Agenda and minutes

Council (HPBC) - Tuesday, 14th December, 2021 7.15 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting


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Arrangements for the Council Meeting


The Mayor confirmed that the Council meeting was taking place online in a deliberative manner and any formal decisions, reflecting the views of the Council, would then be formally made by the Council’s  Chief Executive (or in his absence the Executive Director and Monitoring Officer) using emergency powers within the Council’s constitution.


Councillor Keith Savage


Councillors paid tribute to and observed a minute’s silence in memory of Councillor Keith Savage who had passed away on 4 December 2021.


To receive Disclosures of Interest on any matter before the Council

i) Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

ii) Other Interests



There were no declarations made.


To approve the minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 313 KB


It was moved by Councillor Anthony McKeown and seconded by Councillor Greenhalgh that the minutes of the meeting held on 12 October 2021 be approved as a correct record.


The motion was carried and the Mayor was authorised to sign the minutes.



Mayor's announcements


The Mayor expressed his thanks for the support for his recent Charity Ball which raised over £3,500.


Questions of which notice has been given pdf icon PDF 184 KB


1.       Councillor Haken submitted the following question for the Leader of the Council:


The Prime Minister announced on the 22/11/2021 that the Government intends to oblige house builders and developers to include electric vehicle charging points at all new built homes from 2022.


Will High Peak Borough Council be insisting that all developers of new homes and buildings within the High Peak install complete and plug in ready charging points at each new property from 2022 and that this is included in all affordable homes being built.


In response to a supplementary question the Leader of the Council and the Deputy Leader of the Council stated that there were currently 2/3 charge points in place at Glossop Municipal Buildings and that further charging points would be subject to review and funding opportunities.


Response from Councillor Anthony McKeown, Leader of the Council


“The detail of the proposals announced by the Prime Minister has yet to be published. 


However, officers advise it appears that this requirement will be brought in under the Building Regulations.


Through its building regulations service provider Derbyshire Building Control Partnership, the Council will ensure compliance with any new regulations as and when they come into force.


Once the details of the Prime Ministers proposals are published, we will update members on any further changes required.”



2.       Councillor Farrell submitted the following question for the Leader of the Council:


“Carbon emissions from buildings are the highest over which the Council has any direct control. However, we have been told that until the Local Plan is revised the Council cannot enforce energy efficiency standards on developers. Therefore please could we have an update on progress on review of the Local Plan and a timetable for its review and revision.”


Response from Councillor Anthony McKeown, Leader of the Council


"On 1 April 2021, the Executive agreed on the initial stages of the Local Plan review process - this included establishing a Local Plan Steering Group. 


At the group's first meeting, members were advised that the first phase of the review would be to gather evidence to update the evidence base before initial scrutiny of the information by the group and the timetable for this work. This would inform further consideration of the next steps of the process by the Executive by Spring 2022. The timetable for subsequent stages of the review will be set out further at the time. 


Progress is currently being made with key strands of the evidence. This includes the development of guidance to address climate change and a renewable energy study which are both being taken forward in partnership with authorities across Derbyshire through the Vision Derbyshire initiative. The study is due for completion by the end of March 2022."



3.       Councillor Collins submitted the following question for the Leader of the Council:


“Members of the climate change committee were told that High Peak would need to reduce its emissions by 15.8% a year to reach its target of Net Zero by 2030. We  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22/26


To approve the recommendations from the Audit and Regulatory Committee pdf icon PDF 98 KB


Nomination for Mayor 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 114 KB


It was moved by Councillor Thrane  and seconded by Councillor Cross that the Labour Group be invited to make a nomination for the appointment of Mayor of the Borough and Chairman of the Council for the municipal year 2022/23.


When put to the meeting, it was RESOLVED accordingly.



National Scheme for Auditor Appointments pdf icon PDF 528 KB


It was moved by Councillor Thrane and seconded by Councillor Cross that Council accepts the Public Sector Audit Appointments’ invitation to opt into the sector-led option for the appointment of external auditors to principal local government bodies for five financial years from 1 April 2023.


When put to the meeting, it was RESOLVED accordingly.



Notice of Motion


Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles pdf icon PDF 176 KB



The Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards 2020 recommend that licensing authorities keep under review any local justification for the introduction of CCTV in Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles. This Council’s 2016 policy contains, in Appendix L, the provision for the Council to introduce CCTV as a requirement.


The Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire had called upon all Derbyshire Councils to make camera installation a condition of licensing in order to better protect women and the vulnerable. An increasing number of councils, regardless of political persuasion, had mandated that all taxis and private hire vehicles they license be fitted with CCTV cameras.


It was proposed by Councillor Ashton and seconded by Councillor Kemp the the Council resolves to carry out a consultation with residents and stakeholders on the use of CCTV in licensed Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles between 1st March and 31st May 2022; the results of the consultation to be considered by Council in September/October 2022.


Councillors discussed a number of issues such as the limited public transport in the Borough, the vital role that taxis perform in the area, potential grant support for taxi operators/drivers, suggested systems, timescales for implementation and cross county working.  Concerns were raised with regards to the use of CCTV, data protection, responsibility for data collection/monitoring and resource implications.


When put to the meeting, it was RESOLVED accordingly.