|Place:||Shield Room, Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland, PR25 1DH|
|Present:||Councillor Mrs L R Woollard (Mayor)
Councillors Bird, Mrs Blow, Coulton, Donoghue, Evans, Forrest, Foster, Mrs Mary Green, Michael Green, Hancock, Hesketh, Higgins, Howarth, Hughes, Marsh, Martin, Mrs Moon, Mrs Mort, Mullineaux, Mrs B Nathan, M Nathan, Nelson, Mrs Noblet, Patten, Rainsbury, Mrs M Smith, P Smith, Mrs Snape, Suthers, Titherington, C Tomlinson, M Tomlinson, G Walton, Mrs K Walton, Watts, Wharton, Wooldridge and Yates
|In attendance:||Interim Chief Executive (Jean Hunter), the Legal Services Manager (David Whelan) and Senior Democratic Services Officer (Andy Houlker)|
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Ms Bell, Bennett, Clark, Miss Hamilton, K Jones, Mrs S Jones, Ms Mawson, Ogilvie, Watkinson and Woodcock.
Members paid tribute to the late former Councillor Jeff Knowles and expressed their appreciation for his service to the council and residents.
Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations of interest.
Minutes of the Last Meeting
Appendix (86K/bytes) attached
There was a discussion regarding the level of detail of the minute relating to Councillor Ms Bell?s comments about Councillor Hamilton.
RESOLVED (For: 30 , Against: 7 ):
The Mayor provided an update on the events she had recently attended and her forthcoming engagements, including the forthcoming Ladies of Achievement Luncheon. She also presented Councillor Marsh a Long Service Award (12 years) and referred to former Councillor Mrs Ball?s resignation and wished Councillor Miss Hamilton a speedy recovery.
Report of the Cabinet
05(a) Report (24K/bytes) attached
05(b) Report (31K/bytes) attached
05(b) Appendix A (101K/bytes) attached
05(b) Appendix B (65K/bytes) attached
The Leader, Councillor Mullineaux, presented the reports of the Cabinet meetings held on 6 December 2016 and 11 January 2017. The reports were seconded.
City Deal ? Masterplanning and the Delivery of Bamber Bridge
Private Sector Housing Grants Programme
In respect of the exempt items discussed at the meeting of the Cabinet there was comment that a lot of the debate could have been avoided if those reports (rather than just figures) had been more explicit about what the council wanted to achieve.
1) the reports be noted [unanimously];
2) City Deal ? Masterplanning and the Delivery of Bamber Bridge [unanimously]
3) Corporate Debt Recovery Policy [unanimously]
4) Mayor and Deputy Mayor 2017/18 [For:34]
5) Private Sector Housing Grants Programme [unanimously]
6) Timetable of Meetings 2017/18 [unanimously]
7) Firmstep Renewal [unanimously]
Report of the Scrutiny Committee
Councillor Titherington presented the report of the meeting of the Scrutiny Committee held on 13 December 2016. The report was seconded.
In particular, in respect of Wesley Street Mill, he commented that the committee was keen to confirm that due process had been followed.
Report of the Governance Committee
In the absence of the chairman, Councillor Patten (Vice-chairman) presented the reports of the meetings of the Governance Committee held on 13 November and 14 December 2016. The reports were seconded.
Questions to the Leader
Councillor Forrest had submitted the following two written questions to the Leader in advance of the meeting :
?Last Council you gave welcome support to Town twinning and referred to the formation of a Town Twinning Committee. What steps have you taken to bring this into fruition??
In responding to the concern about Leyland Railway Station, the Leader indicated he had quite a detailed response which he would email to Councillor Forrest but basically the frequency of rail services was not going to increase. In respect of town twinning, Councillor Forrest was informed that whilst there were still sport/education links active in the community at the moment the council had other priorities to focus on.
Relating to possible action on members of the council who might have undermined the council the Leader commented that this matter was still current.
Further to the email previously sent to all councillors regarding the Banqueting Suite facilities, the Leader confirmed this matter still being looked at and could be included as part of the wider asset review.
Questions to Members of the Cabinet
Corporate Support & Assets
Neighbourhood & Street Scene
Public Health, Safety & Wellbeing
Regeneration & Leisure
Strategic Planning & Housing
?Can Councillor Hughes inform Council when the Cross Borough Link Road will be completed, especially the section from the Cawsey and Carwood link road, so as to allow all proposed Housing developments to take place without alternative access roads being sought.
Can he also confirm that this Council needs to call in all Housing developments, especially the proposed Penwortham Mills site until this section of the CBLR can be completed, and find alternative sites within our Borough Boundaries so as to comply with our SRBC Housing allocation.
SRBC is the planning authority, so failure to secure the agreed access road of the CBLR lies with you.?
The Cabinet member in responding explained the history of the site and the position of the council and parties involved. He acknowledged the concern about lack of progress with the cross borough link road and associated recent public inquiry for an alternate access on to Leyland Road. He was still optimistic the council would achieve what was wanted.
Questions to Chairmen of Committees and My Neighbourhood Areas
Leyland Neighbourhood Forum
Eastern Neighbourhood Forum
In respect of leisure centres, the chairman indicated he was not aware of any proposals but confirmed if they included Bamber Bridge Leisure Centre it should be considered at the forum.
There was an assurance from the chairman that there would not be a repeat of the type of issue (car parking proposals) experienced at the last meeting of the forum.
Questions to Member Champions and Representatives on Outside Bodies
In responding to an enquiry, the council?s representative on the Governing Council of the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust indicated that he had attended some local meetings. Unfortunately there had been technical issues with the equipment provided and he had not been receiving communication from the Trust. It was hoped this would soon be rectified.