Agenda and minutes

Council
Thursday, 10th September, 2020 5.00 pm

Venue: Online Only

Contact: Charlotte Crowley 

Link: This meeting will be held by video call

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 197 KB

    To approve the Minutes of the meeting of Council held on 9 July 2020, copy attached.

    Minutes:

    It was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice-Chairman and agreed that the minutes of the meeting of Council held on 9 July 2020 be approved and signed by the Chairman.

3.

Announcements

    To receive any announcements from the Chairman, Leader, Members of the Cabinet or Chief Executive in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.2 (iv).

    Minutes:

    The Chairman noted that two Democratic Services Officers, Emily Kennedy and Charlotte Crowley, would be leaving Thanet District Council and wished them luck for their future roles.

4.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 87 KB

5.

Petitions

5a

Park Avenue, Broadstairs Petition pdf icon PDF 80 KB

    Minutes:

    Mrs Amanda Suess presented a petition and e-petition regarding the felling of the trees in Park Avenue Woodland in Broadstairs. Members noted that the following petitions contained 455 and 319 signatures respectively:

     

    “We the undersigned petition the council to require the owner of the area of woodland off Park Avenue - East of Park Wood Close-, Broadstairs (Land Registry Ref K61934), to replant any trees covered by tree protection orders within that area following the recent heavy felling and to reaffirm its current view that the area should remain as open space/woodland.”

     

    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.

5b

Bigger Bins in Thanet Petition pdf icon PDF 73 KB

    Minutes:

    Members noted that the e-petition regarding bigger bins on Thanet beaches contained 45 signatures:

     

    “We the undersigned petition the council to Provide bigger bins for the general public to use across the Thanet coastline.”

     

    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 pdf icon PDF 66 KB

6a

Question no1 - Coach House, Northdown Park

    Minutes:

    Mr Nicholas Hughes, the Committee Services Manager, on behalf of Mrs Iris Johnston asked Councillor Duckworth the following question:

     

    “The lease on the Coach House in Northdown Park is due to end in 2021 after years of failure to reopen as a Museum. Could the Leader please confirm that the building will not be re-let to the existing leaseholder who has failed to comply with the original agreement.”

     

    Councillor Duckworth responded with the following points:

    ·  The relationship between the council as landlord and one of its tenants is confidential to the parties as well as being commercially sensitive.

    ·  It is not appropriate to publicly share commercially sensitive information or to breach that confidentiality.

    ·  Mrs Johnston’s concerns will be passed on to the Director of Property.

6b

Question no2 - Destruction of Woodland in Thanet

    Minutes:

    Ms Benedict asked Councillor Everitt the following question:

     

    What if any significant deterrents will the council use in future to prevent landowners/developers continued illegal destruction of open spaces and woodland  in Thanet?

     

    Councillor Everitt responded with the following points:

    ·  The new Local Plan contains a number of policies that seek to protect and enhance trees and woodlands, particularly where development is proposed. These are:

    o  Policy SP23 states that development proposals should demonstrate how they respect and respond to the character, key sensitivities, qualities and guidelines of the relevant landscape character areas

    o  The Landscape Character Assessment Supplementary Planning Document (adopted alongside the Local Plan) contains guidance about how new development can be incorporated into the wider landscape, including how existing features and new planting can assist that process

    o  Policy SP27 addresses the green infrastructure network and identifies ways in which new development can protect and contribute to that network.

    o  Policy SP30 sets out requirements for new development to make a positive contribution to the conservation, enhancement and management of biodiversity assets resulting in a "net gain" for biodiversity

    o  Policy GI06 refers to landscaping and green infrastructure in new developments

    o  Policy QD02 sets out how new development proposals should address existing landscape features

     

    ·  The council investigates any breaches of planning control in relation to these policies and will take enforcement action where this is in the public interest.

    ·  In addition to this, existing groups of trees or woodland can, where they are in conservation areas or of particular community value, be protected by Tree Preservation Orders. The Council then has powers to enforce their protection, including prosecution against unauthorised removal under the Planning Act. Council Officers often attend sites to require the cessation of works to protected trees upon receiving complaints from the public.

    ·  For areas of woodland not protected, the Council liaises with the Forestry Commission if felling has occurred as a license may be required from the Commission.

