Agenda

Venue: York House

Contact: Karen Shepherd  01628 796529

Note: Deadline for public questions: 12noon Thursday 5 December - for advice contact karen.shepherd@rbwm.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence

2.

Council Minutes pdf icon PDF 267 KB

To receive the minutes of the meetings of the Council held on 24 September and 23 October 2019.

Additional documents:

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 219 KB

To receive any declarations of interest

4.

Mayor's Communications pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To receive such communications as the Mayor may desire to place before the Council

5.

Public Questions

a)    Ed Wilson of Clewer and Dedworth West ward will ask the following question of Councillor Carroll, Lead Member for Adult Social Care, Children’s Services, Health and Mental Health:

 

Will the Lead Member advise if he has received any proposals from members that safeguard the future of the Dedworth Sensory Garden?

 

b)   Ed Wilson of Clewer and Dedworth West ward will ask the following question of Councillor Johnson, Leader of the Council:

 

Will the Leader of the Council meet with me and Dedworth residents who would like to display large remembrance poppies along Dedworth Rd and Maidenhead Road in years to come?

 

 

(A Member responding to a question shall be allowed up to five minutes to reply to the initial question and up to two minutes to reply to a supplementary question. The questioner shall be allowed up to one minute to put the supplementary question)

6.

Petitions

To receive any petitions presented by Members on behalf of residents.

 

(Any Member submitting a petition has up to 2 minutes to summarise its contents)

7.

Referrals from other bodies

To consider referrals from other bodies (e.g. Cabinet for capital items)

 

None for this meeting

8.

Appointment of Statutory Officer pdf icon PDF 360 KB

To consider the above report

9.

Old Windsor Neighbourhood Plan - Formal Making of the Plan pdf icon PDF 5 MB

To consider the above report

10.

Constitution Changes - School Improvement Forum Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 237 KB

To consider the above report

11.

Implementing the Care Act - People in Residential Accommodation pdf icon PDF 200 KB

To consider the above report

12.

Treasury Management Update 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 396 KB

To consider the above report

13.

Members' Questions

a)    Councillor Larcombe will ask the following question of Councillor Coppinger, Lead Member for Planning and Maidenhead:

 

Unauthorised construction of raised earth bunds on flood plain are a problem in my Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury Ward.  These embankments inhibit overland flood flows, take up flood storage capacity and raise flood levels.  The simultaneous neglect of the ancient land drainage infrastructure exacerbates flooding.  As lead local flood authority what action is RBWM taking to remedy the issues?

 

b)   Councillor Larcombe will ask the following question of Councillor Coppinger, Lead Member for Planning and Maidenhead:

 

What is the total cost of the Borough Local Plan to date please?

 

c)    Councillor Price will ask the following question of Councillor Clark, Lead Member for Transport and Infrastructure:

Where there are broken/uneven pathways, lack of dropped kerbs/tactile paving, residents with disabilities, and indeed the elderly, are deterred from venturing out, thus increasing the incidence of loneliness, isolation, and physical inactivity. Will the Lead Member consider prioritising repairs/improvements where there are clusters of such residents in line with the RBWM Strategic Priority of Health, Skilled and Independent residents? 

d)    Councillor Davey will ask the following question of Councillor McWilliams, Lead Member for Housing, Communications and Youth Engagement:

 

What funding has cabinet allocated to support rough sleepers over the Christmas period and into the New Year around the Borough and how might we work better with community groups and voluntary organisations to raise awareness and sign post provision to maximise resources for all? 

 

e)    Councillor Davey will ask the following question of Councillor Johnson, Leader of the Council:

 

With RBWM in a very serious financial situation is it now time to make use of the skills of all councillors, across parties, rather than simply relying on the Conservative Administration trying to go it alone?

 

f)      Councillor Davies will ask the following question of Councillor Carroll, Lead Member for Adult Social Care, Children’s Services, Health and Mental Health:

 

Nationally 30,000 children - UK resident but EU nationals - may not receive settled status, despite being entitled to it, due to “irregular family contexts”. Of these, 5,000 are children in care. Are there any children in our care whose settled status is uncertain for this reason? And if so, what practical and legal support are they receiving?

 

g)   Councillor L. Jones will ask the following question of Councillor Hilton, Lead Member for Finance and Ascot:

 

The finance update is showing an estimated £3.61m forecast overspend at the end of the financial year. This is the ‘net figure’ after ‘saving mitigations’ have already been implemented. What assurances can the Lead Member give council that this figure can be mitigated and will not continue to rise?

 

h)   Councillor Hill will ask the following question of Councillor Clark, Lead Member for Transport and Infrastructure:

 

Given the recent tragic deaths of 2 Oldfield Ward Residents when are we going to see the pedestrian crossing built on Braywick Road and safety upgrades to the 2 crossings near Oldfield School on Bray  ...  view the full agenda text for item 13.

14.

Motions on Notice

a)    By Councillor Cannon

 

As a member of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority I bring this motion to the Council to demonstrate our commitment to the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service motion to ensure the safety of RBWM buildings and residents from the risks of fires.

 

This Council:

 

i)       Acknowledges that sprinklers and other Automatic Fire Suppression Systems (AFSS) save lives, protect property, reduce the impact of fire on the environment, reduce interruption to business and improve safety for individuals in the community in general and firefighters. In recognising these benefits support the National Fire Chief’s Council position on sprinklers by writing to Central Government to express support for the creation of a legal requirement to fit sprinklers or AFSS in buildings.

 

ii)      Commit to installation of sprinklers or other AFSS within its own building stock when planning for and constructing new buildings or as a retrofitted solution when undertaking major refurbishments of existing buildings.

 

iii)     Through the planning application or building control process, promote and support the installation of sprinklers or other AFSS for all new or refurbished buildings and particularly those that present the most significant risk to the public and firefighters.

 

 

b)  By Councillor Taylor

 

Following the declaration of a climate emergency this year, along with the spells of record breaking hot weather, I ask the council to commit to addressing the responsibilities it has to residents during this extreme type of weather.

 

This Council:

 

i)             Ensures that correct and helpful information is provided via the council’s communications channels and libraries to assist people during periods of hot weather.

ii)            Liaises with other support groups / charities to see what help can be offered to those who are most vulnerable in the Borough.

iii)           Establishes a Heat Mitigation Research Working Group to discuss what responsibilities the council may have moving forwards to tackle the inevitable changes to a wider range of issues including building regulations, responsibilities for existing housing stock and general heat relief.

 

 

c)    By Councillor Davey

 

The Police tell me one of the main reasons young people start getting into trouble is limited parental support after school.

 

This Council:

 

i)             Recognises many 15-18 year olds could benefit from community support after school for approximately 3 hours a day.

ii)            Commits to working harder to find solutions to give our youth the best possible start in life.

 

 

d)   By Councillor Del Campo

 

 

According to a recent freedom of information request (number 74334, November 2019), there are currently 766 empty homes in the Royal Borough. The same request shows that no Empty Dwelling Management Orders have been issued in the last five years. Bringing these empty homes back into use could avoid the need to build on several green-belt sites in the borough.

 

This Council resolves to:

 

i)             Promote the grants and support available to owners of empty residential properties to bring them back into use

ii)            Use all reasonable powers to bring empty residential properties back into use

iii)           Write to the inspector of the borough  ...  view the full agenda text for item 14.