Venue: Hurstwood Room, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, Hampshire PO9 2AX. View directions
Contact: Jenni Harding Democratic Services Team Leader
Apologies for Absence
To receive and record any apologies for absence.
Apologies were received from Councillor Howard, Councillor Yvonne Weeks and Councillor Ian Robinson.
Declarations of Interests
To receive any declarations of interests from Members.
There were no declarations of interest from the members present.
To confirm the minutes of the last meeting held on 26 January 2022.
Proposed by Councillor Branson and seconded by Councillor Crellin, the minutes of the previous meeting of the Council held on 26 January 2022 were agreed as a correct record.
The Mayor did not published a report for this meeting, but gave thanks to Anne Thurlow, Neill Payne, everybody that donated a prize and to all those that attended, for their support, in what was, a successful Mayor’s Valentines’ Ball.
To receive questions from, and provide answers to the public, provided questions have been submitted in accordance with the requirements of Standing Order 27.5, which is to deal with any public questions notified no later than 12 noon three working days before the meeting and in accordance with the Council’s protocol for public questions.
There were 2 questions received from a member of the public under the provision of this standing order.
A list of questions and answers are attached to the minutes as Appendix A for reference.
To consider any recommended minutes from the Cabinet and any of the Boards or Committees (electronic links to committee reports are included).
There were no recommendations arising from Committess for this meeting.
· The Leader will give his speech to the Council
· Reply by the Leader of the Opposition
· Leader’s reply to the Opposition
· Questions of Clarification to the Leader
The Leader presented his budget speech to Council. The Leader thanked the Chief Finance Officer, Deputy Section 151 Officer and the Cabinet Lead for Finance for their exceptional hard work in producing a robust and balanced budget.
He believed it provided a foundation in which the Council could deliver against an ambitious Corporate Strategy and aspirational place shaping agenda that puts Havant residents and businesses first.
Councillor Prad Bains spoke on behalf of the Independent Group and raised concerns in relation to the future financial position of the Council, parking charges and garden waste costs for residents, but recognised the skeleton credible plan and budget working group are positive steps to address the future budget deficit and welcomed the reduction in sports fees. He further thanked officers for putting together a balanced budget and the Interim Chief Executive for her support.
The Leader responded to the points raised and to points of clarification from Members and welcomed discussions around any proposals brought forward by members.
In accordance with the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014, a recorded vote will be taken on this item.
The recommendation contained within the report was proposed by Councillor Rennie and seconded by Councillor Denton.
Members spoke in support of the budget and thanked everybody involved in achieving a balanced budget.
Following debate and a vote, it was RESOLVED that Council agrees:
Agrees the proposed Revenue and Capital budgets for 2022-23
including a Council Tax rate of £219.48 at Band D,
representing a £5 increase on the current charge;
Agrees the proposed Medium Term Financial Strategy, Capital
Strategy, Treasury Management Strategy and Prudential
Agrees the Fees & Charges schedule for 2022-23.
d. Agrees the Council Tax Resolution
e. that Council consider the Cabinet Response (App N to the Budget Report Agenda Item 7) to the CFO Statement (App F) and the Council engage with and agree proposals for a ‘credible plan’ which will entail:
i) The restructure of the senior management team for the start of the new civic year
ii) The setting up of a Budget Working Group, supported by an officer working group with a view to delivering a balanced budget for the MTFS by October 2022
iii) That the Budget Working Group have the terms of reference to make proposals to Cabinet to consider for referral to Council for decision based upon the following measures:
a. Review the CIPFA report and the future sustainability of the Council
b. Review of future costs of the Shaping Our Future Programme and the continuation of transformation within the Council
c. To undertake service reviews based upon information obtained from the Shaping Our Future Programme
d. To review its contractual management arrangements and decide if they provide value for money
iv) To further all opportunities for funding by enhancing local partnerships and through Government policy initiatives to support the continued improvement of the Havant BC area
In accordance with the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 the voting on this item was recorded as follows:
For the Motion:
Councillor N Bains
Councillor P Bains
Councillor L Bowerman
Councillor J Branson
Councillor A Briggs
Councillor P Crellin
Councillor T Denton
Councillor B Francis
Councillor D Guest
Councillor G Hughes
Councillor M Inkster
Councillor D Keast
Councillor R Kennett
Councillor B Linger
Councillor E Lloyd
Councillor J Lowe
Councillor T Moutray
Councillor H Patel
Councillor D Patrick
Councillor I Payter
Councillor T Pike
Councillor R Raines
Councillor A Rennie
Councillor G Robinson
Councillor C Satchwell
Councillor M Sceal
Councillor R Stone
Councillor J Thain-Smith
Councillor L Turner
Councillor P Wade
Against the Motion:
Councillor Caren Howard
Councillor David Jenner
Councillor Sarah Milne
Councillor I Robinson
Councillor Isobel Scott
Councillor Elaine Shimbart
Councillor Yvonne Weeks
Councillor Michael Wilson
The Leader introduced the item and highlighted some of the key ambitions of the Council.
Proposed by Councillor Rennie and seconded by Councillor Bowerman, following debate and a vote it was RESOLVED that Council ADOPT the Corporate Strategy 2022 – 2025.
Questions Under Standing Order 27.4.1
To receive questions from Councillors in accordance with the requirements of Standing Order 27.4.1, which is to be submitted by 12 noon three working days before the meeting.
There were no questions received under Standing Order 27.4.1.
Urgent Questions Under Standing Order 27.4.2
To receive urgent questions from Councillors submitted in accordance with the requirements of Standing Order 27.4.2, received no less than two hours prior to the start of the meeting.
There were no urgent questions received under Standing Order 27.4.2.
Councillor Patrick as proposer asked for the motion to be withdrawn.
Proposed by Councillor Patrick and seconded by Councillor Keast it was RESOLVED that Council:
(i) Reviews the representation of the different political groups on each of the Committee, Boards and Panels set out in Appendix A and determines:
(a) the allocation of seats on each of those bodies to each of the political groups into which the Council is divided and
(b) the membership of those bodies in accordance with the wishes of those groups; and
a) the appointment of Councillors to those Committees, Boards and panels as set out in Appendix B: Parts A & B and;
b)that all appointments at (ii) remain in place until the next Annual meeting of the Council.)
Acceptance of Minutes
The Council to receive the minutes of Committees held since the last meeting of the Council:
Proposed by Councillor Kennett and seconded by Councillor Stone, it was RESOLVED that the minutes of Committees held since the last meeting of Council be received.