Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 17th July, 2024 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre

Contact: Email: governance@harlow.gov.uk 

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Items
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1.

Webcast Introduction

The Chair will read out the following statement:

 

“This meeting is being webcast live to our website (https://harlow.public-i.tv/core/portal/home) and will be available for repeated viewing after the meeting has ended.

 

By continuing to attend this meeting, you are consenting to being filmed and to appearing in the webcast.

 

I would like to remind all those participating in the meeting to use their microphones when they speak, and to turn them off once they have finished talking.”

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Apologies for Absence

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3.

Declarations of Interest

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

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4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 485 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 23 May 2024.

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Communications from the Chair

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Petitions from the Public

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Questions from the Public pdf icon PDF 179 KB

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Questions from Councillors pdf icon PDF 90 KB

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9.

Motions from Councillors

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9a

Long Term Plan for Towns Investment

Proposed by Councillor Dan Swords and seconded by Councillor David Carter:

 

“This council welcomes the plethora of investment the Government announced into Harlow which is now being delivered with transformational regeneration of the town centre including:

 

·        £23.7 million Town Deal announced in June 2021;

·        ?£20 million Levelling Up Fund announced in January 2023;

·        ?£20 million Long Term Plan for Towns investment announced in March 2024;

·        ?Harlow Investment Fund, Housing Infrastructure Grant and Rolling Infrastructure Fund;

·        As well as many other investments from the Government worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

 

However, notes that the £20 million Long Term Plan for Towns investment appears at risk in light of the comments of the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Communities, Housing and Local Government last week making clear that such funding was under review. This is a concern shared by councils of all political colours and has been raised by the District Councils' Network.

 

Furthermore, Harlow Council (like many other councils) has not received the first tranche of funding as expected following the General Election.

 

This is of great concern of all Members at Harlow Council as if a decision is taken by the new Government not to proceed with this funding it will have a significant impact on the regeneration of the town centre, particularly on the safety and security provisions and required infrastructure for the new town centre.

 

If the new Government decides not to proceed with this previously committed funding, it will be enormously detrimental to Harlow and the rebuilding of the town centre.

 

This Council will constructively work with the new Government for the benefit of Harlow seeking to ensure that all investments currently allocated to Harlow are continued to enable the rebuilding of the town centre to be completed as planned.

 

Therefore, this Council calls on:

 

·        The Leader of the Council to write to the Secretary of State for Communities, Housing and Local Government to recognise that all Members of the Council support this investment, and therefore seek urgent assurances on this funding including confirmation of when the first tranche of funding will be received;

 

·        Harlow’s MP to arrange an urgent meeting with the Secretary of State for Communities, Housing and Local Government, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and representatives from the Council to discuss this matter;

 

·        Harlow’s MP to raise this matter in House of Commons Business, Departmental and Prime Minister’s questions to ensure maximum exposure is given to the matter.”

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Main Debate

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 16.3, the Chair will call on the Leader of the Council to introduce the debate on the work undertaken by the Council on 2023/24 municipal year together with any highlights, pressures and potential issues for the coming year.

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Appointment of Honorary Alderman pdf icon PDF 132 KB

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Members' Allowance Scheme 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 157 KB

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Development Management Committee Members - Replacement pdf icon PDF 81 KB

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References from Cabinet and Committees

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14h

Referral from Audit and Standards Committee - Audit and Standards Committee Annual Report 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 225 KB

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Reports from Officers

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Minutes of Cabinet and Committee Meetings

To note the following Cabinet and Committee minutes:

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16a

Minutes of meeting Wednesday, 13 March 2024 of Development Management Committee pdf icon PDF 84 KB

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16b

Minutes of meeting Wednesday, 10 April 2024 of Development Management Committee pdf icon PDF 86 KB

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16c

Minutes of meeting Tuesday, 18 June 2024 of Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 87 KB

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16d

Minutes of meeting Wednesday, 26 June 2024 of Audit & Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 183 KB

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17.

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.

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