Agenda and decisions

Council
Thursday, 27 September 2018 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Council Chamber - South Cambs Hall. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services  03450 450 500 Email: democratic.services@scambs.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES

To receive apologies for absence from Members.

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

3.

Register of Interests

Members are requested to inform Democratic Services of any changes in their Register of Members’ Financial and Other Interests form.

4.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 275 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 19 July 2018 as a correct record.

5.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

6.

QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC

 To note that no questions have been received from the public.

 

 

6a

From Tim Wotherspoon (County Councillor for the Cottenham and Willingham Division) to the Leader of the Council

The following question has been received from Tim Wotherspoon (who is the County Councillor for the Cottenham and Willingham division):

Dame Kate Barker published the final report of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review in the middle of September. It says things such as "Our findings show that the area continues to grow strongly, in all likelihood significantly more so than the government's figures suggest". Some surveys indicate that business is growing at 10% a year, and faster in South Cambridgeshire than Cambridge City. Now that we are embarking on the next round of plan making, can the Leader give residents, entrepreneurs and businesses - not just in our own district but across the country and throughout the world - confidence that the planning system is fast enough to match this level of growth?

7.

PETITIONS

To note that no petitions have been received since the last Council meeting.

8.

TO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS:

8a

Adoption of South Cambridgeshire Local Plan (Cabinet - 24 September 2018) pdf icon PDF 291 KB

The Cabinet’s meeting will take place after the Council agenda has been despatched.  The recommendations of the Cabinet will therefore be circulated to follow.

 

A copy of the Council report  is enclosed.

 

Appendices 1, 4 and 5 to the report will be printed and circulated separately.  All appendices (including Appendix 2 and 3) have been published on the Council’s website.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council AGREED to

 

1.

Note the Inspectors’ Report containing the Inspectors’ Main Modifications to be made to the submitted South Cambridgeshire Local Plan in order for it to be found sound (Appendix 1); and

 

2.

Note the schedule of Additional Modifications (Appendix 2) to the submitted South Cambridgeshire Local Plan to make minor updates and corrections; and

 

3.

Note the Main Modifications to the submitted Policies Map published alongside the Inspectors’ Report as a reference document to the examination (Appendix 3);

 

4.

Adopt the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018, including both Main and Additional Modifications (Appendix 4);

 

5.

Adopt the South Cambridgeshire Policies Map 2018, including Main Modifications and Additional Modifications (Appendix 5); and

 

6.

Authorise the Joint Director of Planning and Economic Development for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire, in liaison with the Deputy Leader, to make minor typographical amendments or updates in preparing the final version of the Adopted Local Plan and Policies Map.

 

9.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND PETERBOROUGH COMBINED AUTHORITY pdf icon PDF 357 KB

Additional documents:

10.

Appointment to the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) pdf icon PDF 200 KB

To authorise officers to proceed with a recruitment and selection exercise to recruit a new member of the Independent Remuneration Panel.

Decision:

Council AGREED

 

To authorise the Executive Director to undertake a recruitment and selection process and recommend the appointment of a new member of the Independent Remuneration Panel for a three year term of office.

11.

Report of the Independent Remuneration Panel: Scheme of Members' Allowances 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 220 KB

To consider the recommendations of the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) in respect of the Scheme of Members’ Allowances 2018/19.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council AGREED

 

1.

That the Independent Remuneration Panel be thanked for their work in producing the report at Appendix A.

 

2.

That, having had regard to the report, this Council does not support the adoption of the recommendations on the grounds that it does not appear adequately to evidence the reasoning behind the proposed allowances.

 

3.

That the Council therefore agrees  that:

 

(a)

in accordance with the mechanism adopted in previous years,  all allowances be raised in line with the staff pay award for 2018/19; and

 

(b)

an SRA of £444 (to be adjusted in accordance with 3 (a) above), be awarded to the Chairmen of the Grants Advisory and Climate Change and Environment Advisory Committees.

 

4.

That the Scheme of Members’ Allowances for 2018/19, revised in accordance with 3 (a) and (b) above, be introduced with effect from 8 May 2018.

 

5.

That the Executive Director be authorised to implement and advertise the scheme and make any consequential amendments to the Scheme of Members’ Allowances in Part 6 of the Constitution.

 

6.

That the Independent Remuneration Panel be requested to undertake a review of the Scheme of Members’ Allowances for 2019/20.

 

12.

Urgent Executive Decisions pdf icon PDF 200 KB

To provide an information report on an urgent decision which was exempted from call-in under Scrutiny and Overview Procedure Rules 12.18 – 12.20.

