Agenda and minutes

Annual meeting, County Council
Thursday, 25th May, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - County Buildings

Contact: Mike Bradbury  Email: michael.bradbury@staffordshire.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Election of the Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year

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Minutes:

Mr Wileman moved, and Mr James seconded, and it was:

 

RESOLVED – That Mr Michael Greatorex be elected Chairman of the County Council for the ensuing year.

2.

Declarations of Interest under Standing Order 16

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Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest on this occasion.

3.

Confirmation of the minutes of the Council meeting held on 23 March 2017 pdf icon PDF 349 KB

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RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting of the County Council held on 23 March 2017 be confirmed.

4.

Election of the Vice-Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year

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Mrs Eagland moved, and Mr D Williams seconded, and it was:-

 

RESOLVED – That Mrs Kath Perry be appointed Vice-Chairman of the County Council for the ensuing year.

5.

Chairman's Correspondence

The Chairman will mention a range of recent items of news which may be of interest to Members

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Honorary Alderman William Austin MBE

 

The Council were informed of the death, on 6 May 2017, of Honorary Alderman William Frederick Austin MBE.

 

Mr Austin represented the former Abbey (Stoke-on-Trent) County Electoral Division on the County Council between 1973 and 1997.  He also served as Chairman of the County Council between 1996 and 1997 and was appointed as an Honorary Alderman in 1999.

 

Mr Austin served on a number of the Council’s committees including the Social Services Committee, Policy and Resources Committee, Highways Committee, Education Committee, Records and Museums Committee and also the Police Committee.  He also represented the Council on a range of Outside Bodies including the Association of County Councils, the Midland Regional Association for the Deaf and the Staffordshire Association for the Welfare of the Blind.

 

Mr Atkins and Mrs Woodward paid tribute to the contribution Mr Austin had made during the time he served on the County Council, following which Members observed a one minute’s silence in his memory.

 

Chairman’s Civic Service

 

The Chairman extended an invitation to all members to attend the Civic Church Service which was to take place at St. Mary’s Church, Stafford on Sunday, 11 June commencing at 11:30 am.

 

New Civic Leads of District and Borough Councils

 

The Council congratulated Alan Dudson on his election as Chairman of Cannock Chase District Council.

6.

Results of the County Council Elections - 4 May 2017 pdf icon PDF 224 KB

To receive an election return showing the names of the candidates elected and the number of seats won by each of the political parties together with the percentage of votes cast.

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The Chairman presented an Election return detailing the names of candidates elected and the number of seats won by each of the political parties, together with the percentage of votes cast.

 

RESOLVED – That the Election return be received.

7.

Members not re-elected pdf icon PDF 202 KB

Report of the Chairman of the Council

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The Chairman presented a report detailing those former Members of the Authority who were not re-elected at the County Council Elections on 4 May 2017.  Mr Atkins and Mrs Woodward paid tribute to the contributions the former Members had made to the work of the Council.

 

RESOLVED – That the former Members named below be thanked for the valuable contribution they had made to the work of the Authority during their term(s) of office:

 

·           George Adamson (2013 – 2017) Hednesford and Rawnsley (Cannock Chase)

·           Margaret Astle (2005 - 2009 and 2013 – 2017) Kidsgrove (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

·           Carol Dean (2001 - 2009 and 2013 – 2017) Bolebridge (Tamworth)

·           Sandra Hambleton (1997 - 2009 and 2013 – 2017) Bradwell, Porthill and Wolstanton (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

·           Ian Hollinshead (2013 – 2017) Stafford North (Stafford)

·           Kevin Jackson (2013 – 2017) Biddulph South and Endon (Staffordshire Moorlands)

·           Brian Jenkins (2013 – 2017) Watling North (Tamworth)

·           Philip Jones (2009 – 2017) Stone Urban (Stafford)

·           Shelagh McKiernan (2013 – 2017) Horninglow and Stretton (East Staffordshire)

·           Christine Mitchell (2013 – 2017) Hednesford and Rawnsley (Cannock Chase)

·           Mark Olszewski (2013 – 2017) May Bank and Cross Heath (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

·           Sheree Peaple (2013 – 2017) Amington (Tamworth)

·           Trish Rowlands (2013 – 2017) Stafford West (Stafford)

·           Diane Todd (2013 – 2017) Cannock Villages (Cannock Chase)

·           Caroline Wood (2013 – 2017) Lichfield City North (Lichfield)

 

8.

