Agenda, decisions and minutes

Extraordinary Meeting of Council, Council
Tuesday, 8th September, 2020 4.00 pm

Venue: Remotely or Council Chamber, City Hall, Bradford

Contact: Adrian Tumber 

Items
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1.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST pdf icon PDF 53 KB

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

 

To receive disclosures of interests from 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 declarations on the basis of transparency were received:

 

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA)

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe – Chair of the WYCA (and Governance & Audit Committee/Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership Board/Leeds City Region Partnership Committee)

Councillor Imran Khan (alternate) (and on Employment & Skills Panel/Governance & Audit Committee alternate/ Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership Board alternate/Leeds City Region Partnership Committee alternate)

Councillor John Pennington

Councillor Rebecca Poulsen (alternate)

 

WYCA – Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Councillor Safraz Nazir 

Councillor Rosie Watson

Councillor Geoff Winnard

Alternates

Councillor Joanne Dodds

Councillor Carol Thirkill

Councillor Naveed Riaz

 

WYCA – Transport Committee

Councillor Sinead Engel

Councillor Hassan Khan

Councillor Taj Salam

Councillor Mike Ellis

 

West Yorkshire & York Investment Committee (and Business Innovation & Growth Panel, Inclusive Growth & Public Policy Panel, Place Panel and Business Investment Panel)

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw

 

Green Economy Panel

Councillor Sarah Ferriby

 

Other declarations:

Councillor Zafar Ali – school governor

Councillor Taj Salam – employed by the First Group

 

ACTION:        City Solicitor

2.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE pdf icon PDF 38 KB

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Lal, Smith and Ward.

3.

LORD MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS pdf icon PDF 103 KB

The written announcements of the Lord Mayor will be circulated to Members of Council in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

DEATH OF FORMER LORD-LIEUTENANT, DAME INGRID ROSCOE, DCVO, DL, FSA

 

The Lord Mayor reported with utmost sadness that Dame Ingrid Roscoe, who was Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire from 2004 until 2018  had passed away suddenly on the afternoon of Sunday 28 June 2020. Dame Ingrid visited this district on many occasions during her term of office and did much to promote local businesses, causes and organisations. The Lord Mayor had written, on behalf of the people of the district, to offer condolences to her widower and family.

 

DEATH OF FORMER COUNCILLOR EILEEN SINCLAIR

 

It is also with great sadness that the Lord Mayor reported the death of former Councillor Eileen Sinclair, which occurred on 29 June 2020. Eileen was elected as a Ward Councillor for the Bingley Ward from 1996 until 2000.  She undertook her duties and served the people of her Ward with dedication and commitment. The Lord Mayor wrote to Eileen’s family to express the sorrow of the district at her passing.

 

RETIREMENT OF THE ARCHBISHOP OF YORK, DR JOHN SENTAMU

 

Dr John Sentamu retired as Archbishop of York, Primate of England and Metropolitan of the province of York in June 2020. He served as Archbishop from 2005 and during that time visited the Bradford district on innumerable occasions perhaps most memorably when Dr Sentamu spoke on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Bradford City fire disaster, in 2010. The Lord Mayor wrote to the retiring Archbishop to send thanks for his lengthy service..

 

A very warm welcome is given to his successor in office of Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Stephen Cottrell.

 

EXPRESSION OF GRATITUDE TO THE RETIRING HONORARY RECORDER, HHJ JONATHAN DURHAM HALL, QC.

 

The Lord Mayor placed on record this Council’s debt of gratitude to the retiring Honorary Recorder, His Honour Jonathan Durham Hall, QC who had served as Honorary Recorder since his appointment in 2017.  Wishes were given for a long and contented retirement.

 

 

APPOINTMENT OF NEW HONORARY RECORDER, HHJ RICHARD MANSELL, QC.

 

It was with great pleasure that the Lord Mayor reported the appointment of His Honour Judge Richard Mansell, QC as Resident Judge at Bradford Combined Court Centre with effect from 17 August 2020. Formerly he worked regularly at Bradford Crown Court and also sat there as a Recorder, a part-time judge.

 

A formal ceremony to celebrate HHJ Mansell’s appointment as Honorary Recorder of Bradford cannot be arranged with the present constraints imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, but will be as soon as circumstances allow. A warm welcome was given to the new Honorary Recorder.

