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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Folkestone

Contact: Kate Clark 

Items
No. Item

12.

Appointment of chairman

The committee must appoint a district councillor to chair the meeting.

Minutes:

Councillor Mrs Jenny Hollingsbee was appointed Chairman for the meeting. 

13.

Declarations of interest

Members of the Council should declare any interests which fall under the following categories*:

a) discloseable pecuniary interests (DPI)

b) other significant interests (OSI)

c) voluntary announcements of other interests

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest. 

14.

Minutes

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 15 November 2018.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 15 November 2018 were submitted, approved and signed by the Chairman. 

15.

General Fund Budget Setting for 2019/20

Report FH/18/01 sets out the Council’s Draft General Fund budget for 2019/20 as well as summarising the overall Budget Strategy for the same period.  The report seeks to outline the proposals being consulted upon. 

 

In accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1992 full Council will consider and agree the budget and council tax for the coming financial year 2019/20, this meeting will be held on 20 February 2019.  Both the draft budget and the Budget Strategy will build into the final position, which is also affected by the Local Government Finance Settlement. 

 

The objectives for consultation on the 2019/20 budget proposals will be to:

 

(i)    Engage with key stakeholder groups and local residents;

(ii)  Seek feedback on specific budget proposals for 2019/20; and

(iii)Seek feedback on general spending and income generation priorities

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Report FH/18/01 set out the Council’s Draft General Fund budget for

2019/20 as well as summarised the overall Budget Strategy for the same

period. The report outlined the proposals being consulted upon.

In accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1992. Full Council

will consider and agree the budget and council tax for the coming financial

year 2019/20, this meeting will be held on 20 February 2019. Both the

draft budget and the Budget Strategy will build into the final position, which

is also affected by the Local Government Finance Settlement.

 

The objectives for consultation on the 2019/20 budget proposals will be to:

 

(i)   Engage with key stakeholder groups and local residents;

  (ii)  Seek feedback on specific budget proposals for 2019/20; and

(iii) Seek feedback on general spending and income generation

priorities.

 

Mrs Charlotte Spendley, Assistant Director – Finance, Customer & Support Services, presented this report and advised members that she did not anticipate significant changes to the Finance Settlement or detailed budget before Full Council on 20 February 2019. 

 

Mrs Spendley referred members to the deficit forecast which includes a 2% increase in Council Tax.  

 

 

 

 

16.

Roads and associated vehicle parking within present and future housing developments

A presentation will be provided to the Committee

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Mr Fred Miller, Transportation Manager, gave a presentation on pavement parking.  The presentation slides are attached to these minutes.

 

Members noted the following:

 

-       Pavement parking is not prohibited and police do not prioritise this as a parking offence, unless the police witness a car driving onto a pavement.

-       Fixed Penalty Notices can be issued for pavement parking if there is a Traffic Regulation Order in place.  TROs are carefully considered as potentially these can displace parking or block roads. 

-       Footways are the responsibility of Kent County Council so any changes to the pavements would be taken by KCC.   

 

Julia Wallace, Masterplanning, Urban Design and Viability Manager, was invited to speak and advised members that when looking at new housing developments, careful consideration must be given to wider streets, landscaping, integrated parking and speed reduction within the context of urban or rural developments.  Julia mentioned the Otterpool development and the importance of adequate parking.  . 

 

Future proofing is another consideration, for example, electric vehicle charging points, as well as underground parking.  

 

17.

Health Update and GP facilities in the District

Following a meeting with representatives from the NHS and members of this committee, feedback with regard to discussions that took place. 

Minutes:

Members were impressed with the Health Update given the previous evening with Dr Jonathan Bryant, New Lyminge Surgery and Caroline Selkirk, Managing Director of the East Kent CCGs in attendance. 

 

Overall members agreed that senior management within the NHS are looking and listening to local staff and residents’ concerns. 

 

Feedback from the meeting included:

 

-       The importance of retaining staff, as the district has a shortage of doctors and nursing staff.

-       Potential opening of a new school in Canterbury specifically for GP training. 

-       The creation of new hubs and technology along with providing areas of expertise. 

-       Service delivery, for example, in-person or phone consultations.

 

It was agreed that an update in a year would be beneficial for district, parish and town councillors.