Agenda and minutes

Council - Wednesday 22nd March 2017 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall

Contact: Jan Robinson  01473 432510

Items
No. Item

72.

Apologies for Absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Cenci, Councillor Goonan, Councillor Grant, Councillor Leeder, Councillor MacDonald and Councillor Reynolds.

73.

To Confirm the Minutes from the Previous Council Meeting. pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Minutes:

73.1.     Councillor Phillips reported that Councillor Hyde-Chambers’ apologies had not been recorded.  Additionally, in the record of the voting on the budget proposals, Councillor Phillips name should be included under the ‘Against’ column and Councillor Vickery should be removed from the ‘For’ column.

 

It was RESOLVED:-

 

that, subject to the corrections above, the Minutes of the meeting held on 22 February 2017 be signed as a true record.

74.

To Confirm or Vary the Order of Business on the Agenda.

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED:-

 

that the Order of Business be confirmed as printed on the Agenda.

75.

To Receive any Declarations of Interest by Councillors.

Minutes:

75.1.     In accordance with delegated authority, the Monitoring Officer had granted dispensations to all Members in respect of Item 10 (Adoption of the Ipswich Garden Suburb Supplementary Planning Document) and in respect of Item 11 (Adoption of the Public open Space Supplementary Planning Document).

75.2.     Councillor Fisher, being the spouse of a Council employee, declared a pecuniary interest in Item 8 (Pay Policy Statement 2017/18).

75.3.     Mr Williams, Chief Executive, and Mrs Pluck, Chief Operating Officer, declared a pecuniary interest in Item 8 (Pay Policy Statement 2017/18).

76.

Mayor's Communications.

Minutes:

At the beginning of the Mayoralty, the Mayor admitted to being a natural ‘nosey parker’. In the light of this, the Mayor and his Consort Ellie drew up a list of places where they would like to go behind the scenes’. In the last month, the Mayor had been behind the scenes at ITFC, Christchurch Mansion, FIND, Sound-on Talking Newspaper and the Suffolk Constabulary HQ at Martlesham. Each of them was fascinating, and the Mayor was pleased to report that they were released, without charge, from the Custody Suite at Martlesham! 

 

Ipswich was well known as the longest continuously inhabited settlement in East Anglia. We were here because of the sea, the river and the natural deep-water port. This was reflected in the Ipswich coat of arms and in one of the rope seals presented by King John in 1200. The behind the scenes visit to ABP Port of Ipswichwas remarkable as the Mayor was taken by the port managers in the harbour master’s launch as far as the Orwell Bridge. This enabled him to see the working port on both banks, which included the largest ship, Dijklsgracht, from Houston, Texas on a visit to Ipswich. The tide had to be just right for it to get under the Orwell Bridge. It was unloading thousands of tonnes of rice to the Ipswich Grain Terminal ready for transfer locally and much further afield. The port was vibrantly busy which reflected the current vibrancy of Ipswich itself.

    

Visits to school and colleges in the Borough continued: so far the Mayor had managed 40 out of 56, with others planned. In the last month, the Mayor enjoyed excellent visits to First Base, Britannia (to open their splendid new music pod), the five pre-school nurseries in the ‘Bows and Arrows’ group, Chantry Academy to answer very perceptive questions from members of student forums and parliament, Stone Lodge Academy, Hillside, Achievers Saturday School (pupils speak a remarkable number of languages) held at Ranelagh Primary School and the Benefactors Commemorations of Ipswich School (where Lord Williams, formerly Archbishop of Canterbury, was the speaker).

 

There had been a number of openings: Starbucks drive-thru, the exhibition of hairstyles in art ‘Twists and Turns’ in Christchurch Mansion, the Savvy wedding show at Red Rose Chain and the WI Federation annual conference at Trinity Park.

 

Visitors seemed to enjoy coming to the Parlour. The Mayor was pleased to have hosted a family from Poland, a group of local solicitors, IBC retirees, Rushmere St Andrew Mothers’ Union, 24th Ipswich Beavers and Ranelagh School Council.

