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With effect from 1 April 2016 Agenda and Minutes will be available in both Welsh and English. Reports are working documents and produced in English only in accordance with Welsh Language Standard 41 of this Council’s Final Compliance Notice from the Welsh Language Commissioner.

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62.

Councillor Paul Blackwell

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Minutes:

The Chair advised that Councillor Paul Blackwell had recently been involved in a serious car accident.  On behalf of the Council, he wished Councillor Blackwell a speedy recovery, commenting that thoughts were with him and his family.

 

63.

Apologies for Absence

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Minutes:

An apology for absence was submitted on behalf of Councillor Andrew Atkinson.

64.

Revenue Budget 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 413 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for Organisation – Finance, Performance, Health & Safety and Governance and the Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety

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Decision:

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(i)         That the approach to the Difficult Decisions consultation exercise (Paragraphs 4.21 to 4.24 of Appendix 3 to report HF/109/18 as amended) be approved.

 

(ii)        That the additional cuts outlined in Appendix 1 to report HF/109/18 be approved for consultation.

 

(iii)       That this matter be dealt with as an urgent item of business in accordance with Section 43(1) of the Council’s Standing Orders.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(i)         To enable the Council to take account of people’s views before finalising the Council’s revenue budget for the 2019/20 financial year.

 

(ii)        To enable the consultation to commence on 24 October 2018.

 

Minutes:

The Lead Member for Organisation – Finance, Performance, Health and Safety and Governance and the Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety submitted a joint report (HF/109/18) to update the 2019/20 budget plans following the Provisional Local Government Settlement and to outline how the Council will consult on its proposals.

 

The Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety presented the report and responded to questions accordingly.  A debate ensued and the following points were highlighted:

 

·         Disappointment in the provisional settlement from Welsh Government and recognition that there were difficult decisions to be made.

·         Request to make some amendments to the report in order to provide clarity, namely, page 22, paragraph 2 to read “In 2019/20 we are considering a range of options including increasing Council Tax……”, and the final paragraph on page 22 to read “One option we’re considering is an increase of 6%.....”.

·         Confirmation that, subject to approval today, the consultation exercise would commence on 24 October 2018 for a period of 5 weeks.

·         Confirmation that those potential savings which were considered to have the biggest impact were detailed within the Difficult Decisions document.

·         Importance of ensuring that it was made clear to the public that Council Tax comprised three elements; and that this Authority did not set the Police Authority and Community Council charges.

·         Importance of ensuring that all Members continue to lobby Welsh Government for a higher, fairer final settlement.

·         Disappointment and realisation that if the final settlement doesn’t change, efficiency savings would need to be found in Departments, and in some areas, services would have to be ceased.

·         Participation in the consultation exercise was vital in order to gain the views of the public and gather all opinions.

·         Collectively Members thanked the Head of Finance and his team of Officers for their hard work in preparing today’s report.

 

RESOLVED -

 

(i)         That the approach to the Difficult Decisions consultation exercise (Paragraphs 4.21 to 4.24 of Appendix 3 to report HF/109/18 as amended) be approved.

 

(ii)        That the additional cuts outlined in Appendix 1 to report HF/109/18 be approved for consultation.

 

(iii)       That this matter be dealt with as an urgent item of business in accordance with Section 43(1) of the Council’s Standing Orders.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(i)         To enable the Council to take account of people’s views before finalising the Council’s revenue budget for the 2019/20 financial year.

 

(ii)        To enable the consultation to commence on 24 October 2018.

 

65.

Presiding Chair

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Minutes:

The Leader vacated the Chair, and the Vice-Chair, Councillor Hugh Jones, presided over the next item on the Agenda to enable the Leader to present Agenda Item 4 in his capacity as Lead Member for Organisation – Finance, Performance, Health and Safety and Governance.

 

(Councillor Hugh Jones in the Chair)

 

66.

A Growth Deal for the Economy of North Wales - Proposition Document pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for Organisation – Finance, Performance, Health & Safety and Governance

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Decision:

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(i)         That the Proposition Document be recommended to Council for adoption as the basis of a longer-term regional strategy for economic growth; the regional bid for the priority programmes and projects from which the content of a Growth Deal will be drawn at the Heads of Terms agreement stage with Governments; and noting that adoption does not commit the Council to any financial investment of its own at this stage and is subject to the financial risks and benefits of the Growth Deal being set out in detail, for full consideration, when the final Deal is presented for approval at a later date.

