Agenda and draft minutes

Council - Monday, 25th April, 2022 3.00 pm

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Items
No. Item

COU/115/20-21

Councillor Ann Holmes

Minutes:

Council observed a period of silence as a mark of respect, following the death of Councillor Ann Holmes. The Chair of the Council, Councillor Martin E Thacker MBE, the Leader of the Labour Group, Councillor N Barker, the Leader of the Council, Councillor A Dale and fellow local ward Member, Councillor A Cooper, expressed their condolences to her family on their sad loss. They praised Councillor Holmes’ contribution to the Council, the Pilsley and Morton Community and to the District as a whole.

COU/116/20-21

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors M Emmens, O Gomez Reaney, R Hall, J Lilley and P Parkin.

COU/117/20-21

Declarations of Interest

Members are requested to declare the existence and nature of any disclosable pecuniary interest and/or other interests, not already on their register of interests, in any items on the agenda and withdraw from the meeting at the appropriate time. 

Minutes:

Councillors A Dale, C Cupit, A Foster, M Foster and C Renwick declared an interest in Item 10 – Vision Derbyshire, County Deal and Devolution as Derbyshire County Councillors. They indicated that they would remain in the meeting and participate in the Council’s consideration and determination of the item. Councillor B Lewis also declared an interest in Item 10, in his capacity as a Derbyshire County Councillor. He indicated that he would remain in the meeting, but not participate in Council’s consideration of the item.

COU/118/20-21

Minutes of Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 267 KB

To approve as a correct record and the Chair to sign the attached Minutes of the Council meeting held on 3 March 2022.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 7 March were agreed as a true record, subject to clarification on Minute: COU/108/20-21 – The Level of Council Tax 2022-23. The report on this item was presented by the Leader of the Council, Councillor A Dale, not the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Councillor P Parkin. Councillor P Parkin had submitted his apologies and did not attend the meeting.

COU/119/20-21

Chair of the Council's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman of the Council, Councillor M E Thacker MBE, explained that he had recently attended the funeral of Mrs Freda Walker. Members were reminded that Mrs Walker died following an attack on her and her husband, Mr Ken Walker at their home. Mr Walker had been a former Chair of Bolsover District Council and Mrs Walker had served as his consort.

 

The Chairman informed Members that he had attended civic events at Amber Valley Borough Council and Bolsover District Council to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Members were informed of the Chairman’s forthcoming Civic Service, which would also celebrate the Queen’s long reign.

 

Councillor M E Thacker MBE updated Council on his visit to ‘Camp Inspire’, an initiative organised by Chesterfield Community Trust to help build the confidence skills of children in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire. He also paid tribute to Councillor R Shipman, who had raised money for his charitable appeal, the Ashgate Hospice, through a sponsored headshave.

 

RESOLVED – That Council noted the announcements of the Chairman of the Council, Councillor M E Thacker MBE (by acclamation).

COU/120/20-21

Leader of the Council's Announcements

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council, Councillor A Dale, highlighted the Council’s contribution to the national Homes for Ukraine scheme. In particular, he highlighted the work of the Council’s Environmental Health Service to develop a standardised inspection process that could be used to assess accommodation for guests housed as part of the Government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme.

 

The Leader of the Council informed Members that he had visited the first Ukrainian family to arrive in the District. He gave thanks to the sponsor couple for hosting the family and all other local residents who had pledged to sponsor guests from Ukraine.

Councillor A Dale highlighted the funding that the Council would now receive £2.568M from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The fund was intended to help Councils to deliver on the Government’s levelling-up objectives in order to improve life chances across the country. Members also heard that the Council had been praised by Friends of the Earth for its work on tackling climate change locally.

 

RESOLVED – That Council noted the announcements of the Leader of the Council, Councillor A Dale (by acclamation).

COU/121/20-21

Public Participation

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule No 8 to allow members of the public to ask questions about the Council’s activities for a period up to fifteen minutes.  The replies to any such questions will be given by the appropriate Cabinet Member.  Questions must be received in writing or by email to the Monitoring Officer by 12 noon twelve clear working days before the meeting.