 

In addition to the written announcements the Lord Mayor also commented upon the following,

 

DEATH OF JEAN SOWMAN, FORMER LADY MAYORESS

 

The Lord Mayor reported that sadly on 4 September 2020 the former Lady Mayoress, Jean Sowman, had passed away. Jean was the wife of former Lord Mayor, Bob Sowman and supported her husband during the civic year 1993/94. The Lord Mayor on behalf of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

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.

5.

WEST YORKSHIRE DEVOLUTION CONSULTATION AND NEXT STEPS pdf icon PDF 324 KB

The report of the Chief Executive (Executive Document “BZ”) explains that on the 11 March 2020, the Chancellor announced a “minded to” Mayoral Devolution Deal for the West Yorkshire area (covering the Local Authority areas of Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale). A report was considered by the Executive at its meeting on the 24 March which outlined the details of the devolution deal, its benefits for Bradford District, its people and its businesses and set out the required next steps.

 

The reports which went to Executive in March and May 2020:

-          endorsed the “minded to” deal on behalf of Bradford District,

-          agreed for and approved a statutory review to be undertaken jointly with Bradford Metropolitan District Council, other West Yorkshire Councils and the Combined Authority,

-          provided a draft Governance scheme to be produced for consideration, and

-          agreed a consultation to take place in June and July 2020 on the devolution proposals and its governance.

 

The consultation has been completed and a summary is attached to the report in appendices 1 and 2. The next steps are that all constituent authorities (including the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council) need to agree in principle to submit a summary of the responses to the Secretary of State for Communities in order to progress the West Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority Devolution Deal.

 

                                                                        (Phil Witcherley – 01274 431241)

 

Note:

 

The Executive is meeting before Council on 8 September and will make a recommendation for Council to consider. That recommendation will be e-mailed to all Councillors in advance of the meeting of Council and will be published on the Council’s website.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Executive (Executive Document “BZ”) explained that on the 11 March 2020, the Chancellor announced a “minded to” Mayoral Devolution Deal for the West Yorkshire area (covering the Local Authority areas of Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale). A report was considered by the Executive at its meeting on the 24 March which outlined the details of the devolution deal, its benefits for Bradford District, its people and its businesses and set out the required next steps.


The reports which went to Executive in March and May 2020:- endorsed the “minded to” deal on behalf of Bradford District,

- agreed for and approved a statutory review to be undertaken jointly with Bradford Metropolitan District Council, other West Yorkshire Councils and the Combined Authority,
- provided a draft Governance scheme to be produced for consideration, and
- agreed a consultation to take place in June and July 2020 on the devolution proposals and its governance.

The consultation had been completed and a summary attached to the report in appendices 1 and 2. The next steps were that all constituent authorities (including the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council) needed to agree in principle to submit a summary of the responses to the Secretary of State for Communities in order to progress the West Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority Devolution Deal.

 

An amendment to the resolution of the Executive moved by Councillor Hawkesworth and seconded by Councillor Naylor was defeated. It was reported that amendment submitted by Councillor Pennington had been withdrawn.

 

The resolution of the Executive moved by Councillor Hinchcliffe and seconded by Councillor Imran Khan was carried as follows,

 

Resolved –

 

That the resolution of the Executive on West Yorkshire Devolution and Next Steps as set out below be endorsed:

 

(1)       That the Summary of Consultation Responses attached as Appendix 1 to Document “BZ” and its conclusions be endorsed.

 

(2)       That the Summary of Consultation Responses and representations set out in Appendix 1 to Document “BZ” be agreed in principle to being submitted to the Secretary of State by 11 September 2020, and to jointly delegate authority to the Managing Director of the Combined Authority, in consultation with the Leader and Chief Executive of each Constituent Council and the Chair of the Combined Authority, to finalise and submit these documents.

 

(3)       That the updated timetable set out in Appendix 2 to Document “BZ” and the next steps be noted which are subject to the consent being given by the Constituent Councils and Combined Authority, to the draft Order in November 2020 so that a mayoral combined authority model and associated changes may be adopted and implemented by May 2021, as set out in the Deal.

 

ACTION:        Chief Executive