Agenda

Council Meeting
Thursday, 4th July, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Damian Eaton  (0161 474 3207)

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Items
No. Item

1.

Formalities and Announcements

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1.(i)

Minutes pdf icon PDF 152 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 21 May 2019.

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1.(ii)

Urgent Decisions

To report any urgent action taken under the Constitution since the last meeting of the Council.

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1.(iii)

Mayor's Announcements

To receive announcements from the Mayor.

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1.(iv)

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they may have in any of the items on the Summons for the meeting.

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2.

Community Engagement

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2.(i)

Public Question Time

To receive any questions from and provide answers to the public in relation to matters relevant to the Council’s activities.

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2.(ii)

Petitions and Presentations

To receive petitions, and by prior arrangement, receive delegations and presentations from members of the public, community groups or partnership organisations.

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2.(iii)

Joint Authorities

(a)       Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel

 

To appoint Councillor Amanda Peers to answer questions in relation to the business of the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel.

 

Councillor Sheila Bailey to then answer questions, if any, on the business of the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel.

 

(b)       Greater Manchester Combined Authority

 

To appoint the following spokespersons to answer questions in relation to the business of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority:-

 

Greater Manchester Combined Authority            - Councillor Elise Wilson

Greater Manchester Transport Committee          - Councillor David Meller

Greater Manchester Waste Committee               - Councillor Roy Driver

 

The appointed councillors to then answer questions, if any, on the business of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Greater Manchester Transport Committee and the Greater Manchester Waste Committee.

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3.

Leader's Report and Cabinet Question Time

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3.(i)

Cabinet Business

To receive a report from the Leader of the Council and other members of the Cabinet on the conduct of Cabinet business since the last Council Meeting.

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3.(ii)

Questions

To answer questions and receive comments from Councillors addressed to the Leader of the Council or other members of the Cabinet, in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 11.

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3.(iii)

Minutes pdf icon PDF 51 KB

To receive the Minutes of the Cabinet held on 29 March, 23 April and 18 June 2019 and the record of executive decisions taken since the last Council Meeting, (schedule enclosed, decisions previously circulated) and consider any recommendations they contain.

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4.

Scrutiny

To receive a report from the Chairs of the Scrutiny Committees on the conduct of Scrutiny business.

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4.(i)

Scrutiny Business

To receive a report from the Chairs of the Scrutiny Committees on the conduct of Scrutiny business.

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4.(ii)

Questions

To answer questions from Councillors addressed to the Scrutiny Chairs, in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 11.

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4.(iii)

Minutes pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To receive the Minutes of the following Scrutiny Committees:-

 

To receive the Minutes of the following Scrutiny Committees:-

 

Adult Social Care & Health – 26 March and 6 June 2019       

Children & Families – 3 April and 5 June 2019 

Communities & Housing – 1 April and 3 June 2019     

Corporate, Resource Management & Governance – 2 April and 4 June 2019

Economy & Regeneration – 4 April and 6 June 2019  

Scrutiny Co-ordination – 15 April and 17 June 2019    

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4.(iv)

Scrutiny Annual Report 2018/2019 pdf icon PDF 289 KB

To consider a report of the Chair of the Scrutiny Co-ordination Committee.

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5.

Ordinary and Area Committees

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5.(i)

Regulatory Business

To receive a report from the Chairs of the Planning & Highways Regulation; Licensing, Environment & Safety; and Audit Committees on the conduct of their business since the last Council Meeting.

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5.(ii)

Questions

To answer questions from Councillors addressed to the Chairs of Ordinary and Area Committees, in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 11.

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5.(iii)

Minutes pdf icon PDF 45 KB

To receive, and where appropriate, endorse, the minutes of the following Ordinary and Area Committees:-

 

Ordinary Committees

 

Appointments – 22 March and 13 June 2019

Contributors – 28 March 2019

Employment Appeals – 4 and 10 April 2019

Funding – 12 June 2019

Health & Wellbeing Board – 12 February and 5 June 2019

Health & Wellbeing Board (Better Care Fund) Sub – 17 April 2019

Licensing, Environment & Safety – 20 March and 24 April 2019

Licensing, Environment & Safety Sub – 8 May, 13 May, 17 June and 24 June 2019

Planning & Highways Regulation – 21 March and 25 April 2019

 

Area Committees

 

Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme South – 11 April and 13 June 2019

Central Stockport – 11 April and 13 June 2019

Cheadle – 9 April and 11 June 2019

Heatons & Reddish – 8 April and 10 June 2019

Marple – 10 April and 12 June 2019

Stepping Hill – 9 April and 11 June 2019

Werneth – 8 April and 10 June 2019

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6.