 

(ii)        That the Leader of the Council be authorised to commit the Council to entering Heads of Terms with the UK and Welsh Governments alongside the political and professional leaders from the nine other statutory partners represented on the North Wales Economic Ambition Board and the North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council, with the Proposition Document setting out the parameters for the Heads of Terms agreement.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

To enable the Council to continue to support the development of the Growth Bid for North Wales and to be an active partner in the governance and delivery.

Minutes:

The Lead Member for Organisation – Finance, Performance, Health and Safety and Governance submitted a report (CE/07/18) seeking support for the Proposition Document setting out the economic ambition for North Wales and providing the basis for the development of a Growth Bid, and to seek approval for the Leader of the Council to commit the Council to enter into Heads of Terms with both the UK and Welsh Governments.

 

The Lead Member presented the report and a debate ensued.  The following points were highlighted during the discussions:

 

·         Members welcomed the report and the opportunities it would bring in terms of the number of jobs created, and the value of investment in the North Wales economy.

·         Clarification sought regarding the role of the Section 151 Officer.  In response, the Lead Member advised that there had not been an announcement on the financial elements of the proposals, but it was expected that the risk element would be undertaken by both Welsh and UK Governments.  Officers added to the comments and stated that the Ambition Board would be compiling a list of what they considered the risks to be.

·         Confirmation that as soon as an announcement on funding was made, work could begin on projects to be taken forward.

 

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(i)         That the Proposition Document be recommended to Council for adoption as the basis of a longer-term regional strategy for economic growth; the regional bid for the priority programmes and projects from which the content of a Growth Deal will be drawn at the Heads of Terms agreement stage with Governments; and noting that adoption does not commit the Council to any financial investment of its own at this stage and is subject to the financial risks and benefits of the Growth Deal being set out in detail, for full consideration, when the final Deal is presented for approval at a later date.

 

(ii)        That the Leader of the Council be authorised to commit the Council to entering Heads of Terms with the UK and Welsh Governments alongside the political and professional leaders from the nine other statutory partners represented on the North Wales Economic Ambition Board and the North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council, with the Proposition Document setting out the parameters for the Heads of Terms agreement.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

To enable the Council to continue to support the development of the Growth Bid for North Wales and to be an active partner in the governance and delivery.

 

(Councillor Mark Pritchard in the Chair)

67.

Winter Garden Waste Collection Service Review pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for Place – Environment and Transport

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Decision:

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(i)         That the implementation of a revised garden waste collection service during the months of December, January and February, providing for one collection per month, starting this year, be approved.

 

(ii)        That this matter be dealt with as an urgent item of business in accordance with Standing Order 43 (1) of the Council’s Standing Orders.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(i)         Responding to the comments received during the ‘Difficult Decisions’ budget, consultations. Whilst maintaining a garden waste collection service throughout the year, this revised frequency of collection during winter will provide service efficiencies and resource capacity to build resilience to the Council’s winter maintenance service.

 

(ii)        To ensure that the initiative can be implemented and a communication plan can provide the necessary notice periods prior to the proposed start in December.

Minutes:

The Lead Member for Place – Environment and Transport submitted a report (HEP/85/18) seeking approval to change the current arrangements for garden waste collection service during the winter months.

 

The Lead Member presented the report and explained that the proposals to move to monthly collections for garden waste would improve efficiency, add resilience to the Winter Maintenance Team and reduce agency costs.  He reiterated that the service was not being stopped, but pointed out people were also able to take garden waste to the recycling sites.

 

RESOLVED -

 

(i)         That the implementation of a revised garden waste collection service during the months of December, January and February, providing for one collection per month, starting this year, be approved.

 

(ii)        That this matter be dealt with as an urgent item of business in accordance with Standing Order 43 (1) of the Council’s Standing Orders.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(i)         Responding to the comments received during the ‘Difficult Decisions’ budget, consultations. Whilst maintaining a garden waste collection service throughout the year, this revised frequency of collection during winter will provide service efficiencies and resource capacity to build resilience to the Council’s winter maintenance service.

 

(ii)        To ensure that the initiative can be implemented and a communication plan can provide the necessary notice periods prior to the proposed start in December.