Agenda and minutes

Venue: Court Room, Guildhall

Contact: Claire Chaplin, Democratic and Civic Services Manager - Tel: 01905 722005 

Items
No. Item

30.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Stalker and from David Blake, Managing Director.

31.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

The following Declarations of Interest were made:

 

Councillors Berry and Johnson - South Worcestershire Development Plan Review (SWDPR) - Preferred Options (Minute 37) – Insofar as the item relates to New Proposed Housing Allocations at Checketts Lane lndustrial Estate – as trustees of Worcester Consolidated Municipal Charities.

 

With reference to South Worcestershire Development Plan Review (SWDPR) - Preferred Options (Minute 37), the Monitoring Officer advised that, after consultation with Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Standards Committee, a dispensation had been granted to all Members to speak and vote on this item.

 

32.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Of the meeting held on 16th July 2019 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 16th July 2019 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Mayor.

33.

Mayor's Communications

To receive any communications the Mayor may wish to make.

Minutes:

Councillor Mel Allcott

The Mayor welcomed Councillor Mel Allcott, who was attending her first meeting following her election as a Councillor for the Claines Ward at a by-election held on 8th August 2019.

 

Welcome to Students from Worcester University

The Mayor welcomed lecturer Christine Challand and a group of journalism students from the University of Worcester.

 

Inaugural Banquet

The Mayor thanked everyone who attended Inaugural Banquet on 27th September and also the staff who had helped with the event.

 

Kashmir Appeal

The Mayor informed the Council that £540 had been raised for the Earthquake Appeal from a Charity Evening at Altaf’s Balti. The Mayor thanked Councillor Altaf.

 

2019 Poppy Appeal

The Mayor announced that the launch of the 2019 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal would take place at the Guildhall on Saturday, 26th October 2019.

 

Remembrance Sunday

The 2019 Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade would take place on  Sunday, 10th November 2019.

 

Christmas Card Competition

The Mayor reminded Councillors that the closing date for Primary Schools to enter the competition to design the Mayor’s Christmas card was 15th November.

 

Elgar Chorale Charity Concert

The Mayor invited all Members to attend this concert on Wednesday, 11th December 2019 at the Guildhall.

 

Refreshments

The Mayor invited all those present to join him for refreshments in the Mayor’s Parlour after the meeting.

34.

Public Participation

Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be allowed, each speaker being allocated a maximum of five minutes, for members of the public to present a petition, ask a question or comment on any matter on the Agenda or within the remit of the Council in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10.

Minutes:

A representative from Dines Green Youth Group addressed the Council on the importance of supporting Pride and presented the Mayor and every Councillor with a pair of tie-dyed rainbow socks, which they had made in support of Worcestershire Pride. The Chairman thanked the Group on behalf of the Council.

35.

Questions

The Leader of the Council, the Deputy Leader of the Council or the Chair of any Committee or Sub-Committee to take any questions that may be submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9.

Minutes:

 

Question No. 1

Question From:

Councillor Neil Laurenson

Question To:

Councillor Marc Bayliss – Leader of the Council

Question:

Can you please confirm what arrangements have been made to ensure housebuilding companies will contribute towards supporting the local health infrastructure that will be needed to support the 14,000 new homes planned under the SWDP?

Answer:

We’ve appointed consultants who have been commissioned to undertake an Infrastructure Delivery Plan for the SWDP review.  The IDP sets out the current level of healthcare provision.  The Clinical Commissioning Group, the Acute Health Care Trust and the Health and Care Trust have all been consulted as part of the preparation of the IDP and have identified the infrastructure required to support the planned levels of growth. 

 

There will be an on-going dialogue with the healthcare providers throughout the preparation of the review.  In line with changes to the NPPF, S106 contributions required will be set out within the publication version of the review.  The Infrastructure Delivery Plan will be available alongside the Preferred Options consultation.

 

 

Supplementary Question:

The hospital serving the people of South Worcestershire has been in special measures for the best part of the past 5 years and has just emerged from special measures. It has a chronic funding shortfall and cannot cope with existing demand. The building companies who will be making huge profits from this building programme should be paying a significant contribution to ensure that the new and existing South Worcestershire populations are properly supported. Why has this not been factored in?