13.

Membership of Committees and Outside Bodies

To note and endorse any changes in the membership of Committees which have been made in accordance with the wishes of the Leader of the political group to which the seat concerned has been allocated.

 

To agree any changes required in membership of outside bodies.

14.

QUESTIONS FROM COUNCILLORS

A period of 30 minutes will be allowed for this item to include those questions where notice has been provided (as set out on the agenda below) and questions which may be asked without notice.

 

Members wishing to ask a question without notice should indicate this intention to the Democratic Services Team Leader prior to commencement of the item.  Members’ names will be drawn at random by the Chairman until there are no further questions or until the expiration of the time period.

14a

From Councillor Sue Ellington

South Cambridgeshire District Council is a rural district with significant rural responsibilities although the district is becoming increasingly urban with significant housing development. Can the Environment Portfolio Holder reassure the Council that given recent staff changes the vitally important historical knowledge and expertise in relation to the management of 200 miles of awarded water courses will be retained and managed to enable farming and prevent flooding.

 

14b

From Councillor Ruth Betson

The Deputy Leader of the Council has said that there is an "urgent need to bring forward new transport infrastructure to keep up with the demand of new builds”. As this Council’s representative on the board of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, can he tell us which proposals for the A428 route he supports to address that urgency?

 

14c

From Councillor Bunty Waters

What is the Leader of the Council doing to ensure the dualling of the A10 proceeds at a pace sufficient to cope with the traffic from the new Waterbeach development?

 

14d

From Councillor Shrobona Bhattacharya

What efforts is the Council making to ensure the right balance is achieved for Cambourne High Street, particularly ensuring that community interests are served?

 

14e

From Councillor Nick Wright

Why is this Liberal Democrat administration slow and reluctant to support our village community groups trying to purchase The Tree at Stapleford and the Three Tuns at Guilden Morden by failing to start the compulsory purchase orders?

 

14f

From Councillor Peter Topping

Will the Leader of the Council undertake to instruct officers to consider, with their counterparts in the Cambridgeshire Constabulary, pre-emptive injunctions as one means by which to prevent unlawful trespass and encampments on village greens and recreation grounds in South Cambridgeshire?

 

14g

From Councillor Heather Williams

The need to be on target with recycling contamination levels is key to getting the best value from our rubbish, what initiatives are happening to explain to our residents the issues and encourage recycling?

 

15.

NOTICES OF MOTION

A period of 30 minutes will be allowed for each Motion to be moved, seconded and debated, including dealing with any amendments.  At the expiry of the 30 minute period, debate shall cease immediately, the mover of the original Motion will have the right of reply before the Motion or amendment is put to the vote.

 

 

15a

Standing in the name of Councillor Peter Topping

The Leader of the Council received a letter from the Housing Minister dated 26 July asking her “to bring forward ambitious proposals for transformational housing growth, including new settlements”, by mid-September.

 

This Council notes the recommendations set out in the recently published report by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review that councils should focus on “exemplary” place making and quality of design in order to ensure that accelerated house building does not remove the qualities that make South Cambridgeshire an attractive place for companies to invest in and people to move to, and therefore instructs the Chief Executive and the Director of Planning and Economic Development to bring proposals forward, as the planning authority, that demonstrate how the Council is proposing to meet this expectation.

 

Decision:

Following amendment of the original motion, Council AGREED the following motion:

 

The Leader of the Council received a letter from the Housing Minister dated 26 July asking her “to bring forward ambitious proposals for transformational housing growth, including new settlements”, by mid-September.

 

This Council notes the recommendations set out in the recently published report by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review that councils should focus on “exemplary” place making and quality of design in order to ensure that accelerated house building does not remove the qualities that make South Cambridgeshire an attractive place for companies to invest in and people to move to, and therefore instructs the Chief Executive and the Director of Planning and Economic Development to prepare a presentation, as the planning authority, that demonstrates how the Council is seeking to meet this expectation.

15b

Standing in the name of Councillor Dr. Martin Cahn

In the 2016 Referendum on the European Union the South Cambridgeshire District voted 60.2% in favour of remaining in the European Union.

 

The negotiations on withdrawal that have followed the national decision to leave the EU have progressed at a slow rate and the precise nature of any final deal is still uncertain with clear divisions among those who voted to leave and a lack of support among the Government’s members of parliament for the adopted ‘Chequers proposals’. It is therefore clear that there is uncertainty whether any final deal will have wholehearted support and can be carried through Parliament.

