Agenda and minutes


Annual Council 2017/2018, Council
Tuesday 16 May 2017 6.30 pm

Venue: Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4AA

Contact: Natasha Clark, Democratic and Elections  Email: natasha.clark@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk, 01295 221589

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Items
No. Item

1.

Welcome

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Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed all Members and guests, including all former councillors and past Chairmen and Honorary Alderman Fred Blackwell.  

 

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

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Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

3.

Communications pdf icon PDF 193 KB

To receive communications from the Chairman and/or the Leader of the Council.

 

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The Chairman made the following announcements:

 

Annual Council

The Chairman reminded Members that by convention the minutes of Committees, questions, petitions and motions were not taken at Annual Council and these, if any, would be considered at the next meeting.

 

The Group nominations to committees for the coming year had been tabled.

 

Chairman’s Engagements

The Chairman advised that a copy of the events attended by herself or the Vice-Chairman had been included in the agenda pack.

 

Post

The Chairman reminded Members to collect their post from their pigeon hole.

4.

Urgent Business

The Chairman to advise whether they have agreed to any item of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.

 

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There were no items of urgent business.

5.

Minutes of Council pdf icon PDF 378 KB

To confirm as correct records the Minutes of Council held on 20 February 2017 and the Special Meeting of Council held on 22 March 2017.

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Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of Council held on 20 February 2017 and the special meeting of Council held on 22 March 2017 were agreed as correct records and signed by the Chairman.

6.

Election of Chairman for the Municipal Year 2017/2018

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(The outgoing Chairman, Councillor Chris Heath, presided for the consideration of this matter and those preceding)

 

It was moved by Councillor Wood and seconded by Councillor Reynolds, that Councillor Maurice Billington be elected as Chairman for the municipal year 2017/2018. There were no other nominations.

 

Resolved

 

That Councillor Maurice Billington be appointed Chairman of Cherwell District Council for the Municipal Year 2017/2018.

 

7.

Investiture of Chairman

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Councillor Maurice Billington, having made and signed the required Declaration of Acceptance of Office was invested with the Chairman’s Chain and took the Chair.

8.

Chairman's Address

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Councillor Maurice Billington thanked members for his appointment and addressed Council.

 

The Chairman reported that he would be supporting four Kidlington based charities during his term of office: Senile Dementia, The Neighbourhood Scheme and Information Centre, Girl Guides, and Young Adults with Depression.

 

The Chairman advised Council his consorts for the year would be his sister Marie Silman and former Chairman, Councillor Chris Heath.

9.

Vote of Thanks to the Immediate Past Chairman

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The Chairman of the Council presented Councillor Chris Heath with a gift and her past Chairman’s badge as a token of her term of office.

 

Members paid tribute to Councillor Heath and thanked her for the dedication she had shown representing the Council, the services she had rendered to the District and the gracious way she had presided over the deliberations of Council during her year of office.

 

10.

Past Chairman's Response

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Councillor Chris Heath addressed Council to report on her term of office.

 

Councillor Heath reported that she had attended numerous and varied functions during her term of office and hosted events to raise money for her chosen charitiy, Second Time Around, a Banbury charity that enables adults with physical and learning difficulties to gain hands on skills and improve their confidence.

 

Councillor Heath presented a cheque for £2600 to representatives from Second Time Around.

 

Councillor Heath paid particular thanks to her consorts for the year and Liz Matthews, the Chairman’s PA and presented them with a token of her appreciation.

 

 

11.

Election of Vice-Chairman for the Municipal Year 2017/2018

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It was moved by Councillor Wood and seconded by Councillor Reynolds, that Councillor Jolanta Lis be elected as Vice-Chairman for the Municipal Year 2017/2018. There were no other nominations.

 

Resolved

 

(1)          That Councillor Jolanta Lis be elected Vice-Chairman of the Council for the municipal year 2017/2018.

 

12.

Investiture of Vice-Chairman

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Councillor Jolanta Lis, having made and signed the required Declaration of Acceptance of Office was invested with the Vice-Chairman’s Chain.

 

13.

Annual Council Business Report pdf icon PDF 192 KB

** Appendix 1 and 2 to this report will follow as Political Groups are considering appointments to Committees **

 

Report of Interim Chief Executive / Head of Paid Service

 

Purpose of report

 

To note the constitution of Political Groups, note the appointment of the Deputy Leader and Executive for the Municipal Year 2017/18, consider and agree the suggested constitution of Committees for the Municipal year 2017/2018 and consider an amendment to the Constitution whereby training will be mandatory for members of the Accounts, Audit and Risk Committee.

