Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

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

Contact: Maria Short  01227 862 009 Email: democracy@canterbury.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

24.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

No apologies for absence had been received.

25.

Substitute Councillors

Minutes:

There were no substitute councillors for the meeting.

26.

Declaration of any interests

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

 

a.       Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

b.       Other Significant Interests (what were previously thought of as non-pecuniary Prejudicial interests)

c.       Voluntary Announcements of Other Interests

 

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 following declarations were made:

·         Councillor I Thomas made a voluntary announcement that he was a County Councillor and that Kent County Council owned property within the Canterbury City walls, however this would not preclude him from participating in the discussion or vote.

·         The Chief Executive made a voluntary announcement that he will be taking part in the Business Improvement District Vote and would not participate in the debate of this item.

·         Several of the speakers were known to members of the Committee.

27.

Public participation

Members of the public may speak on any item on the agenda, for a maximum of three minutes, provided that notification has been given to Democratic Services by 12.30pm on Wednesday, 22 May 2019.

Minutes:

There were 13 speakers registered for the meeting that would be heard prior to the consideration of the relevant item (item 5).

28.

Canterbury Connected Business Improvement District 2 - The Council's Vote pdf icon PDF 118 KB

TO CONSIDER the report of the Head of Regeneration and Property.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED – To authorise the Chief Executive to vote ‘yes’ with the Council’s votes as a Non-Domestic Rates levy payer in the ballot.

 

Reason for the decision: The advantages for the city and it’s economy have been proven during the first BID term. A second BID term offers a viable and proven way to deliver a range of projects and interventions which improve or safeguard the health of the city centre without further pressure on public finances.

Minutes:

The following members of the public spoke prior to the consideration of the item:

1.    Paul Barrett

2.    Peter Allinson

3.    Posie Bogan

4.    Sarah Wren

5.    Lisa Carlson

6.    Martin Joksas

7.    Jan Pahl

8.    Sarah Graham

9.    Debbie Barwick

10.  Clive Relf

11.  Sedat Ozdgon

12.  Councillor Louise Jones-Roberts

13.  Sandra Heyworth

 

The Deputy Chief Executive introduced the report which detailed the proposal for a

second Business Improvement District (BID) term, what the BID had achieved in

its first term and the recommended course of action.

 

The Committee discussed the proposals and asked questions. The Deputy Chief Executive gave points of clarification where necessary. Points including the following were made:

 

1.    Issues regarding the current condition of St Margaret’s Street were raised. It was confirmed that this would be a matter for the city council to address rather than the BID.

2.    Questions were raised as to why the BID levy could not have been paid in instalments.  It was confirmed that although the city council collect the levy, it would be a matter for the BID to decide whether or not to allow monthly payments.  A factor which could have had an effect on the BID’s decision on whether to allow monthly payments would be that the city council incurs costs for collecting payments monthly and would need to recover costs from the BID, leaving less money for the BID to provide services such as Christmas lights, flowers, etc.

3.    Questions were raised regarding the figures in the report and supplement.  The Deputy Chief Executive confirmed that she would need to look up those answers and report back at another time.

4.    It was raised that the services currently provided by the BID would be better provided by the city council.

5.    It was raised that should the BID be renewed, the BID board should contact the dissatisfied BID levy payers to ensure they receive good value for money.

6.    It was suggested that, as a way forward, the dissatisfied BID levy payers should attend the networking events the BID hold to discuss their grievances.

7.    It was highlighted that the BID was able to provide what the city council could not due to budget constraints and that the BID would be good value for money.

8.    Concerns were raised that the BID was undemocratic.

9.    It was raised that the BID had done good things for the city centre, increasing footfall and thereby a potential increase in revenue by providing what the city council no longer could, such as advertising,etc. The city council should support small business where possible and the BID would be the best mechanism to do so.

 

RESOLVED – To authorise the Chief Executive to vote ‘yes’ with the Council’s votes as a Non-Domestic Rates levy payer in the ballot.

 

Reason for the decision: The advantages for the city and it’s economy have been proven during the first BID term. A second BID term offers a viable and proven way to deliver  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28.

29.

Date of next meeting

7pm on Thursday, 27 June 2019 at The Guildhall, St Peter’s Place, Canterbury, CT1 2DB.

Minutes:

7pm on Thursday, 27 June 2019 at The Guildhall, St Peter’s Place, Canterbury, CT1 2DB.

30.

Any urgent business to be dealt with in public

Minutes:

There was no other urgent business to be dealt with in public.

31.

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.

 

32.

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 other business which fell under the exempt provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 or the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or both.