Decisions

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Decisions published

19/01/2023 - ELECTORAL SERVICES - SCALE OF FEES 2023/2024 ref: 5466    For Determination

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Council agreed the Scale of Fees for 2023/2024 as set out in Appendix A.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To enable the Council to remunerate the Returning Officer and the staff employed to carry out tasks during electoral events and to be open and transparent regarding other payments.

Lead officer: Tom Marsh


19/01/2023 - PART 2 MINUTES - 22 SEPTEMBER 2022 ref: 5472    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023


19/01/2023 - CHURCHGATE UPDATE - PART 2 ref: 5471    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023


19/01/2023 - EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC ref: 5470    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED: That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the Press and Public be excluded from the meeting on the grounds that the following report will involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Section 200A(4) of the said Act (as amended).


19/01/2023 - CHURCHGATE UPDATE - PART 1 ref: 5469    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED: That Members noted the report.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To ensure Members a kept updated on the progression of Churchgate.


19/01/2023 - ITEMS REFERRED FROM OTHER COMMITTEES ref: 5463    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023

Decision:

8a)       Referral from Finance, Audit and Risk Committee on 7 December 2022 – Annual Review of the Contract Procurement Rules

 

RESOLVED: That Council considered and adopted the proposed changes to the Contract Procurement Rules.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: The Contract Procurement Rules (CPR’s) are part of the Constitution (under Section 20) and must be regularly reviewed and updated as part of the Council’s governance and procurement review processes, contributing to the Council’s system of effective internal control. 

 

8b)       Referral from Cabinet on 13 December 2022 – Second Quarter Investment           Strategy (Capital and Treasury) Review 2022/23

 

RESOLVED: That Council noted the position of Treasury Management activity as at the end of September 2022.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To ensure the Council’s continued compliance with CIPFA’s code of practice on Treasury Management and the Local Government Act 2003 and that the Council manages its exposure to interest and capital risk.

 

8c)       Referral from Cabinet on 13 December 2022 – Council Tax Reduction Scheme     2023/2024

 

The Chair advised that this item would be taken with Agenda Item 9.

 

 


19/01/2023 - REVIEW OF MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME ref: 5465    For Determination

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED: That Council:

 

(1)  Considered the report and recommendations of the IRP, as attached as Appendix A of the submitted report.

 

(2)  Agreed the Members’ Allowances Scheme for 2023/2024 as set out in Appendix B of the submitted report, subject to the removal to restrict to only one Special Responsibility Allowance.  

 

(3)  Agreed the increase to the Independent Person and Reserve Independent Persons allowances as detailed in 4.9 of Appendix A and 8.11 of this report.

 

(4)  Agreed the allowance to the Independent Non-Voting Member on the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee as detailed in 4.7 of Appendix A and 8.12 of this report.

 

(5)  Expressed appreciation to the IRP for their work over the last 4 years.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS: To ensure that the Council meets its statutory requirements of an annual review and adoption of the scheme.

 

 

Lead officer: Melanie Stimpson


19/01/2023 - NOTICE OF MOTIONS ref: 5462    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023

Decision:

There were two motions submitted in accordance with Standing Order 4.8.12.

 

(A)        Motion on Proportional Representation

 

RESOLVED: That Council:

 

(1)  Call upon the UK Government to commit to changing electoral law to permit the introduction of a PR system of voting in any reforms to local government presented to Parliament.

 

(2)  Instruct the Leader of the Council to write to North Hertfordshire District Council's three MPs to ask them to call for a change to electoral law to permit a PR system of voting and promote the matter for debate in Parliament.

 

(B)        Motion on Urgent unlocking the potential of local High Streets

 

RESOLVED: That Council will:

 

(1)  Write to the Government to urge it to scrap business rates and replace them with a system which is fit for purpose and which levels the playing field between bricks and mortar businesses and online retail giants.

 

(2)  Campaign to devolve funds like the Towns Fund, Levelling Up Fund, UK Shared Prosperity Fund and other national funding pots, to give local communities, councils and regions the ultimate say in how it is spent in their area.

 

(3)  Continue to take local action to revive our high streets, including:

 

a.    Make any data that the Council can lawfully make public on ownership of high street properties public and in an accessible format, so that community groups seeking to buy empty shops through a community share offer have the information they need to do so.

