Minutes

of the Meeting of

The Council

Tuesday, 19th May 2015

held at the Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

 

Meeting Commenced:  6.00 pm     Meeting Concluded:  8.00 pm        

 

Councillors:

 

P  David Hitchins (Chairman)

P  Charles Cave (Vice-Chairman)

 

P  Elfan Ap Rees 

P  Nigel Ashton 

P  Felicity Baker 

P  Jan Barber 

P  Karen Barclay 

P  Michael Bell 

A  Chris Blades 

A  Ericka Blades 

P  Mary Blatchford 

P  Peter Bryant 

P  Peter Burden 

P  Mark Canniford 

P  James Clayton 

A  Robert Cleland 

P  Sarah Codling 

A  Andy Cole 

A  Peter Crew 

P  John Crockford-Hawley 

P  Donald Davies 

P  Bob Garner 

P  Judith Hadley 

P  Colin Hall 

P  Ann Harley

P  Ruth Jacobs 

P  Reyna Knight 

P  John Ley-Morgan 

P  Richard Nightingale 

P  David Oyns 

P  David Pasley 

P  Marcia Pepperall 

P  Terry Porter 

P  Kate Stowey 

P  Richard Tucker 

P  Martin Williams 

P  Nick Wilton   

P  Jill Iles 

P  David Jolley 

P  Tom Leimdorfer 

P  Derek Mead 

P  Jerry O'Brien 

P  Ian Parker 

P  Dawn Payne 

P  Lisa Pilgrim 

P  David Shopland 

P  James Tonkin 

P  Liz Wells 

P  Roz Willis 

P  Deborah Yamanaka

 

 

 

P: Present

A: Apologies for absence submitted

 

Officers in attendance: Mike Jackson (Chief Executive), David Turner (Director of Development and Environment), Nicholas Brain (Head of Legal and Democratic Services), Malcolm Coe (Head of Finance and Property), Chris Brown (Corporate Services Directorate), Sue Efford (Corporate Services Directorate), Mark Hughes (People and Communities), Paul Morris (Corporate Services Directorate), Richard Turner (Corporate Services Directorate)

 

COU

1         

Chairman’s Welcome

The Chairman welcomed new and re-elected councillors to the meeting.  He reported that apologies for absence had been received from Honorary Aldermen Kenneth Lacey MBE, Bill Prosser and Howard Roberts.

COU

2                   

Election of the Chairman of the Council for the Municipal Year 2015/16 (Agenda Item 2)

 

Motion:  Moved by Councillor Mrs Knight, seconded by Councillor Porter and

 

Resolved:  that Councillor Charles Cave be elected Chairman of the Council for the 2015/16 Municipal Year.

 

Councillor David Hitchins, the Immediate Past Chairman, invested Councillor Cave as the new Chairman of the Council and presented him with the Chairman’s Chain of Office. Mrs Cave was presented with the Chairman’s Escort’s Badge.

 

Councillor Cave in the Chair

 

Councillor Cave made his Declaration of Acceptance of Office and addressed the Council.  He thanked councillors for electing him as Chairman and looked forward to both representing and promoting North Somerset over the coming year.

 

COU

3                   

Vote of Thanks to the Retiring Chairman

 

Motion:  Moved by Councillor Mrs Willis, seconded by Councillor Hall and

 

Resolved:  that the Council place on record its sincere appreciation of the valuable services rendered to the Council, and to North Somerset, by Councillor Hitchins during his term of office as Chairman of the Council and that similar sentiments be expressed to his escort.

 

Councillor Hitchins addressed the Council and expressed his thanks and appreciation to all those who had helped and supported him during his term of office.

 

On behalf of the Council, the Chairman presented Councillor Hitchins with a Past Chairman’s Badge and Mrs Hitchins with a Past Chairman’s Escort’s Badge.

 

COU

4         

Appointment of the Vice-Chairman of the Council for the Municipal Year 2015/16 (Agenda Item 3)

 

Motion:  Moved by Councillor Ap Rees, seconded by Councillor Bryant and

 

Resolved:  that Councillor John Crockford-Hawley be appointed Vice-Chairman of the Council for the 2015/16 Municipal Year.

