Agenda

Venue: Remote Meeting

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

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 253 KB

Of the meeting held on 23rd February 2021 to be approved and signed.

4.

Mayor's Communications

To receive any communications the Mayor may wish to make.

5.

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.

6.

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.

7.

Notice of Motion

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

 

Abolish Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988

 

This Council believes strongly that a secure home is at the heart of all our lives. It gives security, enables aspiration and gives children a stable home in which to grow-up.

 

This Council believes that residents living in the private rented sector should have the security to  build their lives and futures, and to become an active part of the community, just as residents in other housing tenures. We note that the largest reason for homelessness is eviction from the private rented sector.

 

We therefore mandate Managing Director to write to the Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government to call on Government to abolish S21 of the Housing Act 1988, which allows eviction without the landlord having to establish fault on the part of the tenant. Removing this unfair clause would help make renting more secure, improve standards, increase tenant confidence and ultimately contribute to making renting a viable long term alternative to home ownership or social rent for the millions who currently cannot access either.

 

Proposed by: Councillor Berry

 

Twinning Between Worcester and Gouzeaucourt

 

This Council will make the temporary Friendship Pact created in 2014 with Gouzeaucourt a small town in Northern France, into a permanent twinning arrangement between Worcester Council and Gouzeaucourt. The Twinning Association have considered this request and are confident that all the criteria to decide on the suitability of a relationship have been met and that this twinning relationship would benefit the City of Worcester.

 

Proposed by: Councillor Hodges

7a

Notice of Motion

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

 

Thanks to West Mercia Police

 

The violence and mayhem caused by a few thugs and hooligans in nearby Bristol has once again shown how important the police are in defending communities like ours in Worcester. They deserve our admiration and respect for the role they play in preserving a decent and civil society.  This Council therefore asks the Managing Director to write to the Chief Constable of West Mercia thanking him and his officers for all their efforts during the pandemic in keeping law and order and protecting us from those who seek to disrupt our work and progress. ?

 

Proposed by: Councillor Mitchell

 

Proposed Changes to the Legislative Regime Around Drugs

 

Hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and GHB are a scourge on our society across the UK, including here in Worcester.  They create terrible life consequences for those who use  them, those whose neighbourhoods are blighted by them and for society as a whole.  We must do all we can to eliminate them from our society and support the criminal justice system in their work in supporting that aim.  Moves to loosen the legislative regime around drugs such as GHB (also known as the date rape drug) are completely wrong and must be resisted.  To this end, Council calls upon the Managing Director to write to the Home Secretary to ask her to reject any suggestions of decriminalising these substances. ?

 

Proposed by: Councillor Mackay

 

 

8.

Report from the Relevant Committee on Matters which are Referred to Council for Decision

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

8a

Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee 23rd March 2021 - Capital And Investment Strategies 2021/22 - 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 186 KB

That Council agrees to:

 

1.     adopt the Capital Strategy and Investment Strategy for 2021/22 – 2023/24 as set out in Appendices 1 and 2 be adopted; and

 

2.     revise the Authorised Limit and Operational Boundary for external debt be revised in accordance with the proposals set out in the report.

 

 

Additional documents:

8b

Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee 23rd March 2021 - Accelerated Towns Fund Projects - Community Centres And 4 Copenhagen Street pdf icon PDF 187 KB

That the Council agrees to:

 

1.     revise the Capital Programme in the sum of £90,000 to assist in the delivery of the Accelerated Towns Fund project for Community Centres; and

 

2.     revise the Capital Programme in the sum of £50,000 to assist in the delivery of the Accelerated Towns Fund project for 4 Copenhagen Street.

 

 

Additional documents:

9.

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.

10.

Programme of Meetings 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To agree the dates for Council and Committee meetings for 2021/22

(Attached).

11.

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.

 

PART II

(ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND DECISION IN PRIVATE)

12.

Any Exempt Issues

To consider any exempt matters which might arise.

13.

Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee 23rd March 2021 - Proposed Fees and Charges 2021/22 - Trade Waste Collections

That the Council approves the proposed Fees and Charges for Trade Waste for 2021/22 .