    ·  The Council would also work with Kent Police’s Wildlife Liaison officer, who would pursue any illegal destruction of protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

6c

Question no3 - Thanet Tree Strategy

    Minutes:

    Mr Tate asked Councillor Everitt the following question:

     

    “Thanet has relatively few trees, with only 19 mentions in the Local Plan, so will the Council prepare  a Tree Strategy, aimed at increasing tree canopy cover in the District, maximising  the benefits trees provide, and promoting biodiversity and conserving tree and woodland eco-system, as many other councils have done?

     

    Councillor Everitt responded with the following points:

    ·  The Council are in the process of  preparing a Thanet Tree Strategy.

    ·  The outline draft strategy has been discussed at the Climate Emergency Working Party meeting in July and will be progressed by our new Climate Change Officer.

    ·  The Working Party are also awaiting an update on the national tree strategy for England to help steer our own strategy.

    ·  Councillors across the Council understand the importance of improving the tree cover in Thanet, and the Leader expressed gratitude to Mr Tate for bringing these issues to the Council’s attention, particularly the issue in Broadstairs.

    ·  The policies referred to in the answer to the previous question are also relevant here, for further reference to Thanet’s longer term tree strategy.

    ·  This is a matter that the Council is taking seriously.

6d

Question no4 - Climate Emergency

    Minutes:

    Mr Nicholas Hughes, the Committee Services Manager, on behalf of Mrs Deb Shotton asked Councillor Duckworth the following question:

     

    “The Climate Emergency is the biggest threat to mankind.  The Council should be progressing and implementing the Climate Emergency Action Plan. Why is the Council wasting time and money on environmentally harmful plans at the Port instead of investing in clean technologies to help meet this challenge?”

     

    Councillor Duckworth responded with the following points:

    ·  Thanet District Council declared a climate emergency on Thursday 11 July 2019. Since then a working party was formed consisting of elected members from across the political parties to consult, discuss and steer the response to the climate and ecological emergency.

    ·  An action plan has been formulated, to capture work that is already underway, alongside opportunities and ideas.

    ·  TDC’s new Climate Change Officer, Dr Hannah Scott started on the 1st September and she will be driving the Council's response to the Climate Emergency moving forwards, coordinating and developing our action plan further.

    ·  Thanet is linked in with the other councils across the County through the Kent Resource Partnership and the Kent Climate Change Network, taking national and county steer on our approach through the Kent Environment Strategy and other developing directives. We will monitor plans in relation to developments and changes to legislation as they happen.

    ·  The Council are also planning to set up opportunities in the coming months to engage with the public on our proposed activities.

    ·  The reference in the question to plans at the port is understood to be in relation to the berth 4/5 replacement project. 

    ·  The existing aggregate berth (Berth 4/5) at the Port of Ramsgate is at the end of its operational life.  There is no viable option to refurbish or continue to maintain the existing berth. 

    ·  A long term contractual commitment with a customer exists such that the Council must maintain an operational berth or risk the consequences of breaching the contract agreement.  A project has therefore been developed to replace the berth. 

    ·  It is also worth mentioning that the requirement for an Environmental Impact Assessment as part of the marine licencing process was screened out by the Marine Management Organisation.

6e

Question no5 - Community Woodland

    Minutes:

    Ms McKenzie asked Councillor Everitt the following question:

    “The 2006 Adopted Local plan set aside an area of land, roughly 21.7 hectares, behind Twenties Cottages on Shottendane Road extending to Hartsdown Road Margate for Community Woodland.  Why has this land now been designated for housing with no planting having taken place in the subsequent 14 years?”

     

    Councillor Everitt responded with the following points:

    ·  The site proposed for a Community Woodland in the 2006 Plan is situated to the north of the housing site allocated in the new Local Plan; it is not the same site.

    ·  Prior to the 2006 Plan, there was a detailed project developed for planting of the Community Woodland. However, during the process of developing the scheme, the Woodland Grant Scheme was amended such that the project was not eligible for funding. As a result, the project was not progressed at the time.  The site was put into the Local Plan as a potential project to be supported.

6f

Question no6 - Ramsgate Port Berth 4/5

    Minutes:

    Ms Austin asked Councillor Everitt the following question:

    “I understand Ramsgate Port berths 4/5, currently processing 400 tonnes of aggregate per hour, are to be replaced with a 3000 tonnes-per-hour facility.

     

    Could you please explain why this is needed, what impact it will have on the neighbouring SSSI, and why this has been characterised as a like-for-like replacement?”