Proposed Changes to the Constitution pdf icon PDF 215 KB

Report of the Director of Strategy, Governance and Change

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The Council considered a report of the Director of Strategy, Governance and Change concerning proposed amendments to the Council’s Constitution.

 

Members were informed that the amendments were required in order to reflect changes to Council structures, ensuring alignment with the priorities and ambitions of the Administration as detailed below:-

 

(i) Cabinet Member responsibilities – The Cabinet was to be made up of the Leader of the Council, the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Matters and five further Cabinet Members with the following portfolios:-

 

·         Health, Care and Wellbeing

·         Children and Young People

·         Economic Growth

·         Commercial

·         Communities

 

(ii) Shadow Cabinet – The reduced number of opposition members meant that a smaller Shadow Cabinet with fewer Special Responsibility Allowances was appropriate.  The Shadow Cabinet and Special Responsibility Allowances for the Shadow Cabinet would in future be limited to three; one for the Leader of the Opposition, one for the Shadow Deputy Leader and a further allowance for one other Shadow Cabinet Member.

 

(iii) All Party Member Groups [APMG] – These groups were to be tasked with supporting the Council’s long term policy ambitions putting forward proposals of how public services in Staffordshire could address community issues that would arise over the medium to long term.  There was to be four All Party Member Groups focussed around the following:-

 

·         Innovation

·         Improvement

·         Community

·         External Relationships

 

(iv) Cabinet Support Members – There was to be three categories of Cabinet Support Member to assist the new Cabinet.  These Cabinet Support Member roles would have no delegated powers and would provide support as follows:-

 

(a)  Cabinet Support Members with the following specific portfolios (3) (who would take the full Cabinet Support Member Special Responsibility Allowance)

 

·         Adult Safeguarding

·         Lifelong Learning and Employability

·         Highways and Transport

 

(b)  APMG Cabinet Support Members (4) who would chair and lead the All Party Member Groups (who would each take 50% of the Cabinet Support Member Special Responsibility Allowance).

 

(c)  Community Cabinet Support Members (8) to support the Cabinet Member for Communities and provide leadership on matters relating to a particular district, coordinating the activity of the elected members in that district (who would each take 25% of the Cabinet Support Member Special Responsibility Allowance).

 

The Council noted that the additional cost of these arrangements was £29,687.

 

In moving consideration of the report, Mr Atkins also moved the following additional recommendations:

 

(i) "That recommendation (b) of the report be amended to include an additional sentence as follows:

 

That if the Leader of the Opposition wishes to do, the single SRA for a Shadow Cabinet Member may be sub-divided to create SRAs for up to three Shadow Cabinet members."

 

(ii) "That the words in para 8.4 of Procedural Standing Orders be deleted and replaced as follows:

 

8.4 Questions and written responses will be circulated to all members at the start of each meeting (and will be available to members prior to the meeting on request), will be made available online to accompany the webcast, but will not  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Appointment of the Leader of the Council

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Mr I.M. Parry moved and Mr M. Deaville seconded, and it was:-

 

RESOLVED – That Mr. P.E.B. Atkins OBE be appointed Leader of the County Council.

10.

To set the maximum number of members of the Cabinet

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Mr Atkins informed the Council that the permitted maximum number of members of the Cabinet was nine plus the Leader of the Council.  However, at this point in time, he proposed to set the number of Members of the Cabinet at six plus the Leader of the Council.

 

RESOLVED – That the number of Members of the Cabinet be set at six plus the Leader of the Council.

11.

