Agenda and minutes

Council
Monday, 13th May, 2019 2.00 pm

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of interests. pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Minutes:

Councillor Smith declared a personal interest in agenda item 10 in respect of Oliver's Mount Racing (19/058) since he rented from the Borough Council land adjacent to Oliver's Mount Road Racing Track and Circuit for grazing of beach donkeys.

 

Councillor Chance declared a personal interest in agenda item 11, Motion in respect of Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 since his wife had a number of properties she let in the Borough and she was also the letting agent for a commercial agency.

 

Councillor Atkinson declared a personal interest in agenda item 11, Motion in respect of Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 since he was joint owner of Scarborough Athletic Football Club and director of MSEL engineering consultancy.

 

Councillors Colling, Mallory, Rich Maw, Sharma, Cross and Riley each declared a personal interest in agenda item 11, Motion in respect of Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 since they were landlords of residential properties in the Borough.

 

 

2.

Apologies for Absence.

Minutes:

See above.

 

 

3.

Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 7 May 2019 to be read or taken as read as the case may be. pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Attached

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 7 May 2019 be taken as read and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

 

 

4.

To consider any announcements by the Chief Executive

Minutes:

There were no announcements.

 

 

5.

Selection of Mayor and Deputy Mayor 2019/20

To consider a verbal report by the Chief Executive

 

Minutes:

Members were advised that a single nomination had been received for the position of Mayor (Councillor Lynskey) and one for the position of Deputy Mayor (Councillor Swiers).  In reply to a question about the Council’s criteria for Mayor and Deputy Mayor nominations, the Chief Executive confirmed the requirement that nominees have served on the Council for at least five years, but this requirement could be waived in particular instances with the approval of full Council.  The Leader proposed that this be made clear when nominations were sought in future.

RESOLVED that Councillor Hazel Lynskey be proposed as Mayor and Councillor Roberta Swiers as Deputy Mayor for 2019/20.

 

 

6.

Leader's Statement on Appointment of Cabinet

Minutes:

The Leader, Councillor Siddons stated that his Cabinet would comprise Councillors Colling and Randerson from the Labour Group and Councillor Jefferson from the Independent Group.  He reiterated that the Executive would be supported by a committee system which would give the opportunity for every councillor to get involved  and fully represent their constituents in the work of the Cabinet.  He added that the new Council would be about getting things done efficiently, and demanded work and commitment from every councillor.  He also wished to ensure that councillors’ travel expenses would be reasonable and proportionate to their job.  Councillor Chatt then addressed the meeting questioning the efficacy of the proposed committee system when it had no powers, and raising concerns how the Council would continue to meet its savings targets (some £1.25m a year) without diminishing its services.  He noted too that it was right to reimburse councillors from more remote rural areas for their travel expenses to attend meetings.  He however wished the Leader well in his enterprise.  Councillor Cross commented how the election result had demonstrated that people wished for a strong independent voice on the Council, and he and his group would work with the new Leader and with the other political groups for the betterment of the Borough.  In reply to Councillor Chatt, the Leader clarified his proposals in respect of expenses inasmuch as he wished to ensure that expenses incurred were for business which directly related to that of the Council.  Further, his proposed committees would have a significant part to play in the work of the Executive.

 

 

7.

Appointment of Chief Executive pdf icon PDF 132 KB

To consider a report by the Chief Executive (reference 19/111) attached

 

Minutes:

The Council considered a report by the Chief Executive (Reference 19/111) in respect of the recruitment and appointment of a new Chief Executive.

RESOLVED that the Council approve the recommendations made by the Appointments Committee in respect of the appointment of the Council’s new Chief Executive.

           To appoint Michael Greene as the Chief Executive (Head of Paid Service) of Scarborough Borough Council.

 

Reasons

To fill the key post of Chief Executive (Head of Paid Service).

 

 

8.

