Agenda and decisions

Council
Tuesday, 13th July, 2021 4.00 pm

Venue: The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Contact: Jill Bell & Yusuf Patel 

Items
No. Item

1.

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.

 

2.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 18 May 2021 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Jane Lythgow – 01274 432270)

3.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

4.

WRITTEN ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE LORD MAYOR (Standing Order 4)

(To be circulated before the meeting).

5.

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)

 

6.

PETITIONS (Standing Order 11)

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

Ward

 

(i)         Former Keighley College land keep as green space             Keighley Central

 

Please note that as the Former Keighley College petition has over 1500 signatures there will be a debate.

 (Fatima Butt - 01274 432227)

Decision:

Former Keighley College land keep as green space     Keighley Central

 

Resolved -

 

That the petition be referred to the Executive.

 

ACTION:       City Solicitor / Strategic Director Corporate Resources

7.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME (Standing Order 13)

There are no public questions.

 

(Fatima Butt - 01274 432227)

8.

MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES AND JOINT COMMITTEES (Standing Order 4)

To consider any 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). 

 

Decision:

Standards Committee

Resolved –


That Councillor Lal replaces Councillor Dodds as Chair of the
Standards Committee and that Councillor Ibrar Hussain be added as
a Member.

 

ACTION: City Solicitor

9.

REPORT OF THE LEADER OF COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 62 KB

A written report by the Leader of Council giving an update on key issues will be circulated to Members in advance of the meeting and published on the Council’s website. There shall be a period of up to 15 minutes during which any Member of Council who has provide notification by 1000am on 15 March 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.

 

10.

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 before 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 Taj Salam

Will the Leader join with me in congratulating the England football team for doing so well in the Euros.

  1. Councillor Geoff Winnard

Could the Portfolio Holder inform members of how much revenue has the introduction of evening and weekend parking charges in Bingley raised since they were introduced and how this compares with the costs of enforcement activities? In enforcing the evening and Sunday parking charges, how many parking tickets have been issued in Bingley car parks since the charges were introduced?

  1. Councillor Jeanette Sunderland

Policy EN1 of the adopted Core Strategy is the main route for the provision of new greenspace which requires that new housing developments provide for new or improved open space, sport and recreational facilities. Out of all of the developments that have been completed in the last five years how many facilities for play have been provided and by how much has the maintenance budget been increased to ensure the equipment is properly maintained?

  1. Councillor Warnes

When will the cycle lanes running in both directions along the stretch of Bingley Road between Beckfoot School and the junction with the B6265 be properly segregated from passing traffic for the benefit of school children and other cyclists?

  1. Councillor Shakeela Lal

Can the Leader tell me what support we have provided to EU citizens to secure their settled status and what more we can do to help those – particularly vulnerable people – who miss the deadline?

 

  1. Councillor Aneela Ahmed

Can I have the current rates of vaccination take-up across age groups and by ward?

  1. Councillor Mike Pollard

Could the Portfolio Holder explain the rationale for concentrating all the additional Clean Teams in the central Bradford constituencies? What is it about rubbish in the Shipley and Keighley constituencies that can be ‘Glutton’ vacuumed with less intense workforce deployment. Is it perhaps that local volunteering in Shipley/Keighley means that not only ‘People Can’ but people actually ‘do’? 

  1. Councillor Mohammed Shafiq

Can the portfolio holder give me an update on the measures we are taking to improve air quality across the district?

  1. Councillor Mohammed Shafiq

How are we ensuring that we safeguard the most vulnerable adults in our district from Covid-19, in particular older people in care homes and those living at home along with extended family members?

  1. Councillor Debbie Davies

Every spring the sun shines and it rains and snickets become overgrown and people are not able to walk their usual routes as many are impassable.  I understand that rural  ...  view the full agenda text for item 10.

11.

