Agenda, decisions and minutes

Executive
Tuesday 13th November 2018 5.30 pm

Venue: Rennes Room, Civic Centre, Paris Street, Exeter

Contact: Sarah Selway, Democratic Services Manager (Committees)  Telephone 01392 265275 or email  sarah.selway@exeter.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

110.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 9 October 2018.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 9 October 2018 were taken as read, approved and signed by the Chair as correct.

 

111.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors are reminded of the need to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests that relate to business on the agenda and which have not already been included in the register of interests, before any discussion takes place on the item. Unless the interest is sensitive, you must also disclose the nature of the interest. In accordance with the Council's Code of Conduct, you must then leave the room and must not participate in any further discussion of the item.  Councillors requiring clarification should seek the advice of the Monitoring Officer prior to the day of the meeting.

 

 

Minutes:

No declarations of disclosable pecuniary interest were made.

 

112.

Notice of Motion -Community Land Trust pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To consider the report of the City Development Manager.

 

Decision:

Agreed

That no proactive action in respect of supporting Community Land Trusts is taken at present but that the appetite amongst communities for such initiatives should continue to be monitored and should a viable proposition present itself the Council would seek to support it in an appropriate way.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

As set out in the report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The City Development Manager presented the report on the implications of a motion put forward by Councillor Musgrave on Community Land Trusts (CLT). Members were advised that, whilst the provision of housing through CLTs were in principle a good idea, there were significant resource implications in supporting such ventures. CLT’s worked well in rural areas with the support of Parish Councils although they were more difficult in urban areas due to availability of affordable land.

 

In response to a Member, the City Development Manager stated that there were some individuals in the city who had expressed an interest in a CLT but there was nothing active at this present time.

 

RESOLVED that no proactive action in respect of supporting Community Land Trusts is taken at present but that the appetite amongst communities for such initiatives should continue to be monitored and should a viable proposition present itself the Council would seek to support it in an appropriate way.

 

113.

Revision of the Air Quality Action Plan pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To consider the report of the Environmental Health and Licensing Manager

 

Place Scrutiny Committee considered the report at its meeting on 8 November 2018 and its comments will be reported.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Agreed

That it is recommended that Council adopts the Air Quality Action Plan; and the feasibility of a work place parking levy be kept under review and an update be brought back to Place Scrutiny Committee as part of the annual review of the Air Quality Action Plan.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

As set out in the report.

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Director (JY) presented the report seeking approval for a new Air Quality Action Plan following public consultation. The format of the report and action plan was in a template prescribed by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

 

The draft action plan had been subject to a statutory consultation which had over 3,000 residents completing the online survey and many others responding in written submission and through participation in targeted focus groups. The Final Action Plan set out the impact the consultation had and how the action plan had changed as a result of the consultation.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Economy and Culture stated that it was not in the City Council’s gift to implement a workplace parking levy although it would be kept under review with Devon County Council.

 

Members thanked the officers for their hard work on the revisions to the action plan.

 

Place Scrutiny Committee considered the report at its meeting on 8 November 2018 and its comments were reported.

 

RECOMMENDED that:-

 

(1)          Council adopts the Air Quality Action Plan; and

 

(2)          the feasibility of a work place parking levy be kept under review and an update be brought back to Place Scrutiny Committee as part of the annual review of the Air Quality Action Plan.

 

114.

Skills Strategy for Exeter pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To consider the report of the Skills Officer.

 

Place Scrutiny Committee considered the report at its meeting on 8 November 2018 and its comments will be reported.

 

Decision:

Agreed

That:-

 

(1)     the progress made to date in relation to the development of a skills strategy for Exeter be noted;

 

(2)     the plan for the next stages of development, leading to the publication of a strategy and associated action plans be approved;

 

(3)     the formation of a Skills Advisory Group for Exeter that will support strategy development and provide ongoing support, direction and challenge to the delivery of identified priorities be approved; and

 

(4)     the priorities identified in section 10 be supported.

 

 

Reason for Decision:

 

As set out in the report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Skills Officer presented the report covering the development of a skills strategy for Exeter, including; progress made to date, work with partners and stakeholders, key indicators, overview of required actions and timescales. One of the priorities was to ensure that there were opportunities for young people to have a life long career in Exeter.

 

The Leader highlighted Exeter’s higher than average indicators with regards to wages, employment rates and job opportunities.

 

Place Scrutiny Committee considered the report at its meeting on 8 November 2018 and its comments were reported.

 

RESOLVED that:-

 

(1)     the progress made to date in relation to the development of a skills strategy for Exeter be noted;

 

(2)     the plan for the next stages of development, leading to the publication of a strategy and associated action plans be approved;

 

(3)     the formation of a Skills Advisory Group for Exeter that will support strategy development and provide ongoing support, direction and challenge to the delivery of identified priorities be approved; and

 

(4)     the priorities identified in section 10 be supported.

 

115.

Representation at Court

In accordance with Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1972, authorisation is sought to allow the following officer to represent the Council at the County and Magistrates Courts:-

 

Anne-Marie Hawley – Litigation Lawyer

 

Decision:

Agreed

That in accordance with Section 222 and 223 of the Local Government Act 1972, the following officer be authorised to represent the Council at the County and Magistrates Courts:-

 

Anne-Marie Hawley – Litigation Lawyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The City Solicitor & Head of HR advised that in light of the appointment of Anne-Marie Hawley to the position of Litigation Lawyer, Members were asked to approve that she be authorised to represent the Council at the County and magistrates Courts.

 

RESOLVED that in accordance with Section 222 and 223 of the Local Government Act 1972, the following officer be authorised to represent the Council at the County and Magistrates Courts:-

 

Anne-Marie Hawley – Litigation Lawyer