Agenda and minutes

Council - Tuesday, 27 February 2018 6.30 p.m.

Venue: District Council Chamber, South Lakeland House, Kendal. View directions

Contact: Inge Booth 

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C/75

Minutes pdf icon PDF 325 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 19 December 2017 (copy attached).

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 19 December 2017.

C/76

Public Participation

Any member of the public who wishes to ask a question, make representations or present a deputation or petition at this meeting should apply to do so before the commencement of the meeting.  Information on how to make the application can be obtained by viewing the Council’s Website www.southlakeland.gov.uk or by contacting the Committee Services Team on 01539 733333.

 

(1)        Questions and Representations

 

            To receive any questions or representations which have been received from members of the public.

 

(2)        Deputations and Petitions

 

            To receive any deputations or petitions which have been received from members of the public.

Minutes:

Councillor Lynne Oldham, Kendal Town Councillor for Mintsfeet ward, addressed Council in support of the proposal for £50k to be allocated for disabled toilet improvements within the 2018/19 Budget (Minute No. C/82 below refers). She had worked with children and adults with a variety of disabilities for 20 years and explained that the Changing Places campaign sought to fulfil the goal of inclusive communities by developing facilities for those who were unable to use standard accessible toilets. Councillor Oldham reported that the number of people who required these additional facilities was increasing, and that a more positive attitude was needed to ensure wider inclusion.

 

Mary Edwards spoke in support of the proposed motion for the Council to become single-use plastic free (Minute No. C/80 below refers). She explained that seas and watercourses across the world were becoming steadily more polluted by plastics, and highlighted that the Ellen MacArthur Foundation had predicted that, by weight, there would be more plastic than fish within the seas by 2050. The major cause of this pollution was single-use plastic packaging, particularly packaging for food and drink, and recycling could not provide an entire solution. Ms Edwards acknowledged that plastic was extremely useful, but emphasised that if we were to break free from pollution there was a need to use alternatives to single-use plastics. She felt that society had grown accustomed to single-use plastic in the past, but that the BBC’s recent Blue Planet II documentary had drawn attention to these issues. Ms Edwards concluded by stating that it would be a huge step forward for the Council to commit to pledge its support in this way and by encouraging others to do the same.

 

Sian Bentley also spoke in support of the proposed single-use plastic free motion. She echoed the previous comments regarding the awareness brought about by Blue Planet II, and highlighted both the local support for action as well as the support for national charities such as Surfers Against Sewage. Other councils had become plastic free, including Aberporth in West Wales, and these organisations had used their influence within the local community by encouraging businesses within their areas to champion alternatives. Ms Bentley reported that in 1950, a global population of 2.5 billion people had produced less than 2 million tons of plastic, yet the current population of 7.5 billion people had produced 320 million tons. She highlighted the impact of the resulting pollution on beaches, with notable offenders being plastic bottles and disposable coffee cups. She reported that, in an effort to address this, the Environmental Audit Committee had proposed a “latte levy” of 25p per cup on disposable coffee cups. She concluded by stating that France had proposed to ban all plastic cutlery, while China had pledged to take no more of Britain’s plastic waste.

 

Note – Councillor Ben Berry, seconded by Councillor Giles Archibald, proposed that Agenda Item No. 16 (Notices of Motion) be brought forward for consideration as the first substantive item of business. The motion was carried.  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/76

C/77

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)

 

Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.

 

If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that no declarations of interest were raised.

C/78

Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that there are no excluded items on the agenda.

C/79

Chairman's Announcements

To receive announcements by the Chairman.

Minutes:

A list of engagements which the Chairman had attended since the last meeting had been circulated to Members.

C/80

Notices of Motion

The following Notices of Motion have been given in accordance with Paragraph 11.1 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure:-

 

“This council will become a single use plastic free council by phasing out the use of single use plastic products such as bottles, cups, cutlery and drinking straws in council activities, where it is reasonable to do so, by the end of 2018 and to encourage our facilities’ users, local businesses and other local public agencies to do the same by championing alternatives, such as reusable water bottles.”

