Agenda

Council - Wednesday, 21st July, 2021 7.30 pm

Venue: The Chapel - Ormskirk Arts House, St Helens Road, Ormskirk L39 4QR. View directions

Contact: Jacky Denning 

Items
No. Item

1.

PRAYERS

2.

APOLOGIES

3.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST pdf icon PDF 299 KB

If a member requires advice on Declarations of Interest, he/she is advised to contact the Legal and Democratic Services Manager in advance of the meeting.  (For the assistance of members a checklist for use in considering their position on any particular item is included at the end of this agenda sheet.)

Additional documents:

4.

MINUTES

To receive as a correct record, the minutes of the previous meeting held on:

4a

Wednesday, 14 April 2021 pdf icon PDF 298 KB

4b

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 (Annual Meeting) pdf icon PDF 341 KB

5.

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE MAYOR AND/OR THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

6.

TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF COUNCIL PROCEDURE RULE 10.2

7.

MINUTES OF COMMITTEES

To receive the minutes of the following meetings, to confirm, if appropriate, such of the minutes as require confirmation and to pass such resolutions as the Council may deem necessary:

7a

Standards Committee - Tuesday, 16 March 2021 pdf icon PDF 269 KB

7b

Strategic Asset Purchasing Committee - Tuesday, 6 April 2021 pdf icon PDF 187 KB

7c

Planning Committee - Thursday, 22 April 2021 pdf icon PDF 181 KB

7d

Planning Committee - Thursday, 20 May 2021 pdf icon PDF 264 KB

7e

Audit & Governance Committee - Tuesday, 25 May 2021 pdf icon PDF 276 KB

7f

Licensing & Appeals Committee - Tuesday, 1 June 2021 pdf icon PDF 173 KB

7g

Licensing & Gambling Committee - Tuesday, 1 June 2021 pdf icon PDF 171 KB

7h

Planning Committee - Thursday, 17 June 2021 pdf icon PDF 195 KB

8.

Medium Term Financial Forecast 2021/22 to 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 229 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Finance, Procurement and Commercial Services.

Additional documents:

9.

GRA Revenue Outturn Position 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 305 KB

To consider the report fo the Head of Finance, Procurement & Commercial Services.

10.

CAPITAL PROGRAMME OUT-TURN 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 242 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Finance, Procurement & Commercial Services.

Additional documents:

11.

HOUSING ACCOUNT - REVENUE AND CAPITAL OUTTURN pdf icon PDF 305 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Finance, Procurement & Commercial Services.

12.

COUNCIL PLAN ANNUAL REPORT 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 128 KB

To consider the report of the Corporate Director Transformation & Resources.

Additional documents:

13.

Treasury Management and Prudential Indicator Performance pdf icon PDF 254 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Finance, Procurement & Commercial Services.

14.

Electoral Boundary Review - Officer Submission pdf icon PDF 303 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Operating Officer.

Additional documents:

15.

APPOINTMENT OF VICE CHAIRMAN - PLANNING COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 127 KB

To consider the report of the Corporate Director of Transformation & Resources.

16.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

It is recommended that members of the press and public be excluded 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 it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3  (Financial/Business Affairs) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act and as, in all the circumstances of the case the public interest in maintaining the exemption under Schedule 12A outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

PART 2 - NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

17.

Leisure Facilities – Public Consultation

To consider the report of the Corporate Director of Place & Community.

PART 3 - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

18.

MOTIONS

To consider the following Motions included on the agenda at the request of the Members indicated:

 

Deadline Monday 12 July (12 noon)

18a

Derby Street Bridge - Motion from Councillor Jane Thompson

This Council notes that Lancashire County Council plan to start works on the Derby Street Bridge in November 2021 which will permanently reduce traffic approaching the bridge on derby Street to one lane.

 

Council further notes with concern that no pilot scheme has been carried out to trial one lane operation on the approach to the bridge and its impact on traffic congestion; the county council relying on computer modelling as evidence for this permanent and irreversible change.