Appointment to Committees 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 153 KB

To consider a report by the Chief Executive (reference 19/115) attached

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered a report by the Chief Executive (Reference 19/115) in respect of the appointments to committees for  2019/20.  The Leader introduced this item and Item 9, proposing that both reports be deferred to an extraordinary meeting of the Council on Thursday, 30 May.  This was because of the high number of new Members on the Council (20) and the lack of clear understanding at this moment of their skills and talents.  The additional time would enable Members to give full consideration to these important roles on committees and outside bodies and to nominate accordingly.  The Mayor accepted this request.  Councillor Cockerill then queried this proposal in light of the requirement in the Constitution that in an election year, the Annual Meeting of the Council be convened within 21 days of the retirement of the outgoing councillors.  The Chief Executive commented that legal advice would be sought on this matter and a reply forwarded to all councillors.  In reply to a further question, the Chief Executive advised that the Annual Meeting had been postponed to 5 June because of councillors’ availability. 

RESOLVED that items 8 and 9 be deferred for consideration at an extraordinary meeting at a date to be confirmed.

 

 

9.

Appointment of Representatives on Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 135 KB

To consider a report by the Chief Executive (reference 19/116) attached

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See minute above.

 

 

10.

Reports on Urgent Decisions in accordance with Access to Information Rule 16.

10a

6 March 2019 - Oliver's Mount Racing (19/058) pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the decision be noted.

 

 

11.

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

11a

Motion in respect of Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 pdf icon PDF 39 KB

Proposer: Cllr Tom Fox

Seconder: Cllr Bill Chatt

 

Minutes:

The Council considered the following motion which was proposed by Councillor Chatt and seconded by Councillor Phillips:

“This Council believes S21 of the Housing Act 1988 is a major cause of homelessness, creating distress, insecurity and housing churn for renters, and therefore supports the Government’s recent decision to abolish no-fault ‘section 21’ evictions and resolves to take part in the Government’s consultation on their plans.”

 

It was agreed that Council Procedure Rules be suspended for this item to enable the motion to be debated.  Councillor Chatt  introduced the motion, noting the damaging impact of no-fault evictions on families and urging the Council to support the Government’s recent decision to abolish no-fault ‘section 21’ evictions and take part in the forthcoming consultation.  Councillor Phillips added her support to the motion, noting the progress the Council had made in recent years to improve the quality of private rented accommodation in the Borough, and the importance of respecting both the interests of tenants and landlords to encourage the latter to continue providing much needed accommodation.  Councillor Carl Maw then proposed the following amended motion:

This Council believes S21 of the Housing Act 1988 and assured shorthold tenancies are primary causes of homelessness, creating distress, insecurity and housing churn for renters, and therefore supports the Government’s recent decision to abolish no-fault ‘section 21’ evictions and resolves to take part in the Government’s consultation on their plans with a view to also ending the use of AST's on residential tenancies where the property is the lessee's primary residence."

In support of his amendments, Councillor Maw referred to the current state of the local housing market: average house prices nearly nine times average salaries, and single parent families unable to buy a new home on a single salary, therefore relying more and more on the private rented sector.  He cited too the growing number of rough sleepers in the UK (4,751 on any given night), that in England alone 57,890 households were accepted as homeless last year, which did not include the numbers of ‘hidden homeless’ who councils did not have a statutory duty to help or who did not come forward for assistance.  Many of these were young people living in B&Bs, squats or sofa surfing.  Social housing had not kept up with such huge demand.  According to the charity Crisis, between 2011 and March 2017 eviction from private tenancies accounted for 78% of the rise in homelessness during that period. There were multiple reasons such as rising rents or welfare changes but the use of section 21 no fault evictions was one of the primary reasons.  He added that the introduction of selective licensing had exposed unscrupulous landlords in the Borough.  Fear of eviction stopped tenants reporting often hazardous issues with the property.  The abolition of section 21 no fault evictions was a step in the right direction but did not put an end to the uncertainty of a six month tenure, and that the terms of the let or rent could  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11a

12.

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

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meetings be received.