Agenda and minutes

Council
Thursday, 17th December, 2015 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Lisa Purse, (01279) 446185, Email: lisa.purse@harlow.gov.uk 

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Items
No. Item

51.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Ian Beckett, Nick Churchill, Maggie Hulcoop, Sue Livings and John Strachan.

52.

Declarations of Interest

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

Minutes:

a)    Councillor Waida Forman declared an Other Pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 8 a, Motions from Councillors, in respect of her employment at Princess Alexandra Hospital.

 

b)    Councillor Andrew Johnson declared an Other Pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 8 a, Motions from Councillors, in respect of his employment at North East London Commissioning Support Unit, which has dealings with Princess Alexandra Hospital.

53.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 251 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 22 October 2015.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 22 October 2015 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman subject to the following amendment:

 

Councillor Phil Waite was in attendance at 22 October 2015 Council meeting.

54.

Communications from the Chairman

Minutes:

a)    Official Events Attended

 

The Chairman detailed some of the 23 official events that he had attended since the last Council meeting, including hosting official visits to the Town, charity fundraising events and award ceremonies.  

 

b)    Traveller Injunction

 

It was reported that on the 16 December 2015 The High Court granted a district wide injunction banning Travellers from setting up unauthorised encampments in Harlow until June 2017.  Tremendous teamwork between all parties involved, including the Council’s Legal Team and Community Safety Team has been demonstrated.

 

c)    Tribute

 

The Chairman reported the death of a long-serving past member of the Council, Martin Lawn.  A minute’s silence took place in his memory and in respect to his family and friends.  Councillor Mike Danvers paid tribute to Martin Lawn and gave details of the funeral arrangements.

55.

Petitions from the Public

Minutes:

None.

56.

Questions from the Public pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Minutes:

The question and the answer is appended to these minutes.

57.

Questions from Councillors pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Minutes:

The questions and the answers are appended to these minutes.

58.

Motions from Councillors

58a

Princess Alexandra Hospital

This Council notes with extreme concern recent press articles on the financial state of Princess Alexandra Hospital, comments from the hospital’s Chairman and Chief Executive that the hospital is not sustainable in the medium term and the increasing likelihood of cuts to hospital services for the communities it serves.  It also notes that the West Essex health system has been excluded from the NHS Essex Success Regime despite the severe financial challenges it faces.  Given the growing need for acute and other health services for the communities of Harlow and the surrounding areas as they continue to grow, this Council resolves to urge the Government to: 

 

  1. Urgently address the significant funding and systemic issues at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and in the West Essex health system to ensure adequate and accessible health service provision to the residents of Harlow and the surrounding areas for the short and medium terms.

 

  1. Develop, in consultation with the Councils of West Essex and East Hertfordshire, a longer term plan to secure financially sustainable, appropriate and sufficient access to health services for the communities served by the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the West Essex CCG.

Minutes:

Proposed by Councillor Jon Clempner, seconded by Councillor Mark Wilkinson it was moved that:

 

This Council notes with extreme concern recent press articles on the financial state of Princess Alexandra Hospital, comments from the hospital’s Chairman and Chief Executive that the hospital is not sustainable in the medium term and the increasing likelihood of cuts to hospital services for the communities it serves.  It also notes that the West Essex health system has been excluded from the NHS Essex Success Regime despite the severe financial challenges it faces.  Given the growing need for acute and other health services for the communities of Harlow and the surrounding areas as they continue to grow, this Council resolves to urge the Government to: 

 

  1. Urgently address the significant funding and systemic issues at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and in the West Essex health system to ensure adequate and accessible health service provision to the residents of Harlow and the surrounding areas for the short and medium terms.

 

2.    Develop, in consultation with the Councils of West Essex and East Hertfordshire, a longer term plan to secure financially sustainable, appropriate and sufficient access to health services for the communities served by the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the West Essex CCG.

