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 127 KB

Of the meeting held on 17th November 2020 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.

 

HMO Advertising Boards

 

The proliferation of HMO Advertising boards across the City, and in particular St Clement and St John’s Ward creates an eyesore and detracts from the residential nature of parts of the City. The advancement in digital advertising platforms, supported by evidence from the University and students themselves who advise that they look for properties online using platforms such as Student Pad, would negate the need for this form of obtrusive advertising. However, I acknowledge that the banning of HMO advertising boards would, due to Planning Regulation 6 would have the unintended consequence of requiring any individual wishing to sell their house, having to apply for a Planning Application to have a “For Sale” sign outside their property which would place an undue burden upon them. That said there is a very real problem which as Councillors we should be looking to solve. To that end I would propose that Officers look to amend our policy on dealing with offending landlords such that where a Landlord fails to comply with initial enforcement action by the Local Planning Authority, they should expect that further breaches will result in a prosecution.

 

Proposed by: Councillor Mitchell


 

 

Not Every Disability is Visible

 

This Council notes that:

 

    The charity Crohn's and Colitis UK is encouraging venues providing accessible public toilets to install new signage. This is to help stop stigma and discrimination towards people with 'invisible illnesses' such as Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis.

 

    There have been instances nationally where such individuals using an accessible toilet have been accused by staff members of being ineligible to use them.

 

    These signs have two standing figures and a wheelchair user with the words Accessible Toilet and the logo 'Not every disability is visible'.

 

    The Government has decided recently that large accessible toilets for severely disabled people - known as Changing Places - will be made compulsory for large new buildings, such as shopping centres, supermarkets, sports and arts venues, in England from 2021.

 

Council resolves to:

 

    Ensure that accessible toilets on Council premises bear these signs;

 

    Ask city centre retailers and leisure outlets to do likewise with their accessible public toilets;

 

    Seek advice from the charity Crohn's and Colitis UK on the information and training we should provide to Council Staff members. This is so they understand these illnesses and to prevent potential embarrassment for those who suffer with them;

 

    Ensure that any Changing Places toilets in our buildings are properly signposted for visitors;

 

    Ensure that the requirement to provide new Changing Place toilets is included within the Council's future plans for new public buildings in the City.

 

Proposed by: Councillor Allcott


 

 

Retain £20 Uplift to Universal Credit Payments

 

Council recognises that the uplift of £20 per week to Universal Credit payments, introduced as a temporary measure in March 2020, is helping well over 9000 families in Worcester to weather the financial  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.

8.

Independent Remuneration Panel Recommendation for Members' Allowances 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 231 KB

1.     That the Council note and consider the recommendations of the Independent Remuneration Panel for Members’ Allowances; and

 

2.     That the Council adopt a Scheme for Members’ Allowances from 1st April 2021.

Additional documents:

9.

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.

9a

Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee, 9th February 2020 - Proposed Budget 20221/22 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2021/22 – 2025/26 pdf icon PDF 315 KB

1.     That Council approves the proposed Budget and Council Tax for 2021/22 as set out in this report.  In particular:-

a.  The Budget Requirement for Worcester City Council (excluding Parish Precepts) 2021/22 at £11,975,805;

 

b.  The Council Tax Requirement for Worcester City Council (excluding Parish Precepts) 2021/22 at £6,292,038; and

 

c.  The Band D Council Tax for Worcester City Council (excluding Parish Precepts) at £195.88;

2.     That Council approves the Council Tax Resolution 2021/22 set out at Appendix 9 (figures for H&WFRA are advised but not published at the date of this meeting - final figures will be confirmed following the HWFRA meeting on 24 February);

 

3.     That Council approves the proposed Budget for 2021/22 as detailed in the following appendices:

 

i.       the summary budget 2021/22 as set out at Appendix 1

 

ii.      the detailed Budget 2021/22 as set out in the Budget Book at Appendix 2

 

iii.    the Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2021/22 as set out in Appendix 3

 

iv.    the Pay Policy Statement 2021/22 as set out in Appendix 4

 

v.     the detailed Fees and Charges 2020/21 as set out in Appendix 5 and in Appendix 5a (exempt item);

 

4.     That Council approve the proposed Medium Term Financial Plan for the next five year period 2021/22 – 2025/26as detailed in the following appendices:

 

i.    the summary MTFP 2021/22 - 2025/26 as set out in Appendix 1

ii.   the Capital Programme and Capital Financing as set out in Appendix 6

iii. the forecast Earmarked Reserves balance at 31 March 2021 as set out in Appendix 7; and

 

5.     That Council endorse the list of projects proposed by the Policy Committees in Appendix 8.

Additional documents:

9b

Referral Report from Audit And Governance Committee, 23rd November 2020 - Audit And Governance Committee Annual Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 186 KB

That the Council receives the Audit and Governance Committee Annual Report 2019/20.

Additional documents:

9c

Referral Report from Place And Economic Development Sub-Committee 2nd February 2021 - South Worcestershire Development Plan SWDP- Preferred Options: Further Regulation 18 (III) Consultation pdf icon PDF 190 KB

1.     That the Council approves the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) – Further Regulation 18 (III) material set out at Appendix 1 for consultation from 1st March 2021 for seven weeks; 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 SWDP Regulation 18 (III) consultation material prior to publication.

Additional documents:

9d

Referral Report from Place and Economic Development Sub-Committee 2nd February 2021 - South Worcestershire Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations Development Plan Document DPD- Preferred Options: Regulation 18 Consultation pdf icon PDF 190 KB

1.     That the Council approve the Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations Development Plan Document (TTS SA DPD) – Preferred Options: Regulation 18 material for consultation from 1st March 2021 for seven weeks; 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 Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations DPD Regulation 18 consultation material prior to publication.

Additional documents:

10.

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.

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.

Fees and Charges 2021/22 - Exempt Items

To consider the proposed Fees and Charges for Building Control 2021/22.