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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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64.

To answer any public questions or receive public statements or petitions under Standing Orders 10 and 11 of the Council's Standing Orders

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Minutes:

The Mayor reported that no public questions, statements or petitions had been received.

 

65.

Apologies for Absence

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Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Russell Gilmartin, Kevin Hughes, Gwenfair Lloyd Jones, Hugh Jones, M G Morris and Nigel Williams.

66.

Mayor's Announcements

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The Mayor referred to the Annual St David’s Day parade which would be taking place in the town centre on Friday 1 March and encouraged Members to join the parade if they were able to.

 

The Mayor advised that the veterans’ Standards were now on display in the Council Chamber.  Many of our local armed forces veterans had attended the unveiling event last week, and he had been honoured to have been a part of the event.

 

The Mayor informed Members and officers of a charity evening that he was organising in aid of his charity fund in April.  He would confirm further details in due course.

 

67.

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 12 December 2018.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the meeting of the County Borough Council held on 12 December 2018 be confirmed as a correct record.

 

68.

Minutes of the Executive Board and Committees

To consider any issues raised by Members arising from the Minutes of the Executive Board, Scrutiny Committees and other Committees, together with any questions raised under Standing Order 9 of the Council’s Standing Orders, of the various meetings that have taken place since the last ordinary meeting of the Council for which Minutes have been approved and published on the Authority’s website.  Copies can be obtained, if required, via the Committee and Member Services Section. 

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Minutes:

No issues were raised by Members in relation to the Minutes of meetings that have taken place since the last ordinary meeting of the Council for which Minutes have been approved and published on the Authority’s website.

 

69.

Appointment of Members to the Executive Board, Committees, Scrutiny Committees and Various Panels pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Corporate and Customer Services/Monitoring Officer

 

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The Monitoring Officer submitted a report (HCCS/07/19) allowing Members to consider the appointment of Members to the vacant seats on the Executive Board, Committees, Scrutiny Committees and various Panels set up by the Council as part of its Constitution.

 

RESOLVED - That the outstanding vacancies be filled as follows  :

 

Customers, Performance, Resources and Governance Scrutiny Committee

(1 seat)

Councillor Paul Rogers

 

Homes and Environment Scrutiny Committee

(1 seat)

Councillor Ronnie Prince

 

Investigation and Disciplinary Committee

(1 seat)

Councillor William Baldwin

 

Pay and Reward Panel

(1 seat)

Councillor Joan Lowe

 

Audit Committee

(1 seat)

Councillor Mike Davies

 

 

REASON FOR DECISION

To agree the appointment of Members to the vacant seats on the Executive Board, Committees, Scrutiny Committees and Various Panels set up by the Council as part of its Constitution, as outlined in paragraph 2.1 of the report. 

 

70.

Revenue Budget and Council Tax Settings 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 91 KB

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

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The Lead Member for Organisation – Finance, Performance, Health & Safety and Governance submitted a report (HF/06/19) enabling Members to agree the 2019/20 revenue budget in accordance with the recommendations of the Executive Board and to set the council tax for the financial year beginning 1 April 2019.

 

A Member advised that he could not support the proposed budget for a number of reasons stating that he felt the rise in Council Tax would put pressure on the most vulnerable people in Wrexham.  Thereafter a number of Members, in recognising the need to make efficiency savings as well as cuts, spoke in support of the proposed budget referring in particular to their approval of the 3% cash limited budget uplift to schools and the recent streamlining of the senior structure.

 

RESOLVED -

 

1          That the Revenue Budget for 2019/2020 as submitted be approved.

 

2          That it be noted that the Head of Finance calculated the following amounts for the year 2019/2020 in accordance with regulations made under section 33[5] of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (as amended):-

 

            (a)        53421 being the amount calculated by the Council, in accordance with regulation 3 of the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base)(Wales) Regulations 1995, as its Council Tax Base for the year 2019/2020.

 

            (b)       Part of the Council's area being 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.

 

Community of

Tax Base

Abenbury

496

Acton

5720

Bangor Isycoed

591

Bronington

650

Broughton

2831

Brymbo

1945

Caia Park

3795

Cefn

2260

Ceiriog Ucha

161

Chirk

1672

Coedpoeth

1711

Erbistock

223

Esclusham

1421

Glyntraian

383

Gresford

2640

Gwersyllt

3895

Hanmer

371

Holt

843

Isycoed

226

Llangollen Rural

865

Llansantffraid Glyn Ceiriog

478

Llay

1763

Maelor South

699

Marchwiel

590

Minera

705

Offa

4208

 

 

Overton

696

Penycae

1127

Rhosddu

2757

Rhosllanerchrugog

3276

Rossett

1810

Ruabon

1799

Sesswick

320

Willington/Worthenbury

 

494

Total Taxbase

53421

 

3.         That the following amounts be now calculated by the Council for the year 2019/2020 in accordance with Sections 32 to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended :-

 

(a)

337,128,147

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)

97,895,661

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)

239,232,486

being the amount by which the aggregate at 3(a) above exceeds the aggregate at 3(b) above, calculated by the Council , in accordance with Section 32(4) of the Act, as its budget requirement for the year.

 

(d)

174,992,283

being the aggregate of the sums which the Council estimates will be payable for the year into its Council fund in respect of redistributed non-domestic rates, revenue support grant or additional grant as adjusted under section 33(3B).  ...  view the full minutes text for item 70.

71.

Review of Co-opted Members to the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 177 KB

To consider the report of the Chair of Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee

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Minutes:

The Chair of Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee submitted a report HF/08/19 which enabled Members to consider the review of the Co-opted membership of the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee.

 

Members recognised the valid contribution made by the Co-opted

Members to the work of the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee.

 

RESOLVED -

 

(i)            That Mr Brent Evans be re-appointed as a co-opted member of the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee with an entitlement to speak but not vote on education issues, until end February 2021.

 

(ii)          Council approve the appointment of a Parent Governor to represent the Special Educational Needs sector as a co-opted member of the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee with an entitlement to speak and vote on education issues, until end February 2021.

 

 

            REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

 

(i)         To meet the statutory requirement to have representation of Parent

            Governors and Church Representatives on the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny

            Committee.

 

(ii)        To continue to benefit from the knowledge of the currently appointed non-voting co-opted Member of the Committee.

 

(iii)       To provide the opportunity to consider increasing the diversity of the

            membership of the Committee, in line with Statutory Guidance regarding Section 76 of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011.