Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 19th July, 2017 6.00 pm

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    Contact: Rebecca Brough  Team Leader - Democratic Support

    Items
    No. Item

    17.

    Apologies

    To receive any apologies for absence.

    Minutes:

    Apologies for absence were received from Councillors M I Cosin, D G Cronk, N Dixon, R J Frost, M J Holloway, L A Keen, P S Le Chevalier, S M Le Chevalier, K Mills, D P Murphy and P Walker.

    18.

    Minutes pdf icon PDF 71 KB

    To confirm the attached Minutes of the Annual Meeting held on 17 May 2017.

    Minutes:

    The Minutes of the meetings held on 17 May 2017 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

    19.

    Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 37 KB

    To receive any declarations of interest from Members in respect of business to be transacted on the agenda.

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interest made by Members.

    20.

    Announcements

    To receive any announcements from the Chairman, Leader, Members of the Cabinet or Head of Paid Service.

    Minutes:

    The Chairman of the Council, Councillor S S Chandler, made the following announcements:

     

    (a)  Death of former Dover Town Mayor

    To announce the sad news of the death of former Dover Town Mayor Veronica (Ronnie) Philpott.

     

    (b)  Terror Attacks

    To express the Council’s condolences to the victims of the terror attacks at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and the Manchester Arena.

     

    (c)  Grenfell Tower Fire

    To express the Council’s condolences to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

     

    The Council stood in silence for a minute as a mark of respect for the deaths announced.

     

    (d)  DDC Community Grants Scheme

    That she had visited three winners of Dover District Council Community Grants – Aylesham Café, Dover smart venture café and Concert on Walmer Green.

    Members were advised that applications were open for further grants and encouraged groups to apply. 

     

    (e)  Queen’s Birthday Honours

    To offer congratulations to Susan Clark who was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to children with disabilities for her work as Chair of the Pegasus Playscheme, Dover.

    21.

    RiverOak Strategic Partners Presentation

    To receive a presentation from River Oak Strategic Partners on their proposals for the reopening of Manston Airport.

    Minutes:

    Mr T Freudmann and Mr N Lawlor representing RiverOak Strategic Partners Ltd gave a presentation to the Council on the consultation for the proposed Development Consent Order (DCO) in respect of Manston Airport. As part of the presentation they set out their proposals for the reopening and operation of the airport.

     

    The key points of the presentation were as follows:

     

    ·         Members were advised that RiverOak had no plans to build housing on the airport site. The size of the site meant that the existing space would be needed for aviation and their proposals required significant aviation infrastructure investment. RiverOak were proposing the construction of 19 Code ‘E’ (747 size) stands and 600,000 square feet of warehouse space. As the airport was effectively being designed from scratch, it would allow for an efficient freight flow to the road network to be designed and space at the north of the airport had been identified for freight forwarding.

     

    ·         The Development Consent Order proposals were based on freight being the primary driver of the business with an estimated 10-15,000 cargo movements per annum. There was also the potential capacity for up to 2 million passenger movements per annum, although this was not the primary focus of their proposals. The size of the runway meant that it could receive long haul inbound passenger charter flights and there was a potential synergy with cruises operating out of the Port of Dover.

     

    ·         There was significant airfreight arriving in Northern Europe currently that was intended for the UK market and with constraints in London airport freight capacity there was an opportunity for Manston.

     

    ·         It was expected that the site investment would be between £300 – 400 million in total, with each Code ‘E’ stand costing £2 million, and that it would take 2 years to deliver the required aviation infrastructure to start operating. The first phase of investment would be £50-65 million depending on the number of Code ‘E’ stands and airport taxi routes constructed.

     

    ·         It was emphasised that strong relationships with local Further Education providers would be necessary to ensure that the required skills and training could be offered locally for the jobs that would be created both directly and indirectly.

     

    ·         In respect of concerns over flight paths and aircraft noise, it was stated that this would be a matter for designation by the Civil Aviation Authority. However, it was expected that a condition for a CAT3 landing system on both ends of the runway would be applied, as opposed to the previous single CAT3 landing system, which would allow for flight routes to be split over more directions.