 

(signed by Councillors Giles Archibald and David Fletcher)

 

“This Council:

-believes that it is wrong that residents of South Lakeland living with cancer have to make exhausting round trips of up to three hours to receive vital radiotherapy

-supports the campaign led by Tim Farron MP to bring a satellite radiotherapy unit to Westmorland General Hospital to complement the excellent new chemotherapy ward

-notes that the former Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, agreed to Tim Farrons request to provide £12 million capital funding for a radiotherapy unit at Westmorland General Hospital in early 2015

- condemns the Conservative Government for withdrawing that funding in 2015

-calls for a satellite radiotherapy unit to be established as an urgent priority”

 

(signed by Councillor Matt Severn)

Minutes:

In accordance with Paragraph 11.1 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, the following notice of motion had been put to Council by Councillors Giles Archibald and David Fletcher:-

 

“This council will become a single use plastic free council by phasing out the use of single use plastic products such as bottles, cups, cutlery and drinking straws in council activities, where it is reasonable to do so, by the end of 2018 and to encourage our facilities’ users, local businesses and other local public agencies to do the same by championing alternatives, such as reusable water bottles.”

 

Councillor Archibald introduced the motion and thanked the members of the public who had spoken in favour of the motion. He described councils as being more than a service-provider, but as organisations which needed to provide leadership to their communities. He stated that climate change was an issue of concern for all, and that the increasing use of plastics poisoning oceans was a critical issue. Other authorities and countries had committed to becoming single-use plastic free, and this was something that this authority should do. Councillor Archibald accepted that no one had all the answers, but he was convinced that the Council needed to do everything it could and he had asked officers to report back to Members on a regular basis on the progress being made.

 

Councillor Ben Berry seconded the motion.

 

A number of councillors spoke in favour of the proposal, recognising that the target to end single-use plastics by the end of the year was ambitious but achievable. Similar campaigns by businesses, local schools and town and parish councils were highlighted. The importance of the Council encouraging local businesses and partners was recognised, and Members were urged to take this concept forward and further develop in the future.

 

The hidden dangers of pollution were highlighted, including the impact from the hormones used in plastic production which affected the development of all animal life in the sea and further up the food chain. Councillor Collins emphasised the vital importance of bringing to an end the “just throw it away” culture.

 

Councillor Ian Stewart requested that the Council look into the way it dealt with tetrapak carton disposal as another method of reducing plastic waste. He also suggested that the Morecambe Bay Partnership could be encouraged to organise a litter pick for Members of the Council to highlight the issues that plastic pollution causes and undertook to speak with the relevant individuals.

 

Following a vote, this motion was unanimously supported.

 

RESOLVED – That this Council will become a single use plastic free council by phasing out the use of single use plastic products such as bottles, cups, cutlery and drinking straws in council activities, where it is reasonable to do so, by the end of 2018 and to encourage our facilities’ users, local businesses and other local public agencies to do the same by championing alternatives, such as reusable water bottles.

 

In accordance with Paragraph 11.1 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/80

C/81

Corporate Financial Monitoring Quarter-3, 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 164 KB

To consider the projected year end position based on performance to the end of Quarter-3, 2017/18.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Giles Archibald, Leader and Finance Portfolio Holder, presented the third quarter financial monitoring report of 2017/18, which provided details on the financial position of the Council at 31 December 2017 and the projected year end position based on performance to that date. He explained that the report had previously been discussed by Cabinet and the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and thanked the latters’ Chairman, Councillor Dyan Jones, and the rest of the Committee for their ongoing work in scrutinising the financial performance of the Council.

 

Councillor Archibald expressed his view that an expected outturn of less than half a percent against gross expenditure was an impressive reflection of how well the budget was managed. He congratulated officers for being able to budget employee costs so accurately and highlighted the income surpluses which were expected through Building Control, Public Halls and MintWorks. He confirmed that these surpluses were expected to continue and, as such, had been worked into future years’ budgets.

 

The Leader explained that they key area of pressure for the Council was in respect of homelessness. He expressed his sadness at the increase in homelessness nationwide and explained that South Lakeland was not unaffected, which had caused a strain on the service’s budget. He complemented the work of Neighbourhood Services for achieving the kerbside recycling target in difficult times and asked the Chief Executive to take back to staff the Council’s gratitude.

 

The Leader drew attention to the Treasury Management update and to the Capital Programme and the key projects that were taking place.

 

In response to a query, the Revenues and Benefits Manager confirmed that the delays in Non Domestic Rates collection had not resulted from the closure of Kendal Magistrates’ Court, but from the Council’s IT systems change. He explained that a very small number of cases had been impacted by this.

 

Councillor Norman Bishop-Rowe complimented the work done to Brogden Street premises in Ulverston but questioned the value of the project. Councillor Giles Archibald undertook to provide a written response.

