Agenda and minutes

Council (SMDC) - Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Moorlands House, Leek

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

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40.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 119 KB

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RESOLVED  -          That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 7 December 2016 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

41.

Declarations of interest

1.    Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

2.    Other Interests

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Minutes:

The following declarations of interest were made:

 

Agenda Item

Members Declaring Interest

Nature of Interest

Any site specific matters arising relating to the Local Plan

Cllr. Hart

Disclosable Pecuniary Interest – beneficial interest in land in Biddulph area

Any site specific matters arising relating to the Local Plan

Cllr. Johnson

Disclosable Pecuniary Interest – beneficial Interest in land in Leek area

Item 9 – Setting the Council Tax

Cllr Jebb and Roberts

Other Interest – Staffordshire County Council Pension

Any matters relating to licensing

Cllrs Deaville and Wain

Disclosable Pecuniary Interest - Current Licensees

 

Item 12 - Questions asked under Procedure Rule No. 10

 

Cllr P. Wood

Other Interest – Daughter employed as a nurse at Leek Moorlands Hospital

 

41a

Cabinet - 14 February 2016 - 2017/18 Budget & Updated Medium Term Financial Plan 2017/18 to 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Recommendation - That the Council approves the 2017/18 Budget & Updated Medium Term Financial Plan 2017/18 to 2020/21 as set out in the report.

 

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Councillors considered the proposed Budget for 2017/18, updated Medium-Term Financial Plan 2017/18 – 2020/21 and proposed Fees and Charges for 2017/18.

 

It was PROPOSED and SECONDED that the Budget Strategy and Medium-Term Financial Plan be APPROVED.

 

As an AMENDMENT, it was PROPOSED and SECONDED that a one hour car park charge be introduced for the car park in Biddulph to achieve uniformity across the Staffordshire Moorlands.

 

            In accordance with the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 the decision of the Council for this item was recorded by a named vote.  Councillors voted on the recommendations, as amended, as follows:

 

Those voting FOR:

 

            Councillors Atkins, Bull, Gledhill, K. Jackson, Jebb, M.M. Lovatt, M.A. Lovatt and P. Wood (8)

 

Those voting AGAINST:

 

            Councillors Banks, Davies, Deaville, Done, Ellis, Emery, Fallows, Flunder, Forrester, Grocott, Hall, Harrison, Hart, Hawkins, Heath, Herdman, Hughes, P. Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Lawson, Lea, Lockett, Lucas, McNicol, Ogden, Pearce, Ralphs, Riley, Roberts, Scalise, Shaw, Sheldon, Trigger, Wain, Ward and Worthington.(37)

 

The AMENDMENT was declared LOST.

 

Councillors then voted as follows on the ORIGINAL PROPOSAL.

 

Those voting FOR:

 

Councillors Banks, Bull, Davies, Deaville, Done, Ellis, Emery, Fallows, Flunder, Forrester, Grocott, Hall, Harrison, Hart, Hawkins, Heath, Herdman, Hughes, P. Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Lawson, Lea, Lockett, McNicol, Ogden, Pearce, Ralphs, Riley, Roberts, Scalise, Shaw, Sheldon, Trigger, Wain, Ward and Worthington.(37)

 

Those voting AGAINST:

 

Councillor Lucas (1)

 

 

 

            ABSTENTIONS:

 

Councillors Atkins, Gledhill, K. Jackson, Jebb, M.M. Lovatt,

M.A. Lovatt and P. Wood.(7)

 

The PROPOSAL was declared CARRIED.

 

RESOLVED -         (a)     That the General Fund Budget for 2017/18 as detailed in Appendix A (section 8) of the report be approved.

 

(b)       That the revised Medium-Term Financial Plan (2017/18 to 2020/21) as detailed in Appendix A, including the revised Capital Programme (attached at Annex A) of the report be approved.

 

(c)       That the proposed Efficiency & Rationalisation Strategy for 2017/18 – 2020/21 as detailed in Appendix B of the report be approved.

 

(d)       That the proposed Fees and Charges for 2017/18 as detailed in Appendix C of the report be approved.

