Council Minutes

Council Minutes

Date:
Wednesday 19 February 2014
Time:
7:00 p.m.
Place:
Council Chamber, Town Hall, Middlesbrough
 

Attendance Details

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

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

Item Number Item/Resolution
PUBLIC
13/63 MINUTES - COUNCIL 8 AND 20 JANUARY 2014

The minutes of the meetings of Middlesbrough Council held on 8 and 20 January 2014 were taken as read and approved as a correct record.

13/64 ANNOUNCEMENTS/COMMUNICATIONS

The Chair reported with deep regret the recent death of Jack Hatfield a former Army and county champion swimmer and runner-up in three English championships. Jack had been awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Middlesbrough in 2009 in recognition of his contribution to the social and economic wellbeing of the Town and to the provision of sport and sporting facilities therein, his encouragement of aspiring young sportsmen and sportswomen and his role as ambassador for the Town.

 

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

 

NOTED
 

13/65 MAYOR'S STATEMENT AND REPORT

Further to the announcement in December 2011 to close Clairville Stadium and replace the complex with a new sports village to be built on the Prissick sports field the Mayor provided further details of the new venture including a timeline for completion of various parts of the overall scheme. Planning permission had recently been granted for the new sports provision and building work would start in the very near future.

 

An indication was given of the key elements of the first Phase which included an athletics field and stadium featuring 400m track with 10-lane straight and 8-lane bends and spectator seating; enhanced and extended indoor tennis courts and improved outdoor courts; fitness gyms and studios; full-size flood-lit Artificial Turf Pitch (ATP) and small-sized ATPs; and, associated car parking and landscaping.


The development featured a dedicated link road from Ladgate Lane and a new 1,100 space car park for the James Cook University Hospital which would help reduce traffic congestion on Marton Road.


The Mayor referred to the meeting of the Council held on 20 November 2013 when as part of the budget statement details had been provided surrounding the decision not to proceed with Phase 2b demolitions within the Gresham area, which would result in the Council not having to borrow approximately £14 million for the scheme.

 

As a result, the Council’s financial borrowing capability had increased with regard to other possible projects, such as improvement to the road infrastructure, enhancement of facilities at Middlesbrough Theatre, as well as acting as a guarantor for private sector projects, with the latter being a 'vehicle’ designed to enhance the economic and social wellbeing of the town.

 

The Mayor stressed the importance for all Members to have the opportunity to contribute ideas and proposals which would form the Council’s Capital Investment Programme for future years.

 

Members concurred with the need for improvements to the road infrastructure and enhancement of Middlesbrough Theatre which was regarded as an important attraction to Middlesbrough as well as the Town Hall. Initial suggestions for consideration included housing in areas such as Acklam Green, older housing stock in areas such as North Ormesby, refurbishment of pathways alongside certain roads, cycleways, replacement of street lighting, provision of solar panels where appropriate, energy efficiency and refurbishment/replacement of certain grass verges in Middlesbrough estates.

 

In relation to financial borrowing Members acknowledged the complexities in this regard and in relation to match funding with regard to joint ventures with the private sector and indicated the need for further information and careful consideration to be given to the overall costs and period of repayment.

 

The Mayor noted the suggestions made and asked Members to put forward other ideas for consideration as part of the Council’s future Capital Investment Programme.

 

NOTED

13/66 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) Economic Figures

 

The Deputy Mayor and Executive Member for Resources acknowledged Member’s comments which concurred with the sentiments expressed in the report concerning the current economic circumstances with particular regard to job losses and the impact of the Local Government Finance Settlement with regard to Middlesbrough.

 

(b) The Faith Network

 

The Deputy Mayor and Executive Member for Resources concurred with Members’ comments regarding the seriousness of having to establish food banks and of the increasing need to help the most vulnerable.

 

(c) The Change Programme

 

Following clarification sought from Members the Executive Member for The Change Programme confirmed the opportunity for Members’ input and further discussion at proposed Member briefings and meetings of the Executive in March 2014 and the Council in May 2014 regarding major issues which included key cultural change.

 

(d) Development

 

The Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development welcomed Members’ positive comments in relation to the significant planning applications considered in respect of a new STEM technology building at Middlesbrough College and development of 153 dwellings at the Clairville Stadium site.

 

(e)Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park

 

Following Members’ questions the Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development confirmed the support of key partners and acknowledged that delays had occurred with regard to funding arrangements.  An indication was given of the overall aim at attracting high value economic activity and higher paid jobs into the town and proposals to pursue the Offshore Wind Validation Centre.

 

(f) Hemlington Grange

 

 In response to a Members' question regarding the lack of setting aside a site for a future community building within the Hemlington Grange (Welberry) site the Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development referred to the importance of the site and focus on the wider regeneration aspects such as the opportunities to maximise the environmental and landscape features of the site, improved transport infrastructure, development of cycleways and footpaths.

13/67 OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY BOARD

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

 

NOTED
 

13/68 LOCAL PLAN (LDF) - SUBMISSION CORE STRATEGY AND HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PLAN DOCUMENT

Council received and considered a report presented by the Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development which sought approval for the Local Plan to be submitted to the Secretary of State for his consideration and examination.


The report stated that Middlesbrough’s first LDF documents, the Core Strategy (2008), and Regeneration DPD (2009) had been amongst the first to be adopted in the country but that both documents had been produced in better economic times during a period of growth. Since 2009 there had been a number of significant changes which meant that the strategy and sites identified in the adopted LDF were no longer suitable and needed to be reviewed. Such changes were summarised in the report in relation to Economic downturn; Change of Government; and Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS).


Rather than undertake a full review of the LDF it had been decided to only undertake a partial review of the housing elements of the Plan which was seen as being critical to ensure that the Council had a housing land supply that was deliverable to meet its needs and aspirations.


The Submission stage was one of the final parts in the process of preparing the Local Plan and was the formal stage by which the plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for his consideration. Following the formal submission a public examination would be organised which would be chaired by an independent inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. It was indicated that the examination was likely to last for approximately two weeks and it was anticipated that it would be held during the summer of 2014, potentially June/July.


The report outlined in further detail information on the Duty to Co-operate; Publication consultation; Grove Hill; Gresham; Beechwood; Housing Numbers; Gypsies and Travellers; Highways Agency representation; Representations by Housebuilders; and Other minor changes.


The report outlined in further detail two options which had been considered


Option 1 - Do not carry out the review of the housing elements of the adopted LDF Core Strategy and Regeneration DPD; and


Option 2 - Carry out the review of housing elements of the adopted LDF Core Strategy and Regeneration DPD.

 

Moved, seconded and following a vote it was ORDERED that the minor changes to the Local Plan as outlined in the report submitted be approved and that it be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination.

13/69 URGENT ITEMS

There were no urgent items to report.

 

NOTED
 

13/70 MEMBERS' QUESTION TIME

There were no questions for this meeting.

 

NOTED
 

13/71 NOTICE OF MOTION - NO. 110 - ELECTION EXPENSES

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

 

'In the interests of transparency this council resolves to publish expenses of campaign groups and individuals registered as such in referendum campaigns both past and future.

 

This council calls upon those campaign groups who have not yet submitted election expenses to the council following the 2013 Mayoral Referendum to do so in accordance with their responsibilities under The Local Authority (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2012.

 

This council resolves to write to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney General, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Attorney General and the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government calling upon them to address the current loophole in the law regarding publication of election expenses.’

 

On a vote being taken which was unanimous the motion was declared CARRIED.

13/72 COUNCIL DIARY 2014/2015 - DATES AND TIMES OF COUNCIL MEETINGS

Council received and considered a report of the Director of Legal and Democratic Services which sought approval to the schedule of indicative Council committee meeting dates for the Municipal Year 2014/2015, as detailed in the Appendix to the report submitted.


It was also recommended that with the exception of the following, ordinary meetings of the Council be designated as meetings at which written questions from members of the public may be considered:-


Monday 2 March 2015 (Budget/Council Tax Setting)
Wednesday 13 May 2015 (Annual Meeting of the Council).


Moved, seconded and ORDERED that the schedule of Council meeting dates for the 2014/2015 Municipal Year as set out in the Appendix to the report submitted be approved.

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