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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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96.

Prayers: Reverend McCarron

Minutes:

The Mayor’s Chaplain led the Council in prayer. Special mention was made of Mr Eric Huxley former Councillor and Mayor of the Borough who had recently passed away. The Council held a minute’s silence at the start of the prayers in memory of Mr Huxley.

97.

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 Managing Director 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 2016/2017.

 

Councillor I D Armitt declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in Appendices K(i),(ii) and (iii) of Agenda item 6 as he is an employee of Wilmington Parish Council.

 

Councillor J Burrell declared a prejudicial interest in Agenda item 6 as he is a trustee of the Dartford Citizens Advice Bureau which receives grants/funding from the Council.

 

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

 

Councillor J A Kite MBE declared a prejudicial interest in Agenda item 6 as he is a director of Dartford Football Club which receives grant funding from the Council.

 

Councillor R Lees declared a prejudicial interest in Agenda item 6 as he is a trustee of Dartford Citizens Advice Bureau which receives grants/funding from the Council and also as a trustee of Greenhithe Community Association which is a tenant of the Council and receives grants/funding from the Council.

 

Councillor D J Mote declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in Appendices K(i),(ii) and (iii) of Agenda item 6 as his wife is an employee of Stone Parish Council.

 

Councillor D J Reynolds declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in Agenda item 6 as his partner is an employee of Dartford Borough Council.

 

Councillor A S Sandhu MBE declared a prejudicial interest in Agenda item 6 as he is a trustee of the Kent People’s Trust and as Vice-President of Dartford Valley Rugby Football Club as they receive grants/funding from the Council.

98.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors J A Hayes, M B Kelly, D Page, B E Read and Mrs R L Shanks.

99.

Mayor's Announcements

To receive announcements by the Mayor.

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements:-

 

·         Opening of the Fairfield Pool

 

The Mayor said that he had had the pleasure of being present at the opening of the new Fairfield Pool and Leisure Centre on 13 February 2016 which was a wonderful new facility for the people of Dartford.

 

·         Madhatters Ball – 15 April 2016

 

Members were encouraged to support the Madhatters Ball on 15th April in support of the Mayor’s charities.

 

·         Leadership of the Council

 

The Mayor congratulated Councillor J A Kite MBE on the 10th anniversary of him becoming the Leader of the Council.

100.

Urgent Items

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

Minutes:

The Mayor announced that there were no urgent items.

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101.

Revenue and Capital Budgets 2016/2017 pdf icon PDF 178 KB

To set the level of expenditure for Dartford Borough Council capital and revenue budgets for 2016/2017, approve the level of rents chargeable for Housing Revenue Account dwellings for 2016/2017, agree the level of Council Tax for Dartford Borough in its parished and unparished areas, to approve the Pay Policy Statement for 2016/2017 and to determine sundry related matters.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The General Assembly of the Council considered a report which set out the Council’s capital and revenue budgets for 2016/2017. 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 2016/17, to approve the level of rents chargeable for Housing Revenue Account dwellings for 2016/17, 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.

 

The Leader of the Council, Councillor J A Kite, informed Members that he had received a request for extra time to be allowed for speeches by the group leaders on the budget by the Shadow Leader. The Leader said that, although he did not need extra time for his own speech and there was no convention requiring this, he was prepared to move that extra time be allowed for speeches by the group leaders if the Shadow Leader felt the need for this. The Shadow Leader said that he did wish for this and seconded the proposal. It was put to the vote and carried that, in accordance with Standing Order 16(4), extra time should be allowed for speeches by the group leaders. The Mayor reminded Members that the normal rules of debate would apply to all other speeches.

 

The Leader of the Council underlined the philosophy behind the proposed budget which continued the prudent budgetary approach of recent years driven by having a clear vision of what the Council was seeking to achieve for Dartford but without costing extra money. This prudent approach was the right course of action and despite the prospect of new funding streams being available in the future none of these were certain and were not relied upon in the Council’s financial planning. The budget was part of a stable budgeting process whereby the Council prepared coherent financial plans across more than one cycle so that there was forward planning and stability. This firm financial base allowed the Council to innovate and generate a steady flow of ideas, some of which were apparent in the current budget whilst others would be reflected in plans for future years. This could be seen in the stream of superb sporting facilities which had opened on an almost yearly basis and which were not only confined to the centre of Dartford but were being taken out further into the community. Primarily however the budget focussed upon resident’s needs and aspirations and was driven by these. The Council consulted its residents and listened to their responses which informed decision making on initiatives such as the big bin swap to ensure that every £ spent was focussed on residents’ needs. The budget was also forward looking and progressive  ...  view the full minutes text for item 101.