 

An amendment to the motion was proposed by Councillor Andrew Johnson and seconded by Councillor Joel Charles:

 

This Council notes with extreme concern recent press articles on the financial state of Princess Alexandra Hospital, comments from the hospital’s Chairman and Chief Executive that the hospital is not sustainable in the medium term and the increasing likelihood of cuts to hospital services for the communities it serves.  It also notes that the West Essex health system has been excluded from the NHS Essex Success Regime despite the severe financial challenges it faces.  Given the growing need for acute and other health services for the communities of Harlow and the surrounding areas as they continue to grow, this Council resolves to urge the Government to: 

 

  1. Urgently address the significant funding and systemic issues at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and in the West Essex health system to ensure adequate and accessible health service provision to the residents of Harlow and the surrounding areas for the short and medium terms.

 

2.    Develop, in consultation with the Councils of West Essex and East Hertfordshire, a longer term plan to secure financially sustainable, appropriate and sufficient access to health services for the communities served by the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the West Essex CCG.

 

3.    And Further Urges West Essex CCG to reconsider its position on the implementation of RTT fines for this financial year, and further urges the CCG to reconsider reinvestment of fines monies directly into PAH services.

The amendment was agreed and became the substantive motion proposed by Councillor Jon Clempner and seconded by Councillor Mark Wilkinson.

 

The substantive motion was carried unanimously.

58b

Crossrail 2

This Council notes the ongoing consultation regarding Crossrail 2, which ends 8 January 2016.

Also notes that currently the terminus of Crossrail 2 is at nearby Broxbourne, who by 2030 will see up to 12 additional cross London trains an hour in both directions.

Agrees that Harlow stands to benefit economically if it is included in Crossrail 2.

This Council therefore commits to campaigning to include Harlow in Crossrail 2

And further directs the Chief Executive, in the immediate period to:

  1. Coordinate an initial response to the consultation, outlining the details of this debate and the reasons that Harlow should be included in the scheme.
  2. Further coordinate the submission of formal responses from local business, residents groups and partner organisations.

Minutes:

Proposed by Councillor Andrew Johnson, seconded by Councillor Joel Charles it was moved that:

This Council notes the ongoing consultation regarding Crossrail 2, which ends 8 January 2016.

Also notes that currently the terminus of Crossrail 2 is at nearby Broxbourne, who by 2030 will see up to 12 additional cross London trains an hour in both directions.

Agrees that Harlow stands to benefit economically if it is included in Crossrail 2.

This Council therefore commits to campaigning to include Harlow in Crossrail 2.

And further directs the Chief Executive, in the immediate period to:

  1. Coordinate an initial response to the consultation, outlining the details of this debate and the reasons that Harlow should be included in the scheme.

 

  1. Further coordinate the submission of formal responses from local business, residents groups and partner organisations.

 

 

At the suggestion of the Leader of the Council, and in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 16.7 (a), Councillor Andrew Johnson altered the motion, by adding the wording shown in bold below:

This Council notes the ongoing consultation regarding Crossrail 2, which ends 8 January 2016.

Also notes that currently the terminus of Crossrail 2 is at nearby Broxbourne, who by 2030 will see up to 12 additional cross London trains an hour in both directions.

Agrees that Harlow stands to benefit economically if it is included in Crossrail 2.

This Council therefore commits to campaigning to include Harlow in Crossrail 2.

And further directs the Chief Executive, in the immediate period to:

  1. Coordinate an initial response to the consultation, outlining the details of this debate and the reasons that Harlow should be included in the scheme and make representations as to the advantages of having the terminus at Harlow.
  2. Further coordinate the submission of formal responses from local business, residents groups and partner organisations.

 

The alteration was agreed with the consent of the meeting.

 

The altered motion was carried unanimously.

59.

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 the following references from the Cabinet meeting on 10 December 2015:

59a

Referral from Cabinet - Joint Finance & Performance Report, Quarter Two 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 188 KB

Cabinet recommended to Council that it approves:

 

(i)                 The contributions to reserves set out in the Major Variations Table in Appendix A of the original report to Cabinet.

Minutes:

The Council received a report from the Cabinet that recommended that it approves:

 

(i)    The contributions to reserves set out in the Major Variations Table in Appendix A of the original report to Cabinet.

 

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

 

RESOLVEDthat the above recommendation is approved.

59b

Referral from Cabinet - Capital Programmes Quarter Two Finance Report, 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 285 KB

Cabinet recommended that Council approves the following:

 

(i)            Carryovers to 2016/17 from the Housing Capital Programme of £1.9m (reference paragraph 6 of the original report to Cabinet).

