Councillors and Decision Making


Full Council

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Date: Thursday 20 July 2017

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Oakengates Theatre, Limes Walk, Oakengates, Telford, TF2 6ET   View Map

Democratic Services:
Deborah Moseley (83215)  

Media Enquiries:
Nigel Newman (82403)  

Lead Officer:
Jonathan Eatough (83200)  

 Agenda    Agenda.pdf 
1.0 Prayers
2.0 Apologies for Absence
3.0 Declarations of Interest
4.0 Minutes of the Council

To confirm the minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 25 May 2017 and of the Special Meeting of the Council held on 25 May 2017.

5.0 Leader's Report and Announcements

The Leader of the Council may give an oral report on matters of significance to the Borough, comment upon the Cabinet decisions or make any announcements.

[NB This item will include the Leader’s announcements deferred from the Annual General Meeting]

6.0 Mayor's Announcements

To note the Mayoral Engagements undertaken since the Council meeting held on 25 May 2017.

Time to Change Pledge
The Mayor will announce the signing of the “Time to Change Pledge” and invite the Cabinet Member: Customer Services, Tourism & Partnerships to address the meeting.

7.0 Public Questions
To receive any questions from the public which have been submitted under Council Procedure Rules 7.11 and 7.12. The session will last no more than 15 minutes with a maximum of 2 minutes allowed for each question and answer. Questions can be asked of The Leader and Cabinet Members.

(i) The following question to Cllr L D Carter, Cabinet Member: Finance, Commercial Services & Economic Development has been submitted by Mr D Lovegrove

“It is easy to spend someone else’s money. If landlords and their tenants are disproportionately responsible for ASB etc, and the Council can prove that fact, would the Authority compulsory purchase properties at market value and manage them more successfully, without increasing rent as introducing retrospective legislation is unjust?"

(ii) The following question to Cllr L D Carter, Cabinet Member: Finance, Commercial Services & Economic Development has been submitted by Mrs T Wood:

“Regarding the council owned solar farm, online documents indicate that the original debt of around 4 million remains outstanding at the end of the project term.  Can you confirm when, how and over what period of time this debt will be repaid and direct me to where this is evidenced?”

(iii) The following question to Cllr L D Carter, Cabinet Member: Finance, Commercial Services & Economic Development has been submitted by Ms S Whitfield

“Given that the only housing the Council owns is almost exclusively for commercial rent and Social Registered Landlords are selling their out of date stock, why is the Council seeking to discriminate against private landlords on whom you so very heavily rely to manage homelessness in the Borough?”

8.0 Cabinet Decisions Made Since the Last Meeting of the Council
To receive the report on the Cabinet decisions made since publication of the last Council meeting agenda. Cabinet Members may speak on these decisions and Members may ask questions about key decisions of the relevant Cabinet Member for the purposes of clarification only.  Members are asked to note the additional delegations to officers granted at those meetings.
9.0 Recommendations from Cabinet

Cabinet – 29 June 2017

(i) Service & Financial Planning Report – 2016/17 Outturn and 2017/18 Update

Recommended that –

(a) the Revenue outturn position for 2016/17 and related virements in Appendix 3 of the report, which is subject to audit by the Council’s external auditors, be approved;

(b) the transfers to reserves and associated approval to spend the reserves as detailed in the report at section 5 and Appendix 2 be approved;

(c) the supplementary revenue estimate in relation to the additional Adult Social Care Grant announced after the Council’s budget was set detailed in paragraph 9.1 of the report be approved;

(d) the Capital outturn position and related supplementary estimates, re-phasing and virements shown in Appendix 4 to the report and as summarised in the report be approved; 

(e) the performance against income targets be noted; and

(f) the key issues identified for 2017/18 be noted;

10.0 Annual Scrutiny Report
Councillor N A M England, Chair of the Scrutiny Management Board, willpresent the Annual Scrutiny Report.
11.0 Recommendations from Boards and Committees

Audit Committee

At its meeting held on 27 June 2017, the Audit Committee made the following recommendation to Council.

Corporate Anti Fraud & Corruption Policy – 2016/17 Annual Report and Policy Update

Recommended – that the updated Corporate Anti Fraud & Corruption Policy be adopted

12.0 Questions

To answer questions received under Council Procedure Rule 6.2.

NB In accordance with the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 6.2.9 there will be amaximum of 30 minutes allowed for questions and answers.

13.0 Notices of Motion

(i) Councillor A J Eade will move the following Motion:
“This Council notes the Labour Administration’s previously stated Co-operative core values of Openness, Honesty Fairness and Respect, which seem to have fallen into disuse, and asks that they be reaffirmed.”

The Motion will be seconded by Councillor N A Dugmore.

Councillor R J Sloan will move the following amendment:

This Council notes the Labour Administration’s previously stated Co-operative core values of Openness, Honesty Fairness and Respect.  This Council now re-affirms these core values

The amendment will be seconded by Councillor A J Burford.

(ii) Councillor C F Smith will move the following Motion:

“This Council notes with grave concern that SaTH are considering the overnight closure of the PRH 24/7 Accident and Emergency Service potentially from September 2017.  We feel that this is yet again another attack on vital services provided at the PRH and appears inconsistent with previously made clinical arguments, including the location of the Women & Children’s Centre on the same site as the 24/7 A&E Unit.

As a result of this new development and previous attempts to move crucial services away from PRH, this Council no longer has confidence in SaTH’s Management Board to deliver safe and sustainable health services.

This Council further calls for health provision to be configured in such a way at the Princess Royal Hospital as to attract the required number and quality of Consultants to facilitate the delivery of a safe and sustainable service.

As our local health services have now reached a crisis point, this Council calls upon the Secretary of State for Health to immediately intervene in this increasingly worrying situation.”