     

    Councillor Everitt responded with the following points:

    ·  The berth is not currently processing 400 tonnes of aggregate per hour, vessel arrivals on the berth occur approximately fortnightly. In 2019 an average of 125 tonnes per day was discharged via the berth.  The purpose of the berth is to transfer aggregate from a vessel to the shore, it does not have any aggregate processing ability.

    ·  The existing conveyor on the berth has the capability of transferring 400 tonnes of aggregate per hour whilst unloading a vessel.  The performance specification for the replacement berth requires that it has the capability of safely accommodating the loads from a 3,000 tonne per hour conveyor. A higher capacity conveyor allows vessels to be unloaded faster but this does not in itself mean that the tonnage of aggregate handled will increase. 

    ·  The council is not currently aware of any plans by its customer Brett Aggregates to increase the volume of aggregate discharged via the berth following completion of the project.

    ·  The replacement option chosen is the most economical option for the 30 year service life of the berth. It will be able to accommodate slightly larger vessels but the Council is not aware of any current proposals to bring larger vessels and this is about making the berth viable over its service life as new vessels come into service.  The berth has not been designed as an upgrade. 

    ·  The opinion of the Marine Management Organisation is that the proposed project is screened out of requiring an Environmental Impact Assessment.  This provides an indication of the low level of environmental risk posed by the proposal.

7.

Questions from Members of the Council pdf icon PDF 70 KB

7a

Question no1 - Pontoons in Ramsgate Harbour

    Minutes:

    Councillor Wing asked Councillor Everitt the following question:

    “Will 1 of the 2 BAM Nuttall pontoons presently mooring in Ramsgate's Royal Harbour be used to replace Berth 4/5?”

     

    Councillor Everitt responded that:

    ·  A contract has been awarded to the contractor BAM Nuttall Ltd for the replacement of the berth. The project will involve the reuse of one of the two pontoons that are currently moored in the Royal Harbour at Ramsgate.

     

    Councillor Wing followed up her question by asking that given TDC has been locked in to a lease agreement which does not end until 2054 with Brett’s Aggregate, and according to the lease agreement of 2009 suggesting the rent they pay is less than £20k a year, it will take many years for the estimated £1.4m of Council taxpayer’s money to be recuperated. How was this spend justified, given that Brett’s did not ask for the replacement and the last engineer’s report of 2015/16 did not recommend a replacement?

     

    Councillor Everitt responded that

    ·  The Council had a contractual commitment to provide a berth for unloading the aggregate. Calculating the profit against the cost is not relevant as the Council was in a contractual agreement.  If the council wished to cancel the contract, it would have to pay significant sums to extract itself.

    ·  The berth had to be replaced, because it was not fit for purpose. It was not suitable to use because of health and safety risks in bad weather.

    ·  It had to be replaced and it can’t be replaced like for like. That process has been tendered, BAM Nuttall won the contract and the Council would be replacing the berth before the winter weather sets in.

    ·  If this task was not completed before the winter weather arrived, a financial risk will be posed to the council as a result of the contract.

    ·  It was contractual commitment made by the Council many years ago which must be adhered to.

7b

Question no2 - Anti-Social Behaviour

    Minutes:

    Councillor Bailey asked Councillor Duckworth the following question:

    “Ongoing Anti Social Behaviour on the beaches late at night includes vandalising beach huts and using the wood and private property to build fires. How can TDC work with Your Leisure, and the police, to increase security and enforcement, perhaps ring fencing some of the rent to pay for CCTV?”

     

    Councillor Duckworth responded that:

    • Your Leisure manage the beach huts and provide security on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. They commence patrols at 8.30pm and finish patrols around 2am.
    • We are not aware of any incidents of vandalism to beach huts that have been reported to the Council this season. Your Leisure are aware of one incident.
    • In order to determine the most appropriate and effective action to take we do need incidents to be reported in detail, with information on the location where the anti-social behaviour is happening. This will enable us to work together with Your Leisure and other agencies to resolve persistent problems.

     

    Councillor Bailey followed up her question by asking if the mobile CCTV cameras that TDC use could be utilised on the summer months along the proms and beaches? 

     

    Councillor Duckworth responded that there are some CCTV cameras used, but lots of people had requested these. It is something the Council can look at providing, but resources may be limited.

     

7c

Question no3 - Re-Examination of Temporary Traveller Sites

    Minutes:

    Councillor Roper asked Councillor Everitt the following question:

    “TDC has a legal obligation to provide "Temporary Tolerated Sites" for Travellers. Sites at Potten Street and Shottendane Road are being put forward to Cabinet, but Potten Street in particularly has  strong local objections. In addition having only two sites could cause problems. Could the whole process now be re-examined?”