 

Councillor Bishop-Rowe also questioned the use of rooms other than the District Council Chamber within Kendal Town Hall for meetings when they lacked microphone and other facilities. Councillor Archibald confirmed that these comments had been taken on board.

 

Councillor Graham Vincent referred to the Leader’s comments on the success of MintWorks and drew attention to the surplus income from car parking, explaining that both reflected an expanding economy. South Lakeland was the biggest economy in Cumbria having overtaken Carlisle, and the Council was looking to partner with neighbouring authorities such as Barrow and Lancaster to help to continue to develop the area. Although the tourism industry could face challenges from Brexit, Councillor Vincent highlighted the continuing strength of the area’s manufacturing industry.

 

Councillor Matt Severn welcomed the success of MintWorks and complimented proposals to use this additional income to help support the Council’s Housing Options Team.

 

Having been proposed by Councillor Giles Archibald, and seconded by Councillor Matt Severn, it was

 

RESOLVED –  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/81

C/82

2018/19 to 2022/23 Budget (Budget and Policy Framework Decision) pdf icon PDF 159 KB

Note – In accordance with the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 and the consequential change to Council’s Rules of Procedure, this item will automatically be subject to a recorded vote in respect of the adoption of the Budget and on any amendments proposed at the meeting.

 

To consider the recommendations from Cabinet to determine the Council’s Budget for 2018/19 onwards, including fees and charges, the Capital Programme and incorporating the Chief Finance Officer’s Advice on the Robustness of Estimates and the Adequacy of Reserves.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Leader and Finance Portfolio Holder, Councillor Giles Archibald, presented the draft budget proposals for 2018/19 onwards, including fees and charges, the Capital Programme and the Chief Finance Officer’s Advice on the Robustness of Estimates and the Adequacy of Reserves. The proposals set out a balanced revenue budget for 2018/19 of £12,931,100, including a £5 (2.7%) increase in the Band D Council Tax for District Council services which was equal to the expected increase in wage rates for the year. South Lakeland would have the second lowest Band D Council Tax within Cumbria behind Allerdale.

 

The draft budgets had been considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 12 January 2018 and the Leader thanked the Committee for its useful suggestions. Further reports had also been considered by the Lake Administration Committee, Licensing Committee and Planning Committee. At its meeting on 7 February 2018, Cabinet recommended the draft budget to Council for approval.

 

In proposing the recommendations Councillor Archibald highlighted the challenges facing the Authority and the sacrifices that needed to be made to continue to manage future deficits as the authority had done in the past. He referred to a number of projects including the work in providing disabled toilet facilities and thanked Kendal Town Councillor Lynne Oldham for her contribution earlier in the meeting, as well as the advocacy work of Councillor Dyan Jones and Cumbria County Councillor Will Clark. Councillor Archibald confirmed that thanks to co-operative work between this Council and Cumbria County Council, a policy was being drafted for council tax exemption to be offered to care leavers and thanked Councillors Shirley Evans and Ian Stewart for their work in this.

 

The proposal was seconded by Councillor Graham Vincent.

 

Councillor Ian Stewart suggested that the uncertainties in Government support would increase in the coming years, and described the negative Revenue Support Grant as a particular area of concern for this authority. He asked the Leader of the Council and the Leader of the Conservative Group to join together and write to the Secretary of State asking that he removes this iniquitous concept of the Council paying the Government rather than receiving a Revenue Support Grant.

 

The Shadow Finance Portfolio Holder, Councillor Kevin Lancaster, stated that although no opposition budget had been presented this should not be taken as acceptance of the Budget proposed by the majority group. Councillor Lancaster questioned the proposed Council Tax increase, and suggested that many aspects of the opposition’s budget last year had been incorporated into the proposed Budget despite the majority group’s opposition to the suggestions at the time. He explained that his colleagues continued to oppose the production of South Lakeland News, but described the cost of this as being dwarfed by the additional costs of the new electoral arrangements. The Conservative Group pledged to move to a whole council electoral cycle at the earliest possible date and Councillor Lancaster felt that the Council’s partnership working had not gone far enough. He described the Council’s principle income from car parking  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/82

C/83

Calculating and Setting the 2018/19 Council Tax pdf icon PDF 35 KB

Note – In accordance with the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 and the consequential change to Council’s Rules of Procedure, this item will automatically be subject to a recorded vote in respect of setting the Council Tax and on any amendments proposed at the meeting.

