Agenda and minutes

Venue: The Citadel, Gillygate, York

Contact: Bartek Wytrzyszczewski  Democracy Officer

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67.

Declarations of Interest

At this point, Members are asked to declare:

·        any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests

·        any prejudicial interests or

·        any disclosable pecuniary interests

which they may have in respect of business on this agenda.

 

Minutes:

Members were invited to declare at this point in the meeting any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests, any prejudicial interests or any disclosable pecuniary interests they might have in the business on the agenda.

 

The following personal interests were declared:

Councillor

Agenda Item

Description of Interest

Douglas

5 – Report of Executive Leader and Executive Recommendations and Questions

 

6 – Report of Deputy Leader and Questions

SASH (Homelessness Charity) volunteer

 

The following prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interests were declared:

Councillor

Agenda Item

Description of Interest

Flinders

9 – Report of the Executive Member

Employed by Network Rail (references to York Central site in the report)

 

68.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 317 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the Council meeting held on 14 December 2017, the Budget Council Meeting held on 22 February 2018 and the Extraordinary Meeting held on 8 March 2018.

Note: Added to agenda on 16 March 2018

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved:                     That the minutes of the Council meeting held on 14 December 2017, the Budget Council Meeting held on 22 February 2018 and the Extraordinary Meeting held on 08 March 2018 be approved and then signed by the Lord Mayor as the correct record.

69.

Civic Announcements

To consider any announcements made by the Lord Mayor in respect of Civic business.

Minutes:

No civic announcements were made by the Lord Mayor.

70.

Public Participation

At this point in the meeting, any member of the public who has registered to address the Council, or to ask a Member of the Council a question, on a matter directly relevant to the business of the Council or the City, may do so.  The deadline for registering is 5:00pm on Wednesday 21 March 2018.

 

To register to speak please contact the Democracy Officers for the meeting, on the details at the foot of the agenda.

 

WEBCASTING NOTICE

 

Please note: this meeting may be filmed for live or subsequent broadcast via the internet - at the start of the meeting the Lord Mayor will confirm if all or part of the meeting is being filmed.

 

You should be aware that the Council is a Data Controller under the Data Protection Act. Data collected during this webcast will be retained in accordance with the Council’s published policy.

 

Public seating areas will not be filmed by the Council.

 

The Council’s protocol on Webcasting, Filming & Recording of Meetings ensures that these practices are carried out in a manner both respectful to the conduct of the meeting and all those present.  It can be viewed at http://www.york.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/11406/protocol_for_webcasting_filming_and_recording_of_council_meetings_20160809.pdf

 

 

Minutes:

Two members of the public had registered to speak at the meeting under Public Participation.

 

Bill Clayton spoke in relation to the third motion on notice listed in item 7 of the agenda (Raising Awareness of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in York). He supported the idea of York leading the way in caring for those with the illness which is not well understood.

 

Gwen Vardigans addressed the Council in relation to the York Hospital. She highlighted her concerns in relation to the impact of a limited company running the cleaning, catering and maintenance services in York Teaching Hospital.

71.

Report of Executive Leader and Executive Recommendations and Questions pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To receive and consider a written report from the Leader and, to answer questions on the work of the Executive, and the Executive recommendations for approval, as set out below:

 

Meeting

Date

Recommendations

Executive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Executive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Executive

25 January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 March 2018 

Minute 116:Future Operation of Rowntree Park Lodge and Park

http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=733&MId=10195&Ver=4

 

Minute 149:Investment at Lincoln Court to Create an Independent Living with Support Facility – To follow

http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=733&MId=10189&Ver=4

 

Minute 150 – James House Temporary Homeless Accommodation – Approval for Budget Revisions and Authorisation to Appoint the Successful Contractor – To follow

http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=733&MId=10189&Ver=4

 

 

Note: Leader’s Report added to agenda on 16 March 2018

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A.  Executive Leader’s report

A written report on the work of the Executive was received from the Executive Leader, Councillor Gillies. He also provided a verbal update on the work undertaken by him over the past week.

 

Members were then invited to question Councillor Gillies on his report and questions were received from the floor from the following Members in relation to the subjects listed:

·        Councillor Williams – new Leader’s priorities during the upcoming administration;

·        Councillor Kramm – the affordability of housing in York;

·        Councillor S Barnes – what attempts had been made to bring the Secretariat of East Cost Mainline Authorities to York;

·        Councillor Craghill – new Leader’s plans to manage the co-ordination of work between different parts of the Council (e.g. planning enforcement and other departments);

·        Councillor Derbyshire – new Leader’s views on the Local Plan given the proposed housing numbers in York;

Councillor Gillies responded directly to all the questions put to him, including supplementaries. 

