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Council Minutes: 26 November 2009

Present:

Chairman: Councillor J M Smith
Vice Chairman: Councillor J Raine
Councillors: Mrs P Bell
G W Boustead
R Burgin
M Davidson
M D Eyles
R H Fisher
Mrs L A Grisedale
H Harrison
J M Holliday
N Hughes
T C Ladhams
Mrs E Langan
Mrs J Lowis
Mrs G M Lumley
A K Morgan
J Nicholson
G Nicolson
W Patterson
K Phillips
Mrs E Robinson
Mrs M Robinson
G Savage
H Sawrey-Cookson
S J Simpson
M Temple
J G Thompson
H W Threlkeld
M Tonkin
R V Turner
Mrs M E Wilcox
Lead Officer in Attendance: Kevin Douglas - Chief Executive
Democratic Services Officer: A Milburn

The Chairman welcomed Councillor Mrs Elissa Robinson to the Council.

Cl/58/11/09 Apologies for Absence

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors: B Metz, Mrs S Orchard, A P Richardson and Mrs A D Richardson.

Councillor Turner informed Members that Councillor Metz had been admitted to the Cumberland Infirmary on 17 November following a mild stroke; his second in two years. Councillor Turner intended to visit Councillor Metz soon and would keep Members updated as to his condition. Members wished Councillor Metz a speedy recovery.

Cl/59/11/09/ Declarations of Interest

Councillor Hughes declared a personal interest in items 13 and 16 on the agenda (Re-tender of Blue Collar and Leisure Contracts and the Affordable Housing Policy) due to his membership of the board of Eden Housing Association.

Cl/60/11/09 Minutes

Minutes Cl/46/9/09 to Cl/56/9/09 of the meeting of this Committee held on 17 September 2009 were approved as a correct record of those proceedings.

Cl/61/11/09 Chairman's Announcements

On behalf of Eden District we would just like to pass on our commiserations to those people in our own area and all across Cumbria who have been badly affected by last week's extreme weather conditions. We would especially like to express our condolences to the family of PC Bill Barker, who tragically lost his life last week when a bridge collapsed due to the extreme flooding.

We have been relatively fortunate in Eden in comparison to other areas of Cumbria, and are offering support to flood affected families and businesses affected in Eamont Bridge. We are delighted, along with the Environment Agency, that the flood alleviation scheme for Appleby successfully minimized much of the flood damage that the town has historically suffered and we have received positive feedback from local residents and businesses as a result.

With Christmas on its way, Penrith is undergoing its final preparations to switch on its Christmas Lights this Sunday at 5pm. The switch will be thrown at 5pm by actor Phillip Martin Brown (Grantley Budgen) from TV's Waterloo Road. There will be a whole host of community based activities throughout the day starting from 1pm, these include a street market, street entertainment, pony rides and a magical lantern procession.

Credit should be given to the Christmas Lights organising committee who have been well supported by Eden's Town Centre's Officer, Paul Walker. They have all worked really hard to put the town's Xmas celebrations together in difficult economic circumstances.

Over recent weeks I have been delighted to formally open a new lottery funded community play facility at Culgaith, welcome local secondary schools to the town hall as part of Local Democracy Week activities and attend various community and voluntary sector events, which recognize the valuable work of these organisations in our local area.

Cl/62/11/09 Questions by the Public

No questions from the public under Rule 12 of the constitution had been received.

Cl/63/11/09 Questions by Members

  1. Councillor Eyles asked the following question of the Leader of the Council under rule 12 of the Constitution.

    "Does the executive share my alarm at the proposed closure of the offices of Action for Blind People in Carlisle, which would mean those who need help and support at one of the most traumatic times of their lives may be faced with the prospect of travelling to Preston or relying on a much reduced service in Cumbria?"

    Councillor Phillips responded to the question as follows:

    "I share your alarm, however, this is not a question for the Executive but for all Members of the Council.

    The matter has not been raised with Officers or the relevant Portfolio Holder. I am certain that if the Councillor wishes to circulate the information to all Members, they can reach their own conclusion and respond directly.

    This Council is not in a position to provide any financial support to the charity to prevent closure given the current pressure on funding and it really is a matter for individual Members to respond to as they see fit."

    Councillor Eyles confirmed that he would circulate the information to all Members to enable them to put forward their views.
  2. Councillor Eyles asked the following question of the Portfolio Holder for Housing under rule 12 of the constitution.

