Council Minutes

Council Minutes

Date:
Wednesday 16 October 2013
Time:
7:00 p.m.
Place:
Council Chamber, Town Hall, Middlesbrough
 

Attendance Details

Present:
Bloundele (The Chair), The Mayor (Ray Mallon), Councillors Arundale, Brady, Carr, Clark, Cox, Davison, Harvey, Hawthorne, C Hobson, J Hobson, Hubbard, Junier, Loughborough, Lowes, Mawston, McPartland, Morby, G Purvis, P Purvis, Rehman, Rooney, Rostron, Sanderson, Saunders, Taylor, B Thompson, J A Walker, N J Walker, Williams
Officers:
J Bennington, L Henman, J Lewis, T Parkinson, M Robinson and K Whitmore.
Apologies for absence:
Biswas, Brunton, Budd, Cole, Dryden, Hanif, Hudson, Hussain, Kerr, P Khan, S Khan, McIntyre, McTigue, Mrs H Pearson, J Sharrocks and P Sharrocks
Declarations of interest:
Name of Member Type of Interest Item/Nature of Interest
Councillor B Thompson Non Pecuniary Agenda Item 8 - Local Plan/LDF Publication Core Strategy and Regeneration Development Plan Document in so far as it related to Middlesbrough Golf Club - husband a Trustee
Item Number Item/Resolution
PUBLIC
13/32 MINUTES - COUNCIL 4 SEPTEMBER 2013

The minutes of the meeting of Middlesbrough Council held on 4 September 2013 were taken as read and approved as a correct record.

13/33 ANNOUNCEMENTS/COMMUNICATIONS

Tony Bishop

 

The Chair reported with deep regret the death of Tony Bishop, a former Councillor for the Gresham Ward between May 2007 and his resignation in January 2008.

 

The Chair asked all present to observe a minute's silence in his memory.

 

Referendum Result

 

The Chair referred to the result of the Referendum held on 26 September 2013 which was for the Council to retain the Elected Mayor model.

 

Extraordinary Meeting

 

The Chair confirmed that an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council will be held on Wednesday 20 November 2013 at 7.00 p.m. to receive the Mayor's Budget Statement.

 

NOTED

13/34 MAYOR'S STATEMENT AND REPORT

The Mayor made reference in his initial comments to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Comprehensive Spending Review speech in October 2010 which indicated that the Authority would have to make savings of £50 million up to 2014/2015. It was reaffirmed that the Council now had to make savings of more than £67 million over the next three years, a total of £156 million savings over a ten year period.

 

The Mayor indicated that faced with further reductions in Government funding inevitably there would be a need to reduce and/or cease certain Council services with the main financial challenges being regarded as the demand led increased pressures in relation to children's services and adult social care services.

 

Specific reference was made to The Change Programme which sought to ensure that the Council remained fit for purpose and identified new and different ways of delivering services including working co-operatively with the Council's partners and communities.

 

Whilst reports had been made of between 1,200 and 1,500 job losses over the next three years the Mayor indicated that with the right mitigating action such a figure could be reduced to 1,000. It was considered that a significant proportion of Council employees would leave as a result of early retirement /voluntary redundancy.

 

The Mayor confirmed his intention to present a further budget statement at the Extraordinary Meeting of the Council to be held on 20 November 2013.

 

NOTED

13/35 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 (Section1), 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) Following Members' comments regarding low wage economy and the voluntary sector and sought assurances as to how the Council would deliver services in the future the Executive Member for the Change Programme reiterated the need to examine new and different ways of delivering services in order to achieve the required savings as outlined by the Mayor. An assurance was given, however, that measures being pursued did not include zero-hours contracts and reference was made to the responsibility of the Council in supporting staff through a difficult time.

 

(b) In response to Members' comments regarding the possibility of shared services with other Tees Valley local authorities the Executive Member for the Change Programme confirmed that such an area was one of a range of different ways of  working together which was currently being examined.

 

NOTED

13/36 OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY BOARD

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

 

NOTED

13/37 LOCAL PLAN /LDF PUBLICATION CORE STRATEGY AND REGENERATION DEVELOPMENT PLAN DOCUMENT

A report of the Executive Director, Neighbourhoods and Communities was presented which sought approval for the Local Plan/Local Development Framework (LDF) Publication Core Strategy and Housing Development Plan Document and approval to carry out public consultation.

