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A. PROCEDURAL ITEMS
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.
(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.
That the minutes of the meeting held on 12 October 2021 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).
(Guy Close – 07811 503906)
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
WRITTEN ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE LORD MAYOR (Standing Order 4)
(To be circulated before the meeting).
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.
(Guy Close – 07811 503906)
B. BUSINESS ITEMS
PETITIONS (Standing Order 11)
To consider up to five requests for the Council to receive petitions in accordance with Standing Orders.
(i) Proposal to develop a health and wellbeing hub on former Keighley College site – Keighley Central Ward.
Please note that as petition (i) has over 1,500 signatures there will be a debate.
If any further requests are received, in writing, by mid-day three working days before the meeting (Thursday), details will be circulated.
(Fatima Butt – 07970 411746)
PUBLIC QUESTION TIME (Standing Order 13)
There are no public questions.
(Fatima Butt – 07970 411746)
MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES AND JOINT COMMITTEES (Standing Order 4)
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).
REPORT BY THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL
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
MEMBER QUESTION TIME (Standing Order 12)
To deal with supplementary questions arising from the attached questions of which written notice has been given.
(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.
1. Councillor Carol Thirkill
Can you outline the work undertaken by the council to reduce the number of empty homes in the district?
2. Councillor Sally Birch
Given the increasing number of high profile organisations including The Equality and Human Rights Commission, the BBC, the Government’s Equality Office and numerous Government Departments to name but a few, opting to withdraw from the highly controversial Stonewall Equality Index, what benefits does the Council believe will be achieved by continuing to pursue this “accreditation”?
3. Councillor Jeanette Sunderland
Figures reported by the ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) show a “rapidly deteriorating situation in relation to social care for older and disabled people and for carers.” Their (ADASS) Rapid Survey shows that whilst Councils are delivering more care and support in people’s homes, people are waiting longer for assessments and reviews. In the light of this report can you inform members of Council either the Council’s response to both the Rapid Survey and the Spring Survey or confirm for our District a) How many people are currently awaiting social care assessments, care and support or reviews and if there has been an increase in the last three months compared to the figures for the last three years, b) How many people have been waiting for more than six months for each of the last three years c) How many people are waiting for a review of their existing care and support plans and how long have they been waiting and d)How many people have been offered care and support that they would not have chosen due to recruitment and retention issues?
4. Councillor Matt Edwards
What meetings have taken place since May 2021 between the portfolio holder, any councillors and Council Officers regarding the plans for ‘improvements’ to the A650 Tong Street? When will ward councillors be consulted on current plans? – and most importantly when will the public be consulted?
5. Councillor Nussrat Mohammed
The Council closed off Shay Lane in our ward to make it safer for cyclists as part of temporary road changes during the pandemic. I’ve been getting lots of positive feedback from residents and requests to make it permanent, so could the portfolio holder advise if that’s an option?
6. Councillor Taj Salam
What more can we do to press the government to help with the transition to electric vehicles given the financial burden that people and businesses will face – in particular taxi and other ... view the full agenda text for item 10.
a) At the meeting of the Governance and Audit Committee held on 25 March 2021 consideration was given to the report (Document “AD”) of the Director of Finance and IT which presented the Council’s 2021-22 Treasury Management Strategy.
Resolved – That the report be noted and referred to Council for adoption.
Action: Director of Finance
b) At the meeting of the Governance and Audit Committee held on 25 November 2021 consideration was given to the report of the Director of Finance and IT which presented the Council’s Treasury Mid-Year Review up to 30 September 2021.
Resolved – That the details in paragraph 3 of Document “R” be noted and the report be referred to the 14 December 2021 Council meeting for adoption.
Action: Director of Finance
NOTICES OF MOTION (Standing Order 17)
To consider the notices of motions set out below:
Healthy Homes and Places
To be moved by: Councillor Matt Edwards
Seconded by: Councillor Martin Love
This Council notes:
· The powerful evidence which demonstrates the link between people’s homes and their health, wellbeing and life chances.
· That the COVID-19 emergency has reinforced the need for healthy environments which provide space for recreation, children’s play and walkable streets.
· That well-designed homes that meet all our resident’ needs over their lifetimes can radically reduce costs to NHS and social care budgets.
· That people have a basic right to live in environments free from unacceptable levels of air and noise pollution.
· That homes must be affordable to heat
· This is a climate emergency. Houses in the UK account for 30 per cent of the UK's total energy use, 27 per cent of UK carbon dioxide emissions and around 24 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. It is therefore more important than ever that new houses are built to zero carbon standards.
· That current government policy to deregulate planning is creating thousands of substandard homes through conversion of existing buildings into homes without planning permission.
This council also notes that these are the Healthy Homes Principles, as promoted by the Town and Country Planning Association:
· all new homes must be safe in relation to the risk of fire;
· all new homes must have, as a minimum, the liveable space required to meet the needs of people over their whole lifetimes, including adequate internal and external storage space;
· all main living areas and bedrooms of a new dwelling must have access to natural light;
· all new homes and their surroundings must be designed to be inclusive, accessible, and adaptable to suit the needs of all;
· all new homes should be built within places that prioritise and provide access to sustainable transport and walkable services, including green infrastructure and play space;
· all new homes must secure radical reductions in carbon emissions in line with the provisions of the Climate Change Act 2008;
· all new homes must demonstrate how they will be resilient to a changing climate over their full lifetime;
· all new homes must be built to design out crime and be secure;
· all new homes must be free from unacceptable and intrusive noise and light pollution;
· all new homes must not contribute to unsafe or illegal levels of indoor or ambient air pollution and must be built to minimise, and where possible eliminate, the harmful impacts of air pollution on human health and the environment, and;
· all new homes must be designed to provide year-round thermal comfort for inhabitants.
This Council resolves to:
· Strive to ensure that the principles of Healthy Homes and Places are met, in order to create the highest quality places for residents which will be a fitting legacy for future generations;
· Review related policies, processes and procedures as part of current Local Plan review, and develop and adopt new policies, to ensure that all new development is in line with the ... view the full agenda text for item 12.