Agenda and minutes

Council
Thursday, 9th June, 2016 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX. View directions

Contact: Penny Milne  Democratic Services Team Leader - 023 9244 6234

Items
No. Item

20.

Prayers

Minutes:

The Chairman opened the meeting with a short prayer.

21.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

There were no matters the Chairman wished to report.

22.

Apologies for Absence

To received and record any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors J Abdey, T Costigan,

F Cowper, M Johnson, Y Parker Smith and L Pienaar.

23.

Declarations of Interest

To receive and record any declarations of interests from members present in respect of any of the various matters on the agenda for this meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest from any of the members present.

24.

Confirmation of Previous Minutes

To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 12 May 2016, previously circulated.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 12 May 2016 were approved as a correct record.

25.

Public Question Time (Standing Order 13.4(f)(i))

To deal with any public questions notified at least two clear working days before the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no public questions.

26.

EH Commercial Services Limited - Appointment of Director

At its meeting on 25 February 2016, the Council noted a decision by the Chief Executive, taken under Standing Order 46 (Special Urgency), to appoint Gill Kneller, Executive Director (Commercial) and Simon Little, Service Manager (Finance) as Directors to EH Commercial Services Limited. Upon the resignation of Mr Little, the Council is now requested to make the following appointment:

 

RECOMMENDED that Abraham Ezekiel, Head of Legal, be appointed as a Director to EH Commercial Services Limited.

Minutes:

Proposed by Councillor Millard and seconded by Councillor Carew it was

 

RESOLVED that Mr Abraham Ezekiel, Head of Legal, be appointed as a Director to EH Commercial Services Limited.

27.

Cabinet Recommendations

To consider the following recommendations to Council arising from the Cabinet meeting held on 26 May 2016.  The relevant reports were circulated to all members of the Council with the Cabinet agenda, which can be viewed electronically through the following link:

 

https://easthantsintranet.moderngov.co.uk/mgChooseDocPack.aspx?ID=1793

 

8A       Events Strategy

 

RECOMMENDED to full Council that the Events Strategy be approved and adopted.

 

8B       Community Strategy

 

            RECOMMENDED to full Council that the Community Strategy be approved and adopted.

Minutes:

The Council considered the following recommendations arising from the meeting of the Cabinet held on 26 May 2016:

27a

Events Strategy

Minutes:

Councillor Phillips commended the Events Strategy to Council for approval.  It was a living document that was aligned with the Council’s vision and would set the foundation for the commercialisation of events.

 

Proposed by Councillor Phillips and seconded by Councillor Glass it was

 

RESOLVED that the Events Strategy be approved and adopted.

27b

Community Strategy

Minutes:

Councillor Butler introduced the item and explained that in common with other strategies, the Community Strategy was a high level document.  It would allow the Community Team to prioritise their work and provide a framework for the delivery of Community Services throughout the district.

 

In response to a concern from Councillor Saunders regarding the lack of detail around the promotion of health care, Councillor Millard confirmed that the document was an overarching strategy and that there would be areas that required further development.  Councillor Millard assured Councillor Saunders that the Portfolio Holder and officers would meet with him and that his input would be considered and adopted where possible.

 

Proposed by Councillor Butler and seconded by Councillor Carew it was

 

RESOLVED that the Community Strategy be approved and adopted.

28.

Cabinet Portfolio Reports pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To consider any questions on the Cabinet Portfolio Reports, circulated under separate cover.

 

Questions in respect of matters not contained in the Reports must be received by the Democratic Services Team Leader up to 48 hours before the meeting.

 

(NB a maximum of twenty minutes is allocated for this item of business)

Minutes:

The Cabinet Portfolio Holders presented and took questions from Councillors in connection with their published reports.

 

In response to Councillor David Evans, Councillor Shepherd confirmed that it had been agreed that the PUSH Spatial Growth Plan did not need to go out for public consultation.  EHDC was well advanced compared to some other local authorities in the PUSH area by having an agreed Local Plan, the housing figures in which mirrored those in the PUSH Spatial Growth Plan.

 

In response to Councillor Joy, the Executive Director, at the invitation of the Deputy Leader, explained that in 2015 he and the Leader had met with Lord Bew, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Standards in Public Life.  Lord Bew had been interested in the Leader’s views on how the regime for dealing with councillor conduct could be improved and discussions had continued.  A further meeting would be held in the coming months.

 

In response to Councillor Joy, Councillor Butler explained that the Blue Badge scheme for disabled drivers had been abused quite widely and that this important issue needed to be addressed.  EHDC had only been undertaking interventions for a few months, yet a high number of offenders had already been caught.

 

In response to Councillor Moon, Councillor Drew confirmed that he would be happy for councillors to contact him with details about possible apprenticeship opportunities at employers within their wards.

29.

Questions under Procedural Order 23.4 (a)

(Notice of questions from Councillors must be given in writing at least 48 hours before the meeting)

Minutes:

No questions had been received under Procedural Order 23.4(a).

30.

Questions under Procedural Order 23.4(b)

(Questions from Councillors relating to urgent business, of which notice has not been given under Procedural Order 23.4(a), to be received at least two hours prior to the start the meeting).

Minutes:

No urgent questions had been received under Procedural Order 23.4(b).

31.

Motions Received under Procedural Order 14.1

(Motions from Councillors must be received six clear working days before the meeting)

Minutes:

No motions had been received under Procedural Order 14.1.

32.

Committee Minutes

To receive the minutes of the following Committees (previously circulated):

 

Planning Committee – 19 May 2016

EHDC and WCC Joint Environmental Services Committee

Cabine – 26 May 2016

Minutes:

The minutes of meetings of Committees held since the last meeting of the Council were received.