Agenda and minutes

Budget Council, Council
Wednesday, 13th February, 2019 5.30 pm

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence:


An apology for absence had been received from Councillor John Mann.


Urgent Business:

To receive notice of any urgent business the Chairman considers should be dealt with at the meeting as a matter of urgency by virtue of Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.


There was no urgent business.


Declarations of Interest:

Members to advise of any declarations of interest.



There were no declarations of interest.






Exempt Information:

To determine whether the exclude the press and public during the consideration of any exempt information items.


There was no exempt information.


Minutes: pdf icon PDF 286 KB

of the meeting of 5 December 2018.


The Minutes of the meeting of the meeting of the Council held on 5 December 2018 were submitted.  The Chief Executive advised of a correction to Minute 63/18 (2), the words “Human Resources Committee” should be deleted and replaced with “Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport”.


Moved by Councillor Richard Cooper                Seconded by Councillor Graham Swift




That, subject to the amendment detailed above, the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 5 December 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.





To receive such communications as the Chairman may desire to lay before the Council.


01.       Christmas Eve Celebrations: The Mayor thanked all those who were able to support him at the Christmas Eve Carol Concert in the Royal Hall which raised £988 for the Army Benevolent Fund, the Mayor’s chosen charity.  The Mayor thanked all those who worked so hard to make the event possible including HBC staff, the performers and Members of the Army and their families for undertaking the collections. 


02.       Little Explorers Day Nursery:  The Mayor advised Members that the Little Explorers Day Nursery based at the Hydro had been described as ‘outstanding’ in a recent Ofsted report.  The Mayor congratulated the team at the nursery on this achievement.


03.       Director of Harrogate Convention Centre:  The Mayor welcomed Paula Lorimer, the new Director of Harrogate Convention Centre, to her first meeting of the Council.  The Mayor advised that Simon Kent would be with us until September and there would be an opportunity to say goodbye nearer the time.


04.       Mayor’s Charity Concert:    The Mayor invited Members to a charity concert and afternoon tea to be held at the Army Foundation College on Sunday afternoon.  Tickets could be collected from him that evening.



Public Arrangements - Petitions:

To receive any petitions under Standing Order 26.


No petitions had been received.


Public Arrangements - Questions:

To consider any questions under Standing Order 27.


No questions had been received.



2019/20 Draft Budget and 2020/21 Indicative Budget: pdf icon PDF 275 KB

To consider the following minutes of Cabinet and the Overview and Scrutiny Commission in order to form the revenue budget for 2019/20 and indicative budget for 2020/21.


At the invitation of the Mayor the Chief Executive outlined the procedure under which the Draft Revenue Budget for 2019/20 and the Indicative Budget for 2020/21 would be considered by the Council.  In order to commence debate on the matter the Cabinet Member for Resources, Enterprise and Economic Development would be called upon to move Cabinet Minutes 87/18, 88/18, 97/18 and 100/18, which would then collectively become the Cabinet’s proposed Budget for the forthcoming year. 


For the information of Members, the Minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission held on 14 January 2019 to consider the draft budget had also been circulated with the agenda, but would not require formal receipt by the Council, in accordance with the established procedures.


Following the Cabinet Member’s address on the budget, Leaders of the opposition groups would then be invited, should they so wish, to address the Council in respect of the budget for the forthcoming year and, in accordance with Standing Order 13(5), the Leaders of the political groups would, if required, be permitted to exceed the normal time limit for their speech.  All other Members of the Council would then have the opportunity to speak on the proposed budget.


In accordance with the Regulations issued in 2014 and the consequent amendment to the Council’s Standing Orders, it would be necessary for a recorded vote to be taken at the meeting on the adoption of the budget for 2019/20 and also any amendments proposed to it.


In the event of a budget being unable to be agreed it would be necessary for the Leader to consider the views of Council, and for a further meeting of the Council to take place on 25 February 2019 to reconsider the budget.




Moved by Councillor Graham Swift   Seconded by Councillor Richard Cooper




Cabinet Minutes 87/18, 88/18 of 2 January 2019; and 97/18 and 100/18 of 6 February 2019 be approved and adopted.


In moving the motion the Cabinet Member for Resources, Enterprise and Economic Development acknowledged the current situation relating to local government finance.  In line with the established protocol, the Group Leaders were then offered the opportunity to speak to the budget.


The Mayor then moved to the recorded vote on the adoption of Cabinet Minutes 87/18, 88/18, 97/18 and 100/18:


FOR:  Councillors, Margaret Atkinson, Bernard Bateman, Nick Brown, Rebecca Burnett, Mike Chambers, Jim Clark, Richard Cooper, Ed Darling, John Ennis, Sam Gibbs, Michael Harrison, Paul Haslam, Phil Ireland, Steven Jackson, Sue Lumby, Stanley Lumley, Stuart Martin, Samantha Mearns, Zoe Metcalfe, Nigel Middlemass, Ann Myatt, Tim Myatt, Victoria Oldham, Andrew Paraskos, Alex Raubitschek, Matt Scott, Nigel Simms, Graham Swift, Norman Waller and Robert Windass.


Total:              30


AGAINST:  Councillors Chris Aldred, Philip Broadbank, Trevor Chapman, Sid Hawke, Pat Marsh, Pauline McHardy, Tom Watson, Matthew Webber and Christine Willoughby.


Total:              9




The Mayor declared the Motion carried with the consequence that the possible meetings of the Cabinet and Council scheduled for 18 and 25  ...  view the full minutes text for item 74.


Cabinet - 2 January 2019:

(a) Minute 87/18 - 2019/20 Draft Budget and 2020/21 Indicative Budget; and

(b) Minute 88/18 - Draft Housing Revenue Account Budget 2019/20.

(See above)


Cabinet - 6 February 2019:

(a) 2019/20 Draft Budget and 2020/21 Indicative Budget; and

(b) Capital and Investment Programme 2019/20 to 2023/24 and 2018/19 Monitoring.

(See above)


Overview and Scrutiny Commission - 14 January 2019:

(a) Minute 93/18 - 2019/20 Draft Budget and 2020/21 Indicative Budget; and

(b) Minute 95/18 - Overall Consideration of the 2019/20 Draft Budget and 2020/21 Indicative Budget.

(See above)


Common Seal:

To authorise the affixing of the Common Seal to the necessary documents for the purposes of carrying out the resolutions contained in the Minutes.


Moved by Councillor Richard Cooper                            Seconded by Councillor Graham Swift




That           (1)  the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to the Deeds and Documents necessary to carry out the resolutions confirmed and passed this day; and


                  (2)  no deed shall be treated as being conditional upon Council proceeding until completion of a transaction relevant to any Deeds.