 

Recommendations

            

** The recommendations are also included in the relevant section of the report**

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To note the constitution of Political Groups and notification of Group Leaders.

 

1.2         To note the appointment of Deputy Leader of the Council, the membership of the Executive and the Executive Portfolios for 2017/18 (Appendix 1 – to follow).

 

1.3         To agree the allocation of seats on committees that are subject to the political balance requirements as set out in Table 1.

 

1.4         To agree the allocation of seats on committees not subject to political balance requirements as set out in Table 2.

 

1.5         To appoint members (and where appropriate, substitute members) to serve on each of the committees and other bodies set out in Tables 1 and 2 in accordance with the nominations to be made by political groups (Appendix 2 - to follow).

 

1.6         To appoint a representative to the Oxfordshire County Council Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

1.7         To appoint a representative to the Police and Crime Commissioner Scrutiny Panel.

 

1.8         To agree that the Constitution be amended so that it is mandatory for members of the Accounts, Audit and Risk Committee to have received training before they can sit on the Committee.

 

 

1.9         To agree that authority be delegated to the Head of Law and Governance to update the Constitution to reflect recommendation 1.8.

 

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Minutes:

The Interim Chief Executive / Head of Paid Service submitted a report for Council to note the constitution of Political Groups, note the appointment of the Deputy Leader and Executive for the Municipal Year 2017/18, consider and agree the suggested constitution of Committees for the Municipal year 2017/2018 and consider an amendment to the Constitution whereby training would be mandatory for members of the Accounts, Audit and Risk Committee.

 

In advising Council of Executive appointments for 2017/18, the Leader of the Council, Councillor Barry Wood, explained that Councillor Atack was standing down as an Executive member and thanked him for his hard work as the finance Lead Member.

 

Resolved

 

(1)          That the constitution of Political Groups (38 Conservatives, 8 Labour and 2 Independents) and notification of Group Leaders: Councillor Barry Wood, Leader of the Conservative Group and Leader of the Council, Councillor Sean Woodcock, Leader of the Labour Group and Leader of the Opposition and Councillor Les Sibley, Leader of the Independent Group, be noted.

 

(2)          That the appointment of the Deputy Leader of the Council, the membership of the Executive and the Executive Portfolios for 2017/18 be noted:

 

Lead Member Portfolio

Councillor

Leader of the Council

 

Councillor Barry Wood

Deputy Leader of the Council

 

Councillor George Reynolds

Lead Member for Financial Management

 

Councillor Tony Ilott

Lead Member for Public Protection and Community Services

 

Councillor Kieron Mallon

Lead Member for Change Management, Joint Working and IT

 

Councillor Mike Kerford-Byrnes

Lead Member for Clean and Green

 

Councillor Debbie Pickford

Lead Member for Estates and the Economy

 

Councillor Lynn Pratt

Lead Member for Performance Management

Councillor Richard Mould

 

Lead Member for Housing

 

Councillor John Donaldson

Lead Member for Planning

Councillor Colin Clarke

 

 

 

(3)          That the allocation of seats on committees that were subject to the political balance requirements be agreed:

 

TOTAL

CON

LAB

IND

Accounts, Audit & Risk Committee

8

6

2

0

Appeals Panel

10

8

1 (-1)

1 (+1)

Budget Planning Committee

12

10

2

0

Joint Appeals Panel

3

2

1

0

Joint Commissioning Committee

6

5

1

0

Joint Scrutiny Committee

5

4

1

0

Licensing Committee

12

9 (-1)

2

1 (+1)

Overview & Scrutiny

12

10

2

0

Personnel Committee

12

10

2

0

Planning Committee

18

14

3

1

Standards Committee

8

7

1 (-1)

1 (+1)

Proportional Total by Committee

106

85

20

1

Aggregate Entitlement

106

84

18

4

Adjustment Required

N/A

-1

- 2

+3

 

(4)          That the allocation of seats on committees not subject to political balance requirements be agreed:

 

TOTAL

CON

LAB

IND

Joint Councils Employee Engagement Committee

3

2

1

0

 

 

(5)       That members (and where appropriate, substitute members) be appointed to serve on each of the committees and other bodies as set out below in accordance with the nominations made by political groups:

 

Proportional Committees 2017/18

 

Accounts, Audit and Risk Committee

 

Membership (8 members with unnamed substitutes)

 

Conservative (6)

Labour (2)

Ind (0)

Cllr Hugo Brown – V-CH

Cllr Barry Richards

 

Cllr Ian Corkin - CH

Cllr Sean Woodcock

 

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14.

