To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Town Council meetings held on 27 January 2020 and on 20 March 2020 (attached).
Council received the draft minutes of the Council meeting held on 27 January 2020.
Minute reference 64 (Bedfordshire Police): a comment was raised regarding the discussion during this item, which had not reflected the original request for Bedfordshire Police to present its policing plan for Leighton-Linslade. The question was asked whether this would be revisited at a future meeting.
Minute reference 66 (Leaders’ Announcements): three councillors and the Town Clerk had attended the CPRE Neighbourhood Plan Workshop on 4 March 2020, which was felt to have been a good event. Several parishes represented at the event had already embarked on a Neighbourhood Plan and it was thought that others had been persuaded by the event to follow that same route. It was asked whether a report would be presented at a future meeting in order to allow the Council to reconsider this matter (following the agreement made in September 2019 to review in a year’s time).
Minute reference 69 (Minutes of the Previous Meeting): it was clarified that the faulty lamp column was located by the flats at the Wing Road roundabout and that the safety bollards at the corner of Vimy Road were still in a state of disrepair.
Minute reference 76 (Budget and Precept for 2020-2021): A question was raised regarding the debate on this item and the fact that two councillors wishing to speak had not been able to do so. The Chair would respond to the question in writing outside of the meeting.
A question was raised regarding whether the implicit motion to receive and approve the previous meeting minutes was capable of amendment. It was confirmed that the minutes could only be amended if agreed to be inaccurate but that the implicit motion to receive and approve the minutes could be amended if agreed by majority vote to do so.
A motion was proposed by Councillor S Owen and seconded by Councillor R Goodchild for the Town Clerk to bring update reports to the next meeting of Council on 24 August in respect of the policing plan for Leighton-Linslade, land south of the High Street and an update regarding the Task and Finish group reviewing activities for older people.
Clarification was given that Chief Inspector Lee Haines had been invited to the October meeting of the Community Safety Sub-Committee, that Stephen Mooring of Central Bedfordshire Council would attend the next Partnership Committee to update regarding land south of the High Street and that an informal feedback session for the Older Persons Task and Finish group had been arranged for 13 August, with a written report to follow to the Cultural and Economic Services Committee on 7 September.
On receiving this information, Councillor Owen confirmed he was happy for his amendment to the motion to receive and approved the minutes to be withdrawn.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Council meeting held on 27 January 2020 be approved as a correct record and would be signed at a later date when safe to do so.
Council received the draft minutes of the extraordinary Council meeting held on 20 March 2020 and the Chair invited comment on each page.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Council meeting held on 20 March 2020 be approved as a correct record and would be signed at a later date when safe to do so.
A Councillor asked to raise a point but the item had been concluded and the Councillor’s hand had not been raised.
The Chair spoke to introduce an additional Mayor’s announcement. Councillor S Owen raised a point of order that this was not on the agenda and moved that the next business be taken. This was seconded.