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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
To receive as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting of the City Council held on 21 June 2023 (previously circulated).
The minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2023 were signed by the Mayor as a correct record.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
To receive declarations by Councillors of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
Councillors are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting).
Whilst not a legal requirement, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9 and in the interests of clarity and transparency, Councillors should declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, at this point in the meeting.
In accordance with Part B Section 2 of the Code Of Conduct, Councillors are required to declare the existence and nature of any other interests as defined in paragraphs 8(1) or 9(2) of the Code of Conduct.
No declarations of interest were made.
To receive any announcements which may be submitted by the Mayor or Chief Executive.
The Mayor reminded Councillors that tickets were still on sale for his first fundraiser, a quiz taking place on Friday 28th of July starting at 7 o’clock in Lancaster Town Hall. Teams of up to five were invited to join. Tickets costing £4 for each participant were available from the Mayor or his office.
QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC UNDER COUNCIL PROCEDURE RULE 11
To receive questions in accordance with the provisions of Council Procedure Rules 11.1 and 11.3 which require members of the public to give at least 3 days’ notice in writing of questions to a Member of Cabinet or Committee Chair.
The Mayor advised that no questions had been received from members of the public in accordance with the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 11.
PETITIONS AND ADDRESSES
To receive any petitions and/or addresses from members of the public which have been notified to the Chief Executive in accordance with the Council's Constitution.
The Mayor informed Members that no petitions or requests to address Council had been received from members of the public.
To receive the Cabinet Leader’s report on proceedings since the last meeting of Council.
The Leader presented his report updating Members on various issues since his last report to Council. He then responded to a number of questions from Councillors.
That the report be noted.
Report of Cabinet.
Report published 12 July 2023.
Councillor Wilkinson presented a report referred from Cabinet asking Council to approve and adopt the Masterplan document for the Canal Quarter.
After responding to questions from Members, Councillor Wilkinson proposed the recommendation in the report:
“That the Canal Quarter Masterplan be approved and adopted into the council’s Corporate Policy Framework.” Councillor Hamilton-Cox seconded the proposition.
There was a short debate before a vote was taken. The motion was clearly carried.
That the Canal Quarter Masterplan be approved and adopted into the council’s Corporate Policy Framework
To consider a motion on notice submitted by Councillors Jean Parr and Joanne Ainscough.
“This Council notes:
· Councillors represent their community and it is important that they reflect the diversity within their communities, particularly those with protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation).
· The work of the Cooperative Party in developing a Declaration for councils aimed at increasing diversity in local government.
This Council believes:
· Diversity in representation makes for good decision making.
This Council resolves:
· To adopt The Co-operative Party’s Diverse Councils Declaration (below) to increase diversity in our local government:
The Co-operative Party’s Diverse Councils Declaration
This Council commits to being a Diverse Council. We agree to:
1. Provide a clear public commitment to improving diversity in democracy.
2. Demonstrate an open and welcoming culture to all, promoting the highest standards of behaviour and conduct.
3. Set out a local Diverse Council Action Plan ahead of the next local elections. Including:
4. Work towards the standards for member support and development as set out in the LGA Councillor Development Charter and/or Charter Plus.
5. Demonstrate a commitment to a duty of care for councillors by:
· providing access to counselling services for all councillors having regard for the safety and wellbeing of councillors whenever they are performing their role as councillors.
· taking a zero-tolerance approach to bullying and harassment of members including through social networks.
6. Provide flexibility in council business by:
· regularly reviewing and staggering meeting times
· encouraging and supporting remote attendance at meetings
· agreeing recess periods to support councillors with caring or work commitments.
7. Ensure that all members take up the allowances and salaries to which they are entitled, particularly any reimbursement for costs of care, so that all members receive fair remuneration for their work and that the role of member is not limited to those who can afford it.
8. Ensure that the council adopts a parental leave policy setting out members’ entitlement to maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption leave and relevant allowances.
