Agenda and draft minutes

Council
Wednesday, 3rd February, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Gosport, PO12 1EB

Contact: Lisa Young  email:  lisa.young@gosport.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

63.

To receive apologies for Members for their inability to attend the Meeting

Minutes:

There were none.

64.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillor Hylands and Jessop declared a pecuniary interest in minute number 48 of the Policy and Organisation Board Part II minutes and advised that if the item was discussed they would leave the meeting and take no part in the discussion or voting.

 

Councillor Casey declared a non-pecuinrary interest in minute number 48 of the Policy and Organisation Board Part II minutes.

65.

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 9 December 2020. (Copy herewith) pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 9 December 2020 be signed as a true and correct record.

66.

To consider any Mayor's Communications

Minutes:

The Mayor reflected on the importance of wellbeing, exercise and advised that she had met with Win the Morning, Win the day, to 

 recognising the importance of putting wellbeing high on our agenda, making time to talk, walk, and be kind to one another. 

 

She advised that she had also learnt about the Alverstoke art trail and that there were also some great projects locally about going advising that it was now time to consider starting projects sowing seeds and watch them grow!

 

The Mayor concluded by offering reflection as her Mayoral role came to an end.

 

The Mayoral year had been filled with sadness, the loss of local people, impact to business, schools and young people, and mental health. Sadness that normal traditions and ceremonies could not be carried out.

 

She advised that a challenge should be an opportunity and that she had had the greatest opportunity to meet and support the inspiring people of Gosport in a very different way than before and had seen the true value of community and the strength of people and embrace change, chance and courage and support others in doing so.   

 

With hope and spring in the air, we are moving into the light.

As said by Colonel Sir Tom Moore ‘we will see the golden skies, tomorrow is a good day’

 

 

67.

To receive Deputations in accordance with Standing Order No 3.5 and to answer Public Questions pursuant to Standing Order No 3.6, such questions to be answered orally during a time not exceeding 15 minutes.

(NOTE: Standing Order No 3.5 requires that notice of a Deputation should be received by the Borough Solicitor NOT LATER THAN 12 O’CLOCK NOON ON MONDAY, 1 FEBRUARY 2021 and likewise Standing Order No 3.6 requires that notice of a Public Question should be received by the Borough Solicitor NOT LATER THAN 12 O’CLOCK NOON ON MONDAY, 1 FEBRUARY 2021).

 

Minutes:

There were none.

68.

Questions (if any) pursuant to Standing Order No 3.4.

(NOTE: Members are reminded that Standing Order No 3.4 requires that Notice of Question pursuant to that Standing Order must be received by the Borough Solicitor NOT LATER THAN 12 O’CLOCK NOON ON TUESDAY, 2 FEBRUARY 2021).

 

Minutes:

There were none.

69.

Consideration of recommendations by Boards of the Council: pdf icon PDF 75 KB

BOARD                                                          DATE

 

         Housing Board                                      20 January 2021

                                                                       

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a recommendation by Housing at its meeting held on 20th January 2021.

 

COUNCIL RESOLVED THAT:

 

  • The revised HRA Business Plan Financial Model extract and associated 2020/21 Revised Budget and 2021/22 Budget is agreed.
  • That Council Dwelling rents increase by CPI (0.5% @Sept 2020) plus 1%. The Council is setting

The rent for all garages is increased in line with inflation, as agreed in the garage Renewal strategy

70.

To receive the following Part II minutes of the Boards of the Council: pdf icon PDF 48 KB

BOARD

DATE

Housing Board

20 January 2021

Climate Change Board

21 January 2021(to follow)

Economic Development Board

27 January 2021(to follow)

Policy and Organisation Board

2 February 2021(to follow)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

COUNCIL RESOLVED: That the following Part II Minutes be received.

·         Housing Board: 20 January 2021

·         Climate Change Board: 21 January 2021

·         Economic Development Board: 27 January 2021

·         Policy and Organisation Board: 2 February 2021

 

71.

MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL STRATEGY & BUDGET (REVENUE & CAPITAL) 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 394 KB

To consider the report of the Borough Treasurer.  

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Borough Treasurer.

 

 The Council is required to set a "Balanced Budget" and to maintain adequate levels of Reserves.  The primary purpose of this report is to set the Council's overall Budget for the forthcoming year 2021/22 (both Revenue & Capital) and the associated level of Council Tax necessary to help fund the Budget.

