Agenda and minutes

General Assembly of the Council (Budget)
Monday 27 February 2006 7.00 pm

Venue: Room B12, Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DR

Contact: Email: memberservices@dartford.gov.uk 

Items
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134.

Prayers

Minutes:

It was with regret that the Mayor advised Members of the death of former Councillor Roy Stone, who had been a member of Dartford Borough Council for Newtown Ward from 1979 to 1983. He had also been a stalwart member of the Tenants’ and Leaseholders’ Forum.

 

The Mayor spoke of the continued illness of Councillor Vic Stock and said that the thoughts of all Council Members were with him and Councillor Mrs Margaret Stock.

 

Prayers were said by the Reverend P Iveson.

135.

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.

 

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), all Members have a personal interest.

 

In respect of Agenda Item 6, recommendation 3.8 (Mayoral Allowances), 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 A D Allen, I D Armitt, A R Bassam, L J Bobby, C Broadley, S R Bull, P F Coleman, Sheila East, K J Fickling, B B Fitzpatrick, D A Hammock, J A Hayes, D E Hunnisett, I T N Jones, J A Kite, E J Lampkin, K F M Leadbeater, A R Martin, M Murphy, M I Peters, B E Read, Mrs J Rickwood, 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 she is the Council’s representative on the Dartford Citizens Advice Bureau, Dartford and Gravesham Local Strategic Partnership, Dartford and District Twinning Association and a Director of Kent Thameside Groundwork Trust (KCC representative) and Chairman of Dartford Age Concern.

 

Councillor D R Appadoo declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 6, as he is a trustee of One to One Befriending Scheme of North Kent and an executive member of North West Kent Racial Equality Council.

 

Councillor I D Armitt declared a personal interest in Agenda item 6, as he is a Council representative on Darenth Country Park Advisory Group, a member of Dartford and Swanley MENCAP and Dartford YMCA and president respectively, of Dartford and District Twinning Association and North West Kent Racial Equality Council.

 

Councillor D J Baker declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 6, as he is a member of Dartford Harriers A.C, the Welcome Club and Dartford and District Twinning Association and the Council’s representative on the Dartford Festival Committee and the Dartford Festival Executive Committee.

 

Councillor A R Bassam declared a personal interest in Agenda item 6, as he is a board member of the Dartford YMCA.

 

Councillor L J Bobby declared a personal interest in Agenda item 6, as his wife has a travel permit under the Concessionary Fares Scheme and as a member of the Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents Association and Independents Group, in Community Chest Funding.

 

Councillor C Broadley declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 6, as he is the Council’s representative on the Kent Rail Forum.

 

Councillor A R Brooker declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 6, as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 135.

136.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors D R Appadoo, A R Brooker, D A Hammock, Mrs M A Stock and V W Stock.

 

An apology for lateness was received from Councillor S Karamuth.

137.

Mayor's Announcements

Minutes:

(1)                Petition

 

The Mayor invited Councillor Mrs A Muckle to present a petition from the residents of Crusader Court. The petition related to the poor state of the footway between Crusader Court and Hilltop Gardens and as a result, one of the residents had had a fall.

 

Mrs Muckle noted that repairs to the footway had already been carried out and wished this fact to be acknowledged.

 

The Mayor received the petition on behalf of the Council and, in accordance with Standing Order 9(4), referred it to the Executive Director to reply to the lead Petitioner.

138.

Urgent Items

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

Minutes:

The Mayor announced that he had agreed to the submission of two urgent reports on the Leadership of the Council and Casual Vacancies and Appointments and that these would be considered as the next two items on the agenda.

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139.

Leadership of the Council pdf icon PDF 24 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report advised Members of the resignation of Councillor K F M Leadbeater, as the Leader of the Council and of the need to address the constitutional issues which arose as a result of the resignation.

 

Councillor J A Kite was nominated by Councillor A R Martin, seconded by Councillor R G A Dunn, and duly elected as Leader of Dartford Borough Council.

