Agenda, decisions and minutes

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

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

Items
No. Item

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Fisher, Metcalfe, Sonnex, Todd and Williams.

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].

Minutes:

The Chief Executive advised councillors that if any councillors had been involved in the planning decision related to the Riverside development they would not be considered to have predetermined themselves since the matters before Council were entirely different to matters relating to planning considerations.

 

Councillor Waters made a declaration that her son owned a house near the development site, she left before the voting took place.

 

Councillor R Thomas made one voluntary declaration, since leisure provision was mentioned in the report, that he was a trustee of Active Life, and another to state that his former employers had some connection with student accommodation.

Any other urgent business to be dealt with on the night

Minutes:

There was no urgent business discussed at the meeting.

Exclusion of the press and public

TO RESOLVE – That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business on the grounds that there would be disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act or the Freedom of Information Act or both.

Minutes:

Resolved: That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business on the grounds that there would be disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act or the Freedom of Information Act or both.

Canterbury Riverside Development

(The information contained in this report it exempt from publication as it contains commercially sensitive information the disclosure of which would be harmful to the council or other persons. Therefore, section 43 Freedom of Information Act 2000 and paragraphs 3 of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 applies. The Council considers that at present the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.)

 

TO CONSIDER the report of the Chief Executive.

Minutes:

(Consultant appointed by the council, Jon Pinkerton of GL Hearn, was present for the item.)

 

(The matters were exempt from publication since they related to commercially sensitive information the disclosure of which would be harmful to the council or other persons. Therefore, section 43 Freedom of Information Act 2000 and paragraphs 3 of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 applies. The Council considers that at present the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.)

 

The Chief Executive reminded the Councillors of the recommendation made that evening by the Policy and Resources Committee.

 

The recommendations were proposed, seconded and when put to a vote agreed.

 

RESOLVED: That the delegations and authorisations recommended by the Policy and Resources Committee be granted. (These will be set out in full in an appendix which is exempt from publication since they relate to commercially sensitive information the disclosure of which would be harmful to the council.)

 

Reason for the decisions: To provide the opportunity for the scheme to progress and for the Council to deliver against its regeneration objectives for Kingsmead.  

 

Record of the voting

For the proposal:  Councillors Baker, N Baker, Bartley, A Cook, S Cook, Doyle, Fawcett,  Fitter-Harding, Glover, Howes, L Jones, R Jones, Samper, I Stockley, J Stockley, A Taylor, D Thomas, I Thomas, R Thomas, Walker and Westgate (21)

Against the proposal: Councillors A Baker, Baldock, Butcher, Clark, Dixey, Eden-Green, Hirst, MacCaul and Warley (9)

Abstaining from the proposal: Councillor Sponer (1)

Not present for the voting: Councillor Waters (1)

Any other urgent business which falls under the exempt provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 or the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or both

Minutes:

There was no urgent business considered at the meeting.