Agenda, decisions and minutes

Council
Tuesday, 18th July, 2017 4.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Contact: Adrian Tumber 

Items
No. Item

14.

ORDER OF BUSINESS

Minutes:

A vote was taken and carried on re-ordering the business on the agenda so that a combined debate would take place on the motions concerning Motion 1, the Review of Fire Safety in all High-Rise Buildings in the District, and Motion 4, Bradford Council’s Commitment to the Safety of Homes and Buildings, with separate votes on each motion.

15.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)

 

To receive disclosures of interests from members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.

 

Notes:

 

(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 

 

(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.

 

(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

 

Minutes:

The following disclosures on matters under consideration were made:

 

Petition – Keep Clayton Green from Inappropriate Developments (Minute 20)

Councillors Engel and Thirkill and the City Solicitor declared an interest as residents of Clayton.

 

Called-in Decision – Review of the Operation and Effectiveness of the 12 Month Ban of Pavement Instructions (Minute 26)

Councillor Dale Smith declared an interest as Co-Chair of the Strategic Disability Partnership.

 

Motions – Review of Fire Safety in All High-Rise Buildings in the District/Bradford Council’s Commitment to the Safety of Homes and Buildings (Minutes 29 and 30)

Councillor Cooke declared an interest as a Council appointed Director of Incommunities.

 

Motion – Celebrating Civic and Yorkshire Pride in the Bradford District (Minute 34)

Councillor Brown declared an interest as working on projects on the Tour de Yorkshire.

 

Food Safety Plan (Minute 35)

Councillors Pennington and Dale Smith declared an interest as owners of businesses that were hygiene rated.

 

The disclosures were made on the basis of transparency and those Members remained in the meeting during consideration and voting on the items.

 

ACTION:       City Solicitor

16.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 16 May 2017 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Adrian Tumber – 01274 432435)

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 16 May 2017 be signed as a correct record.

17.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Akhtar, Bacon, Davies, Duffy, Imran Hussain, Ikram, Senior and Stelling.

18.

WRITTEN ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE LORD MAYOR (Standing Order 4)

(To be circulated before the meeting).

Minutes:

 

H M THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST

 

The Lord Mayor had written to those people in this district recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

 

Brian Noble was created a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to Rugby League and charities; Gerald Yates was created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his voluntary political services; Geraldine Howley was created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her services to housing, young people and the community and Michael John Davies was created a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to business and disadvantaged children. 

 

Also recognised were Professor Colin Mellors, who was created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to economic development; Professor Jane Nixon was created a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to health research and Mr Rudi Leavor was made a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the Jewish community and interfaith relations.

 

DAVID HOCKNEY’S 80TH BIRTHDAY

 

Congratulations were placed on record and good wishes sent to David Hockney on the occasion of his 80th birthday.  His birthday was marked by the establishment of a permanent display at Cartwright Hall and the Lord Mayor had attended David Hockney birthday-themed events there.

 

TRAGIC EVENTS MARKED

 

A number of tragic events had been marked since the last meeting of Council. Gatherings in silence had been held to remember those who lost their lives, were injured or affected by the terror attacks at Manchester Arena on 22 May, at London Bridge and Borough Market on 3 June and near Finsbury Park Mosque on 19 June.  There was also a remembrance in silence of those who died in the blaze at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington on 14 June 2017. The Leader of Council and the Chief Executive had written jointly to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on behalf of the people of the District, expressing sympathy and condolences to the people of North Kensington and offering support.

19.

INSPECTION OF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 

 

Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic Director or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 

 

If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 

 

Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 

 

(Adrian Tumber - 01274 432435)

 

Minutes:

There were no restricted documents.

20.

PETITIONS (Standing Order 11)

To consider up to five requests for the Council to receive petitions in accordance with Standing Orders. 

Ward

 

(i)         Keep Clayton Green from inappropriate developments Clayton & Fairweather Green

           

If any further requests are received, in writing, by mid-day three working days before the meeting (Thursday), details will be circulated.

