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Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 24th February, 2010 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Governance Services Unit 

Items
No. Item

87.

Announcements

Minutes:

a)  The Lord Mayor announced that the usual instruction that mobile phones and other electrical equipment in the Chamber should be switched off when Council was in session did apply and did therefore extend to the practice of ‘tweeting’.

 

b)  The Lord Mayor reported the recent death of Mrs Pat Wilkinson, wife of Councillor Wilkinson and a former deputy Lady Mayoress, and Council stood in silent tribute.

 

c)  The Lord Mayor referred to the recent winning of the FA Tesco Women’s Premier League Cup Final by the Leeds Carnegie Ladies Football Club and reported that congratulations had been conveyed to the Club on behalf of the Council.

 

d)  The Lord Mayor reported that the collection held at the last Council meeting in relation to the Haiti earthquake disaster had raised £184.50.

 

88.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 240 KB

To confirm the minutes of the Council Meeting held on 20th January 2010.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Bentley, seconded by Councillor Gruen and

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 20th January 2010 be approved.

 

89.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest from Members.

Minutes:

The Lord Mayor announced that a list of written declarations submitted by members was on deposit in the public galleries and had been circulated to each Member’s place in the Chamber.

 

Following an invitation to declare further individual interests, declarations in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct were made as follows:-

 

a)  Members declared personal interests in minute 91 of this meeting as follows:-

 

Suzi Armitage

 

Bernard Atha

 

Denise Atkinson

 

Judth Blake

 

David Congreve

 

Mick Coulson

 

Debra Coupar

 

Patrick Davey

 

 

Mark Dobson

 

 

Jane Dowson

 

Geoff Driver

 

Jack Dunn

 

Angela Gabriel

 

 

Pauleen Grahame

 

Peter Gruen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ted Hanley

 

Roger Harington

 

Gerry Harper

 

Janet Harper

 

ArifHussain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graham Hyde

 

John Illingworth

 

Mohammed Iqbal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josie Jarosz

 

James Lewis

 

Richard Lewis

 

Alison Lowe

 

 

 

Michael Lyons

 

Andrea McKenna

 

James McKenna

 

Veronica Morgan

 

Lisa Mulherin

 

Thomas Murray

 

Elizabeth Nash

 

 

Adam Ogilvie

 

Keith Parker

 

Mohammed Rafique

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Renshaw

 

Linda Rhodes-Clayton

 

Brian Selby

 

Neil Taggart

 

Eileen Taylor

 

Keith Wakefield

 

 

 

 

Lucinda Yeadon

 

3 Bailey Lane, LS14 6PN

 

25 Moseley Wood Court, LS25 7JJ

 

67 Valley Road, LS13 1EU.

 

Woodview, Billams Hill, LS21 2DZ

 

209 Town Street, LS10 3NN

 

23a The Towers, LS12 3SQ

 

14 Morritt Avenue, LS15 7EP

 

3 Meadow Garth, LS16 9DY

56 Church Lane, LS15 8BD

 

24 Beech Grove Avenue, LS25 1EF

37c Stocks Rise, Leeds, LS14

 

6 Wharfe Crescent, LS21 1LU

 

13 Ashwood Villas, LS6 2EJ

 

14 Middleton Park Mount, LS10 4BB

 

234 Cross Flatts Grove, LS11 7AE

12 Wooler Avenue, LS11

 

41 Swardale Green, LS14 5HJ

 

Hawthorn House, 474 Shadwell Lane, LS17 8BA

Governor of Fieldhead Carr Primary School

Governor of Hillcrest Primary School

Governor of John Smeaton High School

Director of Aire Valley Homes

 

 

66 Newlay Grove, LS18 4LH

 

21 Spencer Place, LS7 4DQ

 

12 Manor Street, LS21 1AX

 

2a Back Lane, LS28 5EU

 

66 Easterley Road, LS8 3AN

13 Brompton Grove, LS11

58 Bayswater Crescent, LS8 5QQ

11 Kelper Grove, LS8

7 Trafford Avenue, LS9

9 Winfield Grove, LS2

64 Easterly Road, LS8

7 Kitchener Close, LS9

 

21 Wilfred Avenue, LS15 7SP

 

37 Kirkwood Way, LS16 7EU

 

23 Copgrove Road, LS8 2SP

52, 54 & 56 Headingley Mount LS6

14, 11a & 31 Roundhay Mount, LS8

4 Roundhay Grove LS8

74 Headingley Avenue, LS6

13 & 16 Manor Drive, LS6

25 Norwood Place, LS6

13 Norwood Road, LS6

39 Mayville Avenue, LS6

65 Headingley Lane, LS6

18 Autumn Avenue, LS6

5 Royal Park View, LS6

9 Milan Road, LS8

4 Berkeley Street, LS8

537 Harrogate Road,  LS17 9NA

 

