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Contact: Jemma West 

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81.

Declarations of Interest

Members of the Council should declare any discloseable pecuniary interest or any other significant interests in any item/s on this agenda.

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Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest at the meeting.

82.

Minutes

To receive the minutes of the meeting of the council held on 20 December 2019 and to authorise the Chairman of the Council to sign them as a correct record.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 18 December 2019 were submitted, approved and signed by the Chairman.

83.

Chairman's Communications

Minutes:

The Chairman reported on the following:

 

“On Sunday 12th  Both Cllr Martin and I attended the Annual Blessing of the Sea in Margate where we were able to meet the new Bishop of Dover, The Right Reverend Rose Hudson -Wilkin. This event is organised by both the Greek Orthodox Church and Margate Town Council. As usually happens a procession proceeds to the sea edge and there a cross is thrown into the sea for a young boy to retrieve. This year there were three young boys all eager to do this, Needless to say they received a round of applause for braving the freezing water.

 

On Monday 13th we attended Fred Wood Brignall MBE Memorial service in Lydd. Fred was KCC member, Chairman of this Council 2001-2003 and longest serving Mayor of Lydd Town Council.  He always attended the District Council Annual meetings and the Chairman’s receptions. It was good to see many Councillors from around the district in attendance. He was held in high esteem and will be sorely missed.

 

On Tuesday 27th  I attended the 75th Anniversary Service of the Holocaust at the Methodist Church Sandgate Road. It was very well attended. Students from many of the local schools attended and read out some moving readings which they had researched and composed themselves.

 

A musical rendition was played on the violin accompanied by piano. This was composed by the students who played. After the Church service we were invited  to the Garden of Remembrance where the Kaddish was read and stones for remembrance were placed on and around the memorial, after which we tasted various dishes from several countries, all beautifully prepared and cooked by the Students of Folkestone College”.

 

84.

Petitions

There are no petitions to be presented.

 

Minutes:

There were no petitions at the meeting.

85.

Questions from the Public

1.    From Mr Rylands to Councillor David Godfrey, Cabinet Member for Housing, Transport and Special Projects

 

How much money has been recovered from P & R Installation Company Ltd or its parent Company Bilby Plc for the overcharging to Folkestone & Hythe District Council, bearing in mind that there appeared to be a pattern of charging which was a systemic fraud by P & R?

 

2.    From Dr Burrell to Councillor Monk, Leader of the Council

 

Could the Leader please advise which part of the District Council instructed the barrister to act on its behalf to defend the current Judicial Review claim for Princes Parade? Was this the Council’s Head of Planning or was it the Council in its role as Land Owner/Developer?

 

3.    From Mrs Lawes to Councillor David Godfrey, Cabinet Member for Housing, Transport and Special Projects

 

Numbers are increasing of Houses in Multi Occupation or HMO’s. This type of housing is of poor quality with shared kitchen and other facilities. These types of housing create overcrowding, noise nuisance to neighbours and brings an area down. There is no proof that this type of housing is needed in Folkestone.

 

Why is this council allowing so many Housing in Multi Occupation or HMO’s to be licensed and approved in Folkestone?

 

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Minutes:

The questions asked, including supplementary questions (if any), and the answers given are set out in Schedule 1, appended to these minutes.

 

86.

Questions from Councillors

(Questions can be found on www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk from noon 2 days before the meeting, on Modern.gov, under the agenda for this meeting).

 

Up to 45 minutes is allowed for questions from councillors.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The questions asked, including supplementary questions (if any), and the answers given are set out in Schedule 2, appended to these minutes.

 

87.

Announcements of the Leader of the Council

To receive a report from the Leader of the Council on the business of the cabinet and on matters that the leader considers should be drawn to the council’s attention. The leader shall have 10 minutes to make his announcements.

 

The opposition groups will have an opportunity to reply to the leader’s remarks.  The opposition group leaders shall each have 5 minutes to respond after which the Leader of the Council will have a right of reply.  Any right of reply will be for a maximum duration of 5 minutes.