 

To consider a report to enable the Council to calculate and set the Council Tax for 2018/19.  At the time of printing the Agenda, formal confirmation of the precepts from Cumbria County Council and the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner are awaited and, if these differ from assumptions, revised figures will be issued as soon as possible.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Giles Archibald, Leader and Finance Portfolio Holder, presented a report which would enable the Council to calculate and set the Council Tax for 2018/19. The precepts from Cumbria County Council and the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner had been confirmed, at the values previously proposed, on 15 February and 14 February respectively. As the billing authority, South Lakeland District Council was required to undertake a series of calculations in order to determine the Council Tax to be set for each parish within the district.

 

Once the Council Tax had been approved, Council Tax bills would be issued to each household in South Lakeland during March 2018 in accordance with the amounts set subject to any reductions for discounts, exemptions or reliefs.

 

Councillor Giles Archibald proposed that the suggested Council Tax Resolution contained within Appendix A of the report be approved, and this was seconded by Councillor Graham Vincent.

 

Councillor Vincent highlighted the weightings of each precepting authority and queried whether there would be other ways of raising money by the various authorities. In response, Councillor Ian Stewart explained that, while not always immediately visible, the annual investment back into South Lakeland from Cumbria County Council was over double the amount that the County Council raised from Council Tax in the District.

 

In accordance with the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 and the Council’s Rules of Procedure, a recorded vote was taken on the recommendations as follows:–

 

The following Members voted in favour (27):- Councillors Archibald, Audland, Clough, Coleman, Collins, Cotton, Curwen, Dixon, Eccles, Emmott, David Evans, Shirley Evans, Finch, Gray, Hughes, Jarvis, Jones, McSweeney, Morrell, Rawlinson, Rees, Sanderson, Severn, Stewart, Thornton, Vincent and Mark Wilson.

 

No Members voted against.

 

The following Members abstained (12):- Councillors James Airey, Berry, Bingham, Bishop-Rowe, Cooper, Hall, Harvey, Holmes, Jenkinson, Lancaster, Mackie and Rigg.

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        it be noted that on 18 December 2017, under powers delegated under Paragraph 8.1 of Section 8 of Part 5 of the Council’s Constitution, the Assistant Director (Resources) and Section 151 Officer calculated the Council Tax Base for the financial year 2018/19 by means of an Administrative Decision:-

 

(a)        for the whole of the District as 45,265.99 (Item T in the formula in Section 31(B) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (”the Act”), as amended); and

 

(b)        for dwellings in those parts of the District to which a Parish Precept relates as in the attached Appendix C to the report;

 

(2)        the Council Tax requirement for the Council’s own purposes for the financial year 2018/19 (excluding parish precepts) be calculated as £8,629,056. No costs are to be treated as special expenses;

 

(3)        the following amounts be calculated for the financial year 2018/19 in accordance with Sections 31 to 36 of the Act:

 

            (a)        £63,853,286.12 being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(2) of the Act taking into account all precepts issued to it by Parish Councils;

 

            (b)        £53,611,965.00 being the aggregate of  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/83

C/84

2017/18 and 2018/19 Procurement Schedule (Budget and Policy Framework Decision) pdf icon PDF 32 KB

To consider the Council’s plans for procurement exercises during 2018/19 and to update the plans for 2017/18.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Leader and Finance Portfolio Holder, Councillor Giles Archibald, presented the 2017/18 and 2018/19 Procurement Schedules.

 

The Procurement Schedule for 2017/18 had been approved by Council on 22 February 2017, and new procurement exercises had been added during the year which required Council approval. Of 111 procurement exercises, 46 had been completed, 21 were a work-in-progress, 12 had not been required, four had required a scope change, two were on hold and 26 would be carried forward.

 

The Procurement Schedule 2018/19 identified 83 procurement projects, similar in number to the 84 exercises originally approved for the previous year’s Schedule. In order to deliver the high volume of procurement activity, additional fixed-term resource had been sourced to strengthen the Procurement Team to assist in the delivery of the programme.

 

In proposing the recommendations contained within the report, Councillor Archibald explained that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee had provided a number of suggestions, such as categorisation by ward, which would be incorporated into future documents to help to make the Procurement Schedule even more helpful for councillors. The motion was seconded by Councillor Kevin Lancaster.

 

RESOLVED – That the Procurement Schedules at Appendix 1 and Appendix 3 to the report be approved.

