Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 9 October 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 179 KB

To adopt and sign as a correct record the Council minutes of the meeting held on 17 July 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 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. 

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.

Local Plan 2031 Part 2 - options for adoption pdf icon PDF 13 MB

At its meeting on 4 October Cabinet will consider a report on the options for the adoption of the Local Plan 2031 Part 2. The report, which Cabinet will consider at its meeting, is attached.

The Scrutiny Committee considered a similar report at its meeting on 19 September and raised a number of concerns which are addressed in the Cabinet report.

The recommendations will be circulated to all councillors on 4 October.

 

8.

Budget for replacement CCTV equipment pdf icon PDF 137 KB

At its meeting on 4 October Cabinet will consider a report on the procurement of new CCTV recording and monitoring equipment for the CCTV control room. The report, which Cabinet will consider at its meeting, is attached.

The recommendations will be circulated to all councillors on 4 October.

 

Additional documents:

9.

Review of political balance pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To consider the report of the head of legal and democratic – attached.

10.

Constitution Review Task Group

Council is invited to agree the establishment of a joint Constitution Review Task Group with South Oxfordshire District Council to undertake a review of the constitution and make recommendations to Council.

 

Officers propose that the task group comprises 10 councillors with five from South Oxfordshire and five from Vale of White Horse. Officers propose that each political group from South Oxfordshire is entitled to appoint one member.

 

RECOMMENDATION: That Council

  1. establishes a joint Constitution Review Task Group with South Oxfordshire District Council comprising five councillors from each council;
  2. allocates three seats to the Liberal Democrat Group and two seats to the Conservative Group and appoints councillors as set out in the schedule circulated at the meeting;
  3. agrees that councillors from the same political group on the council may substitute for this council’s appointed representatives.

 

11.

Appointment of substitute member to the Thames Valley Police and Crime

At its meeting on 17 July 2019, Council appointed Councillor Ruth Molyneaux as the substitute member on the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel. In light of the recent change to Cabinet membership Council is invited to appoint Councillor Jenny Hannaby, who now has responsibility for community safety,  as the substitute member.

 

RECOMMENDATION: to appoint Councillor Jenny Hannaby as the substitute member on the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel.

12.

Appointment of independent persons to advise on code of conduct issues pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To consider the report of the head of legal and democratic and monitoring officer on extending the term of office of two independent persons to advise on code of conduct issues – attached.

13.

Report of the leader of the council

To receive any updates from the leader of the council.

14.

Motions on notice

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

 

1.    Motion to be proposed by Councillor Judy Roberts and seconded by Councillor Neil Fawcett

Council notes that a hierarchy of organisations has grown up which influence regional development, some more accountable than others. These are collectively making increasing incursions into the decision-making abilities of elected local councils and placing significant growth demands on our districts.

 

These organisations or bodies include:

·         England’s Economic Heartland

·         The Oxford-Cambridge Arc Region

·         The Oxfordshire Growth Board (and associated Oxfordshire 2050 Joint Statutory Spatial Plan)

·         OxLEP (and the Local Industrial Strategy)

 

Council notes that officers and members attend meetings related to these bodies, and welcomes the opportunity for regional collaboration, as many of us share the same concerns, but wishes to update its formal position to assist those representing our district.

 

This Council believes that development within our district must balance the needs of people and their communities, the environment and the local economy. Specifically, it should contribute to this Council’s (and the Government’s) commitment to carbon neutrality.

 

It should be based on genuine consultation and demonstrable public support.

 

It should ensure that infrastructure, both strategic and local, is in place to support development, with the aim of building communities, not just houses.

 

This Council supports the following approaches in relation to regional economic growth:

1.    Planned development should demonstrate how it will help our economy move towards its zero-carbon target

2.    Housing targets should be based on an up-to-date objective assessment of need

3.    Planned housing should reflect the needs of the local community, offering a range of sizes and tenures including genuinely affordable housing to buy, and rent at affordable and social rates

4.    Housing developments should be sited near to existing or proposed public, mass and active transport facilities, not based on ever increasing road traffic

5.    Seek greater developer contributions to expand rail capacity and bus services and cycle paths

6.    All housebuilding and other development should meet zero-carbon standards or better.

7.    Strategic planning should reduce the need to travel by building homes near to employment sites

8.    The priority for transport investment should be in the rail network (e.g. an electrified East-West rail, electrification of the Didcot-Oxford line, re-opening of Grove Station), improved bus (and similar) services, and substantial investment in ‘active travel’ – including cycle and pedestrian infrastructure - within and between settlements

9.    Opposition to the proposed Oxford-Cambridge Expressway

10. Increasing biodiversity, protecting landscapes, capturing carbon naturally and increasing access for residents to green spaces

11. Genuine consultation with the public on the rate of growth and housing development to produce plans that carry genuine public support

12. Genuine democratic accountability and scrutiny for any plans or strategies that come forward (i.e. we do not support basing spatial planning solely on the Local Industrial Strategy which faced no democratic scrutiny.)

13. Spatial planning decisions to be informed by strong evidence 

14. Flexibility in plans and strategies in order to take account of changing circumstances  ...  view the full agenda text for item 14.

15.

Questions on notice

No questions from were submitted from councillors in accordance with Council procedure rule 33.