Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

48.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

None.

49.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

50.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Of the meeting held on 30th September 2020 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the Council meeting held on 30th September 2020 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Mayor.

51.

Mayor's Communications

To receive any communications the Mayor may wish to make.

Minutes:

Mr Cecil Duckworth CBE

The Mayor paid tribute to the late Cecil Duckworth CBE, an honorary Freeman of Worcester, who had recently died. She highlighted his success as a local businessman, his charity work and his involvement with local sport. The Mayor expressed sincere condolences to all his family and friends on behalf of the Council.

 

Jonathan Barry

The Mayor paid tribute to the former Worcester News picture editor Jonathan Barry, who had also died recently. Mr Barry had worked with many past Mayors of Worcester.

 

Remembrance Day

The Mayor thanked everyone for following lockdown guidance and observing Remembrance Day in their own homes. She had visited the grave of the Reverend Studdert Kennedy at St. John’s Cemetery later in the day to place a wreath, and had observed two minutes’ silence on Armistice Day standing in the Guildhall forecourt.

 

Talk to Me Worcester

The Mayor highlighted the work of Talk to Me Worcester, and explained that their 2021 campaign would be launched early in the new year.

 

Worcester Life Stories

The Mayor commented on this collaborative project between the Council and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, bringing together archived heritage, digital technology and community events to promote public health and wellbeing.

 

Councillor Louise Griffiths

On behalf of the Council, the Mayor congratulated Councillor Griffiths and her partner on the recent birth of their son, Oscar.

52.

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:

None.

53.

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 Jenny Barnes 

Question To:

Councillor James Stanley, Chair of Communities Committee

Question:

Worcester Arts Council has been receiving a grant of about £3,500 a year from Worcester City Council. The City Council has now ceased making this grant, because the way it awards grants to organisations has changed. Under the new Community Grants process Worcester Arts Council does not fit the criteria for being awarded a grant. This means that WAC can no longer hand out small grants to arts organisations and individual artists and arts practitioners in the City, its main activity, and one that has benefitted a great many city residents over the years. Those small arts organisations can now apply directly to the Community Grants Panel. Can the Chair of Communities Committee explain how it will be assured that small arts organisations and individuals in the city will be supported in the future to the same extent as they were in the past by Worcester Arts Council?

Answer:

To provide just a little context, the Communities Committee approved a revised protocol for the administration of grants during early 2019 following a Members’ Task and Finish Group, recommending a number of changes. A further report was received by the Communities Committee in March 2020, recommending some revisions to the process, and these were approved.

 

To support the delivery of the City Plan, the Council now has small and medium grant pots to support organisations directly benefitting our communities. Two of the key elements within our City Plan are Stronger & Connected Communities, and A Heritage City for the 21st Century, and these areas of the City Plan offer an opportunity to small arts organisations to apply for grant funding. Councillor Barnes also introduced the example of Worcester Arts Council, which is an ongoing conversation I and Councillor Lynn Denham will be talking about together.

 

There is no sense whatsoever that we want to exclude any organisation from applying for grant funding, quite the contrary they are welcome to do so and indeed will be encouraged to do so.

 

Supplementary Question:

Can the Chair of Communities Committee give an assurance that the Communities Committee will consider at a future committee meeting how it can support arts organisations like Worcester Arts Council in the future, and what the ongoing relationship between Worcester City Council and Worcester Arts Council should be?

 

Answer:

I’m happy to have that conversation at Communities Committee, we can expand the remit of essentially what we have agreed upon. I think there is no appetite to unpick it piece by piece, but I’m sure that Members from across the table will be happy to discuss the concerns that you are relaying.

 

 

 

Question No. 2

Question From:

Councillor Jabba Riaz

Question To:

Councillor James Stanley, Chair of Communities Committee

Question:

Given that there is a disproportionate impact on BAME communities during this devastating Pandemic, what has the Council done to engage with this community who has it consulted and what strategy  ...  view the full minutes text for item 53.

54.

Notice of Motion

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

Minutes:

None.

55.

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.

Minutes:

The Council considered the following reports from the Relevant Committee on matters which are referred to Council for decision.

56.

Referral Report from Environment Committee 27th October 2020 - Environmental Sustainability Strategy for the City of Worcester 2020-2030 pdf icon PDF 186 KB

That the Council agree to adopt the Environmental Sustainability Strategy for the City of Worcester 2020-2030.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered a report from the Chair of the Environment Committee.

 

The report explained that the Committee had considered the Environmental Sustainability Strategy for the City of Worcester 2020-2030 at its meeting on 27th October 2020.

 

The Committee noted the feedback from the consultation on the draft Environmental Strategy, approved in January 2020, endorsed the updated strategy and agreed to recommend it to full Council for adoption.

 

The Strategy, if adopted, would become one of the Council’s overarching policies as it impacts on all aspects of the Council’s functions.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Squires and seconded by Councillor Stafford and on being put to the vote it was unanimously agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That the Council agree to adopt the Environmental Sustainability Strategy for the City of Worcester 2020-2030.

57.

Referral Report from Income Generation Sub-Committee, 5th November 2020 - Proposed Fees And Charges For 2021 - Freedom Leisure Contract pdf icon PDF 106 KB

That the Council approve the Fees and Charges submitted by Freedom Leisure for 2021 (covering the period 1st Janaury2021 to 31st December 2021 inclusive).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered a report from the Chair of the Income Generation Sub-Committee.

 

The report explained that, at the meeting on 5th November 2020, the Sub-Committee considered the proposed Fees and Charges submitted by Freedom Leisure for the period 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2021 inclusive.

 

The Sub-Committee agreed to recommend to Council the approval of the Fees and Charges as submitted by Freedom Leisure. The full Fees and Charges for 2021 were set out in the Appendix to the Committee report.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Riaz and seconded by Councillor Mackay and on being put to the vote it was unanimously agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That the Council approve the Fees and Charges submitted by Freedom Leisure for 2021 (covering the period 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2021 inclusive).

 

58.

Referral Report From Environment Committee 27th October 2020 - Astwood Cemetery Drainage Options pdf icon PDF 183 KB

That the Council approve the capital and revenue budget provision for both the drainage improvements works, and the memorial garden works outlined in section 7.1 of the report, attached as Appendix 1.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered a report from the Chair of the Environment Committee.

 

The report explained that, at the meeting on 27th October 2020, the Committee considered a report on the Astwood Drainage Options for Astwood Cemetery.

 

The Committee noted the professional advice provided to the Council and the views of the family representatives in relation to the options for drainage works within the Muslim Burial Area and authorised the Director - Home and Communities to procure the works necessary to implement both the drainage improvement and the memorial garden works. The Committee agreed to recommend to Council the approval of the capital and revenue budget for the works outlined.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Squires and seconded by Councillor Stafford and on being put to the vote it was unanimously agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That the Council approve the capital and revenue budget provision for both the drainage improvements works, and the memorial garden works outlined in section 7.1 of the Committee report.

59.

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.

60.

Any Exempt Issues

To consider any exempt matters which might arise.

Minutes:

None.