 

The Chairman of the Council invested Councillor Crockford-Hawley as the Vice-Chairman of the Council and presented him with the Vice-Chairman’s Badge of Office. Councillor Crockford-Hawley made his Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

 

COU

5

Public Participation: Golf Course on Nore Road – Ann Townsend (Agenda Item 4)

 

Mrs Townsend addressed the Council on matters relating to public access to land at Portishead golf course.  She stated the site was currently used by members of the public for a range of activities and stressed that the proposed development of the golf course would exclude public access from an area that had been well used for many years.  She stressed this area was greatly valued by the local community and referred to the strength of feeling at its potential loss.  She made reference to a petition signed by local residents who were seeking Town and Village Green status for the land and urged councillors to support this.

 

The Chairman thanked Mrs Townsend for her address.

 

COU

6

Public Participation: Supported Lodgings and Staying Put Scheme for Young Care Leavers – Anna James (Agenda Item 4)

 

Ms James addressed the Council as the first Supported Lodgings host for North Somerset, recruited in 2011.  She outlined the aims of the Staying Put Policy and drew attention to the difficulties caused by housing benefit payments being paid direct to the young person rather than the host once they reach the age of 18.  She referred to the complex housing benefit and income support forms they were required to complete resulting in them not always receiving the benefits due and the hosts not being paid.  She stressed the long term implications of this were that hosts would be unwilling to accept 18 year olds, leading to a shortage of accommodation for this challenging age group, and some young people would be evicted.  She urged councillors to take responsibility as corporate parents and support young people to stay put in placements by allowing direct payments to be made to hosts up until the age of 21, thereby delaying young people’s discharge from care until they are ready and prepared.

 

The Chairman thanked Ms James for her address.

 

COU

7

Public Participation: Communication with Residents – Judy Brighton (Agenda Item 4)

 

Mrs Brighton addressed the Council raising concerns in relation to the lack of consultation with local residents and the handling of issues in relation to the golf course in Portishead and the funding arrangements for the Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve.  She commented that ward councillors promised to do their best to represent the views of local residents but she questioned how as a local resident she could get their assistance when they didn’t attend town council meetings or their local surgeries. She also referred to emails she had sent to which she had received no response and questioned what policies the Council had in place to ensure emails were answered.

 

The Chairman thanked Mrs Brighton for her address.

 

COU

8

Public Participation: Changes in Funding Arrangements for Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve – Dr Michael Brighton (Agenda Item 4)

 

Dr Brighton addressed the Council on the proposed changes to funding arrangements for Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve.  He outlined the current funding arrangements whereby local households paid an annual levy to cover the cost of maintenance and investment in the reserve by Avon Wildlife Trust (AWT).  He referred to a recent letter to householders from the Chairman of Port Marine Management Limited, advising of proposals to abolish the levy and the future cost of maintaining the reserve being funded by the Council.  He raised a number of questions in relation to future funding by the Council and asked what other options had been considered. He expressed concerns that AWT, local councillors and local residents had not been consulted and sought to heighten awareness, calling for a review of the concerns being raised over this funding change.

 

The Chairman thanked Dr Brighton for his address.

 

COU

9

Petition: Retention of Public Access to Land in Portishead known as the Golf Course - Councillor Burden (Agenda Item 5)

 

Councillor Burden presented a petition in the following terms -

 

“We the undersigned petition to obtain Town and Village Green status for the area known as The Approach Golf Course, Portishead, in order to retain access for all, for recreational purposes, for ever.”

 

The petition was referred to the appropriate Executive Member.

COU

10

Declarations of Interest by Members (Agenda Item 6)

 

None.

 

COU

11

Minutes of the Meeting held on 24 March 2015 (Agenda Item 7)

 

            Resolved: that the minutes of the meeting be approved as a correct record.