Statement by the Leader of the Council of the members appointed to the Cabinet

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The Leader of the Council circulated a statement setting out his Cabinet, as follows:-

 

Cabinet Members (7)

 

Leader of the Council – Philip Atkins        

 

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for   

Finance and Corporate Matters – Ian Parry         

 

Cabinet Member for Health, Care and      

Wellbeing – Alan White       

 

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People           - Mark Sutton

 

Cabinet Member for Economic Growth – Mark Winnington

 

Cabinet Member for Commercial – Mark Deaville

 

Cabinet Member for Communities – Gill Heath

           

Support Members with specific portfolios (3)

 

Adult Safeguarding – Mike Sutherland

 

Learning and Employability – Philip White

 

Highways – Helen Fisher    

 

Cabinet Support Members to chair and lead the All Party Member Groups (4)

 

Innovation – Keith Flunder

 

Improvement – Paul Northcott

 

Community – Mike Davies

 

External Relationships – Alastair Little

 

Community Cabinet Support Members (8) to support the Cabinet Member for Communities

 

Cannock Chase – Phil Hewitt

 

East Staffordshire – Bernard Peters

 

Lichfield – Natasha Pullen

 

Newcastle-under-Lyme – Trevor Johnson

 

South Staffordshire – Victoria Wilson

 

Stafford – Jeremy Pert

 

Staffordshire Moorlands – Mike Worthington

 

Tamworth – Jeremy Oates

 

Mrs Woodward outlined her proposals in respect of the Shadow Cabinet which would consist of:

 

Shadow Leader - Susan Woodward

 

Shadow Deputy Leader - Charlotte Atkins

 

Safer and Stronger Lead – Kyle Robinson

 

Prosperous Staffordshire Lead - Maureen Compton

 

Healthier Communities Lead - Dave Jones

 

RESOLVED – That the report be received.

12.

Committee Membership

To consider the appointment of the members to Committees on the nomination of Group Leaders.

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Mr Atkins moved, and Mr Parry seconded, and it was:

 

RESOLVED – That the Members indicated below serve on the Committees listed for the period up to the Annual Council meeting in 2018:-

 

Corporate Review Committee

Charlotte Atkins

Jonathan Price

David Brookes

Simon Tagg

John Francis

Martyn Tittley

Colin Greatorex 

Stephen Sweeney

Robert Marshall

David Williams

Johnny McMahon

Susan Woodward

Jeremy Oates

 

Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee

Ann Beech

Julia Jessel 

Graham Burnett

Jeremy Pert

Tina Clements

David Smith

Maureen Compton

Simon Tagg

Keith Flunder

Bernard Williams

 

Safe and Strong Communities Select Committee

John Francis

Kyle Robinson

Syed Hussain

Paul Snape

Trevor Johnson

Conor Wileman 

Jason Jones

Victoria Wilson

Natasha Pullen

Mike Worthington

 

Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee

Charlotte Atkins

Johnny McMahon 

Gill Burnett

Paul Northcott

Mike Davies

Kath Perry

Janet Eagland

Bernard Peters

Phil Hewitt

Carolyn Trowbridge

Dave Jones

Ross Ward 

Alastair Little

 

 

Planning Committee

Ben Adams

Alastair Little

David Brookes

Robbie Marshall

Ron Clarke

Kath Perry

John Cooper

Kyle Robinsom

Alan Dudson

David Smith  

Keith James

Paul Snape  

Julia Jessel

Mike Worthington

Trevor Johnson

 

 

Pensions Committee

Ben Adams

Robbie Marshall

Philip Atkins 

Mike Sutherland

Derek Davis

Stephen Sweeney

Ann Edgeller  

Martyn Tittley

Colin Greatorex

 

 

Audit and Standards Committee

David Brookes

Ian Lawson

Graham Burnett

Jeremy Oates

Mike Davies

Martyn Tittley   

Derek Davis

Carolyn Trowbridge 

Colin Greatorex

Ross Ward

Michael Greatorex

Bernard Williams

Jill Hood

Victoria Wilson

Syed Hussain

 

 

Corporate Parenting Panel

Gill Burnett

Jill Hood

Ron Clarke

Paul Northcott

Maureen Compton

Bernard Peters

Janet Eagland

Natasha Pullen

John Francis

Paul Snape       

Michael Greatorex

Mark Sutton    

Gill Heath

Carolyn Trowbridge

Phil Hewitt

 

 

Charities and Trusts Committee

Michael Greatorex

Kath Perry

Dave Jones

David Smith

Ian Lawson

 

 

13.

