Agenda and draft minutes

Council
Wednesday 27th February 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall

Contact: Ainsley Gilbert  01473 432510

Items
No. Item

55.

Apologies for Absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for Absence were received from Councillors Allen, J Cook, Darwin, Harsant and Hughes.

56.

To Confirm the Minutes from the Previous Council Meeting. pdf icon PDF 67 KB

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED:

 

that the Minutes of the Meeting held on 30 January 2019 be signed as a true record.

57.

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.

58.

To Receive any Declarations of Interest.

Minutes:

Item 8 – Medium Term Financial Plan 2019/20 (Including Budget 2019/20.

 

Councillor P Gardiner, as a Director of Ipswich Buses, declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item.

 

Councillor B Knowles, as a Director of Handford Homes, declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item.

 

Councillor C Kreidewolf, as a Director of Ipswich Borough Assets, Handford Homes, Ipserv and Ipserv Direct, declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item.

 

Councillor A Leeder, as a Director of Ipserv and Ipserv Direct, declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item.

 

Councillor I Lockington, as a Director of Ipswich Buses, declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item.

 

Councillor J Riley, as a Director of Ipswich Borough Assets, declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item.

 

Item 11 – Pay Policy Statement.

 

Councillor Armitage, whose partner was employed by the Council, declared a pecuniary interest in this item, and left the room during its consideration.

 

Councillor Fisher, whose partner was employed by the Council, declared a pecuniary interest in this item, and left the room during its consideration.

59.

Mayor's Communications. pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Minutes:

The Mayor explained that her communications had been circulated.

60.

Councillors to answer questions asked in accordance with Rules of Procedure 9. pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Minutes:

 

Question put to:

 

Question from:

Question Title:

1.

 

Councillor Rudkin

Councillor Cenci

Sport and Leisure Subsidies

2.

 

Councillor M Cook

Councillor Pope

Calculation of New Homes Bonus

3.

 

Councillor Ross

Councillor Xhaferaj

ASB in Garrick Way and Castle Court

4.

 

Councillor Rudkin

Councillor Cenci

Sport and Leisure Budgets

5.

 

Councillor Ross

Councillor Reynolds

Taxi Licensing

6.

 

Councillor Ellesmere

Councillor Fisher

Precautionary measures on the Cornhill

7.

 

Councillor Meudec

Councillor Ion

Spending of Community Engagement Growth Budget

8.

 

Councillor M Cook

Councillor Phillips

Council Tax Increase Assumptions

9.

 

Councillor Ellesmere

Councillor Holmes

Discretionary Rate Relief

10.

 

Councillor Ellesmere

Mr Croydon

Investment in Car Parks and Air Quality

 

61.

C/18/19 Council Tax Long Term Empty Premium and Care Leavers Discount pdf icon PDF 178 KB

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED on a motion MOVED by Councillor Meudec and SECONDED by Councillor Fern:

 

a)           that an increase from 50% to 100% as a premium of Council tax for the properties that have been long term empty and unfurnished for more than two years be approved with effect from 1 April 2019.

 

b)           that a Council Tax premium of 200% for properties that have been long term empty and unfurnished properties for 5 years and over be approved from 1 April 2020.

 

c)           that a Council Tax premium of 300% for properties that have been long term empty and unfurnished properties 10 years and over be approved from 1 April 2021.

 

d)           that the Council Tax Care Leavers local discount policy be approved, providing a class of local discretionary Council Tax discounts of up to 100% for care leavers aged 18 – 25 years where Suffolk County Council held corporate parenting responsibility at the point at which the young person left care, to be administered under the provisions of Section 13A(1)(c) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

62.

C/18/20 Medium Term Financial Plan (Including Budget 2019/20) pdf icon PDF 448 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

62.1    In accordance with Standing Orders Part 4, Section 1, 12.3, the Mayor granted the Leader of each political group an extension of time for their opening speeches to a total of ten minutes.

