Agenda

Leighton-Linslade Town Council - Monday, 27th September, 2021 7.30 pm

Venue: Astral Park Sports & Community Centre, Johnson Drive, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4AY.

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

Note: Please note space is very restricted to mitigate for Covid-19 risks; attendance in advance must be registered to ensure space 

Items
No. Item

1.

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.

2.

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).

3.

TOWN MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

4.

LEADERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

5.

QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC

(a)  To receive questions and statements from members of the public as provided for in Standing Order Nos.3 (f) and 3 (g) 

 

(b)  To receive questions from Councillors as provided for in Standing Order No.27, provided three clear days’ notice of the question has been given to the person to whom it is addressed.

6.

FAIRTRADE RENEWAL

(a)   By invitation, representatives of Fairtrade Leighton-Linslade will attend the meeting to provide an update on their work.

 

(b)   Fairtrade status was originally achieved in 2005 and is renewed every other year. Council is asked to consider re-affirming its support for the town’s Fairtrade status by renewing its previous resolution:

 

(i)     To support the status of Leighton-Linslade as a Fairtrade Town

(ii)   To promote awareness of Fairtrade on a regular basis through whatever means possible, including a link from the Town Council website to the Fairtrade website

(iii)  That, wherever possible, Fairtrade tea and coffee be served at Town Council premises and events

(iv)  that the Town Clerk be allocated the responsibility of working in Partnership with the local Fairtrade Steering Group to ensure continued commitment to its Fairtrade Town status.

 

 

7.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 338 KB

(a)  To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Council meeting held on 28 June 2021 (attached) in accordance with Standing Order 12.

(b)  To receive information updates on matters arising from the previous meetings (if appropriate).

 

8.

APPROVED DECISIONS pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To receive and formally note the decisions taken since the previous meeting by delegation to the Town Clerk with email approval from a majority of Council members in accordance with Standing Order 15 (c) (vii) (attached).

 

9.

END OF YEAR ACCOUNTS

(a)      To receive a report from the Auditor, including issues arising, and produce an appropriate action plan (where applicable) (to follow).

 

(b)     To approve and accept the Auditor’s Certificate and Opinion on the Annual Return.

 

10.

HIGH STREET PEDESTRIANISATION pdf icon PDF 3 MB

(i)           To receive the slides of the presentation given to Partnership Committee on 9 September 2021.

(ii)          To request that Central Bedfordshire Council undertakes a formal consultation with residents regarding an alternative proposal for the operation of the High Street. Such a consultation to take place after March 2022, being the last date for a decision of the current  Experimental Traffic Regulation Order.

(iii)         To consider financial support up to a maximum of £20,000 towards the cost of Central Bedfordshire Council undertaking this formal consultation exercise.

 

11.

PLANNING LED POLICY DOCUMENT pdf icon PDF 169 KB

To consider any recommendations arising from the Policy and Finance Committee meeting to be held on 20 September 2021 (original reports presented to committee attached).

 

Additional documents:

12.

STANDING COMMITTEES pdf icon PDF 121 KB

(i)     To receive and note the Minutes of Committee meetings held between 22 April 2021 – 20 September 2021 as specified below (attached).

 

(ii)    To consider therecommendations contained in committee minutes which have not already been resolved, as highlighted below (please note, recommendations relating to the Partnership Project List will follow at a later meeting).

 

(iii)   To receive any relevant verbal updates from officers or Committee Chairs and any councillor comments or questions relating to the below minutes (Max. 15 minutes, 2 minutes per question/comment as per SO 5 (l) (x)).

 

Planning & Transport Committee 21 April 2021

Policy & Finance Committee 21 June 2021

Minute reference 243/PF: to endorse the Town Council’s Making Meetings Accessible Policy (attached)

 

Planning & Transport Committee 23 June 2021

Planning & Transport Committee 14 July 2021

Policy & Finance Committee 26 July 2021

Planning & Transport Committee 4 August 2021

Planning & Transport Committee 25 August 2021

Grounds & Environmental Committee 6 September 2021

Partnership Committee 9 September 2021

 

Cultural & Economic Committee 13 September 2021

Minute reference 98/CE: to endorse that the 55Up Technical Helpline contract be awarded to applicant A (Citizens Online), for two years, 2021 to 2023, inclusive of the option to extend for a further one or two years should Committee deem appropriate, and

To delegate authority to Cultural and Economic Services Committee to oversee the delivery of all works relating to 55Up projects.

Planning & Transport Committee 15 September 2021

Policy & Finance Committee 20 September 2021 (to follow)

 

 

 

Additional documents:

13.

QUESTIONS FROM COUNCILLORS

To receive questions from Councillors as provided for in Standing Order No.27, provided three clear days’ notice of the question has been given to the person to whom it is addressed.

 

 

14.

TOWN COUNCIL ENVIRONMENTAL AND EQUALITIES AMBITIONS pdf icon PDF 291 KB

To receive and note updates on actions completed to date and proposed actions in relation to the Council’s adopted Environmental Ambitions and Equalities Statement (attached).

 

 

Additional documents:

15.

CLIMATE EMERGENCY MOTION pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To consider the following Motion submitted by Councillor V Harvey: 

 

Following the declaration of a “Climate Emergency” by NALC at its Annual Conference in October 2019 and their excellent Case Studies Report and their detailed advice on how councils can take action on climate, This Council declares a “Climate Emergency” and commits to the activities of This Council being carbon neutral by 2030. This Council also commits to working with Central Bedfordshire Council in influencing and supporting the wider community of Leighton Linslade to achieve the government’s targets of net zero emissions by 2050.

 

16.

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:   

 

17.

WRITING OFF BAD DEBTS (report to follow)

18.

TOWN CENTRE WORKSHOP

To receive a report and to appoint a consultant to deliver a town centre workshop (to follow).