 

COU

12

Election of Leader of the Council 2015/16 to 2018/19 (Agenda Item 10)

 

Motion:  Moved by Councillor Mrs Harley, seconded by Councillor Pasley and

 

Resolved:  that Councillor Ashton be elected Leader of the Council for the four year term 2015/16 – 2018/19.

 

 

COU

13

 

Political Balance for the Municipal Year 2015/16 (Agenda Item 11)

 

The Head of Legal and Democratic Services reported the Political Balance for the 2015/16 Municipal Year as follows -

 

Conservative 36: Independent and Green 7: Liberal Democrat 4: Labour 3.

 

Resolved:  that the Political Balance, as reported, be noted and approved as required by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

 

COU

14

Leaders and Deputy Leaders of the Political Groups for the Municipal Year 2015/16 (Agenda Item 11)

 

The Head of Legal and Democratic Services reported the Leaders and Deputy Leaders of the Political Groups for 2015/16 as follows -

 

Conservative Group: Councillor Ashton, Councillor Ap Rees;

Independent and Green Group: Councillor Leimdorfer, Councillor Davies;

Labour Group:  Councillor Tucker, Councillor Clayton; and

Liberal Democrat Group: Councillor Bell, Councillor Canniford.

COU

15

Leader’s announcements (Agenda Item 13)

 

Councillor Briefings

 

The Leader congratulated the Chairman on his election and welcomed all councillors.  He announced that he would be asking the Chief Executive to arrange a number of all councillor briefings over the coming weeks to address the following key issues for the Council:

 

(1)    Core Strategy

(2)    Waste Contract

(3)    Devolution

COU

16

Chief Executive’s announcements (Agenda Item 14)

 

Welcome to Members

 

The Chief Executive congratulated all members on their election/re-election and thanked those who had attended the recent induction event.  He stated the presentation slides from the event would be emailed to all members for information.

 

He introduced Malcolm Coe, Head of Property and Finance, and reported that three sessions had been arranged for members on local government finance as part of the members’ induction programme.

 

He drew members’ attention to a number of housekeeping arrangements in relation to members’ passes, group room keys, members’ information forms and declaration of interest forms.  With reference to the member induction events that had been arranged he asked members to contact Rose Benjamin with any queries or to confirm attendance.

 

COU

17

New Ways of Working – Working Group Recommendations (Agenda Item 15); and

Community and Corporate Organisation Policy and Scrutiny Panel Reference – 10 March 2015 (Agenda Item 16)

 

The Head of Legal and Democratic Services presented the report setting out the working group recommendations, together with the draft minute extract from the Community and Corporate Organisation Policy and Scrutiny Panel in response to those recommendations.

 

In discussing the recommendations members raised issues in relation to whether scrutiny was working as well as it could be, particularly in relation to policy development and holding the Executive to account; the benefits of having a cross party mix of councillors on the panels; the need for councillors to take scrutiny seriously and to engage fully in the process; the importance of a consistent approach across panels; the need to encourage public engagement; the need to move away from the status quo and to undertake a wide ranging review.

 

The Head of Legal and Democratic Services drew attention to the working group recommendations, clarifying that these included a proposal to make all the Council’s licensing functions the responsibility of the Licensing Committee.

 

Motion:  Moved by Councillor Pasley, seconded by Councillor Ap Rees and

 

Resolved: 

 

(1)  that the Community and Corporate Organisation Policy and Scrutiny Panel’s recommendations be accepted and the status quo be retained.  However there should be fewer panel meetings with fewer officers in attendance, with greater delegation to more working groups, which should be more pro-active and productive than the previous panel activities.

 

(2)  that the following changes be made:

 

(i) 15 members on the Licensing Committee, this committee to be responsible for all the Council’s licensing functions, including those previously within the remit of the Planning and Regulatory Committee;

 

(ii) 12 members on the scrutiny panels, except for the Children and Young People’s Policy and Scrutiny Panel which will have 16 members;

 

(iii) 25 members on the Planning and Regulatory Committee; and

 

(2)  that the Chief Executive, in consultation with panel chairmen and leaders of the minority groups, initiate an immediate review to seek ways to reduce costs, without reducing the ability of scrutiny panels and working groups to play an effective role, with the aim of identifying savings of about £35,000 in the operation of the policy and scrutiny panels.  The review outcomes to be reported to the Council meeting in September.

