Council Minutes

Council Minutes

Date:
Wednesday 4 September 2013
Time:
7:00 p.m.
Place:
Council Chamber, Town Hall, Middlesbrough
 

Attendance Details

Present:
Bloundele (Chair), Biswas, Brady, Brunton, Budd, Clark, Cox, Dryden, Hanif, Harvey, Hawthorne, C Hobson, J Hobson, Hubbard, Hussain, Junier, Kerr, P Khan, Lowes, Mawston, McIntyre, McPartland, Michna, Mrs H Pearson, G Purvis, P Purvis, Rooney, Rostron, Saunders, J Sharrocks, P Sharrocks, Taylor, B Thompson, M Thompson, J A Walker, N J Walker, Williams
Officers:
J Bennington, D Donaldson, L Henman, A Hoy, J Lewis, T Parkinson, B Roberts, G Rollings and K Whitmore
Apologies for absence:
The Mayor (Ray Mallon), Councillors Arundale, Cole, Davison, Hudson, S Khan, Loughborough, Rehman, Sanderson
Declarations of interest:

There were no declarations of interest made at this point of the meeting.

Item Number Item/Resolution
PUBLIC
13/22 MINUTES - COUNCIL 3 JULY 2013

The minutes of the meeting of Middlesbrough Council held on 3 July 2013 were taken as read and approved as a correct record.

13/23 ANNOUNCEMENTS/COMMUNICATIONS

There were no announcements or communications.

13/24 MAYOR'S STATEMENT AND REPORT

There was no written report or specific statement for this meeting.

13/25 DEPUTY MAYOR AND EXECUTIVE MEMBER REPORTS

The Chair invited Members to raise items for general discussion arising from the Information Booklet of Executive Member reports (previously circulated) which detailed activities carried out within the respective Executive Member portfolios (Section 1), Executive decisions taken (Section 2) or to be taken where known, prior to and following the meeting (Sections 3 and 4).

 

Members commented and posed questions in relation to the following matters and Executive Members responded where appropriate:-

 

 (a) Campaign for Youth Social Action

 

The Executive Member for Children's Services acknowledged the positive comments from Members in relation to the Campaign for Youth Social Action, in particular the success in gaining the interest of the Cabinet Office and the opportunities created for young people.

 

(b) Area Care Teams

 

The Executive Member for Environment concurred with the sentiments expressed by Members regarding the support and extensive work undertaken by the Area Care Teams at major events such as the Mela and Cleveland Show especially taking into account the significant budget reductions in this area.

 

(c) West Middlesbrough Becks Project

 

In response to a Members' question as to whether or not there would be similar activities in relation to Bluebell Beck or Stainton Beck the Executive Member for Environment gave an indication of the environmental/wildlife conditions as part of the criteria for funding in accordance with BIFFA landfill tax grant with support from the Environment Agency.

 

(d) Green Flag Awards for Seven Parks

 

In response to clarification sought from a Member, the Executive Member for Environment gave an indication of the different criteria to be met in respect of Green Flag Awards and that of Green Flag Community Awards which Stainton Quarry and Kell Gate Green had been awarded.

 

(e) Development Division

 

The Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development acknowledged the comments of Members and confirmed that developers were being approached with regard to the opportunities for employing local labour in relation to the major development schemes across the Borough.

 

(f) Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park

 

Following Members' questions about funding and progress the Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development confirmed the requirement for match funding and the intention to encourage further bids.

 

(g) Health and Wellbeing in Schools

 

The Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health acknowledged the positive comments from Members regarding the focus on health and wellbeing and in particular the work being pursued with schools and other organisations as part of the health promoting settings programme. It was confirmed that congratulations would be extended to the staff concerned.

13/26 OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY BOARD

Council received and considered a report submitted by the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Board outlining the work of the Board and Scrutiny Panels.

 

Specific reference was made to the importance of the current topic of examination by the Board in relation to Welfare Reform and the intention to invite representatives from the Department for Works and Pensions and Atos Healthcare as part of the overall examination.

 

NOTED

13/27 STRATEGIC PLAN 2013/2014

A report of the Assistant Chief Executive was presented on the development of the 2013/2014 Strategic Plan which outlined for each service area the headline performance measures, standards and targets; and major improvement activity for the coming year and beyond.

 

It was reported that in recent years the Council had significantly streamlined its performance management framework in response to the reduction in the Government's oversight of local government performance, and was now in the process of fundamentally reviewing its approach to performance management. It was anticipated that the review would result in the following changes:

 

  • the implementation of a 'Balanced Scorecard' model of performance management by Quarter 4 of 2013/2014;
  • the integration of the Strategic Plan with the Change Programme to form a new overarching document for the Council, which would be approved in March annually alongside the Council's budget; and
  • integrated quarterly reporting of customer, financial, business and people performance to CEMT, OSB and Executive.

It was confirmed that the 2013/2014 Strategic Plan had been considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Board and endorsed by the Executive in August 2013. Members referred to the importance of scrutiny considering quarterly reports during the overall process.

 

 Moved, seconded and ORDERED that the report be approved.

13/28 URGENT ITEMS

There were no urgent items to report.

 

NOTED

13/29 MEMBERS' QUESTION TIME

There were no questions for this meeting.

 

NOTED

13/30 NOTICE OF MOTION NO. 107 - FINANCIAL TRANSACTION TAX

Consideration was given to the following motion, moved by Councillor P Purvis and seconded by Councillor Rostron of which notice had been given in accordance with Council Procedure Rule No. 11,

 

' This council notes the suffering forced upon local residents as a result of this Coalition government's cuts programme and asserts that there is an alternative to its ideologically driven attack on public services - namely the levy of a financial transaction tax on the speculative activities that have accelerated the recent enrichment of the few to the detriment of the many. The council therefore calls upon the Government to enact the FTT and use the revenues from this measure to reverse ongoing shrinkage in central grants to our council.'

 

On a vote being taken the motion was declared CARRIED.

13/31 APPOINTMENT TO COMMITTEES AND OUTSIDE BODIES - VACANCIES

Council received and considered a report of the Director of Legal and Democratic Services which sought instructions regarding the filling of vacancies on various committees and outside bodies for the current Municipal Year 2013/2014.

 

Moved, seconded and ORDERED as follows:-

 

1. That Councillor P Sharrocks be appointed as a substitute Member on the Casino Licensing Sub-Committee.

 

2. That Councillor G Purvis be appointed to the Teesside Pension Fund and Investment Panel.

 

3. That a letter be circulated to all Members seeking nominations to the vacancy on the Social Care and Adult Services Scrutiny Panel.

 

4. That Councillors Mrs H Pearson, J A Walker and N J Walker be appointed to the Cleveland Show Society Committee.

 

5. That Councillors Junier and McPartland be appointed to the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE).

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