To: ALL MEMBERS OF THE THREE RIVERS DISTRICT COUNCIL
You are hereby summoned to attend an ordinary meeting of the Council to be held in the Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth, on Tuesday 16, February 2010 at 7.30pm for the purpose of transacting the under-mentioned business:-
A G E N D A
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Council meeting held on 15 December 2009 (pages A1 to A14).
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3. CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
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4. LEADER’S REPORT
5. MEMBERS’ ALLOWANCES
To receive the report of the Independent Remuneration Panel on Members’ Allowances (Pages B1–B5).
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6. STRATEGIC SERVICE AND FINANCIAL PLANNING 2010-2013
To receive the recommendations from the Administration on Strategic, Service and Financial Planning 2010-2013. (Members are requested to bring to the meeting the papers circulated
for the Executive Committee meeting on 1 February 2010). (Members are referred to the procedural rule for budget setting which is attached at Page C1).
10 02 16 CL i - (06) strategic service and fin planning-app DOWNLOAD7. COUNCIL TAX
This report allows the Council to set its own Council Tax for 2010/2011 (to be circulated at the meeting).
8. QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC UNDER PROCEDURE RULE 16
(None received.) 9. PETITIONS UNDER PROCEDURE RULE 19
(None received.) 10. DISCUSSION TOPIC UNDER PROCEDURE RULE 17
(None received.)11. MOTIONS UNDER PROCEDURE RULE 11
(1) Councillor Ann Shaw, seconded by Councillor Martin Trevett to move under Notice duly given as follows:
This Council wishes to express its concern about the Section 106 Funding protocol issued by Herts County Council (HCC) last year and requests HCC to reconsider the terms of the protocol.
i) Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) considers that when funding is allocated under Section 106 agreements to reduce the impact of a development, deal with a local problem or offer a local enhancement, it should be used for that purpose.
ii) The Council requests that if consideration is given to re-allocating Section 106 funding the views of the local members and the JMP be given full consideration.
iii) Following the information that more than £200K has been lost because Section 106 agreements have not been implemented in time, and that a further £892K is at risk because the refund date has expired, urgent action must be taken to ensure that no more Section 106 money is lost and that it is spent efficiently and effectively and within the time scale set down.
The Council instructs the Chief Executive to convey the views of this Council to HCC.
(2) Councillor Les Mead, seconded by Councillors Sara Bedford, Paul Goggins and Richard Struck to move under Notice duly given as follows:
1. Council notes that:
2. Council is concerned that the complexity of the system to claim Pension Credit has put so many people off claiming the credit that they are missing out on vital payments towards their winter fuel bills.
- Cold Weather Payments of £25 per week are paid to people on low incomes who receive a qualifying benefit, such as Pension Credit.
- The form to apply for Pension Credit is 18 pages long and the advisory notes on how to complete it are 19 pages long.
- Last year 1.7million pensioners missed out on an average of over £1700 each of pension credit.
- Vulnerable residents with WD post codes are missing out on vital payments towards their fuel bills because their addresses are grouped with central London and therefore have received a lower level of benefit than residents with a St Albans or Hemel Hempstead post code.
- So far this winter, residents of St Albans and Hemel Hempstead have received £75, whilst those nearby with a Watford post code have received only £25.
3. Council therefore instructs the Chief Executive to write to the Secretary of State to request a simplified method for claiming Pension Credit and to request a more equitable location for determining the amount of Cold Weather Payments made to Three Rivers residents.
(3) Councillor David Sansom, seconded by Councillor Chris Hayward to move under Notice duly given as follows:
Given the deep concern of Three Rivers residents at the substantial overspend and delays associated with the William Penn project, this Council wishes to ask the Council’s External Auditor to conduct a full, independent and transparent scrutiny of the project to reassure and inform its residents.
12. RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
To consider the recommendation of the Executive Committee at its meeting held on 1 February 2010.
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13. REPORTS AND QUESTIONS TO THE LEADER, CABINET AND CHAIRMEN OF THE POLICY AND SCRUTINY, AUDIT, DEVELOPMENT CONTROL, LICENSING, SHARED SERVICES AND REGULATORY SERVICES COMMITTEES
The following questions have been received from Councillor David Sansom to the Leader of the Council, Councillor Ann Shaw
1) If the William Penn Pool was not to open what would be the Council’s liability to Hertsmere Leisure?
2) Can you confirm what the total figure for the William Penn project stands at including contingencies?
Reports from the Cabinet Member for Environment (Cllr Martin Trevett), Cabinet Member for Sustainability (Cllr Alison Scarth) and the Chairman of the Sustainable Environment Policy and Scrutiny Committee (Cllr Peter Wakeling) and questions.
LEISURE AND COMMUNITY SAFETY
Reports from the Cabinet Member for Leisure and Community (Cllr Chris Whately-Smith), Cabinet Member for Community Safety (Cllr Roger Seabourne) and the Chairman of the Leisure and Community Safety Policy and Scrutiny Committee (Cllr Steve Drury) and questions.
PUBLIC SERVICES AND HEALTH
Reports from the Cabinet Member for Public Services and Health (Cllr Phil Brading) and the Chairman of the Public Services and Health Policy and Scrutiny Committee (Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst) and questions.
Reports from the Cabinet Member for Resources (Cllr Matthew Bedford) and the Chairman of the Resources Policy and Scrutiny Committee (Cllr Sarah Nelmes) and questions.
Report from and questions to the Vice-Chairman of the Joint Shared Services Committee (Cllr Brian White)
To receive the recommendation of the Joint Shared Services Committee on 3 December 2009.
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Report from and questions to the Chairman of the Audit Committee (Cllr Peter Ray)
DEVELOPMENT CONTROL COMMITTEE
Report from and questions to the Chairman of the Development Control Committee (Cllr Geoffrey Dunne)
Report from and questions to the Chairman of the Licensing Committee (Cllr Pam Hames)
Report from and questions to the Chairman of the Regulatory Services Committee (Cllr Sara Bedford)
14. REPORTS OF MEETINGS
With the exception of the Executive, Regulatory, Licensing, and Audit Committees recommendations to Council, the following reports are submitted for information only:-
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NOTE AS TO PRAYERS: Jabir Merali will read prayers at 7.25pm. Members who are not already in their places are requested to refrain from entering the Chamber during the reading of prayers. Sufficient time will be allowed for Members to do so after the close of prayers in order that the business of the meeting may begin at 7.30pm.