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Items
No. Item

1.

Mayor's Cadet

Minutes:

 Jacob Waugh was inaugurated as the Mayor’s Cadet for 2019/20

2.

To elect a Mayor

Minutes:

Councillor R Kingstone was elected as Mayor

 

(Moved by Councillor P Thurgood and seconded by Councillor T Clements)

 

Mayor Kingstone proposed a vote of Thanks to Councillor P Thurgood’ and Anne Thurgood outgoing Mayor and Mayoress for their work over the past year.

 

(Moved by Councillor D Cook and seconded by Councillor Dr S Peaple)

3.

To elect a Deputy Mayor

Minutes:

Councillor R Claymore was elected as Deputy Mayor

 

(Moved by Councillor R Kingstone and seconded by Councillor S Peaple)

 

 

 

4.

To elect the Leader of the Council

Minutes:

Councillor D Cook was elected Leader of the Council

 

(Moved by Councillor R Ford and seconded by Councillor T Jay)

 

5.

To receive the Minutes of the previous meetings pdf icon PDF 107 KB

To receive the Minutes of the Meetings held on:

·         12 March 2019 – State of Tamworth debate

·         19 March 2019

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meetings held on 12th March 2019 and 19th March 2019 were approved and signed as a correct record.

 

(Moved by Councillor Dr S Peaple  and seconded by Councillor D Cook)

6.

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.

7.

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

Minutes:

Mayor R Kingstone made the following announcement:-

 

“Thank you one and all for allowing me to be your mayor for the second time. And a big thank you to those members of the public who are present – we will have a little drink afterwards in the parlour. On a personal note I must admit that back in January I did not think I would be around today and if I were I would not be able to take on this honour you have bestowed upon me.

 

Over the last few months my return to near full health has only been possible due to the support of family and friends.

 

 I must make special mention of Sam, Charlotte, William and the little fella, Martin. But of of course I cannot forget the huge debt I owe to the wife, Lisa who has agreed to take on the role of Mayoress again and continue to be the rock that I need to keep me on track.

 

Peter and Anne, you have been a wonderful gentle team who have gone out and represented our town with grace and dignity. You will be missed by many and have left a lasting legacy through the great work you have done with T4Tamworth.

 

Josh – as Mayor’s cadet you have served our town well. And you have been and indeed are a credit to the Sea cadets, your family and more importantly yourself. I hope you have enjoyed your year. What most of you may not know is that I have known Josh for several years and I have had the pleasure of teaching him at Rawlett. Young people are some of the most honest, rewarding and inspiring people to have the pleasure to work with and I am grateful everyday for my job as a teacher.

 

Jacob – you have a hard act to follow. But again I have had the pleasure of knowing you for many years as you too are a student at Rawlett. Knowing you as I do you are going to be brilliant and your mum and dad are rightly proud of you.

 

Rawlett is an amazing place to work. As a past Rawlett student and teacher at Rawlett I know this only too well. It always make be proud that our students go on to achieve so much. Just out of interest put your hand in the the air if you either go to, work at, have a relative at or are an ex-Rawlett pupil.

 

Ok. Let’s get down to business. I can promise you tonight that despite the vote, I will be everyone’s mayor regardless of who you are and what you think of me. I am here to serve you and to promote our fine town, it’s people and it’s businesses.

 

All 30 Tamworth councillors are good, decent people who have a common aim to ensure that Tamworth is the very best it can possible be for everyone. Councillors may disagree on how this should be achieved  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Question Time:

(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

 

Minutes:

QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL NO. 1

 

Under Procedure Rule No 11, Councillor P Standen will ask the Portfolio Holder for Culture and Operational Services, Councillor John Chesworth, the following question:-

 

“In last December’s Council I asked the portfolio Holder for Culture and Operational Services a question regarding what plans the Council had to clean and maintain the Kettle Brook within Wilnecote. In response to this question the Cabinet Member kindly supplied me with a copy of the 2012 survey he mentioned in his verbal reply. However on reviewing the survey I was surprised to find that it did not cover the section of the Kettle brook within Wilnecote, and as yet I have yet to receive the promised feedback to my question specifically regarding the Wilnecote section of the Kettle brook. Can the Cabinet member please provide an answer to the question - What plans are being made to clean and maintain the Kettle Brook within Wilnecote?”

 

Councillor D Cook gave the following reply in place of Councillor J Chesworth:-

 

“Thank you Mr Mayor. In the absence of Councillor Chesworth, who is with her Majesty today at the Palace, he has asked me to assure Councillor Standen that he is happy to discuss the matter with him to reach a satisfactory conclusion for local residents”

 

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:-

 

“What progress has been made in identifying the beneficial interest of the former Youth Club / Trust in the ownership of the site currently occupied by the old court buildings and Tamworth Community Radio?”

 

Councillor D Cook gave the following reply:-

 

“Thank you Mr Mayor.

 

In answer to the question – No progress at present, but this is not to say we are ignoring it. The work being-undertaken presently is understanding what a masterplan for the site may look like and using the data obtained during the work our consultants have been doing to understand what the site will support in terms of need and use.