 

It was RESOLVED on a motion MOVED by Councillor Ellesmere and SECONDED by Councillor M Cook:

 

a)         that the document “Financial Strategies and Medium Term Financial Plan 2019/20 Onwards” including the Finance Strategy, Capital Strategy, and in particular the figures and estimates contained in it be approved;

 

b)        that a Council Tax Requirement of £13,879,058 for 2019/20 including the investment and savings programmes identified in Section 3 of the “Financial Strategies and Medium Term Financial Plan 2019/20 Onwards ” document be approved;

 

c)         that the Ipswich Borough Council Tax levels for each property band for 2019/20, as set out in paragraph 8.6 of the report be approved;

 

d)        that the calculations of final Council Tax levels as set out in the report be approved;

 

e)         that changes in discretionary fees and charges anticipated to yield a net increase of 2.5% in income during 2019/20 onwards be approved;

 

f)          that the Resources Portfolio Holder be authorised, in consultation with other Portfolio Holders and the Section 151 Officer, to vary the fees and charges level, provided it achieves a similar yield for 2019/20 as approved in this report;

 

g)        that the Capital Programme for 2019/20 and future years, together with the resources, shown in Section 6 of the “Financial Strategies and Medium Term Financial Plan 2019/20 Onwards” document be approved;

 

h)        that the Prudential Indicators for 2019/20 as shown in Section 7  of the “Financial Strategies and Medium Term Financial Plan 2019/20 onwards” document be approved;

 

i)          that the Treasury Management Policy Statement for 2019/20 as shown in Section 7 of the “Financial Strategies and Medium Term Financial Plan 2019/20 onwards” document be approved;

 

j)          that the minimum Revenue Provision levels set out in Section 7 of the “Medium Term Financial Plan 2019/20” document be approved;

 

k)         that the contribution to the SRP (Shared Revenues & Benefits Partnership) be approved;

 

l)          that the contribution to the Ipswich and Colchester Joint Museums Service be approved.

 

The voting on the Budget proposals was as follows:

 

For the Budget

Against the Budget

Abstention

Armitage

Carnall

Holmes

Barber

Cenci

Lockington

Chisholm

Fisher

 

Connelly

Goldsmith

 

M Cook

Hall

 

Elavalakan

Ion

 

Ellesmere

Phillips

 

Fern

Pope

 

Gage

Reynolds

 

Gardiner

Vickery

 

Gibbs

Xhaferaj

 

Goonan

 

Grant

 

 

Handley

 

 

Jones

 

 

Knowles

 

 

Kreidewolf

 

 

Leeder

 

 

MacDonald

 

 

Maguire

 

 

Meudec

 

 

Parry

 

 

Riley

 

 

Ross

 

 

Rudkin

 

 

Shaw

 

 

C Smart

 

 

P Smart

 

 

Studd

 

 

Wright

 

 

Total                         

30

 

11

 

2

 

 

63.

C/18/21 Ipswich Local Development Scheme Review pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED on a motion MOVED by Councillor Jones and SECONDED by Councillor Gardiner:

 

that the revised Local Development Scheme work programme as set out in paragraphs 4.1 to 4.20 above and Appendix 1 to the report, be adopted, and that it be brought into effect on 19 March 2019.

64.

C/18/22 Public Spaces Protection Order pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED on a motion MOVED by Councillor Ross and SECONDED by Councillor Elavalakan:

 

that the Public Spaces Protection Orders for Dog Fouling, Urination and Defecation, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, be adopted.

65.

C/18/23 Pay Policy Statement pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED on a motion MOVED by Councillor M Cook and SECONDED by Councillor Grant:

 

a)           that the Pay Policy Statement, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, including the new pay scales in line with the nationally agreed pay award be approved;

b)           that the Council’s gender pay gap be noted;

c)           that the Chief Executive be authorised to take all necessary steps to enter into any necessary collective agreement with the Council’s recognised trades unions to implement the pay award and to inform employees of their pay for 1 April 2019 onwards.

66.

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

Minutes:

There were no changes to placings.