 

 

B.  Executive Recommendations

Future Operation of Rowntree Park Lodge and Park

 

Cllr Gillies moved and Cllr Waller seconded the following recommendation contained in Minute 116 of the Executive held on 25 January 2018:

 

“Recommended:          That Council approve the allocation of £150,000 capital budget to facilitate the regeneration of the upper floors of Rowntree Park Lodge, to be funded from the revenue receipts generated from future use of the Lodge.

 

Reason:                        To support Rowntree Park and its stakeholders in developing the facilities for a long term sustainable future.”

 

On being put to the vote, the recommendation was declared CARRIED and it was

 

Resolved:                     That the above recommendation in respect of the Future Operation of Rowntree Park Lodge and Park be approved.

 

 

Investment at Lincoln Court to Create an Independent Living with Support Facility

 

Cllr Gillies moved and Cllr Waller seconded the following recommendation contained in Minute 149 of the Executive held on 15 March 2018:

 

“Recommended:          That the estimated £1.4m gross cost of the Lincoln Court capital investment be added to the Capital Programme, with the costs to be funded from the Housing Revenue Account investment reserve, recycled right to buy receipts, other Housing capital receipts and capital held by the Older Persons’ Accommodation Programme.

 

Reason:                        To secure the long term future of Lincoln Court and ensure that it can continue to provide good quality accommodation for older people, while also expanding the capacity to provide community support and care from this location.”

 

On being put to the vote, the recommendation was declared CARRIED and it was

 

Resolved:                     That the above recommendation in respect of the Investment at Lincoln Court to Create an Independent Living with Support Facility be approved.

 

James House Temporary Homeless Accommodation – Approval for Budget Revisions and Authorisation to Appoint the Successful Contractor

 

Cllr Gillies moved and Cllr Waller seconded the following recommendation contained in Minute 150 of the Executive held on 15 March 2018:

 

“Recommended:          That Council approve the revised budget of £12.4m for the James House project, financed from £2.451m Homes England grant and £9.949m from  ...  view the full minutes text for item 71.

72.

Report of Deputy Leader and Questions pdf icon PDF 262 KB

To receive and consider a written report from the Deputy Leader and, to question the Deputy Leader thereon.

 

Minutes:

A written report was received from Councillor Waller, the Deputy Leader, on his portfolio area.

 

Members were then invited to question Councillor Waller on his report and questions were received from the floor from the following Members in relation to the subjects listed:

·        Councillor Warters – whether the City of York Streetscape Strategy and Guidance would remain part of the Local Plan and whether the City of York Council would be following the guidelines in that document;

·        Councillor Craghill – whether the review of green open space would incorporate the city centre and urban areas and what the timescales in relation to that matter would be;

·        Councillor Shepherd – proposals relating to enforcement action in respect of fly-tipping;

·        Councillor D Myers – missed refuse collection issues caused by harsh weather conditions and timescales of collection during adverse weather.

Councillor Waller responded directly to all the questions put to him, including supplementaries. 

 

73.

Motions on Notice

To consider the following Motions on Notice under Standing Order 22:

 

Motions submitted for consideration directly by Council, in accordance with Standing Order 22.1

 

(i)           From Cllr Looker

 

York’s Gender Pay Gap and an Inclusive Growth Plan

 

“Council notes:

 

·                   That the gap in average weekly wages between men and women in York has widened from £33 in 2010 to £117 in 2017.

 

·                   In 2017, men in York earned 21% more than women, while men earned 16.8% more than women nationally.

 

Council also notes data showing York is the most unequal city in the north of England and the ninth most unequal city in the UK[1]

 

Despite the growing gender pay gap, the city has no strategy for ‘Inclusive Growth’.

 

Whilst many cities in the region have developed focussed plans and strategies to address income inequalities, including the gender pay gap, York has not.

 

Council resolves to request the Executive to receive and consider a full report, including options and a recommendation,  at a future meeting, on its approach to addressing the gender pay gap and other income inequalities.   To properly inform that report and Executive decision making, Officers should be asked to:

 

1.           bring forward a review of the gender pay gap and broader income inequalities in York, including an overview of the data and any understanding or interpretation of the underlying causes or contributory factors;

 

2.           undertake a review of inclusive growth plans/ strategies being deployed by other local authorities in the region and elsewhere in the country to consider their type, differences of approach and efficacy;

 

3.           consider the costs and benefits of developing and effectively resourcing an overarching, coordinated plan or strategy for inclusive growth in York’s economy;

 

[1]http://www.centreforcities.org/city/york/

 

(ii)          From Cllr Gates

 

Fly Tipping

 

“Council notes:

 

·                    Residents' concerns about fly tipping, which many believe have worsened since Labour closed Beckfield Lane tip;

 

·                    Efforts to call attention to fly tipping by the newly launched #crime not to care campaign which council fully supports;

 

·                    Acknowledgement that the vast majority of residents and businesses fully comply with the spirit and letter of the law but that it is being abused by a minority;

 

·                    The frontline, listening focus of the coalition and a desire amongst residents that they should be able to dispose of rubbish more easily.

