Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Council - Tuesday, 14th May 2024 6.30 pm

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Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Chorley and YouTube

Contact: Ruth Rimmington  Email: ruth.rimmington@chorley.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Any Interests

Members are reminded of their responsibility to declare any pecuniary interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda.

 

If you have a pecuniary interest you must withdraw from the meeting. Normally you should leave the room before the business starts to be discussed. You do, however, have the same right to speak as a member of the public and may remain in the room to enable you to exercise that right and then leave immediately. In either case you must not seek to improperly influence a decision on the matter.

Minutes:

No declarations of interests were made.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Decision:

Approved.

Minutes:

Resolved (unanimously) that the minutes of the Council meeting held on 16 April 2024 be approved as a correct record for signature by the Mayor.

3.

Mayoral Announcements

Minutes:

The Mayor welcomed newly elected members to the meeting.  He thanked those councillors who stood down or were not elected, for their service.

4.

Public Questions

Members of the public who have requested the opportunity to ask question(s) on any item(s) on the agenda will have three minutes to put their question(s) to the relevant Councillor. Members of the public will be allowed to ask one short supplementary question.

 

To view the procedure for public questions/ speaking click here and scroll to page 119

Minutes:

There were no public questions for consideration.

5.

Returning Officer's Report pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To receive the report of the Returning Officer.

Decision:

That the report be noted.

Minutes:

The Returning Officer, Chris Sinnott, presented his report.

 

The Returning Officer’s report indicated election results as follows:

 

Ward

Councillor

Adlington and Anderton

Kim Snape

Buckshaw and Whittle

Russell Green

Chorley East

Hasina Khan

Chorley North and Astley

Adrian Lowe

Chorley North East

Margaret France

Chorley North West

Aaron Beaver

Chorley South East and Heath Charnock

Alistair Bradley

Chorley South West

Katie Wilkie

Clayton East, Brindle and Hoghton

Irene Amahwe

Clayton West and Cuerden

Mark Clifford

Coppull

Alex Hilton

Croston, Mawdesley and Euxton South

Debra Platt

Eccleston, Heskin and Charnock Richard

Alan Whittaker

Euxton

Danny Gee

 

Resolved (unanimously) that the report be noted.

6.

Election of the Mayor for the council year 2024/25

To formally elect the Mayor of the Borough for 2024/25.

Decision:

That Councillor Gordon France be elected as the Mayor of the Borough for 2024/25.

Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor Kim Snape, and seconded by Councillor Jenny Whiffen, that Councillor Gordon France be elected as Mayor of the Borough of Chorley for the forthcoming Council Year.

 

Resolved (unanimously) That Councillor Gordon France be elected as the Mayor of the Borough for 2024/25.

7.

Election of the Deputy Mayor for the council year 2024/25

To formally elect the Deputy Mayor of the Borough for 2024/25.

Decision:

That Councillor Alistair Morwood be formally elected as the Deputy Mayor of the Borough for 2024/25.

Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor Jean Sherwood, and seconded by Councillor Alistair Bradley, that Councillor Alistair Morwood be elected as Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Chorley for the forthcoming Council Year.

 

Resolved (unanimously) that Councillor Alistair Morwood be elected as the Deputy Mayor of the Borough for 2024/25.

 

There was a brief adjournment to allow the Retiring Mayor and Mayoress; the newly elected Mayor and Mayoress; and the newly elected Deputy Mayor and Mayoress to exchange robes and badges of office.

 

Councillor Gordon France in the Chair

 

On resuming the meeting, Councillor Gordon France signed the declaration of acceptance of office of Mayor, and thanked Councillors for his appointment.

 

Councillor Alistair Morwood signed the declaration of acceptance of office of Deputy Mayor, and thanked Councillors for his appointment.

8.

Tributes to the retiring Mayor

The Retiring Mayor will receive tributes following his year in office.

Minutes:

The Mayor thanked the Retiring Mayor, Councillor Tommy Gray for their hard work as ambassador for Chorley during their year of office.

 

Political group leaders also paid tribute to the Retiring Mayor for a very successful year and the positive work undertaken in support of their charities.

 

Councillor Tommy Gray responded, thanking Councillors for their kind words and support over the year.

9.

Appointment of the Executive Leader of the Council

To elect an Executive Leader for the Council.

 

This is a four-year appointment, last elected in 2020.

Decision:

To approve that Councillor Alistair Bradley be appointed as Executive Leader to the Council for a four year term.

Minutes:

The Mayor asked for nominations for the role of Executive Leader on the Council. This was a four-year appointment as set out in the Council’s Constitution.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Peter Wilson, and seconded by Councillor Bev Murray and Resolved (unanimously) to approve that Councillor Alistair Bradley be appointed as Executive Leader to the Council for a four year term.