Minutes:

The Leader gave his announcements and stated that in September 2019, the Council had resolved to look at the governance arrangements of the Council, including whether to retain the existing Cabinet arrangements or introduce a committee system, or other system.  During discussions at the Governance Working Group, it was apparent that such a change could not be implemented prior to May 2021. At that time, with the agreement of my Group, I offered the opposition leaders a place on my Cabinet. I am pleased to say that that process is underway and I will let the Leaders of the Groups talk about it. It compromises no-one, and the one rule that is insisted upon is that any decision the Group leaders make at Cabinet, they continue to support outside of Cabinet.  However, group leaders would not be not bound if they did not make that decision. We recognise the diversity of the group of Councillors we have now, and 15 months is a long time to wait, so I think this is a very good way forward, and I am happy with the way it has been received.

 

The Leader of the Green group responded and thanked the Leader for this offer. She advised she had discussed this with her group, and wished to accept a place on Cabinet. She stated that she would be responsible for the portfolio of Environment, which would include the responsibility of Air Quality, and she would chair the Climate and Ecological Emergency Working Group, She stated that she was pleased that Hythe would have a voice on Cabinet. She added that this was not a coalition, but power sharing, and was a temporary situation, as she still supported the implementation of a Committee system.

 

The Leader of the Labour Group responded and stated that the proposal was unique, and as the Labour Group worked with the party on a local and national level, he was still in consultation with the National Group on accepting a position on Cabinet. He was however watching with interest.

 

The Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group responded and stated that in September, he had proposed that the Council move to a Committee system, because the current Cabinet arrangements did not include other groups. He felt it would be churlish to accept this offer, and added that the Committee system would still be the optimum preference, but he appreciated that this would be difficult to implement prior to 2021. He stated that the offer was ground breaking, and had not been done elsewhere in this format. He also added that it was not a coalition arrangement, and there would be times where the Cabinet Members disagreed, and times where they agreed and worked together. He stated that his portfolio would be Revenues and Benefits, and Anti-Fraud and Corruption, and he was keen to use the tools available within the benefits system to tackle homelessness.

 

Proposed by Councillor Monk,

Seconded by Councillor Mrs Hollingsbee; and

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the announcements of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 87.

88.

Opposition Business

There is no opposition business.

Minutes:

There was no opposition business at the meeting.

89.

Motions on Notice

There are no motions on notice.

Minutes:

There were no motions on notice.

90.

Appointment of Chief Finance Officer (S151 Officer)

This report sets out recommendations on the appointment of a Chief Finance officer (Section 151 Officer).

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Minutes:

The report set out recommendations on the appointment of a Chief Finance officer (Section 151 Officer).

 

Proposed by Councillor Monk,

Seconded by Councillor Mrs Hollingsbee; and

 

 

RESOLVED:

1.      That report A/19/23 be received and noted.

2.         That Charlotte Spendley be appointed as Chief Finance Officer (s151 Officer) with effect from 30 January 2020 pursuant to s151 Local Government Act 1972.

 

(Voting figures: 25 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions).

91.

Report to Council on a Key Decision made in accordance with the constitution's call-in and urgency rule.

The constitution provides that, when an urgent key decision is made by the Cabinet, for which any delay in implementation, likely to be caused by the call-in process, would seriously prejudice the Council’s or public interest, then the ‘Call-in Rules of Procedure’, Part 6.3, rules 1-6 do not apply.  Key decisions, taken as a matter of urgency, must be reported to the next available meeting of the Council, together with the reasons for urgency. 

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Minutes:

The constitution provides that, when an urgent key decision is made by the Cabinet, for which any delay in implementation, likely to be caused by the call-in process, would seriously prejudice the Council’s or public interest, then the ‘Call-in Rules of Procedure’, Part 6.3, rules 1-6 do not apply.  Key decisions, taken as a matter of urgency, must be reported to the next available meeting of the Council, together with the reasons for urgency. 

 

Proposed by Councillor Monk,

Seconded by Councillor Mrs Hollingsbee; and

 

RESOLVED:

That report A/19/22 be received and noted.

 

(Voting figures: 25 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions).