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No. Item

69.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor M Bailey, Councillor S Goodall, Councillor A James and Councillor S Peaple

70.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (pecuniary and non-pecuniary) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.

 

When Members are declaring a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest.  Members should leave the room if they have a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation. 

Minutes:

There were no Declarations of Interest.

71.

To receive any announcements from the Mayor, Leader, Members of the Cabinet or the Chief Executive

Minutes:

 The following announcements were made:

 

Mayor P Thurgood – We have one item we need to go through, we have a certificate for the Honorary Alderman of the Borough, Councillor Steve Claymore.

He meant a lot to us and I would like to present this certificate to Rosey.

 

Councillor R Claymore – Can I just say how proud I am to receive this on Steve’s behalf, I know he would think it was a real honour, but in true Steve fashion just get on with the business now

 

 

 

72.

Question Time: pdf icon PDF 49 KB

(i)                 To answer questions from members of the public pursuant to Procedure Rule No. 10.

 

(ii)               To answer questions from members of the Council pursuant to Procedure Rule No. 11

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL NO. 1

 

Under Procedure Rule No 11, Councillor Dr. Simon Peaple will ask the Leader of the Council, Councillor D Cook, the following question:-

 

“At the State of Tamworth Debate, the Council said it would be undertaking a Peer Review. Will the Council commit to implementing the review in full?”

 

Councillor D Cook gave the following reply:-

 

“Thank you Mr Mayor.

 

In short, - No! Basically we will not commit to anything we have not read yet”

 

 

 

QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL NO. 2

 

Under Procedure Rule No 11, Councillor Dr. Simon Peaple will ask the Leader of the Council, Councillor D Cook, the following question:-

 

“At the state of Tamworth Debate, Cllr Greatorex put forward the view that Tamworth’s boundaries need to be expanded in order to accommodate its needs, does the Leader of the Council agree?”

 

Councillor D Cook gave the following reply:-

 

“Thank you Mr Mayor.

 

I could answer that the opinions and comments of Cllr Greatorex are those of Cllr Greatorex. Contrary to any popular belief, I do not regulate the thoughts and opinions of controlling group members. That said……

 

Border expansions were indeed an option I put on the table on my visit to the Home Office in July 2018 to speak with the Housing minister on infrastructure and the assault on Tamworth’s borders.

 

I think we all need to remember that Local Plans set a minimum level of development, not a maximum. The reason I say that is that in reality Councils do not exactly choose where developments happen. Willing landowners and housing developers do. The Council work up the Local Plan from this point to where possible control and plan for development.

 

Therefore moving the border would not protect us entirely from the developments around our border today. However, it would mean we could tighter control it and reap the additional benefits that currently go to our neighbouring Councils.

 

Tamworth is a growing place and we need to expand, but I can fully confirm boundary changes are on no one’s radar across any national party in our near future, certainly cross county lines.

 

In short, I think I would wish to understand it better, know what the pro’s and cons are”

 

 

 

QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL NO. 3

 

Under Procedure Rule No 11, Councillor Sheree Peaple will ask the Portfolio Holder for Communities and Partnerships, Councillor S Doyle, the following question:-

 

“Would the Portfolio Holder please update the Council on the consultation over the extension of the Public Space Protection Order covering Warwickshire Moor, to include the area known as the “Monkey Bridge?

 

 

Due to Councillor Sheree Peaple not being present at the meeting, a written response will be provided. The response provided is attached to these minutes as Question 3.

 

 

QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL NO. 4

 

Under Procedure Rule No 11, Councillor Sheree Peaple will ask the Leader of the Council, Councillor D Cook, the following question:-

 

“Would the Leader  ...  view the full minutes text for item 72.

73.

Taxi Licensing Policy – Amendment Taxi Licensing Points System & Dress Code pdf icon PDF 77 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Communities and Partnerships)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Report of the Portfolio Holder for Communities and Partnerships to seek Council adoption of amendments to Tamworth’s Taxi Licensing Conditions to include

 

A Taxi Licensing Points system for drivers and operators that breach conditions; and

Guidance on appropriate dress to ensure those drivers licenced by Tamworth Borough Council present their selves in the best possible light.

 

 

RESOLVED

That Council;

 

Adopted the amended Taxi Licensing Conditions at Appendix A

 

 

 

(Moved by Councillor S Doyle and seconded by Councillor B Price)

 

74.

Audit & Governance Annual Report 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 51 KB

(Report of the Chair of Audit and Governance Committee)

Minutes:

The Report of the Chair of Audit and Governance Committee advising Members on the key areas of business taken by the Audit and Governance Committee for the municipal year 2018/19 was considered.

 

RESOLVED:

That the contents of the report be endorsed

 

 

(Moved by Councillor M Summers and seconded by Councillor J Faulkner)

 

 

 

75.

Reports of the Chairs of the Scrutiny Committees - 2018-2019 pdf icon PDF 169 KB

(Annual Report of the Chair of Corporate Scrutiny Committee)

 

(Annual Report of the Chair of Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee)

 

(Annual Report of the Chair of Infrastructure, Safety & Growth Committee)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Annual Report of the Chair of Corporate Scrutiny Committee was received.

 

RESOLVED

That the contents of the report be endorsed.

 

(Moved by Councillor J Oates and seconded by Councillor M Summers)

 

 

 

That Council agreed to continue      to support the Corporate Scrutiny Committee in its current form;

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Moved by Councillor J Oates and seconded by Councillor C Cooke)

 

 

 

That Council agreed to planning 8 Corporate Scrutiny Committee Meetings for 2019/2020, 4 for the Quarterly Performance Report and 4 for general business of the Committee;

 

(Moved by Councillor J Oates and seconded by Councillor C Cooke)

 

 

 

The following additional recommendations were moved and carried

 

 

RESOLVED

That Council thanked all the Members who have sat on Corporate Scrutiny Committee for the last 12 months for the work they have done; and

 

(Moved by Councillor J Oates and seconded by Councillor C Cooke)

 

 

That Council thanked Jo Hutchison, Scrutiny Officer for her enthusiasm and the challenge she has brought to the Chair.

 

(Moved by Councillor J Oates and seconded by Councillor Dr S Peaple)

 

 

 

The Annual Report of the Chair of Health and WellbeingScrutiny Committee was received.

 

RESOLVED:

That the contents of the report be endorsed

 

 

(Moved by Councillor R Ford and seconded by Councillor R Bilcliff)

 

 

The Annual Report of the Infrastructure Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee was received.

 

RESOLVED:

That the contents of the report be endorsed

 

 

(Moved by Councillor R Kingstone  and seconded by Councillor R Bilcliff)

 

 

 

At the Close of the Council meeting Councillor M Gant advised Members this was her last Council meeting as she is stepping down. Councillor M Gant proceeded to thank Members for their help and advice over the years.