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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DR

Contact: Email: memberservices@dartford.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

60.

Prayers: Reverend Kenneth Clark

Minutes:

The Mayor’s Chaplain led the Council in prayers.

61.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Lloyd, McLean, Read, Shanks and Shippam.  An apology for lateness was submitted on behalf of Councillor Jarnell who subsequently joined the meeting.

62.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interest from Members including the terms(s) of the Grant of Dispensation (if any) by the Audit Board or Managing Director.

Minutes:

The Mayor informed Members that the Managing Director had exercised his delegated authority, in consultation with the Monitoring Officer, to grant a dispensation to all Parish/Town Councillors to speak and vote on Agenda item 13 (Financial Contributions to Parish and Town Councils 2018/19) because otherwise so many members of the Council would have had a prejudicial interest in the matter that it would impede the transaction of business.

 

Councillor Armitt also declared a prejudicial interest in agenda item 13 as he is employed as the Parish Clerk of Wilmington Parish Council.

 

63.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 106 KB

To approve the minutes of the General Assembly of the Council held on 20 November 2017 as an accurate record.

 

To approve the minutes of the special meeting of the General Assembly of the Council held on 30 November as an accurate record. These minutes are “to follow.”

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

            RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the General Assembly of the Council held on 20 November 2017 be agreed as an accurate record.

 

 

The Leader of the Swanscombe and Greenhithe Resident’s Association provided clarification on his comments recorded in the minutes of the General Assembly of the Council held on 30 November 2017. The minute read “However there were some aspects that he did not support such as the splitting up of Swanscombe and Knockhall which had strong community ties.” He felt that this sentence (contained towards the bottom of page 4) was slightly misleading and asked for the minutes to be amended by replacing that sentence as follows: “However there were some aspects that he found strange and did not support such as the removal of Swanscombe Marshes  from Swanscombe ward and the division of Knockhall and Greenhithe which had longstanding historic community ties. He was unconvinced by the rationale behind this and did not think that it was in the best interests of the local community.”

 

            RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the General Assembly of the Council held on 30 November 2017, as amended, be agreed as an accurate record.  

64.

Mayor's Announcements

Minutes:

The Mayor did not make any announcements.

65.

Leader's Announcements

To receive announcements from the Leader of the Council

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council did not make any announcements.

66.

Questions from Political Group Leaders

To consider any questions (from the Political Group Leaders) to the Leader/Cabinet submitted in accordance with Standing Order 14.

Minutes:

 

 

The following question was submitted by the Shadow Leader of the Council:

 

"Does the Leader of the Council agree with the view of Paul Carter, or the view of Gareth Johnson regarding Kent County Council plans to cut subsidies to bus services, including those services that provide a vital lifeline to communities in Dartford?"

 

In accordance with Standing Order 14 the question and answer, including a supplementary question and answer, are recorded in a book kept for this purpose in the Members’ Area.

 

67.

Motions

To consider any Motions submitted in accordance with Standing Order 10.

Minutes:

There were no motions.

68.

Urgent Items

The Mayor will announce her decision as to whether there are any urgent items.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

69.

Council in Committee

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor R M Currans, seconded by Councillor J A Kite and

 

            RESOLVED:

 

That in accordance with Standing Order 11 (13) the General Assembly of the Council go into Committee and the rules of Procedures for Committees do apply.

 

THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL, COUNCILLOR J A KITE MBE, IN THE CHAIR

 

 

70.

References from other Committees (if any)

Minutes:

There were no references from other committees.

71.

Local Scheme of Support for Council Tax 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To adopt a local scheme for Council Tax to be effective from 1 April 2018.

Minutes:

Members were informed that for each new financial year the Council was required to consider whether to confirm or revise its existing Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS). It was proposed that the existing scheme for 2017/18 should be rolled forward with a minor amendment in respect of the Minimum Income Floor. An unintended consequence of the Minimum Income Floor was that it disproportionately penalises disabled self-employed applicants and/or their partners. In order to eliminate this unfairness, it was proposed to make self-employed applicants and/or their self-employed partner exempt from the Minimum Income Floor if they are in receipt of the Personal Independence Payment (standard or enhanced rate of the daily living component) or Disability Living Allowance (middle or high rate of the care component) or Armed Forces Independence Payment. This amendment would be financially beneficial to those affected whilst the overall financial impact on the cost of the CTRS would be minimal. It was estimated that only one claimant would be affected by this proposed change.

 

            RESOLVED:

 

That the current Council Tax Reduction Scheme be amended as follows and adopted to take effect from 1 April 2018:

·         That a self-employed applicant, and/or his/her self-employed partner, who is in receipt of the Personal Independence Payment (standard or enhanced rate of the daily living component) or Disability Living Allowance (middle or high rate of the care component) or Armed Forces Independent Payment, be made exempt from the Minimum Income Floor.

72.