 

It was considered that given changes as a result of the economic downturn, change of Government and Regional Spatial Strategy Middlesbrough's first LDF documents which had been amongst the first to be adopted in the UK in 2009 needed to be reviewed.

 

Following a review process it was reported that in total 420 representations had been received as part of the Preferred Options consultation with approximately 390 from residents and community groups and the remainder from statutory and other organisations as outlined in Appendix 3 of the report submitted. The report set out the overall strategy of the Plan and addressed the main issues raised in the objections.

 

It was confirmed that following the proposed statutory consultation with stakeholders and the public as outlined the Core Strategy and Regeneration DPD would be submitted to the Secretary of State and subsequent public examination in summer 2014 and adoption in Autumn 2014.

 

With the approval of the Chair of the Council a report outlining a proposed amendment that the housing allocation for Brackenhoe East, Prissick be extended southwards to incorporate an additional 50 dwellings and consequent changes on the proposed Plan was circulated at the meeting for consideration.

 

Moved, seconded and ORDERED as follows:-

 

1. That the Local Plan/Local Development Framework Publication Core Strategy and Housing Development Plan Document be approved together with the six week statutory public consultation subject to the amendment as outlined for the housing allocation for Brackenhoe East, Prissick to be extended southwards to incorporate an additional 50 dwellings and as a consequence the following changes as outlined in the report submitted:-

 

(a) Policy H4 Prissick (Core Strategy- page 19)

Amended to show 100 dwellings now proposed for the period 2019-2024;

 

(b) Policy H20 Prissick (Housing DPD - pages 57 to 59)

Amended to show 50 additional dwellings now proposed for Brackenhoe East for the period 2019-2024;

 

(c) Plan 3f Brackenhoe East

Amended to include the additional land at Brackenhoe East proposed for residential development.

 

2. That minor consequential changes as a result of the amendment outlined in recommendation 1 above be approved to ensure consistency.

13/38 URGENT ITEMS

There were no urgent items to report.

 

NOTED

13/39 MEMBERS' QUESTION TIME

There were no questions for this meeting.

 

NOTED

13/40 NOTICE OF MOTION NO. 108 - FAIR TRADING

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

 

'Middlesbrough achieved fairtrade Town status 2007. The Council reaffirms its support for Fairtrade and recognises the role of the Middlesbrough Fairtrade Group in promoting Fairtrade in Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough Council remains fully committed to using Fairtrade products, including tea, coffee and sugar, in meetings and at events. Furthermore, the Council will continue to encourage local organisations to join the campaign and will continue to promote and participate in the town's programme of Fairtrade events and activities.'

 

On a vote being taken the motion was declared CARRIED.

13/41 PAY POLICY STATEMENT 2013-2014 - MID YEAR UPDATE

Members received and considered a report of the Director of Transformation setting out a mid-year update of the 2013-2014 Pay Policy Statement as required by the Localism Act 2011 setting out details of various employee policies together with details of the Council's senior officer management and pay structures which reflected changes to the Council's senior management structure which had recently come into effect.


 Moved, seconded and ORDERED that the Pay Policy Statement 2013-2014 as outlined in Appendix 1 of the report submitted be approved.

 

 

 

13/42 UPDATE ON URGENT DECISIONS JULY 2013 TO OCTOBER 2013

In accordance with the Constitution, Council received and considered a report on urgent key decisions taken under the Urgency rules during the period July 2013 to October 2013 as follows.-

 

46/48 Albert Terrace, Middlesbrough - to expedite the completion of the sale in order to ensure timely receipt of the purchase monies - 29 July 2013 - Executive Sub-Committee for Property

 

3 Park Road South, Middlesbrough - to expedite the completion of the sale in order to ensure timely receipt of the purchase monies - 24 September 2013 - Executive Sub-Committee for Property
 

Sunningdale Mental Health Care Home, 11a Sunningdale Road, Middlesbrough - to proceed with the sale of the property at Auction to the highest bidder if the price exceeded the reserve set - 24 September 2013 - Executive Sub-Committee for Property.

 

 

NOTED

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