 

No questions have been submitted under Procedure Rule No 8 for this meeting.

Minutes:

There were no questions from the public.

COU/122/20-21

Independent Review Panel (IRP): Members Allowance Scheme pdf icon PDF 342 KB

Report of the Assistant Director of Governance and Monitoring Officer

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Assistant Director of Governance and Monitoring Officer set out the findings and recommendations of the Independent Review Panel (IRP).

 

Council heard that the Panel had considered the level of Basic Allowance, Special Responsibility Allowances (SRA), the Travel and Subsistence Scheme and other allowances for the 2022-23 financial year.  As part of this, the Panel noted that Members Allowances were currently index-linked with staff pay. However, they had not been increased for the last two years they had not been increased in in line with the increase in staff pay.

 

The Panel recommended that the current index line should now be applied. In particular, that the Basic Allowance ought to be raised, to bring into line with the increase in staff pay. The Panel also recommended that there be a blanket increase in all Special Responsibility Allowances, again to bring them into line with the increase in staff pay which had taken place.

 

Council discussed the report. Councillor A Dale emphasised the role of the Panel as an independent body, with responsibility for determining Allowances. The Council should respect the independence of the Panel and accept its recommendations. Other Members did not think it would be appropriate to increase the rate of Basic Allowances and Special Responsibility Allowances at this time. 

 

At the conclusion of the discussion, Councillor A Dale and Councillor C Cupit moved and seconded a motion to formally approve the IRP recommendations as specified in the report.

 

The motion was put to the vote and was approved.

 

RESOLVED – That Council:

 

(1)            Agreed an increase to the Basic Allowance for Members reflective of the increase due already by way of index linking to staff pay increases to £5,738.01.

 

(2)            Agreed a blanket increase to all Special Responsibility Allowances (SRAs) reflective of the increase due by way of index linking to staff pay increases – 2.75% for 2020 and 1.75% for 2021.

 

(3)            Agreed to retain the level of remittance claimable by Co-optees.

 

(4)            Agreed to increase carer’s allowance in line with national increases to the Minimum Wage.

 

(5)      To link mileage remittance to HMRC recommended levels for claims.

 

(6)      To link subsistence claim limits to NJC rates and mirror those set out for staff within the Travel and Subsistence Policy.

 

(7)      To adjourn consideration of claims for PC Consumables to a point whereby the review of Members’ ICT is completed.

 

(8)      To continue to index link with staff pay awards for the 4-year duration of the Members’ Allowance Scheme, to be reviewed in full for consideration in March 2026.

(9)       Subject to the changes suggested above, approved for the Members’ Allowance Scheme to be amended accordingly for inclusion in the Council’s Constitution.

COU/123/20-21

Proposed Calendar of Meetings 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 351 KB

Report of the Assistant Director of Governance and Monitoring Officer 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Council considered the proposed calendar of meetings for the 2022-23 municipal year. Members heard that as in previous years, changes may be required to the proposed dates for specific meetings in response to circumstances.

 

Councillor A Dale and Councillor C Cupit moved and seconded a motion to adopt the proposed calendar of meetings for 2022/23.

 

The motion was put to the vote and was agreed.

 

RESOLVED -

 

(1)            The 2022/23 calendar of meetings, attached at Appendix 1 of the report, be approved and the points outlined in Paragraph 2.4 and 2.5 be noted.

 

(2)            Delegated authority be granted to the Governance Manager following consultation with the Chair of the relevant Committee(s)/Working Group(s) to amend the Calendar of Meetings 2022/23 as and when required.

COU/124/20-21

Review of the Constitution pdf icon PDF 409 KB

Report of the Assistant Director of Governance and Monitoring Officer

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Assistant Director of Governance and Monitoring Officer Council set out the proposed amendments to the Council’s Constitution.

