Agenda and minutes

Council (SMDC) - Thursday, 28th February, 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: The Council Chamber, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek. View directions

Contact: Linden Vernon 01538 395613  Email: linden.vernon@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk

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Prayers were offered by Reverend Dr Phil Locket.

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47.

Former Chief Executive - Tony Law

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The Council observed a minutes silence in memory of Tony Law, a former Chief Executive of the Authority, who had recently passed away.

48.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 102 KB

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RESOLVED -             That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 5 December 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

49.

Declarations of interest

1.    Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

2.    Other Interests

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The following declarations were made:-

 

Agenda Item

Member Declaring

Interest

Nature of Interest

Matters relating to the CCG consultation

Cllrs. P. Wood and Riley

Other Interest – family members employed by NHS

Matters relating to Council Tax

Cllr. Lockett

Other – dispute on property currently co-owned with regards to Council Tax

General - Matters relating to Licensing

Cllrs. Wain, Deaville and P. Wilkinson

Other – anything related to licensing.

 

50.

Chairman's or Leader's announcements and correspondence, if any.

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On–Street Parking Charges

 

The Leader of the Council referred to the County Council’s intention to introduce on-street parking charges in the Staffordshire Moorlands.  Given the level of interest in the issue the Chairman agreed to the consideration of this item. Councillors raised their concerns with regards to the adverse effect such charges would have on the economic growth of towns, impact on traders and the risk that the approach may result in vehicles being parked on unsuitable streets in order to avoid charges.  Councillors acknowledged that whilst there may be a need to introduce such charges elsewhere within Staffordshire there should not be a one-size-fits-all approach applied in the implementation of the On-Street Parking Strategy.

 

Councillors unanimously requested that the deliberations of the Authority be forwarded to the County Council. 

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the concerns of the Council with regards to the implementation of On-Street Parking Charges be forwarded to Staffordshire County Council.

 

Retiring Members

 

Group Leader’s announced that a number of councillors would not be seeking re-election at the forthcoming elections and paid tribute to their long service and contribution to the Council.

 

51.

Report of the Standards Committee Hearings Panel. pdf icon PDF 62 KB

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RESOLVED:

 

That the findings of the report be noted.

52.

To consider and debate any recommendations from the Cabinet, Overview and Scrutiny Panels and Committees, if any.

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53.

Audit and Accounts Committee - 8 February 2019 - Treasury Management Update pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Recommendation -  That the current treasury management position as at 31 December 2018 be noted.

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RESOLVED:

 

That the treasury management position as at 31st December 2018 be noted.

 

54.

Audit and Accounts Committee - 8 February 2019 - 2019/20 Treasury Management Strategy pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Recommendation -  That the Annual Treasury Management Strategy Statement (TMSS) 2019/20 be approved.

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That the Annual Treasury Management Strategy Statement (TMSS) 2019/20 be approved.

 

55.

Cabinet - 12 February 2019 - 2019/20 Budget & Medium Term Financial Plan 2019/20 to 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Recommendation -  That the 2019/20 Budget & Medium Term Financial Plan 2019/20 to 2022/23 as set out in the report be approved.

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In accordance with the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England)(Amendment) Regulations 2014, councillors voted as follows:

 

Those voting FOR:

 

Councillors Banks, Bowen, Cawley, Davies, Deaville, Ellis, Emery, Fallows, Flunder, Forrester, Gledhill, Hall, Harrison, Hart, Hawkins, Heath, Herdman, Hughes, K. Jackson, P Jackson, Jebb, Johnson, Jones, Lawson, Lea, M.A. Lovatt, Lucas, McNicol, Ogden, Pearce, Podmore, Price, Ralphs, Riley, Roberts, Scalise, Shaw, Sheldon, Trigger, Wain, Ward, C, Wood and Worthington. (43)

 

Those voting AGAINST:

 

Councillor Alcock (1)

 

ABSTENTIONS:

 

Councillors Bull, Malyon, P. Wilkinson and P. Wood (4)

 

RESOLVED:

 

·         That the General Fund Budget for 2019/20 as detailed in Appendix A (section 8) be approved