 

(e)       That a Band D Council Tax of £142.18 for 2017/18 (an increase of 1.9% from 2016/17) be approved.

 

(f)        That a Band D Council Tax of £49.05 for Leek and £9.86 for Biddulph for 2016/17 (an increase of 1.9% from 2016/17) in respect of Special District Expenses be approved.

 

(g)       That the Chief Finance Officer's view that the level of reserves is 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.

 

42.

Audit and Accounts Committee - 17 February 2017 - Appointment of External Auditors – Public Sector Audit Appointments Opt-in pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Recommendation - That the Authority opts in to the appointing person arrangements made by Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA) for the appointment of external auditors.

 

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RESOLVED -            That the Authority opts in to the appointing person arrangements made by Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA) for the appointment of external auditors.

43.

Audit and Accounts Committee - 17 February 2017 - Treasury Management - Update Report pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Recommendation - That the Council notes the current treasury management position as at31st December 2016.

 

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RESOLVED -            That the treasury management position as at 31stDecember 2016 be noted.

 

43a

Audit and Accounts Committee - 17 February 2017 - Treasury Management Strategy Statement (TMSS) 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 257 KB

Recommendation - That the Council approves the Annual Treasury Management Strategy Statement (TMSS) 2017/18.

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RESOLVED -           That the Annual Treasury Management Strategy Statement (TMSS) 2017/18 be approved.

 

44.

Setting the Council Tax pdf icon PDF 154 KB

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RESOLVED  -  That proposals for setting the Council Tax for 2017/18 as set out as an annex to these Minutes be approved and adopted.

 

45.

Pay Policy Statement 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 69 KB

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RESOLVED -           That the Pay Policy Statement for 2017/2018 be approved.

 

46.

To answer questions asked under Procedure Rule No. 10, if any. pdf icon PDF 109 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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(a)          Question to the Leader of the Council received from Councillor Margaret Lovatt:

 

Q:        “After the failure to secure funding for the regeneration of the Listed London Mill, what plans do the Council have to move this project forward?”

 

A:        “We were successful in securing £800,000 of Local Growth Fund money from Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership for the project. Unfortunately the additional bid we made from the European Regional Development Funds for the additional project costs was unsuccessful due to the changes in the funding criteria that was introduced in the past few months. The Council continues to work with the owner to explore the options for developing the Mill and we are pursuing the wider plans we have for the Leek Mill Quarter; for example, we have been in discussion regarding the redevelopment of Portland Mill. In addition we are keen to improve the investment profile of Staffordshire Moorlands and that is why the Council is playing a prominent role in the development of the Northern Gateway Development Zone. The NGDZ will be presenting the development opportunities at MIPIM, an international property conference, next month. This is the first time that development opportunities in Staffordshire Moorlands have been promoted on an international stage.”

 

In response to supplementary questions the Leader of the Council explained that she would like to retain the £800,000 of Local Growth Fund money to achieve the aim of renovating the mill.

 

(b)       Question to the Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Sport, Parks, Countryside and Housing received from Councillor Margaret Lovatt:

 

Q:        “Since the disappointing failure of the Heritage Lottery bid for Brough Park, what are the Council’s plans for the improvement of the children’s play area which is in desperate need of upgrading?”

 

A:        “We are meeting with colleagues from the HLF in early April to get feedback on our bid and find out what we might be able to do differently should we submit a revised application. We are also looking at what other sources of matched funding may be available and I remain hopeful we will be able to draw down funding for the park, and play area, which are so important to the people of Leek.”

 

In response to supplementary questions the Portfolio Holder stated that alternative approaches (e.g. partnership working and use of Section 106 monies etc.) were being considered to ensure the improvement of facilities in the park.

 

(c)       Question to the Leader of the Council received from Councillor Gledhill:

 

Q:        “The decision by Waitrose to close the Leek store is an unexpected blow to the regeneration of the town. What does the Council propose to do either to persuade Waitrose to think again or to attract new business to occupy this flagship site?”

 

A:        “The Council is in contact with Waitrose at a local and national level and Cllr Ralphs has requested an urgent meeting to discuss their plans. One of our main priorities is to secure a future for the Post Office within the store and we  ...  view the full minutes text for item 46.