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Venue: Council Chamber, Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3UY

Contact: Democratic Services on 01424 451484  email:  democraticservices@hastings.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

101.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Berelson and Davies

 

102.

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Full Council meeting held on 18th December 2019 be approved and signed by the Mayor as a correct record of proceedings

 

103.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

The following Councillors declared an interest in the minutes;

 

Councillor

Committee

Minute

Interest

Forward

Cabinet- 3 February 2020

237. Review of HMO Licensing Fees

Prejudicial- Close family member has a HMO licence property

Lee

Cabinet- 3 February 2020

237. Review of HMO Licensing Fees

Prejudicial- lives in somewhere that requires a HMO licence

Rankin

Cabinet- 3 February 2020

237. Review of HMO Licensing Fees

Prejudicial- works in property management

 

104.

Announcements from the Mayor and Leader

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council paid tribute to the Lifeboat crew for their attempted rescue of a surfer during Storm Ciara. This had received a high amount of media attention questioning the surfer’s behaviour. The Leader praised the Coxswain Mark Tewkesbury for not engaging with this and replying instead that it is their job to rescue anyone in trouble. The Leader praised and thanked the lifeboat crew for their continued dedication in rescuing those in need.

105.

Questions (if any) from:

a)     Members of the public under Rule 11

b)     Councillors under Rule 12

105a

Members of the Public under Rule 11

Minutes:

A written question was received from Claudine Eccleston regarding Performers at the White Rock Theatre being inline with the Councils Equalities Charter. Councillor Forward provided a written response. Copies of the question and response were circulated to Councillors and members of the public.

 

Claudine Eccleston did not ask a supplementary question.

 

A written question was received from Russell Hall regarding the proposed Local Nature Reserve byelaws for the Country Park in relation to the other Nature Reserves. Councillor Fitzgerald provided a written response. Copies of the question and response were circulated to Councillors and members of the public.

 

Mr Hall asked a supplementary question. He believes that the new proposed byelaws would restrict access in the Country Park from 2% to 40% and that no adequate explanation had been given as to why this had happened. It seemed like a draconian law. Would the Council consider deferring the new byelaws until further assessment and consultation?

 

Councillor Fitzgerald replied there has been a lot of confusion regarding these new byelaws and they are not restricting any further access that wasn’t previously restricted. The new byelaws will be debated later in the meeting and more information will be given then.

 

A written question was received from Chris Hurrell regarding the proposed Local Nature Reserve byelaws about access and the consultation process. Councillor Fitzgerald provided a written response. Copies of the question and response were circulated to Councillors and members of the public.

 

Chris Hurrell did not ask a supplementary question.

 

105b

Councillors under rule 12

Minutes:

Questions to the Leader, Deputy Leader and portfolio holders were asked and answered in accordance with Rule 12.1 as follows:

 

Questioner

Subject

Reply given by

Councillor Lee

Bathing Pool Site – In both the October and December meetings it was that we were close to signing the terms of the lease for the Bathing Pool Site. Has this happened?

 

Councillor Chowney replied that they currently haven’t been signed yet. He had excepted to be signed in the original timelines he gave. This would have been done as excepted but unfortunately details within the lease still had a couple of outstanding issues.

Councillor Chowney

Councillor Cox

Climate Change – Last year a motion was passed declaring a climate change emergency. Can we have an update on progress the council is doing with this issue.

 

Councillor Evans replied the Council was the first in the country to declare a climate emergency. A Cabinet member was appointed and 2 new members of staff. A climate change strategy is being created. By comparison to other Local Authorities we are quite ahead. The government haven’t given addition funding for this as it’s not a statutory requirement.

Councillor Evans

Councillor Beaver

Cycle path - A section of the cycle path near bridge way has been tarmacked. Why has this happened and are there plans for further tarmacking of the path?

 

Councillor S Beaney replied that she would provide a written response to the question.

Councillor S Beaney

Councillor Roberts

EU negotiations for Fishing community - Do you believe it is essential in negotiations with EU that our fishing community is protected?

 

Councillor Chowney replied that it was essential that they get the best deal from Brexit negotiations. Would still need to export and would need the terms for this. 90% of the UK allocation of fisheries goes to big fisheries. This would need to be looked at also.

Councillor Chowney

Councillor Turner

Update on works in Alexandra Park - Can an update be given about the works in by Southern Water in Alexandra Park?