 

b.    Proactively contact landlords of vacant premises (and work with Chambers of Commerce, Landlord Associations and BID managers) to explore ‘meanwhile use’ options and/or encourage alternative rental models (e.g. turnover rather than market rent) to enable new co-operatives, SMEs, social enterprises and ‘community owned’ businesses to open their doors on the high street.


19/01/2023 - QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS ref: 5461    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023

Decision:

In accordance with Standing Order 4.8.11 two questions had been submitted by the deadline date for questions set out in the Constitution.

 

(A)        NHDC providing Homelessness Prevention Grant Funding to Keystage     Housing

 

Councillor Claire Strong to Councillor Sean Prendergast (Executive Member for Housing and Environmental Health)

 

(B)        Local Plan Reviews

 

Councillor Ian Moody to Councillor Ruth Brown (Executive Member for Planning and Transport)

 

In the absence of Councillor Moody, Councillor David Levett asked the question.

 

 


19/01/2023 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ref: 5460    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023

Decision:

There was no public participation at this meeting.  


19/01/2023 - CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS ref: 5459    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023

Decision:

(1)       The Chair advised that, in accordance with Council Policy, the meeting would be audio recorded;

 

(2)       Members were reminded that this Council had declared a Climate Emergency. This was a serious decision and meant that, as this was an emergency, all of us, officers and Members had that in mind as we carried out our various roles and tasks for the benefit of our District.

 

(3)       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.

 

(4)       The Chair clarified the rules of debate for Members.

 

(5)       The Chair advised that a comfort break would be taken at a suitable time in the proceedings, if required.

 

(6)       The Chair noted that the date of this Civic Reception had been moved to Sunday 19 March 2023.


19/01/2023 - NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS ref: 5458    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023

Decision:

There was no other business notified.


19/01/2023 - MINUTES - 22 SEPTEMBER, 8 NOVEMBER AND 19 DECEMBER 2022 ref: 5457    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED:That the Part 1 Minutes of the Meetings of the Committee held on 22 September, 8 November and 19 December 2022 be approved as a true record of the proceedings and be signed by the Chair.


19/01/2023 - APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE ref: 5456    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Kay Tart, Nigel Mason, Tamsin Thomas, Terry Tyler, Carol Stanier, Ian Moody, Raj Bhakar, Lisa Nash, Juan Cowell, Michael Weeks, Jean Green, David Barnard.


19/01/2023 - COUNCIL TAX REDUCTION SCHEME 2023/2024 ref: 5464    For Determination

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED: That council:

 

(1)  Noted that a full review of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme had taken place and that consultation with the public and Major Precepting Authorities had taken place.

 

(2)  Noted the aim of the review had been to introduce a new scheme that will:

·         enable us to increase the overall level of support for the lowest income households;

·         reduce the administrative burden placed on the Council following the introduction of Universal Credit and;

·         make the scheme easier for our customers to understand and calculate entitlement.

 

(3)  Approved the adoption of a new banded scheme for working age applicants from 01 April 2023.

 

(4)  Approved the use of the Council Tax Hardship Grant to fund a discretionary scheme to provide additional transitional support where appropriate and that decisions regarding Discretionary support are delegated to the Service Director Customers in consultation with the Executive Member for Finance and IT.

 

(5)  Noted that the new scheme may increase the costs from those of the current scheme, any increase will be split between the Council and its Major Precepting Authorities. The Council’s share is expected to be around 12.5%.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS: To ensure that the Council has a fit for purpose Council Tax Reduction Scheme that:

·         Provides the greatest support to the lowest income households.

·         Reduces the administrative burden that has been placed on the Council since the introduction of Universal Credit (UC).

·         Is simple to understand, meaning that customers will be able to calculate entitlement and assess the impact of potential changes in circumstances.

 

 

Lead officer: Jo Dufficy


19/01/2023 - CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT REPORT ref: 5468    For Determination

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED: That Council approved the amendments detailed in Appendix A, subject to the removal of proposed changes to Section 8 of the Constitution regarding the Planning Control Committee.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To reflect good decision making practice and keep the Constitution up to date.