    "How many affordable homes have been built in Eden during the last two years?"

    Councillor Turner responded to the question as follows:

    "73 homes, 23 built during 2008-2009 and 50 built during 2007-2008. I agree this falls short or our aspirations and targets. Later in this meeting we shall be considering an item which I hope will enable us to work with developers."
  3. Councillor Eyles asked the following question of the Portfolio Holder for Housing under rule 12 of the constitution.

    "How much has Eden District Council spent on producing or commissioning reports related to affordable housing in Eden during the last two years?"

    Councillor Turner responded to the question as follows:

    "The only report to meet this criterion is the Affordable Housing Viability Assessment, this cost £20,919. This was a highly specialised piece of work and an essential requirement for the Examination in Public of the Core Strategy"

    Councillor Eyles asked the following supplementary question of Councillor Turner:

    "Can you confirm the report commissioned by Eden District Council to look at the number of affordable houses in Eden did not meet that criterion?"

    Councillor Turner responded to the question as follows:

    "I believe you are referring to the district wide Housing Needs Survey. This was carried out by the Cumbria Rural Housing Trust in order to provide a robust evidence base for the submission of bids for affordable housing in Eden and was not a report as I understand it."
  4. Councillor Eyles asked the following question of the Leader of the Council under rule 12 of the constitution.

    "I note from the Herald that Eden District Council estimates it will raise about £30,000 a year by charging the public for the use of car parks at the Town Hall and Mansion House at weekends, which are currently free. How much would be generated if all users of these three car parks who are currently allowed to park free of charge during the working day were charged the same rate as the public have to pay for Penrith's car parks controlled by the council?"

    Councillor Phillips responded to the question as follows:

    "The Members have received the report on the detail of the proposed car parking changes and charges and do not have to rely on the local newspaper for information.

    The Council is seeking to maximise income from its assets when they are not needed by Officers and Members to support the operation and running of the Council. This has lead to the proposal to charge for car parks when the buildings are closed to the public. This approach will raise income to maintain essential services. The current travel and car parking arrangements of staff and Members are being reviewed with a report to the Executive on travel allowances and essential car user allowances. The possibility of charging for car parking was considered but it was decided to not pursue that as it would greatly impact upon the operation of the Council and the morale of staff. However, Members are being asked to consider changes to travel allowances to make savings which will affect staff.
  5. Councillor Eyles asked the following question of the Leader of the Council under rule 12 of the constitution.

    "Would the executive undertake an analysis of the ease of finding the public car parks for visitors to Penrith, taking into account the location, suitability and readability of signs leading to them? This need not be a lavish affair, just a couple of people driving through town to see how easy it is to find somewhere to park."

    Councillor Phillips responded to the question as follows:

    "No, this has already been carried out on a number of occasions, both to inform the Master Plan of the Penrith Partnership and by the then chairman of the Penrith Parking Group and the results have been fed to Cumbria County Council. The County Council is responsible for highways signage."

    Councillor Eyles asked the following supplementary question of the Leader of the Council:

    "Are you happy with the signage? My attention has been drawn to this by a shopkeeper in Bluebell Lane. There are no signs to Bluebell Lane, especially coming from Southend Road."

    Councillor Phillips responded to the question as follows:

    "Any signage could always be better. There is signage in Southend Road, and signage to Bluebell Lane at the other side of town
  6. Councillor Eyles asked the following question of the Leader of the Council under rule 12 of the constitution.

    "How much has been spent, or is envisaged to be spent, in support of the project to bring a closer working relationship between Eden District Council and South Lakes District Council? I include in this project such items as shared officer time and shared computer software."

    Councillor K Phillips responded to the question as follows:

    "Currently, other than Officer time and some travel expenses to meetings, nothing has been spent on this work. If Full Council agree to pursue the shared management/delivery alliance, a business case will be brought to Members in February which would include any potential costs. Until that is agreed, all the work will be carried out using existing resources and officer time"
  7. Councillor Eyles asked the following question of the Leader of the Council under rule 12 of the constitution.

    "In asking the following question I refer back to when the leader of the Conservative group established that it costs less to hold a meeting in the school hall of the Grammar School than in the council chamber. The question is 'what will the North Lakes hotel be charging for holding the special council meeting at their premises on the eighth of December?"

    Councillor Phillips responded to the question as follows:

    "The decision to move the Council meeting to an external venue was to enable greater public accountability by increasing capacity for public to attend the meeting.