     

    Councillor Everitt responded that yes, there is a published report going to Cabinet on the 17th where this will be addressed.

     

    Councillor Roper followed up his question by noting that he recently found out that the process is beginning again, and that the decision to use those two sites has been undone, and asked if land owners in the area could be asked if they have more suitable sites that they could make available, for example Manston Airport?

     

    Councillor Everitt responded that the report going to Cabinet will discuss this. It will be put through the Local Plan review process, which is a formal process, which will involve a call for sites. It will also involve a much more structured and comprehensive consultation process as this was a previous concern, that the previous call was not subject to a thorough consultation process, which was partly due to Covid and partly due to the nature of the sites. The reassurance the members of the public will get from a proper process put through the Local Plan review will be worthwhile. The Council will certainly be looking at what other land is available for this purpose.

7d

Question no4 - Temporary Traveller Sites

    Minutes:

    Councillor Pugh asked Councillor Everitt the following question:

    “As traveller incursions continue to rise across Thanet, not least in my own ward, what measures is this Council taking to secure temporary sites to tackle this issue?”

     

    Councillor Everitt responded that once again, there is a published report going to Cabinet on the 17th where this will be addressed.

     

    Councillor Pugh followed up his question by asking: considering the call for sites will be potentially incorporated into a review of the Local Plan, can we be assured that any review will be wide reaching and with greater consultation with residents across Thanet?

     

    Councillor Everitt responded that the nature of the Local Plan Review is that it involves a much wider consultation, so that will certainly be happening.

     

7e

Question no5 - Beach Lifts in Ramsgate and Broadstairs

    Minutes:

    Councillor Rawf asked Councillor Whitehead the following question:

    "This summer elderly and disabled residents and visitors were excluded from the beaches in Broadstairs and Ramsgate. Can the council explain why they have not fixed the lifts in both towns? The council  has promised to prioritise the needs of the disabled so why break that promise?”

     

    Councillor Duckworth responded that:

     

    ·  There is disability access to Ramsgate Main Sands via Harbour Parade and to the other end of the beach and car parking includes designated disabled bays along Marina Esplanade.

    ·  There is also disability access via the Pavilion Gardens onto the boardwalk at Viking Bay. However, we have now extended the matting to join onto the boardwalk providing additional access straight off Harbour Street and parking is available in the Harbour car park including disabled bays.

    ·  Due to the restrictions imposed by the Government in response to the Covid-19 emergency both lifts had to be closed, although the appropriate annual maintenance has still been undertaken.  When the restrictions in terms of lockdown were eased there was still the issue for TDC with achieving the legal requirements for social distancing especially in confined spaces such as lift.

    ·  The decision was made to keep both lifts closed, but we were approached by a residents group in Broadstairs to look at the option of opening the lift. The first issue has been the availability of specialist contractors to repair the lift so it could be fully operational, this has caused the longest delay due to the lack of available parts and the fact that lots of manufacturing companies are still on furlough.

    ·  The second issue has been how the lift could be operated safely and comply with the social distancing requirements, our preferred solution is to have the lift manned at all times, reduce the operating hours, increase cleaning,  ensure only those who need it get access, that they are from the same family and wear face coverings.

    ·  TDC does not have the resources to fulfill this requirement and discussions are still ongoing with the residents group.

    ·  Due to both these issues not yet being resolved the lift remains closed.

     

    Councillor Rawf followed up his question by asking can the Council reassure myself and the residents of Thanet that the Council will use the winter period to service and make sure the lifts are ready to be used again in the summer?

     

    Councillor Duckworth responded that the annual maintenance and servicing went ahead, and there is no reason for it to not go ahead next year, but the issue will be watched and Councillor Duckworth will contact Councillor Rawf if there are any issues.

7f

Question no6 - Anti-Social Behaviour at Dane Park

    Minutes:

    Councillor Taylor asked Councillor Albon the following question:

    “Councillor Whitehead,  you and I have spoken frequently regarding measures that we can take to ensure that Dane Park areas are safe and welcoming as possible.

    I know we would like to fully discuss our approaches to this, so can  you outline current measures and plans?”

