Agenda and draft minutes

Council - Wednesday 29th July 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Ainsley Gilbert  01473 432510

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for Absence were received from Councillor Maguire.

2.

To Confirm the Minutes from the Previous Council Meeting. pdf icon PDF 303 KB

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED:

 

that the Minutes of the meeting held on 19 February 2020 be confirmed as a true record.

3.

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

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED:

 

that the Order of Business be as printed on the agenda.

4.

To Receive any Declarations of Interest.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

5.

Mayor's Communications. pdf icon PDF 117 KB

Minutes:

The Mayor reflected that the past four months had probably been the most challenging period in many people’s lives and said that her thoughts were with all those who had been affected by Coronavirus. The Mayor noted that there had also been good times, and that she had taken part in various online activities, particularly those engaging young people.

 

The Mayor expressed her thanks to Council employees, NHS workers, those working in the care sector, teachers and school staff, other key workers and all those who were supporting voluntary and community groups. The Mayor noted that the strength of Ipswich’s communities was shown in adversity that she was proud to thank the town’s people for what they had done, what they were doing and what was yet to come.

 

The Mayor noted that a full version of her communications had been circulated electronically.

6.

Councillors to answer questions asked in accordance with Rules of Procedure 9. pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

Question from:

Question put to:

 

Question Title:

1.

 

Councillor Cenci

 

Councillor Ross

Policing and bid for Safer Street Funds

 

2.

 

Councillor Xhaferaj

 

Councillor Meudec

Working from Home

3.

 

Councillor Harsant

Councillor Rudkin

Closure of Profiles Gym *

 

4.

 

Councillor Phillips

Councillor Ellesmere

Cornhill Works Additional Costs

 

5.

 

Councillor Fisher

Councillor Ellesmere

Use of Agency Workers

 

6.

 

Councillor Pope

Councillor Barber

Attracting Tourists

 

7.

 

Councillor Pope

Councillor Barber

Closure of the Tourist Information Centre

 

8.

 

Councillor Cenci

Councillor Ellesmere

Lessons learned from organising Ed Sheeran Concerts

 

9.

 

Councillor Phillips

Councillor Ellesmere

Princes Street / Portman Road Multi-Storey Car Park

 

10.

Councillor Harsant

Councillor P Smart

Reduction in Hours at Holywells Park Reception

 

11.

Councillor Fisher

Councillor Meudec

Furloughed staff and returning employees to Grafton House

 

12.

Councillor I Lockington

 

Councillor Ellesmere

Costs of Cornhill Works

13.

Councillor Holmes

Councillor M Cook

Statutory Guidance on Local Government Investments

 

14.

Councillor Holmes

Councillor Ross

Public Spaces Protection Order

 

15.

Councillor T Lockington

Councillor Barber

Staff, Outlets and Budgets for promoting Tourism

 

* As Councillor Rudkin’s reply could not be heard a written response was sent to Councillor Harsant.

7.

C/20/01 To Consider a Report from Councillor D Ellesmere on Special Urgency Decisions. pdf icon PDF 275 KB

Minutes:

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

 

that the report on Special Urgency Decisions be noted.

 

8.

C/20/02 To Consider a report from Councillors D Ellesmere and M Cook on the Update of the Medium-Term Financial Plan 2020/21 to 2023/24 (Including Budget 2020/21). pdf icon PDF 581 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

i)          that the financial impact of Coronavirus on the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan 2020/21 to 2023/24 be noted;

 

ii)        that the MTFP Update be approved and specifically:

 

(a)      that the revised Capital Programme for 2020/21 and future years (as set out in Appendix 3) be approved;

 

(b)      that the changes to Operations Area budgets for 2020/21 (as set out in Appendix 4) be approved;

 

(c)      that the changes to the Big Ticket targets (as set out in Tables 12 and 13) be approved; and

 

(d)      that the changes to the Council’s plan to use its reserves (as set out within Table 18 and Appendix 5) be approved.