 

(Tracey Sugden – 01274 434287)

 

Minutes:

Keep Clayton Green from inappropriate developments

 

Resolved –

 

That the petition be referred to the Executive.

 

ACTION:       City Solicitor (referral to Executive

21.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME (Standing Order 13) pdf icon PDF 7 KB

The following question has been received from a member of the public:

 

The former minister for climate change and industry for the UK the government, Nick Hurd, has stated that ‘preventing dangerous climate change means leaving at least 70-75% of known fossil fuel reserves unused in order to have a 50% chance of limiting global temperature rise to below 2 degrees’. Fossil Fuel companies' business models are incompatible with a 2 degree world and certainly a 1.5 degree one, and these companies and holdings in them pose material financial risks to West Yorkshire Pension Fund.  Will the West Yorkshire Pension Fund set deadlines for its investments in fossil fuel companies, stating that they will divest if these companies have not made their business model compatible with the Paris Agreement targets?

 

The Lord Mayor will invite Leader of Council (or another nominated Member) to respond.

 

(Tracey Sugden – 01274 434287)

 

Minutes:

A question was asked by a member of the public and the response given by the Leader of Council is contained in Document “B”.

22.

MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES AND JOINT COMMITTEES (Standing Order 4)

Recommended –

 

(1)       That the appointment of the following non-voting co-opted members to the Environment and Waste Management Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the 2017/18 Municipal Year be confirmed:

 

Julia Pearson - Bradford Environment Forum

            Nicola Hoggart – Environment Agency

 

(2)       That the appointment of the following non-voting co-opted members to the Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny for the 2017/2018 Municipal Year be confirmed:

 

Susan Crowe – Strategic Disability Partnership

Trevor Ramsay – Strategic Disability Partnership

G Sam Samociuk – former Mental Health Nursing Lecturer

            Jenny Scott – Older People’s Partnership

 

To consider any further motions (i) to appoint members to a Committee or a Joint Committee; or (ii) to appoint Chairs or Deputy Chairs of Committees (excluding Area Committees). 

 

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the appointment of the following non-voting co-opted members to the Environment and Waste management Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the 2017-18 municipal year be confirmed:

 

Julia Pearson - Bradford Environment Forum

Nicola Hoggart – Environment Agency.

 

(2)       That the appointment of the following non-voting co-opted members to the Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny for the 2017/2018 municipal year be confirmed:

 

Susan Crowe – Strategic Disability Partnership

Trevor Ramsay – Strategic Disability Partnership

G Sam Samociuk – former Mental Health Nursing Lecturer

            Jenny Scott – Older People’s Partnership

 

(3)       That Councillor Sharp be an alternate on the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

(4)       That Councillor Iqbal be an alternate on the Health and Social Care Overview and scrutiny Committee.

 

(5)       That Councillor Fear replace Councillor Rachel Sunderland as an alternate on the Environment and Waste Management Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

ACTION:       City Solicitor           

23.

REPORT BY THE LEADER OF COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 28 KB

A written report by the Leader of Council giving an update on key issues will be circulated before the start of the meeting. There shall be a period of up to 15 minutes during which any Member of Council may ask the Leader of the Council (or a Member of the Council nominated by the Leader) a question on any matter arising out of the written report.

Minutes:

Council Document “C” details the verbal questions from Members to the Leader of Council and the answers given on the matters contained in the Leader of Council’s written report.

24.

MEMBER QUESTION TIME (Standing Order 12)

To deal with supplementary questions arising from the attached questions of which written notice has been given. 

 

Notes:

 

(i)         Answers to written questions shall be circulated at the commencement of the meeting.

 

(ii)        The Lord Mayor will have regard to the list of questions and the political composition of the Council in calling on Members to put their supplementary question to the Leader of Council and Portfolio Holders.

 

(iii)       A period of up to 30 minutes shall be available for supplementary questions to Members of the Executive. 

 

QUESTIONS TO MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE

 

1.         Councillor Farley

Can the portfolio holder give an update on measures to ease traffic congestion in Keighley and when the works are likely to be complete?