 

COU

18

The Council’s Constitution (Agenda Item 17)

 

The Head of Legal and Democratic Services drew members’ attention to the latest version of the Constitution.  He recommended that this be approved and adopted at this meeting but added that an updated Constitution would be reported to the July meeting to take account of legislative changes in relation to the dismissal of statutory officers.

 

With reference to comments made earlier in the meeting in relation to public participation he asked members to notify him of any suggested changes to the Constitution, for inclusion in his report to Council.

 

Motion:  Moved by Councillor Ashton, seconded by Councillor Ap Rees and

 

Resolved:  that the latest version of the Constitution 2011 (amended March 2015) be approved and adopted.

 

COU

19

Constitutional appointments etc (Agenda Item 18)

 

The Leader announced the six members, along with their indicative portfolios, that he had appointed to form the Executive, as follows:

 

Councillor Elfan Ap Rees - Deputy Leader of the Council; Planning; Highways; Transport; Housing; Economic Development

 

Councillor Felicity Baker - Community; Tourism and Leisure; Licensing; Corporate Communications; Electoral Services; Libraries

 

Councillor Peter Bryant - Waste; Streets and Open Spaces

 

Councillor Colin Hall - Children and Young People’s Services

 

Councillor David Pasley - Human Resources; Asset Management; Capital

Programme; Transformation

 

Councillor Dawn Payne - Adult Social Services

 

He also announced he had appointed two Assistant Executive Members as follows:

 

Councillor Jill Iles – Public Health

Councillor Lisa Pilgrim – Looked After Children

 

In discussing the constitutional appointments for the coming year Councillor Ap Rees proposed that, subject to the changes agreed earlier in the meeting in relation to panel/committee size and licensing functions (minute no. COU 17 refers), the existing arrangements for committees and panels be continued for 2015/16.

 

Motion:  Moved by Councillor Ap Rees, seconded by Councillor Ashton and

 

Resolved:  that subject to the changes made under minute no. COU 17 above, the existing arrangements for the Policy/Overview and Scrutiny Panels and the Committees be approved and that the following Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen be appointed for the 2015/16 municipal year, the remaining bodies to appoint their own Chairman and Vice-Chairman -

 

Adult Services and Housing Policy and Scrutiny Panel

 

Chairman:               Councillor Reyna Knight

Vice-Chairman:      Councillor Mary Blatchford

 

Children and Young People’s Services Policy and Scrutiny Panel

 

Chairman:               Councillor Ann Harley

Vice-Chairman:      Councillor Bob Garner

 

Community and Corporate Organisation Policy and Scrutiny Panel

 

Chairman:               Councillor Terry Porter

Vice-Chairman:      Councillor Jan Barber

 

Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel

 

Chairman:               Councillor Roz Willis

Vice-Chairman:      Councillor Liz Wells

 

Strategic Planning and Economic Development Policy and Scrutiny Panel

 

Chairman:               Councillor Chris Blades

Vice-Chairman:      Councillor Marcia Pepperall

 

Audit Committee

 

Chairman:               Councillor Mary Blatchford

Vice-Chairman:      Councillor David Jolley

 

Planning and Regulatory Committee

 

Chairman:               Councillor Peter Crew

Vice-Chairman:      Councillor Jill Iles

 

COU

20

Municipal Calendar 2015/16 (Agenda Item 19)

 

The Head of Legal and Democratic Services presented the report.

 

Motion:  Moved by Councillor Ashton, seconded by Councillor Ap Rees and

 

Resolved:

 

(1)  that the draft Municipal Calendar for 2015/16 as attached to the report be approved; and

 

(2)  that the Leader of the Council be authorised to approve any amendments not dealt with elsewhere.

COU

21

Appointments to Outside Bodies 2015/16 (Council) (Agenda Item 20)

 

The Head of Legal and Democratic Services presented the report.

