Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre

Contact: Lisa Thornett, (01279) 446185, Email: lisa.thornett@harlow.gov.uk 

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Items
No. Item

27.

Tribute

Minutes:

Prior to the commencement of the Council’s business, the Chamber stood in silence in memory of the hundreds of people tragically killed in the Saudi Hajj stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca earlier in the day.

28.

Declarations of Interest

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

Minutes:

None.

29.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 30 July 2015.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 30 July 2015 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

30.

Communications from the Chairman

Minutes:

None.

31.

Petitions from the Public

Minutes:

None.

32.

Questions from the Public pdf icon PDF 18 KB

Minutes:

The question together with the answer is appended to these minutes.

33.

Questions from Councillors pdf icon PDF 23 KB

Minutes:

The question together with the answer is appended to these minutes.

34.

Motions from Councillors

34a

Condemnation of Discriminatory Comments

Proposed by Councillor Danny Purton (seconded by Councillor Mike Danvers):

 

“This Council condemns the racist language and incitement to aggression against Councillor Waida Forman by the leaders of the campaign against Travellers and offers the full support of the Council to any Councillor coming under such attacks.

We call on all local political leaders to disassociate their organisations from those indulging in discriminatory rhetoric that only serves as cover for such racist attitudes.”

Minutes:

Proposed by Councillor Danny Purton, seconded by Councillor Mike Danvers it was moved that:

 

“This Council condemns the racist language and incitement to aggression against Councillor Waida Forman by the leaders of the campaign against travellers and offers the full support of the Council to any Councillor coming under such attacks.

 

We call on all local political leaders to disassociate their organisations from those indulging in discriminatory rhetoric that only serves as cover for such racist attitudes.”

 

Councillor Joel Charles, seconded by Councillor Andrew Johnson, proposed the following amendment:

 

“This Council condemns racist language and incitement to aggression against all Councillors.

 

We call on all local political leaders to disassociate their organisations from those indulging in discriminatory rhetoric that only serves as cover for such racist attitudes.”

 

The amendment was lost.

 

The original motion was carried, unamended.

34b

Refugee Crisis

Proposed by Councillor Phil Waite (seconded by Councillor Jon Clempner):

 

“This Council notes with horror and deep concern, the growing refugee crisis which has developed.

 

As a major world economy, it is shameful that we as a nation are not committing to do more to support and safeguard people in their attempts to survive a war zone.

 

The Council notes that other European countries are showing the  humanitarian approach to this crisis we expect, and calls on the Government to recognise the humanitarian need and to make available  the appropriate funding and resources to provide a safe haven

 

Harlow Council commits to playing its part to help and support refugees from conflict zones who arrive in the Town and recognise that they have a right to be safe from persecution and become part of our community.”

Minutes:

Proposed by Councillor Phil Waite, seconded by Councillor Jon Clempner it was moved that:

 

“This Council notes with horror and deep concern, the growing refugee crisis which has developed.

 

As a major world economy, it is shameful that we as a nation are not committing to do more to support and safeguard people in their attempts to survive a war zone.

 

The Council notes that other European countries are showing the humanitarian approach to this crisis we expect and calls on the Government to recognise the humanitarian need and to make available the appropriate funding and resources to provide a safe haven.

 

Harlow Council commits to playing its part to help and support refugees from conflict zones who arrive in the town and recognise that they have a right to be safe from persecution and become part of our community.”

 

Councillor Simon Carter proposed the following amendment, seconded by Councillor Andrew Johnson:

 

“Delete paragraph two and the words ‘notes that other European countries are showing the humanitarian approach to this crisis we expect, and’ from paragraph three.” 

 

The amendment was lost.

 

The original motion was carried, unamended.

35.

References from Cabinet and Committees

Any reference arising from Committee or Cabinet meetings held after the publication of this agenda will be circulated separately.  This is likely to include items b) and c) below.