 

The voting on the Budget proposals was as follows:

 

For the Budget

Against the Budget

Abstention

Allen

Carnall

 

Armitage

Cenci

 

Barber

Fisher

 

Chisholm

Hall

 

Connelly

Holmes

 

M Cook

Harsant

 

J Cook

I Lockington

 

Cracknell

T Lockington

 

Darwin

Phillips

 

Elavalakan

Pope

 

Ellesmere

Xhaferaj

 

Gage

 

 

Gardiner

 

 

Gibbs

 

 

Grant

 

 

Handley

 

 

Heaps

 

 

Hughes

 

 

Jones

 

Kreidewolf

 

 

MacDonald

 

 

Meudec

 

 

Parry

 

 

Rae

 

 

Richardson

 

 

Riley

 

 

Ross

 

 

Rudkin

 

 

Shaw

 

 

C Smart

 

 

P Smart

 

 

Smith

 

 

Studd

 

 

Trenchard

 

 

Wright

 

 

Total

35

 

11

 

 

 

9.

C/20/03 To Consider a Report from Councillor M Cook on Treasury Management Performance 2019/20. pdf icon PDF 373 KB

Minutes:

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

 

that the Treasury Management operations for the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 be noted.

10.

To Consider a Motion from Councillor G Chisholm.

This Council was appalled by the racist posts shared by former councillor Robin Vickery on social media and is glad that he is no longer an elected councillor representing Ipswich.

 

However, this Council is concerned that, if this councillor had not voluntarily resigned, there is little or nothing in the way of sanctions that could legally be brought against him and that he could just have sat out his term of office, claiming an allowance at the expense of the council tax payer and impacting on the well-being of BAME residents and IBC staff.

 

This Council therefore requests that the Chief Executive write to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government stating that we wish the Localism Act 2011 to be updated to re-introduce the sanctions of suspension and barring from public office for major breaches of the councillors’ code of conduct.

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED on a motion MOVED by Councillor Chisholm and SECONDED by Councillor T Lockington that:

 

This Council was appalled by the racist posts shared by former councillor Robin Vickery on social media and is glad that he is no longer an elected councillor representing Ipswich.

 

However, this Council is concerned that, if this councillor had not voluntarily resigned, there is little or nothing in the way of sanctions that could legally be brought against him and that he could just have sat out his term of office, claiming an allowance at the expense of the council tax payer and impacting on the well-being of BAME residents and IBC staff.

 

This Council therefore requests that the Chief Executive write to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government stating that we wish the Localism Act 2011 to be updated to re-introduce the sanctions of suspension and barring from public office for major breaches of the councillors’ code of conduct.

11.

To Consider nominations/changes of Councillors to serve on Committees, Panels, Working Groups and Outside Bodies. pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED:

a)    that Councillor Rae be appointed to the St Margaret’s Charities for the Needy to replace Linda Erith (whose term of office had expired).

b)   that Councillor Richardson replace Councillor Kreidewolf as Substitute on the Audit and Governance Committee.

c)    that Councillor C Smart replace Councillor Riley on the Licensing and Regulatory Committee.

d)   that Councillor Hall be appointed to the Licensing and Regulatory Committee to fill the Conservative Vacancy.

e)    that Councillor Fisher be appointed as a Substitute on the Planning and Development Committee to fill the Conservative Vacancy.

f)     that Councillor Fisher replace Councillor Xhaferaj on the Environment and Sustainable Transport Panel.

g)   that Councillor Xhaferaj replace Councillor Cenci as a representative on Dance East.

h)   that Councillor Harsant replace Councillor Hall as a representative on the East Suffolk Drainage Board.

i)     that Councillor Hall be appointed to the Greenways Project Joint Advisory Committee to fill the Conservative Vacancy.

j)     that Councillor Xhaferaj replace Councillor Cenci as a representative on the Ipswich Arts Association.

k)    that Councillor Xhaferaj replace Councillor Cenci as a representative on the Wolsey Theatre Board.