Agenda and minutes

Council
Monday, 11th January, 2016 2.00 pm

Venue: Town Hall, Scarborough

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of interests. pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Minutes:

Councillor Mrs Jefferson declared a personal interest in agenda item 6(vi), Towards 2030 - An Era of Opportunity - An Employment and Skills Plan for Scarborough Borough (15/331), in her capacity as President of Scarborough and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce.

 

 

2.

Apologies for Absence.

Minutes:

See above.

 

 

3.

Minutes of the meetings of the Council held on 23 October and 2 November 2015 to be read or taken as read as the case may be. pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meetings held on 23 October and 2 November 2015 be taken as read and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

 

 

4.

To consider any communications received by the Chief Executive.

Minutes:

The Chief Executive advised that no communications had been received.

 

 

5.

Questions (if any) of which notice shall have been given.

Minutes:

The Chief Executive advised that no questions had been received.

 

 

6.

To consider and pass resolutions on the following 'A' items:-

6a

Homelessness Strategy and Review 2015/2020 (15/281) pdf icon PDF 38 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The recommendations in the extract minutes from the Cabinet were proposed by Councillor Derek Bastiman and duly seconded.  Members welcomed the proposed strategy and asked for more information about the Council’s approach to releasing land for affordable housing and how the £1.7m reduction in funding for the North Yorkshire Supporting People programme would impact on the strategy.  In the absence of the Portfolio Holder, Councillor Bastiman undertook to arrange a full written reply whilst confirming that the Council would continue its important work to identify and release land for affordable housing.

RESOLVED that the Council approves a new Homelessness Strategy for the period 2015-20. 

 

Reasons

To ensure that the Council has adequate plans and measures in place to effectively prevent homelessness within the Borough and to meet its legal obligations.

 

 

6b

Corporate Equalities and Diversity Scheme (15/311) pdf icon PDF 40 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The recommendations in the extract minutes from the Cabinet were proposed by Councillor Derek Bastiman and duly seconded.  Councillor Randerson expressed his concern that the recent decision to refer the call-in of the Cabinet decision in respect of car parking charges to the Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee undermined one of the corporate values referred to in the new scheme of ‘conducting business with honesty and integrity.’  The Leader strenuously denied this, maintaining that this committee was the appropriate body to consider the call-in. 

RESOLVED that the Council adopt the Corporate Equalities and Diversity scheme and Action Plan 2015/20.

 

Reasons

The Corporate Equalities and Diversity Scheme has come to an end and a new scheme is required.  This report seeks Members’ approval for the proposed Corporate Equalities and Diversity Scheme and Action Plan for 2015/2020.

 

 

6c

Inspection Report from the Office of Surveillance Commissioners (15/312) pdf icon PDF 39 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The recommendations in the extract minutes from the Cabinet were proposed by Councillor Derek Bastiman and duly seconded.

RESOLVED that the Council:

(i)            note the positive Inspection Report from the Office of Surveillance Commissioners; and

(ii)          adopt the amended RIPA policy and procedure document (set out at Appendix A) into the Council’s policy framework.

 

Reasons

To apprise Members of the Council’s compliance with the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and the outcome of the three yearly routine inspection, and to ensure that the Council’s policy remains appropriate.

 

 

6d

Local Support for Council Tax (LSCT) Scheme 2016/17 (15/340) pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The recommendations in the extract minutes from the Cabinet were proposed by Councillor Derek Bastiman and duly seconded.  Councillor Broadbent objected to the revised scheme, commenting that the proposed changes would impact on those least able to pay.

RESOLVED that the Council adopts the LSCT scheme for 2016/17 in accordance with Schedule 1A Section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (Council Tax Reduction Schemes) with amendments to the current scheme as detailed below:

·                    Amend the maximum Council Tax liability used in the calculation from the current 90% to 87.5%

·                    Restrict Backdating of LSCT to 1 month in line with amendments to changes in the Housing Benefit regulations from 1 April 2016.

·                    Remove the family premium for new claims and new families from 1 May 2016 in line with amendments to changes in the Housing Benefit regulations.

 

Reasons

The Council approved and implemented a one year LSCT scheme for 2015/16 and has to agree and set a scheme for providing support for Council Tax in 2016/17 by 31 January 2016 which means that approval will be sought from full Council on 11 January 2016.

The Welfare Reform/LSCT task group has been working on scheme options and considered the latest budget situation in reaching the recommended scheme.

Resources Scrutiny Committee on 24 November 2015 supported the changes outlined above.

