Town Council Agenda 18th September 2017 – following Finance Committee, Town Council Offices, Wyvern House Winsford CW7 1AH
To: All Members of Winsford Town Council
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS MEETING
You are summoned to attend a meeting of Winsford Town Council to be held in the Winsford Town Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford CW7 1AH on Monday 18th September 2017 immediately following the meeting of the Finance Committee but not before 6.45pm.
Town Clerk/Finance Officer
- PRAYERS, at the discretion of the Town Mayor
Members must provide apologies to the Town Clerk before 5.00pm on the day of the meeting, together with reasons for their absence.
- DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members to declare any interest under the following categories:
- Disclosable Pecuniary Interest
- Outside Bodies Interest
- Family, Friend or Close Associate Interest
- OPEN FORUM
An open forum will be held when Members of the public will be invited to speak for a maximum total duration of 15 minutes on items included in the Part A agenda, copies of which will be available at the meeting.
- POLICE UPDATE
Cheshire Constabulary will be invited to attend the meeting to provide an update to Members and also to answer any questions.
- WORKING WITH OLDER PEOPLE
Members will be aware that the Town Council has a number of priority themes in place which form the basis of the Council’s work around the Neighbourhood Plan.
One of these themes is titled “Supporting Older People and Caring”.
As part of the development of the Town Council’s work in this area, the Town Clerk has met with representatives from Brightlife and a number of possible avenues have been identified.
To provide Members with details of these potential avenues, Christine McMahon will be attending the meeting. Christine is the Social Prescribing Manager at Brightlife.
- MAYOR’S REMARKS AND COMMUNICATIONS
A list of Civic engagements since the last meeting is attached. (‘A’)
To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Town Council held on 17th July 2017. (‘B’)
To discuss any points arising from the above minutes.
- FINANCE COMMITTEE
To ratify the minutes of the Finance Committee held on 17th July 2017 (approved by the Finance Committee at its meeting held earlier). (‘C’)
- PLANNING COMMITTEE
- SALT FAIR COMMITTEE
The Chair of the Salt Fair Committee will also provide a verbal update on the Fair, which concluded on 17th September 2017.
- ALLOTMENTS COMMITTEE
The minutes of the Allotments Committee meeting held on 25th July 2017 are attached for ratification. (‘J’)
14. NEW DAWN FOR WINSFORD
The notes from the New Dawn for Winsford meeting (inquorate) held on 20th July 2017 are attached for information. (‘K’)
- THE GENERAL POWER OF COMPETENCE
In June 2011 the Town Council resolved to become a ‘Well-Being authority’ which meant that it could ‘do anything which it considers likely to achieve the promotion or improvement of the economic, social or environmental well-being of their area’. ‘Well-Being’ was replaced by a ‘General Power of Competence’ under the provisions of the Localism Act 2011. The new power came into effect on 30th March 2012, and ‘enables parish councils, to do anything that an individual might do, apart from that which is specifically prohibited. They are still required to act in accordance with statutory limitations or restrictions. Powers to tax, precept and borrow will remain governed by the existing regimes. The need for specific powers will remain before a council can affect the rights of others’.
For Councils to exercise this power: –
- Two thirds or more of councillors must have been elected at the last ordinary election – or by-election – of the Council (not co-opted); and
- The Clerk to the council must hold the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA), the Certificate of Higher Education in Local Policy, the Certificate of Higher Education in Local Council Administration or the first level of the foundation degree in Community Engagement and Governance awarded by the University of Gloucestershire or its successor qualifications plus relevant training in exercise of the power (if not completed as part of the qualification the clerk holds).
Following the current Clerk’s award of CiLCA in August 2017, Winsford Town Council now meets the above criteria, but before it can exercise the powers it must pass a formal resolution and then renew it after every ordinary election.
The Council is therefore invited to RESOLVE:
That having met the eligibility criteria, Winsford Town Council adopt the General Power of Competence powers, to apply until the day before the annual meeting of the Council after the next ordinary elections.
- WELL BEING UPDATE
Cllr Gaskill-Jones to provide a verbal update on the work of the Well Being Group in Winsford.