9. Ensure that councillors from under-represented groups are represented whenever possible in high profile, high influence roles.”
An officer briefing note had been drafted to accompany the motion. The note made clear that the motion was wide ... view the full minutes text for item 47.
Report of Chief Officer – Planning and Climate Change
Council considered a report of the Chief Officer, Planning and Climate Change regarding the Caton-with-Littledale Neighbourhood Development Plan – Adoption (Making) of the Neighbourhood Plan. The report requested that Council formally “make” the Caton-with-Littledale Neighbourhood Development Plan with immediate effect, with the consequence that it would become part of the statutory Development Plan for the area.
Councillor Parr presented the report. She responded to a question from Councillor Cooper before proposing:
“That Lancaster City Council, under section 38A(4) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, formally make the Caton-with-Littledale Neighbourhood Development Plan with immediate effect, with the consequence that it becomes part of the statutory Development Plan for the area.”
Councillor Pritchard seconded the proposal.
There was no debate. A vote was taken and the motion was clearly carried.
That Lancaster City Council, under section 38A(4) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, formally make the Caton-with-Littledale Neighbourhood Development Plan with immediate effect, with the consequence that it becomes part of the statutory Development Plan for the area.
Report of the Senior Manager, Democratic Support and Elections.
The Senior Manager, Democratic Support and Elections had submitted a report regarding an appointment to an outside body, the Rural Services Network. The Network had asked for a Member and a substitute to be put forward and had expressed a preference for Councillors representing Rural wards.
Councillor Wood, seconded by Councillor Phil Black, proposed Recommendations (1) and (3) as set out in the report, with the basis of appointment to the Rural Services Network be by nomination and voting at Council.
The Mayor then asked for nominations. Councillor Brookes, seconded by Councillor Dowding nominated Councillor Tynan.
There were no further nominations and the Mayor declared Councillor Tynan appointed to the Rural Services Network.
The Mayor then asked for nominations for a substitute Member. Councillor Peter Jackson nominated Councillor Greenwell. Councillor Dowding seconded the nomination. There were no further nominations, therefore Councillor Greenwell was appointed substitute member of the Rural Services Network.
(1) That the basis of appointment to the Rural Services Network be by nomination and voting at Council.
(2) That Councillor Tynan be appointed to the Rural Services Network, with Councillor Greenwell as substitute.
APPOINTMENTS AND CHANGES TO COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
Group Administrators to report any changes to Committee Membership.
No appointments or changes were reported.
QUESTIONS UNDER COUNCIL PROCEDURE RULE 12
To receive questions in accordance with the provisions of Council Procedure Rules 12.2 and 12.4 which require a Member to give at least 3 working days’ notice, in writing, of the question to the Chief Executive.
The Mayor advised that one question had been received by the Chief Executive in accordance with Council Procedure Rules. The question was from Councillor Wild to Councillor Stubbins, as the Chair of the Audit Committee.
“The last accounts to be signed off were the 2018/19 accounts. The report of the Chief Finance Officer dated 24th May states that the only significant matters that remain outstanding are the objection from a local Council ratepayer regarding note 42: Contingent Liabilities. What items in note 42 of the 2019/20 accounts does the objection relate to?”
Councillor Stubbins responded:
“The item in note 42 of the accounts related to the contingent liability identified as the ‘Luneside East Regeneration Scheme’. This matter is currently ‘live’ with the external auditor and pursuant to schedule 11 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 it is not appropriate for further information to be given on the grounds that it may prejudice the effective performance of the external auditor’s statutory functions.”
Councillor Stubbins went on to provide information about the percentage of local authority accounts that were still not signed off (10% of Councils for 2019/20 and 27% for 2021/22) showing there are fundamental issues, some of which were related to external audit, some more technical.
“What is the taxpayer objecting to?”
Councillor Stubbins referred Councillor Wild to the answer he had just given.