Council Minutes

Date:
Thursday, 9th February, 2017
Time:
7.30 pm
Place:
New Council Chamber, Town Hall, Reigate
 

Attendance Details

Present:
Councillor D.T. Powell (Mayor); Councillors Mrs R.H. Absalom, L. Ascough, R. Ashford, M. Blacker, Mrs N.J. Bramhall, Mrs J.S. Bray, V.W. Broad, M.A. Brunt, R.W. Coad, 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, D.G. Jackson, F. Kelly, G.J. Knight, S.A. Kulka, A.M. Lynch, R.S. Mantle, S. McKenna, Mrs R. Mill, 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, J.M. Stephenson, C. Stevens, Mrs A. Tarrant, Mrs R.S. Turner, S.T. Walsh and J. White.
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Part I
64 MINUTES

Note: The Council stood in one minutes silence prior to the start of the meeting as a tribute to the loss of former Councillor Mrs F. Dixon who passed away at the end of 2016.

 

 

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 15th December 2016 be approved as a correct record and signed.

65 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Councillors D. Allcard, R.W. Clarke, G. Crome, E. Humphreys, J. King, B.A. Stead, Ms B.J. Thomson and C.T.H. Whinney.

66 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

None.

67 URGENT BUSINESS

None.

68 PUBLIC QUESTIONS

None.

69 QUESTIONS BY MEMBERS

Two 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 J. White

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

Subject: Pet Litter waste
 

Question by: Councillor J. Godden

Answered by: Executive Member for Community Support (Councillor Mrs R. Renton)

Subject: Homelessness

 

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
 

70 RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE

Consideration of Minute 75 (Budget 2017/18) and Minute 76 (Council Tax Setting 2017/18) were dealt with in accordance with a procedure note that had been prepared and circulated to all Members (prior to the meeting) in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.8.4.

 

For Recommendation (i) to Minute 75 (Budget 2017/18) voting was recorded in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.21.3 as follows:

 

For (41): Councillors Mrs R.H. Absalom, L. Ascough, R. Ashford, M. Blacker, Mrs N.J. Bramhall, Mrs J.S. Bray, V.W. Broad, M.A. Brunt, R.W. Coad, J. Durrant, J.M. Ellacott, K. Foreman, J.S. Godden, Dr Z. Grant-Duff, Dr L.R. Hack, R. Harper, N.D. Harrison, A.C.J. Horwood, D.G. Jackson, F. Kelly, G.J. Knight, S.A. Kulka, A.M. Lynch, R.S. Mantle, Mrs R. Mill, R.C. Newstead, S. Parnall, J. Paul, D.J. Pay, D.T. Powell, Mrs R. Renton, S. Rickman, Mrs D.A. Ross-Tomlin, T. Schofield, M.J. Selby, J.M. Stephenson, C. Stevens, Mrs A. Tarrant, Mrs R.S. Turner, S.T. Walsh and J. White.

 

Against (1): Councillor J.C.S. Essex.

 

Abstained (1): Councillor S. McKenna.

 

 

On Minute 76 (Council Tax Setting 2017/18) the Mayor drew attention to revised Annexes to support the recommendations from the Executive that were circulated to all Members in the Addendum at the meeting.

 

For Recommendations (i) to (vii) to Minute 76 (Council Tax Setting 2017/18) voting was recorded in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.21.3 as follows:

 

For (43): Councillors Mrs R.H. Absalom, L. Ascough, R. Ashford, M. Blacker, Mrs N.J. Bramhall, Mrs J.S. Bray, V.W. Broad, M.A. Brunt, R.W. Coad, 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, D.G. Jackson, F. Kelly, G.J. Knight, S.A. Kulka, A.M. Lynch, R.S. Mantle, S. McKenna, Mrs R. Mill, R.C. Newstead, S. Parnall, J. Paul, D.J. Pay, D.T. Powell, Mrs R. Renton, S. Rickman, Mrs D.A. Ross-Tomlin, T. Schofield, M.J. Selby, J.M. Stephenson, C. Stevens, Mrs A. Tarrant, Mrs R.S. Turner, S.T. Walsh and J. White.

 

Against (0). Abstained (0).

 

 

RESOLVED that the Recommendations of the Executive under:
(a) Minute 68 (Appointment of External Auditors) be adopted;
(b) Minute 69 (Schedule of Meetings 2017/18) be adopted;
(c) Minute 75 (Budget 2017/18) be adopted;
(d) Minute 76 (Council Tax Setting 2017/18) and revised Annexes be adopted; and
(e) Minute 78 (Car Park Investment – Pay & Display) be adopted.
 

71 STATEMENTS

Leader: Councillor V.W. Broad


Councillor V.W. Broad, Leader of the Council made Statements in relation to:


(i) Former Councillor and Mayor Mrs Frances Dixon who had represented the Preston ward for 19 years and passed away at the end of 2016; and


(ii) the progress being made by the Council in relation to Affordable Housing and its Core Strategy target and other developments.
 

72 MOTION: AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Councillor S. McKenna moved and Councillor J.C.S. Essex seconded the following Motion:
 

That this Council:


(i) notes that housing locally is becoming increasingly unaffordable. The current average house price in our borough continues to rise and is now £399,000 (November 2016) which is over ten times the average earnings of our residents. Even a one bedroomed unit sold on a shared ownership basis is beyond the price range of many of our residents;


(ii) notes that our Council has a policy of providing affordable housing for new build schemes, and congratulates the Council on choosing to include 100% affordable housing on the recent Court Lodge development in Horley;


(iii) agrees that publically owned sites should deliver higher levels of affordable housing than our plan for the borough as a whole, including properties for social rent; and


(iv) agrees that the Council’s new Property Company should also invest in affordable housing.
In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.17.3 of the Constitution the Motion upon being moved and seconded was referred without discussion to the Executive for consideration.
 

73 PAY POLICY STATEMENT

The Chief Executive introduced a report on the need for the Council to adopt a pay policy statement for 2017/18 in accordance with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011. The report set out relevant statutory powers, issues for the Council to consider and legal and financial implications. The report had appended to it a proposed pay policy statement for 2017/18. The recommendation set out in the report was moved by Councillor V.W. Broad and seconded by Councillor Mrs R. Renton, whereupon it was


RESOLVED that the Pay Policy Statement for the year 2017/18 be confirmed.
 

74 LEADER'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Leader (Councillor V.W. Broad) reported that the Deputy Mayor Elect for 2017/18 would be Councillor F. Kelly.

75 MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Mayor reported on the following:

 

  • The success of the Holocaust Memorial Service held at Reigate School on 24 January 2017.

 

  • The success of Art and Craft Fair held on 3 February 2017 which raised £1300 for the Mayor’s Charities.

 

  • Upcoming events for Members diaries:

• Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth on 13 March 2017;
• Vimy Ridge 100 Flag raising ceremony on 10 April 2017; and
• the 1960’s Ball on 12 May 2017.

 

  • That the Mayor’s Volunteer Awards nominations process for 2017 was going live and Councillors were invited to encourage nominations for these awards that would culminate with a ceremony in July 2017.

The Mayor closed the meeting by inviting Members to join him and the Mayoress for refreshments in the Parlour after the meeting.
 

The meeting closed at 8.59 p.m.