 

Members were reminded that the Constitution was the Council’s Rule Book, setting out how the Council operated and how it would make its decisions. Councilapproved the latest version of the Constitution at the Annual Meeting inApril 2021. Further, the Council was required by law to prepare and keep an up-to-date Constitution, and ensure that all procedures to befollowed were efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.

 

Council was informed that under the guidance of the Monitoring Officer, the Standards Committee had undertaken an annual review of the Constitution to ensure that it was up-to-date and in line with legislation. Each of the areas of review had been set out in detail, along with a rationale for the amendments proposed within Appendix 1 to the report and a track changes version of the Constitution detailing all amendments was attached to the report at Appendix 2.

 

Councillor W Armitage and Councillor P Antcliff moved and seconded a motion to formally adopt the proposed Constitutional amendments.

 

The motion was put to the vote and agreed.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(1)            The amendments to the Constitution detailed in Appendix 1 and set out in Appendix 2 of the report be approved.

 

(2)            That delegated power be given to the Monitoring Officer to make changes to the Constitution arising from any new legislation, administrative errors or conflicts in interpretation.

COU/125/20-21

Vision Derbyshire, County Deal and Devolution pdf icon PDF 701 KB

Report of Councillor A Dale, The Leader of the Council

Minutes:

The report to Council provided an update from the Leader of the Council on the Vision Derbyshire initiative. The work explained the work which had taken place, with the aim of developing a collaborative model for councils to deliver non-structural reform across Derbyshire. Councillor A Dale recommended that the Council should continue to engage with other local authorities across Derbyshire on both the developing Vision Derbyshire programme and on a possible County Deal. Further update reports would then be brought back to Council to explain what progress had been made.

 

Council discussed the report. Concerns were raised by Councillors N Barker, R Shipman and D Hancock about the cumulative impact of Vision Derbyshire on the Council and the role which it can play in serving the District. They also questioned the dual role played by those Councillors who were Members of both the District and Derbyshire County Council in developing Vision Derbyshire. Councillor A Dale stressed that his involvement with the issue had been solely as Leader of the Council. He stressed the importance of taking a pragmatic approach, so that the Council could decide its position, based on the specific proposals which emerged, following the ongoing engagement with other local authorities.

 

At the conclusion of the discussion Councillor A Dale and Councillor C Cupit moved and seconded a motion for Council to continue to engage with other Councils on developing Vision Derbyshire and the issue of devolution.

 

The motion was put to the vote and agreed.

 

RESOLVED – That Council noted:

 

(1)            The progress and work that has taken place with Derbyshire Councils on the development of Vision Derbyshire and the Vision Derbyshire Joint Committee.

 

(2)            The Government’s intentions around Levelling Up and Devolution, as set out in the recent White Paper.

 

(3)            The progress and submission of Derbyshire County and Derby City Councils’ submission for a County Deal across a wider geographical area than the County of Derbyshire which provides the opportunity to pursue a wider Combined Authority (CA) deal at a regional level.

 

And that Council:

 

Authorised the leadership and senior officers to continue to engage with other Councils across Derbyshire on both the developing Vision Derbyshire programme and the issue of devolution and County Deals and to report back to Council through update reports on progress of the above.

COU/126/20-21

Vision Derbyshire Climate Change Strategy 2022-25 pdf icon PDF 326 KB

Report of Councillor J Kenyon, Portfolio Holder for Economy, Transformation and Climate Change

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Portfolio Holder for Economy, Transformation and Climate Change provided asked Council to formally endorse the Vision Derbyshire Climate Change Strategy 2022-25. Members heard how this Strategy, which had been developed by the Vision Derbyshire Climate Change Officers Group, sets out what needs to be done to achieve net zero carbon emissions across the county by 2050, or sooner, and how Derbyshire’s councils will work towards achieving this goal. It was explained that it would influence the Council’s forthcoming Climate Change Strategy 2022 – 2030, which was currently being developed.

 

 

Councillors N Barker, R Shipman and D Hancock praised the report as it highlighted the advantages of working together with other councils across the County. Councillor A Dale stressed that it was a good example of what was already being achieved through Vision Derbyshire to enable joint working across the Council.

