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Contact: Claire Tomenson
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.
In the interests of transparency, Councillor Brown disclosed, in relation to the item concerning The Norman Rae Northcliffe Park Trust, Northcliffe Allotments, Shipley, Bradford (Minute 108), that many years ago he had worked on the adjacent site.
In the interests of transparency, Councillor Wainwright disclosed, in relation to The Norman Rae Northcliffe Park Trust, Northcliffe Allotments, Shipley, Bradford (Minute 108) that he was a member of the Eccleshill Horticultural Society Allotment Association.
ACTION: City Solicitor
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 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.
(Claire Tomenson - 01274 432457)
There were no appeals submitted by the public to review decisions to restrict documents.
The Strategic Director, Corporate Resources will present a report (Document “AV”) in relation to the self-management of the Northcliffe Allotments by the Northcliffe Allotment Society.
Option 4 – That a Service Level Agreement be granted to the Allotment Society whilst the possibility for processing a Community Asset Transfer (CAT) lease be given further consideration and the findings presented to the Trustees at a future meeting.
(Nigel Gillatt – 01274 434224)
The Strategic Director, Corporate Resources presented a report (Document “AV”) in relation to the self-management of the Northcliffe Allotments, Shipley, Bradford by the Northcliffe Allotment Society. Members were informed that the land was owned by the Council in Trust for the Norman Rae Northcliffe Park Trust and a Service Level Agreement that transferred some of the responsibilities to the Society had been signed in April 2018.
The Strategic Director, Corporate Resources reminded the Committee of the decision made at its meeting held on 7 March 2019 in relation to the Chapel Lane Allotments and then recommended that a Service Level Agreement (SLA) be granted whilst the possibility of granting a lease was investigated.
In response to a number of questions from Members, the Strategic Director, Corporate Resources confirmed that further legal appraisal was required along with information as to what action other Trusts undertook. If the Committee agreed to grant a SLA there would be no reason why the matter could not be reconsidered as soon as practicable.
A representative of the Northcliffe Allotment Society addressed the Committee explaining that they were well established and had taken control of many of the functions usually carried out by the Council. They had an active membership that met quarterly, organised many events and in 2018 they had decided to become a charitable organisation. The allotments were fully let and eight new plots had been created. Members were informed that the Society would like to assume more responsibility from the Council and improve the security of the site, therefore, an agreement similar to that granted to the Chapel Lane Allotment Society would be welcomed.
That a Service Level Agreement be granted to the Allotment Society whilst the possibility for processing a Community Asset Transfer (CAT) lease be given further consideration and the findings presented to the Trustees at a future meeting.
ACTION: Strategic Director, Corporate Resources