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Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies were received from Councillors Michael Ford, Steve Forster, Jonathan Glen, David Harrison, Keith House, Adam Jackman, Mark Kemp-Gee, Kim Taylor and Bill Withers, and from Honorary Aldermen Chris Carter and Patricia Banks.
Declarations of Interest
All Members who believe they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in any matter to be considered at the meeting must declare that interest and, having regard to Part 3 Paragraph 1.5 of the County Council's Members’ Code of Conduct, leave the meeting while the matter is discussed, save for exercising any right to speak in accordance with Paragraph 1.6 of the Code. Furthermore all Members with a Personal Interest in a matter being considered at the meeting should consider, having regard to Part 5, Paragraph 4 of the Code, whether such interest should be declared, and having regard to Part 5, Paragraph 5 of the Code, consider whether it is appropriate to leave the meeting while the matter is discussed, save for exercising any right to speak in accordance with the Code.
Members were mindful that where they believed they had a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in any matter considered at the meeting they must declare that interest at the time of the relevant debate and, having regard to the circumstances described in Part 3, Paragraph 1.5 of the County Council's Members' Code of Conduct, leave the meeting while the matter was discussed, save for exercising any right to speak in accordance with Paragraph 1.6 of the Code. Furthermore Members were mindful that where they believed they had a Non-Pecuniary interest in a matter being considered at the meeting they considered whether such interest should be declared, and having regard to Part 5, Paragraph 5 of the Code, considered whether it was appropriate to leave the meeting whilst the matter was discussed, save for exercising any right to speak in accordance with the Code.
To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 20 July 2023.
The Minutes of the County Council meeting held on 20 July 2023 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
To receive any deputations under Standing Order 12.
A deputation was received in accordance with Standing Order 12 regarding speeding vehicles in Cranmore Lane, Aldershot.
The Executive Lead Member for Universal Services will respond direct to the individuals who made the deputation.
To receive such announcements as the Chairman may wish to make to the Council.
The Chairman began by congratulating Sally Ott and Kerry Bean from the County Council’s Adults’ Health and Care Service for each completing a degree in Chartered Management. She also paid tribute to 30 Adults’ Health and Care employees recently achieving 25 years service and one celebrating 40 years of service.
The Chairman had attended a number of events since the last meeting, including:
- The New Forest and Hampshire County Show, spending an informative day meeting and talking with local businesses and artisans.
- Hampshire Records Office, learning about the history and development of the county of Hampshire and how modern day lifestyles and technologies influence the historical records of the future. The Chairman encouraged Members to plan an individual or group visit.
- A County Council residential care home celebrating a Summer Fete, and spent time talking to residents and families who spoke highly of the care provided by the County Council.
- Hampshire Cultural Trust at Chilcomb where she viewed an array of Hampshire treasures and heard about the wide range of artisan workshops including for repair of steam driven vehicles.
It was with much sadness that the Chairman reported the death of former County Councillor Geoff Hockley.
To receive such reports as the Leader of the Council may wish to bring before the Council.
The Leader opened his report by expressing his sympathy to all those affected by the earthquake and flooding in Morocco and Libya. He also paid tribute to the five Hampshire firefighters who were among the specially trained UK Search and Rescue team deployed to Morocco by the Foreign Office to assist the emergency response on the ground.
In relation to reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC), he confirmed there were two know cases in public buildings maintained by Hampshire County Council. Cranbourne College in Basingstoke was the only school site where RAAC had been identified, and work had already been undertaken to one section of the building to make sure it was safe, and another area had been taken out of use since the beginning of the year. The school has reopened for the new academic year as normal. RAAC had also been confirmed within an area of South Ham Community Library in Basingstoke, in an area of the building that is owned by Hampshire County Council. As a precautionary measure the impacted areas were closed immediately and remain closed until appropriate mitigation measures have been implemented.
Referring to the Council’s budget planning process, the Leader thank residents and stakeholders who had responded to the public consultation on the proposed budget. Their views had helped to shape a range of savings proposals to close the £132 million budget gap by 2025-26. Individual Cabinet Members had been considering proposals affecting their areas of responsibility and recommendations would be considered by Cabinet in October, before a final decision is made by Full Council in November. The Leader reported that although the Council’s finances were stable until 2025-26, Central Government needed to fundamentally change the way that local government services were funded, or reduce what councils are legally required to deliver. He intended to continue to lobby Government for short term assistance and long-term reform to local government funding.