10.

Executive Cabinet appointments for 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To receive a report of the Executive Leader.

Decision:

That the Executive Cabinet appointments for 2024/25 be noted.

Minutes:

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Executive Leader informed the Council of his appointments to the Executive Cabinet for 2024/25. 

 

Appointments to the Executive Cabinet and portfolio support roles were reported as follows:

 

Portfolio

 

Executive Member

Executive Member for Economic Development and Public Service Reform

Lead Directors: Chris Sinnott / Gayle Wootton  

 

·                Asset Management

·                Business support and inward investment

·                Major Projects and Developments

·                Wholly owned companies

·                Town Centre (including Market Walk and car parking)

·                Public Service Reform (including combined authority and shared services development)

·                Local Plan

 

Alistair Bradley

 

Executive Member for Resources

Lead Directors: Chris Sinnott / Louise Mattinson / Chris Moister / Caroline Wolfenden

 

·                Finance

·                Corporate Strategy and improvement

·                Transformation

·                Communications and events

·                Support services

·                Astley Hall and Cultural Assets

 

Peter Wilson

 

Executive Member for Early Intervention

Lead Director: Jennifer Mullin

 

·                Volunteering and VCFS

·                Community Centre Management

·                Neighbourhood working and community development

·                Community safety

·                Environmental Health

·                Employment and Skills

·                Leisure Centres contract

·                Social Prescribing

·                Safeguarding champion 

 

Bev Murray

Executive Member for Homes and Housing

Lead Director: Jennifer Mullin / Gayle Wootton  

 

·                Housing options, advice and supported housing

·                Home improvement service

·                Private sector housing

·                Council Residential Accommodation incl. Primrose Gardens

·                Housing Strategy

 

Terry Howarth

Executive Member for Planning and Development

Lead Director: Gayle Wootton  

 

·                Planning

·                Enforcement, including Building Control, Licensing, Empty Properties and Environmental Enforcement

·                Parks and Open Spaces development

 

Alistair Morwood

 

Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing & Partnerships

Lead Director: Caroline Wolfenden

 

·                Health & Wellbeing

·                Liaison with Health Care Service Providers, incl ICS

·                Partnership Working

·                Lead Role for developing sub-regional partnerships

·                Equalities & Diversity

 

Margaret France

Executive Member for Customer, Streetscene and Environment

Lead Director: Asim Khan

 

·                Street Cleansing

·                Grounds Maintenance

·                Streetscene Improvements

·                ICT

·                Customer Services

·                Revenues and Benefits

·                Waste collection

·                Climate Change

 

Adrian Lowe

 

Deputy Portfolio Holder - Economic Development and Public Service Reform

 

Supporting Cabinet Member – Alistair Bradley

Jenny Whiffen

 

Deputy Portfolio Holder - Resources

 

Supporting Cabinet Member – Peter Wilson

Arjun Singh

 

Deputy Portfolio Holder - Early Intervention

 

Supporting Cabinet Member – Beverley Murray

Hasina Khan

 

Deputy Portfolio Holder – Homes & Housing

 

Supporting Cabinet Member – Terry Haworth

Kim Snape

 

Deputy Portfolio Holder – Planning & Development

 

Supporting Cabinet Member – Alistair Morwood

 

Alex Hilton

Deputy Portfolio Holder – Health, Wellbeing & Partnerships

 

Supporting Cabinet Member – Margaret France

 

Michelle Beach

Deputy Portfolio Holder – Customer, Streetscene and Environment

 

Supporting Cabinet Member – Adrian Lowe

Jean Sherwood

 

 

The remit for these roles will be defined by the relevant Executive Member, except the Mental Health Awareness Council Champion which has a defined role description.

 

Member Responsible for:

 

 

Town Centre and Assets

Governance & Audit

Environment and Green Space

Danny Gee

Samantha Martin

Mark Clifford

 

 

Council Champion for:

 

Armed Forces and Member Services

Older People

Rural Communities & Parishes

Young People

Strategic Development and Planning

Mental Health Awareness

 

Aaron Beaver

Dedrah Moss

Alan Whittaker

Sarah Ainsworth

Neville Whitham

Christine Heydon

 

Resolved (unanimously) that the Executive Cabinet appointments for 2024/25 be noted.

11.

Appointments to committees, panels and working groups for 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To approve the appointment of Members of the Council to Committees, Working Groups, etc and to note shadow appointments for 2024/25.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.         The allocation of committee places in accordance with the Political Balance Rules as set out in the report be approved.

2.         The Members, Chairs and Vice Chairs for the committees set out in the appendix to this report be appointed for the period of twelve months until the first business meeting of the Council in May 2025.

3.         To note the Shadow Cabinet appointments for this municipal year.

Minutes:

The Council considered a schedule of nominations for the appointment of committees, working groups and panels in accordance with the political balance of the Council, together with nominations to Chair and Vice Chair positions.

 

The Executive Leader, Councillor Alistair Bradley proposed, the Deputy Leader, Councillor Peter Wilson seconded, and it was Resolved (unanimously)

1.         The allocation of committee places in accordance with the Political Balance Rules as set out in the report be approved.

2.         The Members, Chairs and Vice Chairs for the committees set out in the appendix to the minutes be appointed for the period of twelve months until the first business meeting of the Council in May 2025.

3.         To note the Shadow Cabinet appointments for this municipal year.

12.

Appointments to outside bodies for 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 78 KB

To approve the appointment of Members on outside bodies for 2024/25.

Minutes:

A schedule of nominations for the appointment of Council representatives on outside bodies for the forthcoming Council year was circulated.

 

The Executive Leader, Councillor Alistair Bradley proposed, the Deputy Leader, Councillor Peter Wilson seconded, and it was Resolved (unanimously) that appointments to outside bodies be approved as follows:

 

Appointment by role

 

No.

Name of Body

No of Reps

Representatives

Expiry Date

1

District Councils’ Network

 

1

Executive Leader (Councillor Alistair Bradley)

May 2025

2

Lancashire Police and Crime Panel

 

1

Executive Leader / Executive Member (Councillor Alistair Bradley)

May 2025

3

Local Government Association (Lancashire Branch)

1

Executive Leader (Councillor Alistair Bradley)

May 2025

4

Rural Services Network

 

1

Executive Member / Rural champion (Councillor Alan Whittaker)

May 2025

 

General appointments

 

No.

Name of Body

No of Reps

Representatives

Expiry Date

6

Adlington Community Association

 

2

Councillors June Molyneaux and Kim Snape

May 2025

7

Armed Forces Champion

 

1

Councillor Aaron Beaver

May 2025

8

Brindle Village Hall Management Committee (Observer position)

1

Councillor Pauline McGovern

May 2025

9

Chorley Consolidated Charity and Chorley Relief Fund

3

Councillor Karen Derbyshire (appointed May 2021)

Councillor Danny Gee (appointed May 2021)

Councillor Debra Platt

(NB Appointments are for a 5-year period and cannot be changed

mid-period)

May 2026

May 2026

May 2026

10

Chorley and South Ribble Citizens Advice Bureau Management Committee

1

Councillor Gordon France

May 2025

11

Chorley and South Ribble Shop Mobility

1

Councillor June Molyneaux

May 2025

12

Chorley Football Club Community Foundation

1

Councillor Aaron Beaver

May 2025

13

Chorley Sports Forum

2

Councillor Bev Murray

Vacancy

May 2025

14

Chorley Women’s Centre Committee

 

1

Councillor Margaret France

May 2025

15

Chorley South Ribble and West Lancs Children Partnership Board

1

Councillor Katie Wilkie

May 2025

16

Clayton Hall Landfill Liaison Committee

1

Councillor Mark Clifford

May 2025

17

Clayton-le-Woods Community Centre management Committee

1

Councillor Michelle Beach

May 2025

18

Cuerden Valley Trust

 

1

Councillor Mark Clifford

May 2025

19

Determinants of Health System Delivery Board

1

Councillor Margaret France

Councillor Michelle Beach (reserve)

May 2025

20

Growth Lancashire LTD Company – Board

2

Councillor Alistair Bradley

Councillor Alistair Morwood (reserve)

May 2025

21

Heapey and Wheelton Village Hall Committee

1

Councillor Gordon France

May 2025

22

Help the Homeless

 

1

Councillor Dedrah Moss

May 2025

23

Heskin Village Hall Management Committee

1

Councillor Alan Whittaker

May 2025

24

Hoghton Village Hall Management Committee

1

Councillor Michelle Beach

May 2025

25

Home Start Chorley and South Ribble

 

1

Councillor June Molyneaux

May 2025

26

Jigsaw Homes North Board

1

Councillor Matthew Lynch

May 2025

27

Lancashire County Council Health and Wellbeing Board

2

Councillor Michelle Beach

Councillor Margaret France

 

28

Lancashire County Council Health Scrutiny Committee

2

Councillor Michelle Beach

Councillor Margaret France

May 2025

29

Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – Governing Council

1

Councillor Alistair Bradley

May 2025

30

Lancashire Waste Partnership

 

1

Councillor Mark Clifford

May 2025

31

Local Government Association General Assembly and Associated Groups

3

Councillor Alistair Bradley

Councillor Peter  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

13.

