Agenda and draft minutes

Council
Thursday, 16th January, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Chamber - Quadrant, The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY. View directions

Contact: Dave Brown/Paul Wheeler  Email: democraticsupport@northtyneside.gov.uk

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C47/20

Whitley Bay Town Cup

Minutes:

The Chair announced that the Whitley Bay Town Cup had been awarded to

Beach Access North East in recognition of the work undertaken by the charity in giving wheelchair users the opportunity to access the beach and the benefits it can bring to individual and families.

 

The Chair presented the Cup to Stephen Miller, Andy Divers and Lorna Moore who addressed the Council and thanked the Authority for awarding the Cup to the Beach Access North East.

C48/20

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Two valid questions have been received from members of the public for this meeting.

 

Minutes:

1.         Question to the Elected Mayor by Dr Groom

 

What evidence does North Tyneside Council have that members have opposed or even raised objections to the ICS? In becoming part of the ICS what safeguards have you obtained on behalf of North Tyneside residents to ensure services will not be privatised?

 

Councillor M Hall responded as follows

 

First of all, may I thank Dr Groom for the question, I know our residents are supportive of the NHS and many are keenly interested in how it is run.

 

Secondly, I would like to be quite clear that, in common with all of my Elected colleagues, Members, the Mayor and our MPs we all have worked hard over a long period to promote and protect health services to the people of North Tyneside.

 

If you have spoken to senior NHS leaders who work with North Tyneside I am certain they will confirm that they have felt keenly, the accountability we have brought to bear on behalf of our residents. That accountability has consistently demonstrated a focus on serving our local communities and performing as strongly as possible.

 

I am sure Dr Groom will have spotted, even during a particularly difficult winter, all of our NHS colleagues have continued to perform better than the rest of the country.

 

In terms of privatisation, as a retired GP, I am sure Dr Groom has a clear understanding of the range of commercial arrangements that exist to ensure the NHS can function.  It is often lost on the wider public that many of our clinicians operate through a contractual arrangement and are not directly employed by the NHS.

 

In terms of the specifics of your question:

 

I have an enormous body of evidence that demonstrates elected representatives working with the NHS to develop and protect services for North Tyneside.

 

At this stage, there has been no need to “oppose” or object to the ICS as it relates to North Tyneside residents because there have been no proposed changes to services that would raise concern.

 

However, last week, at my request, as Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Sir Jim Mackey of Northumbria Health Care, Mark Adams of North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group and Paul Hanson, our Chief Executive briefed the Board in detail.

 

They specifically focussed on the work of the Northern Integrated Care Partnership – which I am sure Dr Groom will know is the portion of the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System that relates to North Tyneside – and the difference it would make to residents.

 

Sir Jim talked through some clinical changes and some shared innovation with Newcastle Hospitals. Mark talked about the work we are doing together on prevention, and Paul talked about work NHS colleagues are supporting on climate change, local supply and some excellent plans for NHS employers to target vulnerable groups and communities for jobs in the NHS.

 

In closing I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all the health and social  ...  view the full minutes text for item C48/20

C49/20

To receive any Declarations of Interest

You are invited to declare any registerable and/or non-registerable interests in matters appearing on the agenda, and the nature of that interest.

 

Please complete the Declarations of Interests card available at the meeting and return it to the Democratic Services Officer before leaving the meeting.

 

You are also invited to disclose any dispensation from the requirement to declare any registerable and/or non-registerable interests that have been granted to you in respect of any matters appearing on the agenda.

 

Minutes:

Councillor D Cox declared a registerable personal interest in relation to

Item 6 – Council Tax Empty Home Premiums as she owned a second property.

 

Councillor S Cox declared a registerable personal interest in relation to

Item 6 – Council Tax Empty Home Premiums as he owned a second property.

 

C50/20

Minutes of the meeting held on 28 November 2019 pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that the minutes of the Council meeting held on 28 November 2019 be taken as read, confirmed and signed by the Chair.

C51/20

Timetable of Meetings 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To consider a draft programme of Council and committee meetings for the 2020/21 municipal year.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council received a report which presented the proposed programme of meetings for the 2020/21 municipal year, including designated Council meetings to hear public questions.

 

It was moved by Councillor B Pickard and seconded by Councillor J Stirling that:

 

(1) the programme of meetings for 2020/21, as set out in Appendix A to the report be approved; and

 

(2) the meetings of the full Council proposed for 23 July 2020, 26 November 2020 and 21 January 2021 be those at which questions will be taken from members of the public.

 

The Motion, on being put to the meeting, was approved by 51 votes to 0 votes.

C52/20

Council Tax Empty Home Premiums pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To consider and determine with the proposed Council Tax premium levels being applied to all relevant properties from 1 April 2020. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Note: Councillors D Cox and S Cox withdrew from the meeting for this item).

 

Council considered a report that recommended proposed Council Tax premium levels being applied to all relevant properties from 1 April 2020.

 

It was moved by Councillor R Glindon and seconded by Councillor B Pickard that:

 

Council

 

(a)  note the recommended level of premiums which are set out as option 1 at 1.6 of the report;

 

(b)  agree that, with effect from 1 April 2020 and 1 April 2021, the Council Tax empty homes premiums as set out in Option 1 of paragraph 1.6 of the report will apply across the Borough;

 

(c)  agree that, in line with Government recommendation owners of properties that can demonstrate that the property is actively being marketed for sale or rent at a reasonable level are exempt from the Council Tax empty homes premium on that property; and

 

(d)  agree that the Head of Resources be given authority to determine if any exemption from the Council Tax empty homes premium should apply to a particular property as considered appropriate and that this delegated authority be recorded in the Officer Delegation Scheme of the Authority’s Constitution.

 

The Motion, on being put to the meeting, was approved by 51 votes to 0 votes.

 

 

 

C53/20

Chair's Announcements

To receive any announcements by the Chair of Council.

 

Minutes:

In her announcements the Chair mentioned the many Christmas events that she had attended which included the first indoor Christmas Market in the Quadrant which had raised over £1000 for her charities.

 

The Chair had taken part in a Citizenship ceremony and the Council had hosted a British Empire medal ceremony where 5 members of the region had received an award.

 

The Charity Ball sales were going well with over 150 places being sold and the Chair thanked those who were unable to attend but had made donations for the event.

C54/20

Elected Mayor's Announcements

To receive any announcements by the Elected Mayor.

 

Minutes:

There were no announcements from the Elected Mayor.