Answer:

Thank you very much, Mr Mayor. I’ll start by pointing out that the government’s obviously committed £20m extra funding to the NHS, which is obviously great news for the future funding of services and a record level of extra investment, so I’m sure Councillor Laurenson will agree that is a positive contribution.

 

But on the issue he’s pointing out, it’s really easy and it’s a bit of a cheap shot really to say that developers have got massive profits that we can just keep taking more and more monies away from.

 

We have an economic viability assessment, and a significant number of requests of developers. We want them to fund schools, we want them to fund roads, we want them to fund community facilities, we want them to fund play areas and green spaces, a huge long shopping list of infrastructure demands.

 

It is not the case, and I can reassure him of this, it’s not the case that developers are getting away with not paying the contributions they should be. We are absolutely committed to getting money, but health is just one of a huge number of lists of infrastructure requirements that we require contributions towards. Another I could have mentioned of course is social housing, and every pound we take out for something else takes out a pound from the viability of trying to deliver our social housing targets, of 30% or 40% on greenfield sites.

 

So, I’d just reassure the Member there are  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.

36.

Notices of Motion

To consider any Notices of Motion submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 8.

 

Living Wage

 

In November 2013, Worcester City Council resolved to become an employer that pays the living wage and we have paid at least the real living wage every year, since January 2014, to all directly employed staff.  Council now proposes to take the next step and become an accredited living wage employer by November 2020 and directs officers to produce a detailed report of proposals and implications to the next Personnel and General Purposes Sub-Committee.

 

Proposed by: Councillor Denham

 

Independent Schools in Worcester

 

Independent schools in Worcester play an important part in meeting the educational needs of children across the City.  Together with a number of excellent state system schools, they are playing a huge part in creating future generations of citizens that will take this City and Country forward.  This Council requests the managing director to write to the Secretary of State for Education and express this Council’s wish to see the continuation of the current mixed system of public, private and voluntary education providers that offer parents and children choice. 

 

Proposed by: Councillor Bayliss

 

Kashmir

 

The Council requests the Leader of the Council to write to The Prime Minister to urge that he appoints a representative to attend the UNHRC to demand the restoration of basic human rights including the freedom of speech and communication, the lifting of curfews, and to allow the humanitarian aid organisation and international observers to enter the region in Kashmir.

 

Proposed By: Councillor Riaz

 

Fair Employer

 

Council believes that economic success is key to a healthy life and safe environment and that the more local people who are in work which is fairly paid and where they are positively supported by their employers, the better their life chances and outcomes are.

 

To this end, the City Council resolves to work with local businesses and their representative organisations to demonstrate the merits of being a fair employer which:

 

    Pays a real living wage

    Offers fair contracts and stability of employment

    Offers access to training and support

    Encourages membership of trade unions

    Helps create a more diverse workforce by supporting disadvantaged groups in the workplace by ensuring employment rights are protected

    Treats apprentices fairly with employment contracts, appropriate supervision, the same working conditions as other staff, and a fair rate of pay for the job

 

Proposed By: Councillor Gregson

Minutes:

The Council considered the following Notices of Motion, which had been submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 8:

 

Motion 1 - Living Wage

In November 2013, Worcester City Council resolved to become an employer that pays the living wage and we have paid at least the real living wage every year, since January 2014, to all directly employed staff.  Council now proposes to take the next step and become an accredited living wage employer by November 2020 and directs officers to produce a detailed report of proposals and implications to the next Personnel and General Purposes Sub-Committee.

 

The proposer, Councillor Denham and the seconder, Councillor Collins, both spoke in support of the Motion.

 

Members then entered into a debate on the Motion, where support was expressed across the Chamber.

 

On being put to the vote, the Motion was unanimously agreed and it was

 

RESOLVED: That Council now proposes to take the next step and become an accredited living wage employer by November 2020 and directs officers to produce a detailed report of proposals and implications to the next Personnel and General Purposes Sub-Committee.

 

Motion 2 - Independent Schools in Worcester

Independent schools in Worcester play an important part in meeting the educational needs of children across the City.  Together with a number of excellent state system schools, they are playing a huge part in creating future generations of citizens that will take this City and Country forward.  This Council requests the managing director to write to the Secretary of State for Education and express this Council’s wish to see the continuation of the current mixed system of public, private and voluntary education providers that offer parents and children choice. 