     

    As Councillor Whitehead was not present, Councillor Albon responded that:

     

    ·  The community safety team are working with the parks and open spaces team to try and resolve some of the issues that have been raised with councillors with regard to Dane Park and Dane Valley as they have both been subjected to unauthorised encampments and anti-social behaviour recently.

    ·  It is extremely important that residents report incidents of assault to Kent Police, without reports they are unable to act.

    ·  Community Safety Unit are aware of the anti-social behaviour issues around Dane Park and Dane Valley along with recent traveller incursions. The Community Safety Unit works alongside Kent Police and the Margate Task Force to increase community assurance and act in a multi agency approach to the specific concerns raised.

    ·  The CSU are aware that the community needs and aspirations are part of the scoping exercise for the Thanet Community Safety Partnership.

    ·  Also, Councillor Albon has agreed to meet with ward councillors and residents at Dane Park next week to listen to their concerns and to see what can be done.

     

    Councillor Taylor did not have a supplementary question.

8.

Notice of Motion

8a

Motion: Park Avenue Woodland - Broadstairs pdf icon PDF 92 KB

    To consider a notice of motion to require the owner of the area of woodland off Park Avenue - East of Park Wood Close-, Broadstairs (Land Registry Ref K61934), to replant any trees covered by tree protection orders within that area following the recent heavy felling and to reaffirm its current view that the area should remain as open space/woodland.

    Minutes:

    It was proposed by Councillor Garner and seconded by Councillor Bailey that:

     

    “To consider a notice of motion to require the owner of the area of woodland off Park Avenue - East of Park Wood Close-, Broadstairs (Land Registry Ref K61934), to replant any trees covered by tree protection orders within that area following the recent heavy felling and to reaffirm its current view that the area should remain as open space/woodland.”

     

    Members chose to debate the motion.

     

    No recorded vote took place as Council was unanimous in its decision to pass the motion to Cabinet to be resolved.

     

    Therefore, the motion was carried.

     

    Councillor Pugh left the meeting prior to this item.

9.

Leaders Report pdf icon PDF 55 KB

    To receive a report from the Leader of the Council in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.4.

     

    Minutes:

    The Leader informed Council that the Leaders report had been circulated to Members and published on the Council’s website the report has been attached as an annex to these minutes.

    ·  It commended the generally strong beach management strategy and communication during what was a busy summer, particularly tackling an increase in litter and anti-social behaviour.

    ·  It noted that Thanet Parkway Station had been given the go-ahead, supported by the Kent and Medway economic partnership and our neighbouring district councils.

    ·  It acknowledged that while the Labour group may not agree with the decision, since the DCO for Manston Airport has been granted, the Council will be engaging constructively with the owners in the wider public interest.

    ·  The two depots at Manston Road and Dane Park, where some of the most visible Council staff work, will not be forgotten when it comes to any changes to the working environment for Council staff after Covid.

    ·  Covid has placed the Council’s finances in a precarious position, especially in the longer term rather than the immediate future.

    ·  Some of the information leaked prior to this Council meeting is subjective and may be inaccurate and cannot be wholly understood by the public in terms of its context or validity.

    ·  This has resulted in the calling of a peer review which will help to fully understand issues and highlight aspects that are positive and should be built on.

    ·  Members from across the Council have been working together much more constructively and effectively in the last year than was the case during the last peer review.

    ·  Ultimately, this Council is here to serve the people of Thanet to the best of its ability within the resources that are available and will welcome praise and criticism in order to continuously improve.

     

    Councillor Game as Leader of the Conservative Party made the following points:

    ·  Agreed that sharing the Leaders report online is a positive way to progress.

    ·  The Conservative group supports Thanet Parkway station and the £2m invested by the Council will be used to support local economic growth. Considering the scheme will cost £34m, and KCC are putting in £5.8m, this Council is putting in a relatively small contribution.

    ·  Further bidding may mean a reduction to the contribution being made by KCC, but we must question whether our contribution will also be reduced.

    ·  The granting of the DCO at Manston is positive for the District and the Leader has a duty to work constructively with owners despite differences in views. Manston will only be used as a lorry park for Brexit as a last resort, as the government have invested in a contraflow system and 27 acre site along the M20 for Operation Brock.

    ·  The peer review will be examining the culture of the organisation, but it is governance that is the issue. The Conservative group encourages discussion around the scope of the review, aiming for a wide-reaching cross-party examination of the governance of TDC.

     

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

    ·  Thanet parkway  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

Report of the Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Panel to Council pdf icon PDF 101 KB

11.

