Agenda

Council
Thursday, 25 January 2018 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Council Chamber - South Cambridgeshire Hall

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

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES

 

To receive any 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 336 KB

 

To authorise the Chairman to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 23 November 2017 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 from the public have been received. 

7.

PETITIONS

 

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

8.

APPOINTMENTS TO COMMITTEES pdf icon PDF 211 KB

 

Following the resignation of Councillor Simon Crocker to report on the political composition of the Council and to invite the Council to make appointments to fill vacancies on committees.

 

Report attached

9.

TO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS:

9a

Localised Council Tax Support Scheme (Finance & Staffing Portfolio Holder, 21 November 2017) pdf icon PDF 317 KB

 

The Finance and Staffing Portfolio Holder

 

RECOMMENDED TO COUNCIL:

 

That the current Localised Council Tax Support Scheme be continued into 2018/2019 with minor technical changes where necessary.

 

Report attached.

Additional documents:

9b

Community Governance Review for Willingham and Over (Civic Affairs Committee, 4 January 2018) pdf icon PDF 205 KB

 

The Civic Affairs Committee

 

RECOMMENDED TO COUNCIL:

 

That Council agrees to

 

(a)  agree the alternative boundary, as shown on the green line in the attached map (Appendix L), less the red cross hatched area, and

 

(b)  make a request to the LGBCE to re-align the County Council boundary along the new parish boundary.

 

Report Attached.

Additional documents:

9c

Pay Policy Statement (Employment Committee, 11 January 2018) pdf icon PDF 226 KB

 

The Employment Committee

 

RECOMMENDED TO COUNCIL:  

 

That Council approve the Pay Policy Statement.

 

Report attached.

Additional documents:

10.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND PETERBOROUGH COMBINED AUTHORITY

10a

Meetings held in November 2017 pdf icon PDF 368 KB

 

Attached are the reports summarising the work of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority in November 2017.

Additional documents:

10b

Meetings held in December 2017 pdf icon PDF 235 KB

 

Attached are the reports summarising the work of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority in December 2017.

 

Additional documents:

11.

QUESTIONS FROM COUNCILLORS

 

A period of 30 minutes will be allocated 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 Manager prior to the 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. 

 

11a

Question from Councillor Grenville Chamberlain

 

There are many unused agricultural buildings which could be used for the development of rural businesses but without access to high speed broadband they will remain unused for the foreseeable future. Can the Leader explain what is being done to ensure the delivery of high speed broadband across South Cambridgeshire?

11b

Question From Councillor Kevin Cuffley

 

With the changes and improvements being made to the Council’s refuse service and collections, can the Leader explain the impact of the benefits and savings these will have for this Council?

11c

Question from Councillor Ruth Betson

 

Can the Leader give us examples of communities that have benefitted from the community chest and the positive impact it has had?

 

11d

Question from Councillor Bunty Waters

 

Loneliness has been shown to affect physical and mental health and therefore the quality of life for some elderly, infirm, and isolated residents.


What is the Council doing to help Parish Councils and local groups to address this issue?

11e

Question from Councillor David Bard

 

We welcome the news that Sawston has been selected as one of the first three sites for a rural travel hub. We note, however, that the current Stagecoach CITI7 return bus fare from Sawston to Cambridge is charged at the Dayrider Plus rate (£6.70) whereas that from Staplefordto Cambridge is charged at the Dayrider rate (£4.30). Since the proposed Sawston rural travel hub lies between these two villages, will the Portfolio Holder be negotiating with the bus operator to have the new rural hub included within the Dayrider zone?

11f

Question from Councillor Anna Bradnam

 

In July 2017 China and Hong Kong announced a clampdown on ‘foreign garbage’, that is, they have imposed very tight contamination standards on 24 categories of imported waste, especially paper and plastic. As the UK has exported more than 2.7 million tonnes of waste plastic to China and Hong Kong since 2012, please let us know:

 

What effect will the loss of the market for waste paper and plastic have on  the finances of the Shared Waste Service and what practical changes might this necessitate in the service in future?

 

11g

Question from Councillor Ben Shelton

 

What happens to the plastic waste that goes into the blue recycling bins?

 

 

 

 

11h

Question from Councillor John Batchelor

 

Could we have an update on progress with the ‘Bus Survey’ that Council allocated £50k to contribute towards?

