Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Guildhall

Contact: Claire Chaplin, Democratic and Civic Services Manager - Tel: 01905 722005 

Items
No. Item

67.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

None.

68.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

69.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Of the meeting held on 19th February 2019 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 19th February 2019 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Mayor.

70.

Mayor's Communications

To receive any communications the Mayor may wish to make.

Minutes:

Victims of the New Zealand Terror Attacks

All Members of the Council stood for a minute’s silence for the victims of the New Zealand terror attack which occurred on the 15th March 2019.

 

Mayor’s Banquet March 2019

The Mayor informed Council that the event was a huge success and so far had raised £15,000 for his charities.  The Mayor thanked all those who assisted with the event and all those who had attended.  Thanks especially were given to the Guildhall staff, in particular Ben Schiffmann and Gill Preece.

 

Forthcoming Events

The Mayor highlighted the following forthcoming events:

 

Tuesday 9th April 2019 – Civic Society Lecture

Friday 12th April 2019 – Worcester Concert Brass Spring Concert

Tuesday 16th April 2019 – 8th Annual Medical Lecture

 

Tribute to Retiring Councillors

The Mayor paid tribute to Councillors Feeney, Knight and G. Squires, who were all retiring in May.  Other Members spoke and paid their respective tributes.  Each of the retiring Councillors responded to the tributes.

 

Refreshments

The Mayor invited everyone present to join him for refreshments in the Mayor’s Parlour after the meeting.

71.

Public Participation

Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be allowed, each speaker being allocated a maximum of five minutes, for members of the public to present a petition, ask a question or comment on any matter on the Agenda or within the remit of the Council in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10.

Minutes:

Mr Tom Piotrowski commented on the Notice of Motion proposed by Councillor Mitchell – ‘Support to Armed Forces’.

 

The Mayor acknowledged Mr Piotrowski’s comments.

72.

Questions

The Leader of the Council, the Deputy Leader of the Council or the Chair of any Committee or Sub-Committee to take any questions that may be submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9.

Minutes:

Question No. 1

Question From:

Councillor Lynn Denham  

Question To:

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Leader of the Council

Question:

What consultation has there been between Worcestershire County Council and Worcester City Council regarding the proposed junction improvements at Sidbury??

Answer:

A number of discussions on this issue have occurred between County and City Council Officers. These discussions have been focused around a number of junctions as part of the St Johns to Sidbury corridor improvement programme which is the result of the £3.2 million funding, awarded to County as part of the National Productivity Investment Fund  to tackle known congestion 'pinch points' on the main west-east axis through the City Centre. The basis behind the improvements includes investment in traffic signals to improve network efficiency and tackle poor local air quality, public realm, improvements to improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists and improved highway design.

London Road/ Bath Road/Sidbury junction was one of the sites identified for a focused intervention. Discussions were held on the principle of removing some trees on Commandery Road situated on City Council land as part of the improvement as retention of the trees would have limited the scope of the improvement including  the visibility of traffic signals and the introduction of a phase 2 crossing.  Advice was sought by officers on the condition and life expectancy of these trees from professional tree officers, who confirmed that the trees in question had a limited life.

Finally, no objections to the proposed works were lodged by the City Council to the County Council.

Supplementary Question:

Thank you for that answer. I’m somewhat surprised, having been in lengthy conversation over the last two years about landscaping of St. Peter’s Street and of Commandery Road, and about the wall on the road, that City Officers made absolutely no mention that the cherry trees are going to be removed. What assurance can the Leader give that Ward Councillors will be appropriately involved in future when there are changes discussed that have a major environmental impact on their area?

Answer:

I think I made the point at the last Council, Mr Mayor, that where changes and initiatives are happening in a local ward that I would expect that City Council Officers do engage with City Members. I understand in this case that County Council Officers engaged with the relevant local Members, including her husband obviously as his County Division is on the other side of this junction. So County Members were clearly engaged and informed on this. I can only echo the comments I made before and hope that officers take note that yes, local Members should be involved and informed of things that are going to have an impact on their locality.

 

Question No. 2

Question From:

Councillor Louise Griffiths

Question To:

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Leader of the Council

Question:

The National Government Homeless Prevention Programme provided £40m of funding to local authorities between 2016 and 2019. Through £10m of this programme, the Rough Sleeping Grant Funding sought to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 72.

73.

Notice of Motion

To consider any Notices of Motion submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 8.

Minutes:

The Council considered the following Notices of Motion, which had been submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 8:

 

Proposed North of Worcester City Bridge

 

Council notes the level of interest and support for the proposed north of Worcester City bridge and the Council’s own potential commitment of up to £875,000.  In order to confirm the validity and priority of this project, Council agrees to carry out a full public consultation exercise.  The details of the consultation should be  overseen by the Policy and Resources Committee but they should include assessments of information available about cost, location, infrastructure, impact and public need.

 

The results of this consultation should be reported to the Policy and Resources Committee by 1st November 2019 in order to inform any decision to progress the project to the next phase.

 

The proposer, Councillor Gregson and the seconder, Councillor Collins both spoke in support of the Motion.

 

Members then entered into a debate on the Motion where support and opposition was expressed across the Chamber.

 

The Motion was then put to the vote and in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 7.2 a named vote was requested and supported by four Members.  On being put to the vote the Notice of Motion was lost.

