Agenda

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence

2.

Council Minutes pdf icon PDF 331 KB

To receive the Part I minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 28 July 2020, and the Extraordinary meetings of the Council held on 28 September 2020 and 14 October 2020.

Additional documents:

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 219 KB

To receive any declarations of interest

4.

Mayor's Communications pdf icon PDF 78 KB

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

5.

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 344 KB

a)    Sunil Sharma of Furze Platt ward will ask the following question of Councillor Carroll, Deputy Chairman of Cabinet, Adult Social Care, Children’s Services, Health and Mental Health:

 

The council's response to Covid-19 has been very good but cases have risen and what are we doing to buck the trend and deal with a second wave?

  

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

 

What is the Council’s vision for Old Windsor?

 

c)    Ed Wilson of Clewer and Dedworth West ward will ask the following question of Councillor Hilton, Lead Member for Finance and Ascot:

 

The recent CIPFA Report commissioned by RBWM (under 3.14) said that “expenditure avoided a prioritisation process to the benefit of one ward”.  Is this statement correct?

 

d)   Deborah Ludford of Oldfield ward will ask the following question of Councillor Stimson, Lead Member for Climate Change, Sustainability, Parks and Countryside:

 

Council has declared a Climate Emergency and states in its Environment and Climate strategy ‘the quality of life and the role of the natural environment in creating great places is a critical part of the success of the borough economy, and to our residents’ health and wellbeing’.  Surely this is inconsistent with plans to build on the golf course?

 

e)    Deborah Ludford of Oldfield ward will ask the following question of Councillor Stimson, Lead Member for Climate Change, Sustainability, Parks and Countryside:

 

Biodiversity is under threat with 1 million species facing extinction.  The golf course is rich in wildlife habitats, providing homes for protected and endangered species such as slow worms, bats, hedgehogs and badgers.  How can our council justify the destruction of these habitats when we know continued biodiversity loss threatens the wellbeing of everyone?

 

f)     Tina Quadrino of Pinkneys Green ward will ask the following question of CouncillorCoppinger, Lead Member for Planning, Environmental Services and Maidenhead:

 

Building on brownfield land is more sustainable than building on greenfield sites, with buildings recycled wherever possible to reduce carbon emissions. With the RBWM environment and climate strategy in mind, what is the council doing to make sure this is prioritised in our borough, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which will leave many more business premises vacant?

 

g)   Tara Crist of Riverside ward will ask the following question of Councillor Coppinger, Lead Member for Planning, Environmental Services and Maidenhead:

 

Like the River Thames, the creation of a Great Park in Maidenhead would provide a major draw to people looking to live and visit here, bringing economic prosperity, as well as providing a healthier environment. Surely the short term gain from developing the golf course is not in the long term economic or environmental interest of our town?

 

h)   Mark Loader of Oldfield ward will ask the following question of Councillor Johnson, Leader of the Council:

 

Will the planned development of Maidenhead Golf Course result in the removal of established trees? If so, is this consistent  ...  view the full agenda text for item 5.

6.

Petitions

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

 

(Notice of the petition must be given to the Head of Governance not later than noon on the last working day prior to the meeting. A Member submitting a Petition may speak for no more than 2 minutes to summarise the contents of the Petition).

7.

Referrals from other bodies

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

 

Members' Allowances Scheme pdf icon PDF 799 KB

To consider the above report

Constitutional Amendments pdf icon PDF 494 KB

To consider the above report

Approval of Additional Capital Schemes pdf icon PDF 127 KB

To consider the above report

Corporate Parenting Annual Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 816 KB

To consider the above report

8.

Political Balance pdf icon PDF 230 KB

To consider the above report

9.

Members' Questions pdf icon PDF 149 KB

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

 

With reports of thousands of plots of land across the UK with existing planning permission but no activity by builders, could you tell us how many homes have been given planning permission in RBWM that haven't started building yet?

 

b)     Councillor Larcombe will ask the following question of Councillor Cannon, Lead Member for Public Protection and Parking:

 

Residents and businesses in my Ward have been seriously affected by flooding three times since the Jubilee River opened in 2002.  You announced in August that the River Thames Scheme Channel 1 was stalled due to lack of funding.  Furthermore maintenance of the local land drainage infrastructure is almost non-existent.  Can you explain precisely how we got into this position?


(The Council will set aside a period of 30 minutes to deal with Member questions, which may be extended at the discretion of the Mayor in exceptional circumstances.
The Member who provides the initial response will do so in writing. The written response will be published as a supplement to the agenda by 5pm one working day before the meeting. The questioner shall be allowed up to one minute to put a supplementary question at the meeting. The supplementary question must arise directly out of the reply provided and shall not have the effect of introducing any new subject matter. A Member responding to a supplementary question will have two minutes to respond).

 

10.

Motions on Notice

a)    By Councillor McWilliams

Recognising the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights statement on racism & xenophobia: "Prejudice or hostility towards a person's race, colour, language, nationality, or national or ethnic origin…Intolerant discourse in the media or from politicians can lead to increased racist sentiments towards migrants and other minorities, including in the form of scapegoating," ?this Council resolves to: 

i)             Collect high-quality diversity data including conducting annual workplace surveys to analyse progress being made against Equality Objectives (2018 - 2022), including how well the organisation and Members reflect the demographic makeup of RBWM and the UK, and to identify steps to improve any disparity; findings will be reviewed and scrutinised at Corporate O&S and by members of the public. 

ii)             Introduce mandatory unconscious bias training for councillors and officers, and encourage teaching and learning about Britain’s colonial past and slavery; the Members' Code of Conduct will be amended to include a requirement to complete an annual training session. 

iii)           Write to the Secretary of State for Education asking for a more ambitious national educational standard on issues of race and gender equality, and inviting him to attend an RBWM-hosted Gender & Race Equality Conference, where residents and employers can talk and share ideas on the importance of having high-quality diversity data; creating an organisation open to all; identifying the challenges and celebrating the achievements of people of colour in RBWM.

 

 

b)   By Councillor Werner:

 

Following the profound disappointment many residents have experienced with service delivery shortcomings across a range of contracts awarded to external partners by recent administrations, it is long overdue time that the burgeoning evidence supporting an in-house delivery model is given more serious and sustained consideration. 

This Council:

i)     Will abandon its preference, quoted in the Principles of Commissioning, to seek external market solutions. 

ii)    Will, for each delivery model analysis going forward, undertake a serious study of an in-house solution and publish the results. 

iii)   Will carry out a retrospective study on all active outsourced contracts to compare their value to an in-house delivery model and publish the results. 

 

(A maximum period of 30 minutes will be allowed for each Motion to be moved, seconded and debated, including dealing with any amendments.  At the expiry of the 30-minute period debate will cease immediately, the mover of the Motion or amendment will have the right of reply before the Motion or amendment is put to the vote).

11.

Local Government Act 1972 - Exclusion of Public

To consider passing the following resolution:-

 

“That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting whilst discussion takes place on item 11 on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1-7 of part I of Schedule 12A of the Act"

12.

Minutes

To receive the Part II minutes of the Extraordinary meeting of the Council held on 28 September 2020