Lead officer: Jeanette Thompson


19/01/2023 - PENSION POOLING WITH ORPHANED BODIES ref: 5467    For Determination

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/01/2023 - Council

Decision published: 20/01/2023

Effective from: 19/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED: That Council approved that North Hertfordshire District Council (as the relevant Admitted Body) be pooled with the following Orphaned Employers: Letchworth Garden City Town Council, Veolia ES Services team and Hitchin Markets.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

(1)  All of the Orphaned Employers (based on the 2019 valuation) have over 100% funding, which is better than the Council’s funding position. Therefore, it is probably in the Council’s best interest to be pooled with them.

 

(2)  In the case of Letchworth Garden City Town Council, Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) (as the Hertfordshire LGPS administrator) have legal advice that we are required to be pooled with LGCTC.

Lead officer: Ian Couper


11/01/2023 - CABINET PANEL ON THE ENVIRONMENT - INFORMATION NOTE ref: 5454    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on the Environment

Made at meeting: 11/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on the Environment

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 11/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Committee noted the information report.

 


11/01/2023 - MINUTES - 19 OCTOBER 2022 ref: 5451    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on the Environment

Made at meeting: 11/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on the Environment

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 11/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on the 19 October 2022 were approved as a true record of the proceedings and be signed by the Chair.

 

 


11/01/2023 - APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE ref: 5450    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on the Environment

Made at meeting: 11/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on the Environment

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 11/01/2023

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Juan Cowell and Michael Muir.


11/01/2023 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ref: 5455    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on the Environment

Made at meeting: 11/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on the Environment

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 11/01/2023

Decision:

Presentations were received by the Cabinet Panel including from: 

 

·         Roger Pitman – Air Quality Consultant

·         Matthew Clark – Clean Air Programme Manager

 


11/01/2023 - NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS ref: 5453    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on the Environment

Made at meeting: 11/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on the Environment

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 11/01/2023

Decision:

There was no other business notified.


11/01/2023 - CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS ref: 5452    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on the Environment

Made at meeting: 11/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on the Environment

Decision published: 13/01/2023

Effective from: 11/01/2023

Decision:

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

 

(2)  The Chair advised that, in accordance with Council Policy, the meeting would be audio recorded;

 

(3)  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.

 


10/01/2023 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ref: 5445    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Transport

Made at meeting: 10/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Transport

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 10/01/2023

Decision:

The Chair advised that there would be an opportunity for public to ask questions and make comments following the presentations from Patrick Ladbury and Councillor Ruth Brown.  


10/01/2023 - GOVIA THAMESLINK RAILWAY (GTR) UPDATE ref: 5446    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Transport

Made at meeting: 10/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Transport

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 10/01/2023

Decision:

Patrick Ladbury, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), provided an update regarding the current service levels and performance of the railways in North Herts, including the impact of ongoing strike action. He also provided updates on stations in North Herts.


10/01/2023 - MINUTES - 18 OCTOBER 2022 ref: 5442    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Transport

Made at meeting: 10/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Transport

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 10/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 18 October 2022 were approved as a true record of proceedings.


10/01/2023 - ACTIONS ARISING, WORK PROGRAMME & FUTURE DISCUSSION TOPICS ref: 5449    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Transport

Made at meeting: 10/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Transport

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 10/01/2023

Decision:

The Chair led a discussion between Members, officers and public organisations to identify agenda items for future meetings.

 


10/01/2023 - GROUP DISCUSSION ref: 5448    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Transport

Made at meeting: 10/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Transport

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 10/01/2023

Decision:

The Chair led a discussion amongst Members, Officers and public present on the topics detailed in the presentations received.

 


10/01/2023 - UPDATE ON HITCHIN STATION EASTERN ENTRANCE ref: 5447    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Transport

Made at meeting: 10/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Transport

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 10/01/2023

Decision:

Councillor Ruth Brown provided a verbal update on the Hitchin Station Eastern Entrance project.


10/01/2023 - NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS ref: 5444    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Transport

Made at meeting: 10/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Transport

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 10/01/2023

Decision:

There was no other business notified. 