 

Councillor A R Martin was appointed Deputy Leader of Dartford Borough Council.

 

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite, seconded by Councillor A R Martin and agreed, that the size of the Cabinet, pursuant to Section 11(8) of the Local Government Act 2000, be set at six Members.

 

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite, seconded by Councillor A R Martin and agreed, that Councillors J A Kite and A R Martin be Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet respectively.

 

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite, seconded by Councillor A R Martin and agreed, that Councillors Mrs A D Allen, R G A Dunn, J A Kite, A R Martin, B E Read and Mrs P A Thurlow be Senior Cabinet Members, and that the Cabinet be supported by Junior Ministers: Councillors S R Bull, C Broadley, P F Coleman, Sheila East, B B Fitzpatrick, J A Hayes, D A Hammock, D E Hunnisett, E J Lampkin, Mrs M I Peters, Mrs J A Rickwood and Mrs N C Wightman.

 

Councillor Kite advised that he will take responsibility for those Portfolios specifically assigned to the Chairman of the Cabinet, and that all other Portfolios will remain as assigned at the Annual Meeting 2005.

 

In announcing the appointment of Cabinet Members, Junior Ministers and the assignments of Portfolios, the Leader advised that he proposed to make a number of changes, and that those changes will be communicated to the Proper Officer within three weeks of the date of this meeting, and that Members will be informed by letter, of the changes.

 

                        RESOLVED:

 

1.         That the resignation of Councillor K F M Leadbeater as Leader of the Council and Chairman of the Cabinet, with effect 20 February 2006, be noted.

 

2.         That Councillor J A Kite be the duly elected Leader of the Council.

 

3.         That the appointment of Councillor A R Martin, as Deputy Leader of the Council, be noted.

 

4.         That the appointment of Councillor J A Kite and A R Martin as Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet respectively, be noted.

 

5.         That, pursuant to Section 11(8) of the Local Government Act 2000, the size of the Cabinet be set at six Members.

 

6.         That the appointment of Councillors Mrs A D Allen, R G A Dunn, J A Kite, A R Martin, B E Read and Mrs P A Thurlow as Senior Cabinet Members, be noted.

 

7.         That Cabinet be supported by Councillors S R Bull, C Broadley, P F Coleman, Sheila East, B B Fitzpatrick, J A Hayes, D A Hammock, D E Hunnisett,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 139.

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140.

Casual Vacancies and Appointments pdf icon PDF 22 KB

Minutes:

This report noted the casual vacancies which have arisen following the resignation of Councillor K F M Leadbeater, as Leader of the Council, and asked Members to deal with the constitutional issues which flow from the resignation.

 

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite, seconded by Councillor A R Martin and agreed, that Councillor J A Kite will be Chairman of the Appointments Panel and Remuneration and Performance Management Panel, and that Councillor A R Martin be appointed to membership of the Joint Transportation Board.

 

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite, seconded by Councillor A R Martin and agreed, that Councillor J A Kite will serve on the following outside bodies:

 

Channel Tunnel Rail Link High Level Forum

 

Crossrail High Level Forum

 

Dartford and Gravesham Local Strategic Partnership

 

Dartford and Gravesham Local Strategic Partnership Thematic Groups (Life Long Learning and Regeneration and Transport)

 

Gateway Knowledge Alliance

 

Kent Thameside Delivery Board

 

Kent Thames – side Economic Board

 

Local Government Association General Assembly

 

South East Regional Assembly

 

Thames Gateway London Partnership

 

In announcing the appointments to the casual vacancies which have arisen, the Leader noted that he may make a number of appointment changes, and that those changes will be communicated to the Proper Officer within three weeks of the date of this meeting, and that Members will be informed by letter, of the new appointments.

 

                        RESOLVED:

 

1.         That the casual vacancies which have arisen on each of the ‘bodies’ referred to in paragraphs 3.1 and 3.2 of the report, following the resignation of Councillor K F M Leadbeater, as Leader of the Council, be noted.

