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122.

Prayers

Prayers will be said by the Mayor’s Chaplain, the Reverend Canon Charles Stewart.

Minutes:

Prayers were led by the Mayor’s Chaplain, the Reverend Canon Charles Stewart.

123.

Declarations of Interest by Members

Members are reminded that any disclosable pecuniary interests must be declared including any issues which may arise through pre-determination or bias.

Pro forma for this purpose are available from the Members' Room.

Minutes:

Councillor Mrs D Jones and Councillor D C Jones declared non-pecuniary interests in Minute No. 121 to the Resources Committee Minutes, 30 August 2017 (Minute 133(a) refers), and remained present but abstained from voting or speaking thereon.

124.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 July 2017 and the Extraordinary meeting held on 8 August 2017.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Council meeting held on 11 July 2017 and the Extraordinary meeting held on 8 August 2017 were confirmed as a correct records and signed.

125.

Announcements pdf icon PDF 46 KB

To receive a schedule of Civic functions attended by the Mayor since the last meeting and any announcements from the Mayor, Council Leader or Chief Executive and Town Clerk.

Minutes:

1.       The Mayor

The Mayor announced that, since the last meeting of the council, he had been privileged to attend some wonderful engagements, highlighting the Dorset Plane Pull in aid of charity, and the Glow Gold light up of the Old Town Hall, which was for the Isabel Baker Foundation set up to raise awareness of childhood cancer.

The full schedule of events had been circulated to each Member, a copy of which appears as Appendix A to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

2.       The Deputy Leader

The Deputy Leader advised she attended a lunch run by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and accepted an award for Christchurch and East Dorset Council for the most innovative programme campaign for the Business Jelly Project.

3.       The Leader

The Leader updated Members on the Local Government Review stating that letters were received from the Leaders of Bournemouth and Poole Councils expressing their pleasure for taking up seats on their Joint Committee, which will meet for the first time on 5 October He also advised that acknowledgement of his letter to the Secretary of State was received.

4.       Chief Executive

The Chief Executive and Town Clerk advised that he had no announcements on this occasion.

126.

Questions by Members of the Public

    To deal with questions to the Council Leader, or Committee Chairmen submitted in writing by members of the public under Council Procedure Rule 10.

     

    Note:  Questions by members of the public have to be received by midday five clear working days before the meeting (Friday 25 August 2017).

    Minutes:

    The Mayor reported that 10 questions had been submitted by Members of the Public under Council Procedure Rule 10.

    QUESTION FROM LISA BENNET

    Presentations of the zig-zag ‘rebuild’ project were made to the public on 13th and 15th July. Members of the public were also invited to visit Highcliffe Castle on 5th September to express their opinion about the facilities and amenities they would like to see on our beaches next year. In view of these extremely important and very current initiatives, how can you justify a decision to close the zig-zag now, particularly when it is clear that you do not know the outcome of your own public consultation today?

    RESPONSE BY COUNCILLOR MRS DERHAM WILKES (CHAIRMAN OF COMMUNITY COMMITTEE)

    At the time of the consultation events in July, the Council was still working towards the project being completed in the Spring 2018 and was asking residents and visitors about the look and feel of the proposed new path. Later in July, when the consultant’s report was received, it became clear that there were insufficient funds for the project and the Community Committee then made its decision in August based on a wide range of considerations.

    The event which was held today, was an engagement event on higher level strategic principles for the whole coast, not specific projects such as the zig-zag path.

    It was felt that it was hard to justify spending £1.25 million on the restoration of the zig-zag at a time when there are so many other demands on local authority finances.

    SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION FROM LISA BENNET

    From the presentation at the Castle today, under the majority of the different parts of the beach it had what is offered at the moment and what the proposals were for that particular section of the beach. But for the Castle Beach and for Highcliffe Beach, there were no proposals at all. Why was this when everything else had a proposal for what they would like for that particular area of the beach?

    RESPONSE BY COUNCILLOR MRS DERHAM WILKES (CHAIRMAN OF COMMUNITY COMMITTEE)

    For those two sections of the beach, we already had the consultation with the Dorset Coast Forums event. At that time, everybody had the opportunity to say the sorts of things they’d like to see on those beaches.

     

    QUESTION FROM MEL PYKE

    Officers made reference at the 9th August Community Committee meeting to being able to take some of the money that would be saved by not rebuilding the zig-zag and using it instead to build the Boardwalk. Visitors to the Castle might love being able to walk on the new beach Boardwalk but they wouldn’t be able to get there because there’s no zig-zag path. Can you confirm that the Council really is satisfied with that suggestion?

    RESPONSE BY COUNCILLOR MRS DERHAM WILKES (CHAIRMAN OF COMMUNITY COMMITTEE)

    The suggestion of a possible boardwalk, or similar, linking the bottom of the zig-zag to the wave wall at Friar’s Cliff was just one possibility for improving access  ...  view the full minutes text for item 126.

127.

Petitions by Members of the Public

    To deal with petitions or similar communications submitted by members of the public under Council Procedure Rule 10.