 

Motion:  Moved by Councillor Ap Rees, seconded by Councillor Ashton and

 

Resolved:  that the appointments contained in the updated schedule attached as Appendix 1 to these minutes be approved and adopted.

 

COU

22

Renewal of Membership of the Independent Remuneration Panel on Members’ Allowances (Agenda Item 21)

 

The Head of Legal and Democratic Services presented the report.

 

In response to a query raised in relation to the background of the three proposed members, the Head of Legal and Democratic Services undertook to circulate further details to members.

 

Motion:  Moved by Councillor Bryant, seconded by Councillor Ap Rees and

 

Resolved:  that the renewal of the membership of the Independent Remuneration Panel on Members’ Allowances be approved in accordance with the Council’s Constitution, and the following appointments be made:

 

Ms Anne Hogarty (retired)

Mr Carl Tremlin (Financial Adviser)

Mr Alan Wilson (retired)   .

 

COU

23

Forward Plan dated 1 May 2015 (Agenda Item 22)

 

Councillor Ashton presented the Forward Plan.

 

In response to a query relating to the proposal for a second swimming pool at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, Councillor Ashton stated he was unsure of the timeframe for this proposal but that he would ensure it was included on the forward plan at the appropriate time.

 

Resolved:  that the Forward Plan be noted.

COU

24

Question Time (Agenda Item 24)

 

Oral questions were directed to the Members concerned and the summary notes and the topics involved are contained in Appendix 2.

COU

25

Report and matters referred from the Employment Committee, 14 & 15 April 2015

EMP 43 –  Recruitment and Selection Arrangements for the Vacant Assistant Director, Learning and Achievement Post in People and Communities (Agenda Item 27)

 

Members considered the reference from the Employment Committee. 

 

Motion:  Moved by Councillor Pasley, seconded by Councillor Mrs Iles and

 

Resolved: that the Director of People and Communities, in consultation with the Executive Member for Children and Young People’s Services, the Executive Member for Human Resources and the group leaders, be authorised to make an appointment to the Assistant Director, Learning and Achievement post, following interviews to be held in May 2015.

 

COU

26

Avon Fire Authority (Agenda Item 28.1)

 

Councillor Garner provided an oral update on the work of the Fire Authority since the last report to Council.

 

 Resolved: that the report be noted.

 

COU

27

Chairman’s notification of the appointment of a Chaplain and a Deputy Chaplain (Agenda Item 29)

 

The Chairman notified the Council that he had yet to appoint a Chaplain or Deputy Chaplain for the coming year but hoped to do so shortly.

 

The Chairman also announced that while he had not yet decided on the exact charities he would be supporting during his year as Chairman, they would be charities with a connection to children’s services.

 

 

                                                                                    ________________________________

                                                                                                                Chairman

                                                                                    ________________________________


Appendix 1

NORTH SOMERSET COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS ON EXTERNAL ORGANISATIONS - APPOINTMENTS BY THE COUNCIL

Guide to Expenses Categories (cat column):

“N”:  Expenses not paid by the Council and any claim should be submitted to the Outside Body concerned.

“Y”:  ONLY Travel expenses to the main meeting place to be submitted to the Council. Any other travel expenses will require prior authorisation before travel to establish if payment will be made.

 

SECTION A  - Appointments subject to political balance (applies to appointments of three or more Members)

 

C

a

t

 

Organisation

No. of

Appts

Auth.

Granted by

 

Representative

Political Group Nominating

Term of Office Expires

Name & Address of Correspondent

N

Avon Fire Authority

 

5

4:1:0:0

COU 21/2015

Cllr Jan Barber

Cllr Donald Davies

Cllr Bob Garner

Cllr Martin Williams

Cllr Nick Wilton

C

IG

C

C

C

May 2019

 

* 4 year term (see below)

Ms Geraldine Gee

Clerk to the Fire Authority, Fire Brigade Headquarters, Temple Back, Bristol BS2 8EE

0117 9262061 x34

*Council resolved on 15th January 2013 (COU 97/2013) that appointments to the AFA will be for a 4 year term, coterminous with the Council’s 4 year term of administration. In order to synchronise the terms of appointment, nominations to the AFA made at the 7th May 2013 Annual Council meeting will therefore be for 2 years.  Thereafter, appointments to the AFA will be for the full 4 year term and will be made at the first annual Council Meeting of each subsequent administration.

