Agenda and minutes

Council - Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 6.15 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: Mrs Joanne Griffiths  Tel: 01744 673219

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56.

Minutes of the Meetings held on 2 November 2016 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

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57.

Apologies for Absence

58.

Declarations of Interest from Members

59.

The Mayor's Communications

60.

To hear and respond to any questions submitted by Members in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9

61.

To hear and respond to any questions submitted by members of the public in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10

62.

To hear any deputations by members of the public in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11

63.

Report of Cabinet - Corporate Financial Report pdf icon PDF 46 KB

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64.

Report of Cabinet - Council Tax Reduction Scheme pdf icon PDF 48 KB

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65.

Report of Cabinet - Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy pdf icon PDF 47 KB

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66.

Report of Cabinet - St Helens People's Board pdf icon PDF 46 KB

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67.

Report of Cabinet - Torus Governance Changes - Council Representatives pdf icon PDF 48 KB

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68.

Review of Polling Arrangements - Thatto Heath Ward pdf icon PDF 50 KB

69.

To consider the following Notices of Motion submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12

70.

Submitted by Councillor Shields

St Helens Council notes the Bus Services Bill currently passing through the parliamentary process. This Council notes the importance of the Bill to the Liverpool City region Devolution Deal and welcomes the new devolved powers to significantly improve bus services for passengers, particularly the new powers of a simple route to introduce Bus Franchising.

 

St Helens Council however is disappointed to note Clause 21 of the Bill which would prohibit the creation of new municipal bus companies. The Council believes that bus services are a local issue that are best dealt with at a local level and that in order to deliver the best outcome for passengers all options should be available for local transport authorities to use including the potential of creating municipal bus companies.

 

St Helens Council resolves:

 

(1)        to continue its lobbying efforts to have Clause 21 omitted from the Bus Services Bill; and

 

(2)        to authorise the Chief Executive to write to the Transport Minister, Lord Ahmed to inform him of this Motion.

 

71.

Submitted by Councillor Gomez-Aspron

In 2010 under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 the Council became a Lead Local Flood Authority with Statutory Powers to Manage flood risk in the Borough.  The Council contends that these new powers were introduced without an adequate increase in resources to Local Authorities.

 

Flooding has increased across the whole of the UK and this was evident from the storm events of 2007 and 2012 and more recently the storms Desmond and Eva in 2015.

 

Storm Eva caused substantial infrastructure damage and disruption across many northern parts of England. St Helens Borough was impacted in a number of areas with both houses and highways suffering.  Some 12 months on and Pasture Lane in Rainford still remains in its storm damaged state.

 

The Council wishes to express its disappointment and concern about the lack of support in terms of funding from either the Department of Transport or the Department for Communities and Local Government, following Storm Eva in respect of Pasture Lane, Rainford, to assist its efforts in the required infrastructure repair. 

 

Our neighbouring local authorities have received financial assistance to aid them in the recovery operation from Storm Eva for repairs to highways and highway structures.  Council believes that this is an unacceptable and inequitable position to be in.  The Council therefore requests the Department for Transport, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, liaise with each other and resolve this funding issue, which is presently causing unrecoverable cost to St Helens Borough, resulting in inconvenience and economic hardship to our community.

 

Council requests that the Chief Executive write immediately to the Right Honourable Chris Grayling MP Secretary of State Department of Transport, the Right Honourable Sajid Javid MP Secretary of State for Department for Communities and Local Government and Therese Coffey MP Floods Minister seeking an urgent resolution on this inequitable matter.

 

72.

Submitted by Councillor Shields

St Helens Council notes that a disaster at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield on 15 April 1989 led ultimately to the deaths of 96 innocent people who had left their homes that morning to watch a football match.

 

Due to crowd control mismanagement, those fans, whose ages ranged from 10 to 67 years old, lost their lives.

 

Contrary to the facts, The S*n newspaper published a front page story with the banner headline “The Truth”.  The accompanying story contained blatant lies such as:-

 

Drunken Liverpool fans viciously attacked workers as they tried to revive victims” and “police officers, firemen and ambulance crew were punched, kicked and urinated upon”.

 

The Council wishes to express its disgust that these slurs on the victims of this disaster were published by a British national newspaper.

 

It is sobering to compare the behaviour of those who were in positions of responsibility and public trust with the dignity and courage displayed by the families of the 96, who have continued since 1989 to fight for justice whilst coping with the loss of their loved ones.

 

The Council recognises and will not forget the hurt and distress caused to the people of Merseyside by the lies and smears printed in The S*n, and, in particular, the distress caused to the families of the 96.

 

Neither will the Council forget The S*n’s refusal to apologise properly for the hurt it caused, until it was clear that public opinion demanded such an apology.

 

This Council notes the campaigns to eliminate The S*n newspaper from Merseyside and their call on all retailers and vendors of newspapers to stop selling this newspaper. Council therefore resolves to support these campaigns.