     

    Note: Petitions have to be received by midday five clear working days before the meeting (Friday 25 August 2017).

    Minutes:

    The Mayor reported that a petition had been received under Council Procedure Rule 10, and invited Mr Hutchings to present the petition which was calling for a second report to be presented to the Council’s Community Committee on the zig-zag pathway from Highcliffe Castle to the beach containing further investigations and costings following their decision to close the path.

    The Mayor thanked Mr Hutchings for his petition and stated that under the rules of the Constitution, a petition can have no relevance on a matter that has been before a committee and a decision made. Until the Coastal Strategy, which we are currently consulting on, has been concluded, an holistic view can be taken on the future of the coast from Mudeford and Chewton Bunny, and your petition would be taken into consideration in the decision making.

128.

Questions by Members of the Council

    To deal with questions to the Council Leader or Policy Committee Chairmen submitted in writing by Members of the Council under Council Procedure Rule 11.

     

    Note: Questions by Members of the Council have to be received by 12 noon one clear working day before the date of the meeting (Friday 1 September 2017).

    Minutes:

    The Mayor reported that 2 questions had been received from Members of the Council under Council Procedure Rule 11.

    QUESTION FROM COUNCILLOR RAY NOTTAGE TO THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL

    As Councillor for Purewell and Stanpit I have received many complaints this summer from visitors and residents regarding the concentration of huge amounts of rotting seaweed in the estuary. The noxious gasses (Hydrogen Sulphide) emanating as a result have caused considerable concern especially in light of the reports from other coastal areas of the potential detrimental health affects to the public as a result of this pollution.

    Can the Leader give assurances to residents that this matter is of concern to this Council and detail any action being taken?

    RESPONSE BY COUNCILLOR DAVID FLAGG, LEADER OF THE COUNCIL

    I understand that the odours being experienced by local residents are from a macroalgae that proliferates on occasion in areas of the harbour.

    This situation is under review and advice on any potential detrimental health affects has been requested from Public Health England’s Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards and also the Environment Agency. Once this advice is received I will ensure that all Members are advised accordingly.     

    SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION FROM COUNCILLOR RAY NOTTAGE

    Can I take it that this is an assurance to residents that this matter is of concern to this Council and could I request that in any further discussions with Natural England, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs or any other agency includes concern about the reported leaching of nitrates into the Stour and Avon rivers at the rate of 6000 tons per year and the relevance to consequences we are experiencing.

    How we are to deal with what I understand is an alien species of weed emanating from Australia, the increasing ‘bloom’ of cabbage weed year on year with special regard to the potentially disastrous affect on the whole bio-diversity of the estuary including the threat to invertebrates and other wild life.

    RESPONSE BY COUNCILLOR DAVID FLAGG, LEADER OF THE COUNCIL

    I am sure that the Agencies that we are consulting with will give us professional advice on what we should do in the future.

     

    QUESTION FROM COUNCILLOR BUNGEY TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PLANNING CONTROL COMMITTEE

    Is the Chairman aware that the New Forest District Council and the National Park are having to revise their Draft Keystone Strategy for housing in the light of new government guidelines on Flood Risk, Air Quality Assessment and the reinforcement of the preservation of the Green Belt policy.  This has caused a deletion of 2,840 houses from their plan?

    RESPONSE BY COUNCILLOR MRS DEDMAN (CHAIRMAN OF THE PLANNING CONTROL COMMITTEE)

    I am aware of what is referred to, which is the preparation of the New Forest District Council Local Plan. That identifies and seeks to meet Housing needs up to the year 2036. Their identified Housing need up to that date is 12,740 new homes. Your question relates to any constraints on development caused by factors such  ...  view the full minutes text for item 128.

129.

Committee Minutes

    To receive the Committee Minutes for the last cycle of meetings and to consider any recommendations arising from these meetings as follows:-

    Minutes:

    The Committee Minutes for the last cycle of meetings were received. It was agreed to vote on each set of Minutes individually as set out in Minute Nos 130-133 below.

130.

Scrutiny and Policy Overview Committee Minutes, 18 July 2017 pdf icon PDF 71 KB

    To receive the Minutes of the meeting held on 18 July 2017.

    Minutes:

    The Committee Minutes for the meeting of the Scrutiny and Policy Overview Committee held on 18 July 2017 were received.

    Voting: Unanimous

131.

Planning Control Committee Minutes, 20 July 2017 pdf icon PDF 75 KB

    To receive the Minutes of the meeting held on 20 July 2017.

    Minutes:

    The Committee Minutes for the meeting of the Planning Control Committee held on 20 July 2017 were received.

    Voting: Unanimous

132.

Community Committee Minutes, 9 August 2017 pdf icon PDF 61 KB

    To receive the Minutes of the meeting held on 9 August 2017.

    Minutes:

    The Committee Minutes for the meeting of the Community Committee held on 9 August 2017 were received.

    Voting: 18:0 (4 Abstentions)

     

    Cllr Mrs Phipps left the meeting at 7.10pm.

133.

Resources Committee Minutes, 30 August 2017 pdf icon PDF 60 KB

 

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