Agenda and minutes
Venue: Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3UY
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Note: The recording of this meeting is available on line at: https://www.hastings.gov.uk/my_council/cm/?video=267426168
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RESOLVED that the minutes of the council meeting held on 13 December 2017 and the minutes of the budget council meeting held on 21 February 2018 be approved and signed by the Mayor as a correct record of the proceedings
Declarations of Interest
The following councillors declared an interest in the minutes:
Full Council, 18 April 2018
37 – Questions from Councillors under Rule 12
Personal – he works in the commercial property industry
Announcements from the Mayor and Leader
The Mayor sent the best wishes of Full Council to Kevin Boorman, Marketing and Major Projects Manager, who had recently been unwell.
The Leader of the Council thanked Councillors Terri Dowling, Atkins, Poole, Howard, Wincott, Westley, Clark, Bruce Dowling, Street, Cartwright and Cooke, who would be standing down at the borough elections in May for their service to the council and the town.
Questions from Councillors under Rule 12
a) Members of the public under Rule 11
b) Councillors under Rule 12
A written question had been received from Councillor Beaver regarding the proposed sports village development. Councillor Chowney replied to the questions. Copies of the question and response were circulated at the meeting.
Councillor Beaver asked a supplementary question about the contingency plans that would be put in place should the sports village operator fail. Councillor Chowney replied that rigorous due diligence measures were in place to assess the suitability of any potential operators for the sports village, to minimise the risk of a business failure. He noted that whilst there was always an element of risk involved with development projects, high quality facilities attract interest from alternative operators.
A written question has been received from Councillor Patmore regarding increases the hire charge for council owned beach huts and chalets. Councillor Chowney replied to the question. Copies of the question and response were circulated at the meeting.
Questions to the Leader, Deputy Leader and other Lead Members were asked and answered in accordance with rule 12.1 as follows:
Questioner and Councillor
Reply Given By Councillor
Economic conditions in Hastings Given the low levels of unemployment, rising wages and low interest rates nationally, how is the council ensuring this economic success is transferred to Hastings?
Councillor Chowney replied that a recent report by the Rowntree Foundation noted that levels of unemployment in many areas was higher than national figures suggest. This issue is particularly acute in coastal towns, including Hastings, many of which continue to struggle with high levels of deprivation. He added that there had been increased inward migration to the town over recent years. The Community Led Local Development programme would help to engage marginalised communities, by providing access to education, training and employment opportunities.
Relocation of walk in medical centre will the Leader of the Council agree to write to the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) objecting to the planned relocation of the walk in medical centre from Station Plaza to the Conquest Hospital?
Councillor Chowney acknowledged that these concerns were shared by many councillors and agreed to write to the CCG in response to the consultation.
External Funding is there an update on any upcoming external funding opportunities and recent successes?
Councillor Chowney replied that the council had recently secured funding via the European Union (EU) DESTI-SMART programme to develop transport links with the seafront. The council was also preparing a funding bid to support capital works to improve transport links.
Commercial Property Investment Carpet Right, which occupies one of the council’s commercial property units, recently issued a profits warning and intends to close a number of its stores. Does the Leader of the Council agree that commercial property investment is too high risk for the council?
Councillor Chowney said that Carpet Right has identified the Hastings store as one of its best performing outlets and did not intend to close the shop or seek rent reductions. He added that he did not believe commercial property investment was too high ... view the full minutes text for item 37.
Motion (Rule 14)
Councillor Beaver to propose, seconded by Councillor Cooke that:
“This council understands the significance of pollution and environmental degradation caused by the disposal of plastic. This council will begin phasing out single use plastics within all our premises and will achieve zero use by the end of 2019. We will also encourage by example and through advising on operating procedures, other authorities and organisations in East Sussex to do the same.”
Councillor Beaver proposed a motion, as set out in the resolution below, which was seconded by Councillor Poole.
RESOLVED (unanimously) that this council understands the significance of pollution and environmental degradation caused by the disposal of plastic. This council will begin phasing out single use plastics within all our premises and will achieve zero use by the end of 2019. We will also encourage by example and through advising on operating procedures, other authorities and organisations in East Sussex to do the same.