Appointment of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of Committees and Panels

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Mr Atkins moved, and Mr Parry seconded, and it was:

 

RESOLVED – That the under-mentioned be appointed as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Committees stated for the period up to the Annual Council meeting in 2018:-

 

Corporate Review Committee

 

 

 

            Chairman

David Brookes

            Vice-Chairman

Colin Greatorex

 

 

Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee

 

 

 

            Chairman

Simon Tagg

            Vice-Chairman

Julia Jessel

 

 

Safe and Strong Communities Select Committee

 

 

 

            Chairman

John Francis

            Vice-Chairman

Conor Wileman

 

 

Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee

 

 

 

            Chairman

Johnny McMahon

            Vice-Chairman

Ross Ward

 

 

Planning Committee

 

 

 

            Chairman

David Smith

            Vice-Chairman

Paul Snape

 

Pensions Committee

 

 

 

            Chairman

Robbie Marshall

            Vice-Chairman

Ann Edgeller

 

 

Audit and Standards Committee

 

 

 

            Chairman

Martyn Tittley

            Vice-Chairman

Carolyn Trowbridge

 

Corporate Parenting Panel

 

 

 

            Chairman

Mark Sutton

            Vice-Chairman

Natasha Pullen

 

Charities and Trusts Committee

 

 

 

            Chairman

Kath Perry

            Vice-Chairman

David Smith

 

 

14.

Appointment of members to Outside Bodies 2017/18

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Mr Atkins moved, and Mr Parry seconded, and it was:

 

RESOLVED - That the nominations of the Leader of the Council, in consultation with the Political Group Leaders, on the appointment of members to Outside Bodies for 2017/18 be approved and that the Leader be authorised to make any changes to those appointments as may become necessary.

15.

Statement of the Leader of the Council pdf icon PDF 276 KB

The Leader will inform the Council about his work and his plans for the Council, and will give an overview of decisions taken by the Cabinet (and Portfolio Holders) since the previous meeting of the Council

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The Leader of the Council presented a Statement outlining his recent work since the previous meeting of the Council.

 

In moving consideration of his Statement, Mr Atkins extended the thoughts and prayers of the Council to those families who had loved ones either killed or injured in the terrorist bombing at Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017.

 

Quarter 4 2016/17 Performance Report

(Paragraph 1 of the Statement)

 

Mr Wileman enquired as to what action the County Council was taking with regard to unaccompanied child asylum seekers entering Staffordshire and also what assistance was being given by Central Government.  In response, Mr Sutton indicated that the County Council had various strategies in place, the ultimate aim of which were to achieve the best possible outcomes for all of the County’s looked after children.  He added that the County Council did not receive sufficient funding from Central Government to cover all the costs involved in caring for unaccompanied child asylum seekers and that this shortfall amounted to around £300,000 per annum.  Mr Sutton added that representations were being made to Central Government in an attempt to address the issue.

 

Dr Jones referred to the target for the percentage of the County’s schools being rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted and enquired as to how this was to be achieved.  In response, Mr Atkins indicated that there had been a vast improvement over the last several years in the number of the County’s schools rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted which now stood at 87.3%

 

Fourth Quarter Budget Monitoring Report

(Paragraph 2 of the Statement)

 

Mr Brookes requested an update on the anticipated overspend referred to in the report.  In response, Mr Parry indicated that there was a £4.5m overspend at the end of the year, compared to a £14m anticipated overspend at the start of the year, primarily due to the non-receipt of funding under the Better Care Fund.  Mr Atkins paid tribute to staff for their hard work in reducing the anticipated overspend.

 

Note by Clerk:  The Chairman adjourned the meeting to enable the Council to participate in the national one minutes silence for the victims of the terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena.

 

New Members

(Paragraph 3 of the Statement)

 

Mrs Woodward referred to “lost opportunities” around devolution deals and expressed the desire that the County Council would, in the future, act more swiftly to secure the benefits being offered.  In response, Mr Atkins referred to the differences between the “rural shires” and the conurbations and also outlined how the new arrangements around the appointment of Community Cabinet Support Members would work to foster localism.

 

Pothole Investment

(Paragraph 4 of the Statement)

 

Mr D Williams indicated that potholes and road repairs was currently the major issue raised by constituents and he welcomed the announcement that an additional £5m was being made available over the next 12 months to tackle this issue.  Mrs Jessel also expressed her support for the additional investment in the maintenance of the highway  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.

