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Agenda

Council Meeting
Wednesday, 18th October, 2017 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Town Hall, Moorgate Street, Rotherham. S60 2TH

Contact: James McLaughlin, Democratic Services Manager 

Items
No. Item

1.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

To consider any announcements by the Mayor in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 3(2)(ii)

2.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

 

To receive the apologies of any Member who is unable to attend the meeting.

3.

COMMUNICATIONS

 

Any communication received by the Mayor or Chief Executive which relates to a recommendation of the Cabinet or a committee which was received after the relevant meeting.

4.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS COUNCIL MEETING pdf icon PDF 131 KB

 

To receive the record of proceedings of the ordinary meeting of the Council held on 13 September 2017 and to approve the accuracy thereof.

5.

PETITIONS

 

To report on any petitions received by the Council and receive statements in support of petitions in accordance with the Petitions Scheme and Council Procedure Rule 13.

6.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

To invite Councillors to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or personal interests they may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting, to confirm the nature of those interests and whether they intend to leave the meeting for the consideration of the item.

7.

PUBLIC QUESTIONS

 

To receive questions from members of the public who may wish to ask a general question of the Mayor, Cabinet Member or the Chairman of a Committee in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.

8.

EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

 

Agenda Item 10 (Recommendation from Cabinet – Swinton Town Centre Redevelopment) has two exempt appendices. Therefore, if necessary, the Mayor will move the following resolution:-

 

That under Section 100(A) 4 of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12(A) of such Act indicated, as now amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006.

 

9.

LEADER OF THE COUNCIL'S STATEMENT

 

To receive a statement from the Leader of the Council in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9.

10.

MINUTES OF THE CABINET AND COMMISSIONERS' DECISION MAKING MEETING pdf icon PDF 122 KB

To note the minutes of Cabinet and Commissioners’ Decision Making Meeting held on 11 September 2017.

11.

RECOMMENDATION FROM CABINET - SWINTON TOWN CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT - DEVELOPMENT BRIEF AND ACQUISITION OF INTEGRAL SITE pdf icon PDF 43 KB

 

To consider, subject to recommendation by Cabinet, a proposal in respect of addition to the Capital Programme of the acquisition of the integral site for the Swinton Town Centre redevelopment.

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12.

RECOMMENDATION FROM STANDARDS AND ETHICS COMMITTEE - REVIEW OF CODE OF CONDUCT AND ASSOCIATED PROCEDURES pdf icon PDF 44 KB

 

To consider recommendations from the Standards and Ethics Committee arising from a review of the Code of Conduct and associated procedures.

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13.

AUTHORISATION OF OFFICERS TO REPRESENT THE COUNCIL IN MAGISTRATES COURT PROCEEDINGS AND THE DELEGATION OF THE POWER TO AUTHORISE OFFICERS TO THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF LEGAL SERVICES pdf icon PDF 55 KB

 

To consider a report seeking authorisation for officers to represent the Council in Magistrates Court proceedings and to delegate the power to authorise officers to the Assistant Director of Legal Services.

14.

MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES, PANELS AND BOARDS

 

To approve the following membership change to Committees, Panels and Boards:-

 

·                Councillor Julie Turner to replace Councillor Napper on Improving Lives Select Commission, leaving a vacancy for the UKIP Group on Improving Places Select Commission.

·                Councillor Ireland to replace Councillor Allcock on Improving Lives Select Commission, leaving a vacancy for the Labour Group on Health Select Commission.

15.

OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY UPDATE pdf icon PDF 356 KB

 

To receive an update on the activities of the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny bodies in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 14.

16.

SCRUTINY REVIEW - ALTERNATIVE MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHILDREN'S SERVICES IN ROTHERHAM pdf icon PDF 63 KB

 

To receive the scrutiny review and recommendations in respect of Alternative Management Arrangements for Children’s Social Care.

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17.

SCRUTINY REVIEW - EMERGENCY PLANNING pdf icon PDF 57 KB

 

To receive the scrutiny report and recommendations in respect of Emergency Planning.

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18.

NOTICE OF MOTION - FRACKING

 

That this Council notes:-

 

·                With concern that the government has made fracking a central plank of the UK’s energy policy.

 

·                That a number of exploratory licences have been granted across the North of England, including covering a large part of the Rotherham borough.

 

·                That in areas where exploratory drilling is under consideration, local residents have expressed concern.

 

·                That the Labour Party manifesto at the 2017 General Election included a clear commitment to ban fracking.

 

·                That UKIP’s 2015 election manifesto declared it’s “time to get ‘fracking’” and that “UKIP supports the development of shale gas…” UKIP’s 2017 manifesto stated that “UKIP will invest in shale gas exploration.”