 

 

2.         Councillor Whiteley

Whilst having the aim of moving children from children’s homes to foster care is good for the Council’s budget it is more important for children to be brought up in a family environment. Please can the Portfolio Holder for Health & Wellbeing provide details of the number of children, by age, living in children’s homes funded by this Council for the years 2010- 2017 together with the amount spent on these placements each year. How many children were transferred to foster carers over this period and what was the consequent saving to the Council?

 

 

3.         Councillor Ward    

Who does the Portfolio-holder for Education, Employment and Skills believe was to blame for the £1.9 million deficit at Hanson School at the end of March 2017?

 

 

4.         Councillor Warnes

The West Yorkshire Pension Fund (WYPF) has recently recognised the risks and opportunities associated with climate change and stated that it will seek to reduce the carbon exposure of its holdings over time. This is a very welcome development in terms of supporting our transition towards a low carbon economy. In the meantime, the Environment Agency has stated they will decarbonise their equity portfolio by 90% by 2020, and reduce their oil and gas equities by 50% by 2020, in order to be compatible with the Paris agreement target to keep global warming below two degrees at most. Bearing the decision of the Environment Agency in mind, plus the likelihood that global warming is progressing faster than predicted towards a ‘three-degree world’ according to the United Nations Environment Programme, plus the need to protect WYPF members from the growing risk of stranded fossil fuel assets, will the Leader of Council please update us on (a) when the WYPF will begin to reduce its carbon exposure; (b) by how much it will do so; and (c) whether or not the WYPF will commit to reducing its carbon exposure by at least as much as the Environment Agency?

 

 

5.         Councillor Hawkesworth

If Ilkley Parish Council move forward and take responsibilty for Ilkley public conveniences on central car park will the Council give discretionary rate relief?

 

 

6.         Councillor Morris

Now Keighley has drawn the short straw again, this time with regards the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). How do you intend to fund  ...  view the full agenda text for item 24.

Minutes:

Council Document “E” details the questions from Members to the Leader of Council and Portfolio Holders and the answers given.

25.

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE EXECUTIVE - LOCAL PLAN CORE STRATEGY - INSPECTOR'S REPORT AND ADOPTION pdf icon PDF 165 KB

The Council is in the process of preparing a new Local Plan which will replace the current statutory development plan for Bradford District (the Replacement Unitary Development Plan) which was adopted in 2005.

 

The first of the Local Plan documents is the Core Strategy which sets out the strategic approach to managing development and change to 2030.  It was submitted for Examination in December 2014 with Hearings held in March 2015. Proposed modifications were published in November 2015 and resumed hearings held in May 2016.

 

The Council has now received the Inspector’s final Report and recommendations. The Inspector has considered all the matters before him including the plan, the evidence underpinning it, and the objections and representations made and the published modifications. In his report the Inspector concludes that the Plan can be considered to be legally compliant and sound, providing a limited set of Main Modifications are made to the plan, as submitted.

 

On 20 June 2017 the Executive considered the report of the Strategic Director, Place (Executive Document “C”) to note the contents of the Inspector’s report and to seek authority to proceed to Full Council to request the legal adoption of the modified Core Strategy in line with the Inspector’s recommendation.

 

The Executive,

 

Resolved -

 

(1)       That the contents of Document “C” and contents of the Inspector’s Report be noted and that it be recommend that Full Council formally adopt the Core Strategy as approved by Full Council on December 2013 and submitted to the government for examination with the Main Modifications contained in Appendix 1 to Document “C”, as proposed by the Inspector pursuant to Section 23 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

 

(2)       That the Assistant Director (Planning Transportation and Highways) in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holder be authorised to make other minor amendments of redrafting or of a similar nature as may be necessary prior to formal publication.

                                                                                               

(Andrew Marshall – 01274 434050)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council was in the process of preparing a new Local Plan to replace the current statutory development plan for Bradford District (the Replacement Unitary Development Plan) which was adopted in 2005.

 

The first of the Local Plan documents was the Core Strategy setting out the strategic approach to managing development and change to 2030.  It was submitted for Examination in December 2014 with Hearings held in March 2015. Proposed modifications were published in November 2015 and resumed hearings held in May 2016.