Setting the Council Tax Base for 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To determine the tax base for the whole area of Dartford Borough and for those parts relating to Parishes in accordance with section 35 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

 

This report is “to follow.”

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council was asked to determine the tax base for the Borough for 2018/19, including those parts relating to Parishes, in accordance with section 35 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

 

            RESOLVED:

 

That, subject to the matters contained in the report and in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) Regulations 2012 and on the basis of the detailed calculations in Appendix A to the report, the amount calculated by the Dartford Borough Council as its tax base for the year 2018/19 shall be:

                                                 

                                                           

For the whole of Dartford Borough:

 

36,685.06

 

For parts of Dartford Borough:

 

 

 

Bean Parish

 

558.58

Darenth Parish

 

1,534.36

Longfield and New Barn Parish

 

2,498.05

Southfleet Parish

 

624.68

Stone Parish

 

4,221.65

Sutton-at-Hone and Hawley Parish

 

1,467.18

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town

 

5,122.94

Wilmington Parish

 

2,971.02

 

 

 

73.

Financial Contributions to Parish and Town Councils 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To agree the level of financial contributions to be paid to Parish and Town Councils in 2018/19.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The General Assembly of the Council agreed the level of financial contributions to be paid to Parish Councils and to Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council for 2018/19 by way of section 136 funding, through the Capacity Building Fund and by way of contributions to compensate for lost council tax income in local areas from the Council Tax Support scheme.

 

RESOLVED:

 

To note that the proposed contributions agreed by the Cabinet on 7 December 2017 listed in the report will be part of the overall budget subject to formal approval by the General Assembly of the Council on 26th February 2018.

74.

Remaking of Hackney Carriage Byelaws pdf icon PDF 47 KB

To approve the remaking of the Hackney Carriage Byelaws.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The General Assembly of the Council was asked to approve the remaking of the Hackney Carriage Byelaws for submission to the Department for Transport for onward transmission to the Secretary of State for confirmation.

 

            RESOLVED:

 

That the Hackney Carriage Byelaws contained in Appendix A to the report be remade and that the Head of Legal Services be authorised to execute the byelaws for onward transmission to the Department for Transport for confirmation by the Secretary of State.

75.

Re-convening of the General Assembly of the Council

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite, seconded by Councillor P F Coleman and

 

            RESOLVED:

 

That in accordance with Standing Order 11 (14) the General Assembly of the Council now re-convene.

 

THE MAYOR, COUNCILLOR R M CURRANS IN THE CHAIR

 

76.

Reserved Minutes pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To consider any of the minutes of the following Cabinet meeting reserved in accordance with Standing Order 16;

 

(a)       for full debate by Political Groups on the Council;

(b)       by Ward Members.

 

Cabinet

 

2 November 2017

Minutes:

The Mayor advised Members that the Shadow Leader had reserved Cabinet minute 61, Refuse Collection and Street Cleansing, from the meeting held on 2nd November 2017 for debate.

 

The Shadow Leader of the Council said that he had reserved this minute for debate as he considered that it was important to discuss the consideration of the Refuse Collection and Street Cleansing Contract that had taken place at the Cabinet meeting on 2nd November and at the Cabinet Advisory Panel B meeting on 30th October and how this related to the “Big Bin 3” public consultation. It was important to establish what the options were for future refuse collections and what people were actually being asked to vote on as it was unclear whether this was purely a consultation exercise or a binding vote. He said that the CAP B meeting had been told that there would be a consultation but that this had been rushed through and poorly constructed with an unwieldy introduction, muddy wording and no clear financial information for residents. The consultation was taking place over the Christmas holiday period in contravention of the recommendations contained in the Council’s Consultation and Public Engagement Strategy. He said that residents he had spoken to believed that they were being asked what type of service they wanted yet the email sent out referred only to residents “shaping” the future service. He wanted to know whether residents were being consulted or being allowed a vote to determine which options were contained in the new contract for refuse collection and recycling. If so was there a baseline for the minimum number of votes required for the vote to be binding upon the Council? He said that the report to CAP B and the Cabinet talked about only two options, including the Nominal Optimal Option (NOM) that had already been accepted by Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s, the two Borough’s that the Council was proposing to co-operate with as part of a joint tendering process.  He noted that the consultation presented three options to residents rather than the two previously outlined to Members. He repeated that the consultation was being rushed and he felt that this was being carried out in order to seek resident’s endorsement of proposals which reneged on the Conservative’s 2015 manifesto promises about maintaining weekly refuse collection services.

 

The Deputy Shadow Leader of the Council stated that the consultation was flawed and that a number of points considered by the CAP B and Cabinet meetings were not covered. He re-iterated that Members had only discussed two options rather than three. He said that the report had provided some financial implications but this was missing in the consultation documents and said that the consultation breached many of the principles set out in the Council’s Communications and Engagement Strategy including the requirement allow sufficient time for the submission of responses. He asked whether the Leader of the Council would give an undertaking that he would publish the results  ...  view the full minutes text for item 76.