Agenda

Venue: The Guildhall, High Street, Worcester WR1 2EY

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

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 362 KB

Of the meeting held on 28th November 2023 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 Joint Leaders 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.

 

Flooding

 

This council notes that:  

1.  Climate change means that Worcester and the River Severn catchment experience periods of more intense rainfall causing more frequent and costly floods;

2.The flooding disrupts residents trying to go about their daily lives, and afterwards, when the water has receded, buildings need to dry out and the public realm and street infrastructure need to be cleaned. This work diverts council staff from their usual roles and, as floods become more frequent and more severe, other council services are increasingly impacted; and

3.The financial support from the government for the public sector to carry out this work is not adequate. Sometimes no funding is made available at all. It is not fair for the council to have to use our ever-dwindling reserves. 

This council therefore resolves to:  

Ask the Managing Director to write to the government: 

a) to ask the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to overhaul the funding arrangements and provide guaranteed levels of flood recovery funding for our city with the level of funding to be regularly reviewed in line with the frequency of flooding.


b) to ask the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs to implement natural flood management techniques along the length of the Severn so that rainwater can be absorbed rather than flow out to sea. 

 

c) to call for the River Severn Partnership to be given a renewed purpose and funding base which can benefit Worcester at a local level, or otherwise look into setting up another cross-council working group of stakeholders to actively involve Worcester in discussions with other frequently flooded towns and cities along the River Severn (such as Shrewsbury, Bewdley and Tewkesbury), to bring together experience and voices to work together, to implement meaningful and rapid local improvements while working together on long-term changes throughout the River Severn valley.

 

Proposed by: Councillor Lewing

 

Debate Not Hate

 

The increasing intimidation and abuse of councillors, both in person and online, is eroding democratic principles. Such behaviour undermines the ability of elected representatives to serve their communities effectively, dissuades potential candidates from participating in elections, and corrodes the democratic processes that form the foundation of public life.

 

This Motion is brought to seek commitment from across the Council Chamber to civility in public life and a safe and respective working environment for councillors.

 

This Motion is aligned with the principle of fostering a healthy, respectful, and inclusive political environment. It upholds the values of safeguarding democracy, ensuring elected officials can perform their roles without fear, and promoting civic engagement free from harassment and intimidation. Alongside this it supports our goals of equality and diversity in local politics by ensuring that all candidates feel safe and supported when standing for election.

 

Recent training for Worcester city councillors on civility in public life has highlighted the Local Government Association’s current national campaigns as well as the important role that we can  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.

8.

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

To consider motions to adopt reports on matters which by law or in accordance with the Constitution are referred to Council.

 

8a

Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee 6th February 2024 - Proposed Budget 2024/25 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2024-2029 pdf icon PDF 153 KB

1.       That Council approves the proposed Budget and Council Tax for 2024/25 as set out in this report.  In particular:-

a.   The Budget Requirement for Worcester City Council (excluding Parish Precepts) 2023/24 at £12,728,175;

 

b.   The Council Tax Requirement for Worcester City Council (excluding Parish Precepts) 2023/24 at £7,021,078; and

 

c.    The Band D Council Tax for Worcester City Council (excluding Parish Precepts) at £213.08.

2.       That Council approves the Council Tax Resolution 2024/25 set out at Appendix 9 (to follow).

 

3.       That Council approves the proposed Budget for 2024/25 as detailed in the

          following appendices:

i.            the summary budget 2024/25 as set out at Appendix 1

 

ii.           the detailed Budget 2024/25 as set out in the Budget Book at Appendix 2

          iii.      the Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2024/25 as set out in Appendix 3

          iv.      the Pay Policy Statement 2024/25 as set out in Appendix 4

          v.       the detailed Fees and Charges 2024/25 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 2024/25 – 2028/29as detailed in Appendix 1 and the forecast Earmarked Reserves balance at 31 March 2024 as set out in Appendix 7.

5.       That Council approve the proposed Capital Programme and Capital Financing as set out in Appendix 6.

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

 

Additional documents:

8b

Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee 6th February 2024 - Savings Plan - St Martin's Gate Multi Storey Car Park - LED Lighting Retrofit pdf icon PDF 99 KB

That the Council agrees an adjustment to the Capital Programme to include £55k funding for this project.

 

Additional documents:

8c

Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee 6th February 2024 - Council Tax - Second Homes Premium pdf icon PDF 100 KB

That the Council agrees that from 1 April 2025 properties classed as second homes be charged a Council Tax premium equivalent to 100% of the Council Tax and that the Corporate Director - Finance and Resources be authorised to agree individual exemptions based on government guidance.

 

Additional documents:

8d

Referral Report from Joint Consultative and Safety Committee 29th November 2023 - Employees' Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 100 KB

That the Council agrees to adopt the amended Employees’ Code of Conduct at Appendix 1, as part 14 of the Constitution.

 

 

Additional documents:

9.

Independent Remuneration Panel Recommendation for Members' Allowances 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 333 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 2024.

 

10.

Appointment of a Member to Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 86 KB

That the Council agree a change to appointments of members to Committees for 2023/24.

 

 

11.

Report of the Heritage Champion pdf icon PDF 132 KB

To receive the report of the Heritage Champion.

12.

Report from the Joint Leaders of the Council on Any Matters Which They Are of the Opinion Require Urgent Consideration by the Council

To receive a report, if necessary.

13.

Any Exempt Issues

To consider any exempt matters which might arise.

14.

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)

15.

Fees and Charges 2024/25 (Exempt Items)

To consider the proposed fees and charges for Building Control, Trade Refuse and some Licensing charges which are classed as exempt items as they are commercially sensitive.

 

(Exempt – not for publication because the items contain information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person including the authority holding that information – Paragraph 3).