    With the change of date, the Methodist Church was not available and the North Lakes Hotel provided an alternative venue that could stage the meeting and provide maximum public access. The cost is £470 which will mean up to 200 people will be able to view proceedings and the meeting to be conducted in an appropriate setting for such an important meeting."

    Councillor Eyles asked the following supplementary question of the Leader of the Council:

    "In deciding to change the venue did you consider the halls at the Grammar school of Ullswater Community College, both are more convenient?"

    The Chief Executive informed Members that the halls had been considered, but because of Christmas activities they had not been available

Cl/64/11/09 Motions on Notice

No motions on notice under Rule 13 of the Constitution had been received.

Cl/65/11/09 Lakes Alive 2009- Penrith Events Feedback

Members were shown a DVD and Julie Tait from Lakes Alive gave a presentation updating Members on the Lakes Alive project and the events that had taken place over the year.

Lakes Alive is one of the three Annual Legacy Programmes commissioned by the Legacy Trust UK for WE PLAY, the Northwest cultural legacy programme for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The programme had brought 3 million pounds in new funding to hold a series of outdoor art events across Cumbria. Members were informed that the events in 2009 had been highly successful and very well received and attracted a great deal of attention from national media. A further programme of events was planned for 2010.

Eden District Council were thanked for their support and Kevin Douglas, Doug Huggon and Paul Walker were especially mentioned for the contributions they had made.

Cl/66/11/09 Annual Audit Letter

The Annual Audit Letter was presented for Member's consideration by Karen Murray, the District Auditor. Mr Ian Boit of the Audit Commission was also in attendance.

The Annual Audit Letter gave a summary of the audit work undertaken throughout the year, considered the Council's use of resources and gave a value for money conclusion.

Members were informed that the detailed findings set out in the Annual Governance Report had been considered by the Accounts and Governance Committee on 24 September 2009. An unqualified opinion on the accounts had been issued on 29 September 2009.

The Penrith New Squares and Frenchfield developments had raised challenging accounting issues, however, the financial statements correctly reflected the financial transactions for this scheme.

No material errors had been found, although some changes had been made due to other audit considerations. No significant weaknesses in the Council's internal control arrangements had been identified.

The use of resources assessment considered how well the Council was managing and using its resources to deliver value for money and better and sustainable outcomes for local people, and gave a scored judgement. The criteria for making the use of resources assessment were different from those used previously and this prevented a comparison being made with previous years. The scores achieved by the Council were as follows:

Managing finances - 3 - performs well
Governing the business - 2 - performs adequately
Managing resources - 2 - performs adequately

An unqualified value for money conclusion stating that the Council had adequate arrangements to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources had been issued on 29 September 2009.

RESOLVED that the Annual Audit Letter be received.

Cl/67/11/09 Presentations by Councillor Mrs Mary Robinson, Portfolio Holder for Community Services and Councillor Mrs Glenys Lumley, Portfolio Holder for the Economy

The Council received presentations from the Community Services Portfolio Holder and the Economy Portfolio Holder, followed by questions from members.

Portfolio Holder for Community Services

Members were informed about the work of the Portfolio Holder for Community Services, Mary Robinson, which includes Sports and Recreation, Culture and Arts, Young People, Parks, Open Spaces, Cemeteries, Public Toilets, Community Safety/Crime and Disorder and Car Parking.

Councillor Robinson informed members that copies of the SPARSE (Sparsity Partnership for Authorities delivering rural services) manifesto would be available to them after the meeting. She highlighted the unsuccessful campaign to retain rural telephone boxes and requested that Members keep her informed of issues affecting their wards so that she is able to raise these with the partnership.

She informed Members that the charges levied for car parks were comparable with those charged by other Authorities. It was hoped that the car park expansion in Bluebell Lane would be operational by Easter.

She informed Members of the joint approach to working with Parishes and communities through the Community Action Plan Protocol. This has assisted in the production of the Upper Eden Community Plan Group, Heart of Eden Community Plan, Skelton Parish Plan and the Ainstable Parish Plan.

She outlined the work done to improve community safety through the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP). Eden has a representative on each of the partnership's three task groups: Antisocial Behaviour, Violent Crime and Criminal Damage. Domestic violence is tackled through the Let Go project which is based in Penrith. Projects in Eden to help reduce antisocial behaviour had included: the Young Fire Fighters Project and Operation Roman Candle. It had been observed that these projects not only reduced antisocial behaviour but also led to higher achievements in school for the young people taking part. Although Eden is a low crime area more incidences of burglary had been noted this year; this may be a result of the economic downturn. The CDRP provides extra security devices such as shed alarms and specially trained officers offer advice on security by design.