 

In recent months a campaign has developed which proposes a People’s Vote on any final deal (or no deal), with the alternative to remain in the EU, to ensure that the path taken has majority support among the electorate.

 

A number of letters have been received by members asking the Council to support this initiative.

 

The Council notes that:

(i)    The Governor of the Bank of England has stated that the average household income in Britain is now £900 lower than that anticipated if the decision to leave the EU had not been taken.

(ii)   There are a large number of non-UK EU nationals resident in the district whose life, and that of their UK-national families, has been destabilised by uncertainty. Apart from the social impacts, this has resulted in the loss of staff by local businesses and the NHS. 

(iii)  Due to uncertainty about whether the deal that will be agreed with the EU will achieve a Parliamentary majority, ‘no deal’ appears a very credible outcome. This has been described by Chancellor Hammond as having “large fiscal consequences” and by independent observers as “overwhelmingly negative”.

(iv) All avenues currently being considered by the Government impose increasing delays for goods at our international frontiers and no facilitation would be provided for trade in services which form a major element in the local economy.

(v)  Recent opinion poll evidence has suggested an overall trend in public opinion away from support for leaving  the EU and in favour of a vote on the conditions of any departure. A vote on the terms of withdrawal with the option to remain would ensure that we leave, should we do so, with wholehearted support for the actual conditions of withdrawal.

(vi) The anticipated rapidly deteriorating economic situation if Brexit proceeds is likely to accelerate austerity, which has already caused acute problems in providing local authority services and has severely affected local residents, in particular those in social housing or in receipt of benefits.

(vii)Evidence of illegal overspending has been presented (and accepted by the Electoral Commission) and court challenges on the constitutional position are still continuing. A vote on the withdrawal terms would ensure that any decision is accepted as sound by both sides of the argument rather than being fought out in the courts.

 

The Council believes that the interests of its residents would be best protected by a referendum on the terms  ...  view the full agenda text for item 15b

Decision:

Following alteration of the original motion by the mover, with the consent of Council, Council AGREED the following motion:

 

In the 2016 Referendum on the European Union the South Cambridgeshire District voted 60.2% in favour of remaining in the European Union.

 

The negotiations on withdrawal that have followed the national decision to leave the EU have progressed at a slow rate and the precise nature of any final deal is still uncertain with clear divisions among those who voted to leave and a lack of support among the Government’s members of parliament for the adopted ‘Chequers proposals’. It is therefore clear that there is uncertainty whether any final deal will have wholehearted support and can be carried through Parliament.

 

In recent months a campaign has developed which proposes a People’s Vote on any final deal (or no deal), with the alternative to remain in the EU, to ensure that the path taken has majority support among the electorate.

 

A number of letters have been received by members asking the Council to support this initiative.

 

The Council notes that:

(i)    The Governor of the Bank of England has stated that the average household income in Britain is now £900 lower than that anticipated if the decision to leave the EU had not been taken.

(ii)   There are a large number of non-UK EU nationals resident in the district whose life, and that of their UK-national families, has been destabilised by uncertainty. Apart from the social impacts, this has resulted in the loss of staff by local businesses and the NHS. 

(iii)  Due to uncertainty about whether the deal that will be agreed with the EU will achieve a Parliamentary majority, ‘no deal’ appears a very credible outcome. This has been described by Chancellor Hammond as having “large fiscal consequences” and by independent observers as “overwhelmingly negative”.

(iv) All avenues currently being considered by the Government impose increasing delays for goods at our international frontiers and no facilitation would be provided for trade in services which form a major element in the local economy.

(v)  Recent opinion poll evidence has suggested an overall trend in public opinion away from support for leaving  the EU and in favour of a vote on the conditions of any departure. A vote on the terms of withdrawal with the option to remain would ensure that we leave, should we do so, with wholehearted support for the actual conditions of withdrawal.

(vi) The anticipated rapidly deteriorating economic situation if Brexit proceeds is likely to accelerate austerity, which has already caused acute problems in providing local authority services and has severely affected local residents, in particular those in social housing or in receipt of benefits.

(vii)Evidence of illegal overspending has been presented (and accepted by the Electoral Commission) and court challenges on the constitutional position are still continuing. A vote on the withdrawal terms would ensure that any decision is accepted as sound by both sides of the argument rather than being fought out in the courts.  ...  view the full decision text for item 15b

15c

Standing in the name of Councillor Aidan Van de Weyer

This Council welcomes the commitment by government to invest in the Oxford-Cambridge corridor and to enable it to make a nationally significant contribution to economic growth.