Motions - Notice of which have been given under Council Meeting Procedure Rule 12

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6.(i)

Brexit Preparedness

This council meeting notes with concern the ongoing uncertainty about the UK’s departure from the European Union.

 

This council meeting believes that the risk of a “no-deal Brexit” has become greater over the past year.

 

This council meeting further notes

 

·      the financial risks to the council of Brexit, as outlined in the Labour Group’s budget proposals in February, including the risk of less money being available to fund local government in general, the loss of direct EU funding, the potential loss of inward investment, the unpredictable demand pressures which may arise, the possibility of higher borrowing costs and the potential impact on pension fund deficits;

·      the brief report to the 2nd April meeting of the Corporate, Resource Management and Governance Scrutiny Committee, which outlined the work of the council’s Brexit Advisory Group and their close working with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and outlined the forthcoming cross-party Task and Finish Group to provide oversight and scrutiny of Stockport’s plans and preparations, which has since met once;

·      that the forecast impact of a no-deal Brexit is so severe that it prompted the Heads of both the Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress to write a joint letter to the Prime Minister in late March, describing the prospect of a no-deal Brexit as “a national emergency”, with the Head of the CBI last month describing Brexit as a “crushing disaster” for business;

·      that the true impact on Stockport of a no-deal Brexit is unknown and currently unquantifiable; and

·      that the adequacy of £0.543m Corporate Contingency fund agreed at the last Budget Council Meeting and £0.210m Brexit preparedness funding from central government cannot be assessed in the face of such uncertainty.

 

This council meeting resolves to

 

·      ask officers to provide their latest, detailed assessment of the financial and other impacts of a no-deal Brexit; and

·      recommence meetings of the cross-party Task and Finish Group as soon as practicable so that it can consider whether, on the balance of risk and the financial context, the funds available to mitigate the impact of a no-deal Brexit are adequate.

 

Moved by:                  Councillor Mark Hunter

Seconded by:            Councillor Lisa Smart

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6.(ii)

Abolishment of Section 21 No Fault Evictions

This Council notes that:

 

·         no fault evictions, introduced under Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act, allow landlords to evict tenants, without having to give a reason, once the term of the tenancy has expired;

·         most of England’s 11 million renters are on tenancies with fixed terms of six months or a year; after this period has ended, landlords can evict their tenants under Section 21;

·         research published by The Observer campaign group Generation Rent indicates that Section 21 evictions are now the single biggest cause of homelessness in England; and that

·         in 2017, the Scottish Government made tenancies indefinite and banned no-fault evictions under the terms of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016.

 

This Council believes Abolishing Section 21 no-fault evictions:

 

·         would help to make renting more secure, improve standards and increase tenant confidence;

·         would further help to tackle homelessness, which should be a priority for government at all levels; and,

·         should happen as soon as practicably possible.

 

This Council therefore:

 

·         welcomes the UK Government announcement in April on plans to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 evictions in England, with which we will engage constructively;

·         resolves to work with the Unfair Evictions Campaign led by Generation Rent, the New Economics Foundation, ACORN and the London Renters Union, to bring about the swift Abolition of Section 21 no fault evictions; and

·         resolves to bring a report to a future Communities and Housing Scrutiny Committee on the proportion of homelessness cases in Stockport resulting from private sector evictions under Section 21 and outlining how the Council has used the powers at its disposal to combat rogue landlords and support vulnerable tenants.

 

Moved by:                  Councillor Sheila Bailey

Seconded by:           Councillor Matt Wynne

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7.

GM Transport Committee - Role and Responsibilities pdf icon PDF 378 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning & Governance.

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8.

Woodford Neighbourhood Plan - Approval for Referendum pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Economy & Regeneration.

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9.

Portfolio Reporting Arrangements 2019/20 and the Remit of Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

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