Motion (Rule 14)
Councillor Patmore to propose the following motion, that:
“Hastings Borough Council supports the campaign to bring the Bayeux Tapestry to Hastings during its loan period and will do all it can to achieve a successful outcome. “
Councillor Patmore proposed a motion, as set out in the resolution below, which was seconded by Councillor Chowney.
RESOLVED (unanimously) that Hastings Borough Council supports the campaign to bring the Bayeux Tapestry to Hastings during its loan period and will do all it can to achieve a successful outcome.
Membership of Committees
To give effect to any request received from a political group for a change in their representation on committee(s).
No motions for a change in representation on committees were received from the group leaders.
(Report of the Executive Manager, People Customer and Business Support)
The report of the Director of Corporate Services and Governance was submitted, which sought approval of the pay policy statement.
Under the Localism Act 2011, the council was required to prepare and publish a pay policy statement each year. The statement provides information about the council’s policies on a range of issues relating to the pay of its workforce, particularly its senior staff and its lowest paid employees.
Under rule 13.3 of the council’s constitution, the recommendations of the report were agreed without being called for discussion.
RESOLVED that the pay policy statement is approved
The reason for this decision was:
The Localism Act 2011 requires Hastings Borough Council to prepare and publish an annual pay policy statement. The purpose of such a statement is to provide information about council policies on a range of issues relating to the pay of its workforce, particularly its senior staff and its lowest paid employees. A pay policy must be prepared for each financial year and must be approved by Full Council, and published.
a) To resolve that the public be excluded from the meeting during the discussion of any items considered while the public were excluded by the relevant committee because it is likely that if members of the public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in the respective paragraphs of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 referred to in the minutes of the relevant committee.
b) To receive and consider the recommendations and any decisions of the following committees.
Cabinet Member / Chair
CABINET - 8 JANUARY 2018
Youth Council Manifesto
Hastings Museum Strategic Development
Proposal for Local Nature Reserves
CABINET – 5 MARCH 2018
Cash Collection Contract
Harold Place Redevelopment Site
An Update – CHART (Connecting Hastings and Rother Together) Community Led Local Development (CLLD) – Stage 2 application
Unit 1 Hastings Retail Park
CABINET – 9 APRIL 2018
Amendments to the Council’s Constitution
Development of a Social Lettings Agency for Hastings
Proposed Revisions to the Local Development Scheme
Healthy Hastings & Rother Funding Programme Update
Freedom Leisure Capital Investment
1. The Mayor will call over the minutes and members will rise and indicate those items which they wish to have discussed.
2. No discussion shall take place at this stage upon part II minutes covered by the resolution 10a) above. Any such discussion shall be deferred to item 11 on the agenda.
(C – Council decision) (E – Exempt)
- Minutes Public Pack, 05/03/2018 , item 42. PDF 70 KB
- Minutes Public Pack, 09/04/2018 Cabinet , item 42. PDF 77 KB
The Mayor having called over the minutes set out in the agenda, the under mentioned minutes were reserved for discussion.
RESOLVEDthat under rule 13.3 the reports and minutes of committees set out in the agenda, including those items on which a council decision was required, be received and agreed. Only those items which were reserved were discussed, as follows:
Cabinet, 8 January 2018
57 – Youth Council Manifesto
Cabinet, 5 March 2018
71 - An Update – CHART (Connecting Hastings and Rother Together) Community Led Local Development (CLLD) – Stage 2 application
Cabinet, 9 April 2018
73 (C) – Amendments to the Council’s Constitution
Minute number 73 of Cabinet on 9 April 2018, Amendments to the Council’s Constitution, was a matter on which the Council was required to make a decision. Councillor Poole proposed approval of the minute, seconded by Councillor Street and agreed by 26 votes for to 0 against with 5 abstentions.
No motions for reference to Overview and Scrutiny Committee or reference back to Cabinet were approved in respect of the items reserved for discussion and they were therefore received.
Before closing the meeting, the Mayor thanked all councillors for their contributions to Full Council meetings during her time as chair.