Agenda and draft minutes

Council (SMDC)
Thursday, 4th October, 2018 6.30 pm

Venue: The Council Chamber, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek. View directions

Contact: Linden Vernon 01538 395613  Email: linden.vernon@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk

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28.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 92 KB

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RESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 19 July 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

29.

Declarations of interest

1.    Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

2.    Other Interests

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The following declarations were made:-

 

Agenda Item

Members Declaring Interest

Nature of Interest

General - Matters relating to Licensing

Cllr. Wain

Other Interest – Current Licensees

 

30.

Chairman's or Leader's announcements and correspondence, if any.

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The Leader of the Council reminded members that the Council’s Community Awards would take place in January 2019 and encouraged councillors to nominate people from their wards.

 

The Chairman of the Council thanked councillors for their support for his Charity Ball that would take place on 6 October 2018.  Previous charitable events included an abseil from St. Edward’s Church Leek, which raised over £700, and a tour of Biddulph Old Hall.

31.

Audit & Accounts Committee 27 July 2018 - Annual Treasury Management Report 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 172 KB

Recommendation - That the Annual Treasury Management Report 2017/18 be approved.

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RESOLVED:

 

That the Annual Treasury Management Report 2017/18 be approved.

32.

Audit & Accounts Committee 27 July 2018 - Treasury Management - Update Report pdf icon PDF 176 KB

Recommendation - That the treasury management position as at 30 June 2018 be noted.

 

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RESOLVED:

 

That the treasury management position as at 30 June 2018 be noted.

 

33.

Notice of Motion - Councillor S. Ralphs MBE - School Crossing Patrols

“Following the news that assisted school crossing patrols are to be abolished, I would ask that this Council works with Staffordshire County Council to look  for alternative provision for each individual school as appropriate.”

 

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NM:     “Following the news that assisted school crossing patrols are to be abolished, I would ask that this Council works with Staffordshire County Council to look for alternative provision for each individual school as appropriate.”

 

Members discussed the matter in considerable depth which included the creation of a working group of the Council’s Community Overview and Scrutiny Panel to consider the proposals further.

 

As an AMENDMENT it was PROPOSED and SECONDED that the following be added to the motion: that no financial support should come from the District Council, town/parish councils or schools as this is a county council function.

 

On being put to the vote, the AMENDMENT was declared LOST.

 

RESOLVED:

 

Following the news that assisted school crossing patrols are to be abolished, I would ask that this Council works with Staffordshire County Council to look for alternative provision for each individual school as appropriate.

34.

Notice of Motion - Councillor S. Ralphs MBE - Research and support for people living with dementia

“That this Council supports a request to Government to ask that investment is increased for research in identifying the causes of dementia and to seek the creation of a centre for excellence for dementia care in the Staffordshire Moorlands.”

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NM:     “That this Council supports a request to Government to ask that investment is increased for research in identifying the causes of dementia and to seek the creation of a centre for excellence for dementia care in the Staffordshire Moorlands.”

 

During debate members deliberated a range of issues related to this subject.  This included an increasing demand for such care in the district given the significant growth in its aging population (over 24% of the local population are aged 65 plus), the impact on family members and the need for accessible NHS based dementia care for all in the district which should include specialist nursing, educational support and respite facilities for carers.  Members also agreed that a working group of the Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel be created to consider the subject in greater depth.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Council supports a request to Government to ask that investment is increased for research in identifying the causes of dementia and to seek the creation of a centre for excellence for dementia care in the Staffordshire Moorlands and that a working group be formed to consider the matter further.

 

35.

To answer questions asked under Procedure Rule No. 10, if any. pdf icon PDF 66 KB

(At least two clear days notice required, in writing, to the Proper Officer in accordance with Procedure Rule 11.3.)

 

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1.         Question received from Cllr. C. Wood

 

Q:        “Following the services scrutiny meeting on 18/7/18 it was discovered that there is blatant discrimination from this council towards Biddulph town regards the funding allocation for the provision of markets and financial support for the 3 towns of the Staffordshire Moorlands, at the presentation there was no mention of Biddulph market which was disgraceful and no visible support financially from this council to maintain and improve the market provision in Biddulph. I would like to move that this council shares out the money allocated towards market provision to all the 3 towns equally, based on population of each town and that Biddulph gets ongoing support to improve the market provision.”

 

A:        “On 12th September the Council confirmed that it will provide £2,000 of funding to Biddulph Town Council – as a one off payment - to support the delivery of Biddulph Town Council’s monthly Artisan Market this year.

 

In respect of the promotion of the Artisan Market, the Visitor Services’ team will continue to liaise with Biddulph Town Council to ensure that the market is actively promoted from the Tourist Information Centre, on the Council’s website, through our social media channels and in partnership with the tourist board, Destination Staffordshire.”

 

Councillor Wood explained that his intention was that the question be submitted as a Notice of Motion rather than as a question and gave notice that it should be put forward as a Notice of Motion for the next Council meeting.  In response to supplementary questions the Portfolio Holder for Planning, Development and Property stated that details regarding overall market expenditure would be issued to him in due course, that the Council’s intention was to invest further resources into Biddulph and that he would make a point of visiting Biddulph Market.  Councillor Ralphs further referred to additional monies that had been invested in the Biddulph area.

 

2.         Question received from Cllr M.A. Lovatt

 

Q:        “What discussions has the District Council had, if any, with the Leek Post and Times owners regarding the use (presently non-use) of the empty shop in the prime position in the Market Place, Leek?”

 

A:        The Leek Post and Times had a lease with the Council until August 2019 for which payments were being received. Officers had offered their assistance to the newspaper’s owners, the Trinity Mirror Group with regards to the interim period.  In response to supplementary questions the Leader of the Council stated that any further use of the property was in the hands of the leaseholders.

 

 

3.            Question received from Cllr B. Cawley

 

Q:        “The Local Government Information Unit is in 2018 exploring the question of confidence and trust in local government decision making throughout all councils. With public confidence and trust low , what measures does Staffs Moorlands District Council need to take to address this apparent lack of faith in the decision making process at Cabinet level?”

 

A:        It was believed that residents had trust in the Council given that: there had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.

36.

Biddulph In Bloom

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Councillor Sheldon reported that Biddulph in Bloom had won gold in the recent Heart of England competition and had also won the large town category with an invitation to represent the Heart of England next year in the National in Bloom awards.