 

The Council had received the Inspector’s final Report and recommendations. The Inspector had considered all the matters before him including the plan, the evidence underpinning it, and the objections and representations made and the published modifications. In his report the Inspector concluded that the Plan can be considered to be legally compliant and sound, providing a limited set of Main Modifications are made to the plan, as submitted.

 

On 20 June 2017 the Executive considered the report of the Strategic Director, Place (Executive Document “C”) to note the contents of the Inspector’s report and to seek authority to proceed to Full Council to request the legal adoption of the modified Core Strategy in line with the Inspector’s recommendation.

 

An amendment moved by Councillor Hawkesworth was defeated.

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the Core Strategy as approved by Full Council on December 2013 be formally adopted and submitted to the government for examination with the Main Modifications contained in Appendix 1 to Executive Document “C”, as proposed by the Inspector pursuant to Section 23 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

 

(2)       That the Assistant Director (Planning Transportation and Highways) in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holder be authorised to make other minor amendments of redrafting or of a similar nature as may be necessary prior to formal publication.

                                                                                               

ACTION:       Strategic Director Place

26.

CALLED-IN DECISION - REVIEW OF THE OPERATION AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE 12 MONTH TRIAL BAN OF PAVEMENT OBSTRUCTIONS pdf icon PDF 1 MB

At its meeting on 7 March 2017 the Executive received a report of the Strategic Director, Place (Executive Document “BM”) on the 12 month trial ban on pavement obstructions in Bradford City Centre, Saltaire, Ilkley and on A647 Leeds Road between Thornbury Gyratory and Bradford City Centre.

 

On the basis of the trial’s findings a number of potential options for the continuation, revocation or amendment of the policy related to pavement obstructions in the future were presented for the Executive’s consideration and determination.

 

Executive resolved –

 

That the retention of the pavement obstruction ban be approved with the following modifications:

 

a)            The current trial zone ban areas be retained;

b)           Arrangements to allow licensing of pavement obstructions be incorporated into the Council’s approach.

c)            That the development of details of the licensing arrangements including the approval of policy for determining locations suitable for placement of obstructions and levels of license fee to be charged be delegated to the Strategic Director: Place in consultation with the Portfolio Holder.

 

The decision of the Executive was called in by Councillors Dale Smith and Joanne Sharp:

 

(i)         The reasons for Councillor Dale Smith requesting the call-in are:

 

The proposals give scant regard to the Equality Impact Assessment and subsequently do not sufficiently ameliorate the disadvantage those most affected particularly those with Visual Impairment or the need to use wheelchairs etc.

 

The evidence presented and upon which the decision was partially based, regarding the charge for a Licence is unrealistic, containing conflicting figures and presented alongside unconvincing evidence submitted by businesses regarding their claimed financial losses due to the removal of A-Boards, with the latter having been given too much emphasis.

 

A letter from the Ilkley Chamber of Trade was tabled but not circulated to members of the public and thus could not be challenged.

 

The loss of the Mobility and Inclusion Officer reduced the Council’s contact with service users, with the result that awareness of the decision to be taken at the Executive meeting was poorly advertised, thus reducing the opportunity of those whose mobility is to be most affected, to get quick access to the report in an appropriate format and have their voices heard.

 

The costing information provided for both the trial and the proposals are inadequate.  

 

The absence of adequate, detailed information detailing which other Local Authorities were implementing an A-Board ban or making a charge for any Licence, along with the outcomes, undermines the validity of the report upon which the decision was based, as this information would provide a much clearer picture of what to expect.

 

The absence of criteria for identifying areas where A-Boards can and cannot be placed undermines the validity of the decision taken, as this information would again provide the Executive and the vulnerable citizens who should benefit from any new policy.

 

The report did not adequately address the recommendations from the Health and Social Care O&S meeting.

 

(ii)        The reason for Councillor Sharp requesting the call-in are:  ...  view the full agenda text for item 26.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

At its meeting on 7 March 2017 the Executive received a report of the Strategic Director, Place (Executive Document “BM”) on the 12 month trial ban on pavement obstructions in Bradford City Centre, Saltaire, Ilkley and on A647 Leeds Road between Thornbury Gyratory and Bradford City Centre.

