Agenda and minutes

Council (SMDC) - Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 6.30 pm

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

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Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 454 KB

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RESOLVED  -          That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on the 11 October 2017 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



Declarations of interest

1.    Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

2.    Other Interests

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The following declarations were made:-


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Members Declaring Interest

Nature of Interest

Any site specific matters arising relating to the Local Plan.

Cllrs. Hart and Johnson

Disclosable Pecuniary Interest



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

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The Chairman announced that tickets were still available for a tour of The Heath House, Tean & Cream Tea on Wednesday 13 December 2017.  Proceeds would be in aid of the Chairman’s Charity.


The Leader of the Council provided an update with regards to Leek Moorlands Hospital.  A number of meetings had taken place with various stakeholders and the North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group had launched a survey to assess peoples views on local health provision.  The Leader had recently visited Northfield Village in Stafford.  This included extra care facilities, a GP surgery and 59 en-suite rooms for people with dementia.  As this type of development could be a template for services available in the Moorlands a visit would be arranged for members of the Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel to attend shortly.


The Leader also updated members on Age UK’s initiative with regards to requesting Government to urgently review the way older people travel to and from hospital.  The Council subsequently resolved to write to Karen Bradley MP to ask her to campaign for an urgent review of transport services to ensure that hospital transport, particularly for older people, is comfortable, affordable and that it arrives in good time.



Standards Committee - 10 November 2017 - Annual Report 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 273 KB

Recommendation – That the report be noted.

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RESOLVED -            That the report be noted.



Cabinet - 5 December 2017 - Updated Medium Term Financial Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 331 KB

Recommendation -  That Council approves the updated Medium-Term Financial Plan

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RESOLVED -            That the updated Medium-Term Financial Plan be approved.



Constitution Review Working Party - 4 December 2017 - Review of the Composition of the Audit and Accounts and Standards Committees pdf icon PDF 239 KB

Recommendation That the revised composition of the Audit and Accounts Committee and Standards Committee as proposed in paragraph 3.3 of this report be approved.

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The Council considered a report which reviewed and proposed revised arrangements for the composition of the Council’s Audit and Accounts Committee and Standards Committee.  The report had previously been presented to the Council’s Constitution Review Working Party on 4 December 2017.  Following careful consideration the Working Party recommended the proposals that related to the revised composition of the Audit and Regulatory Committee be approved.  However, it was proposed that with regards to the composition of the Standards Committee, to help maintain impartiality, the parish representative positions be retained in addition to the appointment of two further District Council members.


RESOLVED -           That the revised composition of the Audit and Accounts Committee and Standards Committee as detailed in paragraph 3.3 of the report be approved, subject to the retention of two parish representatives on the Standards Committee.



Parliamentary Boundary Review pdf icon PDF 283 KB

Recommendation -To authorise officers to submit a response to the consultation exercise on behalf of the Council in support of the revised proposals. 


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RESOLVED:             That officers be authorised to submit a response to the consultation exercise on behalf of the Council in support of the revised proposals. 




Review of Dispensation

To review, in accordance with Section 85 of the Local Government Act 1972, the approval of a dispensation to Councillor D. Trigger from attending meetings of the Council and its constituent bodies due to his ongoing treatment for a medical condition until the next meeting of the Council when the situation will be reviewed.


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RESOLVED -           That, in accordance with Section 85 of the Local Government Act 1972, Councillor D. Trigger be granted a dispensation from attending meetings of the Council and its constituent bodies due to his ongoing treatment for a medical condition until the next meeting of the Council when the situation would be reviewed.


Notices of Motion in accordance with Procedure Rule No. 8, if any. pdf icon PDF 98 KB

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Councillor K. Jackson – Post-Brexit Regional Policy


NM:   Since Britain joined the European Union, Structural Funds have co-financed a vast range of initiatives to promote economic growth, particularly in older industrial areas. With Brexit, that source of funding will disappear. This Council therefore welcomes the UK Government’s commitment to establishing a UK Shared Prosperity Fund as a potential source of new funding.


However, several issues are unresolved that could play a pivotal role in delivering growth and jobs in the places that need this the most. The Industrial Communities Alliance has proposed that:


-       The Shared Prosperity Fund’s budget should be set at a level that not only compensates for the loss of EU funding (£1.5bn a year) but also provides additional resources to match the scale of the challenge to deliver growth and prosperity across Britain.


-       The Fund should focus on narrowing local and regional differences in economic well-being.


-       Local authorities should have a strong hand in the management of the new Fund. Local authorities are most closely attuned to local needs and should take the key decisions about spending priorities.


This Council agrees to write to the Chancellor, and Secretaries of State for Business and Communities, with copies to local MPs, calling on the UK Government to incorporate these proposals into the structure of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.”


As an amendment it was proposed and seconded that the following be added to the motion “that the new fund be structured in ways that delivers support more efficiently, with more flexibility and with more local authority control” and that the motion be forwarded to the Local Government Association.


On being put to the vote, the motion, as amendedwas declared carried.


RESOLVED  -          That the proposals set out by the Industrial Communities Alliance be supported and actioned in the terms detailed above.



To answer questions asked under Procedure Rule No. 10, if any. pdf icon PDF 156 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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Question to Councillor Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Communities, Leisure, Parks, Sport, Countryside and Housing received from Councillor Pearce:


“This year Checkley Parish Council working closely with Staffordshire Moorlands District Council have brought a project together in Upper Tean for a substantial play area on the Wentlows Recreation Ground. This is shown in today's Council report of a sum of around £47,000. Working together with the support of grant funding from outside bodies we in Checkley Parish have been able to provide for the community something that has been aspired to for many a year. My question is could our efforts at Checkley Parish be an inspiration or template for other Councils, be it Town or Parish to bring forward better funded and potentially larger community projects.”




 “It was a pleasure and a privilege for me to be able to attend, along with our Chairman and other councillors, the opening of The Wentlows play area. I hope that the local children have many years of enjoyment there.


This council is always prepared to assist town and parish councils in projects of this kind. We can help by offering advice on accessing funding, technical advice, administrative support and, sometimes, direct match funding, depending of course on the limits of our resources. Indeed, our officers treat such matters as routine and we have a good record of helping with them in the past.


We are currently assisting with projects in Biddulph Moor and Cheadle and hope to see these successfully concluded in the near future.”



To consider any political group appointments or changes to membership, if any. pdf icon PDF 6 KB

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RESOLVED:            That the following amendments to committee membership be noted:


Licensing and Regulatory Committee

Add:          Councillor I. Lawson


Resources Overview and Scrutiny Panel:

Delete:       Councillor S. Scalise

Add:          Councillor B. Johnson


Audit and Accounts Committee:

Add:          Councillor B. Johnson

Add:          Councillor E. Fallows


Standards Committee:

Add:          Councillor I. Herdman

Add:          Councillor J. Jones