     

    ·         The intended hours of operation would be 07:00 to 23:00 hours. Members were advised that the cost of night operations meant that it was uneconomical for the operation of night flights, although some flights could operate during the 06:00 to 07:00 shoulder period.

     

    Councillor P A Watkins advised that the Council would continue to press for needed upgrades to transport routes (such as the A2 and A256) and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.

    22.

    Leader's Time

    To receive an oral report at the meeting from the Leader (and Cabinet) on the business of the Executive or on any topic or subject that it is felt should be brought to the attention of the Council.

     

    In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10 (Leader’s Time):

     

    (a)  The Leader (and Cabinet) shall have up to 15 minutes to make within this report any statements that they wish on any topic or subject that they feel should be drawn to the attention of the Council.

    (b)  The Leader (or their nominee) of the Major Opposition Group (Labour Group) shall be allowed up to 10 minutes to respond.

    (c)  The Leader (or their nominee) of the Other Opposition Group (UKIP Group) shall be allowed up to 5 minutes to respond. 

    (d)  The Leader of the Council shall be allowed up to 5 minutes to exercise a right of reply (or 25% of the time given to the Opposition Group Leaders, whichever is the greatest).

    Minutes:

    The Leader of the Council, Councillor P A Watkins, included the following matters in his report:

     

    (a)  That he had met with the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England about the review of the Council’s size. A timetable of dates had been identified and a presentation would be made to councillors on 6 September 2017. The new Council size would come in with effect from the 2019 elections.

     

    (b)  That he had attended the District Councils Network meeting in London where devolution of powers to local government and the implications of the Grenfell disaster were discussed.

     

    (c)  The implications of Brexit for the Council and the district. It was stated that the Council was the Port Health Authority for the Channel Tunnel and the Port of Dover and while part of the European Union (EU) Single Market most of these functions were undertaken at the point of departure for goods within the EU. If this situation were to change the Council would need to employ additional staff and there were concerns as to whether the Port of Dover had the necessary capacity. The matter had been raised with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the local MP was involved.

     

    (d)  The Council’s Local Plan was being refreshed and the need to improve roads such as the A258 was vital to this. There would also be consultation on the master planning for the Wellington Dock to Dover Town Hall area in the next few months.

     

    (e)  That 2018 would be the 100th Anniversary of the Zeebrugge Raid and a number of commemorative events would be held, including a Royal Marine Band Parade, an exhibition of Victoria Crosses and the launch of a heritage trail. There would also visits from naval ships from the UK, Belgium and Germany.

     

    The Leader of the Main Opposition Labour Group, Councillor M R Eddy, included the following matters in his report:

     

    (a)  That he had also met with representatives of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.

     

    (b)  That the Council was in the front line of Brexit over its status as a Port Health Authority. The issues of capacity at the Port of Dover for customs checks could cause significant problems.

     

    (c)  That road improvements were vital for the protection of local residents.

     

    (d)  That Brexit was impacting on the Government’s capacity to deal with other matters such as local government devolution.

     

    (e)  To welcome the tourism and heritage initiatives as part of the Zeebrugge commemoration.

     

    (f)   That there would be a series of events in Deal to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Carter.

     

    The Leader of the Other Opposition Labour Group, Councillor G Rapley, included the following matters in her report:

     

    (a)  To add her support the comments that the road network needed to be improved.

     

    (b)  That the Council needed to work with Dover Harbour Board in respect of the Port of Dover.

     

    The Leader of the Council  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.

    23.

    Seat Allocation and Group Appointments

    To receive from Group Leaders any changes to seat allocations or appointments.

     

    (Note:  Any changes must be within the approved allocation of seats to political groups in accordance with the political balance rules (where applicable).)

    Minutes:

    There were no changes announced to the seat allocations or group appointments.

    24.

    Questions from the Public

    To receive answers in respect of questions from the public to Members of the Executive asked in accordance with Rule 11 of the Council Procedure Rules.

     

    There were no questions from the public received within the notice period.

    Minutes:

    There were no questions received within the notice period from members of the public.

    25.