 

Council instructs the Chief Operating Officer to write to the Chief Executive of Lancashire County Council to ask that the County Council carry out a suitable pilot of one lane operation on the approach to Derby Street bridge during school term time to measure the actual rather than modelled impact of this change and thereafter to consider the results of this pilot before taking a final decision on the Derby Street bridge project.

 

 

18b

Governance Arrangements - Motion from Councillor Adrian Owens pdf icon PDF 100 KB

This Council recognises that the current constitutional arrangements may not be well-suited to a situation of ‘No Overall Control’ and resolves to consider possible changes to its Constitution and to its Governance arrangements.

 

The Chief Operating Officer is instructed to bring a Report to the Full Council Meeting in December 2021 setting out the options and necessary actions that would be need to be taken into account to discontinue the existing Leader and Cabinet system of decision making and to revert to a Committee system with effect from the start of the next civic year in May 2022.

The Report of the Chief Operating Officer is to also set out the statutory framework, possible options for political governance structures, timescales and detailed implications of any change.

 

This Council also authorises:

(a) The establishment of a cross party working group to thoroughly investigate the options for any change in the political system of governance. The working group is to comprise 3 Labour, 2 Conservative and 1 Our West Lancashire Members and is to be chaired by Councillor David Whittington. The cross party working group is expected to report its findings to the Full Council Meeting in December.

 

(b) An all Member briefing on the options for change and their implications to be provided with the support of the Centre for Governance & Scrutiny and/or the Local Government Association.

 

 

 

 

18c

Winding Down Tawd Vale Development Company - Motion from Councillor David Westley pdf icon PDF 21 KB

Council resolves:

 

A.   That a phased wind down of TVDL be commenced with immediate effect retaining only the staff necessary to successfully deliver the Phase 1 sites as detailed in the TVDL business plan and minimising all other unnecessary expenditure with the aim of minimising or eliminating any loss to the council.

 

B.   That the Phase 1 sites 5 sites delivering 81 council homes within the TVDL business plan be taken forwarded to completion.

 

C.   That no further expenditure be incurred in respect of Phase 2 or Phase 3 sites or any other site.

 

D.   That with immediate effect no further equity outlay or loans be made by the Council to Tawd Valley Development Company.

 

E.  That a Council working group comprising one member from Labour, Conservative and Our West Lancashire be established to monitor progress and ultimately report back recommendations to Council on the future of Tawd Valley Development Company. The working group to receive monthly monitoring reports on progress.

 

F.  That the Chief Operating Officer be authorised, in consultation with the Council Working Group,  to commission external advice that is to be funded by allocating £10,000 from reserves. 

 

That it further be agreed that:

 

G.   In future all house building by the council be delivered directly by the Council using contractors as required and grant funding where available as done successfully for the Housing Account at Elmstead, Firbeck and Beechtrees in the past and for the General Account at the former Westec House site and plans be developed within the Housing Revenue Account capital programme for this.

 

H.   £1.2 million be released within the Housing Revenue Account from monies set aside for capital repayment to bring forward works on our existing council properties that improve energy efficiency and/or reduce carbon emissions from such properties thereby contributing to our net carbon zero target.  

 

18d

Abandoned Shopping Trolleys - Motion from Councillor James Upjohn

With more people out in our public spaces, Cloughs & Valley's the true scale of the number of abandoned shopping trolleys is becoming ever more apparent.  We should be free to enjoy our green spaces without seeing so many abandoned trolleys which in turn attract other types of litter & fly-tipping.

 

Crawley, Reading, Swindon & Basildon councils are just a few of the councils that have introduced fines ranging from £50-£100.

 

That this Council:

A.   Formally adopts the powers to remove abandoned trolleys with effect from 1 November 2021. 

 

B.   Announces in at least 1 local newspaper that West Lancashire Borough Council will now be removing abandoned trolleys, once the powers have come into effect

 

C.   Consults people affected (and their representatives)

 

D.   Starts issuing charges for the removal, storage & return of abandoned shopping trolleys from our Borough Supermarkets.