 

The proposer, Councillor Bayliss and the seconder, Councillor Mitchell, both spoke in support of the Motion.

 

In accordance with the rules set out in the Constitution, Councillor Denham proposed an amendment to the Motion, as follows:

 

Delete the words: “that offer parents and children choice” and replace with the words: “and that the £79.8m lost to Worcestershire state schools since 2015 is urgently restored.”

 

The proposed amendment was seconded by Councillor Collins.

 

Members then entered into a debate on the amendment to the Motion.

 

Members then proceeded to vote on the amendment and in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 7.2 a named vote was requested and supported by four Members.

 

On being put to the vote, the Motion as amended was agreed and it was

 

RESOLVED: That this Council requests the managing director to write to the Secretary of State for Education and express this Council’s wish to see the continuation of the current mixed system of public, private and voluntary education providers, and that the £79.8m lost to Worcestershire state schools since 2015 is urgently restored.

 

For: Councillors

Against: Councillors

Abstentions: Councillor

Agar, Allcott, Altaf, A. Amos, B. Amos, Barnes, Bayliss, Berry, Biggs, Cawthorne, Collins, Cronin, Denham, Ditta, Geraghty, Gregson, Griffiths, Hassan, Hodges, Mrs L. Hodgson, S. Hodgson, Johnson, Lamb, Laurenson, Mackay, Mitchell, Riaz, Roberts, Squires, Stafford, Stanley, Stephen,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.

37.

South Worcestershire Development Plan Review (SWDPR) - Preferred Options pdf icon PDF 125 KB

1.     That Council approve the SWDPR Preferred Options, as set out at Appendix 1 to this report, for public consultation between Monday 4th November and Monday 16th December 2019 and that consultation be undertaken in accordance with the Consultation Plan set out at Appendix 2 to this report; and

 

2.     That Council approve the Statement of Consultation as set out at Appendix 3 to this report.

 

Please note that only Appendix 1 is enclosed with the printed copies of the agenda.

 

The remainder of the Appendices are available to view online.

 

Paper copies of all the Appendices are also available for public inspection at the Guildhall.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Chairman of the Place and Economic Development Sub-Committee on the Preferred Options consultation, setting out the vision and objectives, the revised development strategy, the updated strategic and development management policies and the sites that are proposed for allocation to meet the housing and employment needs of south Worcestershire to 2041. The Preferred Options consultation was the second stage consultation in the South Worcestershire Development Plan Review process following the Issues and Options consultation which was undertaken in November/December 2018.  The Council were recommended to agree to undertake consultation on the Preferred Options paper as set out at Appendix 1 to this report in accordance with the Consultation Plan as set out at Appendix 2 to this report. 

 

Members spoke on the proposals. The Chairman of the Place and Economic Development Sub-Committee responded to questions raised.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Mrs L. Hodgson and seconded by Councillor Gregson and on being put to the vote it was agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That the Council approve:

 

1.    the SWDPR Preferred Options, as set out at Appendix 1 to this report, for public consultation between Monday 4th November and Monday 16th December 2019 and that consultation be undertaken in accordance with the Consultation Plan set out at Appendix 2 to this report; and

 

2.    the Statement of Consultation as set out at Appendix 3 to this report.

38.

Local Development Scheme 2019-2021 pdf icon PDF 98 KB

1.     That the Local Development Scheme 2019-2022 set out at Appendix 1 is approved to come into effect from 1st November 2019; and

 

2.     That delegated authority is given to the Corporate Director – Place in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of Place and Economic Development Committee to make minor amendments to the LDS prior to publication.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Chairman of the Place and Economic Development Sub-Committee on a proposal to adopt an updated Local Development Scheme (LDS). The Council were advised that the National Planning Practice Guidance states that Local Development Schemes should be updated at least annually.  The November 2019 LDSs will cover the period 2019-2022.  It is important that the LDS is updated regularly as when Development Plan Documents (DPDs) are examined, one of the tests to be passed is whether the DPD has been prepared in accordance with the timetable in the LDS. 

 

It was proposed by Councillor Mrs L. Hodgson and seconded by Councillor Bayliss and on being put to the vote it was agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That the Council agree that:

 

1.    the Local Development Scheme 2019-2022 set out at Appendix 1 to the report is approved to come into effect from 1st November 2019; and

 

2.    delegated authority is given to the Corporate Director – Place in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of Place and Economic Development Sub-Committee to make minor amendments to the LDS prior to publication.

