Agenda

Council - Wednesday, 30 November 2022 7.30 pm

Venue: Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JD

Contact: Philip Sadler  01344 352140

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The meeting will be opened with prayers by the Mayor's Chaplain

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Minutes of Previous Meetings pdf icon PDF 238 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meetings of the Council held on 13 July and 28 September 2022.

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3.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary or affected interests in respect of any matter to be considered at this meeting.

 

Any Member with a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in a matter should withdraw from the meeting when the matter is under consideration and should notify the Democratic Services Officer in attendance that they are withdrawing as they have such an interest. If the Disclosable Pecuniary Interest is not entered on the register of Members interests the Monitoring Officer must be notified of the interest within 28 days.

 

Any Member with an affected Interest in a matter must disclose the interest to the meeting.  There is no requirement to withdraw from the meeting when the interest is only an affected interest, but the Monitoring Officer should be notified of the interest, if not previously notified of it, within 28 days of the meeting.

4.

Petition submitted under Council Procedure Rule 9

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9 (Public Participation), a petition has been submitted by Ms K O’Neal, resident of Binfield with Warfield, on behalf of Bracknell Climate Action Group. The full text of the petition is set out below:

 

·        Bracknell needs to join the surrounding unitary authorities in declaring a climate emergency 

·        The council needs to recognise the urgency of climate change and act decisively 

·        The council must develop a measurable, ambitious, target-driven climate strategy that reflects the government’s stated climate targets 

 

Bracknell Climate Action Group will present a written petition to the meeting together with an online petition available via https://chng.it/wk6Dsdr4

5.

Mayor's Announcements

6.

Executive Report pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To receive the Leader’s report on the work of the Executive since the Council meeting held on 13 July 2022.

 

Council is asked to resolve a recommendation in respect of:

  • Treasury Management
  • Market Street Site Settled Development Plan

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7.

Councillor Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 78 KB

To approve the proposed changes to the Councillor Code of Conduct.

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8.

Special Severance Payments-Statutory Guidance pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To consider the provisions and effect of recently published Statutory guidance on the making and disclosure of Special Severance Payments by local authorities in England.

9.

Pay Policy Statement 2022 pdf icon PDF 236 KB

To review and agree the Pay Policy Statement for 2022/23.

10.

Appointments and Attendance at Meetings pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To endorse two appointments:

·        an Independent Person who has a consultative role in connection with complaints alleging breaches of the Councillor Code of Conduct

·        a Primary Parent Governor Representative to sit on the Overview & Scrutiny Commission and Education, Skills & Growth Overview & Scrutiny Panel

and consider exercising its powers under Section 85 of the Local Government Act 1972 to approve Councillor Mrs McKenzie’s further absence from meetings.

 

11.

Meetings Schedule pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To approve the proposed Schedule of Meetings 2023/24.

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12.

Questions Submitted Under Council Procedure Rule 10

Councillor Temperton to Councillor Birch, Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing

 

Heathlands was opened in April to ensure Bracknell Residents receive the Specialist care and attention they need. We all welcomed and celebrated this. August and the CQC inspection declared the rating Inadequate- not safe, not effective, not well led with improvements needed in care and in service response. The report was damning and concerned some of our most vulnerable residents. What has been done to ensure all the improvements are put in place within the time scale specified?

 

Councillor Neil to Councillor Harrison, Executive Member for Culture, Delivery and Public Protection

 

In every area where we knock on doors, residents report blatant drug dealing, intimidation, unchecked anti-social behaviour, and so on. People used to report these issues but as nothing happens in response to their calls, they now tell us they have given up reporting in. What can the Council do to restore confidence in community safety and neighbourhood policing?

 

Councillor Bidwell to Councillor Dr Barnard, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning

 

Presumably the Youth Centre in Braccan Walk is now open for all. What is being provided there? And what has been the uptake?

 

Councillor Brown to Councillor Heydon, Executive Member for Transformation and Finance

 

I recently met with senior council officers at the Priestwood Square Neighbourhood Shopping Centre to highlight the serious repairs required to the fabric of the buildings there. Considering the limited budget of £85K being made available for ‘tidying’ all of Bracknell’s neighbourhood shopping centres, what is the realistic cost to restore them all to a state of good repair?