16.

Notices of Motion

Mrs S. Woodward to move the following motion:

 

This council notes:

 

  • 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
  • The World Health Organisation predicts that depression will be the second most common health condition worldwide by 2020.
  • Mental ill health costs some £105 billion each year in England alone.
  • People with a severe mental illness die up to 20 years younger than their peers in the UK.
  • There is often a circular relationship between mental health and issues such as housing, employment, family problems or debt.

 

This council believes:

 

  • As a local authority we have a crucial role to play in improving the mental health of everyone in our community and tackling some of the widest and most entrenched inequalities in health.
  • Mental health should be a priority across all the local authority’s areas of responsibility, including housing, community safety and planning.
  • All councillors, whether members of the Executive or Scrutiny and in our community and casework roles, can play a positive role in championing mental health on an individual and strategic basis.

 

This council resolves:

 

  • To sign the Local Authorities’ Mental Health Challenge run by Centre for Mental Health, Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Providers Forum, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, Royal College of Psychiatrists and YoungMinds.
  • We commit to appoint an elected member as ‘mental health champion’ across the council.
  • We will seek to identify a member of staff within the council to act as ‘lead officer’ for mental health.
  • The council will also:
  • Support positive mental health in our community, including in local schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces.
  • Work to reduce inequalities in mental health in our community.
  • Work with local partners to offer effective support for people with mental health needs.
  • Tackle discrimination on the grounds of mental health in our community.
  • Proactively listen to people of all ages and backgrounds about what they need for better mental health.

 

 

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Mrs Woodward moved, and Mr White seconded, the following motion:

 

This council notes:

 

  • 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
  • The World Health Organisation predicts that depression will be the second most common health condition worldwide by 2020.
  • Mental ill health costs some £105 billion each year in England alone.
  • People with a severe mental illness die up to 20 years younger than their peers in the UK.
  • There is often a circular relationship between mental health and issues such as housing, employment, family problems or debt.

 

This council believes:

 

  • As a local authority we have a crucial role to play in improving the mental health of everyone in our community and tackling some of the widest and most entrenched inequalities in health.
  • Mental health should be a priority across all the local authority’s areas of responsibility, including housing, community safety and planning.
  • All councillors, whether members of the Executive or Scrutiny and in our community and casework roles, can play a positive role in championing mental health on an individual and strategic basis.

 

This council resolves:

 

  • To sign the Local Authorities’ Mental Health Challenge run by Centre for Mental Health, Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Providers Forum, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, Royal College of Psychiatrists and YoungMinds.
  • We commit to appoint an elected member as ‘mental health champion’ across the council.
  • We will seek to identify a member of staff within the council to act as ‘lead officer’ for mental health.
  • The council will also:
  • Support positive mental health in our community, including in local schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces.
  • Work to reduce inequalities in mental health in our community.
  • Work with local partners to offer effective support for people with mental health needs.
  • Tackle discrimination on the grounds of mental health in our community.
  • Proactively listen to people of all ages and backgrounds about what they need for better mental health.

 

There then followed a debate during Members referred to the challenges around tackling mental health issues and how the health sector, the County Council and schools needed to do more in this regard.  Members expressed their support for the motion and, following a vote, the Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

RESOLVED - This council notes:

 

  • 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
  • The World Health Organisation predicts that depression will be the second most common health condition worldwide by 2020.
  • Mental ill health costs some £105 billion each year in England alone.
  • People with a severe mental illness die up to 20 years younger than their peers in the UK.
  • There is often a circular relationship between mental health and issues such as housing, employment, family problems or debt.

 

This council believes:

 

  • As a local authority we have a crucial role to play in improving the mental health of everyone in our community and tackling some of the widest and most entrenched inequalities in health.
  • Mental health should be a priority across all  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.

17.

Report of the Secretary of the Staffordshire Police and Crime Panel pdf icon PDF 192 KB

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Mrs Woodward referred to the Auditor’s qualified opinion in relation to the financial robustness of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the costs of engaging consultants to draft the Business Case for the integration of the Police and Fire and Rescue Services.  In response, Mr D Williams indicated that the Commissioner and his Director of Finance and Performance had put in place a number of measures introduced to improve financial management. Both were satisfied that matters raised by the auditor were being addressed.

