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Agenda and minutes

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

Contact: Email: memberservices@dartford.gov.uk 

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120.

Prayers: Reverend Jan Dash

Minutes:

121.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest Members may wish to make including the term(s) of the Grant of Dispensation(s) by the Standards Committee (if any)

Minutes:

Marie Kelly-Stone Head of Legal Services declared a personal interest on behalf of all Officers present at the meeting in staffing matters referred to in Agenda item 6 Revenue and Capital Budgets 2009/2010.

 

Marie Kelly-Stone Head of Legal Services announced the following declarations on behalf of Members:

 

In respect of Agenda item 6, for Parish/Town Councillors, a personal interest by virtue of their Parish/Town Council membership.

 

In respect of Agenda item 6, recommendation 3.7 (Members’ Allowances and Mayoral Allowances), all Members and the Mayor and Deputy Mayor have a personal interest.

 

In respect of Agenda item 6, recommendation 3.8 (Mayoral Allowances – standard rate of income tax), the Mayor and Deputy Mayor have a personal interest.

 

In respect of Agenda item 6, recommendations 3.27 (a) (Council Tax Base) all Members resident in the Borough have a personal interest.

 

In respect of Agenda item 6, recommendations 3.27(b) and 3.28 (Parish/Town Council Tax Base/Precepts) Councillors Mrs A D Allen, I D Armitt, L J Bobby, S H Brown, P F Coleman, S East, D A Hammock, J A Hayes, D E Hunnisett,  S Johnston, J A Kite, E J Lampkin, A R Martin, V Openshaw, R S L Perfitt, M I Peters, B E Read, Mrs J Rickwood, P J Scanlan, Mrs P A Thurlow, and Mrs N C Wightman have a personal interest.

 

Councillor A D Allen declared a personal interest in Agenda item 6, as Council representative on the F W A Dartford Family Support Service.  The Councillor declared a personal prejudicial interest in Agenda item 6, as a trustee of Dartford Citizens Advice Bureau, director of Groundwork Kent and Medway, trustee and chairman of Dartford Age Concern, and trustee of Homestart North West Kent.

 

Councillor C Angell declared a personal prejudicial interest in Agenda item 6, as a trustee of the Dartford Citizens Advice Bureau. The Councillor declared a personal interest in Agenda item 6 as a member of the Dartford Constituency Labour Party Executive Committee, which hires a stall at the Dartford Festival.

 

Councillor I D Armitt declared a personal interest in Agenda item 6, as a member of Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Mencap Ltd, a member of the Executive Committee of the Dartford Conservative Association who hire a stall at the Dartford Festival and, together with his wife as shareholders in Dartford Football Club and members of Dartford F C’s Supporter’s Club  and as Vice President of Dartford District Scouts Association and as his daughter is an employee of The Orchard Theatre and his wife a member of The Orchard Premier Club.  The Councillor declared a personal prejudicial interest in Agenda Item 6, as trustee of Dartford Age Concern.

 

Councillor D J Baker declared a personal interest in Agenda item 6, as a member of the Acacia Hall Club.  The Councillor declared a personal prejudicial interest in Agenda item 6, as a director of Central Park Athletic Club.

 

Councillor S H Brown declared a personal interest in Agenda  ...  view the full minutes text for item 121.

122.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence

Minutes:

123.

Mayor's Announcements

Minutes:

The Mayor thanked the Council and Councillors A D Allen, Mrs A Muckle and T A Maddison for their assistance with the Mbuwala Concerts staged at the Mick Jagger Centre. The concerts were a great success and involved a number of the Borough’s schools and choral groups. He was pleased to note that as a spin off from the concerts Dartford now boasts its own Township Choir with over fifty members.

 

The Mayor reminded Members of forthcoming charity events: the Barn Dance on 14 March, the Cabaret Evening on 29 March, Greyhound Racing Evening on 6 April and the Fashion Extravaganza on the 15 April.

124.

Urgent Items

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

Minutes:

MD

125.

Revenue and Capital Budgets 2009/2010 pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To set the level of expenditure for Dartford Borough Council capital and revenue budgets for 2009/2010, to approve the level of rents chargeable for Housing Revenue Account dwellings for 2009/2010, to agree the level of Council Tax for Dartford Borough in its parished and unparished areas and to determine sundry related matters.

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Minutes:

The Managing Director presented the Revenue and Capital Budgets 2009/2010 report, which set out the Council’s capital and revenue budgets for 2009/2010. The report, which included the revenue and capital estimates, identified the level of precepts for Kent County Council, the Kent Police Authority, Kent Fire and Rescue and the Town and Parish Councils within the Borough.

 

Members were asked to set the level of expenditure for Dartford Borough Council Capital and Revenue Budgets for 2009/2010, to approve the level of rents chargeable for Housing Revenue Account dwellings for 2009/2010, to agree the level of Council Tax for Dartford Borough in its parished and unparished areas, and to determine sundry related matters.

 

In accordance with Standing Order 16(4), a motion was proposed, seconded and carried, to allow extra time for Leaders of the Political Groups to deliver their speeches on the Budget report.

 

The Leader, in his speech, expressed his sincere condolences to the Cameron family on the death of their son Ivan. He went on to advise Members that the Conservatives had met every one of their 2003 manifesto commitments and all but one of the 2007 manifesto commitments. He felt that since 2003, the Council’s reputation had been restored and residents empowered. He reminded Members of many key achievements including the:

  • Dartford Judo Centre to be used as a training camp for the 2012 Olympics.
  • Dartford Skate Park.
  • Salute to Youth – grants to Scouts, Guides, Sea Cadets and more.
  • Dartford Festival, the premier free music festival in the South East.
  • Retention of resident’s weekly waste collection, despite Government pressure to change to fortnightly collections.
  • Central Park Edwardian Vision Project.
  • Development of the Deep Clean Community Programme.
  • The success of a range of smaller initiatives for example the Elderly Forum and the Free Bulb Scheme.

 

However, he regretted that as the Council became more creative and delivered greater efficiencies for residents, so central government innovation seemed to decline. He was disappointed at what he saw as the continued unfairness of the Government’s negative housing subsidy system which cost every Council tenant £26 a week. He explained that because the UK was now in significant financial crisis, this year’s budget had been designed to steer the Council through difficult times ahead. He was proud of the Council’s record as the highest saving Council in Kent, saving over £3 million in three years with no major cuts to core services.

 

The Leader advised Members of the key savings achieved in this year’s Budget, for example, the appointment of HQ Theatres to take control of the Orchard Theatre which will deliver a saving of £95,000. He also noted with regret that the public conveniences at Temple Hill would be closed due to reduced usage and increased vandalism.

He advised of the projects planned for the future. Discretionary charging for replacement household waste bins would be introduced and developers would be asked to make provision for bins as part of their section 106 agreement obligations. Budgets for Civic Centre hospitality  ...  view the full minutes text for item 125.