35a

Referral from Licensing Committee 8 September 2015 - Deregulation Act 2015 Proposed Taxi Policy and Fees: Outcome of the Consultation pdf icon PDF 32 KB

The below references replace those that were included in agenda item 9a when the agenda was published.  Councillors are asked to note that a statutory notice period (as explained in paragraph 8) will need to be observed following any decision on a change to fees.  Therefore, the interim arrangement as set out at paragraph 14 of the original report to Licensing Committee will be necessary.

 

Licensing Committee recommend to Council that:

 

      i.        the fees for three year Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers’ licences and renewals and five year Private Hire Operators’ licences and renewals as set out in Appendix 1 of the original report to Licensing Committee be adopted following the statutory notice procedure;

 

    ii.        all other proposed fee changes as set out in Appendix 1 of the original report are adopted from 1 April 2016, following the statutory notice procedure; and

 

   iii.        the proposals on licences of shorter duration, record keeping for subcontracted bookings and on refunds, as set out at Appendix 2 to the report, be adopted as Council policy and to be licence conditions as appropriate.

 

   iv.        the interim approach to licensing proposed at paragraph 14 of the report be adopted if required.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The above Licensing Committee recommended to Council that:

 

(i)         the fees for three year Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers’ licences and renewals and five year Private Hire operators’ licences and renewals as set out in Appendix 1 of the original report to Licensing Committee be adopted following the statutory notice procedure; 

 

(ii)        all other proposed fee changes as set out in Appendix 1 of the original report are adopted from 1 April 2016, following the statutory notice procedure;

 

(iii)       the proposals on licences of shorter duration, record keeping for sub-contracted bookings and on refunds, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report, be adopted as Council policy and to be licence conditions as appropriate;

 

(iv)       the interim approach to licensing proposed at paragraph 14 of the report be adopted if required.

 

Proposed by Councillor Jon Clempner and seconded by Tony Durcan it was:

 

            RESOLVED that the above recommendations are approved.

35b

Referral from Cabinet 17 September 2015 - Capital Programmes Quarter 1 Finance Report 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 228 KB

Cabinet recommended to Council that it approves:

 

(i)    The revised Housing Capital Programme outturn at Quarter One, as set out in the original report to Cabinet.

 

(ii)  The inclusion of four new business cases in the Non Housing Capital Programme totalling £107,000, as outlined in paragraph 28 of the original report to Cabinet.

Minutes:

The above Cabinet meeting recommended to Council that:

 

(i)         the revised Housing Capital Programme outturn at Quarter One, as set out in the original report to Cabinet, be approved;

 

(ii)        the inclusion of four new business cases in the Non-Housing Capital Programme totalling £107,000, as outlined in paragraph 28 of the original report to the Cabinet, be approved.

 

Proposed by Councillor Jon Clempner and seconded by Councillor Mike Danvers it was:

 

            RESOLVED that the above recommendations (i) and (ii) from Cabinet are approved.

35c

Referral from Cabinet 17 September 2015 - Treasury Management Annual Report 2014/15 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Cabinet recommended to Council that it approves the Annual Treasury Management Report for 2014/15, attached as Appendix A of the original report to Cabinet.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The above Cabinet meeting recommended to Council that the Annual Treasury Management Report for 2014/15 be approved.

 

Proposed by Councillor Jon Clempner and seconded by Councillor Mike Danvers it was:

 

RESOLVED that the Annual Treasury Management Report for 2014/15, attached as Appendix A to the original report to Cabinet, is approved.

36.

Reports from Officers

Minutes:

None.

37.

Minutes of Cabinet and Committee Meetings

To note the following Cabinet and Committee minutes:

Minutes:

            RESOLVED that the minutes of the following meetings are noted:

37a

Minutes of Scrutiny Committee, 21 July 2015. pdf icon PDF 23 KB

37b

Minutes of Cabinet, 23 July 2015. pdf icon PDF 51 KB

37c

Minutes of Development Management Committee, 29 July 2015. pdf icon PDF 26 KB

37d

Minutes of Development Management Committee, 12 August 2015. pdf icon PDF 27 KB

38.

Matters of Urgent Business

Minutes:

None.