She said that Eden had again received a Green Flag award for Penrith Cemetery, the nationally recognised standard for parks and open spaces. Applications for the award will be made by Alston in 2010 and Appleby in 2011.

She outlined the facilities for leisure that the Council provides and maintains, including 35 play areas, with more to be provided in the coming years under the Playbuilder Programme. She said that the new Frenchfield stadium was widely regarded as the best example of such a facility in the county. She noted that user numbers of the various leisure facilities were good, with 270,000 users of Penrith Leisure Centre per year. The provision of the Sport Free Swimming Programme by both Penrith and Appleby pools had been popular, with 23,500 people taking advantage of this between April and October. Penrith museum had been awarded full Accreditation by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. There have also been a number of recent acquisitions. The museum has been undergoing a major refurbishment to make it compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act and will be closed from January to March 2010.

She explained that Eden Arts delivers the Council's art programme and informed Members of events that had been held including the Lakes Alive events.

Councillor P Bell declared an interest as an employee of the Cumbria Constabulary, she explained that she had not declared this at the beginning of the meeting as she had not been aware that Councillor Robinson would be discussing the CDRP.

Councillor Burgin asked about the parking at the hospital.

Councillor Mrs Robinson confirmed that the parking orders in force there would be enforced.

Councillor Eyles asked whether the Frenchfield Stadium had mains electricity.

Councillor Robinson replied that the generator was still in place and that the matter was being dealt with by the football club.

Councillor Hughes commented that the uptake of the swimming provision was good and asked if this had had an impact on the rural pools.

Councillor Robinson replied that the free swimming was provided by a Government funded scheme that did not include rural pools. There was no evidence to show that the rural pools had been affected by the scheme.

Portfolio Holder for Economy

Members were informed about the work of the Portfolio Holder for Economy, Glenys Lumley, which includes: Economic Strategy, Economic Development, Town Centres and Markets, Tourism and the delivery of the Council's priority of Economic Vitality.

Councillor Lumley informed Members that she had been actively involved in several meetings with the senior management in an attempt to save the Koch Glitch factory in Kirkby Stephen which had unfortunately failed. Together with the closure of Hartley Quarry the loss of jobs had had a huge effect in the small town. Talks were ongoing with the economic development staff and partners in an attempt to save the Vion and New Balance factories in Shap, both of whom were looking to relocate, closure may be imminent unless significant new investment could be found. Discussion were also ongoing with British Gypsum which continued to shed jobs.

She noted that it was not all bad news. Lyon Equipment Ltd, which offer specialist solutions for work and play in challenging environments, are principal suppliers to outdoor retailers, industry and to the emergency services and also offer courses in all aspects of work at height are currently in the early stages of negotiating a move to Tebay.

She commented that the difficult economic climate over the last few months had made it even more important to support work at grass root level. She gave examples of some of the work undertaken by the economic development team including the part funding of a business directory produced by the Upper Eden Community Plan Group, to promote services offered by local businesses and the help provided to the Alston Moor Partnership to put together a successful bid for £20,000 of funding from the Rural Development Programme for England to find an asset for AMP which will create regular income to make the Partnership sustainable. She had also been active in looking at developing a regeneration scheme for Alston Mill, looking at possible alternative uses for the building.

She explained that the District had plenty of employment land and she was working to try to attract businesses to take advantage of the sites and the nearby excellent transport links, with the hope of accessing funding from the NWDA. She informed Members that she had been working with Councillor Richard Turner and others in the Corporate Housing Group to make sure the right links were made between employment and housing. She and the Economic Development and Tourism Team remained closely involved with the Employment Land Study in order to address the problem of unused sites.

She noted that, with forecasted cuts in public funding, the private sector makes the most valuable contribution to economic development. For this reason she was attempting to further establish a more meaningful dialogue with key employers in Eden, with the aim to encourage closer cooperation and communication between businesses and to enable them to share best practice. Talks had taken place with the University of Cumbria about student accommodation and courses. An empty shop scheme had been promoted and assistance provided for young people in an empty shop in Devonshire Arcade for 6 months initially.

