Local democracy during coronavirus

During coronavirus, we've made some changes to how we're running council meetings. See our coronavirus updates for more information on meetings and decisions.

Agenda

Venue: York Racecourse

Contact: Fiona Young  Interim Democratic Services Manager

Items
No. Item

1.

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.

 

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 613 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the Ordinary Council meeting held on 22 March 2021, the Extraordinary meeting held on 4 May 2021 and the Annual meeting held on 27 May 2021.

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3.

Civic Announcements

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

4.

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 Tuesday, 13 July 2021.

 

To register to speak please visit www.york.gov.uk/AttendCouncilMeetings to fill in an online registration form. If you have any questions about the registration form or the meeting please contact Democratic Services. Contact details can be found at the foot of this agenda.

 

Webcasting of Public Meetings

Please note that, subject to available resources, this public meeting will be webcast including any registered public speakers who have given their permission.  The remote public meeting can be viewed live and on demand at

www.york.gov.uk/webcasts.

 

During coronavirus, we've made some changes to how we're running council meetings.  See our coronavirus updates at www.york.gov.uk/COVIDDemocracy for more information on meetings and decisions.

5.

Petitions

To consider any petitions received from Members in accordance with Standing Order No.15.  No notice of petitions has been received.

 

6.

Report of Executive Leader, Questions, and Executive Recommendations pdf icon PDF 283 KB

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

 

Meeting

Date

Recommendations

 

Executive

 

 

 

24 June 2021

 

 

Minute 13: Capital Programme Outturn 2020/21 and Revisions to the 2021/2- 2025/26 Programme

 

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7.

Report of Deputy Leader and Questions pdf icon PDF 261 KB

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

 

8.

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 Daubeney

 

A Planning System that Works for Residents

 

“Proposed changes to existing planning legislation risk further reducing the democratic oversight and deregulating the planning process, failing to address the need for a balance in the planning system to maintain heritage and accountability.

 

Council notes:

·        The significant concerns expressed by residents, Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee, CPRE and many professional planning bodies and local government representatives over the Conservative Government’s Planning Reforms.

·        Local resident concerns about their reduced ability to object to building works under Permitted Development Rights which have been extended under this Government.

·        Widespread concerns and condemnation of the Planning White Paper proposals across Local Government, The Planning and Architecture Sector, and organisations concerned with protecting green open spaces and heritage.

·        Government proposals to deregulate planning will remove the rights of residents to influence or object to inappropriate development where they live.

·        Local councils, in consultation with their businesses and residents are best placed to understand the issues in their area and respond with a spatial strategy tailored to that area.

 

Consequently, Council resolves to call on the Government to scrap its Planning White Paper and instead:

·        Undertake a wholesale review of Permitted Development Rights.

·        Make the Planning Inspectorate more accountable to local people.

·        Ensure that local resident engagement is at the heart of planning and any reforms do not threaten the accountability and engagement process and Councillors are able to play their democratic role.

·        Implement reforms that would help local authorities build more social housing, including cheaper loans, access to low-priced public land and the right to keep 100 per cent of the sale price of council homes sold off under Right to Buy scheme to reinvest in new homes.”

 

(ii)         From Cllr Doughty

 

Working Towards Improving Democracy and Services

 

“Council acknowledges the challenges Covid-19 has brought to everyday life of our citizens. Many millions have worked tirelessly and shown resilience without complaint in order to help keep the city and country running. This applies to within the Council organisation and we give grateful thanks to them.

 

Council is pleased the UK vaccination programme has been amongst the most advanced, with a sizeable majority of adults having received their first vaccination and a majority (almost two thirds at time of print) of adults now having had their second jabs. Data shows that despite further new Covid cases, the vaccination programme is breaking the link between cases and the levels of serious hospital admissions previously seen.

 

Now, Council believes more ambition is needed by the Council leadership in restoring basic democracy which has been sidelined and improving basic services our residents expect. The administration has shown no urgency to properly restore the Committee Calendar so elected Councillors (not just the Executive) can have oversight and scrutinise decisions being taken. It remains unacceptable for many meetings taking place ‘informally’ with no  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.

9.

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.

10.

Report of Executive Member pdf icon PDF 261 KB

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

11.

Scrutiny - Report of the Chair of the Customer & Corporate Services Scrutiny Management Committee pdf icon PDF 115 KB

To receive a report from Councillor Crawshaw, Chair of the Customer & Corporate Services Scrutiny Management Committee, on the work of the Committee (to follow).

 

12.

Pay Policy 2021/2022 Update pdf icon PDF 179 KB

To receive for approval the Pay Policy Statement for 2021/2022, which has been updated since the report to Council on 22 March 2021 to reflect changes to the Chief Officer Structure.

 

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13.

Adoption of the LGA Model Code of Conduct for Elected Members 2020 pdf icon PDF 428 KB

To consider a report requesting Council to adopt the LGA Model Code of Conduct for immediate implementation across City of York Councillors and recommend the adoption of the Model Code by Parish Councils.

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14.

Update on Allocation of Seats and Appointments to the Council Structure for 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 418 KB

To consider a report which invites Council to make decisions in respect of the allocation of seats and appointments deferred from the Annual Council meeting on 27 May.

15.

Appointments and Changes to Membership pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To consider the appointments and changes to membership of committees and outside bodies set out on the list attached to this summons.

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16.

Urgent Business

Any other business which the Chair considers urgent under the Local Government Act 1972.

Democracy Officer

 

Fiona Young

Contact details:

  • Telephone – (01904) 552030

·         Email fiona.young@york.gov.uk

 

Recommendations, Motions & Amendments pdf icon PDF 529 KB

Venue Instructions for Full Council pdf icon PDF 404 KB

 

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