Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Committee Rooms 1 & 2 - Deanes. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services Team 

Link: Video recording

Items
No. Item

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Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Robinson

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Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

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Urgent matters

To consider any items of business, other than those shown on this agenda and which, by reason of special circumstances to be stated at the meeting, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.

 

Minutes:

There were no urgent matters.

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Minutes of the meeting held on 8 October 2019 pdf icon PDF 194 KB

The Chair will move that the minutes of the meeting be signed as a correct record. The only part of the minutes that can be discussed is their accuracy.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 8 October 2019 were confirmed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.

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Motion referred from Council

The following motion was referred from Council on 17 October 2019.

 

Football Pitches

 

The council are charging youth football clubs for using council owned pitches for training. Between £6.70 and £29.50 a session, but Parkrun is not charged and neither are people running businesses- like the Boot Camps. Therefore the equity of charging is a concern.

 

Some of the football clubs barely make enough money to survive each year, Winklebury Wizards is one of those clubs. Clubs can’t charge families more for subs as lots are struggling already. These charges for training will really hurt accessible youth football in our Borough.

 

We call on the Cabinet to review the charging regime as a part of the Budget and to acknowledge the impact it is having on youth football in Basingstoke & Deane.

 

Minutes:

The following motion was referred from Council on 17 October 2019.

 

Football Pitches

 

The council are charging youth football clubs for using council owned pitches for training. Between £6.70 and £29.50 a session, but Parkrun is not charged and neither are people running businesses- like the Boot Camps. Therefore the equity of charging is a concern.

 

Some of the football clubs barely make enough money to survive each year, Winklebury Wizards is one of those clubs. Clubs can’t charge families more for subs as lots are struggling already. These charges for training will really hurt accessible youth football in our Borough.

 

We call on the Cabinet to review the charging regime as a part of the Budget and to acknowledge the impact it is having on youth football in Basingstoke & Deane.

 

The Cabinet Member for Borough Development and Improvement stated that a report would be presented to the Community, Environment and Partnerships Committee as soon as reasonably practicable.

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Council Plan 2020 to 2024 pdf icon PDF 254 KB

This report introduces a consultation draft of the council plan for 2020 to 2024. The council plan is a high level, medium term document that sits alongside the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) and these two documents set out the council’s vision for future years, including how it will deliver key priorities. It links with other key strategies and plans, by identifying the priorities that will guide service planning and contribute to the delivery of the Horizon 2050 shared vision for the borough.

 

Recommendation from the Leader of the Council

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Support the draft Council Plan 2020 to 2024 and approve the Council Plan for public consultation.

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council introduced the report which presented draft proposals for the Council Plan 2020 to 2024.  He highlighted the four main council plan priorities:

 

·         Strengthening Communities

·         Protecting and Enhancing our Environment

·         Improving Safety

·         Planning for the Future

 

He concluded that public consultation on the draft Council Plan would be undertaken which would allow consultees to provide comments to help shape the council’s priorities for the future.

 

The Cabinet discussed the draft Council Plan and made a range of comments in support of the Council Plan which included:

 

·         Continued support for communities and the voluntary sector and improvements to community facilities through community funding.

·         Continued support for local arts and culture events.

·         The plan recognised and embraced the principles of inclusion and equality.

·         Improving mental health and wellbeing was a key priority.

·         The council would continue to push for suitable funding and provision for local GP, hospital and community services and would continue to work with partners.

·         The safety of residents was an important priority and the council would continue to support Community Safety Patrol Officers and work with partners to fight crime.

·         The importance given in the Council Plan to the environment particularly in relation to the climate emergency declared by the council.

·         An increase in funding for the Natural Environment team to support the tree safety function.

·         Investment in an officer with responsibility for securing S106 money which would provide financing for infrastructure in the borough.

·         The image of the borough was important, particularly in relation to the important corridors and thoroughfares into the borough.  Investment would be made as part of the Council Plan to improve the appearance.

