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  • Agenda

    Council - Thursday, 25 February 2021 6.00 pm

    Venue: Video conference call

    Contact: Michelle Beaumont  Email: m.beaumont@spelthorne.gov.uk

    Link: Members of the public may hear the proceedings by tuning into the Council's YouTube channel

    Items
    No. Item

    1.

    Apologies for absence

    To receive any apologies for non-attendance.

    2.

    Minutes pdf icon PDF 604 KB

    To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the Council meeting held on 10 December 2020 and the Extraordinary Council meeting held on 21 January 2021.

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    3.

    Disclosures of Interest

    To receive any disclosures of interest from Councillors in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct for Members.

    4.

    Announcements from the Leader

    To receive any announcements from the Leader.

    5.

    Announcements from the Chief Executive

    To receive any announcements from the Chief Executive.

    6.

    Questions from members of the public pdf icon PDF 285 KB

    The Leader, or his nominee, to answer any questions raised by members of the public in accordance with Standing Order 14.

     

    Note: the deadline for questions to be considered at this meeting is 12 noon on Thursday 18 February 2021.

     

    At the time of publication of this agenda six questions were received.

     

    Question from Mr A. Peters

    The proposal for Phase 2 at the site formerly known as Ceaser Court has united Lower Sunbury residents in opposition to it and even led to Mrs Ceaser formally requesting her family name be disassociated with the site, which must be extremely embarrassing for the Council. The 225 letters of objection received to date note that this application contravenes in a very substantive manner many of the councils own planning guidelines, guidelines agreed in full Council and clearly documented in the Planning Policies and Supplemental Planning Documents.

     

    Can the Leader please explain why and how the council feels entitled to submit an application which rides roughshod over its own planning rules? After all if the council cannot show leadership and comply with its own rules can the Leader please explain why should any other developer, be they a single householder or large corporation? In addition, as the council will be both applicant and judge in this substantial development, to avoid conflict of interest, can the Leader confirm that the Council will appoint another authority to review this application at the decision stage? 

     

    Question from Revd. A. McLuskey

    Why given that it is now seven years since the disastrous 2014 floods – which resulted in the death of poor Zane Gbangbola – and after which promises of improvements were made, have we now seen a repetition of the inundation?

     

    Question from Mr P. Thompson

    Will the Leader of the Council please explain the process for reviewing the proposed phase 2 of the Benwell House / Ceaser Court development as agreed at the Council meeting on 21st January, and detail what opportunity there will be for public involvement, given the very high level of concern and opposition amongst residents immediately affected and more widely in Lower Sunbury?

     

    Question from Mr A. Woodward

    Given that Spelthorne Borough Council declared a climate emergency on 14th October 2020, how has this informed the current round of budget planning and when might we expect to see plans for how all departments of the Council will implement changes to address this emergency?

     

    Question from Ms S. Orchard

    I would like to ask the following question addressed to the Leader of the Council at the full Council meeting on 25th February 2021. Will Spelthorne Borough Council vote to declare their support for the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill that has been submitted to the UK Parliament?

     

    Details of the Bill can be found here Climate and Ecology Bill (parliament.uk)

     

    Question from Greta Mattar

    I would like to ask the following question addressed to the Leader of the Council at the full Council meeting on 25th February 2021.

     

    Given the complete collapse  ...  view the full agenda text for item 6.

    7.

    Petitions

    To receive any petitions from members of the public.

    8.

    Allocations of seats and appointment of members to Committees pdf icon PDF 172 KB

    (1). Allocation of seats on Committees – Appendix A

     

    Following the formation of two new groups since the last Council meeting, the Independent Spelthorne Group and Independent Labour Group, it is necessary under section 15 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, to review the representation of the different political groups on Committees.

     

    (Appendix A will be circulated in advance of the meeting.)

     

    (2). Appointment of members to Committees - Appendix B

     

    In accordance with the Council’s Constitution, to appoint the members to serve on Committees.

     

    Mr. Ian Winter and Mr. Dylan Price were appointed as the non-elected Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Members’ Code of Conduct Committee respectively, at the Council meeting on 10 December, until the Annual Council meeting in May 2021.

     

    (Appendix B will be circulated in advance of the meeting.)

     

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    9.

    Recommendations of the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 109 KB

    To consider the recommendations of the Cabinet from its meeting on 24 February 2021 on the following items;

    9a

    Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2021/22

    9b

    Pay Policy Statement 2021/22

    9c

    Capital Strategy 2021 to 2026

    9d

    Capital programme 2021/22

    9e

    Pay Award 2021/22

    9f

    Detailed Revenue Budget 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 338 KB

    The Budget Book (green cover) will be issued in a supplementary agenda and will reflect the recommendations considered at the meeting of the Cabinet on 24 February 2021.

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    10.

    Report from the Leader of the Council pdf icon PDF 14 KB

    To receive the reports from the Leader of the Council on the work of the Cabinet at its Extraordinary meeting on 25 January and ordinary meetings on 27 January (attached) and 24 February 2021 (to follow).  

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    11.

    Report from the Chairman of the Members' Code of Conduct Committee pdf icon PDF 9 KB

    To receive the report from the Chairman of the Members' Code of Conduct Committee on the work of his Committee.

    12.

    Report from the Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 123 KB

    To receive the report from the Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the work of her Committee.

    13.

    Report from the Chairman of the Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 187 KB

    To receive the report from the Chairman of the Planning Committee on the work of his Committee.

    14.

    Motions

    To receive any motions from Councillors in accordance with Standing Order 19.

     

    Note: The deadline for motions to be considered at this meeting was Monday 15 February 2021 and none were received.

    15.

    Questions on Ward Issues

    The Leader, or his nominee, to answer questions from Councillors on issues in their Wards, in accordance with Standing Order 15.

     

    Note: the deadline for questions to be considered at this meeting is 12 noon on Thursday 18 February 2021.

     

    At the time of publication there were no questions on Ward issues.

     

    16.

    General questions pdf icon PDF 201 KB

    The Leader, or his nominee, to answer questions from Councillors on matters affecting the Borough, in accordance with Standing Order 15.

     

    Note: the deadline for questions to be considered at this meeting is 12 noon on Thursday 18 February 2021.

     

    At the time of publication of this agenda, one question had been received.

     

    Question from Councillor Robin Sider BEM

    Once again Travelers have encamped in Shepperton, and once more their presence is on the highway which is the responsibility of Surrey County Council, who have subsequently informed Spelthorne Head of Neighbourhood Services that they are working on a lockdown toleration policy and are not at this stage prepared to move them on from their current location. In response, the Travelers have indicated that their next move would be back to Old Charlton Road, where they were last year and where their presence caused anguish and grief to local residents. Such encampment in their present location has again caused local residents considerable concern. In the year 2019, and again in the year 2020 it is documented in full council agendas that I asked that officers seek through the legal channels, an injunction through the courts to prevent Travelers entering Spelthorne. That said, can the Leader of the council inform me when officers last wrote to the relevant authorities regarding this issue,  what response did they receive, and from whom came such response?

     

     

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