Y

Bristol Port Company

Liaison Committee

3

2:1:0:0

 

COU 21/2015

Cllr Donald Davies

Cllr David Oyns

Cllr David Pasley

IG

C

C

Municipal Year End

Sue Turner, Bristol Port Company, St Andrew’s House, St Andrew’s Road , Avonmouth, Bristol BS11 9ES 0117 982000

Y

Local Access Forum

 

3

2:1:0:0

COU

21/2015

Cllr Ann Harley

Cllr James Tonkin

Cllr Nick Wilton

C

IG

C

4 year term

Tim Nelson, Democratic Services

Y

LGA General Assembly

4

3:1:0:0

COU

21/2015

Leader (by designation)

Deputy Leader (by designation)

Executive Member, HR, Asset Management, Capital Programme, Transformation (by designation)

Leader of the opposition group (by designation)

N/A

Municipal Year End

Member Services, Local Government Association, Local Government House, Smith Square, London SW1P 4HZ

 

Fatima.deabreu@local.gov.uk

Y

Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education

3

2:1:0:0

COU

21/2015

Cllr Robert Cleland

Cllr Sarah Codling

Cllr Deborah Yamanaka

C

C

IG

4 year term

Tim Nelson,, Democratic Services

Y

University of Bristol Court

3

2:1:0:0

COU 21/2015

Cllr Bob Garner

Cllr Tom Leimdorfer

Cllr Lisa Pilgrim

C

IG

C

Municipal Year End

 

Planning, Policy and Project Support

5th Floor, Senate House, Bristol, BS8 1TH

0117 33180874

SECTION B  - appointments not subject to political balance (less than three members)

 

C

a

t

 

Organisation

No. of

Appts

Auth.

Granted by

 

Representative

Political Group Nominating

Term of Office Expires

Name & Address of Correspondent

N

Alliance Homes Board

(NB: formerly the NS Housing Board)

2

COU 21/2015

Sue Creasey (to be confirmed)

Anne Kemp (to be confirmed)

N/A

 

Municipal Year End

Company Secretary

Alliance Homes, 40 Martingale Way, Portishead, BS20 7AW

Y

Birnbeck Regeneration Trust

2

COU 21/2015

Cllr Robert Cleland

Cllr Richard Nightingale

N/A

 

Municipal Year End

Charles McCann 32 Southside, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 2QX Tel: 01934642573

Y

Bristol Airport Consultative Committee

1

COU 21/2015

Cllr Peter Bryant

 

 

N/A

Municipal Year End

Alan Davies,  Bristol International Airport, Bridgewater Road, Lulsgate, Bristol BS48 3DY

Tel: 01275 473603

Y

Campaign to Protect Rural England

1

COU 21/2015

Cllr Ruth Jacobs

 

N/A

Municipal Year End

Mrs G  Sammons, Well Cottage, Mulberry Lane, Bleadon, BS24 0PH

Y

The Strawberry Line Society (formerly the Cheddar Valley Railway Walk Committee)

1

COU 21/2015

Cllr Mrs Ann Harley

 

N/A

Municipal Year End

Mrs P L Brenchley, Secretary, Management Committee, The Lynch, Winscombe, BS25 1AR

Y

Clevedon Community Association

1

COU 21/2015

Cllr Bob Garner

N/A

Municipal Year End

Mrs Anne Scholes, Clevedon Community Centre, 2 Princes Road, Sunhill Park. Clevedon BS21 7SZ Tel: 01275 873405

Y

Clevedon Pier Trust

1

COU 21/2015

Cllr Colin Hall

 

