West Berkshire Council

Agenda

Venue: Council Chamber Council Offices Market Street Newbury

Contact: Democratic Services Team 

Note: This meeting will start at 7.10pm 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for inability to attend the meeting (if any).

2.

Chairman's Remarks

The Chairman to report on functions attended since the last meeting and other matters of interest to Members.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 290 KB

The Chairman to sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Council meeting held on 12 May 2020.

4.

Declarations of Interest

To remind Members of the need to record the existence and nature of any personal, disclosable pecuniary or other registrable interests in items on the agenda, in accordance with the Members’ Code of Conduct.

5.

Petitions

Councillors may present any petition which they have received. These will normally be referred to the appropriate body without discussion.

 

6.

Public Questions

Members of the Executive to answer the following questions submitted by members of the public in accordance with the Council’s Constitution:

(a)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Finance and Economic Development  submitted by Mr Graham Storey:

Can the council provide an up to date valuation and expected yield on its commercial property portfolio?

(b)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Adult Social Care submitted by Paula Saunderson:

“WBC Placement Policy states the Council “does not have enough affordable supply to meet demand”, so what is WBC’s definition of an Affordable Care placement, please?”

(c)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Adult Social Care submitted by Paula Saunderson:

How many ‘affordable’ placements are there available in West Berks, excluding Walnut Close?

(d)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Adult Social Care submitted by Paula Saunderson:

“What is the current average price paid by WBC for an externally purchased placement?”

(e)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Adult Social Care submitted by Paula Saunderson:

“What is the current average price for a placement in one of the WBC managed Care Homes, excluding Walnut Close?”

(f)            Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Adult Social Care submitted by Paula Saunderson:

“How many Dementia placements are available in West Berks, excluding Walnut Close?”

(g)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Adult Social Care submitted by Paula Saunderson:

“How many Dementia placements are available in WBC managed Care Homes, excluding Walnut Close?”

(h)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Adult Social Care submitted by Paula Saunderson:

“What are the WBC projections for the number of patients diagnosed with Dementia in the fiscal years ending 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 & 2025?”

(i)            Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Adult Social Care submitted by Paula Saunderson:

“How do these compare with the CPEC published projections of the number of patients diagnosed with Dementia for West Berkshire?”

(j)            Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Adult Social Care submitted by Paula Saunderson:

“Does the Council have any plans to address the predicted shortage in affordable supply of placements?”

(k)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Finance and Economic Development submitted by Mr Paul Morgan:

“Is the primary reason that the Council is now suggesting turning the LRIE into a housing estate driven by the need for a plan ‘b’ in the event that the Sandleford link development does not go ahead?”

(l)            Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Public Health and Community Wellbeing submitted by Dr Julie Wintrup:

“How many contact tracers are now employed and trained by the West Berkshire's own Public Health team and how many by private companies?”

(m)     Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Public Health and Community Wellbeing submitted by Dr Julie Wintrup:

“Is West Berkshire's Public Health team properly resourced and  ...  view the full agenda text for item 6.

7.

Membership of Committees

The Council to agree any changes to the membership of Committees.

8.

Motions from Previous Meetings

To note the responses to Motions which have been presented to previous Council meetings.

 

a)    Response to the Motion from Councillor Steve Ardagh Walter presented to the 16 July 2020 Executive Meeting

b)    Response to the Motion from Councillor Lynne Dohertey presented to the 24 April 2020 Personnel Committee Meeting

c)    Response to the Motion from Councillor Carolyne Culver presented to the 16 July 2020 Executive

9.

Licensing Committee

The Council is asked to note that since the last meeting of the Council, the Licensing Committee met on 14 May 2020.  Copies of the Minutes of this meeting can be obtained from Strategy and Governance or via the Council’s website.

10.

Personnel Committee

The Council is asked to note that since the last meeting of the Council, the Personnel Committee met on 14 May 2020 and 17 July 2020.  Copies of the Minutes of these meetings can be obtained from Strategy and Governance or via the Council’s website.

11.

Governance and Ethics Committee

The Council is asked to note that since the last meeting of Council, the Governance and Ethics Committee met on 14 May 2020, 15 June 2002 and 24 August 2020.  Copies of the Minutes of these meetings can be obtained from Strategy and Governance or via the Council’s website.

12.

District Planning Committee

The Council is asked to note that since the last meeting of the Council, the District Planning Committee met on 14 May 2020 and 08 July 2020.  Copies of the Minutes of these meetings can be obtained from Strategy and Governance or via the Council’s website.

13.

Overview and Scrutiny Management Commission

The Council is asked to note that since the last meeting of the Council, the Overview and Scrutiny Management Commission met on 14 May 2020, 25 June 2020 and 28 July 2020.  Copies of the Minutes of these meetings can be obtained from Legal and Strategic Support or via the Council’s website.

14.

Joint Public Protection Committee

The Council is asked to note that since the last meeting of the Council, the Joint Public Protection Committee met on 24 June 2020.  Copies of the Minutes of this meeting can be obtained from Strategy and Governance or via the Council’s website.