 

Record of Voting

 

For:

Councillors

Against:

Councillors

Agar, Berry, Biggs, Cawthorne, Collins, Cronin, Denham, Gregson, Hodges, Lamb, Laurenson, Riaz, G. Squires, J. Squires, Stalker, Stephen and Udall.

Altaf, A. Amos, B. Amos, Bayliss, Denlegh-Maxwell, Ditta, Feeney, Geraghty, Griffiths, L. Hodgson. S. Hodgson, Johnson, Jones, Knight, Mitchell, Roberts, Stafford and Stanley.

Total: 17

Total: 18

 

Saturday Skips Service

 

Council regrets the ongoing suspension of the Saturday Skips Service and, while it recognises the issues involved in reintroducing the service, feels that needy communities across the City are feeling the pain of its absence.

 

Therefore, as a temporary measure until the Saturday Skips service returns, Council mandates the Managing Director to investigate and introduce as soon as possible a free, bookable replacement Saturday kerbside collection service covering all areas of the City on at least a once a month basis.

The proposer, Councillor Bayliss and the seconder, Councillor J. Squires both spoke in support of the Motion.

 

Members then entered into a debate on the Motion where support was expressed across the Chamber.

 

The Motion was then put to the vote and in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 7.2 a named vote was requested and supported by four Members.  On being put to the vote the Motion was unanimously agreed and it was

 

RESOLVED: That the Council agrees to mandate the Managing Director to investigate and introduce as soon as possible a free, bookable replacement Saturday kerbside collection service covering all areas of the City on at least a once a month basis.

 

Record of Voting

 

For:

Councillors

Against:

Councillors

Agar, Altaf, A. Amos, B. Amos, Bayliss, Berry, Biggs, Cawthorne, Collins, Cronin, Denham, Denlegh-Maxwell, Ditta, Feeney, Geraghty, Gregson, Griffiths, Hodges, L. Hodgson, S. Hodgson, Johnson, Jones, Knight, Lamb, Laurenson, Mitchell, Riaz, Roberts, G. Squires, J.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 73.

74.

Report from the Relevant Committee on Matters which are Referred to Council for Decision pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To receive reports on matters which by law or in accordance with the Constitution are referred to Council for decision.

 

1.      Freedom Leisure – Transfer of Crèche to Perdiswell Leisure Centre – Referral Report from Communities Committee 12th March 2019

 

          That the Council approve the fees and charges proposed for the crèche facility at Perdiswell Leisure Centre as set out in thus report.

 

2.      Code of Conduct – Referral Report from Standards Committee 13th March 2019

 

          That the Council agree to amend the Code of Conduct, as set out in paragraph 2.2.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Referral Report from Communities Committee – Transfer of crèche to Perdiswell Leisure Centre

 

The Council considered a referral report from the Chairman of Communities Committee to approve the fees and charges proposed for the crèche facility at Perdiswell Leisure Centre as set out in the report.

 

At its meeting on 12th March 2019, the Communities Committee considered and noted the transfer of the crèche facilities provided by Freedom Leisure from St John’s Sports Centre to Perdiswell Leisure Centre and agreed to recommend to full Council the approval of the fees and charges as set out in the report.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Stanley, seconded by Councillor J. Squires and on being put to the vote was unanimously agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That the Council approve the fees and charges proposed for the crèche facility at Perdiswell Leisure Centre as set out in the report.

 

Referral Report from Standards Committee – Code of Conduct

 

The Council considered a referral report from the Chairman of Standards Committee to approve the amendment to the Code of Conduct as set out in paragraph 2.2 of the report.

 

At its meeting on 13th March 2019, the Standards Committee considered a report on complaints made under the Council’s Code of Conduct.  Following a recent investigation it was proposed to amend the Code of Conduct to include a new sub clause referring specifically to the Guidance issued for Members on the use of Council Stationery.

 

The Code of Conduct forms part of the Constitution, and any amendments must be approved by full Council.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Hodges, seconded by Councillor Jones and on being put to the vote it was agreed and

 

RESOLVED:  That the Council approve the amendments of the Code of Conduct as set out in paragraph 2.2 of the report.

 

Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee – Former Park and Ride Site, John Comyn Drive, off Droitwich Road

 

The Council considered a referral report from the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee to declare the remainder of the former Park and Ride site at Perdiswell (identified as the “Site” and shown edged red on the attached plan) as surplus to the Council’s requirements and authorises the Site to be offered on the open market for disposal by way of freehold sale or long leasehold.

At its meeting on 19th March 2019, the Policy and Resources Committee considered a report on the proposed disposal of the Site, which is the remainder of the former Park and Ride site in the Council’s ownership, at Perdiswell.

 

The Council agreed a Motion on 22nd November 2016 as follows:

 

That, should any proposal to sell, lease, transfer or otherwise dispose of land at Perdiswell come forward, Full Council should determine any such proposal rather than Officer delegation or Cabinet.

 

The second recommendation, outlined at paragraph 1.2 of the Policy and Resources Committee report, was approved by the Committee but was obviously subject to the Council approving the first recommendation.

 

It was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 74.

75.

Report from the Leader of the Council on any matters which he is of the opinion require urgent consideration by The Council

To receive a report, if necessary.

Minutes:

None.

76.

Items Involving the Disclosure of Exempt Information

The Council is invited to pass the following resolution:-

 

That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of information as defined in Schedule 12A of the said Act.

 

Minutes:

None.

77.

Any Exempt Issues

To consider any exempt matters which might arise.

Minutes:

None.