- MEETING WITH BRIO LEISURE
To discuss feedback from the Council’s meeting with representatives of Brio Leisure and CWAC on 6th September 2017.
- ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF PAPER USE BY THE COUNCIL
This item has been requested by a Member of the Council and focuses on the use of paper by the Town Council in the production of agendas and the day to day running of the office.
- WINSFORD MARKET – PARKING ISSUES
This item has been requested by a Member of the Council and refers to issues which have been raised regarding parking in the area around the Winsford Market site.
- DRAFT TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY
Members are asked to note and approve (or otherwise) the attached draft Training and Development Policy for the Town Council. The Policy seeks to bring together the various aspects of training and development as undertaken by the Town Council and sets out training needs; priorities; resources and evaluation.
RECOMMENDED: Members are asked to note and approve (or otherwise) the attached draft Policy. (‘M’)
21. CHESHIRE ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL COUNCILS ANNUAL MEETING
The Cheshire Association of Local Councils Annual Meeting will be held at Middlewich Community Centre at 7pm on Thursday 19th October 2017.
The meeting is an opportunity for member Councils to garner the support of the Association membership in moving forward an issue of concern or interest.
The Town Council is asked if it wishes to propose a motion for consideration at the meeting and is also asked to note that the meeting will directly elect four members of the ChALC Executive Board. The Town Council can submit a nomination if it so wishes.
- ELECTORAL REVIEW OF CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER: DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its draft recommendations on the future electoral arrangements for Cheshire West and Chester.
These recommendations are now subject to a ten week public consultation which closes on 6th November 2017.
The main messages from the draft recommendations are: –
- CWAC should be represented by 70 councillors, five fewer than there are now
- CWAC should have 43 wards, three fewer than now
- Boundaries of 39 wards should change, with four (including Winsford Over and Verdin) staying the same
- In terms of the CWAC Winsford Dene and Winsford Swanlow wards, there are two amendments – the western boundary of Winsford Dene will run down the centre of Swanlow Lane and the Charlotte Place development will wholly be within the Dene ward
- Two single-CWAC councillor Gravel and Wharton wards are being proposed
- Winsford Town Council will continue to be comprised of 15 councillors representing six wards – Dene (2 councillors); Gravel (2); Over (3); Swanlow (2); Verdin (3); and Wharton (3)
- CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER COUNCIL EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Cheshire West and Chester Council wishes to celebrate the role and value of Local councils as the most local form of democracy, and to showcase the work of town and parish councils across the Borough through the presentation of ‘Excellence Awards’. Members will recall that this Council won the ‘Council of the Year’ award the last time the awards were presented in 2015.
Members are asked to note that applications are being invited in nine award categories: –
Working in Partnership
Providing Care and Support in the Community
Innovation in Service Delivery – doing things differently
Rural Woman of the Year
Outstanding Service – Clerk
Outstanding Service – Councillor
Council of the Year
The closing date for nominations is 29th September 2017. The awards themselves will be given out at an awards evening on 24th October 2017.
Winsford Town Council has continued to make strides since the last awards in implementing areas of the Neighbourhood Plan including improvements to play areas and recreation grounds; continuing to stage large-scale events like the Salt Fair and Regatta; improving the marina area by re-opening the marina building; and working with CWAC to develop the Town Park.
Members may feel it would be appropriate to nominate Winsford Town Council in the ‘Council of the Year’ category and in any further categories which Members feel appropriate.
- EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC
Due to their confidential nature, Members may decide to exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following matter in accordance with section 1 (2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960.
The reports relating to this item has been withheld from public circulation and deposit.
- APPEAL AGAINST NOTICE TO QUIT – ALLOTMENTS
Members are asked to consider an appeal against a Notice to Quite from an allotment plot-holder in Winsford.
The allotment plot-holder will be written to, as per the relevant tenancy agreement, and invited to attend the meeting.
Background information on the case will be circulated at the meeting itself.
RECOMMENDED: Members are asked to hear the appeal and make a decision on the matter.
- STAFFING MATTERS
Members are asked to consider a report from the Town Clerk on the above matter. (‘N’ – confidential)
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