11 Radcliffe Lane, LS28 8AB

 

41 Leeds Road, LS25 7HG

 

121 Roker Lane, LS28 9NB

 

6 Athlone Terrace, LS12 1UA

36 Sholebroke Avenue, LS7 3EY

52 Reginald Terrace, LS7 3HB

 

12 Mayfield Road, LS15 7SH

 

24 Victoria Park Avenue, LS5 3DG

 

24 Victoria Park Avenue, LS5 3DG

 

38 Town Street, LS10 3PS

 

12 Chruch Lane, LS6 4NP

 

11 Hodgson Crescent, LS 17 8PG

 

Hark to Rover Cottages,

92 Morris Lane, LS5 3EN

 

125 Cross Flatts Grove, LS11 7BN

 

6 Lyndale, LS25 7LF

 

Employee of Education Leeds

67 Upland Crescent, LS8 2TB

43 Burley Lodge Road, LS6  ...  view the full minutes text for item 89.

90.

Communications

To receive such communications as the Lord Mayor, the Leader, Members of the Executive Board or the Chief Executive consider appropriate.

Minutes:

The Chief Executive reported that, following a bye-election held on 18th February 2010, Gerry Harper was elected to the office of Councillor for the Hyde Park and Woodhouse Ward.

 

91.

Budget pdf icon PDF 60 KB

(i)  Revenue Budget

 

a)  That the Revenue Budget for 2010/11 totalling £569,295,000, as detailed and explained in the submitted report and accompanying papers, be approved, including a 2.5% increase in the Leeds element of the Council Tax.

 

b)  That with respect to the Housing Revenue Account the following be approved:-

 

i)  approve the budget at the average rent increase of figure of  3.1%

 

ii)  increase the charges for garage rents to £6.07 per week

 

iii)  increase service charges in line with rents (3.1%)

 

(ii)  Council Tax

 

1.   That it be noted that at the meeting on 20th January 2010, Council agreed the following amounts for the year 2010/11, in accordance with regulations made under Sections 33(5) and 34(4) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992:-

 

a)   236,630 being the amount calculated by the Council, in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) Regulations 1992 (as amended) as its Council Tax base for the year.

 

b) 

PARISH

TAXBASE

Aberford and District

782

AllertonBywater

1377

Alwoodley

3702

Arthington

297

Austhorpe

26

Bardsey cum Rigton

1163

Barwick in Elmet and Scholes

2022

Boston Spa

1840

Bramham cum Oglethorpe

729

Bramhope and Carlton

1814

Clifford

753

Collingham with Linton

1648

Drighlington

1909

Gildersome

1971

Great and Little Preston

495

Harewood

1827

Horsforth

6981

East Keswick

591

Kippax

3094

Ledsham

91

Ledston

162

Micklefield

569

Morley

9838

Otley

4928

Pool in Wharfedale

973

Scarcroft

679

Shadwell

953

Swillington

1075

Thorner

749

Thorp Arch

355

Walton

120

Wetherby

4643

Wothersome

8

 

being the amounts calculated by the Council in accordance with Regulation 6 of the Regulations, as the amounts of its Council Tax base for the year for dwellings in those parts of its area to which one or more special items relate.

 

2  That the following amounts be now calculated by the Council for the year 2010/11 in accordance with Sections 32 to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992:-

 

a) £2,098,510,270.94  being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 32(2)(a) to (e) of the Act.

 

b) £1,527,787,000  being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 32(3)(a) to (c) of the Act.

 

c) £570,723,270.94  being the amount by which the aggregate at 2(a) above exceeds the aggregate at 2(b) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 32(4) of the Act, as its budget requirement for the year.

 

d) £303,443,733  being the aggregate of the sums which the Council estimates will be payable for the year into its general fund in respect of redistributed Non-Domestic Rates and Revenue Support Grant, increased by the amount which the Council estimates will be transferred from its Collection Fund into its General Fund under Section 97(3) of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 and reduced by the amount which the Council estimates will be  transferred from its Collection Fund to its General Fund pursuant to the Collection  ...  view the full agenda text for item 91.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Under the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 14.10 leave of Council was given to alter paragraph (ii)3 by the deletion of the words “has Issued” and “are expected to issue” and replacement of the latter with “have issued” and deletion of  “The Fire and Rescue Authority meet to finalise their budget and Council Taxes on 19th February 2010”.

