Agenda and minutes

Council - Thursday, 30th July, 2020 7.30 pm

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28.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 28 May 2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Annual meeting of the Council held on 28 May 2020 be approved as a correct record.

29.

Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Allcard, Archer, Brown and Kelly.

30.

Declarations of interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

There were none.

31.

Urgent business - Local Government Reorganisation pdf icon PDF 272 KB

To consider any urgent business.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.11, the Mayor specified the circumstance by which the report had been allowed to be taken as urgent business.  This was to ensure that Reigate & Banstead Borough Council would be able to contribute to the current debate about the future shape of local government in Surrey and to ensure that the interests of the borough and its residents would be represented in any proposals that were developed.

 

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Brunt, introduced the report which proposed that the full range of options for the future of local government within Surrey should be properly investigated before any decision was made. It was considered premature to conclude that a single county wide unitary council was the most appropriate structure until that had been done. There may be other models that would be equally or more appropriate in balancing the range of wide range of considerations (for example, options that were more consistent with the government’s guideline size criteria). The other Boroughs and Districts in Surrey had also expressed concerns about the principle of pursuing a single-unitary solution for Surrey when no business case had yet been presented and when other options had not been fully investigated.

 

At the invitation of the Mayor, Members spoke in endorsement of the recommendations, whereupon it was:

 

RESOLVED that the Council

 

1.               Supports further investigation into the future structure of local government in Surrey and in so doing utilises the funding set out at paragraph 19 of the report

2.               Agrees that the Leader, supported by officers, should work with other authorities across the County to develop a proposal which is place-based, close to local communities and continues to provide residents with the support and services they need; and

3.               Agrees that the Leader establishes a cross party member working group to feed into the above work

32.

Public questions pdf icon PDF 49 KB

To consider any questions received from members of the public under Council Procedure Rule 2.14.

Minutes:

Mr Jonathan White asked a question about the use of Helium Balloons on Council sites, and a response was given by the Leader of the Council in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.14.

 

Note: For more information on responses to Council questions please see this page on the Council’s website:

 

https://reigate-banstead.moderngov.co.uk/ecCatDisplay.aspx?sch=doc&cat=13260

33.

Questions by Members pdf icon PDF 213 KB

To consider any questions received from members of the public under Council Procedure Rule 2.15.

Minutes:

Notice of six questions had been received, two of which would receive a written answer. Four questions were asked at the meeting and responses given in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.15. The details were as follows:

 

Question by

 

 

Answered by

 

Subject

 

Councillor Essex

 

Councillor Knight, Executive Member for Housing and Benefits

 

 

Proposed Monthly Rents and Purchase Price at Council-led Housing Developments

 

 

Councillor Ritter

 

Councillor Bramhall, Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services

 

 

Pollinator Action Plan

 

Councillor McKenna

 

Councillor Biggs, Executive Member for Planning Policy

 

 

Extension of Permitted Development Rights

 

 

Councillor Sinden

 

Councillor Ashford, Executive Member for Community Partnerships

 

Ground Floor Community Space – Former Youth Association Hall, Marketfield Way

 

 

Councillor Brown

 

Councillor Humphreys, Executive Member for Place and Economic Prosperity

 

 

Communal Working Hubs

(Written response)

 

Councillor Brown

 

 

Councillor Horwood, Executive Member for Wellbeing and Intervention

 

 

Theatre on Earlswood Common

(Written response)

 

 

 

 

 

Note: For more information on responses to Council questions please see this page on the Council’s website:

 

https://reigate-banstead.moderngov.co.uk/ecCatDisplay.aspx?sch=doc&cat=13260

                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34.

Recommendations pdf icon PDF 42 KB

To receive and consider the recommendations of the Council’s Executive, committees and sub-committees.

 

i)                 To receive the recommendation of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Minute 11) concerning the Overview and Scrutiny Committee Annual Report 2019/20, for adoption.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the recommendation of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of 11 June 2020 (Minute 11), concerning the Overview and Scrutiny Committee Annual Report 2019/20, be adopted.

35.

Report of the Council's IRP on Members' Allowances for 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 127 KB

To receive the Report and Recommendations of the Independent Remuneration Panel.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Acting Chief Executive introduced the report of the Council’s Independent Remuneration Panel which recommended a Members’ Allowances Scheme to apply from 1 April 2020, with applicable elements applied retrospectively back to that date.

 

Councillor Brunt proposed and Councillor Blacker seconded the recommendations, and it was noted that the report identified that consideration should be given for future reviews to be conducted on a lighter-touch or less frequent basis.