 

Therefore council requests that officers bring a paper to the Executive looking at how extra efforts to minimise fly tipping can be introduced, including increased use of public and covert CCTV cameras at frequently used fly tipping spots, increased fines and increased co-operation with neighbouring councils. Council also requests the paper include an analysis of how bulky collection and other waste costs can be lowered for residents.”

 

(iii)        From Cllr Cullwick

 

Raising Awareness of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

in York

 

“Council notes:

 

·               That Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is a chronic, neurological condition that causes symptoms affecting many body systems to an estimated 250,000 people in the UK and around 17 million people worldwide.

 

·               That many sufferers report the process of diagnosis can take  ...  view the full agenda text for item 73.

Minutes:

Motions submitted for consideration directly by Council, in accordance with Standing Order 22.1.

 

(i)           York’s Gender Pay Gap and an Inclusive Growth Plan

(Proposed by Councillor Looker and seconded by Councillor S Barnes)

 

“Council notes:

 

·                   That the gap in average weekly wages between men and women in York has widened from £33 in 2010 to £117 in 2017.

 

·                   In 2017, men in York earned 21% more than women, while men earned 16.8% more than women nationally.

 

Council also notes data showing York is the most unequal city in the north of England and the ninth most unequal city in the UK[1].

 

Despite the growing gender pay gap, the city has no strategy for ‘Inclusive Growth’.

 

Whilst many cities in the region have developed focussed plans and strategies to address income inequalities, including the gender pay gap, York has not.

 

Council resolves to request the Executive to receive and consider a full report, including options and a recommendation, at a future meeting,on its approach to addressing the gender pay gap and other income inequalities.   To properly inform that report and Executive decision making, Officers should be asked to:

 

1.           bring forward a review of the gender pay gap and broader income inequalities in York, including an overview of the data and any understanding or interpretation of the underlying causes or contributory factors;

 

2.           undertake a review of inclusive growth plans/ strategies being deployed by other local authorities in the region and elsewhere in the country to consider their type, differences of approach and efficacy;

 

3.           consider the costs and benefits of developing and effectively resourcing an overarching, coordinated plan or strategy for inclusive growth in York’s economy.”

 

[1] http://www.centreforcities.org/city/york/

 

On being put to the vote, the motion was declared CARRIED and it was

 

Resolved:                     That the motion, as set out above, be approved.

 

 

(ii)         Fly Tipping

 

(Proposed by Councillor Gates, seconded by Councillor Richardson)

 

“Council notes:

 

·          Residents' concerns about fly tipping, which many believe have worsened since Labour closed Beckfield Lane tip;

 

·          Efforts to call attention to fly tipping by the newly launched #crime not to care campaign which council fully supports;

 

·          Acknowledgement that the vast majority of residents and businesses fully comply with the spirit and letter of the law but that it is being abused by a minority;

 

·          The frontline, listening focus of the coalition and a desire amongst residents that they should be able to dispose of rubbish more easily.

 

Therefore council requests that officers bring a paper to the Executive looking at how extra efforts to minimise fly tipping can be introduced, including increased use of public and covert CCTV cameras at frequently used fly tipping spots, increased fines and increased co-operation with neighbouring councils.

 

Council also requests the paper include an analysis of how bulky collection and other waste costs can be lowered for residents.”

 

 

Councillor Gates agreed to accept the amendment put forward by Councillor Warters, which was as follows:

 

-      To the end of the first bullet point, add ‘and many also  ...  view the full minutes text for item 73.

74.

Questions to the Leader or Executive Members

To question the Leader and/or Executive Members in respect of any matter within their portfolio responsibility, in accordance with Standing Order 20.

Minutes:

In accordance with Standing Order 20, Members were invited to question the Leader and/or the Executive Members in respect of any matters within their portfolio responsibility.

 

Questions were received from the floor from the following Members in relation to the subjects listed:

 

(i)           To Councillor Gillies, Leader:

·        From Councillors Carr and S Barnes (supplementary) – reasons for reinstating two Members to Executive and the new Leader’s role in the process.