 

Voting was thereupon taken and the names of the Members voting for and against the Recommendation and those abstaining were read to the Council:

 

FOR THE RECOMMENDATION:  Councillors Bateman, Beavis, Rev Blackman, Burgess, Carter, Casey, Mrs Cully, Hook, Mrs Hook, Farr, Mrs Furlong, Jessop, Mrs Jones, Mrs Morgan, Murphy, Philpott, Raffaelli, Scard, The Mayor (19)

 

ABSTENTIONS: Councillors Ballard, Chegwyn, Earle, Hammond, Herridge, Hutchison, Hylands, Johnston, Miss Kelly, Mitchell, Pepper, Mrs Prickett, Mrs Westerby (14)

 

 

COUNCIL RESOLVED: That the recommendations be approved.

 

 

RESOLVED:

 

It is recommended that the following be approved:

 

2.1           A Revised General Fund Budget for 2020/21 of £11,946,970 as set out in Appendix A;

 

2.2           A General Fund Budget for 2021/22 of £10,503,100 as set out in Appendix A and broken down in Appendix D;

 

2.3           Any variation arising from the final Local Government Finance Settlement be accommodated by a transfer to / from the Revenue Financing Reserve;

 

2.4           That the level of Council Tax be increased by £5 per annum for a Band D property for 2021/22;

 

2.5           It be noted that the Borough Treasurer Officer has determined that the Council Tax Base for the financial year 2021/22 will be 26,722.80 [item T in the formula in Section 31 B(1) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as amended (the “Act”)];

 

2.6           That the following amounts be now calculated by the Council for the financial year 2021/22 in accordance with Section 31 and Sections 34 to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992:

 

(a)

£48,540,093

Being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(2) of the Act.

(b)

£42,240,193

Being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(3) of the Act.

(c)

£6,299,900

Being the amount by which the aggregate at 2.6 (a) above exceeds the aggregate at 2.6(b) above, calculated by the Council in accordance with Section 31A(4) of the Act as its Council Tax requirement for the year. (Item R in the formula in Section 31B(1) of the Act.

(d)

£235.75

 

 

Being the amount at 2.6 (c) above (Item R), all divided by Item 2.5 above (Item T), calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31B(1) of the Act, as the basic amount of its Council Tax for the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

(e)      Valuation Bands (Gosport Borough Council)

 

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

157.17

183.36

209.56

235.75

288.14

340.53

392.92

471.50

 

 

Being the amounts given  ...  view the full minutes text for item 71.

72.

Local Council Tax Support scheme for Gosport pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Benefits, Procurement and Insurance. (appendix to follow)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Head of Benefits, Procurement and Insurance informing Members of the proposal not to change the Local Council Tax Support scheme (LCTS) for Gosport for the forthcoming 2021-22 financial year.

 

RESOLVED: That Council approve the Local Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTS) for Gosport at Appendix 1 of this report for working age customers and notes the statutory scheme for Pension Age customers. Statutory changes to the Pension Age scheme are administered by Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and this year only contain minor changes, these are yet to be released by MHCLG and will be forwarded to Members as part of the updated scheme when received.

73.

Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor 2021/22

In accordance with Standing Order No 2.4 the Borough Solicitor and Monitoring Officer has written to Group Leaders and Members of the Council inviting them to submit Member nominations for the selection of Mayor-Elect and Deputy Mayor-Elect for the next Municipal Year. One nomination has been received by the Borough Solicitor and Monitoring Officer, Councillor M Hook for Mayor-Elect and as no nominations for Deputy-Mayor Elect for the 2021/2022 Municipal Year have been received, nominations will be taken on the night of the meeting.

 

Minutes:

The Council was informed that in accordance with Standing Order 2.4 the Borough Solicitor and Monitoring Officer had written to Group Leaders and Members of the Council to invite Member nominations for the selection of Mayor-Elect and Deputy Mayor-Elect for the next Municipal Year.

 

 

It was reported that one nomination had been received Councillor M W P Hook for Mayor-Elect the 2021-2022 Municipal Year.

 

A subsequent nomination of Councillor R Hylands was made for Mayor-Elect and subsequent nominations of Councillor J Hutchison and Councillor Mr Z Huggins were made for Deputy Mayor-Elect.

 

 

A vote on the proposed nominations for Mayor-Elect was taken and Councillor M W P Hook was approved.

 

Councillor J Hutchison withdrew his nomination for Deputy Mayor-Elect and Councillor Mrs Z Huggins was approved.