RECOMMENDATION FROM GOVERNANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE - ANNUAL TREASURY MANAGEMENT REPORT 2020/2021 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Recommendation from Governance and Audit Committee

 

ANNUAL TREASURY MANAGEMENT REPORT 2020/2021

 

At a meeting of the Governance and Audit Committee on 24 June 2021 the Director of Finance submitted Governance and Audit Committee Document “A” which reported that this Council is required by regulations issued under the Local Government Act 2003 to produce an annual treasury management review of activities and the actual prudential and treasury indicators for 2020-21. The report meets the requirements of both the CIPFA Code of Practice on Treasury Management, (the Code), and the CIPFA Prudential Code for Capital Finance in Local Authorities, (the Prudential Code).

 

Governance and Audit Committee Resolved-

 

That the report be noted and referred to Council for adoption at the next available meeting.

 

 

Recommended –

 

That the Annual Treasury Management Report 2020/2021 (Governance and Audit Committee Document “A”) be adopted.

 

Action:  Director of Finance

 

                                                                        (David Willis – 01274 432361)

                                                                        (Lynsey Simenton – 07582 102779)

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That the Annual Treasury Management Report 2020/2021 (Governance and Audit Committee Document “A”) be adopted.

 

ACTION: Director of Finance

                                                                           (David Willis – 01274 432361)

                                                            (Lynsey Simenton – 07582 102779)

 

 

12.

CULTURE AT THE HEART OF GROWTH

To consider the attached motions of which notice has been given.

 

11.1.   Corporate response to the Covid 19 pandemic

 

To be moved by Councillor Alun Griffiths,

Seconded by Cllr Brendan Stubbs

 

Council notes the recent pandemic and the effects it has had on the lives, health and wellbeing of the citizens of Bradford and looks forward to a return to normality

 

Council repeats its thanks for the work of all its officers and staff in dealing with the unprecedented situation.

 

Council believes that we should review the corporate response to the pandemic to learn what went well, and what less so, in order to be prepared for any similar threats in the future, and to identify residual problems and long term effects needing to be addressed as we move out of the current crisis.

 

Council instructs the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny committee to conduct such a review, focusing on areas where we had some freedom to make choices, but including the results of external factors such as legislation.

 

 

 

11.2    Creating an accessible footpath network

 

To be moved by Councillor Jeanette Sunderland

Seconded by Councillor Brendan Stubbs

 

This Council notes the huge benefit to the health of residents from being able to access open spaces and fresh air.

 

This Council believes the District should be a place where people can choose to walk and that walking should be easy, enjoyable and accessible to everyone.

 

This Council commits to removing the barriers that currently prevent many people from enjoying the benefits of walking and to improving the accessibility of the footpath network for people with limited mobility and for wheelchair users.

 

The Council instructs the Chief Executive to:

 

Work towards ensuring that all footpaths, access land and managed green spaces in its ownership are accessible, and report progress annually to the Executive and Area Committees.

 

Ensure that the work done to improve accessibility is done appropriately to the environment, avoiding excessive “urbanisation” of the countryside.

 

Work with other organisations such as the Disabled Ramblers Association and the Ramblers Association to support their work in support of the British Standard 5709:2006 on Gaps, Gates and Stiles which requires the least restrictive option for all potential users, including people with disabilities or limited mobility, where a path crosses a boundary and specifies high-quality standards where barriers are justified.

 

Create an Access for All budget to ensure that everyone can access public footpaths and bridleways.

 

 

11.3    Clean Air Zone

 

To be moved by Councillor Debbie Davies                           

To be seconded by Councillor Robert Hargreaves                               

                               

Council notes that:

 

1.        We all want cleaner air across the District and in 2018 the Government          issued a Ministerial Order that requires the Council to improve air quality           levels by 2022.

 

2.        Improvements have already been made with 80% of HGVs estimated to        be compliant in West Yorkshire, there has been considerable investment          to make all buses compliant and people are naturally replacing older            vehicles with newer, cleaner versions.