C/85

2018/19 to 2022/23 Treasury Management Framework (Budget and Policy Framework Decision) pdf icon PDF 276 KB

To consider the Council’s Treasury Management Framework 2018/19 to 2022/23 and the authorised borrowing limits.

Minutes:

The 2018/19 to 2022/23 Treasury Management Framework was presented by Councillor Giles Archibald, Leader and Finance Portfolio Holder. The Framework had been updated to reflect the 2018/19 budget and capital programme and included amendments to the counterparty selection criteria. The draft Treasury Management Framework had previously been considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 12 January 2018, and by Cabinet on 7 February 2018.

 

Following a proposal from Councillor Archibald, seconded by Councillor Andrew Jarvis, it was

 

RESOLVED – That the Treasury Management Framework and the authorised borrowing limits within the report be approved.

C/86

Local Development Scheme (Budget and Policy Framework Decision) pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To consider adoption of the Local Development Scheme 2018-21.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) was introduced by Councillor Graham Vincent, Economy and Assets Portfolio Holder, on behalf of the Deputy Leader and Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder. The LDS was the Council’s project plan for bringing future Local Plan documents forward. There had been significant progress since the previous LDS had been adopted in July 20156 and a replacement was now needed to guide the final stages of current plan-making in 2018 and to have a single replacement Local Plan in place by 2021 to cover the period 2016 – 2036. The Government was placing increasing emphasis on local planning authorities having up-to-date local plans and regulations were planned to require the review of plans every five years.

 

Since the previous LDS had been published major progress had been made, including the adoption of a suite of 12 development briefs, the implementation of the South Lakeland Community Infrastructure Levy and the progression of two Development Plan Documents which would complete the current Local Plan. The proposed LDS set out a timetable for the delivery of a number of documents over the next three years. In proposing the adoption of the Local Development Scheme 2018-21, Councillor Vincent explained that this would ensure that the District was at the forefront of planning in the area, and would allow the Council to work constructively with stakeholders going forward.

 

Councillor Sylvia Emmott seconded the motion and offered her thanks to the Development Strategy and Housing Manager and his team for all the work that had gone into the Scheme and the documents behind it.

 

Councillor Stan Collins highlighted the complex planning authority arrangements that existed within the District and expressed his view that a full external audit should be conducted of planning decisions, advice from officers, conditions and their enforceability and enforcement action taken across all planning authorities in South Lakeland. He felt that this would not only reassure the public, but would also ensure that decisions were being taken correctly.

 

Councillor Kevin Lancaster supported the suggestion from Councillor Collins. He wished to make Members aware that issues had arisen due to National Park boundary changes within Eden District, but offered reassurance that the handover between South Lakeland District Council and the Yorkshire Dales National Park had been very well done.

 

Councillor David Evans expressed his disappointment that no explicit reference to flooding was included within the description for South Lakeland Local Plan Part 3 – Development Management Policies and stated his view that all Council plans and strategies should reflect the full implications of climate change and flooding. He requested that assurance be given that the next stage of documents fully reflect the issues of flooding to reassure residents. Councillor Archibald gave Cabinet’s commitment to ensure that this was done.

 

RESOLVED – That the Local Development Scheme 2018-21, as attached at Appendix 1 to the report, be adopted.

C/87

Member Development Strategy 2017-2020 pdf icon PDF 226 KB

To consider the Member Development Strategy 2017-2020, Member Development Protocol and revised role descriptions for Members.

Minutes:

The Council Organisation and People Portfolio Holder, Councillor Brenda Gray, presented the Member Development Strategy 2017 – 2020.

 

The work in member development had been informed by ‘21st Century Councillor’ research undertaken in 2016 by the University of Birmingham. The research had identified the changing roles undertaken by Members and councils and the need to ensure that the work of the council was in line with new ways of working, including changing customer demand within digital ways of working.

 

Cabinet at its meeting on 24 January 2018 had approved the adoption of the IT roll out for Members and IT protocol as detailed in that report.

 

Within South Lakeland District Council a number of activities were underway which would impact on the way Members engage with the business of the Council, including the implications of the Further Electoral Review, the Customer Connect Programme and technological improvements. These had led to a number of actions which were captured within the Member Development Strategy and Action Plan.

 

The revised Member Development Strategy had been supported by the cross-party Member Support Steering Group.

 

In proposing the recommendations contained within the report, Councillor Gray acknowledged that for returning councillors this could be a big step, but big steps were necessary in order to bring the Council into the 21st century. She hoped that for new councillors coming in the work that had been done would ensure that, for them, the new digital way of working would quickly become business as usual. The motion was seconded by Councillor Pete McSweeney.