 

·         That the revised Medium-Term Financial Plan (2019/20 to 2022/23) as detailed in Appendix A, including the revised Capital Programme (attached at Annex A) be approved

 

·         That the Capital Strategy 2019/20 as set out in Appendix B be approved

 

·         That the proposed Fees and Charges for 2019/20 as detailed in Appendix C be approved

 

·         That the proposed Procurement Forward Plan for 2019/20, providing the authority to procure based on procurement activity detailed in Appendix D be approved

 

·         That a Band D Council Tax of £150.54 for 2019/20 (an increase of 2.9% from 2018/19) be approved

 

·         That a Band D Council Tax of £51.93 for Leek and £10.44 for Biddulph for 2019/20 (an increase of 2.9% from 2018/19) in respect of Special District Expenses be approved

 

·         That the Chief Finance Officer's view that the level of reserves are adequate for the Council based on this budget and the circumstances in place at the time of preparing it (Appendix A section 7) be noted

 

The Leader of the Council thanked Council officers for their work in the production of the budget.

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Setting the Council Tax pdf icon PDF 155 KB

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RESOLVED:

 

That the following amounts be now calculated by the Council in accordance with Sections 31A and 31B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011):

 

(a)     £31,685,984      being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A (2) of the Act. (Gross Expenditure on General Fund Services, Special District Expenses and Parish Precepts)

 

(b)     £25,026,050      being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A (3) of the Act. (Gross Income including External Financing and the Use of Reserves)

 

(c)     £6,659,934        being the amount by which the aggregate at (a) above exceeds the aggregate at (b) above calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31A (4) of the Act as its Council Tax requirement for the year (Amount to be Funded from Council Tax)

 

(d)     £201.28              being the amount at (c) above divided by the tax base, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31 (B) of the Act, as the basic amount of its Council Tax for the year. (Average Local Council Tax)

 

(e)     Appendix B       being Council Tax for the SMDC District divided by the tax base plus the Parish Precept and any amounts of special items relating to dwellings in those parts of the Council’s area divided the local tax base. (Band D Charges for each Parish)

 

(f)      Appendix C       being the amounts given by multiplying the amount at (e) above by the number which, in the proportion applicable to dwellings listed in a particular valuation band divided by the number which in that proportion is applicable to dwellings listed in valuation band D, calculated by the Council as the amounts to be taken into account for the year in respect of categories of dwellings listed in different valuation bands (Charges for all Bands)

 

(g)        Appendix D      being the aggregate of the local charges in (f) above and the amounts levied by major precepting authorities. (Total Council Tax charge for each Band in each Parish)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX B

 

Local Council Tax at Band D – 2019/20

 

Parish

£

Alstonefield

200.13

Alton

180.79

Bagnall

173.62

Biddulph

216.23

Blore

170.05

Bradnop

161.90

Brown Edge

177.04

Butterton

198.78

Caverswall

172.11

Cheadle

223.27

Checkley

191.10

Cheddleton

182.01

Consall

168.57

Cotton

203.17

Dilhorne

172.85

Draycott

177.15

Endon

172.85

Farley

184.72

Fawfieldhead

194.93

Forsbrook

175.63

Grindon

178.20

Heathylee

161.57

Heaton

163.20

Hollinsclough

160.85

Horton

165.91

Ilam

169.14

Ipstones

191.04

Kingsley

188.16

Leek

225.71

Leekfrith

160.54

Longnor

195.80

Longsdon

166.67

Oakamoor

178.00

Onecote

180.43

Quarnford

171.59

Rushton

164.77

Sheen

162.50

Tittesworth

170.54

Warslow

192.79

Waterhouses

192.30

Werrington

190.08

Wetton

189.67

Whiston

182.55

 

 

APPENDIX C

Local Council Tax All Bands – 2019/20

 

Parish

BAND A

BAND B

BAND C

BAND D

BAND E

BAND F

BAND G

BAND H

 

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

Alstonefield

133.42

155.66

177.89

200.13

244.60

289.08

333.55

400.26

Alton

120.53

140.62

160.70

180.79

220.96

261.14

301.32

361.58

Bagnall

115.75

135.04

154.33

173.62

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57.