 

On the basis of the trial’s findings a number of potential options for the continuation, revocation or amendment of the policy related to pavement obstructions in the future were presented for the Executive’s consideration and determination.

 

Executive resolved –

 

That the retention of the pavement obstruction ban be approved with the following modifications:

 

i.         The current trial zone ban areas be retained;

ii.            Arrangements to allow licensing of pavement obstructions be incorporated into the Council’s approach.

iii.           That the development of details of the licensing arrangements including the approval of policy for determining locations suitable for placement of obstructions and levels of license fee to be charged be delegated to the Strategic Director: Place in consultation with the Portfolio Holder.

 

The decision of the Executive was called in by Councillors Dale Smith and Joanne Sharp:

 

(i)         The reasons for Councillor Dale Smith requesting the call-in were:

 

“The proposals give scant regard to the Equality Impact Assessment and subsequently do not sufficiently ameliorate the disadvantage those most affected particularly those with Visual Impairment or the need to use wheelchairs etc.

 

The evidence presented and upon which the decision was partially based, regarding the charge for a Licence is unrealistic, containing conflicting figures and presented alongside unconvincing evidence submitted by businesses regarding their claimed financial losses due to the removal of A-Boards, with the latter having been given too much emphasis.

 

A letter from the Ilkley Chamber of Trade was tabled but not circulated to members of the public and thus could not be challenged.

 

The loss of the Mobility and Inclusion Officer reduced the Council’s contact with service users, with the result that awareness of the decision to be taken at the Executive meeting was poorly advertised, thus reducing the opportunity of those whose mobility is to be most affected, to get quick access to the report in an appropriate format and have their voices heard.

 

 

The costing information provided for both the trial and the proposals are inadequate.  

 

The absence of adequate, detailed information detailing which other Local Authorities were implementing an A-Board ban or making a charge for any Licence, along with the outcomes, undermines the validity of the report upon which the decision was based, as this information would provide a much clearer picture of what to expect.

 

The absence of criteria for identifying areas where A-Boards can and cannot be placed undermines the validity of the decision taken, as this information would again provide the Executive and the vulnerable citizens who should benefit from any new policy.

 

The report did not adequately address the recommendations from the Health and Social Care O&S meeting.”

 

(ii)        The reasons for Councillor Sharp requesting the call-in were:  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE GOVERNANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE - TREASURY MANAGEMENT POLICY STATEMENT, MINIMUM REVENUE PROVISION STRATEGY AND ANNUAL INVESTMENT 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

At the meeting of the Governance and Audit Committee held on 28 March 2017 the Strategic Director Corporate Services submitted a report (Governance and Audit Committee Document “AH”) showing the Council’s Treasury Strategy for borrowing for the three financial years commencing 2017/18 and the Annual Investment Strategy for 2017/18.

 

Recommended –

 

That the Treasury Management Policy (Document “AH”) be adopted.

 

                                                                                    (David Willis – 01274 432361)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

At the meeting of the Governance and Audit Committee held on 28 March 2017 the Strategic Director Corporate Services submitted a report (Governance and Audit Committee Document “AH”) showing the Council’s Treasury Strategy for borrowing for the three financial years commencing 2017/18 and the Annual Investment Strategy for 2017/18.

 

Resolved –

 

That the Treasury Management Policy (Governance and Audit Committee Document “AH”) be adopted.

                                                                                               

ACTION:       Strategic Director Corporate Services

28.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE EXECUTIVE - MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL STRATEGY 2018/19 TO 2020/21 AND BEYOND

Minutes:

At the meeting of the Executive held on 11 July 2017 the Strategic Director Corporate Services submited a report (Executive Document “I”) setting out the financial envelope for the Council to deliver its key priorities as set out in the revised Corporate Plan based on assumptions made from the relevant data available.

