Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 18 December 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: The Ridgeway, The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BY

Contact: Steven Corrigan, Democratic Services Manager 01235 422526 Email: steven.corrigan@southandvale.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

To record apologies for absence.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 183 KB

To adopt and sign as a correct record the Council minutes of the meeting held on 9 October 2019 - attached. 

3.

Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting.  

4.

Urgent business and chair's announcements

To receive notification of any matters which the chair determines should be considered as urgent business and the special circumstances which have made the matters urgent, and to receive any announcements from the chair. 

5.

Public participation

To receive any questions or statements from members of the public that have registered to speak. 

6.

Petitions

To receive any petitions from the public. 

7.

Making the Wootton and St Helen Without Neighbourhood Development Plan pdf icon PDF 158 KB

Cabinet, at its meeting on 6 December 2019, considered the head of planning’s report on the Wootton and St Helen Without Neighbourhood Development Plan.

 

The report of the head of planning, which Cabinet considered on 6 December, is attached.

 

Cabinet has recommended to Council as follows:

 

RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL: to

 

1.    make the Wootton and St Helen Without 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 Leader of the Council, and in agreement with the Qualifying Body, to correct any spelling, grammatical, typographical or factual errors together with any improvements from a presentational perspective. 

 

 

8.

Treasury Management Outturn 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 146 KB

Cabinet, at its meeting on 6 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 6 December 2019, is attached.

 

The Joint Audit and Governance Committee made no recommendations to Cabinet. 

 

Cabinet has recommended to Council as follows:

 

RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL: to

 

1.    approve the treasury management outturn report 2018/19; and

 

2.    approve the actual 2018/19 prudential indicators within the report. 

 

Additional documents:

9.

Council Tax Base 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Cabinet, at its meeting on 6 December 2019, considered a report on the council tax base for 2020/21.

 

The report of the head of finance, which Cabinet considered on 6 December, is attached.

 

RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL:

 

1.    that the report of the head of finance to Cabinet on 6 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 Vale of White Horse District Council as its council tax base for the year 2020/21 be 52,686.4; and 

 

3.    that, in accordance with The Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012, the amount calculated by Vale of White Horse 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 6 December 2019. 

 

 

10.

Designating the council's section 151 chief finance officer pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To consider the report of the chief executive – attached.

 

11.

Report of the leader of the council

To receive any updates from the leader of the council.

 

12.

Questions on notice

To receive the following question in accordance with Council procedure rule 33.

 

Question from Councillor Simon Howell to Councillor Andrew Crawford, Cabinet Member for finance

 

“The Leader of the council highlighted, at the annual meeting of the council, the need to produce a sustainable budget and improve income generation, including a line by line review.

 

Could the Cabinet member update Council on progress made over the last six months and the current financial health of the council as we approach the timeframe for the preparation of budgets”.

 

13.

Motions on notice

To consider motions from councillors in accordance with Council procedure rule 38. 

 

(1)      Motion to be proposed by Councillor Richard Webber, seconded by Councillor David Grant:

 

In the context of the Climate Emergency, this Council welcomes the Government’s review of fracking and its potential environmental impacts. Council urges Government to move towards a position of banning fracking altogether. Quite apart from the many environmental concerns, developing yet one more carbon-based fuel flies in the face of our ambition to strive for carbon neutrality.

 

Council notes that onshore wind is the lowest cost low-carbon technology currently available, yet the Westmill Wind Farm at Watchfield remains the only onshore wind farm in the whole of the Vale of White Horse. This situation is being exacerbated by the Government making their ‘Contracts for Difference’ funding available for offshore wind farms but excluding onshore.

 

Council notes that, while Government has looked on solar energy production more favorably, there remains huge untapped potential within the Vale to generate energy though Solar PV.

 

Council therefore commits to exploring planning policies which positively encourage all renewable sources of energy including onshore wind farms as part of the next Vale Local Plan and Oxfordshire Plan 2050.

 

(2)  Motion to be proposed by Councillor Max Thompson, seconded by Councillor Sarah Medley:

Council notes the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism is the most widely accepted and recognized definition of anti-Jewish racism. It states that: Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.

Council notes the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims (APPG) definition of Islamophobia: Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.

Council notes that by using these definitions it helps understand, identify, and tackle antisemitism and Islamophobia.

Council holds the right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion are fundamental but freedom of speech is not freedom to demonise, scapegoat and discriminate.

Council resolves to :

-          condemn all hate crimes and deplores the rise in hate crimes against members of the Jewish and Muslim communities in Britain 

-          condemn all inflammatory rhetoric in political discourse: including antisemitic and Islamophobic tropes used by politicians and public servants.

-          adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism in full and without amendment

-          adopt the APPG definition of Islamophobia in full and without amendment.

-          ask officers to update this council’s equality policies to this effect

(3)  Motion to be proposed by Councillor Hayleigh Gascoigne, seconded by Councillor Alison Jenner:

 

Council:

1.    Believes that young people should be allowed a say over their future.

2.    Recognises that 16 and 17 year olds are knowledgeable and passionate about the world in which they live and are as capable of engaging in the democratic system as any other citizen.

3.    Notes that there is currently  ...  view the full agenda text for item 13.