Budget Monitoring Report No.1, 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 123 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    After the Cabinet Member for Finance, Administration and Community Wealth Building presented his report, it was proposed by Councillor Yates and seconded by Councillor Albon and Members agreed by recorded vote the recommendations detailed in the report, namely that Council approves:

     

    (i) The General Fund revenue budget 2020-21 forecast position.

    (ii) The General Fund Capital Programme 2020-21 forecast position.

    (iii) The proposals to fund the budget gap created by Covid-19.

     

    A recorded vote took place on this item due to the nature of the meeting being completely virtual.

     

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

    47 Members voted in favour of the motion: Councillors Albon, Ara, Ashbee, Bailey, Bambridge, J Bayford, R Bayford, Boyd, Campbell, Coleman-Cooke, Crittenden, Currie, Day, Dexter, Duckworth, Everitt, Farrance, Fellows, Game, Garner, Green, Gregory, Hart, Hopkinson, Huxley, Keen, Pat Moore, Ovenden, L Piper, Rev. S Piper, Rattigan, Rawf, Rogers, Roper, Rusiecki, D Saunders, M Saunders, Savage, Scobie, Scott, Shrubb, Taylor, Towning, Tomlinson, Wing, Wright and Yates.

     

    No members voted against or abstained from this motion.

     

    The motion was carried.

12.

Revised HRA Budget and Monitoring 2020-21 and HRA Provisional Outturn 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 296 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    After the Cabinet Member for Finance, Administration and Community Wealth Building presented his report, it was proposed by Councillor Yates and seconded by Councillor Albon and Members agreed by recorded vote the recommendations detailed in the report, namely that Council approves:

     

    1. To note the HRA 2020-21 budget monitoring position;

    2. To approve the revised HRA budget estimates for 2020-21;

    3. To approve the revised Housing Revenue Account capital programmes (Annex 1) for 2020 24;

    4. To note the Section 151 Officer’s Assurance Statement as set out in section 10 of this report;

    5. To note the 2019-20 HRA Provisional Outturn position and capital programme outturn (Annex 2).

     

    A recorded vote took place on this item due to the nature of the meeting being completely virtual.

     

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

     

    47 Members voted in favour of the motion: Councillors Albon, Ara, Ashbee, Bailey, Bambridge, J Bayford, R Bayford, Boyd, Campbell, Coleman-Cooke, Crittenden, Currie, Day, Dexter, Duckworth, Everitt, Farrance, Fellows, Game, Garner, Green, Gregory, Hart, Hopkinson, Huxley, Keen, Pat Moore, Ovenden, L Piper, Rev. S Piper, Rattigan, Rawf, Rogers, Roper, Rusiecki, D Saunders, M Saunders, Savage, Scobie, Scott, Shrubb, Taylor, Towning, Tomlinson, Wing, Wright and Yates.

     

    No members voted against or abstained from this motion.

     

    The motion was carried.

13.

Report Regarding Urgent Actions Under Council Procedure Rule 28 pdf icon PDF 83 KB

    Minutes:

    It was proposed by the Chairman, Seconded by the Vice-Chairman and Members agreed to the recommendations outlined in the report, namely:

     

    Council notes the urgent actions taken under Rule 28 of the Council Procedure Rules.

     

    There were no objections to these recommendations, deemed as temporary measures, and it was agreed by all Members.

14.

Appointment of Independent Members of the Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 66 KB

    Minutes:

    It was proposed by the Chairman, Seconded by the Vice-Chairman and Members agreed:

     

    That Mr Lee Wellbrook and Mr Peter Lorenzo are appointed as Independent Members of the Standards Committee for a term expiring at the Annual Meeting of Council 2023.

     

    There were no objections to these recommendations and it was agreed by all Members.

15.

Changes to Committees, Panels and Boards pdf icon PDF 89 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Leader proposed, Councillor Campbell seconded and Members agreed option one as detailed at paragraph 4.3.1 of the report, namely:

     

     “That a seat is removed from the Labour Group on the Planning Committee and the Labour Group need to remove a nomination from that Committee. That a seat is given to the Conservative Group on the Planning Committee and the Conservative Group need to make a new nomination to that Committee”

     

    Subsequently, the Leader advised of the removal of Councillor Pat Moore from the Planning Committee and Councillor Game nominated Councillor Rattigan to the Planning Committee. No changes were received from Councillor Rev. S Piper or Councillor Garner.