    Questions from Members pdf icon PDF 62 KB

    Up to 60 minutes is allowed for this part of the meeting unless extended by the Chairman of Council on a motion moved, duly seconded and approved by the Council.  Members may ask one supplementary question in addition to their original question.

     

    (a)        To Chairmen/Vice-Chairmen of Committees

     

                There were no questions received for Chairmen/Vice-Chairmen of Committees.

     

    (b)        To the Executive

     

                To receive answers in respect of questions from Members of the Council to a Member of the Executive asked in accordance with Rule 12 of the Council Procedure Rules.

     

                The questions are set out in the agenda papers.

     

     

    Minutes:

    In accordance with Rule 12(1) of the Council Procedure Rules, Members of the Cabinet responded to the following questions:

     

    (1)     Councillor S F Bannister asked the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Waste and Planning, Councillor N S Kenton:

     

            “Given that Cllr Walker has asked questions in the past about matters concerning Lydden Racing Circuit plans and conditions and that Cllr Ovenden has striven hard over the same issues for some considerable time, what progress has been made by this council to be proactive with respect to planning, enforcing conditions and enforcing the Noise Abatement Notice?”

     

            In response the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Waste and Planning stated that the Planning Department advised the Circuit if its proposed race calendar would result in a breach of conditions and sought revisions as necessary. The Planning Enforcement team had investigated what occurred on race set-up days and had not found any activity that would count as a race day. Environmental Health carried out noise monitoring activities and had found that conditions were being complied with.

     

            In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.5, Councillor S F Bannister exercised his right to ask one supplementary question.

     

    (2)     Councillor J M Heron asked the Portfolio Holder for Property Management and Public Protection, Councillor T J Bartlett:

     

            "At the Planning meeting on 25th May there was a consensus between the committee, residents of the area and the DSK volunteers that the soup kitchen should only be based in Adrian Street on a very short-term basis and a new permanent home for the DSK should be found in an alternative car park, most likely Ladywell. What actions are this council taking to listen to that advice and find a new home before the six month planning permission expires?”

     

            In response the Portfolio Holder for Property Management and Public Protection stated that the Council recognised that the Adrian Street location was purely a short term solution. The Council was engaging with the team that organised the Dover Soup Kitchen and the wider Christian Community in Dover to find a more permanent solution. 

     

            In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.5, Councillor J M Heron exercised his right to ask one supplementary question.

     

    (3)     Councillor P M Brivio asked the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Waste and Planning, Councillor N S Kenton:

     

            “It is a long time since the Leader promised to look into a revised housing policy for DDC after a motion was withdrawn concerning percentages of “affordable housing”, and “high-end housing” so when will this begin to happen?”

     

            In response, the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Waste and Planning stated that this would be considered as part of the new District Local Plan. The first stages of work on the new Local Plan were underway and it would be followed by a consideration of issues and possible policy approaches in 2018.

     

            In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.5, Councillor P M Brivio exercised her right to ask one supplementary question.

     

    (4)     Councillor D A Sargent asked the Portfolio Holder for Housing, Health  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.

    26.

    Appointment of Independent Persons pdf icon PDF 67 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Director of Governance.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Director of Governance presented the report on the appointment of Independent Persons.

     

    It was moved by Councillor P G Heath, duly seconded and

     

    RESOLVED: (a)     That two Independent Persons be appointed and that the position of Substitute Independent Person be abolished with effect from 20 July 2017.

     

                            (b)     That Bernard Dowley and Janet Waghorn be appointed to the position of Independent Person with effect from 20 July 2017 for a period of 5 years and 1 day.

     

                            (c)     That each Independent Person be paid an allowance of £927 per annum with effect from 20 July 2017 and be entitled to claim travel and subsistence at the same rates as if they were a member of the authority.

    27.

    Amendments to the Calendar of Ordinary Meetings 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 52 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Director of Governance.

    Minutes:

    The Team Leader – Democratic Support presented the report on the proposed amendments to the Calendar of Ordinary Meetings 2017/18 in respect of the meeting dates for Dover Joint Transportation Board.

