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Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councilors Braidwood and L Piper.
To approve the Minutes of the meeting of Council held on 11 February 2021, copy attached.
It was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice Chairman and agreed, that the minutes of the meeting of Council held on 11 February 2021 be approved.
To receive any announcements from the Chairman, Leader, Members of the Cabinet or Chief Executive in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.2 (iv).
The Chairman advised Members of the recent passing of Councillor Peter Campbell. Councillor Campbell first became a Thanet District Councillor in 2007 and served the Central Harbour Ward in Ramsgate for 14 years.
Members held a minute silence as a mark of their respect.
Tributes were then paid to Councillor Campbell’s work, commitment and character.
To receive any declarations of interest. Members are advised to consider the advice contained within the Declaration of Interest advice attached to this Agenda. If a Member declares an interest, they should complete the Declaration of Interest Form
There were no declarations of interest.
To receive petitions from the public in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.
The Leader provided Members with a brief update to advise that the Council would contest the appeal that had been lodged in response to the Council’s action.
Members noted the report.
To receive questions received from the press or public in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13.
Question No.1 from a Members of the Public Regarding Grants and Developer Contributions
Ms Austin asked the Leader the following question:
“As Council budgets tighten, external funding and investment become increasingly important. What strategies is TDC adopting to maximise environmental & social investment from developers, monitor and access grant funding opportunities, and nurture mutually supportive partnerships with community groups who can often access specific funding streams that will benefit our communities?”
The Leader responded with the following points:
· The Local Plan set out the strategic approach regarding contributions from building developers.
· The Council had succeeded in achieving the following:
· Affordable Housing - £49,000 (Section 106) Contributions utilised to bring forward homes for affordable housing.
· Retort House/Pierremont Hall - £600,000 (Section 106) Grant awarded to Broadstairs and St Peter’s Council to bring forward Pierremont and Retort House refurbishment.
· Broadstairs Playground Refurbishment - £136,000 (Section 106) Improvements to a number of playgrounds within Broadstairs.
· The major road network bid with Kent County Council - £49,000,000.
· Homes England grant funding for new build phases 1-3 - £860,000.
· Local Growth Fund - £666,000 (SELEP) Monies utilised on the renovation of two properties within the intervention area.
· Grant funded programmes for tackling rogue landlords and cold homes, and employment of a Home Energy Officer to advise residents about available grant funding.
· The largest Disabled Facilities Grant programme in Kent around £3,000,000 annually.
· RISE funding, - £1.350,000 for 2020/21. A range of initiatives for homeless people. It has been a co-design process involving TDC, MHCLG, the local voluntary sector and community groups.
Key Grant funded projects 2018/19 to 2020/21
· Ramsgate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme - £900,000 (Environment Agency).
· Dalby Square Town Heritage Initiative Scheme - £1.900,000 (Heritage Lottery Fund).
· Affordable Homes Programme - £1.378,000 (Homes England).
· Thanet Community Forest - £527,000 (Forestry Commission).
· Epple Bay Sea Wall - £324,000 (Environment Agency).
· Margate Town Deal Fund - £162,000 initially (MHCLG).
· Margate Town Deal Fund- £29,000,000 bid submitted.
· Margate Town Deal Fund - Refurbishment 51-57 High Street - £750,000 (MHCLG).
· Future High Street Fund offer of £2.700,000.
· Heritage Action Zone - a five year joint programme working with Historic England and key community groups, to engage with communities and groups interested in Ramsgate Heritage, and identify how best heritage assets could support the economy.
· High Street Heritage Action Zone – to finalise the agreement with Historic England around Harbour Street and a programme of cultural engagement to animate the high street.
· Dreamland - £18,000,000 worth of public investment including £5,000,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
· Thanet Parkway Station – substantial Local Enterprise Partnership funding.
· Ellington Park - £1.643,000 (Heritage Lottery Fund)A new community café and toilets, playground, works to conserve the Victorian terrace, new signage, and critical repairs to the pathways.
· Other Community projects
· Recent work with Rise ... view the full minutes text for item 6a
To receive questions from Members of the Council in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 14.
Question No. 1 from a Member Regarding Hedgerow Cutting
Councillor Wing asked Councillor Albon the following question:
“Can we ensure that pre-planning is undertaken to ensure none of our hedgerows, bushes and trees are cut in any way during the nesting season for birds and other wildlife, that is applying Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981?”