15.

WBDC response to Planning for the Future White Paper (C3957) pdf icon PDF 235 KB

Purpose: To formulate the Councils’ response to the Planning White Paper published in August 2020 which is currently out for consultation and which closes on the 28th October 2020.

Additional documents:

16.

Notices of Motion

(a)          The following Motion has been submitted in the name of Councillor Steve Ardagh-Walter:

In our commitment to working towards being a Carbon Net Zero District by 2030 this Council has made a substantial investment in photovoltaic technology, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting renewable energy.  In delivering this significant element of our Environment Strategy, we not only supply the Council with clean energy, we also reduce the cost of running our buildings.

However, the very large financial setup and running costs involved in selling locally generated renewable electricity to local customers result in it being very difficult, if not impossible, for local suppliers to do so.  We recognise that making these costs proportionate to the scale of the renewable electricity supplier’s operation would enable and empower new local businesses, or Councils such as West Berkshire, to be such providers of locally generated renewable electricity, and that the revenues received could be used to help improve the local economy, local services and facilities, and to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions.

The cross-party Local Electricity Bill, reintroduced into Parliament on 10 June and currently supported by 187 MPs, would, if made into law, establish a Right to Local Supply which would promote local renewable electricity supply companies and co-operatives by making the setup and running costs of selling renewable electricity to local customers proportionate to the size of the supply operation.

This Council would therefore welcome the opportunity to benefit further from the creation of a Right to Local Supply and RESOLVES to support the Local Electricity Bill and to seek the support of our local MPs in ensuring the passage of the Bill through Parliament and into law.

(b)          The following Motion has been submitted in the name of Councillor Joanne Stewart:

West Berkshire Council stands firmly against all inequality, unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation or any other form of activity that creates disadvantages for individuals within the community. The council will always promote equality of opportunity, challenge inequality and ensure respect for everyone: within the local community; as an employer; and as a partner.

The Council forges strong links with all groups, both within West Berkshire and within other neighbouring authorities too. Through our Equality and Diversity Officer, we will continue to hear and listen to all voices, especially our hard to reach groups.

We will always promote fairness and accessibility to all services, as well as employment opportunities and apprenticeships and regardless of background.

As times and perspectives are evolving, it is even more important to reinforce our commitment to welcoming diversity and challenging inequality, and therefore this Council RESOLVES to:

·           Update and refresh our Equality and Diversity Policy and Objectives, as well as implement an Equality and Diversity Strategy to lead us and our residents through these challenging times.

·           As part of that Strategy we will ensure Council employees and Members continue to be fully informed and updated through regular Equality and Diversity training to promote positive and inclusive attitudes.

·           Through  ...  view the full agenda text for item 16.

17.

Members' Questions

Members of the Executive to answer the following questions submitted by Councillors in accordance with the Council’s Constitution:

(a)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Public Health and Community Wellbeing submitted by Councillor Martha Vickers:

Can the Council explain how the work begun by Councillor Rick Jones in to the effect of inequality on the health and life chances of its residents is progressing?”.

(b)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Public Health and Community Wellbeing submitted by Councillor Martha Vickers:

In the light of the reported rise of Domestic Abuse cases across the Country and concern about the shortage of Refuge places for those women and families most at risk is this Council planning to increase the number of Refuge places it provides.

(c)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education submitted by Councillor Peter Argyle:

What is Council doing to help our children and young people as they resume their studies after the summer break?

(d)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Public Health and Community Wellbeing submitted by Councillor Jeff Cant:

Can the Council give any further information about the long term sustainable solution for the Lido which was unable to reopen viably this year?

(e)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Internal Governance submitted by Councillor Tom Marino:

“Can the portfolio holder tell us what proportion of Council employees are working from home and how does the Council anticipate how this will change in both the short and medium-term?”

(f)           Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Transport and Countryside submitted by Councillor Carolyne Culver:

“Will WBC support the Wildlife Trusts, TVERC and others in the creation of a Nature Recovery Network, which is a requirement of the Environment Bill?”

(g)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Transport and Countryside submitted by Councillor Carolyne Culver:

“Does WBC agree that a good way for the council to support the Environment Bill’s objective to protect urban street trees would be to make the pedestrianisation of Northbrook Street permanent, and plant trees along it, thereby providing an attractive, shady and pollution free space?”

(h)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Transport and Countryside submitted by Councillor Tony Vickers:

“Why did the Council not consult Newbury Town Council before making major changes to the town centre traffic flow?”

(i)            Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Planning and Housing submitted by Councillor Tony Vickers:

“How is the Council planning to involve Newbury Town Council in the master-planning of Newbury town centre?”

(j)            Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Internal Governance submitted by Councillor Lee Dillon:

“Why is it taking the Council 14 months to respond to my motion on constitutional changes?”

(k)          Question to be answered by the Executive Member for Finance and Economic Development  ...  view the full agenda text for item 17.

18.

Supplemental Papers pdf icon PDF 180 KB

Additional documents:

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Questions and Answers pdf icon PDF 373 KB