Agenda and decisions

Southern Rural Committee - Thursday, 29th September, 2022 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, District Council Offices, Letchworth

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Ralph Muncer

 

Councillors Terry Tyler, Sam North, David Barnard and Faye Frost were absent

 

2.

MINUTES - 30 JUNE 2022 pdf icon PDF 327 KB

To take as read and approve as a true record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on the 30 June 2022.

Decision:

RESOLVED:That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 30 June 2022 be approved as a true record of the proceedings and be signed by the Chair.

 

3.

NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS

Members should notify the Chair of other business which they wish to be discussed at the end of either Part I or Part II business set out in the agenda. They must state the circumstances which they consider justify the business being considered as a matter of urgency.

 

The Chair will decide whether any item(s) raised will be considered.

Decision:

There was no other business notified.

4.

CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Members are reminded that any declarations of interest in respect of any business set out in the agenda, should be declared as either a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest or Declarable Interest and are required to notify the Chair of the nature of any interest declared at the commencement of the relevant item on the agenda.  Members declaring a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest must withdraw from the meeting for the duration of the item. Members declaring a Declarable Interest, wishing to exercise a ‘Councillor Speaking Right’, must declare this at the same time as the interest, move to the public area before speaking to the item and then must leave the room before the debate and vote.

Decision:

(1)         The Chair welcomed those present at the meeting, especially those who had attended to give a presentation;

 

(2)         The Chair drew attention to the item on the agenda front pages regarding Declarations of Interest and reminded Members that, in line with the Code of Conduct, any Declarations of Interest needed to be declared immediately prior to the item in question.

5.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

To receive petitions, comments and questions from the public.

Decision:

The Chair invited David Sample from Offley Parish Council to give a verbal presentation for Members in support of their grant application.

 

6.

GRANT APPLICATIONS AND COMMUNITY UPDATE pdf icon PDF 396 KB

REPORT OF THE POLICY AND COMMUNITY MANAGER

 

To advise the Committee on the current expenditure and balances of the Committee Grant budgets

 

To bring to the Committee’s attention details of recent requests received for Committee grant funding, made by community groups and local organisations, including:

·         Offley Parish Council

·         Kimpton Primary School

·         Breachwood Green Charity Group (CIO)

 

To advise the Committee of the activities and schemes with which the Community Engagement officers have been involved in

 

To bring to the Committee’s attention some important community-based activities that will take place during the next few months

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Committee be recommended to endorse actions taken by the Community Engagement team to promote greater community capacity and well-being for Southern Rural.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

 

(1)   To ensure the Members are kept informed of the work of the Community Engagement Team

 

(2)   This report intended to inform Members of the financial resources available. It draws attention to the current budgetary situation by assisting in the effective financial management of the budgets. This ensures that all actions are performed in line with the Authority’s Financial Regulations, the Council’s Constitution, and the guidance of the existing Grants policy as agreed by Cabinet in January 2020.

 

(3)   The awarding of financial assistance to voluntary organisations and the use of discretionary spending allows the Committee to further the aims of the Council Plan.

 

7.

LOCAL CYCLING AND WALKING INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN pdf icon PDF 245 KB

REPORT OF THE SENIOR TRANSPORT POLICY OFFICER

 

To introduce the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan consultation with a short presentation and to take questions.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1)   That the Committee note the report

 

(2)   That Members are encouraged to respond to the North Herts District LCWIP consultation draft and encourage residents and local organisations to do so too

8.

WARD MATTERS AND OUTSIDE ORGANISATIONS - MEMBERS' REPORTS

To receive any verbal reports from Members regarding Ward matters and Outside Organisations.

Decision:

The following items were discussed in relation to Ward Matters and Outside Organisations:

 

·        Knebworth Twinning Association

·        Three rural policing community surgeries in Hitchwood, Offa and Hoo