Agenda and minutes

Venue: The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, Northants NN12 6AD

Contact: Natasha Clark, Democratic and Elections  Email: democracy@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

47.

Welcome

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed Councillor Mark Allen, newly elected to the council following the recent by-election in the Middleton Cheney ward to his first Council meeting.

 

The Chairman welcomed Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, to the meeting. 

 

48.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

49.

Minutes of Council pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Special Council held on 2 October 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Special Council held on 2 October 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

50.

Chairman's Announcements pdf icon PDF 368 KB

To receive communications from the Chairman of the Council.

 

Minutes:

The Chairman made the following announcements:

 

General Housekeeping

The Chairman reminded all meeting attendees that members of the public were permitted to film, broadcast and report on the meeting, subject to the efficient running of the meeting not being affected.

 

There were no planned fire drills so if the alarm did sound, the evacuation instructions given by officers should be followed. 

 

The Chairman reminded all meeting attendees to switch mobile phones to silent

 

Christmas Carol Concert, 11 December 2019, and Councillors’ Christmas Meal, 18 December 2019

The Chairman advised members of the dates of two forthcoming Christmas events explaining that further details would be circulated in due course.

 

Chairman’s Engagements

The Chairman advised that a copy of the events she had attended was included in the agenda pack

 

Post

The Chairman reminded Members to collect any post from pigeon holes.

 

 

51.

Address by Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, Stephen Mold, will be invited to address Council.

 

Members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

 

Minutes:

The Chairman invited the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, Stephen Mold, to the meeting.

 

The Police and Crime Commissioner addressed the meeting regarding his work and policing in Northamptonshire. A number of Members asked questions and answers were duly provided.

 

The Chairman thanked the Police and Crime Commissioner for an interesting and informative presentation.

52.

Public Participation pdf icon PDF 84 KB

(i)                 Receipt of Petitions (if any) from Local Government Electors for the District

 

(ii)               Questions (if any) from the Public

 

Minutes:

The Chairman advised that no petitions from the public had been received, however one question from the public had been received. The question was from Pauline Bain and was addressed to the Leader, Councillor McCord.

 

The Chainman invited Mrs Bain to the front of the Chamber to present her question.

 

Mrs Bain presented her question:

 

“Would the council consider a review of its policies and procedures for grant giving, in order to streamline them to make delivery of projects such as the Towcester Youth Coffee House quicker?”

 

The Leader duly responded to the question advising it was acknowledged that the processes needed to be reviewed and he anticipated these new processes would be in place from the new financial year.

53.

Written Questions pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To receive any written questions and answers which have been submitted with advance notice in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.2.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman advised Council that one written question was received which was published as a supplement to the agenda.

 

The question was from Councillor Lisa Samiotis to the Leader of the Council, Councillor McCord, and related to Towcester Youth Coffee House:

 

“The Towcester Youth Coffee House has received over £300,000 in New Homes Bonus grants from this council over the last 2 years and the opening of the building has been delayed for over a year. Can the leader update Council on the progress of the refurbishment of the proposed Towcester Youth Coffee House?”

 

In response to the question, the Leader responded in detail explaining the background, South Northamptonshire Council support, what the Towcester Youth Coffee House had achieved and its future plans. The Leader also displayed some before and after photos of the transformation at the Towcester Youth Coffee House. The Leader agreed to email his briefing note (annex to the minutes as set out in the Minute Book) to all Members.

 

By way of a supplementary question, Councillor Samiotis referred to the £64k request the Towcester Youth Coffee House had received in August 2018 which had caveats, including completion date and regular site visits and updates, and queried who undertook the visits.

 

In response to the supplementary question, the Leader of the Council advised that the Grant Officer had dialogue with the Towcester Youth Coffee House and further detail was in the briefing note he would circulate.  

 

 

 

54.

Motions pdf icon PDF 103 KB

To debate any motions which have been submitted with advance notice, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.

 

Minutes:

The Chairman advised Council that two motions had been submitted which were published as supplements to the agenda. The motions would be dealt with in the order submitted.

 

Settled Status for Citizens from EU member states living in South Northamptonshire

 

It was proposed by Councillor Lofts and seconded by Councillor Johns that the following motion be adopted:

 

Council notes that:

 

·        EU nationals from the other 27 EU member states are part of our shared communities alongside UK citizens. They are our husbands, wives, parents, friends and colleagues. They are an integral part of a vibrant and thriving South Northamptonshire.

