Agenda and minutes

Council (SMDC) - Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Moorlands House, Leek

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

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20.

Minutes of the previous meeting

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20a

Annual Council 16 May 2019 pdf icon PDF 186 KB

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 16 May 2019 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

 

21.

Declarations of interest

1.    Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

2.    Other Interests

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Minutes:

The following declarations were made:-

 

Agenda Item

Member Declaring

Interest

Nature of Interest

General – any matters arising relating to the Local Plan

Cllr. Hart

Disclosable Pecuniary Interest – any matters relating to site specifics residential in Biddulph

General – any matters arising relating to the Local Plan

Cllr. Hart

Disclosable Pecuniary Interest – any matters relating to site specifics residential in Leek

 

22.

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

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Minutes:

The Chairman announced that his Civic Service would take place at St Peter’s Church and the Community Library in Blythe Bridge on 20 July and that a charity shoot would take place on 7 September 2019.

23.

Notices of Motion in accordance with Procedure Rule No. 8.

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23a

Councillor M. Gledhill - Climate Emergency

That this Council declare a Climate Emergency as many councils have already done all over the UK and will undertake to:

 

1.   Start working with partners across the district and region towards making The Staffordshire Moorlands carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account emissions from both production and consumption. 

2.   Call on The Government to provide guidance, powers and resources to make carbon neutrality possible by writing to local MPs and all relevant government departments. 

3.   Develop a Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience Plan through a cross party working group with officer support and with a brief to draw on wider expertise to assist with investigative work, establishment of priorities, drafting of the plan and delivery.

4.   Ensure that all Council Bodies and Scrutiny Panels consider the impact of climate change and the environment when making decisions and reviewing Council policies and strategies.

5.   Review progress made on an annual basis via Scrutiny and Full Council.

 

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Minutes:

NM:     "That this Council declare a Climate Emergency as many councils have already done all over the UK and will undertake to:

 

1.   Start working with partners across the district and region towards making The Staffordshire Moorlands carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account emissions from both production and consumption. 

2.   Call on The Government to provide guidance, powers and resources to make carbon neutrality possible by writing to local MPs and all relevant government departments. 

3.   Develop a Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience Plan through a cross party working group with officer support and with a brief to draw on wider expertise to assist with investigative work, establishment of priorities, drafting of the plan and delivery.

4.   Ensure that all Council Bodies and Scrutiny Panels consider the impact of climate change and the environment when making decisions and reviewing Council policies and strategies.

5.   Review progress made on an annual basis via Scrutiny and Full Council.”

 

As an AMENDMENT it was PROPOSED and SECONDED that the Council requests that the Chair of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Panel establishes a sub committee to undertake detailed research into the effects of climate change in the District, to include consideration of all relevant data and monitoring information available, and to involve evidence from relevant stakeholders, with a view to recommending to the Council an effective, achievable and costed plan of actions to address climate change within the Staffordshire Moorlands.

 

On being put to the vote, the AMENDMENT was declared CARRIED.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That this Council declare a Climate Emergency as many councils have already done all over the UK and will undertake to:

 

1.    Start working with partners across the district and region towards making The Staffordshire Moorlands carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account emissions from both production and consumption.

 

2.    Call on The Government to provide guidance, powers and resources to make carbon neutrality possible by writing to local MPs and all relevant government departments.

 

3.    Requests that the Chair of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Panel establishes a sub committee to undertake detailed research into the effects of climate change in the District, to include consideration of all relevant data and monitoring information available, and to involve evidence from relevant stakeholders, with a view to recommending to the Council an effective, achievable and costed plan of actions to address climate change within the Staffordshire Moorlands.

 

4.    Ensure that all Council Bodies and Scrutiny Panels consider the impact of climate change and the environment when making decisions and reviewing Council policies and strategies.

 

5.    Review progress made on an annual basis via Scrutiny and Full Council.

24.

To answer questions asked under Procedure Rule No. 10, if any. pdf icon PDF 64 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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Minutes:

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

 

“What representation has the SMDC made to Staffordshire County Council about the state of the roads in Leek?”

 

Response:

 

As the County Council is the Highway Authority it was not the job of this Authority other than to pass on the concerns of residents that have been raised.  Such concerns are usually conveyed by the relevant County Councillor.

 

In response to supplementary questions the Leader of the Council stated that she had made representations to the County Council with regards to London Road in Leek and that they have taken on board the issues at the Nicholson War Memorial which have been added to their work schedule.

 

2.    Question to the Leader of the Council received from Councillor Atkins:

 

“Has the SMDC prevented County Council Highways’ officers from replacing the tree planted in the Derby Street planter opposite Bath Street in Leek with a lower level shrub to uncover the directional road traffic sign which is obscured when the tree is in leaf?”

 

Response:

 

A new tree will be planted so that it does not obscure the sign.

 

In response to a supplementary questions it was reported that arrangements had been made for the tree to be planted.

 

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

 

“Depending on what area you represent why does this council adopt different policies when determining planning applications especially when using the shortfall in houses in the “tilted balance”.”

 

Response:

 

It is a fundamental planning principle that each case must be judged on its own individual merits. The Council has different planning policies which it applies in towns, large villages, small villages and the open countryside. These are set out in the Core Strategy. However, as we do not have a 5 year supply of housing land those policies are not up to date and applications are considered in the light of the “tilted balance”. This applies everywhere in the District. The location of the site makes no difference. The policies are applied in the same way. It is the specifics of the site itself (regardless of location) which determines whether planning permission is granted and whether development of that particular site would result in substantial and demonstrable harm which would outweigh the benefits. If no harm is identified an application will be approved wherever it is in the District.  Equally if substantial and demonstrable harm is found it will be refused.

 

In response to supplementary questions it was reported that specific aspects of individual applications were assessed in accordance with the tilted balance principle that applies across the Staffordshire Moorlands.  The development plan used was the National Planning Policy Framework, not other policies referred to. The senior planning officer should be contacted with regards to specific planning applications.

 

4.    Question to the Portfolio Holder for Customer Services received from Councillor Brady:

 

“According to a report by consumer magazine Which? from January, which looks at broadband  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.

25.

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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Minutes:

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.

 

26.

Cabinet - 18 June 2019 - Ascent - Review of Business Plan / Delivery Model

Minutes:

The Council approved proposals for a change in the service delivery model for Ascent LLP that had been considered by Cabinet on 18 June 2019 which included the provision of a loan by the Council.