 

·                That all planning applications relating to fracking must be considered on their merits in planning terms, within the rules set out by the government.

 

That this Council, therefore:-

 

a)        Regrets the decision of the then Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, to lift the national ban on fracking in 2012.

 

b)        Commits to not allow any fracking activities, including survey work, on Council owned or controlled land and property.

 

Proposer:-  Councillor Beck                                   Seconder:-  Councillor Wilson

19.

NOTICE OF MOTION - INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION REPORTS

 

This council notes:

 

  1. The publication of independent reports on Wednesday 6th September 2017 into issues raised by Professor Jay’s 2014 report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham over the period between 1997 and 2013

 

  1. With great disappointment that the reports were unable to recommend disciplinary action or sanctions relating to the pensions of any former or current member of staff at Rotherham Borough Council, relating to the failings at the council between 1997 and 2013

 

  1. That the Leader of the Council has subsequently written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to ask him to consider the iniquity of the current law, under which senior managers can oversee systematic failures of public services seemingly without consequences, if they leave their jobs before those failings are exposed

 

  1. That the Independent Police Complaints Commission continue to formally examine allegations of misconduct against 30 police officers during the time period covered by the Jay Report

 

  1. That the National Crime Agency continue to pursue criminal investigations relating to the period covered by the Jay Report, the largest ever criminal investigation into non-recent child sexual exploitation in the UK

 

  1. That significant progress has been made since the publication of the Jay Report in Rotherham, resulting in 30 perpetrators of child sexual exploitation offences being sentenced to a total of more than 350 years in prison

 

The council therefore resolves to:

 

1.    Express our deep sorrow for the failings of the past within the council, and to continue to prioritise dealing with child sexual exploitation

 

2.    Ensure that the new Senior Leadership Team of the Council take responsibility for ensuring the recommendations of the September 6th reports are followed through

 

3.    Recognise the bravery of Rotherham’s child sexual exploitation survivors and their families, who were so badly let down

 

4.    Continue to support all efforts to bring perpetrators of child sexual exploitation, and any professional who colluded in such abuse or otherwise engaged in any other related criminal activity, to justice

 

5.    Make formal representation to the Home Office with regards to the  ‘”Fusion Bid” for additional essential financial support to ensure that survivors of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham have the best possible support during forthcoming criminal trials of alleged perpetrators

 

6.    Condemn unequivocally those former members of staff and elected members of the council who declined to take part in the independent investigations that reported on September 6th; their unwillingness to try to help survivors to seek justice is utterly unacceptable

 

7.    Make formal representation to the government in order to ensure that new guidelines to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board make it clear that a child under the age of 16 cannot consent to their own abuse; it is not acceptable that victims of child sexual exploitation offences have been refused compensation for this apparent reason

 

Proposer – Councillor Read                      Seconder – Councillor Watson

20.

NOTICE OF MOTION - PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION (CSE)

 

This council wishes to show both solidarity and support with the victims of CSE, their families and the wider general public of Rotherham in requesting the following:

 

That the Prime Minster should without delay authorise a full public inquiry to be conducted by an agreed independent body of the period covered by the Jay Report into CSE. This inquiry should have the authority  to investigate all persons from all functions and departments both public and private sector, in order to identify those who were aware of what was taking place and who took little or no action to prevent further harm to victims and to make them both responsible and accountable for their actions.

 

Proposer – Councillor Cowles                  Seconder – Councillor Jepson

21.

STANDARDS AND ETHICS COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 39 KB

 

To receive and consider reports, minutes and recommendations of the Standards and Ethics Committee.

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

22.

AUDIT COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 54 KB

 

To receive and consider reports, minutes and recommendations of the Audit Committee.

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

23.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING BOARD pdf icon PDF 61 KB

 

To receive and consider reports, minutes and recommendations of the Health and Wellbeing Board.

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

24.

PLANNING BOARD pdf icon PDF 28 KB

 

To receive and consider reports, minutes and recommendations of the Planning Board.

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

Additional documents:

25.

LICENSING BOARD SUB-COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 21 KB

To receive and consider reports, minutes and recommendations of the Licensing Board Sub-Committee.

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

 

Additional documents:

26.

MEMBERS' QUESTIONS TO DESIGNATED SPOKESPERSONS

 

To put questions, if any, to the designated Members on the discharge of functions of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority and South Yorkshire Pensions Authority, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11(5).

27.

MEMBERS' QUESTIONS TO CABINET MEMBERS AND CHAIRMEN

 

To put questions, if any, to Cabinet Members and Chairmen (or their representatives) under Council Procedure Rules 11(1) and 11(3).

28.

URGENT ITEMS

 

Any other public items which the Mayor determines are urgent.

SHARON KEMP,

Chief Executive.