 

Councillor D Hancock expressed an interest in a wider climate strategy that could also incorporate Councils outside of the County, such as in the Sheffield City region.

 

Councillors J Kenyon and A Dale moved and seconded a motion to formally endorse the Vision Derbyshire Climate Change Strategy 2022-25.

 

The motion was put to the vote and agreed.

 

RESOLVED – That Council endorsed the publication and delivery of the Vison Derbyshire Climate Change Strategy 2022-25.

COU/127/20-21

Rykneld Homes Limited Presentations pdf icon PDF 1 MB

First Presentation: Improvements to Non-Traditionally Built Homes

 

Second Presentation: Regeneration Update: April 2022

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a presentation on the improvement works to non-traditional homes and other Council-owned properties, carried out by the Rykneld Homes Limited (RHL).

 

Council discussed the presentation at length and asked a number of questions. The RHL representatives agreed to respond to several of these outside of these meetings.

 

RESOLVED - That Council thanks to RHL for the presentations and its ongoing work to improve the Council’s housing stock (by acclamation).

COU/128/20-21

To answer any questions from Members asked under Procedure Rule No 9.2

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule No 9.2 to allow Members to ask questions about Council activities.  The replies to any such questions will be given by the Chair of the Council or relevant Committee or the appropriate Cabinet Member.  Questions must be received in writing or by email to the Monitoring Officer by 12 noon twelve clear working days before the meeting. 

 

The following question had been received. 

 

Question from Councillor J Barry to Councillor J Kenyon

 

“Since the initial announcement about Electric charging points in NEDDC can the Portfolio Holder provide the following details: on delivery, meaningful implementation, monitoring, and siting of such chargers”.

Minutes:

The Chairman of the Council confirmed that one question had been received.

 

Question from Councillor J Barry to Councillor J Kenyon

 

Councillor J Barry asked the Portfolio Holder for Economy, Transformation and Climate Change, Councillor J Kenyon the following question: “Since the initial announcement about Electric charging points in NEDDC can the Portfolio Holder provide the following details: on delivery, meaningful implementation, monitoring, and sitting of such chargers.”

 

Councillor J Kenyon explained that charging points had been installed at Dronfield Leisure Centre and would also be installed as part of the redevelopment of the Sharley Park Leisure Centre. He went on to explain that additional car parks have also been assessed to determine if they were suitable for charging points and that the new Council housing at Pineview and hopefully all other new Council housing development would also be fitted with charging points. The Portfolio Holder referred to the Vision Derbyshire Climate Change Strategy and the important role that this would play in helping to increase the use of electric vehicles and the provision of charging points across the county.

 

Councillor J Barry asked a supplementary question as to whether any schemes were being brought forward that would assist private home owners to install charging points.

 

Councillor J Kenyon explained that various Government schemes had been introduced to help householders to do this.

COU/129/20-21

To consider any Motions from Members under Procedure Rule No 10

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule No 10 to consider Motions on notice from Members.  Motions must be received in writing or by email to the Monitoring Officer by 12 noon twelve clear working days before the meeting. 

 

The following Motions had been received.

 

Motion ‘A’

 

Motion submitted by Councillor R Shipman and seconded by Councillor D Hancock

 

Council notes:

 

-     Planning application 20/00221/FL was approved for the erection of 34 dwellings on land opposite 24 to 44 Clay Lane, Clay Cross.

 

-     at the time of the original planning application decision, Derbyshire County Council carried out a desktop assessment and didn’t submit any objections or concerns.

 

-     at the time of the original application, concerns were raised by residents and councillors about flooding from Smithy Brook.

 

-     Planning enforcement issued a temporary stop notice on the site which ended at the beginning of August after the developer failed to comply with planning conditions.

 

-     Subsequent planning applications to discharge conditions on the site has resulted in Derbyshire County Council raising flooding concerns about a part of the original planning application.

