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.
Members may ask one supplementary question in addition to their original question.
The questions received are set out in the agenda papers.
In accordance with Rule 12(1) of the Council Procedure Rules, Members of the Cabinet responded to the following questions:
“I am concerned to learn that the % share for purchasing shared ownership properties in Harold Street has increased from 25% to 40% despite being advertised for 3 months at the lower level (of which I have evidence). Does the Portfolio holder consider this to be affordable for residents of the district where the average wage is £25,000 p.a.”
In response, Councillor D P Murphy stated that Dover District Council chaired the Dover District Dementia Action Alliance, providing assistance with governance, funding and general support to local town-based dementia related groups across the district (Dementia Friendly Communities).
The Community Services Team would continue to support the local voluntary sector with further advice, guidance and support and two of the Community Development Officers would be undertaking refresher training as was required as Dementia Champions. This would enable the team to deliver further in-house training sessions to elected members and staff in 2020.
While Autism awareness training was not something that was currently planned EKHR would investigate training providers and arrange for a lunchtime event to support World Autism Awareness week (30 March – 5 April).
In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.5, Councillor P M Brivio exercised her right to ask a supplementary question.
(4) Councillor H M Williams asked the Portfolio for Housing and Health, Councillor D P Murphy:
“The awarding of a substantial grant to Folkestone and Dover Councils for work with Rough Sleepers is welcome. As this work is ongoing are there any measurable results that the work is having any effect.”
In response, Councillor D P Murphy stated that the funding had already seen a step change in efforts to reduce the number of people sleeping on the streets, with the preliminary official street count figure for 2019 (across both districts) showing a fall of 50% (19 in November 2019 compared with 38 in 2018).
The service had worked with 93 rough sleepers since operations began in July 2019 and provided accommodation to 64 rough sleepers with 30 former rough sleepers being supported in accommodation. In addition, cold weather funding had allowed the service to place 30 rough sleepers in emergency accommodation through the winter months.
Fortnightly multi-agency case review meetings in Dover and Folkestone had enabled services to work together to share information and agree interventions to rough sleepers and bi-monthly street counts conducted across both districts provide up-to-date knowledge of the street population.
In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.5, Councillor H M Williams exercised her right to ask a supplementary question.
(5) Councillor E A Biggs asked the Portfolio for Planning and Regulatory Services, Councillor N S Kenton:
“At a previous meeting I asked for the total of affordable housing delivered in 2018-19, I was subsequently advised that the total was 32. This figure seems shockingly low when referring to the affordable housing delivery plan of 2010/2015 which had a figure of 650 over a five year period, can you advise what the figure is for the previous 5 years?”
In response Councillor N S Kenton stated that the affordable housing figures for the 5 monitoring years preceding the last one were as followed: (1) 2017/18 – 99; (2) 2016/17 – 78; (3) 2015/16 – 185; (4) 2014/15 – 110; and 2013/14 – 28. It was anticipated that the figure for the current monitoring year would be higher and the Council was giving consideration to where it could assist with the figure by bringing forward sites in its ownership.
In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.5, Councillor E A Biggs exercised his right to ask a supplementary question.
(6) Councillor P D Jull asked the Portfolio for Community and Tourism, Councillor M J Holloway:
“Recently there was a crash in Deal in which a lorry damaged property. The council’s CCTV operators confirmed that they had a recording of the incident but refused to divulge the number plate or even the name on the lorry to the victim so that she could pursue a claim for damages. Also, I am often receiving representations about cars parking on busy pavements where there are yellow lines in a manner that makes it difficult for pedestrians to pass without stepping into the road, or at all if they’re using mobility aids. Although this is happening in view of CCTV cameras my understanding is that they cannot be used to remotely issue penalty charge notices so the driver gets away with it unless an enforcement officer happens upon the scene. Given the impending, hopefully, introduction of ANPR cameras for parking management, is it time for a review of the regime under which the Council’s CCTV cameras operate so that they provide a better service to our communities in line with the corporate plan?”