Agenda and draft minutes

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61.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of both the Extraordinary and Ordinary Meetings of the Council held on 28 November 2018 for signature by the Mayor as Chair of the Council.

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That the Minutes of both the Extraordinary and Ordinary Meetings of the Council held on 28 November 2018, be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

62.

Announcements

To receive any announcements from the Mayor, Leader of the Council, Members of the Executive, Chairs of Scrutiny Committees and the Head of Paid Service.

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(a)    Councillor Stephen Anstee

 

Being aware that it was Councillor Stephen Anstee’s last Council meeting, as he was to stand down at the next elections and was unable to attend the March Meeting, the Council joined the Mayor in conveying appreciation for his efforts on behalf of Trafford and wished him well for the future.

 

(b)        Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year’s Honours

 

It being the first meeting since the announcement of Her Majesty the Queen's New Year Honours, the Mayor took the opportunity to acclaim the local recipients, namely:

 

Councillor Sean Anstee, awarded the citation of Commander of the

Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Local Government;

 

Mr. Christopher Harrop of Sale, awarded the citation of Officer

of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the Prevention of Modern Slavery and Exploitation; and

 

Mr. Nasar Mahmood of Altrincham, awarded an OBE for services to Community relations in Manchester.

 

The Mayor advised that on behalf of the Council he had written to convey the Council’s congratulations.

 

(c)        Environmental Improvement Team Award

 

The Mayor congratulated the Council's Environmental Improvement team on collecting the Litter Initiative of the Year award at the Keep Britain Tidy awards. The award recognised the highly successful Conscience Project set up to tackle littering and public urination in public passageways before Manchester United football matches at Old Trafford. During the 2017/18 football season the team designed conscience boards and involved local residents and children in the campaign artwork.

 

(d)        Interim Chief Executive

 

Acknowledging that it was the last meeting for Jim Taylor, the Council’s interim Chief Executive, the Council joined with the Mayor to wish him the very best for the future and thank him for his good work in Trafford.

63.

Questions By Members (None Received)

This is an opportunity for Members of Council to ask the Mayor, Members of the Executive or the Chairs of any Committee or Sub-Committee a question on notice under Procedure Rule 10.2.

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The Mayor reported that no questions had been received under Procedure Rule 10.2.

64.

Membership of Committees

To note that Councillors Sean Anstee and Laurence Walsh have been appointed as Substitute Members on Employment Committee for the remainder of the 2018/19 Municipal Year.

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RESOLVED: That the Council notes that the Interim Chief Executive, in consultation with the respective Group Leaders, has approved the appointment of Councillors Sean Anstee and Laurence Walsh as Substitute Members of Employment Committee for the remainder of the 2018/19 Municipal Year, effective from 18 December 2018 and 7 January 2019, respectively.

65.

Appointment of Independent Member of the Accounts and Audit Committee pdf icon PDF 152 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director of Governance and Community Strategy.

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The Corporate Director of Governance and Community Strategy submitted a report recommending the appointment of a non-voting co-opted Member of the Accounts and Audit Committee.

 

RESOLVED: That Jeannie Platt be appointed as a non-voting co-opted Member of the Accounts and Audit Committee, with effect from 1 March 2019 until the Annual Meeting in 2023.

66.

Budget 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 209 KB

·              To consider and adopt the resolutions contained the joint reports of the Executive Member for Finance and the Corporate Director of Finance and Systems, presented to the Executive on 20 February 2019 and set out (a) - (d) below.

 

              To set and approve the Council Tax Requirement for the District for the year beginning 1 April 2019, in accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as amended.

 

              To set and approve, in accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended, the amounts as the amounts of the Council Tax for the year 2019/2020 for each of the categories of dwellings included in the respective valuation bands A to H.

 

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(Note: PROCEDURAL ARRANGEMENTS - In respect of the main item of business on the agenda, the Mayor announced that the Leader of the Council (or his nominee) would have a maximum of 15 minutes to make the initial speech and a further maximum of 15 minutes to summarise the debate. The Leaders of the Main Opposition and the Minority Opposition Groups (or their respective nominees) would each have a maximum of 15 minutes and 10 minutes, respectively, to make their initial speeches and a further maximum of 5 minutes to summarise on behalf of their respective Groups. The Mayor also outlined the approach for dealing with amendments. Members were instructed that, should an amendment be made to the main motion, the mover of that amendment would have a maximum of 3 minutes to make their speech. The Mayor further confirmed that, the time for all other speeches would be restricted to a maximum of 3 minutes.)

 

The Executive Member for Finance presented a number of reports setting out the proposed budget for the forthcoming year which had been recommended by the Executive at its meeting held earlier that evening.

 

It was moved and seconded that the Executive’s recommendations set out in each of the following reports, be approved and that the Council sets and approves the amounts as the amounts of the Council Tax for the year 2019/2020, in accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as amended, for each of the categories of dwellings included in the respective valuation bands A to H:

 

-      Executive’s Revenue Budget Proposals 2019/20 and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2020/21 – 2021/22

-      Capital Strategy, Capital Programme and Prudential and Local Indicators 2019-2022

-      Treasury Management Strategy 2019/20 – 2021/22

-      Fees, Charges and Allowances 2019/20

 

Councillor Myers responded to the Motion on behalf of the Conservative Group and gave notice of an amendment. Councillor Bowker, on behalf of the Liberal Democrat Group and then Councillor Coggins, on behalf of the Green Party Group also responded to the Motion.

 

Dealing with the amendment signified, it was moved and seconded as an amendment that:

 

“The Council agrees these recommendations, subject to the following amendments:

 

Amendment

Some benefits

Impact on Revenue

Impact on Capital

Freeze at the present level the general Council Tax for the financial year

2019/20, reversing the proposed 2.99% increase.

Council tax forms a higher proportion of outgoing for lower income families.  There are already significant precept

increases being applied that lower income households will be required to budget for.

£2.97m

None

Reintroduction of weekly general refuse collections of household domestic waste.

The proposal will see a reduction in general litter and fly-tipping across the borough and offer a comprehensive household waste collection service.

£2.4m (maximum)

None

Cancel proposed parking charges for 1800 – 2000 period and stop proposed increase for short stay car parking.

Fairer for short term shoppers in town centres. Helps maintain night-time economy.

£84,000

None

Install 60 charging stations for electric cars.

For plug-in customers: Convenience.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 66.

67.

Informal Meeting of the Council

Note:    At the conclusion of the meeting it is intended to hold an informal meeting of the Council to consider issuing invitations to Members of Council to be the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Borough for 2019/2020.

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(Note: At the conclusion of the formal meeting of the Council, an informal meeting was held to extend an invitation to:

 

Councillor Rob Chilton to be the Mayor of the Borough of Trafford for 2019/20;

 

and

 

Councillor Laurence Walsh to be the Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Trafford for 2019/20.

 

The informal meeting concluded at 9.24 p.m.)