 

-     The developer has declined to undertake a survey requested by Derbyshire County Council as it is outside the scope of their current application.

 

-     after the last debate to revoke at full council, DCC have carried out an assessment of the levels, which agreed with what residents were saying all along, that Woodall Homes were using incorrect information

-     the duties and responsibilities of North East Derbyshire District Council as the planning authority

 

Council resolves:

 

That planning application 20/00221/FL be referred back to the Planning Committee to determine whether permission be revoked in respect of the flooding concerns raised by Derbyshire County Council.

 

Motion ‘B’

 

Motion submitted by Councillor N Barker

 

Council notes:

 

That residents of NED are facing the worst cost of living crisis in decades. Rising food, utilities and petrol bills together with the governments freeze to income tax allowances, rise in national insurance, cuts to Universal Credit and rises in council tax are placing many families in financial difficulties.

 

Council resolves to:

 

a)      Call upon the Cabinet to undertake a review of all current charges and fees to determine whether any assistance can be given to families struggling financially.

 

b)      Call upon the Cabinet to support local welfare rights and debt management services in NED to increase their capacity to help residents living within the district.

 

c)       Call upon the Leader of the Council to write to Lee Rowley MP and Mark Fletcher MP expressing Council’s belief that the government’s response to the cost-of-living crisis has been inadequate and to request that they lobby the government to take further measures to prevent people falling into poverty.

Minutes:

Council considered a motion, marked as Motion ‘A’ moved and seconded by Councillor R Shipman and Councillor D Hancock:

 

“Council notes:

·             Planning application 20/00221/FL was approved for the erection of 34 dwellings on land opposite to 24 to 44 Clay Lane, Clay Cross.

·             At the time of the original planning application decision, Derbyshire County Council carried out a desktop assessment and didn’t submit any objections or concerns.

·             At the time of the original application, concerns were raised by residents and Councillors about flooding from Smithy Brook.

·             Planning enforcement issued a temporary stop notice on the site which ended at the beginning of August after the developer failed to comply with planning conditions.

·             Subsequent planning applications to discharge conditions on the site has resulted in Derbyshire County Council raising flooding concerns about a part of the original planning application.

·             The developer has declined to undertake a survey requested by Derbyshire County Council as it is outside the scope of their current application.

·             After the last debate to revoke at full council, DCC have carried out an assessment of the levels, which agreed with what residents were saying all along, that Woodall Homes were using incorrect information.

·             The duties and responsibilities of North East Derbyshire District Council as the planning authority.

 

Council resolves:

 

That planning application 20/00221/FL be referred back to the Planning Committee to determine whether permission be revoked in respect of the flooding concerns raised by Derbyshire County Council.”

 

Members discussed the motion. Councillor R Shipman argued that the Planning Committee should be given the opportunity to reassess the application, but that it should be able to take into account additional information about the site, which had not been available when the Committee originally considered and determined the application. Councillor T Reader indicated that she would support for the motion. She stressed that Clay Cross Parish Council had supported local residents and shared their concerns about possible flood risks as a result of the application.

 

The Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Environmental services, Councillor C Cupit, responded to the motion and the work which had taken place to address the concerns about possible flood risks. In this context, she highlighted the additional water tank which the developer had agreed to place on site. She made clear that the Council took the concerns of the residents seriously and would seek to encourage the provision of the additional information required, in a way which did not apportion blame for what had occurred.

Councillor C Cupit and A Dale then moved and seconded an amendment to the motion:

 

Council notes: 

  

-     Planning application 20/00221/FL was approved for the erection of 34 dwellings on land opposite 24 to 44 Clay Lane, Clay Cross. 

  

-     at the time of the original planning application decision, Derbyshire County Council carried out a desktop assessment and didn’t submit any objections or concerns. 

  

-     at the time of the original application, concerns were raised by residents and councillors about flooding from Smithy Brook. 

  

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COU/130/20-21

Chair's Urgent Business

To consider any other matter which the Chair is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There was no Chair’s urgent business.  The Chairman declared the meeting closed.