 

2.         That appointments to the office of Chairman of the Appointments Panel and Remuneration and Performance Management Panel, and the appointment to membership of the Joint Transportation Board be agreed as follows:

 

Appointments Panel

 

Councillor J A Kite

Remuneration and Performance Management Panel

 

Councillor J A Kite

Joint Transportation Board

Councillor A R Martin

 

3.         That appointments to Outside Bodies be agreed as follows:

 

Channel Tunnel Rail Link High Level Forum

 

Councillor J A Kite

Crossrail High Level Forum

 

Councillor J A Kite

Dartford and Gravesham Local Strategic Partnership

 

Councillor J A Kite

Dartford and Gravesham Local Strategic Partnership Thematic Groups (Life Long Learning and Regeneration and Transport)

 

Councillor J A Kite

Gateway Knowledge Alliance

 

Councillor J A Kite

Kent Thameside Delivery Board

 

Councillor J A  Kite

Kent Thames – side Economic Board

 

Councillor J A Kite

Local Government Association General Assembly

 

Councillor J A Kite

South East Regional Assembly

 

Councillor J A Kite

Thames Gateway London Partnership

Councillor J A Kite

 

4.         That any changes to the above appointments be communicated to the Proper Officer within three weeks of the date of this meeting and that Members be informed by letter, of any new appointments.

141.

REVENUE AND CAPITAL BUDGETS 2006/2007 pdf icon PDF 135 KB

To set the level of expenditure for Dartford Borough Council capital and revenue budgets for 2006/2007, to note the level of rents chargeable for Housing Revenue Account dwellings for 2006/2007, to agree the level of Council Tax for Dartford Borough in its parished and unparished areas and to determine sundry related matters.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Managing Director’s report, Revenue and Capital Budgets 2006/2007, which set out the proposals for the Council’s budget for 2006/2007, was presented to Members. 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 requested to set the level of expenditure for Dartford Borough Council capital and revenue budgets for 2006-2007, to approve the level of rents chargeable for Housing Revenue Account dwellings for 2006/2007, 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 the Leaders of the political groups to deliver their speeches on the budget report.

 

The Leader, in his speech, reminded Members of the key achievements which had been delivered during the current financial year, his intention to continue to build on those achievements and outlined his plans for the coming financial year.

 

The recommendations set out in paragraph 3 of the report, Revenue and Capital Budgets 2006/2007 (paragraphs 3.1 to 3.30) were moved by the Leader of the Council, Councillor J A Kite and seconded by Councillor A R Martin.

 

During debate, the following amendment was moved by Councillor J I Muckle and seconded by Councillor G T Prout:

 

That the budget for Major Grant Awards, as shown on page MD 134, be increased by 3% in 2006/07 and provisions for 2007/08 and 2008/09 of a similar amount be set aside and that the additional cost of £16,000 be funded from a reduction in the sum set aside for the Queen’s 80th birthday celebrations shown on page MD 132.

           

Upon being put to the vote this amendment was LOST.

 

                        RESOLVED:

 

That the level of expenditure for Dartford Borough Council Capital and Revenue budgets for 2006/07 be approved as follows:

 

1.         That the probable outturn and overall financial position for 2005/2006 as set out in Section 6 of this report be noted.

 

2.         That, in the light of the probable outturn of the General Fund for 2005/2006  and the effects of the Collection Fund an initial estimated working balance of  £2,566,000 at 1 April 2006, as set out in paragraph 7.6.1 of this report, be approved.

 

3.         That the main changes to the General Fund Budget, as set out in Appendix A(ii) to the report, be noted.

 

4.         That the General Fund revenue budget of £11,553,545 for 2006/2007, as set   out in Appendix B(i) to the report, be noted.

 

5.         That the recharges to non-General Fund Accounts for 2006/2007 of £990,000, as set out in Appendix B(i) to the report, be noted.

 

6.         That Members note that if the budget is approved as detailed in the report, then the Managing Director will approve the detailed staffing changes as noted in Appendix E  ...  view the full minutes text for item 141.