 

This Council sees the construction of the central section of the East West Rail line as being transformational for the regional economy, allowing sustained growth and geographical expansion of our high value industries such as life sciences, IT and digital.

 

This Council believes that at this stage in the design process it is essential for all route options to be evaluated. The selection of route options must be based on analysis of how they support and unlock housing and employment growth and how they fit with our existing development strategies.

 

This Council acknowledges that infrastructure investment on this scale carries enormous risks in its impacts on the environment while also presenting us with an unprecedented opportunity to make positive contributions to the net biodiversity and natural capital gain of the areas affected. This Council therefore commits itself to promoting environmental enhancement of benefits (such as flood management, water availability, noise and air pollution mitigation, health and landscape/amenities) along the corridor and asks that this is included in the route evaluation criteria.

 

This Council recognises that East West Rail and the growth of the corridor more generally will bring significant change to existing communities. It will work closely with those affected from the earliest stages of the project and will ensure that the delivery bodies do likewise.

 

This Council will continue to collaborate with the East West Railway Company on the route options and on analysing their benefits and impacts.

 

This Council will coordinate its work with all the local partners as well as the East West Rail Consortium, of which the Council is a long-standing member.

 

This Council requests that the Leader and Chief Executive write to the East West Railway Company, the Department of Transport, Network Rail and our MPs to express our aspirations for East West Rail in these terms.

 

Decision:

Following amendment with the consent of the mover, Council AGREED the following motion:

 

This Council welcomes the commitment by government to invest in the Oxford-Cambridge corridor and to enable it to make a nationally significant contribution to economic growth.

 

This Council sees the construction of the central section of the East West Rail line as being transformational for the regional economy, allowing sustained growth and geographical expansion of our high value industries such as life sciences, IT and digital.

 

This Council believes that at this stage in the design process it is essential for all route options to be evaluated. The selection of route options must take account of analysis of how they support and unlock housing and employment growth and how they fit with our existing development strategies.

 

This Council acknowledges that infrastructure investment on this scale carries enormous risks in its impacts on the environment while also presenting us with an unprecedented opportunity to make positive contributions to the net biodiversity and natural capital gain of the areas affected. This Council therefore commits itself to promoting environmental enhancement of benefits (such as flood management, water availability, noise and air pollution mitigation, health and landscape/amenities) along the corridor and asks that this is included in the route evaluation criteria.

 

This Council recognises that East West Rail and the growth of the corridor more generally will bring significant change to existing communities. It will work closely with those affected from the earliest stages of the project and will ensure that the delivery bodies do likewise.

 

This Council will continue to collaborate with the East West Railway Company on the route options and on analysing their benefits and impacts.

 

This Council will coordinate its work with all the local partners as well as the East West Rail Consortium, of which the Council is a long-standing member.

 

This Council requests that the Leader and Chief Executive write to the East West Railway Company, the Department of Transport, Network Rail and our MPs to express our aspirations for East West Rail in these terms.

16.

CHAIRMAN'S ENGAGEMENTS

To note the Chairman’s engagements since the last Council meeting:

 

 

Date            Venue/Event                                                             Attending

 

July

 

Friday 20    Cogwheel Trust, Cambridge – 30th Anniversary        Chairman

 

August 

 

Friday 10    Presentation of Queen’s Award of Enterprise            Chairman

                   to Zettlex UK Ltd. Cambridge 

 

Friday 24    Funeral of F/E Keith Jeevar of 625 and 170               Chairman

                   Squadrons.

 

September

 

Monday 3    Merchant Navy Day – SCDC                                     Chairman

 

Friday 14     South Cambs Annual Tenant Gardening

                    Competition – David Rayner Centre, Scottsdales.   Chairman                   

 

Friday 14     Reception, Neale-Wade Academy, March                 Vice Chair

 

Friday 21     The USAF 501st Combat Support Wing Freedom      Vice Chair

                     of the Town Parade, Huntingdon.                                                   

 

Sunday 23   Service of Thanksgiving & Farewell. Ely Cathedral.    Chairman

 

17.

Exclusion of Press and Public

The press and public are likely to be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item in accordance with the provisions of Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of the Act).

 

Paragraph 3 refers to information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

Decision:

Council AGREED

 

To exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business in accordance with Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that if present there would be a disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Act (as amended).

18.

TO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATION:

18a

Ice Rink Funding Agreement (Cabinet - 5 September 2018)

The recommendation of Cabinet and the report of the Executive Director, contain exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of Section 100(a) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

Decision:

Council AGREED to defer further consideration to a future meeting of the Council as further information was required from a 3rd party before Members could make an informed decision.