 

Dementia Friends have been ‘enrolled’ from St Mary’s Primary School, IBC Councillors and Officers and Gotelee Solicitors. The Mayor was invited to give a carer’s view at the ‘Can you hear me?’ conference at Trinity Park, and the Mayor and his wife Pat much enjoyed a ‘relaxed performance’ of ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’ presented by Red Rose Chain.

 

The Mayor had also visited Mygo, Ipswich Symphony Orchestra family concert,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 76.

77.

C/16/18 To Consider a Report from Councillor D Ellesmere on Corporate Plan - 'Building a Better Ipswich'. pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED:-

 

that the Corporate Plan as set out in Appendix 1 be adopted.

78.

C/16/20 To Consider a Report from the Monitoring Officer on the Report of the Constitution Working Group on Proposed Changes to the Constitution. pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED:-

 

that the revised Financial Standing Orders be approved and the Monitoring Officer be authorised to make consequential changes to the Constitution.

79.

C/16/21 To Consider a Report from Councillor M Cook on the Pay Policy Statement 2017/18. pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED:-

 

that the Pay Policy Statement for 2017/2018 be approved.

80.

Councillors to answer questions asked in accordance with Rules of Procedure 9.

Minutes:

 

Question put to:

 

Question from:

Question Title

1.

 

Councillor Rudkin

Mr Algar

Funding of Crèches

2.

 

Councillor Ellesmere

Councillor Harsant

QUESTION WITHDRAWN

3.

 

Councillor Meudec

Councillor Fisher

Business Rates

4.

 

Councillor Ellesmere

Councillor Fisher

Council Spend

5.

 

Councillor Jones

Councillor Goldsmith

Council House Building

6.

 

Councillor Ellesmere

Councillor Phillips

Ipswich Borough Assets

7.

 

Councillor Ellesmere

Councillor Phillips

Commercial Companies

8.

 

Councillor Rudkin

Councillor Vickery

Crown Pools Crèche

9.

 

Councillor Rudkin

Councillor Pope

Crown Pools Maintenance

10.

 

Councillor Jones

Councillor Pope

Ipswich Museums Targets

11.

 

Councillor Meudec

Councillor Reynolds*

 

Paperless Council Tax

12.

 

Councillor P Smart

Councillor Lockington

Storm Doris

13.

Councillor Jones

Councillor Lockington

Mersea Homes Application

 

* In the absence of Councillor Reynolds, a written response would be provided.

81.

C/16/22 To Consider a Report from Councillor C Jones on the Adoption of the Ipswich Garden Suburb Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). pdf icon PDF 130 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED:-

 

(i)           That the Council continues its commitment to large scale development on land at Ipswich Garden Suburb and in accordance with the Core Strategy.

(ii)          That the Ipswich Garden Suburb development be guided and planned by the Ipswich Garden Suburb Supplementary Planning Document.

(iii)         That the Supplementary Planning Document be approved for full adoption as a material consideration for use in the determination of planning applications for land at the Ipswich Garden Suburb.

82.

C/16/23 To Consider a Report from Councillor C Jones on the Adoption of the Public Open Space Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). pdf icon PDF 157 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A revised version of Appendix 4 of the report (Adoption Statement) was tabled, together with a corresponding revised recommendation.

 

It was RESOLVED:-

 

(i)           That the Public Open Space Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) as detailed in the report be adopted with immediate effect, to supersede the Public Open Space Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) 1998 and The Provision and Management of Children’s Play Space SPG 1999.

(ii)          That the Manager for Planning & Development be authorised to publish the Public Open Space SPD, amended Consultation Statement, Habitat Regulations (Appropriate Assessment) Screening Statement, Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Opinion and the revised SPD Adoption Statement as tabled.

83.

To Consider nominations/changes of Councillors to serve on Committees, Panels, Working Groups and Outside Bodies.

Minutes:

There were no changes to placings.

84.

Council Questions - 22 March 2017 pdf icon PDF 80 KB