11i

Question from Councillor Deborah Roberts

 

The recent success by Willingham Parish Council in having land in the Over parish boundary transferred to within its boundary set parish against parish .

 

One can be sure that this has left bad feeling in its wake , something that we as the decision maker surely cannot be proud of.

 

I have been told that Councillor Manning threatened to resign over the Willingham boundary review and this is the reason that that there was a turn around in voting, not the merits of Willingham’s case.  Is the Leader able to confirm or otherwise inform?

 

11j

Question from Councillor John Williams

 

How many wholly owned, leased or shared equity council properties have been sold or transferred to Ermine Street since the setting up of that company?  

11k

Question from Councillor Philippa Hart

 

The Local Plan Inspection has -  thus far -  lasted almost as long as my first term as a member. Please can the Leader inform members how much the Local Plan Inspection has cost this Council? In replying, please include a breakdown of officer hours and their unit costs and the cost to the Council of external legal advisors.

11l

Question from Councillor Tumi Hawkins

 

The emerging Local Development Plan submitted on 28 March 2014, is slowly making its way through the examination process, and has not, as promised by the Conservative administration, protected the District from the adverse effects arising from the lack of a 5-year housing land supply. Since that plan was submitted, our villages have been over run by speculative applications for development that has led to thousands of unplanned houses being granted permission either by this Council or the Planning Inspector at appeal.

 

Can the Leader please explain why the approximately 5,000 windfall houses granted planning under the 5-year supply rule are not being taken into account in a revision of housing allocations in the local plan?

 

11m

Question from Councillor Janet Lockwood

 

Referring to the Minutes of the last Council meeting, questions 11c and 11d, please could the Leader give a follow-up on prospects for Scrutiny of the Greater Cambridge Partnership?  On occasions its decisions have appeared to favour the City over the District and I think a balance needs to be observed to be achieved.

 

12.

NOTICES OF MOTION

12a

Motion from Councillor Bridget Smith

 

This Council believes that collaboration between the local government bodies of Cambridgeshire must be built on mutual trust and confidence that we are working together in the interests of all residents.

 

This Council expresses its disappointment that, in December, the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough chose to prematurely release to the press a preliminary report on mass public transport options in advance of its publication and long before it was shown to members of its co-commissioners, the Combined Authority and the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

 

The Council therefore requests that the Leader write to the Mayor to express its disquiet and its hope that he will act in future in a manner that helps to restore confidence.

12b

Motion from Councillor Aidan Van de Weyer

 

This Council allocates the sum of £10,000 towards the cost of commissioning, in collaboration with other councils and interested bodies, an analysis of the impact of leaving the European Union on the economy of Cambridgeshire in order to support residents and businesses in planning for Brexit.

 

12c

Motion from Councillor Tumi Hawkins

 

This Council recognises that a significant part of South Cambridgeshire’s economy is dependent on frictionless trade with the EU, both in goods and services.

 

This Council therefore requests that the Chief Executive write to the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU and to the Prime Minister to request that during the withdrawal negotiations, the government seeks to remain part of the single market and customs union.

 

13.

URGENT EXECUTIVE DECISION pdf icon PDF 200 KB

 

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

 

Report attached.

14.

CHAIRMAN'S ENGAGEMENTS

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Venue/Event

Attendee

 

 

 

November

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 23

Council Presentation: Nicole Stimson – Huntingdonshire Business Awards, Apprentice of the Year category, runner up

Chair

December

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 01             

Mayor of Cambridge Reception                                                 Vice Chair

Vice-Chair

Tuesday 05

Mayor of Huntingdon’s Civic Carole Service

Vice-Chair

Thursday 07

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Armed Forces Community Covenant Event       

 

Chair

Friday 08

Mayor of St Ives Charity Christmas concert

Chair

Wednesday 13

Mince pies and awards South Cambs

Chair

Wednesday 13

Gifts to Fulbourn Hospital

Chair

Thursday 14

Mince pies to staff at Waterbeach Depot

Chair

Tuesday 19

Invitation to St Ives Civic Service of Carols

Chair

January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 06

Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Presentation Awards

Chair

Friday 19

Official Opening of the Arthur Rank Hospice, Shelford Bottom

Chair

Monday 22

Chairman of Huntingdon Holocaust Memorial Day

Chair