Agenda and minutes

Leighton-Linslade Town Council - Monday, 23rd November, 2020 7.30 pm

Venue: This will be a remote meeting held via Microsoft Teams in accordance with The Local Authorities and Crime Panels (Coronavirus)(Flexibility of Meetings)(England and Wales) Regulations 2020

Contact: Committee Officer  01525 631920 & Email: info@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

153.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Schedule 12 of the Local Government Act 1972 requires a record be kept of the Members present and that this record form part of the minutes of the meeting. Members who cannot attend a meeting should tender apologies to the Town Clerk.

Minutes:

Apology for absence had been received from Councillor D Scott.

154.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

(i)    Under the Localism Act 2011 (sections 26-37 and Schedule 4) and in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct, Members are required to declare any interests which are not currently entered in the Member’s Register of Interests or if he/she has not notified the Monitoring Officer of it.

 

(ii)   Should any Member have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in an item on the agenda, the Member may not participate in consideration of that item unless a Dispensation has first been requested (in writing) and granted by the Council (see Dispensation Procedure).

Minutes:

Members were asked to declare any interests, and the nature of those interests, that they might have in any of the items under consideration at the meeting.  No declarations were made.

 

No disclosable pecuniary interests were declared and no dispensations were requested.

 

155.

BUS SHELTERS pdf icon PDF 253 KB

(a)       To instruct the Town Clerk to urgently request confirmation from Central Bedfordshire Council that the temporary bus stops in West Street, Leighton Buzzard are to be equipped with weather shelters, additional seating, and electronic real time bus indicators and that this work will be carried out as soon as practicable.

 

(b)       To instruct the Town Clerk to bring to Policy & Finance Committee any proposals for part-funding of the works identified as above by the Town Council.

Minutes:

Members received and considered a report regarding the provision of temporary bus shelters in West Street.   Central Bedfordshire Council confirmed the first shelter would be installed the week beginning 16 November with the second the week beginning 23 November 2020.  Funding had previously been discussed at Policy and Finance Committee on 29 October 2020.  Subsequent to this, an offer had been put forward by Central Bedfordshire Council to contribute £2,000 toward the part-funding of the bus shelters. 

 

A question was raised asking whether with acceptance of the £2,000 the shelters would still be in sole ownership of the Town Council.  It was confirmed they would be Town Council assets and could be used where deemed appropriate in the future.  After discussion members agreed to accept the part-funding of £2,000 offered from the Local Authority.

 

RESOLVED to accept part-funding of £2,000 from the Local Authority to support the Town Council’s purchase of said bus shelters which would remain the property of the Town Council for appropriate use in the future.

 

156.

SECTION 106 DEVELOPER CONTRIBUTIONS pdf icon PDF 549 KB

Minutes:

Council received and considered a report from the Town Clerk following the S106 Workshop provided to Town Councillors by Central Bedfordshire Council officers on 2 September 2020, which had followed a request unanimously agreed by the Town Council in January 2020.

 

Members agreed the S106 Workshop provided the opportunity to learn more about progress in respect of the Land East development and how the funding cannot be used to meet existing infrastructure deficits but it can be used in a way that will benefit the wider community of both existing and new residents.

 

A question was raised regarding the potential production of a Neighbourhood Plan which would provide a document which was recognised by the Planning Authority.   Following the resolution made in September 2020 to review this matter in six months, the production of a plan would be reviewed in April 2021.  Prior to this a report would go to Policy and Finance Committee regarding the potential to appoint a consultant to assist with a scoping exercise. Central Bedfordshire Council had advised it would be producing a Place Plan and greater understanding was needed of what this meant and what weight might be attached to it, as compared to a Neighbourhood Plan.

 

In terms of S106 agreements and monitoring of delivery, it was agreed this should go through the Partnership Committee where Central Bedfordshire Council Officers were already in attendance. This was felt to be in keeping with the terms of reference for the joint committee.  

 

A proposal was made to request the Partnership Committee adopt S106 as a Standing Item for the meeting in February 2021.  After voting this proposal was carried unanimously.

