Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Lisa Thornett 

Items
No. Item

15.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors David Carter, Nick Churchill, Tony Hall, Michael Hardware, Andrew Johnson, Eddie Johnson, Shona Johnson, Sue Livings, Lanie Shears and Mark Wilkinson.

16.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors’ declarations of interest (if any) in relation to any items on the agenda.

Minutes:

None.

17.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 191 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 11 July 2019.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 11 July 2019 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

18.

Communications from the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair highlighted the various events he had attended since the previous meeting of Full Council. He reminded Councillors of the upcoming Civic Service.

19.

Presentation of Civic Award

Minutes:

The Vice Chair presented the following Civic Award in recognition of their commitment and contribution to the local community:

 

Jackie Sully

20.

Petitions from the Public

Minutes:

None.

21.

Questions from the Public pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Minutes:

The questions, together with the answers, are appended to the minutes.

22.

Questions from Councillors

Minutes:

None.

23.

Motions from Councillors

23a

Stop the Knock

Proposed by Councillor Emma Toal (seconded by Councillor Shannon Jezzard):

 

“This Council recognises that the most vulnerable people in our society are at the greatest risk when they get into debt. This Council believes it has a duty to help those who fall into debt and to do this it will commit to the six steps set out in the Money Advice Trust’s ‘Stop the Knock’ campaign with a particular focus on those individuals receiving support through the Local Council Tax Support Scheme.”

Minutes:

Proposed by Councillor Emma Toal (seconded by Councillor Shannon Jezzard):

 

“This Council recognises that the most vulnerable people in our society are at the greatest risk when they get into debt. This Council believes it has a duty to help those who fall into debt and to do this it will commit to the six steps set out in the Money Advice Trust’s ‘Stop the Knock’ campaign with a particular focus on those individuals receiving support through the Local Council Tax Support Scheme.

 

RESOLVED that the motion was carried.

23b

Volunteers in the Town

Proposed by Councillor Frances Mason (seconded by Councillor Eugenie Harvey):

 

“In July this year, it was announced that for the eleventh consecutive year, Parndon Wood Nature Reserve has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag status. It was also announced that the Town Park has been also been accredited for the fourth consecutive year.

 

The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

 

A Green Flag Award a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has good visitor facilities.

 

It is an internationally recognised scheme and demands the highest standards of environmental management.

 

This Council recognises the vital role that volunteers play in the maintenance of Parndon Wood Reserve and the Town Park, particularly in caring for bushes and flowers and other important aspects of landscape management.

 

This Council thanks these volunteers for their contributions and congratulates them on the part they have played in our on-going recognition through the Green Flag scheme.

 

Further this Council recognises the vital role that volunteers play across the Town in facilities such as the Playhouse, the Museum, Pets’ Corner, Stort Valley Meadows, Harlow Conservation, Town Park, Wildspace, Pardon Wood Nature Reserve and Harlow Greenteam volunteers and expresses gratitude on behalf of all residents.”

Minutes:

Proposed by Councillor Frances Mason (seconded by Councillor Eugenie Harvey):

 

“In July this year, it was announced that for the eleventh consecutive year, Parndon Wood Nature Reserve has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag status. It was also announced that the Town Park has been also been accredited for the fourth consecutive year.

 

The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

 

A Green Flag Award a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has good visitor facilities.

 

It is an internationally recognised scheme and demands the highest standards of environmental management.

 

This Council recognises the vital role that volunteers play in the maintenance of Parndon Wood Reserve and the Town Park, particularly in caring for bushes and flowers and other important aspects of landscape management.

 

This Council thanks these volunteers for their contributions and congratulates them on the part they have played in our on-going recognition through the Green Flag scheme.

 

Further this Council recognises the vital role that volunteers play across the Town in facilities such as the Playhouse, the Museum, Pets’ Corner, Stort Valley Meadows, Harlow Conservation, Town Park, Wildspace, Pardon Wood Nature Reserve and Harlow Greenteam volunteers and expresses gratitude on behalf of all residents.”

 

RESOLVED that the motion was carried.

24.

References from Cabinet and Committees

24a

Referral from Licensing Committee - Institute of Licensing Guidance on the Suitability of Applicants and Licence Holders in the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Trades pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Licensing Committee recommended to Full Council that:

 

             i)        The Institute of Licensing (IOL) guidance, as set out in Appendix A to the report,  be adopted to replace the Harlow Council Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing Criminal Convictions Policy, as set out in Appendix B to the report, with effect from 1 October 2019.

 

            ii)        Authority be delegated to the Environment and Licensing Manager in consultation with the Chair of Licensing Committee to adopt such revisions to the guidance as may be published from time to time.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Proposed by Councillor Danny Purton (seconded by Councillor Frances Mason) it was:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A     The Institute of Licensing (IOL) guidance, as set out in Appendix A to the report, be adopted to replace the Harlow Council Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing Criminal Convictions Policy, as set out in Appendix B to the report, with effect from 1 October 2019.

 

B    Authority be delegated to the Environment and Licensing Manager in consultation with the Chair of the Licensing Committee to adopt such revisions to the guidance as may be published from time to time.

24b

Referral from Cabinet - Annual Treasury Management Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 55 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Proposed by Councillor Mike Danvers (seconded by Councillor Mark Ingall) it was:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A     The annual Treasury Management Report for 2018/19, as set out in Appendix A to the original report, including that the Council operated within the Treasury Management Strategy Statement during 2018/19, be noted and approved.

25.

Reports from Officers

Minutes:

None.

26.

Minutes of Cabinet and Committee Meetings

To note the following Cabinet and Committee minutes:

26a

Minutes of meeting Wednesday, 12 June 2019 of Audit and Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 186 KB

26b

Minutes of meeting Wednesday, 3 July 2019 of Development Management Committee pdf icon PDF 57 KB

26c

Minutes of meeting Tuesday, 9 July 2019 of Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 182 KB

26d

Minutes of meeting Tuesday, 16 July 2019 of Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 249 KB

26e

Minutes of meeting Thursday, 18 July 2019 of Cabinet pdf icon PDF 269 KB

26f

Minutes of meeting Tuesday, 3 September 2019 of Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 183 KB

27.

Matters of Urgent Business

Such other business which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be received as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the minutes.

Minutes:

None.