Town Council Meetingg of the Finance Committee but not before 6.45pm.
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 15th January 2018 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.
- 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 18th December 2017. (‘B’)
To discuss any points arising from the above minutes.
- FINANCE COMMITTEE
To ratify the minutes of the Finance Committee held on 18th December 2017 (approved by the Finance Committee at its meeting held earlier). (‘C’)
- PLANNING COMMITTEE
The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 18th December 2017 (‘D’) are attached for ratification.
- WELL BEING UPDATE
Cllr Gaskill-Jones to provide a verbal update on the work of the Well Being Group in Winsford.
- CONSULTATION ON CHESHIRE CONSTABULARY FUNDING
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire (David Keane) has launched a consultation exercise on the preferred levels of funding for the police in 2018/19.
The consultation is focused on ascertaining the views of the public generally on funding for the police in the coming financial year.
On his website (www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk), the Commissioner states that “in December 2017, the Government announced a freeze in police funding for 2018/19”.
He goes on to say that “with inflation rising and public sector pay increases on the horizon, maintaining Government grant ‘flat-cash’ funding for police services at the same levels for the next financial year…means, in real terms, a cut of around five million pounds to the Cheshire police budget”.
In an online survey, therefore, the Commissioner asks respondents to choose one of the following statements to agree with (the wording below is the Commissioner’s):
- I am happy to pay an extra £1 per month in the precept to help maintain current policing levels and help to invest in tackling the growth areas of crime such as cybercrime and terrorism
- I would be happy to pay more than £1 per month in the precept to help ensure the police service in Cheshire is properly funded to tackle many of the growing issues we face – please state the amount you’d be prepared to pay extra through your Council Tax [the Commissioner explains that this would require a referendum, which itself would cost in the region of £1.2m)
- I do not wish to pay anything extra in my precept for 2018/19 and think Cheshire Police should find further savings of around £5 million in 2018/19 [the Commissioner states that this level of savings would require a reduction of up to 100 officers)
The survey can be accessed via the Police and Crime Commissioner website
Members are recommended to consider the options available as part of the consultation and agree a Town Council position.
- MARINA BUILDING
Members will recall that an item was included on the Town Council agenda for 20th November 2017 setting out a review of the marina building, which has been managed by the Town Council via a Tenancy at Will since May 2017.
Members will also recall that it was agreed an approach would be made to CWAC to extend the tenancy, as there had been considerable use of the building by the community since the tenancy was agreed.
An approach was therefore made to CWAC and it has been agreed that the existing Tenancy at Will will be extended for a further six months until the end of April 2018.
This arrangement has been put in place pending completion of the CWAC Community Assets Framework, the details of which were reported at the Town Council meeting in December 2017. The Framework includes the Marina Building.
This matter will therefore be revisited at the end of April 2018, when a further report will come to Town Council.
Members are asked to note the above developments.
- REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
A Member of the Town Council has requested that an item is placed on the agenda to consider the use of a marching band as part of the Remembrance Sunday parade in Winsford.
- 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.
- STAFFING COMMITTEE
Minutes of the Staffing Committee meeting held on 11th January 2018 will be circulated for ratification. (‘E’ – to follow)
An update report will be circulated to Members on a complaint which has been received under the provisions of the Council’s Complaints Procedure. (‘F’ – to follow)
RECOMMENDED: Members are asked note the nature and details of the complaint and decide on what further action, if any, should be taken.
15th January 2018