Venue: The Fountain Conference Centre, Howbery Park, Crowmarsh Gifford
Contact: Steven Corrigan Democratic Services Manager
A map showing the location of Howbery Park is attached, as is a plan showing the location of the Fountain Conference Centre on the Howbery Park site.
Apologies for absence
To record apologies for absence.
To adopt and sign as a correct record the Council minutes of the meeting held on 10 October 2019 - attached.
Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interest
To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting.
Urgent business and chairman's announcements
To receive notification of any matters which the chairman determines should be considered as urgent business and the special circumstances which have made the matters urgent, and to receive any announcements from the chairman.
To receive any questions or statements from members of the public that have registered to speak.
To receive any petitions from the public.
Cabinet, at its meeting on 5 December 2019, considered the head of planning’s report on the Berrick Salome Neighbourhood Development Plan.
The report of the head of planning, which Cabinet considered on 5 December, is attached.
Cabinet has recommended to Council as follows:
1. make the Berrick Salome Neighbourhood Development Plan so that it continues to be part of the council’s development plan; and
2. authorise the head of planning, in consultation with the Cabinet member for planning, and in agreement with the Qualifying Body, to correct any spelling, grammatical, typographical or factual errors together with any improvements from a presentational perspective.
Cabinet, at its meeting on 5 December 2019, considered the report of the head of finance on the outturn performance of the treasury management function for the financial year 2018/19.
The report of the head of finance, which the Joint Audit and Governance Committee considered on 14 October 2019 and Cabinet considered on 5 December 2019, is attached.
The Joint Audit and Governance Committee made no recommendations to Cabinet but noted the report and was satisfied that the treasury activities were carried out in accordance with the treasury management strategy and policy.
RECOMMENDATIONTO COUNCIL: to
1. approve the treasury management outturn report 2018/19; and
2. approve the actual 2018/19 prudential indicators within the report.
Cabinet, at its meeting on 5 December 2019, considered a report on the council tax base for 2020/21.
The report of the head of finance, which Cabinet considered on 5 December, is attached.
1. that the report of the head of finance to Cabinet on 5 December 2019 for the calculation of the council’s tax base and the calculation of the tax base for each parish area for 2020/21 be approved;
2. that, in accordance with The Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012, the amount calculated by South Oxfordshire District Council as its council tax base for the year 2020/21 be 57,848.5; and
3. that, in accordance with The Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012, the amount calculated by South Oxfordshire District Council as the council tax base for the year 2020/21 for each parish be the amount shown against the name of that parish in Appendix 1 of the report of the head of finance to Cabinet on 5 December 2019.
Report of the leader of the council
To receive any update from the leader of the council.
Questions on notice
To receive questions from councillors in accordance with Council procedure rule 33.
How many vehicles/drivers have been caught feeding the meters for over 3 hours, in both the Kings Road and Greys Road car parks in Henley over the past 3 months?
2. Question from Councillor Ken Arlett to Councillor David Rouane, Cabinet member for housing and environment
Since the reduction of car park spaces in the Kings Road Car Park and the closure of one of the two entrances, what has been the loss on revenue since April?
3. Question from Councillor Ken Arlett to Councillor David Rouane, Cabinet member for housing and environment
Is it correct that takings from all town/parish council car parks are not kept separately?
4. Question from Councillor Ken Arlett to Councillor Sue Cooper, Leader of the council
Can the leader of the council confirm that the following issues will be considered by the constitution review working group?
· to allow local ward councillors to take part in the debate and vote at planning committee meetings
· to reduce public speaking time for each group of speakers to 3 minutes at planning committee meetings.
· to allow planning committee members to only ask one question per application to speakers, and one question to officers.
Motions on notice
To consider motions from councillors in accordance with Council procedure rule 38.
Council notes that South Oxfordshire District Council’s current position is support for an Oxfordshire County Unitary; in March 2017 this council voted to support ‘Better Oxfordshire’, a proposal to create a unitary authority.
The approach of ‘Better Oxfordshire’ was for a single unitary authority based on the current County Council boundary. Oxfordshire County Council and Vale of the White Horse District Council also took formal decisions to support the proposal.
The proposal was submitted to the Secretary of State for approval under legislative provisions containing a sunset clause, which expired in March of 2019, meaning that at this time the proposal is not under active consideration.
Government’s current stated intention, according to recent statements by Robert Jenrick, in his role as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, is to move away from smaller district councils and towards Unitary and/or Combined Authority models of Governance.
Council recognises that:
Democratic institutions should be responsive and accountable to their electorate as well as being efficient and achieving value for money for their services. South Oxfordshire District Council’s status enables a close connection to residents and communities, especially with regard to planning, and it is a democratically accountable body with the powers and resources to work with other organisations and deliver services in ways that more distant organisations cannot.
Therefore, any future move towards Unitary status should be on the basis of the smallest viable geography that enables a similarly close link to communities and should not prevent independent candidates and smaller political parties competing for seats alongside the major political parties.
Should such structural change occur in the future, in addition to securing increased value for money in service delivery, it must also aim to increase, not reduce, localised accountability for service provision and resource allocation, and should support the devolution of power to the lowest sustainable level.
Council therefore confirms that:
A. It recognises that much of the financial and economic data and analysis that underpinned the ‘Better Oxfordshire’ submission is now out of date; and
B. Due to an absence of up to date analysis, South Oxfordshire District Council can no longer support a view that a County-wide single Unitary currently represents the best governance model for Oxfordshire: and proposes that:
i. Officers explore alternative governance approaches that protect, and enhance, the democratic link to local communities, to assist council in taking a new, updated view;
ii. As part of this, officers should make contact with the MHCLG to explore the approach the new Secretary of State will take to any proposals for unitary based re-organisation; and asks that
iii. A report on this matter is brought to full Council, by the Chief Executive and Leader, outlining their understanding of the new Government’s intentions and possible approaches available to this council, by Summer 2020.
iv. A cross party ‘governance model’ working ... view the full agenda text for item 13.
Exclusion of the public
To consider whether to exclude members of the press and public from the meeting for the following item of business under Part 1 of Schedule 12A Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 and as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 on the grounds that:
(i) it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, and
(ii) the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
To adopt and sign as a correct record the confidential Council minutes of the meeting held on 10 October 2019 - attached.