 


10/01/2023 - CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS ref: 5443    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Transport

Made at meeting: 10/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Transport

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 10/01/2023

Decision:

(1)   The Chair welcomed Members, officers and public organisations to the meeting of the Cabinet Panel on Transport. The Chair informed the Panel that each meeting will focus on a particular theme. This meeting we would be hearing from the Patrick Ladbury from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and from Councillor Ruth Brown (North Herts Council) giving an update on Hitchin Station Eastern Entrance.

 

(2)   The Chair advised that, in accordance with Council policy, this meeting would be audio recorded as well as filmed. The audio recordings would be available to view on Mod.Gov and the film recording via the North Herts Council YouTube Channel.

 

(3)   Members were reminded to make declarations of interest before an item, the detailed reminder about this and speaking rights was set out under Chair’s Announcements on the agenda.

 


10/01/2023 - APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE ref: 5441    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Transport

Made at meeting: 10/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Transport

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 10/01/2023

Decision:

Apologies for Absence were received from Councillors Ian Mantle, David Levett, and Ian Moody.

 


09/01/2023 - ACTIONS ARISING, WORK PROGRAMME & FUTURE DISCUSSION TOPICS ref: 5440    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Made at meeting: 09/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 09/01/2023

Decision:

Members and representatives present discussed the future work programme and it was agreed that car parking charges would be discussed at a future meeting.


09/01/2023 - MEMBER'S DISCUSSION ref: 5439    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Made at meeting: 09/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 09/01/2023

Decision:

The Chair led a discussion amongst Members and representatives present as to how the Council can support businesses in North Herts.

 


09/01/2023 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ref: 5438    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Made at meeting: 09/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 09/01/2023

Decision:

The following presentations were provided for the Committee:

 

·       Hannah Vincenti- Fabio’s Gelato.

·       Andrew Figgis (on behalf of Punit Shah, Cook’s Boutique).

·       Martin Berry- Mick’s Barbers.

 


09/01/2023 - BUSINESS SENTIMENT IN HERTFORDSHIRE ref: 5437    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Made at meeting: 09/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 09/01/2023

Decision:

Liza Armstrong, from Herts Growth Hub, gave a presentation on Business Sentiment in Hertfordshire.

 


09/01/2023 - CHRISTMAS CONSUMER DEMAND ref: 5436    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Made at meeting: 09/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 09/01/2023

Decision:

Andrew Figgis, North Herts Economic Development Officer, provided an update on Christmas Consumer Demand.

 


09/01/2023 - OVERVIEW OF HERTFORDSHIRE (AND NORTH HERTS) ECONOMY ref: 5435    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Made at meeting: 09/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 09/01/2023

Decision:

Andrew Figgis, North Herts Economic Development Officer, provided an update on the Hertfordshire (and North Herts) economy.

 


09/01/2023 - NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS ref: 5434    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Made at meeting: 09/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 09/01/2023

Decision:

There was no other business notified.


09/01/2023 - CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS ref: 5433    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Made at meeting: 09/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 09/01/2023

Decision:

(1)   The Chair advised that, in accordance with Council Policy, the meeting would be audio recorded as well as filmed. The recordings would be available to view on Mod.gov and via the NHDC Youtube channel.

 

(2)   The Chair reminded Members to make declarations of interests before an item and advised that a detailed reminder of this and speaking rights can be found on the agenda.

 

(3)   The Chair advised Member’s and public participants that if they would like to speak during the meeting, that the ‘raise hand’ button was to be used. If that button was not available, raising your hand would be used to see who wishes to speak.

 

(4)   The Chair advised that Mr Punit Shah (Cook’s Boutique, Letchworth) was unable to attend, and that Andrew Figgis would provide an update on his behalf.

 

(5)   The Chair agreed to change the order of the published agenda, with Item 7 ‘Business Sentiment in Hertfordshire’ ahead of Item 6 ‘Christmas Consumer Demand’.

 


09/01/2023 - MINUTES - 17 OCTOBER 2022 ref: 5432    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Made at meeting: 09/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 09/01/2023

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 17 October 2022 were approved as a true record of proceedings.

 


09/01/2023 - APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE ref: 5431    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Made at meeting: 09/01/2023 - Cabinet Panel on Community and Enterprise

Decision published: 12/01/2023

Effective from: 09/01/2023

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Clare Strong and Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg.