Council Minutes

Date:
Thursday, 15th December, 2016
Time:
7.30 pm
Place:
New Council Chamber, Town Hall, Reigate
 

Attendance Details

Present:
Councillor D.T. Powell (Mayor); Councillors Mrs R.H. Absalom, D. Allcard, L. Ascough, R. Ashford, M. Blacker, Mrs N.J. Bramhall, V.W. Broad, M.A. Brunt, G. Crome, J. Durrant, J.M. Ellacott, J.C.S. Essex, K. Foreman, J.S. Godden, Dr Z. Grant-Duff, Dr L.R. Hack, R. Harper, N.D. Harrison, A.C.J. Horwood, E. Humphreys, D.G. Jackson, F. Kelly, J. King, G.J. Knight, S.A. Kulka, A.M. Lynch, S. McKenna, R.C. Newstead, S.Parnall, J. Paul, D.J. Pay, Mrs R. Renton, S. Rickman, Mrs D.A. Ross-Tomlin T. Schofield, M.J. Selby, B.A. Stead, J.M. Stephenson, C. Stevens, Mrs A. Tarrant, Ms B.J. Thomson, Mrs R.S. Turner, C.T.H. Whinney and J. White.
Min NoDescriptionResolution
Part I
50 MINUTES

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 3rd November 2016 be approved as a correct record and signed.

51 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Councillors Mrs J.S. Bray, R.W. Clarke, R.W. Coad, R.S. Mantle, Mrs R. Mill and S.T. Walsh.

52 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

None.

53 URGENT BUSINESS

None.

54 BY-ELECTION 3 NOVEMBER 2016

The Chief Executive reported that at the by election on 3rd November 2016 that Rod Ashford (Conservative) was elected as a Borough Councillor for the Kingswood and Burgh Heath Ward until the period up to May 2018.


RESOLVED that the report of the Chief Executive be noted.
 

55 ALLOCATION OF SEATS ON COMMITTEES AND COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP 2016/17

RESOLVED that:

 

(i) the allocation of seats on Committees, for the remainder of the Municipal Year 2016/17, be approved as set out in Annex 1 to the report presented; and

 

(ii) the following changes be made to the Membership of Committees for the remainder of the 2016/17 Municipal Year:

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee

That Councillor C. Stevens be appointed a member of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (as a Conservative Member - formerly holding the UKIP place); and

That Councillor R. Ashford be appointed as a Conservative Member of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Planning Committee

That Councillor C. Stevens (Conservative) be appointed as a Substitute Member on the Planning Committee.
 

56 PUBLIC QUESTIONS

None.

57 QUESTIONS BY MEMBERS

Four questions were asked and responses given in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.15 and the Order paper circulated at the meeting. Details were as follows:


Question by: Councillor B.A. Stead                            

Answered by: Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services (Councillor Dr L.R. Hack)

Subject: Charging for Open Spaces

 

Question by: Councillor Ms B. Thomson

Answered by: Executive Member for Economy and Jobs (Councillor E. Humphreys)

Subject: Rail Timetable and Services
 

Question by: Councillor C. Stevens

Answered by: Executive Member for Enforcement (Councillor J. Durrant)

Subject: Uber Parking and Behaviour
 

Question by: Councillor J. King

Answered by: Executive Member for Planning Policy and Finance (Councillor T. Schofield)

Subject: The Angel Pub and Local Landmarks
 

 

Note: For more information on responses to Council questions see this page on the Council’s website:

http://www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/downloads/download/441/full_council_questions_and_observations
 

58 RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE

RESOLVED that the Recommendations of the Executive under Minute 46 (Half Year Treasury Management Performance Report); Minute 48 (Local Council Tax Support Scheme); Minute 49 (Former Park Farm Depot, Holly Lane, Banstead: Costs to Assess Feasibility of Potential Residential Conversion); and Minute 60 (Strategic Partnership with Raven Housing Trust) arising from their meetings held on 10th November and 1st December 2016 be adopted.

59 STATEMENTS

None.

60 THE COUNCIL TAX BASE FOR 2017/18

Council received a report on the Council Tax base for 2017/18.


The Council Tax base was the measure of the relative taxable capacity of each of the three different tax-raising areas of the Borough (the Borough as a whole, the Parish Council area and the Town Council area). It had to be determined before 31st January each year and reported to the Department for Communities and Local Government.


The report set out relevant statutory powers, background, information on the Council Tax base calculation, and the collection rate. The report also set out options, legal, financial and equalities implications, risk management considerations, the position on consultation and policy framework factors.


The report was introduced by the Executive Member for Planning Policy and Finance (Councillor T. Schofield) who moved the Recommendation set out. This was seconded by Councillor V.W. Broad whereupon it was

RESOLVED that in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) Regulations 1992, the Council Tax base for 2017/18 for each of the Council’s areas shall be as follows:


Reigate & Banstead Council as a whole: 59,076.0
Horley Town Council area: 9,262.1
Salfords & Sidlow Parish Council area: 1,384.6
 

61 THE SEVENTEENTH REPORT OF THE COUNCIL'S INDEPENDENT REMUNERATION PANEL ON MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES FOR 2017/18

The Chief Executive introduced a report on a review of Members’ Allowances by the Council’s Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP).

 

The report set out the relevant statutory powers and background. Appended to the report was the IRPs seventeenth report on Members’ Allowances including its recommendations together with the financial implications.

 

In relation to the report Councillor J.M. Ellacott moved and Councillor S. Rickman seconded their proposals based on the Panel’s recommendations which were adopted by Council without debate and it was therefore

 

RESOLVED that:


(i) Recommendations (i) to (vii) of the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) be adopted for the 2017/18 financial year;


(ii) further work be undertaken by the Panel in their 2018/19 review on the appropriateness of the level of Special Responsibility Allowance that was provided to the:


(a) Mayor;
(b) Deputy Mayor;
(c) Chairman of the Planning Committee; and
(d) Members of Planning Committee.

 

(iii) the Chief Executive be authorised to make any necessary changes to the Members’ Allowances Scheme for 2017/18 (approved under Recommendation i) above);


(iv) the financial implications arising from the adoption of the Panel’s recommendations be noted and built into the Council’s 2017/18 Budget Proposal and future years projections; and


(v) the IRP be thanked for its report.
 

62 LEADER'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Leader (Councillor V.W. Broad) reported on the following:

 

• That the Mayor Elect for 2017/18 would be Councillor R.C. Newstead.

 

• The Leader offered seasonal greetings and his best wishes for Members and Officers wishing them all a very happy New Year.
 

63 MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

• The success of the Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day events that took place in November 2016.

 

• The success of the End of the Somme Tour and Lunch Day held on 25 November 2016 which raised £2000 for the Mayor’s Charities.

 

• Upcoming events for Members diaries:

 

• Holocaust Memorial Evening on 24 January 2017;


• the Mayor’s Art and Craft Fair on 3 February 2017 and


• the May Ball on 12 May 2017.

 

• His sponsored world record breaking tandem sky dives in 2017 and 2018 for the Redhill Youth Centre to open five evenings a week. Members were asked to support the Mayor by collecting sponsors for the project.

 

The Mayor closed the meeting by offering his best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone present and invited Members and guests to join him for Councillor S. Parnall’s carol concert and the refreshments in the Old Council Chamber after the meeting.
 

The meeting closed at 8.12 p.m.