 

RECOMMENDED to the Partnership Committee to adopt S106 as a Standing Item on their agenda from the February 2021 meeting onwards.

 

157.

LAND SOUTH OF THE HIGH STREET pdf icon PDF 379 KB

To consider a progress report from the Town Clerk regarding this Council’s request in January 2020 for Central Bedfordshire Council to produce a “robust action plan” for the development of Land South of the High Street.

Minutes:

Council received a progress report regarding the request made on 27 January 2020 for Central Bedfordshire Council to produce a ‘robust action plan’ for the development of the Land South of the High Street. This was the responsibility of Central Bedfordshire Council and updates had been given at the last two meetings of the Partnership Committee. An informal working party was now also working with Central Bedfordshire officers and would report back to the next Partnership meeting in December.

 

Members were informed that Central Bedfordshire Council would be producing Place Plans for all major towns in Central Bedfordshire and it was envisaged this would include an action plan for Land South of the High Street.  Concerns were raised that the Place Plan would not include an action plan and whether it would have the same standing as a Neighbourhood Plan. A request was made to establish what legal standing a Place Plan had in comparison to the Neighbourhood Plan and the likely timescale for completion.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

 

158.

TOWN CENTRE BOLLARDS pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To discuss a report from the Town Clerk concerning the installation of bollards in Hockliffe Street and Bridge Street in September 2020 by Central Bedfordshire Council, including details of any consultation carried out with those businesses directly affected and with the public.

Minutes:

Council received a report concerning the installation of temporary bollards in Hockliffe Street and Bridge Street by Central Bedfordshire Council.  Following the question regarding consultation carried out with those businesses directly affected and with the public, Council was advised that the highways authority was not required by law to undertake consultation on this matter.

 

After discussion members agreed to make a collective response to Central Bedfordshire Council regarding the lack of consultation for the installation of the bollards from all councillors as this would be more effective than individual councillors contacting them.  The lack of communication and not informing the public or the Town Council before the event had caused more problems at a difficult time. 

 

RESOLVED for the Town Clark to contact Central Bedfordshire Council on behalf of the Council, to encourage more pro-active engagement and consultation on any highways related matters affecting the town centre as a result of the Temporary Traffic Regulation Order arising from Covid-19 and to express the Town Council’s willingness to provide support in undertaking consultation activity where possible.

 

159.

CANAL BRIDGE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING pdf icon PDF 163 KB

To instruct the Town Clerk urgently to seek action by Central Bedfordshire Council to place a safety barrier at the top of the ramp from the towpath up to the Canal Bridge pedestrian crossing, as requested nine months ago.

Minutes:

Council received a report following concerns raised at the Planning and Transport Committee about safety on the pedestrian crossing on the bridge over the canal on West Street.  The Committee had enquired about the possibility of installing a safety barrier at the top of the ramp from the towpath up to the Canal Bridge Crossing.

 

It was confirmed that emails had been sent to the Highways Department at Central Bedfordshire Council in January and February, but no response had been received to date.  A Land Registry search identified the slope was owned by the Canal & River Trust and contact with them had been made.  A suggestion was made for the Highways Department to undertake a safety audit of the crossing as this would assist with making a stronger case for installing a barrier. 

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

 

160.

EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC

The Council may consider it appropriate to consider the following resolution should they consider that any discussion would be prejudicial to the public interests: that, under the Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960, the public be excluded on the grounds of the confidential nature of the business about to be transacted which involves the likely disclosure of exempt information. The public and press to withdraw from the meeting during consideration of detailed discussion regarding:  

Minutes:

RESOLVED that, under the Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960, the public be excluded on the grounds of the confidential nature of the business about to be transacted, which involves the likely disclosure of exempt information.  The public and press to withdraw from the meeting during consideration of detailed discussion regarding Pavilion Hire.

 

 

161.

PAVILION HIRE

Minutes:

Council received a verbal update regarding an enquiry for the potential long-term hire of one of the Town Council’s assets.

 

RESOLVED to endorse the potential long-term hire of one of the Town Council’s assets, should the enquiry progress.