 

The Medium Term Financial Strategy focused on how the Council intended to respond to the forecasted public sector funding reductions as a result of the on-going austerity measures imposed by the Government’s spending plans. It set out the approaches and principles the Council would follow to ensure the Council remained financially viable and delivered on its priorities.

 

Resolved –

 

That the updated and revised Medium Term Financial Strategy be approved.

                                                                       

ACTION:       Strategic Director Corporate Services

29.

REVIEW OF FIRE SAFETY IN ALL HIGH RISE BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT

To be moved by Councillor Jeanette Sunderland

Seconded by Councillor Riaz Ahmed

 

This Council believes, in the light of the devastating fire in the Grenfell Tower in London that the Council and its partners should review fire safety in all high-rise buildings in the District including, but not limited to, homes, schools, health and police properties. 

 

The Council instructs the Chief Executive to carry out the review as a matter of urgency and report the findings to the appropriate Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

The review should include, but not be limited to;

1.         The safety of the materials used to clad the building and the fitting of fire barriers

2.         The number of properties over 30 metres in height that do not have a sprinkler system

3.         Whether the policy advice of Staying Put is still the correct advice, if not what other steps should be taken to revise the advice.

4.         The work and impact of the Safe and Well, Home Fire Safety Service

5.         The policy of housing families with children in high rise accommodation.

6.         How regular are buildings being inspected and re-checked?

Minutes:

A motion was moved by Councillor Jeanette Sunderland and was defeated.

 

No decision

30.

BRADFORD COUNCIL'S COMMITMENT TO THE SAFETY OF HOMES AND BUILDINGS

To be moved by Councillor Ross-Shaw

Seconded by Councillor Jabar

 

This Council notes:

 

The tragic events at Grenfell Tower have shocked us all and the thoughts and prayers of everyone in the district are with the victims and their families.

 

Although Bradford Council transferred its stock of social housing, including high rise tower blocks, to InCommunities in 2003 we are fully committed to doing everything in our power to ensure the safety of people in their homes and public buildings across the Bradford District.

 

In the past few weeks Bradford Council has been working with our partners in the social housing sector and the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (WYFRS) to ensure we are confident that properties have up-to-date safety records and the type of cladding used at Grenfell Tower is not used anywhere in our district.

 

We have also liaised with our partners in the NHS and in the district’s schools to ensure Fire Risk Assessments have been carried out and information is up to date.

 

This Council endorses the approach taken so far by the Portfolio Holder in conjunction with the Strategic Director of Place in:

 

                     Writing to high rise owners to request up-to-date information on building safety where necessary to ensure our records are complete

                     Reviewing our Emergency Response Procedures to ensure any lessons learned from Grenfell Tower are implemented

                     Working with the WYFRS to expand our concordat with InCommunities to include other housing providers in the social and private sector

This Council also resolves to:

 

                     Call on the government to increase the funding available, or provide greater powers related to raising revenue, to Local Authorities to better enforce their powers under the Housing Act 2004 on health and safety and fire safety related issues

                     Continue to work with the District Tenants’ Federation to organise seminars/workshops with representatives of the WYFRS, housing providers and Bradford Council to discuss fire safety

·         Support and challenge housing providers in the District to fully and swiftly implement any Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations on sprinklers or other fire safety measures.

Minutes:

A motion moved by Councillor Ross-Shaw, as set out in the resolution below, was carried.

 

Resolved-

 

This Council notes:

 

The tragic events at Grenfell Tower have shocked us all and the thoughts and prayers of everyone in the district are with the victims and their families.

 

Although Bradford Council transferred its stock of social housing, including high rise tower blocks, to InCommunities in 2003 we are fully committed to doing everything in our power to ensure the safety of people in their homes and public buildings across the Bradford District.

 

In the past few weeks Bradford Council has been working with our partners in the social housing sector and the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (WYFRS) to ensure we are confident that properties have up-to-date safety records and the type of cladding used at Grenfell Tower is not used anywhere in our district.

 

We have also liaised with our partners in the NHS and in the district’s schools to ensure Fire Risk Assessments have been carried out and information is up to date.