 

Councillor Fitzgerald responded that there had been a problem with the sewer near Harmers way. The water is being moved by a temporary pump whilst this is being fixed. The pump has been vandalised on several occasions. Doing these risks pollutants contaminating the area. People are advised not to switch off the pumps.

Councillor Fitzgerald

Councillor Rankin

Universal Credit and Council Services - Universal Credit claimants use our council services. Budget constraints will impact our services. How will this effect these people?

 

Councillor Chowney replied that this was a complicated question to answer as users of our services are affected in many ways. We are still one of the few Councils that give 100% Council Tax Reduction for those with minimum income and currently have no intention of changing this.

Councillor Chowney

Councillor O’Callaghan

Preston Model - In the media there has been a lot of talk about the Preston Model in Local Authorities. What is this?

 

Councillor Chowney replied that the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 105b

106.

Motion (Rule 14)

Minutes:

None received.

 

107.

Membership of Committees

To give effect to any request received from a political group for a change in their representation on committee(s).

Minutes:

Councillor Lee proposed a motion regarding the membership of committees, as set out in the resolution below.

 

RESOLVED that the council adopt the following arrangements for the membership of committees:

 

1. Councillor Foster be appointed to the Employment Appeals Committee in place of Councillor Edwards

 

108.

Reports of Committees

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.

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Notes:

 

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 9a) above. Any such discussion shall be deferred to item X on the agenda.

Minutes:

The Mayor having called over the minutes set out in the agenda, the following minutes were reserved for discussion.

 

RESOLVED that 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:

 

Meeting

Minute

Councillor

Cabinet, 6 January 2020

227. Bohemia Leisure and Cultural Facilities Study

Turner

Cabinet, 6 January 2020

229. Town Deal

Lee

Cabinet, 6 January 2020

230. Buckshole Reservoir

Lee

Cabinet, 3 February 2020

234. Local Nature Reserves- Byelaws

Fitzgerald

Cabinet, 3 February 2020

236. Pay Policy Statement 2020/21

Rogers

Cabinet, 3 February 2020

237. Review of HMO Licensing Fees

Batsford

 

Minute 228 of Cabinet on 6th January 2020, Treasury Management – Mid- Year Report 2019-20, was a matter on which the Council was required to make a decision. Under rule 13.3, the minutes were approved without being called for discussion.

 

Minute 234 of Cabinet on 3rd February 2020, Local Nature Reserves- Byelaws, was a matter on which the Council was required to make a decision.

Councillor Fitzgerald, proposed a motion, seconded by Councillor Beaver, and agreed unanimously as follows:

 

RESOLVED that in order for Councillors to take advice from Officers, under Rule 16(14) of council procedure the council proceed as if in committee.

 

Councillor Fitzgerald proposed approval of the minute, seconded by Councillor Scott

 

The Mayor proposed that the meeting return to Full Council mode which was agreed.

 

RESOLVED (26 for, 3 against and 1 abstention)

1.     To recommend to Full Council that the following byelaws are made , Filsham Reedbeds Nature Reserve, Marline Valley Nature Reserve, Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve, St Helens Wood Nature Reserve, Church Wood and Robsack Local Nature Reserve, Summerfields Nature Reserve and Old Road Gill Nature Reserve

 

2. Following Full Council approval to make the byelaws, delegate to the Chief Legal Officer responsibility for following due legal process as outlined by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for confirmation of the byelaws for Local Nature Reserves.

 

Minute 236 of Cabinet on 3rd February 2020, Pay Policy Statement 2020/21, was a matter on which the Council was required to make a decision.

 

Councillor Rogers proposed approval of the minute, seconded by Councillor Leah and agreed unanimously.

 

Councillors Barnett, Fitzgerald, Forward, Scott and Turner were not present during the full debate of this item and did not vote.

 

RESOLVED (unanimously) the recommendation of the pay policy statement.

 

Minute 237 of Cabinet on 3rd February 2020, Review of HMO Licensing Fees, was a matter on which the Council was required to make a decision.

 

Councillor Batsford proposed approval of the minute, seconded by Councillor O’Callaghan and agreed unanimously.

 

Councillors Forward, Lee and Rankin left the Council Chamber having declared a prejudicial interest.

 

Councillor Barnett was not present during the full debate of this item and did not vote.

 

RESOLVED (unanimously)

1. Approve the revised fee structure  ...  view the full minutes text for item 108.

 


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