Agenda and minutes

Council - Monday, 23rd September, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services 

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The Mayor welcomed all present to the meeting.


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Debbie Chance, John Fisher, Andrew Fry and Gemma Monaco.


Declarations of Interest

To invite Councillors to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Disclosable Interests they may have in items on the agenda, and to confirm the nature of those interests.



There were no declarations of interest.


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the minutes of the Council meeting held on Monday 22nd July 2019 be held as a true and correct record and signed by the Chair.



To consider Announcements under Procedure Rule 10:


a)           Mayor’s Announcements


b)           The Leader’s Announcements


c)           Chief Executive’s Announcements.




a)        The Mayor’s Announcements


The Mayor announced that sadly since the previous meeting of Council former Councillor and Deputy Mayor, Steve Baird, had passed away.  In addition a former member of staff who had worked for many years for the Council, Mr Harold Bagley, had also passed away.  The Mayor led Members in observing a minute’s silence in recognition of their public service.


A list of the civic engagements that had been attended by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor since the previous meeting of Council was tabled at the meeting (Appendix 1). Members were advised that the civic service would be taking place on 6th September 2019 at St Stephen’s Church.  There would be a procession to the church and all Members were invited to participate.


Since the previous meeting of Council the Mayor had met with Mrs Veronica Allen.  Mrs Allen had been instrumental in helping to establish the twin town links between Redditch and St Elizabeth town in Jamaica.  She had presented a plaque and book to the Mayor in recognition of these twinning links and had expressed the hope that a student exchange as well as enhanced civic links between the local authorities of each town would take place in the future.


Finally, the Mayor congratulated the Astwood Bank Cricket Club on winning the Worcestershire League Premier Division.


b)        The Leader’s Announcements


The Leader announced that Councillor Juliet Brunner had stood down from the Executive Committee.  There was no plan to replace her on the Executive Committee and the services that had been within the remit of her Portfolio would be incorporated into the responsibilities of the Portfolio Holder for Corporate Management.


Members were advised that the review of the Local Enterprise Partnerships had not yet been resolved.  However, it was likely that issues in respect of LEP membership would be determined by the end of the recess period.


The Council would have an opportunity to bid for support for the town centre redevelopment work from the government’s Towns Fund.  A total of up to £25,000 could be applied for as part of this process.


The Leader explained that he had recently attended a meeting with representatives of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to discuss the 5G network.  This had revealed that there might be some opportunities available for Redditch.


c)         The Chief Executive’s Announcements


The Chief Executive confirmed that he did not have any announcements on this occasion.


Questions on Notice (Procedure Rule 9)


There were no Questions on Notice for consideration.


Motions on Notice (Procedure Rule 11)


There were no Motions on Notice for consideration.


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Climate Change Cross-Party Working Group


Members considered the proposals for the Council to establish a Climate Change Cross-Party Working Group as an Executive Advisory Panel. A list of Members who had been nominated to sit on the group was tabled at the meeting (attached at Appendix 2).


In presenting the recommendations the Leader of the Council requested an alteration.  This alteration proposed, in addition to establishing the Climate Change Cross-Party Working Group and approving the group’s membership, that the Council should also declare a climate emergency and take immediate action to address this.  This alteration was accepted.


During consideration of this item an amendment was proposed by Councillor Bill Hartnett.  This amendment was seconded by Councillor Greg Chance.  The amendment called for the meetings of the Climate Change Cross-Party Working Group to be open to the public.


In proposing the amendment Councillor Hartnett explained that he felt that the terms of reference for the group should be altered to permit all meetings of the group to be held in public, except in cases where the meetings were required to go into private session to consider exempt matters.  The decision to establish a Climate Change Cross-Party Working Group had been taken in part in response to a question that had been received by the Leader from a member of the public and this, together with recent protests by climate change activists in the town, demonstrated that there was public interest in the matter.


In seconding the amendment Councillor Chance commented that it was important to hold the meetings in public in order to demonstrate that the Council was taking action to address climate change.  There were targets in respect of climate change and energy efficiency to meet by 2050, though action could be taken prior to this date.


Members subsequently discussed the amendment in detail and in doing so noted the following:


·                The level of public interest in climate change, particularly amongst young people, and the potential to involve them in the local democratic process.

·                The standard arrangements for Executive Advisory Panels and scrutiny Task Groups which generally met in private.

·                The potential for some of the group’s meetings to be held in public in cases where consultation might be taking place.

·                The option for interested parties to be invited to attend meeting of the group to provide information.

·                The role of the group to provide Members with an opportunity to review relevant matters in detail before a decision was taken by the Executive Committee.

·                The Access to Information rules that applied to public meetings.


On being put to the vote the amendment was lost.


Worcestershire Regulatory Services Enforcement Policy


The Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) Enforcement Policy had been considered already by the WRS Board.  All constituent authorities needed to approve the policy prior to implementation.   The policy set out how Officers would undertake enforcement action.  Wherever possible Officers would seek to work with individuals and prosecution would only be undertaken as a last resort.


Disposal of an HRA Asset  ...  view the full minutes text for item 45.


Urgent Business - Record of Decisions

To note any decisions taken in accordance with the Council’s Urgency Procedure Rules (Part 6, Paragraph 5 and/or Part 7, Paragraph 15 of the Constitution), as specified.


(None to date).


There were no urgent decisions to note at this meeting.


Urgent Business - general (if any)

To consider any additional items exceptionally agreed by the Mayor as Urgent Business in accordance with the powers vested in him by virtue of Section 100(B)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.


(This power should be exercised only in cases where there are genuinely special circumstances which require consideration of an item which has not previously been published on the Order of Business for the meeting.)


There was no urgent business for consideration at this meeting.

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