

5.            PETITIONS

 

a.             Petition regarding Modern Day Slavery

 

The petition had been withdrawn from the agenda at the request of the petition organiser.

 

b.           Petition regarding the budget

 

Mr Finnegan was unavailable to present the petition, however Members noted that an e-petition containing 37 valid signatures had been received and the petition prayer read as follows:

 

“We the undersigned petition the Council to reconsider two points of the Budget set by the Council ”

 

In accordance with the Council’s Petition Scheme, the petition was referred to Cabinet without debate for report back to the Council within three ordinary meetings.



6.            QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

 

a.            Question No. 1 from a member of the public regarding clean streets and highways

 

Mr Wise asked Councillor Savage the following question:

 

‘The basic competence of a Council can be measured in it’s ability to keep streets and highways free from litter and other detritus. To it’s shame, Thanet Council fails spectacularly in this regard and shames us all. What are you going to doing about it? Residents and visitors deserve better’

 

Councillor Savage responded with the following points:

o    190 Pest Damage by Rubbish notices;

o    772 Environmental Protection Act Section 46 notices to present domestic waste correctly by households;

o    60 commercial trade waste inspections;

o    107 Community Protection Warnings for litter/waste offences;

o    20 Community Protection notices with £100 fines for litter/waste offences;

o    3,755 Enforcement litter/waste investigations.

·         In the last 12 months the Council had collected;

o    3500 tonnes of litter from the beaches;

o    840 tonnes swept from the streets,

o    900 tonnes of public litter;

o    100 tonnes of fly tipped waste.

·         The Council’s staff, who worked hard to keep the District clean, deserved acknowledgement and thanks.  Members offered a round of applause to show their appreciation.

 

7.            QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL

 

a.             Question No.1 from a Member regarding the Funding of Tourism Services

 

Councillor Johnston asked the Leader the following question:

 

“Tourism is one of the most important wealth and well being generators in Thanet. Could the Cabinet member confirm she is persuading colleagues to reverse the allocation of 3 million pounds to this building and using some of the monies to save our vital tourism staff and services”

 

The Leader responded with the following points:

 

Councillor Johnston followed up her question by asking what effort had been made to redeploy the tourism staff that were at risk?

 

The Leader responded that it would be inappropriate to discuss staffing matters, however tourism was vital to the District and needed to continue to be successful in the future.

 

8.            NOTICE OF MOTION

 

It was noted that no motions on notice had been received in accordance with council procedure rule 3.

 

9.            LEADERS REPORT

 

During his report the Leader covered the following areas:

 

Councillor Wells as Leader of the Independent and UKIP Group made the following points:

 

The Leader replied to Councillor Wells’ comments with the following point;

 

Councillor Reverend Piper as Leader of the Thanet Independent Councillors Group made the following points:

 

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

 

Councillor Matterface as leader of the Labour Party made the following points:

 

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

 

10.         REPORT OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE, POLICY AND COMMUNITY SAFETY SCRUTINY PANEL

 

Councillor G Coleman-Cooke, Chairman of the Executive, Policy and Community Safety Scrutiny Panel, presented his report which noted some of the panels key activities and achievements over the year.  Thanks were offered to those Members and Officers who had supported the panel throughout the year, and to members of the Cabinet for their presentations and engagement.

 

11.         REPORT OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCE, BUDGET AND PERFORMANCE SCRUTINY PANEL

 

Councillor L Piper, Chairman of the Finance, Budget and Performance Scrutiny Panel, presented her report and highlighted the panels  achievements over the year.  Councillor Piper offered her thanks to the Members and Officers who had support the panel while she was in the chair.

 

12.         REPORT OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE

 

Councillor Day, Chairman of the Governance and Audit Committee, presented his report on the work of the Committee and drew Members attention to the action plan for 2019/20.  He wished to thank Officers and Members of the committee for their effort and support over the municipal year. 

 

13.         REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT CHAIRMAN OF THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE

 

Dr Sexton, the Independent Chairman of the Standards Committee presented his annual report which summarised and commented on the work of the Committee over the 2018/19 year.

 

14.          APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT STANDARDS MEMBERS

 

It was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice-Chairman and Members agreed to approve the appointment of Dr Sexton as an Independent Member of the Standards Committee until the 2020 Annual Council meeting.

 

It was then proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice-Chairman and Members agreed to approve the appointment of Mrs Bacon as an Independent Member of the Standards Committee until the 2020 Annual Council meeting.

 

It was then proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice-Chairman and Members agreed to approve the appointment of Mr James as  Independent Person until the 2020 Annual Council meeting.

 

It was then proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice-Chairman and Members agreed to approve the appointment of Mr Tucker as Deputy Independent Person until the 2020 Annual Council meeting.

 

15.          CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES - MANDATORY TRAINING

 

It was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice-Chairman and Members agreed to amend article 8 of the Council’s constitution to make training mandatory for all Councillors on General Purposes, Planning and Licensing Committees and those Councillors who are substitutes on Planning Committee. The following paragraph would be included:

 

“No member or substitute member of the General Purposes Committee, Planning Committee or the Licensing Board will be allowed to take their seat on the committee unless they have received relevant, appropriate, up-to-date training.

 

In relation to Planning Committee this is attending at least one session run by the Council’s Planning team every six months. In relation to Licensing Board this is attending at least one training session run by the Council’s Licensing team every six months. In relation to the General Purposes Committee this is attending at least one training session run by the Council’s Monitoring Officer at least every six months.”

 

16.          CALENDAR OF MEETINGS

 

It was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice Chairman and Members agreed the proposed calendar of meetings for May 2019 to May 2023 as set out at Annex 1 to the report.

 

17.         MEMBERS ALLOWANCES - REPORT BACK FROM THE EKJIRP COMMITTEE

 

It was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice Chairman and Members agreed to note the comments of the East Kent Joint Independent Remuneration Panel.

 

18.          RAMSGATE CHARITIES NOMINATIONS

 

It was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice Chairman and Members agreed the two recommendations detailed in the report, namely:

 

“That Council agrees the appointment of Mr J R Wood as a representative Trustee of Ramsgate Charities with a term of office starting on 21 January 2019 and expiring on 21 January 2023.

 

That Council agrees the appointment of Mrs C Griggs as a representative Trustee of Ramsgate Charities with a term of office starting on 20 November 2017 and expiring on 20 November 2021.”

 

19.          CHANGE OF POLLING PLACES FOR THE 2019 DISTRICT ELECTIONS

 

The report was for information only.



Meeting concluded: 8.00pm

 

 

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