Pay Policy Statement 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 69 KB

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RESOLVED:

 

That the Pay Policy Statement for 2019/2020 be approved.

58.

To answer questions asked under Procedure Rule No. 10, if any. pdf icon PDF 62 KB

(At least two clear days notice required, in writing, to the Proper Officer in accordance with Procedure Rule 11.3.)

 

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1.    Question to the Leader of the Council received from Councillor Cawley:

 

“Does the Leader of the Council agree with the North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s preferred option- Option 6- which closes care beds at Leek Hospital as published in the  CCG consultation document “ Have Your Say”?

 

Response:

 

The Leader stated that she was very pleased with the CCG proposals with regards to an increase services and clinics.  However, questions remained about the provision of beds and what the costs would be for nursing home/care home provision. It was important that beds be made available in the moorlands so people are near to their home.  In response to supplementary questions the Leader agreed that more evidence and clarification was required with regards to the demand for services in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

 

2.    Question to the Portfolio Holder for the Environment received from Councillor Lockett:

 

“I would like to ask what measure’s the Council is doing on the epidemic we have in Leek on dog fouling.”

 

Response:

 

“There is no evidence that there an epidemic of dog fouling in Leek. We often find a peak in fouling in the darker nights between December and March but information from our Street Scene Team suggests that the levels of fouling are no worse than in previous years with some signs that this year’s figures will show an improvement.

 

All sweeping schedules have recently been reviewed and are fit for purpose. The Street Scene Team know the problem areas and they receive additional cleansing.

 

The Council provides bins in which dog owners can dispose of their waste. This is supported by appropriate signage.

 

The Council also employs an Environmental Crime Officer to carry out patrols in the area. In the last year the Council issued 56 Fixed Penalty Notices and issued a formal prosecution in respect of environmental crime in the district, including 3 FPNs specifically in relation to dog fouling.

 

It should be recognised that it is the responsibility of dog owners to pick up after their dog. Members of the public can help by reporting dog fouling to the Council and we will take swift action to remove any dog waste.”

 

In response to supplementary questions the Portfolio Holder stated that there was no evidence of any increase in dog fouling and that the Council is aware of “hot spot” areas.

 

3.    Question to the Portfolio Holder for Planning, Development and Property received from Councillor Lockett:

 

“Why are shop tenants able to put whatever they like on shop’s front’s when Derby Street is a Conservation Area. This Council should be more pro-active  to remove unacceptable frontage that is not complying with planning regulations. Leek is unique with Listed Building’s and it been dedicated a Conservation Area and should be respected.”

 

Response:

 

“Some signage and shop front alterations can be carried out without the need to apply for planning permission or advertisement consent and therefore it is not possible for the Council to control all changes to signage and shop fronts. Other  ...  view the full minutes text for item 58.

59.

To consider any political group appointments or changes to membership, if any. pdf icon PDF 18 KB

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RESOLVED:

 

That the revised committee allocations be approved.

60.

Exclusion of the Press and Public:

The Chairman to move:-

 

“That, pursuant to Section 100A(2) and (4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings whereby it is likely that confidential information as defined in Section 100A (3) of the Act would be disclosed to the public in breach of the obligation of confidence or exempt information as defined in Section 100 I (1) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act would be disclosed to the public by virtue of the Paragraphs indicated.”

 

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RESOLVED  -  That, pursuant to Section 100A(2) and (4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings whereby it is likely that confidential information as defined in Section 100A (3) of the Act would be disclosed to the public in breach of the obligation of confidence or exempt information as defined in Section 100 I (1)  of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act would be disclosed to the public by virtue of the Paragraphs indicated.

 

61.

Exempt Minutes of the previous meeting

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The exempt minutes of the Meeting held on 5 December 2018 were approved and signed by the Chairman.

 

62.

To answer questions asked under Procedure Rule No. 10.

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A reply was provided for a question relating to information released outside of the Authority.