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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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83.

Prayers: Father Nick Williams

Minutes:

84.

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 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 2014/2015.

 

The following interests were also declared by Members:

 

Councillor P A Coleman declared a prejudicial interest in Agenda item 6, Revenue and Capital Budgets 2014/2015, as he is a trustee of the 1st Sutton-at-Hone Scout Group.

 

Councillor P Kelly declared a prejudicial interest in Agenda item 6, Revenue and Capital Budgets 2014/2015, as he is a trustee and member of the Unit Management Committee of Dartford & Crayford Sea Cadets who receive grants/funding from the Council.

 

Councillor J A Kite declared a prejudicial interest in Agenda item 6, Revenue and Capital Budgets 2014/2015, as he is a director of Dartford Football Club and a director of the Leigh Technology Academy.

 

Councillor E J Lampkin declared a prejudicial interest in Agenda item 6, Revenue and Capital Budgets 2014/2015, as he is a trustee of Dartford Citizens Advice Bureau.

 

Councillor D J Mote declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in Appendices K(i),(ii) and (iii) of Agenda item 6, Revenue and Capital Budgets 2014/2015, as his wife is an employee of Stone Parish Council and a prejudicial interest in Agenda item 6 in respect of his involvement with the Stone Scout Group.

 

Councillor Mrs J A Rickwood declared a prejudicial interest in Agenda item 6, Revenue and Capital Budgets 2014/2015, as she is a trustee of Dartford Citizens Advice Bureau.

 

85.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence

Minutes:

86.

Mayor's Announcements

To receive any announcements by the Mayor.

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements:

 

·         Forthcoming Events

 

The Mayor invited Members to support the following forthcoming events for her Charity:

 

o   Charity Quiz Night at St. Vincent’s Church Hall on 1st March

o   Chinese Night at Twins Restaurant on 12 March

o   Cabaret evening at Wilmington Grammar School on 23rd March

 

·         Lizzie Yarnold, Olympic Gold Medalist

 

The Mayor informed Members that she had written to congratulate Lizzie Yarnold on winning the gold medal in the Women’s Skeleton event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi and that she had invited her to attend the Dartford Festival in view of her avowed wish to inspire and motivate young people to participate in sport.

 

·         Recent Visit to Shepheard Neame Brewery

 

The Mayor advised Members that she had recently visited the Shepheard Neame brewery to learn how the brewery contributed to the Kent economy.

87.

Urgent Items

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

Minutes:

MD

88.

Revenue and Capital Budgets 2014/2015 pdf icon PDF 124 KB

To set the level of expenditure for Dartford Borough Council capital and revenue budgets for 2014/2015, approve the level of rents chargeable for Housing Revenue Account dwellings for 2014/2015, agree the level of Council Tax for Dartford Borough in its parished and unparished areas, to approve the Pay Policy Statement for 2014/2015, and to determine sundry related matters.

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Minutes:

The General Assembly of the Council considered a report which set out the Council’s capital and revenue budgets for 2014/2015. The report, which included the revenue and capital estimates, identified the level of precepts for Kent County Council, the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, 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 2014/15, to approve the level of rents chargeable for Housing Revenue Account dwellings for 2014/15, to agree the level of Council Tax for Dartford Borough in its parished and unparished areas, and to determine sundry related matters. Members were also asked to approve the Council’s Pay Policy Statement.

 

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 of the Council, Councillor J A Kite, expressed his thanks to Steve Brooks, Head of Finance and Resources for his hard work and loyal service to the Council over many years and for his work on the budget process and sound advice. He wished Mr Brooks a long and happy retirement.

 

The Leader proposed the budget for 2014/2015 to the Council and explained that his speech would be shorter than normal because the budget process was now a well established one which was familiar to Members. For the 5th year running no increase in the Dartford Council Tax was proposed although it had been disappointing that the Police and Fire Authority precepts had increased.  The budget also contained no cuts in services, more capital projects to benefit the town building on a decade of successful project delivery including the Judo Club, Princes Park, the improvements in Central Park including the bandstand, the bridges, the Café in the Park, the improvements at Brooklands Lakes, and the skatepark as well as other amenities throughout the borough. In the coming year there would be further important works which would benefit local residents including the refurbishment of the Fairfield Pool and Leisure Centre by March 2015, the building of a new pavilion and community facility at Hesketh Park and the multi-use open air theatre and picnic grounds in Central Park. It was also proposed to fund a refurbishment of the Dartford Harriers athletics facilities including renewing the running track. The Leader expressed his thanks to Tony Durey from Dartford Harriers for his help in taking this forward.

 

The Leader also welcomed the progress made in regenerating the Town Centre and the progression with the redevelopment of Lowfield Street. Whilst this had taken longer than anyone would have wished he felt that important steps forward had been taken and he hoped that Tesco would have a better understanding of how to work with local communities in future. He also felt saddened that some people sought to belittle the regeneration initiatives and the work of local traders to advance  ...  view the full minutes text for item 88.