Agenda

Venue: The Guildhall, St Peter's Place, Canterbury

Contact: Josie Newman  01227 862 009 Email: democracy@canterbury.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Prayers

2.

Apologies for absence

Councillor Cornell and D Thomas have given their apologies for absence. Councillor Dawkins has given apologies for lateness.

3.

Declaration of interests by councillors or officers

TO RECEIVE any declarations for the following in so far as they relate to the business for the meeting:-

 

  1. Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
  2. Other Significant Interests (what were previously thought of as non-pecuniary Prejudicial interests)
  3. Voluntary Announcements of Other Interests i.e. relevant memberships

 

Voluntary Announcements of Other Interests not required to be disclosed as DPI’s or OSI’s, ie announcements made for transparency reasons alone, such as:

·       Membership of outside bodies that have made representations on agenda items, or

·       Where a Councillor knows a person involved, but does not have a close association with that person, or

·       Where an item would affect the well-being of a Councillor, relative, close associate, employer, etc but not his/her financial position.

 

[Note: an effect on the financial position of a Councillor, relative, close associate, employer, etc; OR an application made by a Councillor, relative, close associate, employer, etc, would both probably constitute either an OSI or in some cases a DPI].

4.

Petitions or questions

Any member of the public may present a petition or put a question provided that it is supported by not less than 15 signatories and has given notice to the Democratic Services not later than 12.30pm on Wednesday 19 February 2020.

 

The Chief Executive will report verbally any notifications received within the prescribed time limit regarding any petitions or questions for the meeting.

 

Other than in accordance with the Council’s Petition Scheme no debate shall take place upon any matter put before the council by way of petition.

 

No debate shall take place upon any matter put before the council by way of question except at the discretion of the Lord Mayor, when the Leader or Chair of an appropriate committee may respond. The Leader or the Chair may agree to a written response being sent on behalf of the council.

 

The Lord Mayor, at his discretion, may determine the order in which the petitions and / or questions are taken.

 

It is the usual practice to refer any petitions or questions to the relevant decision-making body or if there is a related item on the agenda they will be considered at the meeting.

 

Under the Council’s Petition Scheme -

 

Duplicate Petitions will not be accepted (Where more than one petition is received in time for a particular meeting, each supporting the same outcome on one matter, each petition organiser will be treated as an independent organiser, but only the petition organiser of the first petition will be invited to address the relevant meeting).

 

Repeat Petitions will not be accepted (Where a petition will not normally be considered where they are received within six months of another petition being considered by the authority on the same matter).

5.

Announcements

TO RECEIVE any announcements by the Lord Mayor, chairmen of committees or the Chief Executive

6.

Recommendations to the Full Council from the Policy and Resources Committee

TO CONSIDER recommendations from the Policy and Resources Committee to Full Council

6a

Council Tax 2020/21

Prior to the consideration of the following recommendations councillors must read the reports of the Policy and Resources Committee meeting of 5 February 2020 relating to these items – they can be viewed online here or via the mod.gov app.

 

TO CONSIDER:

 

That the Council approves the formal resolution based on that set out in Appendix B to set the Council Tax for 2020/21 and that the Council approves the continuation of the following policies:

a)   that the empty homes discount is 0% for Class C empty properties;

b)   that there is no discount for long term empty properties; and

c)   that Council Tax will be payable in full on second homes. 

d)   That that the long term empty homes premium is charged at 100%.

 

6b

Future of East Kent Housing

Councillors must read the reports of the Policy and Resources Committee meeting of 20 February 2020 relating to these items – they can be viewed online here or via the mod.gov app.


(The recommendation(s) will be reported verbally at the Council meeting).

6c

Council Offices

Councillors must read the reports of the Policy and Resources Committee meeting of 20 February 2020 relating to these items – they can be viewed online here or via the mod.gov app.


(The recommendation(s) will be reported verbally at the Council meeting).

6d

Any other recommendations from the Policy and Resources Committee

7.

Notice of Motion: Rail infrastructure and services

Proposed Councillor Carnac

Seconded Councillor Harvey-Quirke

 

‘Rail infrastructure and services are vital for the future health of our
economy and sustainable transport in our district. Therefore this council will:

1. Work with East Kent district councils and Kent Council to lobby
government to bring forward the decision for awarding the contract for services in the South East. The future award should include rolling stock
to maximise services on the network and cater for future demand.

2. Lobby Network Rail to prioritise funding for improvements to Canterbury West Station, including the removal of plant and track to allow for access from the Roper Road side of the station.

3. Lobby Network Rail to prioritise upgrades to stations in the district as part of their improvement plans. This should include ticket barriers and step free access to both platforms at Whitstable and Herne Bay train stations as well as improved pedestrian access with additional ticket facilities at Sturry train station.

 

(The Lord Mayor has been advised that this motion relates to a matter which can be considered on the night.)

8.

Councillors questions

To answer any questions from Councillors under Rule 10 of the Council Procedure Rules.

 

Details of any questions received will be reported at the meeting.

 

(Note: There is a time limit of one minute for asking a question and three minutes for its answer, with supplementary questions being allowed, with a total of 30 minutes for all questions).

9.

To receive the following minutes of the meetings specified and to receive questions and answers on any of the minutes

(Note: By virtue of Article 17.03 of the Council Procedure Rules there shall be no amendment to resolved minutes, save on the written advice from the Monitoring Officer and/or the Chief Financial Officer).

 

9a

Audit Committee - Thursday, 30 January 2020 pdf icon PDF 64 KB

9b

Licensing Sub-Committee - Tuesday, 4 February 2020 pdf icon PDF 71 KB

9c

Policy and Resources Committee - Wednesday, 5 February 2020 pdf icon PDF 129 KB

10.

To receive any notices of urgent decisions made by the Chief Executive under delegation A3

11.

Any other urgent business to be dealt with on the night