General Assembly of the Council - Monday 12 December 2022 7.00 pm

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

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Prayers: Reverend Kenneth Clark


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 Chief Officer & Director of Corporate Services.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 336 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the General Assembly of the Council held on 10 October 2022.


Mayor's Announcements


Leader's Announcements

To receive announcements from the Leader of the Council


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.



To consider the following motions submitted in accordance with Standing Order 10:


1. Motion submitted by Councillor K Stealey


‘This council deplores the decision of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to extend the London Ultra Low Emission Zone to outer London boroughs and calls on him to reverse his catastrophic policy.


This council believes the decision crudely exploits the benefits and principles of properly targeted measures to reduce emissions and creates little more than a cynical ‘tax-grab’ on Dartford residents who did not, and cannot, elect the Mayor of London.


This council supports all reasonable measures to reduce carbon emissions, including the targeted use of emission zones where there are sustainable and more environmentally sensitive travel options available.  To clumsily deploy the London ULEZ to outer London boroughs will have a disastrous effect and impose unjustifiable costs on ordinary households – an effect readily understood by Sadiq Khan’s predecessor when denying calls for its expansion in 2015.


In imposing this disastrous expansion of ULEZ, the Mayor of London and his supporters, have ignored the results of the Mayor’s own consultation which revealed that 80% of respondents opposed the policy. Here in Dartford, more than 27,000 people signed a local petition to oppose the proposal and this council notes, with anger, that their voices and fears have been ignored.


This council notes, with regret, the support given to the ULEZ expansion by local Labour Party and Green Party GLA elected members and calls on them to reflect on the enormous strain this policy will place on the household budgets of Dartford families, small businesses, students, shoppers and valuable private and public sector workers.  To impose a huge extra burden on ordinary households would be indefensible at any time, but to do it when families and small businesses are already worried about energy costs and bills is particularly cruel.

This council pledges to continue opposing Mr Khan’s unfair and catastrophic policy’.


2. Motion submitted by Councillor R J Wells:


‘This council notes a proposal to reduce the number of Police Community Support Officers attached to local communities in the county as part of a new Kent Police neighbourhood policing model and asks for reassurance that the service offered to local people and communities will not be diminished. 


Whilst it accepts, and applauds, that the number of full time Police Officers has been rising steadily and will rise again by March 2023 to the highest level in the history of the service, this council is concerned that officers with warranted powers are susceptible to being redeployed more frequently and sometimes at short notice away from their home neighbourhoods.


The council has had confidence in the valuable work done by PCSOs and neighbourhood officers who provide great reassurance and visible presence to our communities.


Whilst It welcomes the new full time resources available to Kent Police and accepts that duties and roles may need to be rebalanced as a result, Members are convinced that the work of PCSOs and other neighbourhood officers contribute  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.


Urgent Items

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

To consider any reports to the General Assembly of Council by other Committees, Boards, Panels and Officers.


Reference from the Audit Board - Audit Board Chairman's Annual Report 2021/22 on the Discharge by the Board of its Ethical Governance Functions pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To consider the Audit Board Chairman’s Annual Report for 2021/22.

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Setting of the Council Tax Base for the Borough 2023/24

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’.


Financial Contributions to Parish and Town Councils 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To agree the level of financial contributions to be paid to Parish and Town Councils in 2023/24.

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Local Scheme of Support for Council Tax 2023-24 pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To consider the Local Scheme of Support for Council Tax 2023-24.


Special Severence Payments and Pay Policy Statement 2022-23 Amendment pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To note the ’Statutory guidance on the making and disclosure of Special Severance Payments by local authorities in England ’ and to consider an amendment to the Pay Policy Statement 2022-23, to provide for an approval process for the payment of special severance payments

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Report of Delegated Action taken under Standing Order 38: Pay Policy Statement 2022/23 Amendment - Payment of Supplement on the Basic Pay of the Posts of Head of Legal Services and Head of Finance to Remunerate the Postholders for the Statutory Officer Duties Undertaken by Them pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To report an action taken under Standing Order 38.

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Appointment of Monitoring Officer and Head of Legal Services

To consider the appointment of a new Monitoring Officer and Head of Legal Services following a meeting of the Statutory Officer Advisory Panel.


This item is ‘to follow’.


Reserved Minutes pdf icon PDF 351 KB

To consider any of the minutes of the following Cabinet meetings reserved in accordance with Standing Order 16:


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

(b)       by Ward Members.




22 September 2022

27 October 2022


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