 

It was moved by Councillor Brett, seconded by Councillor A Carter

 

(i)  Revenue Budget

 

a)  That the Revenue Budget for 2010/11 totalling £569,295,000, as detailed and explained in the submitted report and accompanying papers, be approved, including a 2.5% increase in the Leeds element of the Council Tax.

 

b)  That with respect to the Housing Revenue Account the following be approved:-

 

i)  approve the budget at the average rent increase of figure of 3.1%

 

ii)  increase the charges for garage rents to £6.07 per week

 

iii)  increase service charges in line with rents (3.1%)

 

(ii)  Council Tax

 

1.   That it be noted that at the meeting on 20th January 2010, Council agreed the following amounts for the year 2010/11, in accordance with regulations made under Sections 33(5) and 34(4) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992:-

 

a)   236,630 being the amount calculated by the Council, in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) Regulations 1992 (as amended) as its Council Tax base for the year.

 

b) 

PARISH

TAXBASE

Aberford and District

782

AllertonBywater

1377

Alwoodley

3702

Arthington

297

Austhorpe

26

Bardsey cum Rigton

1163

Barwick in Elmet and Scholes

2022

Boston Spa

1840

Bramham cum Oglethorpe

729

Bramhope and Carlton

1814

Clifford

753

Collingham with Linton

1648

Drighlington

1909

Gildersome

1971

Great and Little Preston

495

Harewood

1827

Horsforth

6981

East Keswick

591

Kippax

3094

Ledsham

91

Ledston

162

Micklefield

569

Morley

9838

Otley

4928

Pool in Wharfedale

973

Scarcroft

679

Shadwell

953

Swillington

1075

Thorner

749

Thorp Arch

355

Walton

120

Wetherby

4643

Wothersome

8

 

being the amounts calculated by the Council in accordance with Regulation 6 of the Regulations, as the amounts of its Council Tax base for the year for dwellings in those parts of its area to which one or more special items relate.

 

2  That the following amounts be now calculated by the Council for the year 2010/11 in accordance with Sections 32 to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992:-

 

a) £2,098,510,270.94  being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 32(2)(a) to (e) of the Act.

 

b) £1,527,787,000  being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 32(3)(a) to (c) of the Act.

 

c) £570,723,270.94  being the amount by which the aggregate at 2(a) above exceeds the aggregate at 2(b) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 32(4) of the Act, as its budget requirement for the year.

 

d) £303,443,733  being the aggregate of the sums which the Council estimates will be payable  ...  view the full minutes text for item 91.

92.

Reports pdf icon PDF 56 KB

To consider the following reports admitted to the agenda by the Chief Executive under Council Procedure Rule 2.2(f).

 

a)  That the report of the Assistant Chief Executive (Corporate Governance) on appointments be approved.

 

S BENTLEY

 

b)  That the report of the Assistant Chief Executive (Corporate Governance) submitted in accordance with Executive Procedure Rule 1.4(b) and relating to amendments made to the executive scheme of delegation by the Leader on 1st February 2009 be noted.

 

S BENTLEY

 

c)  That the report of the Assistant Chief Executive (Corporate Governance) on the proposed appointment of Mr Gordon Tollefson, as Chair of the Standards Committee for a term of one year beginning at the Annual Council Meeting 2010, be approved.

 

J L CARTER

Additional documents:

Minutes:

a)  Appointments

 

It was moved by Councillor Bentley, seconded by Councillor Gruen and

 

RESOLVED –

 

a)  That Council notes that the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport and Fire and Rescue Authorities will each be given notice of the termination of the appointment of one Morley Borough Independent Member on each authority and will be notified of the appointment of one Labour member on each.

 

b)  That Councillor Rafique be appointed to the Fire and Rescue Authority and Councillor G Hyde to the Integrated Transport Authority.

 

b)  Amendments to the Executive Scheme of Delegation

 

It was moved by Councillor Bentley, seconded by Councillor J Procter and

 

RESOLVED – That the report of the Assistant Chief Executive (Corporate Governance) submitted in accordance with Executive Procedure Rule 1.4(b) and relating to amendments made to the executive scheme of delegation by the Leader on 1st  February 2010 be noted.

 

c)  Appointment of Chair of Standards Committee

 

It was moved by Councillor J L Carter, seconded by Councillor Campbell and

 

RESOLVED – That the report of the Assistant Chief Executive (Corporate Governance) on the proposed appointment of Mr Gordon Tollefson, as Chair of  the Standards Committee for a term of one year beginning at the Annual Council Meeting 2010, be approved

 

93.

