Agenda and minutes

Council
Monday, 19th January, 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Europa Gallery, Central Library, Sutton

Contact: Alexa Coates  020 8770 5094

Items
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28.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the ordinary meeting and extraordinary meeting held on 3 November 2014.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 3 November 2014 be agreed as a correct record and signed by the Mayor.

29.

Mayor's Announcements

Minutes:

(a)  Apologies for absence

 

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors: Mary Burstow, Colin Hall, Martin Gonzalez and Hamish Pollock. Apologies for lateness were received from Councillors Trish Fivey and David Sangster.

 

(b)  Announcements

 

The Mayor made the following announcements

 

Following on from the terrible events in Paris, a letter of condolence was sent to the Mayor of Gagny, Sutton’s twin town.

 

The green garden waste scheme was ahead of schedule for achieving the sign up target of the 10,000 residents needed to make it financially viable. The next task for officers was to convert the sign-ups into payments.

 

The Sutton Theatres Trust and council officers met for the first formal meeting to discuss next steps to secure the future of the Secombe Theatre and Charles Cryer Theatre.

 

The consultation process was fully under way to gauge public opinion about the future of our Children’s Centres.

30.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors to declare any personal or prejudicial interests that they have on matters to be discussed at this evening’s Council meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

31.

Questions

31a

Questions from Members of the Public

Minutes:

One member of the public asked two questions, the supplementary questions and responses are set out at Appendix A to the minutes.

31b

Questions from Councillors

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Four councillors asked five questions, the supplementary questions and responses are set out at Appendix B to the minutes.

32.

Petitions

To receive any petitions which will either be dealt with at this Council meeting or stand referred for consideration by appropriate Committees of the Council.

Minutes:

There were no petitions.

33.

Committee Recommendations and Notices of Motion pdf icon PDF 42 KB

To receive and consider the notices of motion and recommendations of Committees.

 



 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(a)  Motion – Delivering Affordable Housing for Sutton Residents

 

Councillor Jayne McCoy moved the motion which was seconded by Councillor Richard Clifton.

 

Following debate the motion was put to the vote and carried.

 

Resolved

 

This Council notes with concern recent reports that show the gap between the rich and poor has increased and that nowhere has this inequality become more obvious than in the housing market, where ambitions of home ownership have become an impossible dream for many, and the security of having a roof over your head can no longer be taken for granted.

 

This Council further notes that poorly thought-out Government interventions have failed to stimulate the house building that is necessary, and in some cases have made the problem worse.

 

This Council therefore believes local authorities should not wait for

top-down solutions and should instead take action to deliver the affordable housing that local residents need such as

through those measures taken by LB Sutton for example:

 

a)    setting up a council wholly owned development company

 

b)    making use of the Housing Revenue Account reforms to build new council

homes

 

c)    working with private rented sector landlords to ensure they offer

reasonable rent levels and longer-term tenancies.

 

d)    taking action to bring empty properties back into use

 

 

This council calls on Government to devolve more funding and powers to Local Authorities who show they are willing to deliver the housing growth that is necessary, in a way that meets local need.

 

This Council also calls on Government and the London Mayor to release publicly owned sites so that Local Authorities can build more affordable housing and reduce the pressure to build on valuable open space and green belt land.

 

 

(b)  Committee Recommendation – Treasury Management – quarterly report Audit Committee held on 11 December 2014

 

Councillor David Hicks moved the adoption of the recommendation which was put to the vote and carried.

 

Resolved

 

That the mid-year treasury management review be adopted.

 

(c)  Committee Recommendation - The Council Tax Reduction Scheme Housing, Economy and Business Committee held on 9 December 2014

 

Councillor Jayne McCoy moved the adoption of the recommendation which was put to the vote and carried,

 

Resolved

 

That the recommendations, including those of the member task and finish group, be adopted as follows:-

 

1.    That care leavers become a recognised protected group until their 25th birthday. If on a qualifying benefit such as job seekers allowance, they would receive a full Council Tax reduction.

 

2.    That the minimum contribution rate for non-working but working age customers is increased to £3.65 (2014/15 rate) as a minimum, up-rated to remain in line with any changes proposed in the annual autumn up-rating for 2015/16 and continue to be up-rated on an annual basis thereafter.

 

3.    That the maximum period for backdating a Council Tax reduction award is one month, and is fully aligned with the conditionality set out in Universal Credit, in that the following conditions must be satisfied; such as previously getting a benefit and not notified  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.

34.

Designation of Monitoring Officer Post pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To consider the designation of the post of Monitoring Officer.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Ruth Dombey moved the recommendations as set out in the report which was seconded by Councillor Simon Wales, the recommendation was put to the vote and carried.

 

Resolved

 

That it be agreed to designate the post of Executive Head of Customers, Commissioning and Governance as the Council’s Monitoring Officer.

 

 

 

35.

Membership of Committees and Local Committees

To agree the following changes to committee membership.

 

Health and Wellbeing Board

 

To appoint David Williams, Chair Healthwatch Sutton in place of Doris Richards.

 

 

Council are asked to confirm the following community representatives for Local Committees:

 

Beddington & Wallington Local Committte.

 

Mr Steve Cook, Onslow Gardens Residents Association.

 

 

Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont Local Committee

 

Eric Allen (substitute Tom Goodliffe)  - Cheam Chamber of Trade


 

Minutes:

Members considered the changes to membership of committee and local committees.

 

Resolved

 

That the following changes to committee membership be agreed.

 

Health and Wellbeing Board

 

To appoint David Williams, Chair Healthwatch Sutton in place of Doris Richards.

 

 

That the following community representatives for Local Committees are confirmed:

 

Beddington & Wallington Local Committee.

 

Mr Steve Cook, Onslow Gardens Residents Association.

 

 

Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont Local Committee

 

Eric Allen (substitute Tom Goodliffe)  - Cheam Chamber of Trade