Council Meetings in 2024/25

To note the programme of Council Meetings for 2024/25:

·                16 July 2024

·                17 September 2024

·                19 November 2024

·                28 January 2025

·                25 February 2025

·                15 April 2025

·                13 May 2025

 

Decision:

That the programme of Council Meetings for 2024/25 be noted.

Minutes:

Councillors noted the programme of Council Meetings for 2024/25 as follows:

·                16 July 2024

·                17 September 2024

·                19 November 2024

·                28 January 2025

·                25 February 2025

·                15 April 2025

·                13 May 2025

14.

Household Support Fund Phase 5 pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To receive and consider the report of the Director  of Communities and Leisure.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.         To receive the grant amount of £310,345 as per the details within this report and create an expenditure budget to administer the grant.

2.         To proceed to develop a delivery plan which reflects specific criteria set out in the government guidance published to allocate and administer the grant.

Minutes:

The Executive Member (Early Intervention), Councillor Bev Murray, presented the report of the Director of Communities and Leisure.

 

The report provided details on the district element of the government’s Household Support Fund Phase 5 (HSF5), which was allocated to Chorley Council by Lancashire County Council.

 

It also sought approval to receive £310,345 allocated to Chorley to deliver the fund using specific criteria set out in the government guidance and to provide an overview of the proposed approach.

 

The Councils Communities team have been working in partnership with community partners to develop a delivery plan that responds to current issues but also encourages those who were in difficulty to access wider and more impactful support.

 

This approach was achieved by directing applicants through community organisations, social prescribing and other health pathways to provide a more holistic approach to resolving issues and encourage the development of skills and social contacts that would increase resilience and wellbeing as well as providing financial support.

 

The Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Debra Platt, thanked the officers, community organisations and those involved in delivering this, noting the funding originated from central government.

 

The Executive Member (Early Intervention), Councillor Bev Murray proposed and Deputy Portfolio Holder - Early Intervention, Councillor Hasina Khan seconded, and it was Resolved (unanimously)

1.         To receive the grant amount of £310,345 as per the details within this report and create an expenditure budget to administer the grant.

2.         To proceed to develop a delivery plan which reflects specific criteria set out in the government guidance published to allocate and administer the grant.

15.

Exclusion of the Public and Press

To consider the exclusion of the press and public for the following items of business on the ground that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph * of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act.

 

By Virtue of Paragraph 3: Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)

Condition:

Information is not exempt if it is required to be registered under-

The Companies Act 1985

The Friendly Societies Act 1974

The Friendly Societies Act 1992

The Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1965 to 1978

The Building Societies Act 1986 (recorded in the public file of any building society, within the meaning of the Act)

The Charities Act 1993

Information is exempt to the extent that, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

Information is not exempt if it relates to proposed development for which the local planning authority may grant itself planning permission pursuant to Regulation 3 of the Town & Country Planning General Regulations 1992(a).

Decision:

Approved.

Minutes:

The Executive Leader, Councillor Alistair Bradley proposed and the Deputy Leader, Councillor Peter Wilson seconded and it was Resolved (unanimously) that the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the disclosure of exempt information as defined by paragraph 3 of Part 1 of schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

16.

Gillet Field Playing Pitch Enhancement

To receive and consider the report of the Director of Planning and Property.

Decision:

1.         Approve the allocation of a further budget for the delivery of the new pavilion, ancillary facilities and improved playing pitches at Gillett Playing Fields.

2.         Approve the submission of a planning application for a comprehensive new changing facility at Gillett Playing Fields.

Minutes:

The Executive Member (Planning and Development), Councillor Alistair Morwood presented the confidential report of the Director of Planning and Property.

 

The report proposed improvement of Gillett Playing Fields with comprehensive new changing facility and playing pitch improvements.

 

The vision for Gillett Playing Fields sought to combine cricket use with reintroduced junior football use with pitch enhancements and a comprehensive new pavilion with improved access and car parking. 

 

The provision of improved cricket and junior football provision would help to address Borough-wide needs identified in the Open Space, Sports and Recreation Strategy (OSSR).

 

The Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Alan Platt, queried where in the Borough the funding had received from.  Councillor Morwood undertook to provide this detail outside the meeting.

 

Following a query, it was noted that the detail of regarding the remaining Section 106 funds was set out in the table at paragraph 18 within the report. 

 

The Executive Member (Planning and Development), Councillor Alistair Morwood proposed and the Executive Leader, Councillor Alistair Bradley seconded and it was Resolved (37:0:1)

1.         Approve the allocation of a further budget for the delivery of the new pavilion, ancillary facilities and improved playing pitches at Gillett Playing Fields.

2.         Approve the submission of a planning application for a comprehensive new changing facility at Gillett Playing Fields.