Venue: District Council Chamber, South Lakeland House, Kendal. View directions
Contact: Inge Booth
Note: this meeting will be held on the rising of Discretionary Rate Relief Sub-Committee
ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN
To elect a Chairman for the meeting.
RESOLVED – That Councillor Graham Vincent be elected Chairman for the meeting.
APOLOGIES AND RECONSTITUTION OF MEMBERSHIP
To receive apologies for absence, if any, and to report any arising changes to membership.
There were no apologies and there had been no changes to the membership of the Sub-Committee, therefore no reconstitution of membership was necessary.
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.
RESOLVED – That it be noted that no declarations of interest were made
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.
RESOLVED – That it be noted that there were no excluded items on the Agenda.
To consider an appeal made by Kendal Judo Club against an Executive Decision made under delegated powers to refuse an application for discretionary rate relief.
Consideration was given to an Appeal against Executive Decision DEX/33(2) to refuse an application for Discretionary Rate Relief made by Kendal Judo Club (ref:52527298).
Executive Decision DEX/33(2) had refused the application as it was considered that Kendal Judo Club’s application did not meet the criteria set out in the ‘Guidelines For Determining Applications for Discretionary Rate Relief From Sporting Organisations’. In particular the organisation’s highest rate of subscription exceeded £150 per annum which could deter individuals for seeking membership.
Kendal Judo Club had appealed this decision. The Club stated that the subscription fees were at a level necessary to ensure its continued running. The Club had also provided details of its fees detailing changes introduced this year. It was also stated that the Club supports a variety of sporting classes aimed at getting people involved in sport.
20% Discretionary Rate Relief be awarded to the Kendal Judo Club for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.
Reason For Decision
The awards are in line with new policies agreed by Cabinet on 28 January 2014 (CEX/123).
The Sub-Committee decided that the annual cost of membership was not significantly more than in previous years when discretionary rate relief had been granted and therefore would not be sufficient to deter membership of the club.
The Council has a priority to develop health, wellbeing and physical activity programmes that are accessible to residents and visitors and support sustainable modern leisure facilities.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
The Sub Committee could have decided to reject the appeal and not grant relief.