Recommendations of the General Purposes Committee pdf icon PDF 72 KB

That the report of the Assistant Chief Executive (Corporate Governance) on recommendations of the General Purposes Committee with regard to proposed amendments to the Constitution be approved.

 

A CARTER

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor A Carter, seconded by Councillor Brett and

 

RESOLVED - That the report of the Assistant Chief Executive (Corporate Governance) on recommendations of the General Purposes Committee with regard to proposed amendments to the Constitution be approved subject to an amendment to recommendation (a) in relation to an amendment to Rule 7 of the Area Committee Procedure Rules, as set out in appendix 1 to the report, by the addition of the words “and having regard to the number of Ward based Community Forums “ between the words “relates” and “where” in the fourth line of paragraph 7.4 of that appendix.

 

(The three recommendations contained in the report and as amended above were each put to the vote and carried.)

 

94.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 47 KB

To receive the minutes in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.2(o).

 

A CARTER

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor A Carter, seconded by Councillor Brett and

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes submitted to Council in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.2(o) be received.

 

Council Procedure Rule 4 providing for the winding up of business was applied prior to all notified comments on the minutes having been debated.

 

The meeting was suspended at 4.55 pm and resumed at 5.25 pm.

 

95.

White Paper Motion - Protection of Greenfield and Greenbelt Land and Playing Fields in Leeds

This Council is committed to the proactive and robust defence of Greenfield and Greenbelt sites against the predatory, and speculative, ambitions of the volume house builders.  The Council particularly welcomes the fact that it is challenging flawed Planning Inquiry findings through the High Court.

 

The Council confirms its significant concerns that the Government’s RSS figures for Leeds are unsustainable particularly in the current economic climate and agrees to write to the Secretary of State for Planning, Building and the Environment, Department for Communities and Local Government asking them to scrap this target, and talk to the Council about agreeing a sustainable and achievable target. 

 

This Council further confirms its commitment to ensuring that playing fields are protected, and more playing fields are provided throughout the City of Leeds.

 

Council also notes that decisions on individual planning applications will continue to be taken on their merit in the context of development plans policy and other material planning considerations.

 

A CARTER

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor A Carter, seconded by Councillor Golton and

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY- That this Council is committed to the proactive and robust defence of Greenfield and Greenbelt sites against the predatory, and speculative, ambitions of the volume house builders.  The Council particularly welcomes the fact that it is challenging flawed Planning Inquiry findings through the High Court.

 

The Council confirms its significant concerns that the Government’s RSS figures for Leeds are unsustainable particularly in the current economic climate and agrees to write to the Secretary of State for Planning, Building and the Environment, Department for Communities and Local Government asking them to scrap this target, and talk to the Council about agreeing a sustainable and achievable target. 

 

This Council further confirms its commitment to ensuring that playing fields are protected, and more playing fields are provided throughout the City of Leeds.

 

Council also notes that decisions on individual planning applications will continue to be taken on their merit in the context of development plans policy and other material planning considerations.

 

On the requisition of Councillors A Carter and Andrew, the voting on the motion was recorded as follows:-

 

 

YES

 

Anderson, Andrew, Armitage, Atha, Barker, Bentley, Beverley, A Blackburn, D Blackburn, Blake, Brett, Campbell, A Carter, J L Carter, Castle, Chapman, Chastney, Cleasby, Congreve, Coulson, Coupar, Davey, Dobson, Downes, Dowson, Dunn, Ewens, R Finnigan, Fox, Gabriel, Golton, Grahame, Grayshon, Gruen, Hamilton, Hanley, Harington, Harker, J Harper, G Harper, J Harrand, Harris, Hollingsworth, A Hussain, G Hyde, W Hyde, Illingworth, Iqbal, Jarosz, Kendall, Kirkland, Lamb, Lancaster, Latty, Leadley, J Lewis, R Lewis, Lobley, Lowe, Lyons, Marjoram, Matthews, A McKenna, J McKenna, Monaghan, Morgan, L Mulherin, Murray, Nash, Ogilvie, Parker, Parnham, J Procter, R Procter, Pryke, Rafique, Renshaw, L Rhodes-Clayton, Robinson, Schofield, Shelbrooke, Smith, Taggart, E Taylor, A Taylor, Townsley, Wadsworth, Wakefield, Wilkinson, Wilson, Yeadon

91

 

96.

Disrespect for the Chair

Minutes:

The Lord Mayor announced that it had been brought to her attention that mobile phones had been in use in the Chamber when Council was in session, that she regarded this as disrespect for the Chair and that it was not acceptable to her.

 

 

 

Council rose at 6.30 pm.