Agenda

Council Meeting - Wednesday 28 February 2024 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Council Chamber - Rotherham Town Hall, Moorgate Street, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S60 2TH

Contact: Governance Unit  The webcast can be viewed at http://www.rotherham.public-i.tv

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.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS COUNCIL MEETING pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To receive the record of proceedings of the ordinary meeting of the Council held on 17th January, 2024, and to approve the accuracy thereof.

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4.

PETITIONS pdf icon PDF 260 KB

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

5.

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.

6.

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.

7.

EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

Should it be necessary, in the opinion of the Mayor, to consider excluding the press and public from the meeting in relation to any items of urgent business on the grounds that private information is likely to be divulged.

8.

LEADER OF THE COUNCIL'S STATEMENT

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

9.

MINUTES OF THE CABINET MEETING pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To note the minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 22nd January and 12th February, 2024.

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10.

RECOMMENDATION FROM CABINET - BUDGET AND COUNCIL TAX 2024-25 pdf icon PDF 749 KB

To consider and approve the Cabinet’s recommendations in respect of the Budget and Council Tax for the 2024-25 financial year.

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11.

RECOMMENDATION FROM CABINET - HRA BUSINESS PLAN, RENT SETTING AND SERVICE CHARGES 2024-25 pdf icon PDF 172 KB

To consider and approve the HRA Business Plan, Rent Setting and Service Charges 2024-25.

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12.

CALENDAR OF COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THE 2024-25 MUNICIPAL YEAR pdf icon PDF 216 KB

To approve a calendar of meetings for the Council and its committees for the 2024-25 municipal year.

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13.

MALTBY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN REFERENDUM OUTCOME pdf icon PDF 396 KB

To consider the report on the outcome of the Maltby Neighbourhood Plan Referendum.

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14.

THRIVING NEIGHBOURHOODS - UPDATES FROM WARD COUNCILLORS FOR DALTON AND THRYBERGH pdf icon PDF 916 KB

To receive updates from ward councillors from Dalton and Thrybergh on the activities supporting Thriving Neighbourhoods across the Borough.

15.

THRIVING NEIGHBOURHOODS - UPDATES FROM WARD COUNCILLORS FOR SITWELL pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To receive updates from ward councillors from Sitwell on the activities supporting Thriving Neighbourhoods across the Borough.

16.

NOTICE OF MOTION:- TRANSPARENCY AND GOVERNANCE pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To be moved by Councillor Bacon and seconded by Councillor Ball:

 

That this Council:

 

  1. Notes that good practice on all aspects of governance, lead to better outcomes for both the public and the authority.

 

  1. Believes that effective scrutiny leads to enhanced governance and accountability, leading to better outcomes for people the Local Authority serves. In order to achieve this, the council will look at a range of best practices other local and regional authorities administer.

 

  1. Believes that increasing public engagement, and comprehension, is important for the democratic process. Therefore, most aspects of our governance arrangements should be easily comprehended.

 

Therefore, this Council resolves to:

 

  1. During meetings of the full Council, afford the right of the Leader of the Opposition to question the Leader of the Council following the ‘Leaders statement’ via a new agenda item, on all matters, notwithstanding any agenda items or statement, perpetually for a period of no longer than 10 minutes.

 

                 1.1.         Subsequently, afford the right of the Leader of the third largest group to question the Leader of the Council via a new agenda item, on all matters, notwithstanding any agenda items or statement, perpetually for a period of no longer than 5 minutes.

 

  1. That the Leader of the Council attend the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board quarterly, for scrutiny on all matters, notwithstanding any agenda items, via a new agenda item ‘Leader Scrutiny’. Reflecting the scrutiny practice that currently takes place on the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority’s Overview and Scrutiny Board.

 

  1. Upgrade existing chamber camera system, to record meetings in at least 1080P HD to improve video quality of webcasts and enhance public scrutiny and user experience.

 

  1. Streamline the user experience of members of the public looking for their local Councillor on Rotherham Council’s website by bringing the ‘Member index’ segment into the ‘Home’ section via a direct link.

 

  1. During meetings of the full Council, arrange the seating order of councillors strategically, increasing public comprehension of the political makeup of the council, by reflecting this makeup across the chamber, not just on one side. Mirroring the ‘front & backbenches’ system other authorities use.

 

                 5.1.         That the leader of the opposition sits opposite the leader of the council, adjacent to the deputy leader of the opposition and so on, in consultation with all political group leaders.

 

17.

NOTICE OF MOTION:- LITTLE LONDON

To be proposed by Councillor Tinsley and seconded by Councillor Ball:

 

The Little London Estate was built to house munition workers during World War two for the nearby Royal Ordnance Factory Maltby. Two of the Streets were named after Parliamentary Ministers one being Churchill Avenue and the other Morrison Avenue. The Houses of a flat roof design was only designed to have a lifespan of around thirty years.  The estate is largely owned by two landlords with pockets of independent landlords. Work on the majority of the Rivergrove properties were carried out to bring them up to meet HHSRS Standards. Although the properties are known to suffer chronically from damp issues and leaky roofs.

Works to refurbish properties were undertaken back in 2016 leaving two blocks of houses unfinished and derelict. The houses have caused Anti-social behaviour and suffer from fly tipping along with rife with rodents.   The landlord has submitted a full application to demolish the properties and rebuild. Although there is little confidence from Residents that this will be conducted and could prolong the blight and issues in the area.

 

In the past the Council have tried to compulsory purchase the properties previously but failed in this process. We believe the council should reengage to try and purchase the properties and bring this before OSMB and the Full Council.

 

This Council notes:

1.    The Estate of little London has been blighted by derelict houses for at least the last 8 years.

2.    As of May 2021, the derelict properties were openly accessible to the public and were causing instances of ASB and fires. Both Ward Councillors Adam Tinsley and Lee Hunter have been proactive working with officers for action on the estate. Including pushing the need for the properties being secured back in 2021 and the surrounding area tidied up.

3.    Big Power for London Group have championed the need for improvements for improved housing conditions on the housing and around the surrounding estate.

4.    With occupied houses on the estate being “brought up to HHSRS Standards “the council and the landlord are operating under a special arrangement. Where the need for the area being put under selective licencing wasn’t necessitated.

5.    The landlord has recently made a full application to demolish and rebuild the properties.

 

This Council believes:

 

1.    That by the Council becoming a stakeholder in the estate it would create more Council housing locally, improve property standards, remove the derelict housing that has been a blight on the estate and would restore community pride in the area.

 

This Council resolves to:

 

1.    The Council should open negotiations with the landlord to purchase the derelict properties with or without planning. Any proposal by the Council to purchase is to be reported back to OSMB and the full Council to scrutinise and vote on.

18.

AUDIT COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 535 KB

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

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

19.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING BOARD pdf icon PDF 663 KB

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

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

20.

LICENSING BOARD SUB-COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 78 KB

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

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

21.

PLANNING BOARD pdf icon PDF 139 KB

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

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

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22.

STAFFING COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 197 KB

To receive and consider reports, minutes and recommendations of the Staffing Committee including approving the Pay Policy Statement 2024/25 for publication under Chapter 8 of the Localism Act 2011.

23.

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).

24.

MEMBERS' QUESTIONS TO CABINET MEMBERS AND CHAIRPERSONS

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

25.

URGENT ITEMS

Any other public items which the Mayor determines are urgent.

SHARON KEMP,

Chief Executive.