 

Specific detail around lease interests will occur more in the marketing/delivery phase”

 

QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL NO. 3

 

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

 

“What approaches have been made to Staffordshire LEP regarding future relations with them?”

 

Councillor D Cook gave the following reply:-

 

“Thank you again Mr Mayor.

 

Councillor Peaple is of course aware that we are full members of the Staffordshire LEP, and while we have always looked towards Birmingham with our functioning economic geography, we maintain good relationships with the SSLEP.

 

It is worth recalling that while our focus is the GBSLEP, Tamworth as a place is in the SSLEP due to the County Council’s membership of the SSLEP. Thus as a town Tamworth is in the SSLEP whether this  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Appointment of Cabinet and Allocation of Responsibilities

To receive the Membership of Cabinet for 2019/2020 and the Allocation of Responsibilities (to be circulated at the meeting)

Minutes:

The Membership of Cabinet for 2019/20 was received and circulated as below;

 

 

Leader of the Council

 

Assets and Finance

 

Heritage and Growth

Cllr Daniel Cook

 

Cllr Rob Pritchard (Deputy leader)

 

Cllr Jeremy Oates

Portfolio

 

Portfolio

 

Portfolio

 

 

 

 

 

Business Continuity

 

Asset / Facilities Management

 

WMCA Member

Member Development

 

Commercial Property Portfolio

 

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP's)

Corporate Assessments

 

DFG's

 

Economic & Business Development

Budgetary Planning

 

GF Repairs

 

Education / Educational Attainment

Commercial Investment Stategy (CIS)

 

Property Management Investment

 

Career Skills and Training

Organisational Capacity/ Development

 

Town Centre Car Parks

 

Town Centre Regeneration

PR / Comms / Corporate Consultation

 

Finance

 

Town Centre Master-planning

Marketing

 

Procurement

 

Tourism / Destination Tamworth

Customer Insight

 

Revenues & Benefits

 

Heritage Conservation

Corporate Risk Management

 

Treasury Management

 

Heritage Promotion

Emergency Planning

 

Town Centre Markets

 

T.I.C. - Tourism

TSP (Tamworth Stategic Partnership)

 

Payroll

 

 

Partnership Development

 

Audit & Governance

 

 

Performance

 

Constitution

 

 

 

 

Democratic Services

 

 

 

 

Land Charges

 

 

 

 

T.I.C. - Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regulatory and Community Safety

 

Culture and Operational Services

 

Housing Services and Communities

Cllr Stephen Doyle

 

Cllr John Chesworth

 

Cllr Michelle Cook

Portfolio

 

Portfolio

 

Portfolio

 

 

 

 

 

Local Plan Development

 

Waste Management

 

HRA Business Planning

Development Control (Planning)

 

Joint Waste Board with LDC.

 

HRA Neighbourhood Renewal

Building Control (Planning)

 

Street Scene / Tamworth in Bloom

 

Unified Community Offer

Environmental Health (Licencing)

 

Cemeteries

 

Community Development

Licensing Policy

 

Arts / Culture

 

Landlord Services

Corporate ASB Strategy

 

Outdoor Events

 

HRA Repairs

Street Wardens

 

Community Leisure / Sport

 

Tenant Participation

Health & Safety

 

Nature Reserves

 

Housing Solutions

Enforcement

 

Parks and Play

 

Homelessness

Community Safety

 

I.C.T. Customer Services

 

HRA Caretaking & Cleaning

Safeguarding

 

Information Management

 

Private Sector Housing

Civil Parking Enforcement

 

Public Toilet Provision

 

Strategic Housing

Local Health Engagement

 

CCTV

 

Voluntary Sector

PCC Engagement

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.

Appointment of Committees

To receive the Constitution and Membership of Committee for 2019/2020 (to be circulated at the meeting)

Minutes:

Membership of Committees for 2019/20 was agreed as follows:

 

Cabinet

 

Councillors

 

D Cook Leader of the Council

R Pritchard Portfolio Holder for Assets and Finance and Deputy Leader of the Council

M Cook Portfolio Holder for Housing Services and Communities

S Doyle Portfolio Holder for Regulatoryand Community Safety

J Oates Portfolio Holder for Heritage and Growth.

J Chesworth Portfolio Holder for Culture and Operational Services

 

 

Appointments and Staffing Committee

 

Councillors

 

D Cook

R Pritchard

M Cook

S Doyle

Dr S Peaple

 

Audit and Governance Committee

 

Councillors

 

M Bailey

M Greatorex

M Oates

M Summers

P Thurgood

J Faulkner

C Cooke

 

Planning Committee

 

Councillors

 

J Chesworth

J Oates

M Bailey

R Ford

S Goodall

M J Greatorex

M Greatorex

P Thurgood

T Jay

M Oates

S Peaple

P Standen

C Cooke

 

Licensing Committee

 

Councillors

 

P Brindley

R Claymore

T Clements

 

MJ Greatorex

M Greatorex

T Jay

R Kingstone

B Price

R Rogers

M Summers

K Norchi

S Peaple

R Bilcliff

 