Appointment of Monitoring Officer pdf icon PDF 122 KB

Report of Interim Head of Paid Service

 

Purpose of report

 

To appoint a monitoring officer in place of Kevin Lane, Head of Law and Governance, who leaves his employment with South Northamptonshire Council on 30 June 2017.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

 1.1        Pursuant to section 5 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 to appoint James Doble as the Council’s monitoring officer with effect from 1 July 2017.

 

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Minutes:

The Interim Head of Paid Service submitted a report to appoint a monitoring officer in place of Kevin Lane, Head of Law and Governance, who leaves his employment with Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council on 30 June 2017.

 

Resolved

 

(1)          That, pursuant to section 5 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, James Doble be appointed as the Council’s monitoring officer with effect from 1 July 2017.

 

15.

Community Governance Review Update pdf icon PDF 125 KB

Report of Interim Chief Executive

 

Purpose of report

 

To provide an update on the Community Governance Review (CGR), including the results of the first consultation with Upper Heyford, and to ask Council to approve amendments to the timetable.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended to:

 

 1.1        Note the update;

 

1.2      Approve a change in the timetable regarding the second consultation stage of the review;

 

1.3      Delegate authority to the Assistant Director – Transformational Governance to make any further amendments to the timetable if required.

 

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Minutes:

The Interim Chief Executive submitted a report to provide an update on the Community Governance Review (CGR), including the results of the first consultation with Upper Heyford, and to ask Council to approve amendments to the timetable.

 

Resolved

 

(1)          That the update be noted.

 

(2)          That a change in the timetable regarding the second consultation stage of the review be approved.

 

16.

High Speed Rail - HS2 Determination of Schedule 17 Applications for Approval of Details pdf icon PDF 241 KB

Report of Head of Development Management

 

Purpose of report

 

To seek the agreement of the Council to the proposed revision to the Scheme of Delegation to the Head of Development Management to ensure the expedient determination of applications submitted pursuant to Schedule 17 of the High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Act 2017.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

 1.1        To amend the Scheme of Delegation to the Head of Development Management, as set out in the Council’s Constitution, to insert the following application type within the list of delegated application types set out in part A of the Scheme.

 

“Applications pursuant to Schedule 17 of the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Act 2017”.

 

 

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The Head of Development Management submitted a report to seek the agreement of the Council to the proposed revision to the Scheme of Delegation to the Head of Development Management to ensure the expedient determination of applications submitted pursuant to Schedule 17 of the High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Act 2017.

 

Resolved

            

(1)          That the Scheme of Delegation to the Head of Development Management, as set out in the Council’s Constitution, be amended to insert the following application type within the list of delegated application types set out in part A of the Scheme.

 

“Applications pursuant to Schedule 17 of the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Act 2017”.

 

 

17.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following item contains exempt information as defined in the following paragraphs of Part 1, Schedule 12A of Local Government Act 1972.

 

3 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

Members are reminded that whilst the following item has been marked as exempt, it is for the meeting to decide whether or not to consider it in private or in public. In making the decision, members should balance the interests of individuals or the Council itself in having access to the information. In considering their discretion members should also be mindful of the advice of Council Officers.

 

Should Members decide not to make decisions in public, they are recommended to pass the following recommendation:

 

“That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the ground that, if the public and press were present, it would be likely that exempt information falling under the provisions of Schedule 12A, Part 1, Paragraph 3 would be disclosed to them, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”

 

 

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Resolved

 

That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the ground that, if the public and press were present, it would be likely that exempt information falling under the provisions of Schedule 12A, Part 1, Paragraph 3 would be disclosed to them, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

18.

Award of Contract for the Construction of the Eco Business Centre at NW Bicester

Exempt Report of Commercial Director

Minutes:

The Commercial Director submitted an exempt report relating to the award of contract for the construction of the Eco Business Centre at NW Bicester.

 

Resolved

 

(1)          As set out in the exempt minutes.

 

(2)          As set out in the exempt minutes.