 

 

6e

Revision of the Council's Gambling Policy (15/315) pdf icon PDF 39 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The recommendations in the extract minutes from the Cabinet were proposed by Councillor Derek Bastiman and duly seconded.  Councillor Inman expressed concern that Councillor Nock’s suggestion that measures be put in place to address gambling addiction through the Gambling Policy had been only partially accepted by the Council, in particular that it was impractical for the authority to introduce a Borough-wide self-exclusion scheme.  The Leader noted Councillor Inman’s comments, adding that the Chair of the Licensing Committee and officers were looking into alternative ways of providing support to people with gambling addictions.

RESOLVED that the Council approves the Council’s revised draft Gambling Licensing Policy post public consultation.

 

Reasons

In accordance with the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005 the Licensing Authority is required to publish a statement of policy every successive 3-year period. Following the conclusion of formal public consultation, the Policy has now been revised to cover the next successive 3-year period, i.e. 2016 to 2019.

 

 

6f

Towards 2030 - An Era of Opportunity - An Employment and Skills Plan for Scarborough Borough (15/331) pdf icon PDF 40 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The recommendations in the extract minutes from the Cabinet were proposed by Councillor Derek Bastiman and duly seconded.  Asked to comment on Hull College’s recently announced decision to pull out of the Filey Road campus, Councillor Bastiman expressed his sympathy for those students who now found themselves without a course and assured the meeting that the Council would be doing all it could to address this issue.  In respect of the shortage of local bricklayers to meet demand on the Middle Deepdale development, Councillor Bastiman commented that despite the commendable Skills Village initiative for local people, there were practical limitations in how quickly these local bricklayers could be trained.

RESOLVED that the Council approves the Employment and Skills Plan for adoption as part of the Council’s policy framework and delegates authority to the Director (TW) in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holder to make minor amendments to the Plan as may be necessary for the effective operation of the Plan.

 

Reasons

To provide the Council with an approved strategic framework within which it can develop partnerships across the public, private and third sectors, create joint delivery mechanisms and maximise regeneration funding opportunities to deliver the ongoing regeneration and economic diversification of the Yorkshire coast economy.

 

 

7.

Any reports going direct to Council

7a

Selection of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor 2016/17

To consider a verbal report by the Chief Executive.

Minutes:

The Chief Executive informed the Council that two nominations had been received for the position of Mayor (Councillors Green and Ritchie) and one for the position of Deputy Mayor (Councillor Smith).  A ballot was therefore held for the position of Mayor and Councillor Green received the most votes.

RESOLVED that Councillor Simon Green be proposed as Mayor and Councillor Martin Smith as Deputy Mayor for 2016-17.

 

 

8.

To consider the following motions of which due notice has been given in accordance with Paragraph 12.1 of the Council Procedure Rules:- pdf icon PDF 45 KB

The Living Wage - Notice of Motion for Council

Proposed by Cllr Liz Colling and seconded by Cllr SteveSiddons

 

Minutes:

The Council considered the following motion which was proposed by Councillor Colling and seconded by Councillor Siddons:

'This Council believes that:-

(i) the Living Wage Foundation’s hourly rate of £8.20 should be the minimum rate that we pay our employees 

(ii) The Council should adopt a leadership role to work proactively with our partners, contractors and employers across the Borough to encourage them to also be Living Wage payers

(iii) By paying the Living Wage and encouraging others to do so we can support our Corporate Plan to deliver a prosperous Borough.’ 

It was then moved by Councillor Colling, and duly seconded, that the Council Procedure Rules be suspended for this item to enable the motion to be debated.  On being put to the vote, this motion was lost.  Councillor Colling’s original motion was then put to the vote, and was defeated.

 

 

9.

To receive a statement by the Leader and deal with any questions arising from that statement. pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Minutes:

Before providing his updates on the Sands, Leisure Village and Middle Deepdale, the Leader answered questions about his written statement.  Councillor Bastiman shared Members’ frustration with the appearance of the piazza at the Sands.  Borough Council officers were in dialogue with Yorkshire Water and the County Council about this matter and the Leader would also pursue it at County Hall.  The Leader pledged to work with Ramshill ward councillor and Labour Group Leader, Councillor Siddons in minimising the disruption and inconvenience to local residents during the Leisure Village site development.  In respect of the new cinema at the North Bay, the Leader confirmed that this site would be released for development following completion of other elements of the Sands as per the development agreement.  Councillor Bastiman also confirmed that the Council’s site on Dean Road continued to serve as the Depot, and Assura Properties Ltd still owned the former St Mary’s Hospital site.

 

Turning to the Sands, the Leader advised that the waterpark development continued to make good progress.  The water slide had now been delivered, was being stored in the car park, and would be ready for erection towards the end of the build.  The contractor was expecting to complete works on the waterpark in May 2016 whereupon it would be handed to the operator, Alpamare, who would undertake some fitting out works of their own.  The current anticipated opening date was June/July 2016.  Alpamare had also now begun to recruit staff and as this would continue towards the opening date, the local economy would begin to see the benefits of these new jobs.