·        Since 2016 EU nationals were promised again and again that "there will be no change for EU citizens already lawfully resident in the UK and […] will be treated no less favourably as they are at present”.

·        After three years of living in limbo, their homes and livelihoods are in danger of being threatened by the further uncertainty brought about by the prospect of a chaotic Brexit.

·        According to the Home Office’s July statistics, only a third of EU nationals have applied for the Settled Status and 42% of these applicants have been granted the inferior Pre-Settled status leading them to reapply for the Settled Status later on. There is no possibility of knowing how many EU nationals need to apply, leaving vulnerable and unaware EU nationals at risk of becoming unlawful residents at the mercy of the Home Office’s “Hostile Environment”.  If we leave, a lack of clarity regarding differentiating between EU citizens arriving before and after the UK’s exit from the EU could lead to discrimination in the labour market and may prevent many from accessing the services that they are entitled to.

·        Another Windrush-like scandal could be unfolding right before the eyes of this Council and we mustn’t be passive observers to it.

 

I propose therefore, the Council agrees that:

 

1.     Officers report on how the Council can mitigate adverse impacts on the rights of EU nationals (including but not limited to advising on what the Council can do to help landlords and employers to be better informed about immigration status and therefore avoid potential discrimination against EU nationals)

 

2.     Council writes to EU citizens resident in the district, as identified on the Electoral Open Register, giving advice on applying for Settled Status and informing EU citizens of any potential consequences of not applying for the EU Settlement scheme.”

 

The motion was debated by Council and on being put to the vote was lost and duly fell.

 

Air Quality

 

It was proposed by Councillor Johns and seconded by Councillor Samiotis that the following motion be adopted:

“Taking account of their ongoing statements, and evidence provided by Highways England (acting for the DfT), Council deletes the following sentence from page 5 of its recent document: Air Quality and Emissions Mitigation – Supplementary Guidance for Developers.

The solution for improving air quality in this location (Towcester town centre) will be a reduction in the volume of traffic  ...  view the full minutes text for item 54.

55.

Announcements by the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive

To receive communications from the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council, Councillor McCord, made the following announcements:

 

1.     The Leader thanked all Members who had attended the Silverstone Heritage Experience preview visit. The Experience would officially open on Friday.  

 

2.     The Leader welcomed Councillor Allen to the Council.

56.

Questions to the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive

The Chairman to invite questions to the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive relevant to their announcements

Minutes:

There were no questions to the Leader of the Council or the Chief Executive.

57.

Revised Capital Programme 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Report of Executive Director of Finance

 

Purpose of report

 

To consider amendments to the current year’s Capital Programme

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To approve the revised Capital Programme as detailed in Appendix 2 of the Cabinet report considered on 14 October 2019 on the “Medium Term Financial Strategy and Capital Funding Review”.

 

1.2         To delegate authority to the Executive Director of Finance in consultation with the Portfolio holder for Finance, Performance and Governance to amend the capital budget for the Watermeadow’s project to reflect the application for the Heritage Lottery Funding bid and any other successful bids if they prove to be successful.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Executive Director Finance submitted a report for Council to consider amendments to the current year’s Capital Programme.

 

Resolved

 

(1)            That the revised Capital Programme (Annex to the Minutes as set out in the Minute Book) as recommended by Cabinet at their meeting on 14 October 2019 be approved.

 

(2)            That authority be delegated to the Executive Director of Finance, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Performance and Governance, to amend the capital budget for the Watermeadow’s project to reflect the application for the Heritage Lottery Funding bid and any other successful bids if they prove to be successful.

 

58.

Local Government Ombudsman Annual Report 2018/2019 pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Report of Assistant Director – Customer and Corporate Services

 

Purpose of report

 

To provide Council with the Local Government Ombudsman’s annual report on South Northamptonshire Council for the financial year 2018/19.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

 1.1        To note the report

 

Minutes:

The Assistant Director – Customer and Corporate Services submitted a report to provide Council with the Local Government Ombudsman’s annual report on South Northamptonshire Council for the financial year 2018/19.

 

Resolved

 

(1)            That the report be noted.

59.

Urgent Business (previously agreed with the Chairman)

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.