She advised Members of the statistics for employment in the District. The JSA claimant count in Cumbria had fallen by 53 between September and October 2009 to 7995. Last year the count had risen by 113. The claimant count in Eden had risen by 26 to 455. The number of new vacancies notified to JobCentre Plus in Cumbria in the month to 2 October 2009 was 2192, and showed a rise of 253 compared to the previous month. There were 190 vacancies notified in Eden, a rise of 2.

She informed Members of the Cumberland News Group Business Awards at Rheged on Thursday 22 October 2009. Businesses in Eden had won one third of the awards.

She reported that the Penrith TIC had recently scored 92% in a national mystery shopper program and a recent mystery shop telephone survey of all TICs in the north west of England had seen Kirkby Stephen and Penrith TICs score exceptionally high marks. She noted that although the numbers of visitors at the TICs had increased, the spend had not.

She said she had been working to raise the profile of tourism, including encouraging accommodation providers to become accredited and promoting family friendly cycling holidays. A delegation from Poland and Belarus were soon to visit the region as Eden was an example of good practice.

She congratulated Kirkby Stephen for winning Cumbria in Bloom, gaining second place in Britain in Bloom and winning the very prestigious Calor gas Village of the year Award.

She informed Members of the completion of the three year review of the Economic Development and Tourism Strategy. She expressed her disappointment with the outcomes of the scrutiny involvement in this and informed Members that she had requested a scrutiny review of the overall contribution of Economic Development and Tourism to the economy of Eden.

She advised Members of other activities she had carried out in her role including, supporting flood victims in the area, championing Eden on the Eden/South Lakes delivery Board, representing the Leader on the Cumbria Strategic Partnership and Cumbria Vision boards and working towards a link road from the business park to the motorway.

Councillor Bell asked how Councillor Lumley had worked with other District Councillors

Councillor Lumley replied that she had written reports for Members on many of her activities and had met with Councillors to discuss the pedestrianisation of Penrith.

Councillor Hughes asked what steps Councillor Lumley had taken to attempt to: prevent the closure of the Vion factory and the threatened quarries and to help employees of the new Balance factory.

Councillor Lumley replied that she would provide a written answer to Councillor Hughes as it would be lengthy.

Councillor Ladhams left the meeting at 8.03pm

Cl/68/11/09 Shaping the Future - Shared Services Management/Delivery Alliance

Council considered report CE6/09 of the Chief Executive which requested Members to consider and support, in principle, the development of a shared services management/delivery alliance with another local authority. The report set out the work that had been undertaken by the Executive and Management Team of the Council to consider a strategic approach to the longer term financial issues facing the Council.

RESOLVED that

  1. in principle, the development of a shared services management/delivery alliance with South Lakeland District Council be supported.
  2. a detailed evaluation on the approach be brought to Full Council on 25 February 2010.

Cl/69/11/09 Resources Plan 2009-2013

Council considered report F76/09 of the Director of Finance setting out the Council's Resources Plan which looks at the resources the Council would need over the medium term to deliver its services and achieve its priorities.

RESOLVED that the Resources Plan be approved

Councillor Threlkeld withdrew from the meeting at 8.25pm

Councillor Grisedale left the meeting at 8.25pm

Cl/70/11/09 ITP - Re-tender of Blue Collar and Leisure Contracts - Appointment of Specialist Support

Council considered report TS104/09 of the Director of Technical Services which requested Members approve an increase in the base budget to fund the appointment of specialist support to advise and support the Council through the tendering process of the blue collar and leisure contracts.

Councillor Threlkeld rejoined the meeting at 8.27pm

RESOLVED that

Council approve an increase in the base budget for:

2010-2011 £62,500
2011-2012 £62,500

to fund the specialist support.

Cl/71/11/09 Allocation of Seats

Council considered report CLS62/09 of the Director of Corporate and Legal Services which advised Members of vacancies on the Council's Committees and requested confirmation of appointments to these vacancies.

Motion by Councillor K Phillips
Seconded by Councillor M Eyles

That:

  1. Councillor Mrs E Robinson be appointed to the Planning Committee in place of Councillor R Fisher.
  2. Councillor Mrs M Robinson be appointed to the Human Resources and Appeals Committee.

Amendment by Councillor H Sawrey-Cookson
Seconded by Councillor G Nicolson

That the membership of the Planning Committee be increased by two Members.