Nominations Committee

 

Councillors

 

T Clements

A Farrell

R Kingstone

B Price

R Rogers

K Norchi

C Cooke

 

Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee

 

Councillors

 

M Bailey

P Brindley

T Clements

A Farrell

S Goodall

M Greatorex

P Thurgood

Dr S Peaple

R Bilcliff

 

Corporate Scrutiny Committee

 

Councillors

 

R Claymore

R Ford

S Goodall

T Jay

B Price

M Summers

Dr S Peaple

P Standen

R Bilcliff

 

Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee

 

Councillors

 

P Brindley

R Claymore

R Ford

MJ Greatorex

M Oates

R Rogers

J Faulkner

K Norchi

D Box

 

Chief Officer Conduct Committee

 

Councillors

 

R Ford

T Jay

M Oates

M Summers

S Peaple

 

 

Statutory Officer Conduct Committee

 

Councillors

 

A Farrell

S Goodall

R Kingstone

J Faulkner

D Box

 

 

In addition Councillor D Cook advised Council of the 3 Champions

 

Councillor B Price as Town Centre Champion

Councillor T Clements to continue as Dementia Champion

Councillor P Brindley as Heritage Champion

11.

Appointment of Committee Chairs

To receive details of the proposed Chairs (to be circulated at the meeting)

Minutes:

Appointments and Staffing Committee

 

Councillor D Cook was nominated by Councillor R Pritchard and seconded by Councillor S Doyle

 

Councillor D Cook was appointed Chair of Appointments and Staffing

 

 

Audit and Governance Committee

 

Councillor M Summers was nominated by Councillor M Oates and seconded by Councillor P Thurgood

 

Councillor M Summers was appointed Chair of Audit and Governance.

 

 

Licensing Committee

 

Councillor B Price was nominated by Councillor M Oates and seconded by Councillor P Brindley

 

Councillor B Price was appointed Chair of Licensing.

 

 

Planning Committee

 

Councillor P Thurgood was nominated by Councillor R Ford and seconded by Councillor S Doyle

 

Councillor P Thurgood was appointed Chair of Planning

 

 

Corporate Scrutiny Committee

 

Councillor T Jay was nominated by Councillor T Clements and seconded by Councillor M Summers.

 

Councillor T Jay was appointed Chair of Corporate Scrutiny.

 

 

Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee

 

Councillor R Ford was nominated by Councillor M Oates and seconded by Councillor A Farrell.

 

Councillor R Ford was appointed Chair of Health and Wellbeiing

 

 

Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee

 

Councillor S Goodall was nominated by Councillor M Greatorex and seconded by Councillor T Jay

 

Councillor S Goodall was appointed Chair of Infrastructure, Safety and Growth

 

 

Nominations Committee

 

Councillor T Clements was nominated by Councillor D Cook and seconded by Councillor M Cook

 

Councillor T Clements was appointed Chair of Nominations.

12.

The Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) regulations 2012 pdf icon PDF 68 KB

(The Report of the Leader of the Council)

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council informed Members that The Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) Regulations 2012 specifies and requires inter alia under Regulation 19 that the Executive Leader must submit a report on a regular basis to Council containing details of particulars of each urgent Executive decision and a summary of the matters in respect of which the decision was made. 

 

RESOLVED:

That Members

Endorsed the Annual Executive Arrangements Report

 

 

(Moved by Councillor D Cook and seconded by Councillor Dr S Peaple)

 

13.

Review of the Constitution & Scheme of Delegation pdf icon PDF 67 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Assets and Finance and the Monitoring Officer – Appendix 1 – To Follow)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Assets andFinance & Monitoring Officer ensures lawfulness and operational functionality of the Governance process of the Council, as required by the endorsement and approval of the Constitution and Scheme of Delegation as required by Local Government legislation

 

RESOLVED

That Council

 

 

Approved and adopted the Constitution and Scheme of Delegation as presented in Appendix 1.

 

 

 

(Moved by Councillor R Pritchard and seconded by Councillor P Standen)

 

14.

Regulation of Members Conduct pdf icon PDF 50 KB

(Report of the Monitoring Officer)

Minutes:

The Chief Executive advised Members on the number of complaints received for the period 01 May 2018 until 30 April 2019 in relation to alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct arising from implementation of Part 1 Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011 which introduced provisions to assist with the regulation of standards of conduct for elected and co-opted Councillors

 

RESOLVED:

That Members

Endorsed the findings of the contents of the report.

 

 

(Moved by Councillor D Cook and seconded by Councillor R Pritchard)

 

 

 

15.

Calendar of Meetings - 2019 / 2020 pdf icon PDF 625 KB

To receive the calendar of Council and Committee Meetings for 2019 / 2020 – To Follow

Minutes:

The Calendar of Meetings for 2019/20 was received and circulated at the meeting

 

RESOLVED:

That Members

 

Accepted the Calendar of Meetings for 2019/20 with the agreement to move the Joint Health and Wellbeing & IS&G Committee Meeting on the 11th June 2019.

 

(Moved by Councillor D Cook and seconded by Councillor R Pritchard