Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 15th November, 2017 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, The Forum. View directions

Contact: Jim Doyle Ext 2222 

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting of the council held on 27 September 2017.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest

3.

Public Participation

To consider questions (if any) by members of the public of which the appropriate notice has been given to the Solicitor to the Council.

4.

Announcements

To receive announcements and business brought forward by the Mayor, Leader, and Members of the Cabinet or the Chief Executive.

 

4.1       By the Mayor:

 

4.2       By the Chief Executive:

 

4.3       By the Group Leaders:  Any apologies for absence

 

4.4       Council Leader and Members of the Cabinet:

 

Councillor Williams                 Leader of the Council

Councillor Marshall                 Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory Services

Councillor Elliot                       Finance & Resources

Councillor Mrs Griffiths           Housing

Councillor Harden                   Residents & Corporate Services

Councillor G Sutton                Planning and Regeneration

 

 

5.

Questions

To consider questions (if any) by members of the Council of which the appropriate notice has been given to the Solicitor to the Council.

6.

Business from the last council meeting

To consider any business referred from the previous meeting

7.

Notice of Motion

To consider the following motion from Councillor Tindall:

 

Proposed Public Space Protection Order

 

  1. This Council notes that the Cabinet is concerned about the level of anti-social behaviour and it is clear from the number of responses to public consultation (which ended 13th October) that residents of Dacorum have been engaged both with the subject and the proposed remedy.

 

  1. The members of Dacorum Council, having debated the issue of anti-social behaviour and the proposed remedy, request that before the Cabinet makes its decision on the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in Dacorum they :-

 

a.    have regard to the opinions and comments of council members expressed in the debate on 15th November, and

 

b.    take note that :-

 

i.              the proposed PSPO addresses some behaviours which are already covered by existing criminal legislation and as such fall under the proper remit of the police,

 

ii.             the PSPO plans would need to be evaluated based upon actual implementation plans for enforcement, including who will do the enforcement and what training will be given and what powers would be used,

 

iii.            In addition to enforcement of the PSPO, the practicality of using fines or court summonses to individuals with no means and no fixed abode, and the times of day when enforcement will take place

 

iv.           a PSPO should not be used when there are alternative steps that could be taken to address the behaviours disapproved of, some of which are clearly the result of seven years of austerity

 

  1. The PSPO, when drafted, would need to identify the issues that it was aiming to restrict.  There is a general principle that where an Act criminalises an activity the scope of the activity must be clearly defined.  The proposals cannot therefore actually be judged on their proportionality and practicality until the draft PSPO is available.

 

  1. Therefore, this council requests that a further consultation process is carried out once the draft PSPO is publicly available and that the outcomes of that consultation and the proposal to adopt the draft PSPO is brought to full Council for approval or otherwise.

 

8.

Cabinet referrals pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To consider the following referrals from Cabinet:

 

 

8.1

CA/104/17  

17 October 2017    

Brownfield Land Register

8.2

CA/105/17  

17 October 2017    

Member Employee Code of Practice and Planning Code of Practice

 

 

9.

Overview and Scrutiny referrals

10.

Changes to committee membership

To consider any proposals for changes to committee membership

 

11.

Change to committee dates

To consider any proposals for changes to committee dates

 

12.

Exclusion of the Public

To consider passing a resolution in the following terms:

 

That, under s.100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A Part 1 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 the public be excluded during the items in Part 2 of the Agenda for this meeting, because it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted, that, if members of the public were present during those items, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information relating to the financial and business affairs of the Council and third party companies/organisations.

 

Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3.

 

13.

Call-in & Urgency Procedure