Agenda

County Council - Wednesday, 1st September, 2021 3.00 pm

Venue: TBC

Contact: Karon Hadfield 

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 237 KB

Minutes of the meeting of County Council held on Wednesday 7 July 2021 as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record, signed by the Business Chair and sealed with the Common Seal of the Council (see pages 9-26).

3.

DISCLOSURE OF MEMBERS' INTERESTS

Unless already entered in the Council’s Register of Members’ interests, members are required to disclose any personal interest (which includes any disclosable pecuniary interest) they may have in any of the items included on the agenda for the meeting in accordance with the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council on 4 July 2012, and are reminded that if they have any personal interests of a prejudicial nature (as defined under paragraph 17 of the Code Conduct) they must not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must leave the room

NB Any member needing clarification must contact monitoringofficer@northumberland.gov.uk. Please refer to the guidance on disclosures at the rear of this agenda letter.

4.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS by the Business Chair, Leader or Head of Paid Service.

5.

CORRESPONDENCE

CORRESPONDENCE (if any) to date of meeting.

6.

QUESTIONS

QUESTIONS to be put to the Business Chair, a member of the Cabinet or the Chair of any Committee or Sub Committee, in accordance with the Constitution’s Rules of Procedure No.10.

7.

CABINET MINUTES pdf icon PDF 205 KB

TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE CABINET MEETINGS HELD ON:-

 

(1)      Tuesday 13 July 2021 (see pages 27-38)

(2)      Tuesday 3 August 2021 (see pages 39-44)

(3)      Tuesday 17 August 2021 (see pages 45-48)

 

AND TO APPROVE the following resolution as it involves budget and policy framework matters requiring Council approval:-

 

(1)      Minute No.14 of the 13 July 2021 meeting relating to the Blyth Welding & Fabrication Training Centre

Additional documents:

8.

COMMITTEE MINUTES pdf icon PDF 139 KB

TO RECEIVE AND CONSIDER MINUTES from the following Committees:-

 

(1)      Corporate Services and Economic Growth OSC          (see pages 49-58)

 

(2)      Family and Children’s Services OSC                           (see pages 59-64)

 

(3)      Communities and Place OSC                                      (see pages 65-80)

 

(4)      Health and Wellbeing OSC                                         (see pages 81-92)

 

(5)      Health and Wellbeing Board                                        (see pages 93-100)

 

(6)      Audit Committee (to follow)                                        

 

(7)      Member Services Working Group                     (see pages 101-106)

(see also the following item on the agenda)

 

Additional documents:

9.

MOTIONS pdf icon PDF 99 KB

Motion No. 1

 

In accordance with Council Rules of Procedure No.10, Councillor S. Dickinson to move the following motion, received by the Democratic Services Manager on 7 July 2021:-

 

To bring Northumberland County Council into the 21st century and provide equality to Councillors as well as staff, it notes the following research findings:

 

That analysis of the 2019 Local Election results by the Fawcett Society found that only 35% of councillors in England are women, up 1% since 2018. Of the seats that were up for election in 2018, 38% went to women, up just 3 percentage points on 2014 when these seats were last contested;

 

That the role of a councillor should be open to all, regardless of their background, and that introducing a parental leave policy is a step towards encouraging a wider range of people to become councillors, and is also a step to encourage existing councillors who may want to start a family to remain as councillors;

 

That parental leave must apply to parents regardless of their gender, and that it should also cover adoption leave to support those parents who choose to adopt.

 

Northumberland County Council resolves:

 

To adopt the parental leave policy drafted by the LGA Labour Group’s Women’s Taskforce to give all councillors an entitlement to parental leave after giving birth or adopting; (see pages 107-110).

To ensure that councillors with children and other caring commitments are supported as appropriate;

To notify the LGA Labour Group that this Council has passed a motion at full Council to adopt the parental leave policy  .

 

Motion No.2

 

In accordance with Council Rules of Procedure No.10, Councillor I. Hutchinson to move the following motion, received by the Democratic Services Manager on 31 July 2021:-

 

“The Queen's Platinum Jubilee, marking 75 years of being our reigning monarch, is to be celebrated on the weekend of 3rd to 6th June next year. Many of the County's residents and communities will wish to celebrate this remarkable achievement, and to help them do this, Northumberland County Council Resolves to waive road closure fees for one day events on one occasion organised by Town and Parish Councils held during that weekend”.

 

10.

REPORT OF THE INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LOCAL SERVICES AND REGENERATION pdf icon PDF 172 KB

Northumberland Line project: Transport and Works Act Order Resolution

 

To seek confirmation from the Council under section 239 of the Local Government Act 1972 for the continuation of the formal process associated with the Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application (the Application) submitted to the Secretary of State on 26 May 2021 in connection with the Northumberland Line project (see pages 111-122).

11.

REPORT OF THE HEAD OF DEMOCRATIC AND ELECTORAL SERVICES AND DEPUTY MONITORING OFFICER pdf icon PDF 202 KB

Protocols for the appointment of Honorary Aldermen and Alderwomen and for Freemen/Freewomen of Northumberland County Council

 

The purpose of the report is to:

 

(i)  reinstate the practice of appointing Honorary Aldermen/Alderwomen, and to discuss and agree a protocol for conferring the title on past Councillors from the 2021 elections onwards, subject to specific criteria. No appointments will be made at this meeting as by law, a special Council is required to be convened should this be agreed. 

 

(ii) to consider and approve a protocol for conferring the title of Freemen and Freewomen of Northumberland (see pages 123-132).

 

12.

REPORT OF THE SENIOR MANAGER AND DEPUTY MONITORING OFFICER pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Members’ Allowances Scheme/Independent Remuneration Panel

 

The Leader requested at the Annual Council Meeting a review of members’ allowances, these having last been reviewed in 2015. This report sets out;

· the legal background to the process,

· details of the last review within the Council,

· recommendations and suggested next steps (see pages 133-138).

 

13.

REPORT OF THE DEPUTY MONITORING OFFICER pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Proposed Constitutional Changes

 

Report to follow.

14.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

Council is invited to consider passing the following resolution:

 

(a) That under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item on the Agenda as it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the 1972 Act, and 

 

(b) That the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure for the following reasons:-

 

 

Agenda Item  

Paragraph of Part I of Schedule 12A

 

15       1, 3 and 4

Information relating to Information relating to any individual, information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information) and information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations or negotiations in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the Authority..  

 

AND   The public interest in maintaining this exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure because disclosure would adversely affect the Authority’s ability to conduct its affairs.

 

15.

REPORT OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Interim Executive Management Arrangements and Progress with Review of Future Structure

 

To consider a report on the above (report to follow).