N/A

Municipal Year End

Mrs Linda Strong, Toll House, Clevedon Pier, Clevedon BS21 7QU Tel: 01275 878846

Y

Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust

1

COU 21/2015

Cllr Charles Cave

 

N/A

Municipal Year End

Clerk to the Trustees,  Horwath Clark Whitehill., Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, Bridgemasters’s office,  Leigh Woods, Bristol BS8 3PA

Y

Durnford Quarry Local Liaison Group

1

COU 21/2015

Cllr Kate Stowey

N/A

Municipal Year End

Tarmac Southern Ltd, Stancombe Quarry, Stancombe Lane, Flax Bourton, BS48 3QD

Y

Mead Vale Community Association

1

COU 21/2015

Cllr David Hitchins

N/A

Municipal Year End

Rev Emma Aymes, 15 Woodpecker Drive, Worle WsM  BS22 8SR 

Y

North Somerset

Citizens Advice

Bureau

1

COU 21/2015

Cllr Bob Garner

 

 

N/A

Municipal Year End

Ann Richards, Director  NS Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Badger Centre, 3-6 Wadham Street, WsM BS23 1JY Tel: 01934 836201

N

Police and Crime Panel

2

COU

21/2015

Cllr Nigel Ashton

Cllr Roz Willis

N/A

Municipal Year End

 

Y

Portishead Youth Centre Management Committee

1

COU 21/2015

David Pasley

N/A

Municipal Year End

Roz Cruse , Portishead Youth Centre Ltd, 1 Harbour Road, Portishead, BS20 7DD Tel: 01275 842461

Y

Richard Durban Trust

 

2

COU 21/2015

Cllr Jill Iles

Cllr Judith Hadley

 

N/A

May 2019*

May 2019*

 

* 4 year term

Mr Cole, Messrs John Hodge & Co, Solicitors, 50 High Street, Yatton BS49 4HJ Tel:

N

Severnside Sirens Trust

1

COU 21/2015

Cllr Mrs Reyna Knight                      

 

N/A

Municipal Year End

P H Collins, Administrator Severnside Sirens Trust, 16 Bewley Way, Churchdown, GL3 2DU Tel: 01452 854686

Y

Standing Conference of Severnside Local Authorities

2

COU 21/2015

Cllr Peter Bryant

Cllr Peter Burden

 

N/A

Municipal Year End

Severn Estuary Partnership, c/o School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff  CF10 3AT

Y

University of Bath Court

1

COU 21/2015

Executive Member Children & Young People’s Services

(by designation)

N/A

Municipal Year End

Mark Pender, Secretary to Court, Office of the University Secretary, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY Tel: 01225 388388

Y

Uphill Victory Hall

1

COU 21/2015

Cllr Peter Bryant

N/A

Municipal Year End

Honorary Secretary, Uphill Victory Hall, Uphill c/o John wood, 30 Wingard Close, BS23 4UL

N

Wessex Reserve Forces & Cadets Association

2

COU 21/2015

Cllr Bob Garner

Cllr Nick Wilton

N/A

Municipal Year End

Brigadier Dalby-Welsh

Wessex RFCA, Mount House, Mount Street, Taunton TA13QE Tel: 01823 254571

Y

Weston Town Centre Co Ltd

2

COU 21/2015

Cllr Richard Nightingale

Cllr Martin Williams

N/A

Municipal Year End

Director of Development and Environment

 

 


Appendix 2

 

North Somerset Council                                                                         

Council Meeting, 19 May 2015

Question Time (Agenda Item 24)

 

Question 1

From Councillor Leimdorfer

To Councillor Ap Rees, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Planning, Highways, Transport, Housing and Economic Development

 

20mph Signage at St Anne’s School, Hewish

 

Councillor Leimdorfer referred to a meeting of Puxton Parish Council the previous week where reference had been made to a meeting at which Councillor Ap Rees had expressed the view that he saw no reason why a flashing 20mph warning sign should not be installed at the approaches to St Anne’s School, Hewish, on the A370, operating at times when children come to school and when they leave.  He asked Councillor Ap Rees if any progress had been made in this matter which is of concern to parents, staff and local residents.