He reported that the strategic partnership for Children’s Services between Hampshire County Council and Isle of Wight Council would come to a close at the end of January. This followed a decade of hard work and close collaboration between officers in both local authorities with Children’s Services on the Isle of Wight now in a secure position, having been judged as Good across the board by Ofsted in their last full inspection. He expressed pride for all that had been achieved during the Partnership with the Isle of Wight, and thanked all colleagues, on the Island and in Hampshire, for the skill and dedication they have shown throughout to the children and young people they have worked so hard to support.
He welcomed the Government’s decision that upper tier local authorities in England will take on the core functions of Local Enterprise Partnerships from April 2024. The County Council was currently reviewing existing programmes and governance structures, and using an evidenced based approach, to determine the best outcomes for residents and businesses in Hampshire.
He reported that preparations for the first ever Hampshire Business ... view the full minutes text for item 176.
To deal with questions pursuant to Standing Order 16.1.1. Where a Member has submitted more than one question, their second and subsequent questions will not be answered until all members’ first questions have been dealt with.
Executive Members responded to questions submitted, as published, in
accordance with Standing Order 16.1.1.
To consider a report of the Chief Executive regarding the proportionality of the County Council and to make any Member appointments or alterations as required to the membership of committees and standing panels of the County Council, to statutory joint committees, to other proportional bodies the County Council is represented on, or to any other bodies which are not subject to proportionality rules.
Prior to this item being considered the Chairman confirmed that the report was published after the main agenda and was being considered as an urgent item due to the need for the Council to approve its proportionality table and make the appointments required.
The Council considered the report of the Chief Executive as presented by the
Leader of the Council. The Leader confirmed that the proposed proportionality table was the result of full consultation with all Group Leaders and the appointments proposed took into account changes in the draft table together with additional changes.
That the County Council approve the draft Proportionality Table (Appendix 1)
and the appointments set out in the report.
To consider a report of the Cabinet on the Hampshire 2050 Vision Revalidation and Mid-term Review of Hampshire County Council’s Serving Hampshire Strategic Plan, recommending approval of the Serving Hampshire Strategic Plan 2021-2025, Mid-term Review.
The Council considered a report of the Cabinet on the Hampshire 2050 Vision Revalidation and Mid-term Review of Hampshire County Council’s Serving Hampshire Strategic Plan, recommending approval of the Serving Hampshire Strategic Plan 2021-2025, Mid-term Review.
There were no questions or debate. The recommendations were put to the vote and agreed by the majority of Members present.
That the County Council:
a. Approves the Serving Hampshire Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025, Mid-term
Review as set out in the appendix to the report.
b. Receives and notes the revalidated Hampshire 2050 Vision as approved by
Cabinet and set out in Appendix 1 to the Cabinet report.
To consider the recommendation of the Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services regarding the sign-off of the annual Youth Justice Plan.
The Council considered a report of the Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services regarding the sign-off of the annual Youth Justice Plan.
During debate, a number of members spoke in support of the Youth Justice Plan, commenting on the positive impact of diversionary services and other support for young people including the Willow Team and Supporting Families Programme.
That the County Council approves the Hampshire Youth Justice Service Youth Justice Plan 2023/24.
To consider the Notice of Motion submitted in
accordance with Standing Order 18.1, by Councillor M Tod, seconded
by Councillor T Groves:
The Council considered the Notice of Motion (as published) proposed by Councillor Martin Tod and seconded by Councillor Tim Groves, submitted in accordance with Standing Order 18.1.
During the course of debate, a number of members spoke in support of the Motion, offering personal experiences of need. The Leader supported the Motion and in response to a question agreed to write to district and borough councils within Hampshire, as well as local MPs.
That the Executive Member for Countryside and Regulatory Services should consider as soon as reasonably practicable the provision of at least one sanitary bin in all County Council male toilets – both public and in council buildings.
This Council encourages other providers of public and workplace toilets in our area to make male sanitary bins available in their facilities.
This Council supports Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘Boys need Bins’ campaign.
That the Leader should write on behalf of the Council to local MPs asking them to support Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘Boys need Bins’ campaign and their request for Government to update any necessary regulations to ensure that ‘suitable means for the disposal of sanitary dressings’ is provided in all toilets.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Authority
To deal with any questions which have been submitted pursuant to Standing Order 16.3 concerning the discharge of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Authority’s functions.
No questions had been received in accordance with Standing Order 16.3.
There is no report of the Authority on this occasion.
There was no report of the Authority on this occasion.
The Meeting closed at 12.10pm