 

Mr D. Williams also paid tribute to the contribution made by Mr Frank Chapman during the period in which he had served as Chairman of the Police and Crime Panel.  He added that, as the new Chairman of the Panel, he would continue the work of ensuring that the Police and Crime Commissioner was properly scrutinised.

 

RESOLVEDThat the report be received.

18.

Report of the Chairman of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority pdf icon PDF 221 KB

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In response to a question from Mr Dudson, Mr Sweeney indicated that the reference in the report to “gold, silver or bronze households” related to the vulnerability of the occupiers with “gold” being the most vulnerable residents.

 

Mr Francis referred to the Sprinkler System Conference held on 17 January and enquired as to what action was being taken to lobby the Government to introduce legislation to require the installation of sprinkler systems in care homes.  He also requested that there be regular reports to Full Council on the progress of the arrangements around the potential integration of the Police and Fire and Rescue Services.

 

RESOLVEDThat the report be received.

19.

Questions

Questions to be asked by Members of the County Council of the Leader of the Council, a Cabinet Member, or a Chairman of a Committee.  The question will be answered by the relevant Member and the Member asking the question may then ask a follow up question which will also be answered

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Minutes:

Mrs Atkins asked the following question of the Cabinet Member for Communities whose reply is set out below the question:-

 

Question

 

When did Staffordshire County Council receive recent advice from the Government on the disposal by local residents of household DIY waste at Household Waste Recycling Centres?  What was that advice and what action is the County Council taking as a result of that advice?

 

Reply

 

The County Council received a letter on the 10th April regarding the release of a national Litter Strategy, setting out the Government’s intent to address this issue through:

 

·         Education and awareness;

·         Improving enforcement; and

·         Better cleansing and litter infrastructure

 

This letter did not refer to charging, non-household waste or DIY waste directly, but the strategy itself has identified the introduction of charges at HWRCs as an area that requires further clarity, with revised guidance being produced by the end of 2017.

 

The County Council’s position has been clear in that the charges have been introduced for non-household waste, not DIY waste and having taken legal advice, we believe these to be fair and legal. The County Council fully supports further clarity on this matter and will provide feedback to assist the development of the revised guidance.

 

We will of course review the revised guidance when it is released later this year, but having seen the content of the strategy alone, this does not change our policy.

 

Supplementary Question

 

Why is the County Council at odds with the Government on this and when will the Council conduct a full consultation as suggested in the Litter Strategy for England (April 2017) because no consultation was carried out when these charges were introduced last year?

 

Reply

 

It has been made plain that the County Council will carry on with the strategy we have taken to charge for non-household waste.  We are awaiting the outcome of the Government’s review on this issue and in due course we will examine their findings and any new guidance.  The latest data available on fly-tipping has shown a slight reduction over the last quarter compared with the same quarter in the previous year

 

Mr. Hussain asked the following question of the Leader of the Council whose reply is set out below the question:-

 

Question

 

In the county we only have 14 parking wardens employed by a private company enforcing parking restrictions and traffic offences. Does the Leader believe this is adequate?

 

Reply

 

Responsibility for on-street parking enforcement is a shared activity between the County Council and the Police. The County Council is able to carry out enforcement where parking restrictions exist; vehicles that are parked dangerously or causing an obstruction being a matter for the Police.

 

For the Council’s part we currently have 19 Full-Time-Equivalent Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO) patrolling across the County. These officers are employed by the City of Stoke-on-Trent Council, through the Clear Streets partnership.

 

The Clear Streets Partnership saw on-street enforcement, management of on-street pay-and-display and processing of penalty-charge-notices across the whole of Staffordshire taken on in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.

20.

Petitions

An opportunity for Members to present and speak on petitions submitted by their constituents

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Minutes:

There were no petitions on this occasion.

21.

Exclusion of the Public

The Chairman of the Council will move the following motion so that the County Council can consider confidential business in private:-

 

“That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business which involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of the Local Government Act 1972 indicated below”.

 

 

PART TWO

(All reports in this section are on pink paper)

 

 

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