Agenda and draft minutes

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Items
No. Item

117.

Apologies for Absence

The Council is asked to note any apologies for absence received from Members.

 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors J A Brown and Skeels Snr.

 

118.

Minutes of the Last Meeting of the Council pdf icon PDF 105 KB

The Council is asked to approve, as a correct record, the minutes of the Council Meeting held on Tuesday 22 January 2019.

Minutes:

RESOLVED, that the minutes of the ordinary meeting of the Council, held on Tuesday 22 January 2019, be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

119.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors are invited to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Personal Interest, and the nature of it, in relation to any item on the agenda.

 

Minutes:

With regard to the Council’s consideration of the budget and Council Tax proposals and the statutory provisions in respect of Members’ declarations of interest thereon, the Chief Executive reminded Members that advice had been recently circulated to them by email on 31 January 2019 by the Council’s Monitoring Officer.

120.

Announcements by the Chairman of the Council

The Council is asked to note any announcements made by the Chairman of the Council.

Minutes:

There were no such announcements on this occasion.

 

121.

Announcements by the Chief Executive

The Council is asked to note any announcements made by the Chief Executive.

 

Minutes:

There were no such announcements on this occasion.

 

122.

Statements by the Leader of the Council

The Council is asked to note any statements made by the Leader of the Council. 

Councillors may then ask questions of the Leader on his statements.

 

Minutes:

There were no such statements on this occasion.

 

123.

Statements by Members of the Cabinet

The Council is asked to note any statements made by Members of the Cabinet (Portfolio Holders).

Councillors may then ask questions of the Portfolio Holders on their statements.

 

Minutes:

There were no statements by members of the Cabinet on this occasion.

 

124.

Report of the Cabinet - A.1 - Executive's Proposals - General Fund Budget and Council Tax 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 143 KB

To present to Council the Cabinet’s General Fund budget proposals including the Council Tax for District and Parish / Town Council Services for 2019/20.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council gave consideration to the Cabinet’s General Fund budget proposals for 2019/20 and the amount of Council Tax for District and Town and Parish Council services for the financial year 2019/20, for each category of dwellings within the District of Tendring, to support the proposed level of expenditure.

 

Members were aware from Minute 100 (A.2) of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 18 January 2019, that the Deputy Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Finance and Corporate Resources Portfolio Holder, had been authorised to submit a report to this meeting in respect of the formal draft resolutions necessary to implement the Cabinet’s budget proposals, together with any late information, or notifications received from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, as may necessarily affect the budget.

 

The Council was advised of all the resolutions made by the Cabinet on 18 January 2019, together with the additional recommendations necessary to set the Council Tax levy. Those resolutions and recommendations were before the Council, as contained within item A.1 of the Report of the Cabinet.

 

The Council was aware that the Cabinet’s proposed budget had been subject to the Council’s Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules, which had included scrutiny by the Council’s Resources and Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Members were also aware that the Town and Parish Councils within the District had met to set their precepts and those precepts were contained within Appendix G to the Report of the Cabinet, which detailed the Precepts on the Collection Fund. The Council was also aware from Appendix H that the average District and Parish Council Tax for a Band D property would increase to £207.13.

 

The Leader of the Council (Councillor Stock) made the following budget statement - 

 

“In introducing the budget report tonight, I will repeat the words I used when the budget was considered by Cabinet on 18th January – that this is a good, honest budget.

 

There are no frills; this is simply a budget crafted to enable us to carry on being the outstanding local authority that we have become over the past few years; leading our communities, delivering high-quality services for our residents and helping or, businesses to prosper and our visitor numbers to soar.

 

But then again that was always the ambition at the heart of our long-term approach to the budget that we were brave enough to adopt last year.

 

We talked about the need to keep delivering against the new long-term approach to build confidence in it – 2018/19 was delivered and we are presented tonight with a budget that delivers again for 2019/20.

 

It is important to highlight that we have already set aside significant amounts of money to keep moving our priorities forward. These are not reserves; this is money we have allocated and are about to spend on major projects that will greatly enhance and benefit this District, for example:

 

125.

Urgent Matters for Debate

The Council will consider any urgent matters submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 3(xvi), 11.3(b) and/or 13(q).

 

Minutes:

There were none on this occasion.