 

(ii)          To Councillor Aspden, Executive Member for Economic Development & Community Engagement:

·        From Councillor Orrell – clarification on progress in relation to Local Plan in York in view of the UK Government’s comments.

 

(iii)        To Councillor Dew, Executive Member for Transport & Planning:

·        From Councillor Williams – declining standards of road conditions in York and actions of current administration to tackle that problem in light of national cuts.

 

(iv)        To Councillor K Myers, Executive Member for Education, Children & Young People:

·        From Councillors Brooks and Derbyshire (supplementary) – update on the bomb threats recently received by schools, particularly on communication and supporting schools in case of emergency;

·        From Councillor K Taylor – impact of the increased class sizes in York secondary schools on disadvantaged pupils and school staff;

·        From Councillor Crawshaw – opportunities for additional funding to close the attainment gap in York and the region.

The Leader and Executive Members responded directly to all the questions put to them, which included supplementary questions.

75.

Report of Executive Member pdf icon PDF 373 KB

To receive a written report from the Executive Member for Environment, and to question the Executive Member thereon, in accordance with Standing Order 19.

Minutes:

Council received a written report from Councillor Waller, Executive Member for Environment. Councillor Waller moved and Councillor Aspden seconded acceptance of the report and it was

 

Resolved:                     That the report of the Executive Member for Environment be received and noted.

 

Members were then invited to question Councillor Waller on his report and questions were received from the floor from the following Members in relation to the subjects listed:

·        Councillors Looker, Craghill (supplementary) and Warters (supplementary) – querying whether separation of recyclable material would be maintained after opening of Allerton Park, when the new lorries would be introduced to facilitate the operation and whether there were ways to improve the overall recycling system in York;

·        Councillor Reid – ways for residents and businesses to get involved in the Clean Air Day 2018 in York;

·        Councillor D’Agorne – timescales and resources needed to address the issues of the highway drainage blockage.

 

Councillor Waller responded directly to all the questions put to him, including supplementary questions.

76.

Scrutiny - Report of the Chair of the Customer and Corporate Services Scrutiny Management Committee pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To receive a report from Councillor Williams, Chair of the Customer and Corporate Services Scrutiny Management Committee on the work of the Committee.

Minutes:

Council received the report of the Chair of the Customer and Corporate Services Scrutiny Management Committee on the work of the Committee since the last report to Council in December 2017. Councillor Williams moved and Councillor Cannon seconded the acceptance of the report and it was

 

Resolved:                     That the scrutiny report be noted.

77.

Pay Policy 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 126 KB

The purpose of the report is to present the council’s Pay Policy Statement for 2018/19 for approval.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a written report detailing the Council’s Pay Policy Statement for 2018/19 relating to the pay of the Council’s senior staff, to fulfil the requirements of Sections 38 – 43 of the Localism Act 2011. Councillor Gillies moved and Councillor Waller seconded a motion to approve the Policy Statement.

 

On being put to vote, the motion was declared CARRIED and it was

 

Resolved:                     (i) That the motion in respect of the Pay Policy Statement for 2018/19 be approved.

 

                                      (ii) That the fact that the Annex A reflected the Chief Officer structure in existence at the time of adoption of the Policy be noted.

 

Reason:                        In order to fulfil the requirements of Sections 38 – 43 of the Localism Act 2011 for the Council to produce and publish an annual policy statement that covers a number of matters concerning the pay of the Council’s senior staff, principally the Chief Officers and relationships with the pay of the rest of the workforce.

78.

Proportionality, Allocation to Seats and Appointments to the Council Structure and Outside Bodies for the Remainder of 2017-18 pdf icon PDF 147 KB

This report seeks formal approval of new proportionality arrangements and appointments resulting from recent changes affecting both the political make up of the Council and the leadership and membership of the Executive.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Council considered a report setting out details of the proposed new arrangements in relation to a number of recent changes affecting both the political make-up of the Council and the leadership as well as membership of the Executive. The report sought formal approval for new proportionality arrangements and resulting changes to appointments, to enable the Council to run its business for the remainder of the 2017/18 Municipal Year.

 

Councillor Gillies moved and Councillor Waller seconded the recommendations. On being put to vote, the recommendations were declared CARRIED and it was

 

Resolved:                     (i) That the revised allocation of seats in accordance with Annex 1 of the report be approved.

 

                                      (ii) That the appropriate nominations to Committees, other bodies and outside bodies as well as appointments to Chairs and Vice-Chairs, as set out in Annex B of the report, together with details of any further appointments which may be circulated prior to the meeting, be approved.

 

Reason:                        To fulfil the Council’s statutory and constitutional requirements.

 

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