Agenda and minutes

Council - Wednesday, 13th April, 2022 5.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre, St Luke's Avenue, Harrogate HG1 2AE. This meeting will be livestreamed here: (Copy and paste the link in your browser).

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Apologies for Absence:


78/21 - APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:  Apologies for absence had been received from Councillors Jim Clark, John Mann, Stuart Martin, Zoe Metcalfe, Nigel Middlemass, Alex Raubitschek, Christine Willoughby and Robert Windass.



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.


79/21 – URGENT BUSINESS: There was no urgent business.


Declarations of Interest:

Members to advise of any declarations of interest.


80/21 - 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.


81/21 – EXEMPT INFORMATION:  There was no exempt information.



Minutes: pdf icon PDF 636 KB

of the meeting of the Council held on 2 March 2022.


82/21 – MINUTES:


Moved by Councillor Richard Cooper              Seconded by Councillor Graham Swift




That the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 2 March 2022 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.         Former Councillor Bernard Bateman:  The Mayor advised Members that Councillor Bernard Bateman had retired from the Council on 25 March 2022.  Bernard had served as member for Wathvale since his election 10 years ago in 2012.  On behalf of the Council I would like to thank Bernard for his contribution to the work of the Council and for representing the residents of Wathvale; and I would also like to extend our very best wishes to Bernard and his wife Linda at this time.


02.      Thanks to Colleagues:  The Mayor explained that this was the last scheduled meeting of the Council that he would be chairing in the capacity of Mayor, and he wished to place on record his thanks and appreciation to colleagues for their support shown during his year of office.



Public Arrangements - Petitions:

To receive any petitions under Standing Order 26.


84/21 – PUBLIC ARRANGEMENTS – PETITIONS:  No petitions had been received.



Public Arrangements - Questions:

To consider any questions under Standing Order 27.


85/21 – PUBLIC ARRANGEMENTS – QUESTIONS:  There were no written questions under Standing Order 27. 



Accountability of the Executive and Committee Chairs:

To receive any written or verbal questions from Members under Standing Order 12.


86/21 – ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE EXECUTIVE AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS:  The Mayor advised that in accordance with Standing Order 12(9) four written questions had been received which would, in accordance with the Standing Order, be dealt with as the first questions under this item. He would then invite verbal questions of the Executive Members and Committee Chairs from other Members of the Council.


As required under Standing Order 12, the various Cabinet Members had submitted details of their primary portfolio achievements for the last municipal year and objectives for the forthcoming year as detailed at minute 91/21.  Questions could be asked about the portfolio objectives either under this item or under the relevant item later in the meeting.


Question to the Cabinet Member Resources, Enterprise and Economic Development from Councillor Chris Aldred


We have heard very little about “Think Harrogate” or the glossy publication “Harrogate Story” recently. Would the Cabinet Member give us an update on the success of this campaign and remind us how much the Council has so far invested in the project.




Firstly, as this is your last Council meeting as Mayor, may I take the opportunity on behalf of all of the Council, to congratulate you on your service and thank you on behalf of everybody at the Council for your service over the last 12 months, and please pass this on to Councillor Willoughby.  Councillors appreciated your forthright attempt to keep everybody in order and also engage cooperation throughout the Council and thank you very much for that.


Thank you Councillor Aldred for your question.  You have asked us a little bit about Think Harrogate and I took the opportunity of watching the Overview and Scrutiny meeting last night, it's very clear that a lot of people don't understand Think Harrogate, from a certain group of opposition in this chamber, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to update Members on the state of our district and the impact that HBC has on its success and perhaps to give people a little bit of an insight into how Harrogate is marketed, why it is marketed, and the success of that marketing.


Most people in the chamber today will already appreciate that Harrogate is a great place to live, to work and to visit. However, these things don’t happen by accident and is a reflection of our town, our rural beauty, our attractions and our council. Success has many owners and I will share some of them in answering your question.


Harrogate district is a c£4bn economy – by far the largest in the future North Yorkshire Council footprint of 2023. We have significant inward, industrial investment in businesses such as Envirovent on Penny Pot Lane – a Spanish company with an expansive Harrogate track record; we have seen new office space in Harrogate town centre being created by local business people living in Harrogate and the surrounding area and American S & P 500 businesses (such as Lab Corp) investing millions in research and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 86.


Memoranda of the Report from the Overview and Scrutiny Commission:



             COMMISSION:  There were no such reports.



Report back on Previous Notices of Motion:


88/21 – REPORT BACK ON PREVIOUS NOTICES OF MOTION:  There were no reports to be considered.



Minutes of Committees and Cabinet:


89/21 – MINUTES OF COMMITTEES AND CABINET: The Council resolved upon the various non-delegated Minutes of the Committees and Cabinet as follows


General Purposes Committee: 17 March 2022: pdf icon PDF 194 KB


89/21(01) – GENERAL PURPOSES – 17 MARCH 2022:


Moved by Councillor Matt Scott          Seconded by Councillor John Ennis




That the Minutes of the meeting of the General Purposes Committee held on

17 March 2022 be approved and adopted.



Licensing Committee: 4 April 2022: pdf icon PDF 199 KB


89/21(02) – LICENSING COMMITTEE – 4 APRIL 2022:


Moved by Councillor Victoria Oldham           Seconded by Councillor Ed Darling




That the Minutes of the meeting of the General Purposes Committee held on

4 April 2022 be approved and adopted.



Notices of Motion Received: pdf icon PDF 179 KB

In accordance with Standing Order 10, the Head of Legal and Governance to submit Notices of Motion received.


90/21 – NOTICES OF MOTION RECEIVED:  The Mayor advised that there was one notice of motion before the Council. The motion, which was in the names of Councillors Richard Cooper and Victoria Oldham would be debated by the Council, in accordance with Standing Order 10(6)(f). 


“That this council hopes for a positive and constructive local election campaign by all candidates and wishes good fortune to those elected in May to what will become the new single council for North Yorkshire. Further, this council recognises that we work best when we work together and asks that the members of the new authority provide a strong non-partisan voice for our district, for jobs and for the economy protecting our local community facilities, the conference business, our civic institutions and the unique character of our area – rural and urban."


Moved by Councillor Richard Cooper           Seconded by Councillor Victoria Oldham


The motion was then debated by the Council.


In moving the motion the Leader began by thanking the Mayor and Mayoress for their service to the Borough of Harrogate during the Mayoral year.  The Leader also paid tribute to Members who were not standing in the forthcoming county council elections and who would cease to be Councillors in March 2023.


Upon a vote being taken on the notice of motion, the Mayor declared the motion carried.



Achievements Against Portfolio Objectives 2021/22: pdf icon PDF 358 KB

The Leader and Cabinet Members to submit details of the achievements against the Council's objectives for 2021/22.


(Copy attached, these are also available for Members’ questions in accordance with the requirements set out in Standing Order 12, Accountability of the Executive and Committee Chairs)


91/21 – ACHIEVEMENTS AGAINST PORTFOLIO OBJECTIVES 2021/22:  The Mayor invited the Leader to introduce and speak to the performance of the Council over 2021/22. The Leader and Cabinet Members then responded to questions from Members.


In response to a question from Councillor Chris Aldred, the Cabinet Member for Environment, Waste Reduction and Recycling advised that the recycling figure of 43% only related to the last quarter, the amount recycled by Harrogate Borough residents was not constant but at the moment the DEFRA figure for HBC was 47%. In comparison to neighbouring authorities this represented good performance but it was also worth bearing in mind the Council had a contamination rate of between 1-1.5% which was considerably lower than other authorities.    



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.


92/21 - COMMON SEAL:


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.