 

(ii)          The inclusion of a new business case in the Non-Housing Capital Programme totalling £15,000 (reference paragraph 14 of the original report to Cabinet).

 

(iii)         Carryovers to 2016/17 from the Non-Housing Capital Programme of £784,000 (reference paragraph 15 of the original report to Cabinet).

Minutes:

The Council received a report from the Cabinet that recommended that it approves the following:

 

(i) Carryovers to 2016/17 from the Housing Capital Programme

of £1.9m (reference paragraph 6 of the original report to

Cabinet).

 

(ii) The inclusion of a new business case in the Non-Housing

Capital Programme totalling £15,000 (reference paragraph

14 of the original report to Cabinet).

 

(iii) Carryovers to 2016/17 from the Non-Housing Capital

Programme of £784,000 (reference paragraph 15 of the

original report to Cabinet).

 

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

 

RESOLVEDthat the above recommendations are approved.

59c

Referral from Cabinet - Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2015/16 Mid-Year Review pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Cabinet recommended to Council that:

 

(i)            The Mid-Year Review of the Treasury Management Strategy, attached as Appendix A of the original report to Cabinet, be approved.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council received a report from the Cabinet that recommended that it approves:

 

(i) The Mid-Year Review of the Treasury Management

Strategy, attached as Appendix A of the original report to

Cabinet.

 

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

 

RESOLVED that the above recommendation is approved.

59d

Referral from Cabinet - Adoption of Amendments to London Road South Local Development Order pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Cabinet recommended to Council that:

 

(i)       The amendments to the London Road South Local Development Order (contained in appendices to the original report to Cabinet) are approved and the revised Order adopted.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council received a report from the Cabinet which recommended the following:

(i)    The amendments to the London Road South Local

Development Order (contained in appendices to the original

report to Cabinet) are approved and the revised Order

adopted.

 

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

 

RESOLVED that the above recommendation is approved.

59e

Referral from Cabinet - Local Council Tax Support Scheme 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 19 KB

Cabinet recommended to Council that:

 

A     The 2016/17 Local Council Tax Support Scheme is amended as follows:

 

    (i)        The introduction of a minimum income floor for self-employed claimants of Local Council Tax Support.

 

  (ii)        The award of backdated Local Council Tax Support is limited to one month.

 

B    The proposal to remove the Family Premium in calculating an award of Local Council Tax Support is deferred for a further 12 months.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Council received a report from the Cabinet that recommended the following:

 

A        2016/17 Local Council Tax Support Scheme is amended as follows:

 

(i)            The introduction of a minimum income floor for selfemployed

claimants of Local Council Tax Support.

 

(ii)        The award of backdated Local Council Tax Support is

limited to one month.

 

B        The proposal to remove the Family Premium in calculating an

award of Local Council Tax Support is deferred for a further 12

months.

 

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

 

RESOLVED that the above recommendation is approved.

60.

Reports from Officers

60a

Appointment of Member Champion for 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 20 KB

The Administration has indicated that they wish to appoint a Member Champion for Highways and Infrastructure for 2015/16.  The Chairman will call for nominations for this position, which will be as described in Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution.

Minutes:

Proposed by Councillor Jon Clempner (seconded by Councillor Tony Durcan) it was:

 

RESOLVEDthat Councillor Danny Purton is appointed as Member Champion for Highways and Infrastructure for 2015/16.

 

A vote on the motion was recorded.  The details of the recorded vote are appended to these minutes.

61.

Minutes of Cabinet and Committee Meetings

These minutes remain draft until agreed to at the next ordinary meeting of the relevant Committee or Cabinet.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the following meetings are noted:

61a

Minutes of meeting Wednesday, 9 September 2015 of Audit & Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 27 KB

61b

Minutes of meeting Thursday, 15 October 2015 of Cabinet pdf icon PDF 61 KB

61c

Minutes of meeting Tuesday, 20 October 2015 of Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 24 KB

61d

Minutes of meeting Tuesday, 17 November 2015 of Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 27 KB

61e

Minutes of meeting Wednesday, 25 November 2015 of Audit & Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 32 KB

62.

Matters of Urgent Business

Minutes:

None.