Agenda and minutes

Monday, 6th March, 2017 7.00 pm

Venue: Europa Gallery, Central Library, Sutton

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Mayor's Announcements


(a) Apologies for absence

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Doug Hunt, Patrick McManus, Joyce Melican, Nighat Piracha, Marian James and Daniel Sangster


 (b) Announcements

The Mayor made the following announcements:


The Mayor congratulated Councillor Dombey, Leader of the Council,  who attended Buckingham Palace on 10 February to be awarded her OBE. Councillor Dombey had been recognised for services to Local Government and to London.


The Mayor highlighted the recent four week inspection of services provided by Sutton Council to children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers. The provision of children's services and the Sutton Safeguarding Children Board both attained ratings of 'Good'. The Mayor expressed his gratitude to the front line social work staff, their managers, foster carers and other partners for their hard work and commitment.


The Commonwealth flag would be raised in the town square on Monday 13 March to mark Commonwealth Day.


The Mayor thanked Councillors who had supported his charity appeal, particularly Councillor Moira Butt who organised a successful dinner at Carshalton College which was a sell-out. The Mayor reminded Councillors of two further fundraising events: a concert on 1 April and Quiz on 21 April.


The Mayor concluded his announcements by congratulating Sutton United, who recently lost a fifth round tie to Arsenal, for an incredible FA cup run.


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To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 30 January 2017.

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The minutes of the meeting held on 30 January 2017 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Mayor.


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.


There were no declarations of interest.


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Questions from Members of the Public


One member of the public asked one question, the supplementary question and response is set out at Appendix A to these minutes.


Questions from Councillors


Five members asked seven questions, the supplementary questions and responses are set out at Appendix B to these minutes.



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.


Two petitions were submitted, the first was submitted by Councillor Hanna Zuchowska and was organised by the Wandle Valley Forum which related to the demolition of the railway bridge north of Hackbridge by network rail and called on the Council to commit to supporting the construction of a replacement bridge.


The second petition was submitted by Councillor Jason Reynolds and organised by the Circle Residents Association which related to the new recycling system and requested a public meeting for residents to ask questions and give their views on the system.


Committee Recommendations and Notices of Motion

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


Motion 1 - Motion to the Housing Economy and Business Committee pdf icon PDF 100 KB


Councillor Neil Garratt formally moved the motion which was formally seconded by Councillor David Hicks. The Mayor advised that the motion would be referred to the Housing, Economy and Business Committee for consideration at the 21 March meeting.


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Councillor Ruth Dombey moved a procedural motion to suspend standing order 13.1 to enable all Councillors to speak for up to five minutes each on this item and one Councillor from each party group to speak for up to 15 minutes. The procedural motion was seconded by Councillor Crowley, put to the vote and carried.


Councillor Simon Wales, Lead Member for Finance moved the adoption of the revised recommendation.


Following debate and in accordance with government regulations a recorded vote was taken on the substantive recommendation.


The result of the vote was as follows:


In favour (39):

Manuel Abellan, Pathumal Ali, David Bartolucci, Samantha Bourne, Richard Broadbent, Kevin Burke, Mary Burstow, Steve Cook, Margaret Court, Jean Crossby, Adrian Davey, Ruth Dombey, Nick Emmerson, Trish Fivey, Vincent Galligan, Martin Gonzalez, Sunita Gordon, Amy Haldane, Marlene Heron, Arthur Hookway, Miguel Javelot, Edward Joyce, Richard Marston, Wendy Mathys, Jayne McCoy, Ali Mirhashem, Callum Morton, Nali Patel, Steve Penneck, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Muhammad Sadiq, Colin Stears, Simon Wales, Jill Whitehead, Graham Whitham, Chris Williams, Paul Wingfield, Hanna Zuchowska.


Against (0):


Abstentions (9):

Moira Butt, Tim Crowley, Neil Garratt, David Hicks, Nick Mattey, Jane Pascoe, Holly Ramsey, Tony Shields, Richard Clifton.




Commissioning intentions

1.     That the Strategic Commissioning Plan set out at appendix A to the report be agreed;


Revenue Budget 2017/18

2.    That the proposed General Fund net budget requirement of £140.784m summarised at appendix B (revised) and by Directorate at appendix L (revised) be agreed;

3.    That the base budget changes set out in paragraphs 8.1 to 8.19  of the report and summarised in appendix C (revised) including a phased use of reserves be agreed;

4.    That the savings proposed in appendix D (revised) to the report be agreed;

5.    That the rent reduction of 1% as mandated by the government be noted and that the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) budget 2017/18 (appendix E1) including the proposed savings be agreed;


Capital Programme

6.    That the revised capital programme for 2017/18 to 2018/19 with a total spend of £233m, including the proposed funding arrangements and policies, as set out in section 9 of the report and appendix F be agreed;

7.    That expenditure be authorised to be incurred of £11.2m for the detailed 2017/18 Housing Capital Programme (appendix F3) and £759k for expenditure on Corporate Operational Buildings (appendix F4);



8.    That the policy on reserves set out in paragraphs 8.47 to 8.48  of the report be agreed and that the reserve movements proposed in paragraphs 8.11-8.20, 8.34 and 8.49 of the report be noted;


Treasury Management

9.    That the Treasury Management Strategy 2017/18 which includes the annual investment strategy, prudential indicators and borrowing limits as set out in appendix G (revised) to the report be agreed;


Council Tax

10.  That the council tax for 2017/18 at £1,258.31 for a Band D property, an increase of £24.20 (2%) for the adult social care ‘precept’ and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 86b