 

3.        The Clean Air Zone Framework issued by the Department  ...  view the full agenda text for item 12.

Decision:

 Resolved –

 

Council notes:

·         Culture provides a significant social and economic contribution to the life of our district. From grassroots arts groups through to multibillion pound industries, arts and culture is a vital part of our daily lives and our economy.

 

·         Culture supports livelihoods. The arts and culture industry has grown £390 million in one year to contribute £10.8 billion per year to the national economy, £2.8 billion a year to the Treasury through taxation and generating a further £23 billion and 363,700 jobs a year.

 

·         Culture funding delivers a substantial return on investment – our investment in Culture since 2019 when we committed to bidding has levered in £5,131,928 into the Bradford district and if the bid is successful it is expected to provide a 25 to 1 return based on previous winners.

 

·         Winning the UK City of Culture bid is projected to: bring 1.1m additional visitors to the district in 2025; including the programme, capital investment and tourism the economic impact in the 2025 year alone will be up to £250m; and deliver an increase of 3,000 jobs in the cultural and creative industries by 2030.

 

·         The City of Culture designation has become a hugely significant prize for cities and is recognised for the transformational impact of the year but also the legacy. The position and profile is felt not just nationally but internationally.

 

·         Culture builds communities. It is a vital part of our daily lives, it celebrates what makes us human, supports a shared experience and enhances our connection with others.

 

·         Culture and art is a means of personal transformation – it raises aspirations, teaches us new skills, empathy and understanding and, for young people in particular, it deepens their education and broadens their horizons.

 

·         As the UK’s sixth largest city and one of the youngest cities in Europe with around a quarter of our population aged under 16, Bradford is perfectly placed to be a ground breaking City of Culture creating high-calibre new opportunities for the next generation.

 

·         From homegrown arts organisations to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire, to landmark theatres and internationally acclaimed events, we have a thriving arts scene. But our district has huge untapped potential with masses of talent that needs the investment to match, so to achieve City of Culture accreditation will be a game changer with a lasting legacy for the district.

 

·         Our celebrated cultural assets across the district are loved by residents and visitors alike.  From the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth to the Alhambra Theatre in the city centre, from Kings Hall in Ilkley to Cliffe Castle in Keighley and all points in between.  We want to show them off to the world.

 

This Council:

·         Wholeheartedly supports the district’s 2025 UK City of Culture bid and its ambitious programme to deliver a positive lasting legacy for people and businesses.

 

·         Thanks the arts and culture organisations of all sizes across the district who are making a difference in our communities and are at the heart of the exciting  ...  view the full decision text for item 12.

13.

EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC

Recommended –


That the public be excluded from the meeting duringconsideration of the following items relating to funding for a regeneration opportunity. Squire Lane and the City of Culture Bid 2025 on the grounds that it is likely in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if they were present, exempt information within Paragraph 3 (Finance or Business Affairs) of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), would be disclosed and it is considered that, in all thecircumstances, the public interest in excluding public access to
the relevant part of the proceedings outweighs the interest in
publication of the report.

It is in the public interest in maintaining these exemptions
because it is in the overriding interest of proper administration
that Members are made fully aware of the financial implications of
any decision.

                                                            (Chris Chapman – 01274 433656)

 

14.

FUNDING FOR A REGENERATION OPPORTUNITY, SQUIRE LANE AND THE 2025 CITY OF CULTURE BID

The Director of Finance will submit a report (Not for Publication Document “E” – Report to follow) relating to funding for a regeneration opportunity, Squire Lane and the 2025 City of Culture Bid.

 

Recommended –

 

That the recommendations set out in Not for Publication Document “E” be approved.

                                                            (Chris Chapman – 01274 433656)

 

 

NOTE:  Not for Publication Document “E” will follow but this item and report are subject to a decision of the Executive on 6 July 2021 and will be circulated to all members following the Executive subject to the decision taken at the Executive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That recommendation B, C and D as set out in Not for Publication Document “E” be approved.

 

ACTION: Director of Finance

                                                            (Chris Chapman – 01274 433656)