·         The plan reaffirms the council’s commitment for sports and leisure in the borough. Continued investment in sports and leisure would help to increase participation which is beneficial to resident’s health and wellbeing.

 

 

Resolved: Cabinet support the draft Council Plan 2020 to 2024 and approve the draft Council Plan for public consultation.

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Draft Proposals for 2020/21 Budget and revised Medium Term Financial Strategy 2020/21 to 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 733 KB

This report presents an updated Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) and the Cabinet’s budget strategy proposals for addressing the budget gap in 2020/21 and an update on the longer term view to 2023/24 for consultation as part of the annual reporting on the Policy and Budget Framework required under the Local Government Act 2000.

 

Recommendation from the Cabinet Member for Finance and Service Improvement

Additional documents:

Decision:

1)            Note the 2019/20 current year forecast outturn position as detailed in section 5 of the report.

2)            Note the revised Medium Term Financial Strategy position set out in section 7 and the risks and sensitivities associated with the forecast and the contingency plans set out in section 17 of the report.

3)            Note that consultation will run for 6 weeks during November and December 2019 as detailed in section 18 of the report.

4)                  Approve the budget proposals detailed in section 9 to 12 and as detailed in Appendix 1 of the report, with the Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) detailed in Appendix 2 of the report.

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Service Improvement introduced the report which presented budget proposals for 2020/21 and an updated Medium Term Financial Strategy which supports the delivery of the Council Plan.  She added that a varied approach had been taken to balance the budget to reflect the increasing cost of running services whilst ensuring the burden was not placed on residents. 

 

She also highlighted that a significant amount of income the council received was from returns from investments with particularly strong returns as part of the Property Investment Strategy.  Furthermore, some services were being reviewed to improve efficiency and ensure value for money and the cost of optional services would be placed on the users rather than the tax payer.  She also highlighted that in support of the Council Plan, additional funds were being invested in community safety patrol officers to improve safety, strengthen communities and protect and enhance the environment.  A new councillor community grant scheme had also been introduced to provide smaller flexible grants to support local groups at ward level.   She concluded that the report covered revenue expenditure only with an update to the capital programme in February 2020.

 

Resolved: Cabinet

 

1)            Note the 2019/20 current year forecast outturn position as detailed in section 5 of the report.

2)            Note the revised Medium Term Financial Strategy position set out in section 7 and the risks and sensitivities associated with the forecast and the contingency plans set out in section 17 of the report.

3)            Note that consultation will run for 6 weeks during November and December 2019 as detailed in section 18 of the report.

4)                  Approve the budget proposals detailed in section 9 to 12 and as detailed in Appendix 1 of the report, with the Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) detailed in Appendix 2 of the report.

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Adoption of the Wootton St Lawrence Neighbourhood Development Plan pdf icon PDF 399 KB

The report recommends that the Wootton St Lawrence Neighbourhood Plan 2016-2029 (WSL NP) is ‘made’ by the council, subject to it being supported at a local referendum on 21 November 2019. The Plan would be used, alongside local and national planning policy and guidance to determine planning applications.

 

Recommendation from the Cabinet Member for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment

Additional documents:

Decision:

That subject to the referendum result (if more than half of those that vote in the local referendum vote in favour of the Plan), Cabinet recommend: 

1)            That Council, under section 38A(4) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, formally make the Wootton St Lawrence Neighbourhood Development Plan with immediate effect.

 

2)            That Council congratulates the local community and Neighbourhood Planning Group on their work to develop the Plan

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment introduced the report which recommended that the Wootton St Lawrence Neighbourhood Plan was ‘made’ by the council, subject to it being supported at a local referendum on 21 November 2019.

Recommendation to Council:

That subject to the referendum result (if more than half of those that vote in the local referendum vote in favour of the Plan), Cabinet recommend: 

1)            That Council, under section 38A(4) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, formally make the Wootton St Lawrence Neighbourhood Development Plan with immediate effect.

 

2)            That Council congratulates the local community and Neighbourhood Planning Group on their work to develop the Plan.