Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 15th November, 2017 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre

Contact: Judy Cordell and Claire Heather  023 8083 2766/2412

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To receive any apologies.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To authorise the signing of the minutes of the Council Meeting held on 20th September, 2017, attached.

3.

Announcements from the Mayor and Leader

Matters especially brought forward by the Mayor and the Leader.

4.

Deputations, Petitions and Public Questions

To receive any requests for Deputations, Presentation of Petitions or Public Questions.

5.

Executive Business Report pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Report of the Leader of the Council detailing the business undertaken across the Council since 20th September 2017.

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6.

Motions

(a)  Cllr Painton to move:-

This Council expresses its concern that the former Southampton University Student Tower Block on Wessex Lane still remains empty after 7 years and believes that it is an eyesore that impacts adversely on the local area and is a waste of valuable land at a time when there is great need for both housing for local people and indeed university accommodation.

Council notes the strong desire from local ward councillors, residents and the Woodmill Neighbourhood Watch to see something done with  the site.

Council urges the Executive and the Chief Executive to have urgent dialogue with the University of Southampton and to push for a plan for the site.

 

(b)  Councillor Kaur to move:-

Council notes that the Welfare Reforms have created hardship in Southampton for individuals and families both in work and out, since 2013. Universal Credit, the so-called ‘flagship’ of these reforms, has proven not to be without its issues, especially for the most vulnerable. Since its full rollout in Southampton earlier this year, we have seen individuals wait as long as three months for their first payment, a 22% increase in the use of foodbanks and a rise in rent arrears with private landlords refusing to take families on benefits. 

Having already written to the Minister of Work and Pensions expressing our concerns prior to rollout of Universal Credit, Council will continue to work with and support local charities and organisations raising these important issues locally and nationally.

Council supports the national campaign to pause the roll out of Universal Credit, but also calls on Government to commit to fixing the problems raised in places like Southampton, and asks all three Southampton MPs to do the same.

(c)  Councillor Hecks to move:-

Council recognises the considerable contribution that tourism makes to the local economy.  Southampton is an historic city with many surviving elements of its mediaeval past, many of which, regrettably, are inaccessible to residents and visitors alike, are deteriorating and are in urgent need of repair and restoration. Of particular concern are the many mediaeval vaults off High Street, French Street, Simnel Street and Western Esplanade.

Council therefore calls upon the executive, as a matter of urgency, to undertake a comprehensive review of the condition of our entire mediaeval heritage and bring forward a programme of repair and refurbishment with a view to greatly increasing public access to these historic but sadly underused elements our the City’s heritage to the benefit of visitors and residents alike.

In addition, Council calls upon the executive to open discussion with partners to re-establish a conveniently located and meaningful Tourist Information Centre to actively promote tourism within the City.

 

(d)  Councillor Fuller to move:-

This Council condemns the shameful incompetence of the Labour administration who have handed back over £2 million from Right to Buy Receipts to Central Government. This is money that could have been used to build affordable housing in Southampton and help some of the thousands of households, including families with children,  ...  view the full agenda text for item 6.

7.

Questions from Members to the Chairs of Committees or the Mayor

To consider any question of which notice has been given under Council Procedure Rule 11.2.

 

 

8.

Appointments to Committees, Sub-Committees and Other Bodies

To deal with any appointments to Committees, Sub-Committees or other bodies as required.

9.

Triennial Review of the Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Licensing Principles pdf icon PDF 122 KB

Report of the Head of Transactions and Universal Services seeking adoption of the Council's Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Licensing Principles 2018 to 2021.

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10.

Treasury Management Strategy and Prudential Limits Mid Year Review 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 227 KB

Report of the Service Director: Finance and Commercialisation providing an update on the Treasury Management Strategy and Prudential Limits that were approved by Council in February 2017.

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11.

Overview and Scrutiny - Summary of Call In Activity

To note that there has been no use of the call-in procedure since last reported to Council.

NOTE: There will be prayers by the Mayor’s Chaplain John Attenborough in the Mayor’s Reception Room at 1.45 pm for Members of the Council and Officers who wish to attend.