 

This Council endorses the approach taken so far by the Portfolio Holder in conjunction with the Strategic Director of Place in:

 

                     Writing to high rise owners to request up-to-date information on building safety where necessary to ensure our records are complete

                     Reviewing our Emergency Response Procedures to ensure any lessons learned from Grenfell Tower are implemented

                     Working with the WYFRS to expand our concordat with InCommunities to include other housing providers in the social and private sector

This Council also resolves to:

 

                     Call on the government to increase the funding available, or provide greater powers related to raising revenue, to Local Authorities to better enforce their powers under the Housing Act 2004 on health and safety and fire safety related issues

                     Continue to work with the District Tenants’ Federation to organise seminars/workshops with representatives of the WYFRS, housing providers and Bradford Council to discuss fire safety

                    Support and challenge housing providers in the District to fully and swiftly implement any Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations on sprinklers or other fire safety measures.

 

ACTION:       Strategic Director Place

31.

CENTENARY OF THE 1918 REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE ACT

To be moved by Councillor Jeanette Sunderland

Seconded by Councillor Rachel Sunderland

 

This Council notes that 2018 will be the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act which enabled more women to vote in local elections and stand as candidates. The Act also enabled women to stand for Parliament and granted those over 30 the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

This Council welcomes the ‘Suffrage to Citizenship’ project and therefore wishes to appoint a champion to help lead local celebrations and activity to identify and celebrate the lives of ordinary people who did extraordinary things to win the vote for women.

Minutes:

A motion was moved by Councillor Jeanette Sunderland.

 

An amendment, as set out in the resolution below, moved by Councillor Mullaney was carried

 

Resolved-

 

This Council notes that 2018 will be the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act which enabled more women to vote in local elections and stand as candidates.  The Act also enabled women to stand for Parliament and granted those over 30 the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

 

This Council wishes to organise local celebrations and activity to commemorate this anniversary.  This was an important milestone in democratic history.  We ask the Strategic Director of Place to work with the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Culture and Sport to advise on the content of the local celebrations to include from “Suffrage to Citizenship”.  This should include consulting with members from all Groups across the Chamber.

 

ACTION:       Strategic Director Place

32.

IMPROVING CITY CENTRE AIR QUALITY AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

To be moved by Councillor Cooke

Seconded by Councillor Pennington

 

Council notes:

 

Council notes the success of pedestrianisation in the City Centre and the popularity of City Park and Centenary Square as well as the local support from businesses and residents for extending this pedestrianised area.

 

Council further notes the requirements of Government air quality strategies and our own policies on reducing the health impact of air pollution.

 

Council believes that extending pedestrianisation in the City centre would make a significant contribution to improving air quality and to meeting our targets of reducing air pollution in addition to improving the City’s walkability and safety.

 

Council asks the Strategic Director of Place to:

 

1.         Prepare plans and costings for the pedestrianisation of Market Street, Bank Street, Broadway, and the section of Sunbridge Road from Hall Ings to Aldermanbury

2.         Undertake discussions with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and bus companies over the relocation of bus stops and amendment of bus routes

3.         Discuss with City centre businesses further opportunities to improve the walkability of the City.

Minutes:

A motion was moved by Councillor Cooke and was defeated.

 

No decision

33.

BRADFORD DISTRICT REQUESTS A FAIR FUNDING DEAL

To be moved by Councillor Hinchcliffe

Seconded by Councillor Imran Khan

 

This Council welcomes the first indications from the new government that austerity is over. We are keen to hear what additional budgets will be made available for local authorities to fund key services such as education and adult social care in particular.

 

This Council notes:

 

·         Bradford Council’s net budget has reduced by more than £250 million and our workforce has reduced by over 2,000 staff since the start of the government’s austerity programme in 2010

·         The Prime Minister has previously spoken about making this “a country that works for everyone”

·         The new government has dropped its plan to devolve the retention of business rates to local authorities but has not yet announced a new funding plan

 

This Council resolves to:

 

·         Ask the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for clarity about their plans for local government funding and to request a fair deal for this district to realise the aim of making a country that works for everyone

·         Urge the LGA to work on a cross-party campaign to ensure local government is not forgotten if austerity is rolled back

·         Press the Health Secretary to address the continuing funding crisis in adult social care.