Councillor Albon responded with the following points:
Councillor Wing followed up her question by offering her thanks to the teams who managed the hedgerows and trees, for their efforts.
Question No. 2 from a Member Regarding Housing
Councillor Garner asked the Leader the following question:
“As the Housing Delivery Test has not been met in Thanet and there is now a presumption in favour of sustainable development when deciding planning applications, what action is being taken to improve this situation to ensure it is met as soon as possible?”
The Leader responded with the following points:
Notice of Motion
To receive any Notices of Motion from Members of Council in accordance with the Council Procedure Rule 3.
It was proposed by the Leader and seconded by Councillor Albon that:
“Thanet has the highest number of universal credit claimants in Kent - more than 18,000, nearly a quarter of the eligible population and an increase of almost two-thirds over the last year due to the impacts of COVID-19 on our local economy. A third of these residents are in work, but recorded unemployment is up 80% since March 2020 and now afflicts one In ten of the working age population. One in eight Thanet households is in fuel poverty.
Last March, the chancellor announced a £20 per week uplift to universal credit and working tax credit for 2020/21. This has been a vital lifeline to thousands of famIlies in Thanet and provided an eight-figure cash injection to their collective spending power, helping them feed their children, heat their homes and support local business. It has helped contain the severe pressure on the voluntary sector, including local food banks.
The estimated cost of the uplift is around 2% of the extra government spending nationally triggered by COVID-19, and even after it is taken into account UK benefit payments are among the lowest in Europe.
No part of Kent will suffer more detriment than Thanet if this uplift is taken away. Nowhere in Kent will more children suffer, more families go cold and hungry, and more local businesses lose out. The lives of residents already struggling to manage will be made harder.
This council will speak up for those in urgent need. It calls on both Thanet’s MPs to do the same.
Council urges the chancellor to retain the £20 uplift in his budget next week and not turn his back on the poorest members of our community. It instructs the leader to write to him tomorrow to express its deep concern about the consequences of removing or reducing this essential support.”
Councillor Wing proposed, Councillor Ara seconded and Members agreed to debate the motion.
Following the debate, the motion was put to the vote and declared carried.
To receive a report from the Leader of the Council in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.4.
The Leader’s report had been circulated to Members and was published on the Council’s website before the meeting. The report has been attached as an annex to these minutes.
Councillor Ashbee as Leader of the Conservative Party made the following points:
The Leader replied to Councillor Ashbee’s comments with the following points:
Councillor Reverend Piper as leader of the Thanet Independents Party made the following points:
The Leader replied ... view the full minutes text for item 9.
Councillor Bayford, the Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Panel, used his report to pay tribute to the late Councillor Peter Campbell. He noted that Councillor Campbell had been an active scrutiny member since his election in 2007, until his passing. Over the last six years, Councillor Campbell had been elected either the Chair or Vice Chair of the Panel and he would be irreplaceable. It had been a privilege to work with him.
Members noted the report.
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 the recommendations set out in the report be agreed, namely:
1. That Members approve the Thanet District Council element of Council Tax charges as set out below for the listed property bands:
2. That Members approve the determinations at Section 1 of this report.
The Deputy Monitoring Officer conducted a recorded vote on the motion as follows:
50 Members voted in favour the motion: Councillors Albon, Ara, Ashbee, Bailey, Bambridge, J Bayford, R Bayford, Boyd, Coleman-Cooke, Crittenden, Currie, Dennis, Dexter, Duckworth, Everitt, Farrance, Fellows, Game, Garner, Green, Gregory, Hart, Hopkinson, Huxley, Keen, Kup, Pat Moore, Paul Moore, Ovenden, Parsons, S Piper, Potts Pugh, Rattigan, Rawf, Rogers, Roper, Rusiecki, D Saunders, M Saunders, Savage, Scobie, Scott, Shrubb, Tomlinson, Towning, Whitehead, Wing, Wright, Yates.
No Members voted against the motion.
No Members abstained from voting on the motion.
The motion was carried.
It was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Vice-Chairman and Members agreed the recommendations detailed in the report, namely that:
“1. That Councillor Boyd replaces Councillor Kup on the Young People’s Partnership Conversation.
2. That Councillor Ovenden replaces Councillor Huxley on the Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve Steering Group.”