SWT Full Council
Wednesday, 26th February, 2020 6.15 pm

Venue: The John Meikle Room - The Deane House. View directions

Contact: Marcus Prouse Email: and Clare Rendell Email: 

No. Item




Minutes of the previous meeting of Full Council pdf icon PDF 200 KB


Declarations of Interest

    To receive and note any declarations of disclosable pecuniary or prejudicial or personal interests in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.


    (The personal interests of Councillors and Clerks of Somerset County Council, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes.)


Public Participation

    The Chair to advise the Committee of any items on which members of the public have requested to speak and advise those members of the public present of the details of the Council’s public participation scheme.


    For those members of the public who have submitted any questions or statements, please note, a three minute time limit applies to each speaker and you will be asked to speak before Councillors debate the issue.


To receive any communications or announcements from the Chair of the Council


To receive any communications or announcements from the Leader of the Council


To receive any questions from Councillors in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13


Motion on Local Independent Schools, proposed by Councillor Libby Lisgo, seconded by Councillor Brenda Weston pdf icon PDF 164 KB


The Future of Local Government in Somerset pdf icon PDF 368 KB

    This matter is the responsibility of the Leader of the Council, Councillor Federica Smith-Roberts.


    Members will be aware that the Leader of Somerset County Council has stated that he wishes to pursue the option of a single Unitary Council for Somerset. This Report sets out the work conducted to date, looking at the options for the future of local government in Somerset, and suggests an option of further collaboration and integration as being the preferred option moving forward.


Taunton Strategic Flood Alleviation Improvements Scheme (TSFAIS) pdf icon PDF 524 KB


Hinkley Tourism Strategy Phase 4 Action Plan 2020 - 2023 pdf icon PDF 315 KB


Prosperity and Economic Development Strategy pdf icon PDF 371 KB

    This matter is the responsibility of the Executive Councillor for Asset Management and Economic Development, Councillor Marcus Kravis.


    The document Somerset West and Taunton’s “Prosperity and Economic Development Strategy”, produced with the support of Deyton Bell consultants, is the first economic development strategy and framework for the new Council against which future interventions and business support and skills projects can be assessed, in terms of whether they address issues and market failure, build on existing activity, support and complement local and sub-regional stakeholder programmes or address evidenced gaps in the business support and skills landscape.

    Additional documents:


Somerset Homelessness and Rough Sleeper Strategy 2019 - 2023 pdf icon PDF 256 KB


Capital Loan to YMCA Dulverton Group pdf icon PDF 338 KB

    This matter is the responsibility of the Executive Councillor for Planning and Transportation, Councillor Mike Rigby.


    Officers have been working with the YMCA Dulverton Group to determine final requirements for the requested loan finance and to progress due diligence. The timing of meetings and requirement to provide the further loan advance before the end of March requires this report to come forward straight to Full Council, without prior review by the Executive or Scrutiny. The YMCA has approached SWTC with this request given the Council’s security invested in the asset and as a key funder of the capital project, and have not sought finance from any other source.


Access to Information - Exclusion of Press and Public

    During discussion of the following item(s) it may be necessary to pass the following resolution to exclude the press and public having reflected on Article 13 13.02(e) (a presumption in favour of openness) of the Constitution.  This decision may be required because consideration of this matter in public may disclose information falling within one of the descriptions of exempt information in Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.  The Council will need to decide whether, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption, outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.


    Recommend that under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the next item(s) of business on the ground that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 respectively of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, namely information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).   


Procurement Report


Land Acquisition Report


Coastal Improvement Works - report to follow


To consider reports from Executive Councillors pdf icon PDF 132 KB