 

Minutes:

A motion, as set out in the resolution below, was moved by Councillor Hinchcliffe and was carried.

 

An amendment moved by Councillor Whiteley was defeated.

 

Resolved-

 

This Council welcomes the first indications from the new government that austerity is over. We are keen to hear what additional budgets will be made available for local authorities to fund key services such as education and adult social care in particular.

 

This Council notes:

 

·         Bradford Council’s net budget has reduced by more than £250 million and our workforce has reduced by over 2,000 staff since the start of the government’s austerity programme in 2010

·         The Prime Minister has previously spoken about making this “a country that works for everyone”

·         The new government has dropped its plan to devolve the retention of business rates to local authorities but has not yet announced a new funding plan

 

This Council resolves to:

 

·         Ask the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for clarity about their plans for local government funding and to request a fair deal for this district to realise the aim of making a country that works for everyone

·         Urge the LGA to work on a cross-party campaign to ensure local government is not forgotten if austerity is rolled back

        Press the Health Secretary to address the continuing funding crisis in adult social care.

ACTION:       Chief Executive/ Director Health and Wellbeing

34.

CELEBRATING CIVIC AND YORKSHIRE PRIDE IN THE BRADFORD DISTRICT

To be moved by Councillor Hinchcliffe

Seconded by Councillor Ferriby

 

This Council notes:

 

·         Yorkshire Day takes place on 1st August and is the latest opportunity to celebrate all that’s great about our county and district

·         The success of recent events such as the Tour de Yorkshire which celebrate and promote pride in the district

·         The Council’s historic crest has taken a secondary position to the orange and blue logo in the last decade, yet the crest better represents the heritage and towns which make up our district

 

This Council resolves to:

 

·         Build on the success of sporting and cultural events such as Tour de Yorkshire and Yorkshire Day to promote pride in the Bradford District

·         Ask the Yorkshire Society to lead their traditional celebrations for 1st August from Bradford at the next earliest opportunity

·         Roll out the use of the Council’s historic civic crest in Council literature and civic buildings and gradually phase out use of the orange and blue ‘City of Bradford MDC’ logo, without incurring additional cost, to more strongly reflect civic pride and the different towns within the district.

Minutes:

A motion, as set out in the resolution below, was moved by Councillor Hinchcliffe and was carried.

 

Resolved-

 

This Council notes:

 

·         Yorkshire Day takes place on 1st August and is the latest opportunity to celebrate all that’s great about our county and district

·         The success of recent events such as the Tour de Yorkshire which celebrate and promote pride in the district

·         The Council’s historic crest has taken a secondary position to the orange and blue logo in the last decade, yet the crest better represents the heritage and towns which make up our district

 

This Council resolves to:

 

·         Build on the success of sporting and cultural events such as Tour de Yorkshire and Yorkshire Day to promote pride in the Bradford District

·         Ask the Yorkshire Society to lead their traditional celebrations for 1st August from Bradford at the next earliest opportunity

  • Roll out the use of the Council’s historic civic crest in Council literature and civic buildings and gradually phase out use of the orange and blue ‘City of Bradford MDC’ logo, without incurring additional cost, to more strongly reflect civic pride and the different towns within the district.

 

ACTION:       Chief Executive/Strategic Director Place

35.

FOOD SAFETY PLAN pdf icon PDF 304 KB

The Council is required by the Food Standards Agency to have a documented and approved Food Safety Service Plan in place. The report of the Director of Health and Wellbeing (Document “D”) seeks approval of the Plan.

 

Recommended –

 

That the Food Safety Service Plan be approved.

 

                                                                                    (Ruth Lees – 01274 431349)

Minutes:

The Council is required by the Food Standards Agency to have a documented and approved Food Safety Service Plan in place. The report of the Director of Health and Wellbeing (Document “D”) sought approval of the Plan.

 

Resolved –

 

That the Food Safety Service Plan be approved.

 

ACTION:       Director Health and Wellbeing