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Apologies for absence
To receive any apologies for non-attendance.
Disclosures of Interest
To receive any disclosures of interest from those Councillors present at this reconvened meeting, who were not present at the meeting held on 22 October 2020, in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct for Members.
To consider those motions received from Councillors in accordance with Standing Order 19 which were adjourned from the meeting held on 22 October 2020.
“This Council notes: The publication by Government of the White Paper, Planning for the Future on 6 August 2020, which set out proposals on reforms to the planning process for the future.
This Council believes:
1. That existing planning procedures, as currently administered by our own team, allow for local democratic control over future development, and give local people a say in planning proposals that affect them.
2. That proposals for automatic rights to build in growth areas, and increase permitted development rights, risk unregulated growth and unsustainable communities.
3. That local communities must be in the driving seat on shaping the future of their communities, and local determination of the planning framework and planning applications play an important part in this process.
And this Council resolves to:
1. Take part in the consultation on the planning proposals, and to make representations against the proposals as outlined in this motion.
2. Write to and lobby our Member of Parliament, urging him to oppose these proposals and to circulate the reply to members.
3. Highlight its concerns over these proposals with the public and local residents.
This Council is concerned that the proposals seek to:
1. Reduce or remove the right of residents to object to applications near them.
2. Grant automatic rights for developers to build on land identified for growth.
3. Remove section 106 payments for infrastructure and their replacement with a national levy.
The vast majority of planning
applications are given the go ahead by local authority planning
committees, with permission granted to around 9 out of 10
This Council further notes: The Royal Institute for British Architects called the proposals shameful and which will do almost nothing to guarantee delivery of affordable, well-designed and sustainable homes. RIBA also said that proposals could lead to the next generation of slum housing. The reforms are opposed by the all-party Local Government Association, currently led by Conservative Councillors.”
Proposed by Councillor B.B. Spoor
Seconded by Councillor T. Fidler
Motion 4 - disallowed
As stated by the RAC “(t)hese fumes contain a number of harmful gasses including carbon dioxide, which is bad for the environment and contributes towards climate change, as well as a range of other harmful gasses including nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons which are linked to asthma and other lung diseases.”
As a Council that wishes to improve air quality across the borough, this council herewith decides to:-
The Leader, or his nominee, to answer a question from Councillor S. Dunn on an issue in her Ward, adjourned from the meeting held on 22 October 2020. The written response provided in advance of the adjourned meeting is attached.
Question from Councillor S. Dunn
“Sunbury Leisure Centre Pool has been closed indefinitely since Lockdown. We have been liaising with Officers to ensure that residents can be informed of updates and we understand more information from a structural report will be due in early November. Once the report establishes the findings and exact costings, to return Sunbury Leisure Centre Pool to full operation, a timeline can be published.
In the meantime, can this Administration agree with us that Sunbury Leisure Centre is an important Community asset and commit to investment to reopen the facility as early as possible including future proofing to improve the Centre for many years to come”
The Leader, or his nominee, to answer questions from Councillors on matters affecting the Borough, adjourned from the meeting held on 22 October 2020.
The written responses provided in advance of the adjourned meeting are attached.
Question 1 – Councillor Robin Sider BEM
“Will the Leader and members of the council join me in congratulating the Council on being awarded the ‘Silver Award ‘ as part of the Ministry of Defence Employers Recognition Scheme, an award for organisations that pledge, demonstrate and advocate support to the Armed Forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant. And will the council also note the hard work undertaken by Kamal Mehmood, the council’s Armed Forces Partnership Manager and the Council’s Communication team in order to achieve such a high and prestigious award.”
Question 2 – Councillor Robin Sider BEM
“The annual South and South east in Bloom competition is designed to encourage councils, residents and businesses to work together to improve the local environment and make towns and cities greener and cleaner for everyone. That said, will the Leader and all members of this council join me in congratulating Head of Neighborhood Services and her staff on achieving a magnificent result by way of Staines, Ashford and Sunbury cemeteries all being awarded gold, and the Sunbury Walled Garden also striking gold in the Small Park category.”
Question 3 – Councillor Dick Smith-Ainsley
“In the announcements made by the Leader at his first council meeting on 30th July he stated the following regarding Task Groups:-
“Full details of this group (a Multi-Party Task Group on Governance) and all the other Task Group will be published in the next few days.”
Since then all efforts to find out the details of these Task Groups has been met with a wall of silence.
Why, two and a half months after he promised the details is the Leader deliberately withholding this information?”
Question 4 – Councillor Dick Smith-Ainsley
“Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council Cllr John Boughtflower has made various statements which have been published on the council web site.
He stated on 17th August "When elected as leader, I promised that there would be an increase in cross-party working and, just over a month on, this administration is demonstrating that actions speak louder than words.”
At the same time the Deputy Leader, Cllr McIlroy stated with regard to the New Local Plan working party "Not only will this be the first of the new administration's promised cross-party engagement groups but, as it regards the New Local Plan which is so important to residents, it is arguably one of the most significant working groups for our Borough. This group will lead the way to prove co-operative
To move the exclusion of the Press/Public for the following item, in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information within the meaning of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 and by the Local Government (Access to information) (Variation) Order 2006.
To consider the recommendations of the Cabinet from its meeting on 23 September 2020 in relation to the following two items:
Reason for partial exemption
Appendix 5 to the report contains exempt information within the meaning of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 and by the Local Government (Access to information) (Variation) Order 2006 Paragraph 3 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information) and in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information because, disclosure to the public would prejudice the financial position of the authority in the tendering process for a developer to build the new leisure centre, allowing tenderers to know the Council’s estimated costs and budget for this development. This in turn prejudices the Council by (i) distorting the tendering process and (ii) prejudicing the opportunity for the Council to get the most financially advantageous deal for building the new centre.
Exempt Report - Victory Place Construction Costs - Key Decision
Reason for exemption
This report contains exempt information within the meaning of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 and by the Local Government (Access to information) (Variation) Order 2006 Paragraph 3 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information) and in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information because, disclosure to the public would prejudice the financial position of the authority in agreeing final financial and contract terms with the preferred bidder. If the bids were to be made public then it may make the Council vulnerable to a renegotiation with the preferred bidder.