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Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre Folkestone

Contact: Peter Savage 

Items
No. Item

90.

Declarations of interest

Members of the Council should declare any interests which fall under the following categories*:

 

a)    disclosable pecuniary interests (DPI);

b)    other significant interests (OSI);

c)    voluntary announcements of other interests.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

91.

Chairman's communications

Minutes:

The Chairman opened her report by giving an update on the Romney Marsh microbrewery which had been selected for the final three of the Taste of Kent beer of the year.  She then went on the give councillors notice of an event on 1 July 2016 – the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the battle of the Somme.  She would be attending a service at 7.30 am on that day and then later would commemorate Canada Day.

92.

Petitions

There are no petitions to be presented.

Minutes:

There were no petitions.

93.

Questions from the public

From Mr Bryan Rylands of Councillor David Monk, Leader of the Council.

 

What is the remit and the role of the Council’s Planning Adviser  to the M20 J11 project?

 

From Mr Graham Corr of Councillor David Monk, Leader of the Council.

 

What  development brief/s is the Council’s Planning Adviser currently working on and is one of them Westenhanger Racecourse?

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The questions asked and the answers given, including supplementaries, are set out in schedule 1 to these minutes.

94.

Questions from councillors

(Questions can be found on www.shepway.gov.uk from noon 2 days before the meeting.

 

Up to 45 minutes is allowed for questions from councillors.

Minutes:

There were no questions from councillors.

95.

Announcements of the Leader of the Council

To receive a report from the Leader of the Council on the business of the cabinet and on matters that the Leader considers should be drawn to the council’s attention. The Leader shall have 10 minutes to make his announcements.

 

The opposition group will have an opportunity to reply to the Leader’s remarks.  The opposition group leader shall have 5 minutes to respond after which the Leader of the Council will have a right of reply.  Any right of reply will be for a maximum duration of 5 minutes.

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council, Councillor David Monk, reported on two items.  The first was that the Cabinet had met earlier that evening and had received advice that there were doubts about the restrictive covenants on Hythe Green.  The Cabinet had therefore unanimously decided not to accept the kind offer of Hythe Town Council to use the site for a new swimming pool and leisure centre.  He hoped that Hythe Town Council would understand that it was not prudent to invest large sums of public money where there was a risk of a challenge to the building.  The Cabinet had therefore agreed to revert to using the Princes Parade site as the preferred locations for the complex.  This site had the advantage of being able to deliver a new facility at least three years ahead of any development on the alternative location – Nickolls Quarry.

 

The Leader’s second item was to advise councillors that the second battalion of the Gurkha Rifles would be “Cleaning for the Queen” on Friday 26 February by scaling the Leas Cliff to clear rubbish that blights the escarpment.  He placed the Council’s thanks on record in anticipation of this contribution to the community.

 

The Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Mary Lawes, replied by asking what the difference would be in cost between a leisure centre being built on Princes Parade compared with the Nickolls Quarry site.

 

The Leader of the Council replied by advising that there was no difference in cost.

 

Proposed by Councillor David Monk

Seconded by Councillor Jennifer Hollingsbee and

 

RESOLVED: That the Leader’s report be received and noted.

 

(Voting: For 27; Against 0; Abstentions 0).

96.

Opposition business

The UKIP Group has raised the following matter, Neighbourhood plans and Local Referendums.

 

Debates on opposition business shall be limited to 15 minutes.  If the time limit is reached or the debate concludes earlier, the leader of the group raising the item shall have a right of reply.

 

The Council shall:

 

a)        Note the issue raised and take no further action;

b)        Refer the issue to the cabinet or relevant overview and scrutiny committee, as the case may be for their observations before deciding whether to make a decision on the issue;

c)        Agree to examine the matter as part of a future scrutiny programme;

d)        Adopt the issue raised by opposition business provided that the decision so made is within the policy framework and budget.

Minutes:

Councillor Mary Lawes presented the item which was “Neighbourhood plans and local referendums”.  Her concerns were that local plans were not being implemented. 

 

Proposed by Councillor Jan Holben

Seconded by Councillor David Monk and

 

RESOLVED: That the issue be noted and that no further action be taken.

 

(Voting: For 27; Against 0; Abstentions 0).

97.

Gambling policy

In accordance with the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005 the Licensing

Authority is required to publish a statement of policy every successive three year period. The statement of policy is being reviewed by the Licensing Committee on Wednesday 17th February. Subject to the Committee’s approval, Council is asked to approve the recommendation contained in reports A/15/26.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

In accordance with the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005 the Licensing

Authority was required to publish a statement of policy every successive three year period.  The statement of policy had been reviewed by the Licensing Committee on 17 February 2016, and that Committee recommended that the Council approve the recommendation contained in report A/15/26.

 

Proposed by Councillor Michael Lyons

Seconded by Councillor Paul Peacock and

 

RESOLVED:

1.            To receive and note report A/15/26    

2.            To adopt the revised Gambling Policy for the period 2016 to 2019 and publish the Policy subject to minor corrections to the map.

 

(Voting: For 27; Against 0; Abstentions 0).

98.

Appointment to the Board of East Kent Housing

Report A/15/25 deals with the appointment of one Member on behalf of Shepway District Council to the Board of East Kent Housing (EKH).  East Kent Housing is an established Arms Length Management Organization (ALMO).  In summary EKH has been established since 2011 to manage the council housing stock of Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet district councils.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Report A/15/25 dealt with the appointment of one Member on behalf of Shepway District Council to the Board of East Kent Housing (EKH).  East Kent Housing was an established Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO).  In summary EKH had been established since 2011 to manage the council housing stock of Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet district councils.

 

Proposed by Councillor David Monk

Seconded by Councillor Jennifer Hollingsbee and

 

RESOLVED:

1.     To receive and note report A/15/25

2.      To appoint Cllr Richard Pascoe to the Board of East Kent Housing.

(Voting: For 20; Against 0; Abstentions 7).

99.

Motions on notice

There are no motions on notice.

Minutes:

There were no motions on notice.