A vote was taken and the amendment was lost

The original motion was put, and on being carried it was RESOLVED that

  1. Councillor Mrs E Robinson be appointed to the Planning Committee in place of Councillor R Fisher.
  2. Councillor Mrs M Robinson be appointed to the Human Resources and Appeals Committee.

Cl/72/11/09 Gambling Act 2005 Review of Statement of Gambling Policy

Council considered report CLS58/09 of the Director of Corporate and Legal Services which informed Members of the result of the consultation exercise undertaken in relation to the draft Licensing Policy Statement which is required under the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 and sought approval of the amended policy.

RESOLVED that

  1. the Policy Statement be approved; and
  2. the Director of Corporate and Legal Services be instructed to advertise the making and publication of the statement on the Council's website and by notice in a local newspaper, in the manner required by the Act; and
  3. the Director of Corporate and Legal Services be instructed to make the approved policy available on the Council's website, at the Town Hall, Penrith and at such other place or places that he considers appropriate.

Cl/73/11/09 Affordable Housing Policies - Consultation

Council considered report PP83/09 of the Director of Policy and Performance which informed Members of the background to the current consultation on proposals to amend affordable housing policies in the light of the Affordable Housing Viability Assessment.

RESOLVED that

  1. the consultation being undertaken on proposed amendments to affordable housing polices be noted
  2. the Director of Policy and Performance be authorised to make appropriate responses on behalf of the Council to issues which arise during the Examination in Public.

Cl/74/11/09 New Parking Charging Proposals 2010-2011

Council considered report PP73/09 of the Director of Policy and Performance which set out proposals to introduce charges for the use of the Council's car parks at the Town Hall and Mansion House sites at weekends and in the main pay and display car parks on Sundays and on Bank Holidays.

Motion by Councillor M Robinson
Duly seconded

That the following charges be introduced

  1. Charging for parking at the weekends in the Town Hall and Mansion House car parks (normal rates on Saturdays and new flat rate for Sundays and Bank Holidays)
  2. A new flat rate charge of £1.00 per day for Parking on Sundays in all of the Council's pay and display car parks
  3. A new flat rate charge of £1.00 per day for Parking on Bank Holidays in all of the Council's pay and display car parks

    and
  4. New arrangements be introduced for disabled parking enabling Blue Badge Holders to park in the Council's car parks for free for the first three hours, after which time parking would be chargeable.

Amendment by Councillor M Holliday
Seconded by Councillor H Sawrey-Cookson

That the decision be deferred to a future meeting of the Council

The amendment was withdrawn with the permission of the seconder.

Amendment by Councillor M Holliday
Seconded by Councillor R Fisher

That the following charges be introduced:

  1. Charging for parking at the weekends in the Town Hall and Mansion House car parks (normal rates on Saturdays and new flat rate for Sundays and Bank Holidays)
  2. A new flat rate charge of £1.00 per day for Parking on Sundays in all of the Council's pay and display car parks
  3. A new flat rate charge of £1.00 per day for Parking on Bank Holidays in all of the Council's pay and display car parks

    and
  4. That no charges be made for parking in the Council's car parks for Blue Badge Holders

Councillor G Nicolson requested that an addition be made to the amendment providing that no charge be made for parking in the Council's car parks on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

The addition to the amendment was accepted by Councillors Holliday and Fisher

The Chairman took separate votes on each of the provisions in the amendment and it was RESOLVED that

  1. Charging for parking at the weekends in the Town Hall and Mansion House car parks be introduced (normal rates on Saturdays and new flat rate for Sundays and Bank Holidays, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day)
  2. A new flat rate charge of £1.00 per day for Parking on Sundays in all of the Council's pay and display car parks be introduced
  3. A new flat rate charge of £1.00 per day for Parking on Bank Holidays, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day, be introduced in all of the Council's pay and display car parks
  4. No charges be made for parking in the Council's car parks for Blue Badge Holders

Motion by Councillor M Davidson
Seconded by Councillor J Nicholson

And RESOLVED that

Options to assist guesthouse owners such as parking permits or delaying enforcement until 11am be investigated and a report be brought to Members for consideration.

Councillor J Nicholson left the meeting at 9.18pm

Cl/75/11/09 Exclusion Of Press and Public

RESOLVED that in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, members of the public (including the press) be excluded from the meeting during discussion of the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 3 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.

Cl/76/11/09 Minutes

Minute number Cl/57/9/09 of the meeting of Council held on 17 September 2009 was approved as a correct record of those proceedings.

The meeting closed at 9.20pm

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