 

In response, Councillor Ap Rees confirmed that officers were progressing this matter.

 

Question 2

From Councillor Bell

To Councillor Pasley, Executive Member for HR, Asset Management and Capital Programme

 

Progress on the Tropicana

 

Councillor Bell asked Councillor Pasley what progress was being made on the Tropicana as it seemed to be behind on the planned opening schedule?  He asked if Councillor Pasley could provide an updated timetable, a statement of works undertaken and an indication of costs incurred?

 

Councillor Pasley replied that he would provide a written response.

 

In a supplementary question Councillor Bell asked if the Tropicana would be open for the Spring Bank Holiday and Councillor Pasley confirmed that it would not.

 

Question 3

From Councillor Mrs Yamanaka to

To Councillor Mrs Baker, Executive Member for Community, Tourism and Leisure, Licensing, Corporate Communications, Electoral Services and Libraries

 

Notification of Licensing Applications

 

Councillor Mrs Yamanaka stated that she understood that legally the Council was not obliged to notify local members or parish councils of licensing applications, or in the case of Temporary Event Notices no-one apart from the statutory bodies of the police and district council.  However she suggested it would be helpful for local members and parish councils to be notified at an early stage and she asked Councillor Mrs Baker if she would look into this.

 

Councillor Mrs Baker responded that she understood ward councillors were already notified of licensing hearings but indicated she was happy to take this up with the licensing team.

 

Question 4

From Councillor Canniford

To Councillor Ap Rees, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Planning, Highways, Transport, Housing and Economic Development

 

Enforcement of Conservation Laws

 

Councillor Canniford asked Councillor Ap Rees if he would agree with him that one of the biggest problems of this area is the destruction of our beautiful buildings, especially those on Weston Hillside.  He asked if he would please find the resources and encourage the officers to enforce the conservation laws.  He further asked if he would consider naming and shaming absent landlords who leave properties in disrepair and allow their tenants to leave these building looking a disgrace and damaging the living environment of the other residents of the area.

 

Councillor Ap Rees agreed and undertook to discuss this with officers. 

 

Question 5

From Councillor Tucker

To Councillor Ashton, Leader

 

Devolution

 

Councillor Tucker referred to the national debate on devolving powers and asked Councillor Ashton if he agreed it was time to pass down additional powers to town and parish councils where appropriate.

 

In response Councillor Ashton suggested this Council could possibly consult more with local councillors than we do now but questioned whether local councils were set up and equipped to take these decisions.  He added there was also a danger that at that level decisions may be more subjective.

 

Question 6

From Councillor Crockford-Hawley

To Councillor Pasley, Executive Member for HR, Asset Management and Capital Programme

 

Tropicana Leisure Pool and Election Literature

 

Councillor Crockford-Hawley congratulated those involved for the way in which the façade of the Tropicana had been tidied up although he was unable to comment on the interior which he had not yet seen.  He asked Councillor Pasley if he believed in the truthfulness of election leaflets, referring to leaflets that had intimated that within the Tropicana environs there would be a ‘leisure pool’.  He asked when this would be and how big the pool would be.

 

Councillor Pasley responded he was unable to comment on the leaflets which were nothing to do with this Council.  Councillor Ashton added that the comments had been made by John Penrose MP.

 

In response to the question relating to the details of the leisure pool Councillor Pasley undertook to find out and respond to Councillor Crockford-Hawley in writing.

 

Question 7

From Councillor Davies

To Councillor Hall, Executive Member for Children and Young People

 

Staying Put Scheme for Young Care Leavers

 

Following on from the resident's concerns earlier in the meeting on the "staying put" policy, which Councillor Davies suggested was contrary to what members were told at both the Children and Young People’s Services Panel and Children’s Champions Group, he asked Cllr Hall if he could urgently address the points raised in relation to our care for our looked after children as they move into adulthood, and report back by the end of the week to all councillors on the current situation and how the concerns raised are to be addressed.

 

Councillor Hall agreed to respond in writing to all councillors.