 

In respect of the Leisure Village, the Leader reported that sales of the enabling sites to Coventry University, UTC, Lidl, and Gleeson had all now completed and in December the development agreements with Wrenbridge to design and construct the Leisure Village all became unconditional, paving the way for construction to commence on site.  The Council and Wrenbridge subsequently entered into construction contracts with Willmott Dixon and works had now commenced on site.  The first activities being undertaken were the earthworks required to level the site with foundation works to follow.  It was anticipated that the access road to the adjacent Coventry University and UTC would be completed during July 2016 and the Leisure Village completed in May 2017.

 

With regard to Middle Deepdale, the Leader was delighted to inform the meeting that just before the Christmas break the Council signed contracts with Keepmoat to assign the land holding and bring forward this development that comprised:

·         1200 Homes (600 on either side of the Dell)

·         A new school at Overdale

·         A link road between the A64 with the A165

·         £125m worth of development including a loan from the HCA and £2.3m secured funding from the LEP.

·         The Council will also receive a capital land receipt and had made a commitment to a scheme of regeneration for Eastfield and the wider Site.

This massive deal once again reinforced this Council’s commitment to economic growth  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

To receive statements from each of the Cabinet Members and deal with any questions arising from those statements. pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Andrew Backhouse presented his statement as Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Culture, elaborating on the Tour de Yorkshire and Sportive events to take place in the Borough on 1 May, and on the Active Coast and Community initiative aimed at increasing physical activity in disadvantaged wards.  In response to Members’ questions, Councillor Backhouse provided more details of the Considerate Parking Initiative being trialled in the Borough.  The scheme was a collaboration between North Yorkshire Police and Parking Services and involved issuing notices to vehicles parked in a manner that whilst not necessarily illegal, or in contravention of existing Traffic Regulation Orders were potentially causing a nuisance to others.  The scheme provided an opportunity for motorists to understand the consequences of their actions, and to alter their parking habits without the need for enforcement or legal action, although these remained an option in certain circumstances.  In respect of motorhomes parking overnight, both the County Council and Borough Council Legal teams were looking at ways to better regulate this activity.  In respect of the adequacy of parking signage in the Borough generally, Councillor Backhouse assured the meeting that, despite previous legal challenges, all the relevant on street areas in the Borough were appropriately signed and the parking restrictions in these areas were therefore enforceable.

 

In the absence of the Portfolio Holder for Public Health and Housing, the Leader, Councillor Bastiman introduced Councillor Chatt’s statement.  There were no questions.

 

Councillor Cockerill presented his statement as Portfolio Holder for Harbours, Assets, Coast and Flood Protection, confirming that the three independent members of the new Ports Development Group had been appointed, and that the P1 Powerboat races would be returning to the Borough on 14/15 May 2016.  In reply to a query about the independent members on the PDG, Councillor Cockerill commented that he was not yet in a position to disclose their names, but the co-opted members would be subject to the same Code of Conduct as Council Members in respect of the registration and declaration of interests.

 

Councillor Ms Donohue-Moncrieff presented her statement as Portfolio Holder for Democracy, Neighbourhoods, Stronger and Safer Communities, acknowledging officers’ work behind the two successful Coastal Revival Fund bids, and adding Eastside Community Centre, Whitby to the list of successful Community Wellbeing Hub applications. In reply to a query about the figure of 66 as the number of people on the Borough’s Register of Electors who as of 1 December 2015 had not registered under the new system of Individual Electoral Registration and so would be removed, Councillor Ms Donohue-Moncrieff undertook to check the details with Electoral Services, but she could testify to the diligence of officers in keeping this number so low.

 

Councillor Jenkinson presented his statement as Portfolio Holder for Human Resources and Performance.  There were no questions.

 

Councillor Mrs Mallory presented her statement as Portfolio Holder for Finance, Procurement and Legal.  There were no questions.

 

Councillor Plant presented his statement as Portfolio Holder for Strategic Planning and Transformation.  There were no questions.

 

 

11.

To receive Minutes of the Council's Executive and Committees published since Council last met and appended hereto.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes be received.

 

 

12.

Exclusion of the Public

To consider the following motion:-

“that in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (and subject to consideration of the public interest under Paragraph 10 of Part 2 of Schedule 12A of the Act) the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information (as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act), namely information;

(a) relating to any individual;

(b) which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual; and/or

(c) relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)”.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (and subject to consideration of the public interest under Paragraph 10 of Part 2 of Schedule 12A of the Act) the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information (as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act), namely information;

(a) relating to any individual;

(b) which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual; and/or

(c) relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

 

13.

Restricted Minute - 7 September 2015

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the restricted Minute of the meeting held on 7 September 2015 be taken as read and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.