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 annual meeting held on 16 May 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.
At its meeting on 10 July 2019, Cabinet will consider the head of planning’s report on the Goring Neighbourhood Development Plan.
A copy of the report is attached. Cabinet’s recommendations will be circulated to all councillors.
At its meeting on 10 July 2019, Cabinet will consider a report on the South Oxfordshire Emerging Local Plan.
The report of the head of planning was circulated to all councillors and is available on the council’s website.
Cabinet’s recommendations will be circulated to all councillors.
Scrutiny Committee, at its meeting held on 3 July 2019, agreed to recommend to Council that time is set aside at its meeting on 18 July for a confidential session to consider the legal advice on the Emerging Local Plan 2034 and the legal advice be included in the agenda pack. This will be circulated separately to all councillors.
Appointment of substitute members to the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel
At the annual meeting of Council Councillor David Rouane was appointed as the council’s representative on the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel. At its annual meeting the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel agreed to change the membership rules of the panel to enable all 18 Thames Valley local authorities to appoint a named substitute member to the panel.
The appointed substitute will receive notification of meetings and agenda, and could attend meetings of the Panel, in the absence of the appointed member.
Council is invited to appoint a substitute member.
Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Council is invited to appoint a representative and a named substitute to the Oxfordshire Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
RECOMMENDATION: to appoint Councillor David Bretherton as the council’s representative on the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Councillor Anne-Marie Simpson as substitute.
Report of the leader of the council
To receive any updates from the leader of the council.
Questions on notice
To receive questions from councillors in accordance with Council procedure
1. Question from Councillor Mocky Khan to Councillor David Rouane, Cabinet member for housing and environment:
One of the key frustrations of residents is inappropriate and illegal parking. This is certainly the case for Didcot and other parts of South Oxfordshire. Didcot Town council passed a motion on Civil Parking Enforcement on 30 July 2018 and this council did too, on 19 July 2018. Can the Cabinet Member, please give an update on where we are on this? What actions have taken place, if any? Also, how can we accelerate this? Residents want and need an update.
2. Question from Councillor Jane Murphy to Councillor Sue Cooper, Leader of the council
Over the last year good governance has been a key priority for the council. Can the leader confirm that this is still as important to the administration and she is doing all she can to continue to lead this forward?
3. Councillor Ken Arlett to Councillor David Rouane, Cabinet member for housing and environment
Henley has a limit of three hours parking with no return. Shop and office workers should be using the long stay car parks in Henley. When will South Oxfordshire District Council’s car parks have machines that stop people feeding them or insist that the car park attendants ticket cars which extend their visits beyond three hours?
4. Councillor Ken Arlett to Councillor David Rouane, Cabinet member for housing and environment
When is decriminalised parking enforcement going to happen and is Oxfordshire County Council in agreement?
5. Councillor Ken Arlett to Councillor David Rouane, Cabinet member for housing and environment
In 1992 and 2016 plans were drawn up for another floor on the Kings Road Car Park, for some reason nothing happened, why? We now have another 12 shops being built next to the Kings Road car park but no extra spaces, why? South Oxfordshire District Council draw over £700,000 from their three main car parks in Henley and has some £6 million of CIL money for infrastructure. Now has to be the time to build the extra 95 spaces that were proposed in the 2016 drawings. When can this be started?
6. Councillor Ken Arlett to Councillor Sue Cooper, Leader of the council
Is it now not time to allow the local ward councillors to take part in the debate and vote on applications in their ward at Planning Committee meetings? This works in other district councils. Can you confirm that this will be considered as part of the forthcoming review of the constitution?
7. Councillor Ken Arlett to Councillor Robin Bennett, Cabinet member for economic development and regeneration
The Market Place Mews development is having a drastic effect on trade in the town due to only one entrance being used. There is no good reason why the other entrance cannot be reopened. Can this entrance be reopened?
8. Councillor Ken Arlett to Councillor Leigh Rawlins, Cabinet member for planning
If Cabinet recommends ... view the full agenda text for item 13.
Motions on notice
To consider motions from councillors in accordance with Council procedure rule 38.
(1) Motion to be proposed by Councillor Sue Cooper, seconded by
Council notes the economic and environmental importance of rail transport in this area and authorises the leader of the council to write to the Secretary of State for Transport to request the acceleration of the delivery of rail projects of importance to South Oxfordshire. These include:
· Improvements necessary to Oxford City Station
· Reopening of Grove Station
· Upgrading of the route between Didcot and Oxford
· Reopening of the Cowley Branch line
· And any other initiatives which come forward in the current Oxfordshire Rail Connectivity Study
(2) Motion to be proposed by Councillor Robin Bennett, seconded by Councillor Alexandrine Kantor
Council notes that, increasingly, the only type of housing in our area that is genuinely affordable to young families, key workers, and the under-40s in general is social rent housing.
Council asks officers to prepare a report for Cabinet on ways to use council powers and resources to deliver more high-quality, environmentally sustainable, and genuinely affordable housing, at social rent or similar cost. This should include ways to keep such properties genuinely affordable in the long term and ways to release and access low-cost suitable land for projects such as – but not limited to - self-build and community land trusts, as well as projects owned, let or operated by the council itself.
Council notes that the UK Government, in tandem with the National Infrastructure Commission, has proposed the construction of a motorway-style expressway between Oxford and Cambridge. This new road will have significant adverse impacts on Oxfordshire: it will create a major source of air and noise pollution, destroy farmland and habitats, increase CO2 emissions - incompatible with the recent Climate Emergency declared by this council in April 2019 and bring more traffic onto the county’s existing roads.
Actual and proposed consultation on the Expressway, and indeed on the Ox-Cam Arc proposal and associated major housing growth across the region, has been wholly inadequate and a proper Strategic Environmental Assessment should have taken place before this project left the drawing board. Instead, it has become the basis for regional planning with little democratic legitimacy.
Whilst this council supports partnership working and strategic planning and practical links with authorities across the region, it does not support the addition of a major road such as the Expressway in a time of climate emergency – as declared by this council on 11 April 2019.
Highways England’s own analysis of the Expressway shows a benefit:cost ratio (BCR) in the range of 1.1 – 1.3, far lower than most other road schemes analysed by the Department for Transport in 2015, (2:1).
The Oxford 2050 plan process has thus far welcomed the perceived benefits of the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway. It is also mentioned as a factor in a wide range of council documents and plans, including LP2034. This council asks that ... view the full agenda text for item 14.
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 paragraphs 1-7 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.