 

RESOLVED that

 

1.               Recommendations (1) to (12) of the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) be adopted

2.               The Proper Officer be authorised to make any necessary changes to the Members’ Allowances Scheme for 2020/21 (approved under Recommendation 1 above) arising from any amendment or non-adoption of the IRP’s recommendations on Allowances

3.               The payment to IRP members for producing their report be increased, in line with the general principle of adopting the January 2020 CPI (1.8%), from £563.20 to £573.34, in accordance with the general principle of the approach agreed by Council in December 2018

4.               The IRP be thanked for its report

5.               The Council agree to recruit two IRP Members for a three-year period

 

36.

Revised Member Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To receive the recommendations of the Governance Task Group.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The recommendation of the Governance Task Group was moved by Councillor Walsh and seconded by Councillor Rickman, whereupon it was:

 

RESOLVED that the revised Member Code of Conduct, and Member / Officer Protocol be adopted; and that consequential amendments to the Constitution of the Council be made accordingly.  

37.

Statements

To receive any statement from the Leader of the Council, Members of the Executive, Chairmen of Committees or the Head of Paid Service.

Minutes:

There were none.

38.

Leader's announcements

To receive any announcements by the Leader of the Council.

Minutes:

The Leader shared the news of the sad passing of former Councillor Mike Miller, who had been a Chairman of the Planning Committee, prior to holding a role as an Executive Member, during his time on the Council.

39.

Mayor's announcements

To receive any announcements from the Mayor.

Minutes:

Since the last meeting of the Council, the Mayor had:

 

·       Supported local businesses by safely attending those shops, cafés and restaurants that had re-opened due to the easing of lockdown restrictions

·       Observed a flag raising ceremony, in recognition of Armed Forces Week

·       Thanked volunteers by video link during Volunteers Week

 

The Mayor explained that her Charity, The Community Fund for Reigate & Banstead, had in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, been converted into a local Reigate & Banstead Coronavirus Emergency Fund which was assisting with the local social and welfare response.  Since the start of the Covid-19 emergency, grants had been awarded to seven local organisations, including Citizens Advice Reigate and Banstead, and the Children’s Trust.

 

Whilst fundraising activities were limited due to the circumstances of the pandemic, donations to the Mayor’s Charity were welcome. The first fundraising opportunity planned by the Mayor and Consort would be a sponsored walk around the borough.

 

Members noted that Heritage Open Day, with an emphasis on online content, and a theme of Hidden Nature, would run from 11 - 20 September.

 

Lastly, the Mayor congratulated Councillor Kanika Sachdeva on the birth of her daughter, and wished her and her family well.  

 

40.

EXEMPT - Senior Management Update

RECOMMENDED that members of the Press and public be excluded from the meeting for this item of business under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that:

(i)              it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act; and

(ii)             the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

 

To receive the exempt recommendations of the Employment Committee, report to follow.  

Minutes:

RESOLVED that members of the Press and public be excluded from the meeting for this item of business under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that:

 

(i)              it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act; and

 

(ii)             the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

The Council considered an exempt report, with seven recommendations relating to the senior management of the Council. At the request of five Members, voting was recorded in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.21.2, as follows:

 

For: Councillors Absalom, Ashford, Biggs, Blacker, Brunt, Buttironi, Horwood, Hudson, Humphreys, King, Knight, Kulka, Lewanski, Lynch, Michalowski, Moses, Neame, Parnall, Paul, Philpott, Rickman, Ross, Sachdeva, Schofield, Stevens, Turner and Walsh. (27)

 

Against: Councillors Adamson, Bray, Essex, Feeney, Harp, Harper, Harrison, McKenna, Ritter, Sinden and Whinney. (11)

 

Abstentions: (0)

 

RESOLVED that the seven recommendations set out in the exempt report, be approved.

 

Clerk’s note: i) Councillor Foreman left the meeting prior to the vote being called; ii) the Acting Chief Executive, Mari Roberts-Wood left the meeting upon the conclusion of this item, and did not return.

41.

EXEMPT - Interim Appointment of Statutory Officers and Responsibilities

RECOMMENDED that members of the Press and public be excluded from the meeting for this item of business under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that:

(i)              it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act; and

(ii)             the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

 

Report to follow.  

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that members of the Press and public be excluded from the meeting for this item of business under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that:

 

(i)              it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act; and

 

(ii)             the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

The Council considered an exempt report, with two recommendations relating to the interim appointment of statutory officers and responsibilities.

 

RESOLVED

 

1.     That Mari Roberts Wood, Director of People, be appointed as the Interim Head of Paid Service, Interim Returning Officer and the Interim Electoral Registration Officer.

 

2.     That the Recruitment Plan to appoint an Interim Chief Executive, Interim Head of Paid Service, Interim Returning Officer and Interim Electoral Registration Officer, be noted.