     

    It was moved by Councillor S C Manion, duly seconded and

     

    RESOLVED:     That the Calendar of Ordinary Meetings be amended in respect of the meetings of the Dover Joint Transportation Board so that the meeting dates for municipal year 2017/18 be as follows:

     

                              Thursday 7 September 2017 at 6.00pm

                              Thursday 30 November 2017 at 6.00pm

                              Thursday 29 March 2017 at 6.00pm

    28.

    Annual Governance Assurance Statement And Revised Corporate Governance Local Code 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 78 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Director of Governance.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Director of Governance presented the report on the Annual Governance Assurance Statement and Revised Corporate Governance Local Code 2016/17.

     

    It was moved by Councillor M D Conolly, duly seconded and

     

    RESOLVED: That the Annual Governance Assurance Statement 2016/17 and the revised Corporate Governance Local Code be approved.

    29.

    Treasury Management Year-End Report pdf icon PDF 118 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Director of Finance, Housing and Community.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Director of Finance, Housing and Community presented the Treasury Management Year-End Report.

     

    It was moved by Councillor M D Conolly, duly seconded and

     

    RESOLVED:  That the Treasury Management Year-End Report be received and noted.

    30.

    Treasury Management Strategy 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 50 KB

    To consider the report of the Director of Finance, Housing and Community (to follow).

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Director of Finance, Housing and Community presented the Treasury Management Strategy 2017/18.

     

    It was moved by Councillor M D Conolly, duly seconded and

     

    RESOLVED:  That the revised Treasury Management Strategy 2017/18 be approved.

    31.

    Motions

    Motions for which notice has been given are listed on the agenda in the order in which notice was received, unless the Member giving notice states, in writing, that they propose to move it at a later meeting or withdraw it.

     

    If a Motion set out in the agenda is not moved by the Member who gave notice thereof it shall, unless postponed by consent of the Council, be treated as withdrawn and shall not be moved without fresh notice.

     

    A Motion must be about matters for which the Council has powers or duties or which affects the District.

     

    (a)  In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13, Councillor B J Glayzer will move:

     

    “This council calls upon the Portfolio Holder for Access and Licensing to open negotiations with Kent County Council around stagecoach requirements for use of seat belt fastenings on public sector bus services.  It has come to this council’s attention in the district of recent cases of public users been thrown from their seating. To bring inline, private sector coach companies are required by law and confined to the road traffic act laws RTA 1988 section 14/15 of the Highway Code.”

     

    (b)  In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13, Councillor M R Eddy will move:

     

    “Following the discovery by the Conservative government of the “magic money tree”, this council will press the two local MPs to seek the same level of funding per head for residents in Dover district, as will now be enjoyed by the people of Northern Ireland.”

    Minutes:

    (a)       Motion from Councillor B J Glayzer

     

    In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13, Councillor B J Glayzer gave notice of his intention to move the following Motion:

     

    “This council calls upon the Portfolio Holder for Access and Licensing to open negotiations with Kent County Council around stagecoach requirements for use of seat belt fastenings on public sector bus services.  It has come to this council’s attention in the district of recent cases of public users been thrown from their seating. To bring inline, private sector coach companies are required by law and confined to the road traffic act laws RTA 1988 section 14/15 of the Highway Code.”         

     

    The Motion was duly seconded by Councillor G Rapley.

     

    Councillor N J Collor invited Councillor B J Glayzer to withdraw the Motion and offered instead to work with him to raise the matter through the Local Government Association.

     

    Councillor B J Glayzer, with the support of his seconder, withdrew his Motion.

     

    (2)     In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13, Councillor M R Eddy gave notice of his intention to move the following Motion:

     

              “Following the discovery by the Conservative government of the “magic money tree”, this council will press the two local MPs to seek the same level of funding per head for residents in Dover district, as will now be enjoyed by the people of Northern Ireland.”

     

    The Motion was duly seconded by Councillor S F Bannister.

     

    On being put to the vote, the Motion was LOST.

     

    32.

    Urgent Business Time

    To consider any other items deemed by the Chairman of the Council to be urgent in accordance with the Local Government Act 1972.

    Minutes:

    There were no matters of urgent business.

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