Agenda and minutes

Extraordinary, Council - Wednesday, 14th April, 2021 5.30 pm

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Items
No. Item

95.

Apologies for Absence:

Minutes:

95/20 – APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:  Apologies for absence had been received from Councillors Margaret Atkinson, Bernard Bateman and Zoe Metcalfe.

 

96.

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.

Minutes:

96/20 – URGENT BUSINESS: There was no urgent business.

 

97.

Declarations of Interest:

Members to advise of any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

97/20 – DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST: No declarations of interest were made at the meeting.

 

98.

Exempt Information:

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

Minutes:

98/20 – EXEMPT INFORMATION: There was no exempt information.

 

99.

Minutes: pdf icon PDF 493 KB

of the meeting of 3 March 2021.

Minutes:

99/20 – MINUTES:  The Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 3 March 2021 were submitted. 

 

Moved by Councillor Richard Cooper            Seconded by Councillor Graham Swift

 

andRESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 3 March 2021 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

100.

Communications:

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

Minutes:

100/20 – COMMUNICATIONS:

 

01.HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and Honorary Alderman Geoff Webber:  The Mayor stated that it was with great sadness that we learned on Friday of the death of His Royal Highness, the Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.  On behalf of the Council and the people of the Borough the Mayor extended condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal family.

 

Those present remembered with immense gratitude the lifetime of service which His Royal Highness devoted to Her Majesty, to our Nation and to the Commonwealth.  The Union flag at the Civic Centre and former council offices were being flown at half-mast and anyone wishing to send messages of condolence to the Queen and royal family could do so on the royal.uk website.  The Mayor would shortly call upon Members and officers to present to observe a minute’s silence in honour of Prince Philip.

 

02.Honorary Alderman Geoff Webber: The Mayor referred to Honorary Alderman Geoff Webber who passed away on 11 March in St Michael’s Hospice.  Honorary Alderman Webber served on the Borough Council for 17 years from 5 May 1994 to 9 May 2011 and was a Member of the North Yorkshire County Council at the time of his death.  Geoff was also Mayor of the Borough from 2006 to 2007.  The Mayor extended sincere condolences to Matthew and the rest of the family.

 

Council then observed a minute’s silence in honour of Prince Philip and Honorary Alderman Geoff Webber.

 

101.

Public Arrangements - Petitions:

To receive any petitions under Standing Order 26.

Minutes:

101/20 – PUBLIC ARRANGEMENTS – PETITIONS:  No petitions had been received.

 

102.

Public Arrangements - Questions:

To consider any questions under Standing Order 27.

Minutes:

102/20 – PUBLIC ARRANGEMENTS – QUESTIONS:  No public questions had been received.

 

103.

Consultation Relating to the Structure of Local Government in North Yorkshire: pdf icon PDF 188 KB

The Chief Executive to submit a written report. (Appendices A and B to the report are to follow.)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

103/20 – CONSULTATION RELATING TO THE STRUCTURE OF LOCAL

    GOVERNMENT IN NORTH YORKSHIRE: 

 

Moved by Councillor Richard Cooper          Seconded by Councillor Graham Swift

 

That recommendations 2.1 to 2.4 and 2.7 as set out in the report be approved, and that in respect of recommendations 2.5 and 2.6 Appendix A be adopted as the Council’s response to the East/West proposal. 

 

Councillor Pat Marsh requested that it be minuted that the Liberal Democrats would be leaving the meeting because they felt that their concerns could not be expressed with the way the consultation questions and answers had been formulated.  Councillors Chris Aldred, Philip Broadbank, Trevor Chapman, Pat Marsh, Tom Watson, Matthew Webber and Christine Willoughby then left the meeting and took no part in the debate or vote on the item.

 

Council then debated the motion.

 

As an amendment it was

 

Moved by Councillor Richard Cooper               Seconded by Councillor Graham Swift

That Appendix A be adopted as the Council’s response to the East/West proposal and Appendix B be adopted as the Council’s response to the North Yorkshire County Council proposal.

 

On a vote being taken the amendment was carried and became the substantive motion.

 

A vote was then taken on the substantive motion and it was

 

RESOLVED:

 

That    (1) it be noted that the Secretary of State is consulting on two proposals for re-organisation in the North Yorkshire area;

 

(2) it be noted that the consultation exercise is not a vote for one proposal over another. It is an opportunity to comment on the merits of both proposals and how they do (or do not) meet the Secretary of State’s guidance criteria;

 

(3) it be noted that ultimately this is a decision for the Secretary of State who has indicated that the approach to local government reorganisation should be locally led;

 

(4) it be noted that Members can respond in their individual capacity as an elected member and in this regard Members are referred to the Government’s online consultation;

 

(5) Appendix A be adopted as the Council’s response to the East/West proposal;

 

(6) Appendix B be adopted as the Council’s response to the North Yorkshire County proposal; and

 

(7) authority be delegated to the Chief Executive to finalise any response in consultation with the Leader in order to meet the deadline of 19 April 2021.

 

104.

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.

Minutes:

104/20 - COMMON SEAL:

 

Moved by Councillor Richard Cooper          Seconded by Councillor Graham Swift

 

andRESOLVED:

 

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.