 

Councillor Tom Harvey expressed his concern that whilst a digital framework was needed, the proposals currently were tailored to suit the Council and not its councillors. He acknowledged that the Member Development Strategy was a step in the right direction but that it did not adequately reflect the needs of councillors and, as such, felt unable to support the proposals at this time.

 

Councillor Peter Thornton highlighted the advancements made in technology and reassured Members that the issues experienced in years past would not affect the work of today. He encouraged Members to use the ModGov app for agenda papers, highlighting that it was not only the cost of printing paper agendas that the Council faced, but also the cost of disposal following meetings.

 

As a representative of the Member Support Steering Group, Councillor Janette Jenkinson spoke in favour of the proposals. She highlighted the need to embrace digital working, but expressed her concerns that the prevalence of technology at Council meetings could have an effect on debate. She was also disappointed that little consultation had been conducted with councillors, particular with regard to the equipment they felt they needed to carry out their role.

 

Councillors Mark Wilson and Sue Sanderson, also representatives of the Member Support Steering Group spoke in favour of the proposals. Councillor Wilson reiterated the impact that the ward boundary changes would have to the way that councillors would work in the future. Councillor Sanderson emphasised the work that  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/87

C/88

Leader's Announcements and Cabinet Question Time (30 Minutes)

To receive announcements from the Leader and, in accordance with Paragraphs 10.2 and 10.3 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, to deal with any questions to the Leader and/or Portfolio Holders on any topic which is within the jurisdiction or influence of the Council and is relevant to their Portfolio.  Any Member who poses a question will be entitled to ask one supplementary question on the same topic.

 

Members are encouraged to give 24 hours’ written notice of questions to the Solicitor to the Council.  If no notice is received, then the Portfolio Holder can reserve the right to give a written answer.  Where written notice of questions has been given, these will be taken first.  Should a Member wish to ask more than one question, questions should be listed in order of priority.  If more than one Member sends in a question, these will be taken in alphabetical order of Members’ names, alternated from meeting to meeting.  Each question and each response is restricted to three minutes.

Minutes:

In accordance with paragraphs 10.2 and 10.3 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, the following written questions had been submitted to the meeting:-

 

From Councillor Vicky Hughes to the Culture, Media and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Matt Severn – This Council supports our strategic cultural partners with targeted investment. Can Cllr Severn give an indication of the level of outside grants and investment funding that our partners receive from other organisations as a result of this Councils support?

 

In response, Councillor Matt Severn, Culture Media and Leisure Portfolio Holder, described the Council’s strong partnership work, particularly with Arts Council England. He explained that the Council’s advocacy, support and investment of £114,000 per annum to four organisations in the area resulted in National Portfolio Organisation investment from Arts Council England of approximately £1.5m. Councillor Severn undertook to provide a full written answer following the meeting.

 

The written question having been presented and answered, the following verbal question was then taken from the floor:-

 

Councillor James Airey asked the Leader of the Council, Councillor Giles Archibald, whether he was aware of, and had registered opposition to, the proposed cuts to fire services in Ulverston. Councillor Archibald undertook to provide a written response.

 

All questions having been taken, Councillor Giles Archibald, the Leader of the Council, reiterated his view that climate change was the most serious matter to face in the coming years. Emphasising that the Council had a leadership role to play, the Leader announced that he had asked the Chief Executive to resurrect the Council’s Green Team. The Team would look forensically at what the authority can do to reduce the effects of climate change, from planting new trees to looking at how the Council procures vehicles and manages assets. He encouraged all councillors to consider whether they wished to engage with the Green Team, which would be led by the Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor David Fletcher.

C/89

Minutes of Meetings

To receive Chairmen’s comments (if any notified) in respect of the minutes of the Committee meetings held between 27 November 2017 and 26 January 2018.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that no comments or questions have been received in respect of the minutes of committee meetings held between 27 November 2017 and 26 January 2018.

C/90

Questions to Chairman of the Council or Chairman of any Committee or Sub-Committee

To deal with any questions under Rule 10.6 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, of which due notice has been given and/or the Chairman allows as a matter of urgent business and which are in relation to any matter over which the Council has powers or duties or which affect the area.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that no questions have been received under Rule 10.6 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure.

Appendix to Minutes pdf icon PDF 82 KB