39.

Appointment of Members to Committees pdf icon PDF 82 KB

That the Council agree to make appointments to Committees, as set out in paragraphs 2.3 and 2.4 of this report.

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Monitoring Officer on proposed appointments to Committees.

 

The report explained that Councillor Mel Allcott was elected to the Council at a by-election for the Claines Ward on 8th August 2019. A political group, as defined in the Local Government (Committees and Political Groups) Regulations 1990, must contain at least two Members. Whilst the political balance rules did not therefore entitle Councillor Allcott to a seat on a Policy and a Regulatory Committee, there was discretion for the Council to apply its own rules of appointment and thus offer Councillor Allcott a seat on one or more Committees.

 

It was proposed that Councillor Allcott be appointed to the Licensing and Environmental Health Committee and the Environment Committee.

 

In accordance with the political balance as agreed by Annual Council on 14th May 2019, it was further proposed that one Councillor from the Conservative Group be moved from Environment Committee to fill the vacancy on Communities Committee. Councillor Bayliss nominated Councillor Hassan.

 

RESOLVED: That the Council agree the following appointments for the remainder of the Municipal Year 2019/20:

 

Communities Committee – Councillor Hassan

Environment Committee – Councillor Allcott

Licensing and Environmental Health Committee – Councillor Allcott

40.

Indemnities for Members and Officers pdf icon PDF 98 KB

That the Council:

 

1.     approves the Indemnity for Members and officers set out at Appendix 1 with immediate effect;

 

2.     authorises the Policy and Resources Committee to approve the terms of any specific indemnification arrangements in cases where, as set out in the Indemnity, such terms are subject to the further approval of the Council; and

 

3.     authorises the Monitoring Officer to make the minor amendments to the Constitution necessary to implement the recommendations above.  

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Monitoring Officer on a proposal to update and confirm the position on indemnities given to Members and officers of the Council. An indemnity resolution (“the Indemnity”) was set out at Appendix 1 to the report. This Monitoring Officer explained that this indemnifies Members and officers to the fullest extent permissible under current law in cases where insurance cover is not available or adequate.

 

It was moved by Councillor Lamb and seconded by Councillor Roberts and upon being put to the vote it was unanimously agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That the Council:

 

1.    approve the Indemnity for Members and officers set out at Appendix 1 with immediate effect;

 

2.    authorise the Policy and Resources Committee to approve the terms of any specific indemnification arrangements in cases where, as set out in the Indemnity, such terms are subject to the further approval of the Council; and

 

3.    authorise the Monitoring Officer to make the minor amendments to the Constitution necessary to implement the recommendations above. 

41.

Report from the Relevant Committee on Matters which are Referred to Council for Decision pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To receive reports on matters which by law or in accordance with the Constitution are referred to Council for decision.

 

Referral Report from Licensing and Environmental Health Committee – Licensing Act 2003 – Review Of Statement Of Licensing Policy (SLP)

 

That the Council adopt the revised draft Statement of Licensing Policy as required by the Licensing Act 2003.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Licensing Act 2003 – Review of Statement of Licensing Policy

 

The Council considered the report of the Chairman of the Licensing and Environmental Health Committee. The Council were advised that, at its meeting on 9th September 2019, the Committee noted all responses received during the 12 week consultation period and agreed to recommend to Council the adoption of the revised draft Statement of Licensing as required by the Licensing Act 2003.  The Committee also noted that the cumulative impact zone within the policy is under review and that a cumulative impact assessment is to be undertaken following a period of statutory consultation.

 

It was moved by Councillor Udall and seconded by Councillor Griffiths and upon being put to the vote it was unanimously agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That the Council adopt the revised draft Statement of Licensing Policy as required by the Licensing Act 2003.

42.

Report from the Leader of the Council on any matters which he is of the opinion require urgent consideration by The Council

To receive a report, if necessary.

Minutes:

None.

43.

Items Involving the Disclosure of Exempt information

The Council is invited to pass the following resolution:-

 

That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of information as defined in Schedule 12A of the said Act.

 

 

Minutes:

None.

44.

Any Exempt Issues

To consider any exempt matters which might arise.

Minutes:

None.