Agenda and draft minutes

SWT Executive
Wednesday, 21st September, 2022 6.15 pm

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

Contact: Clare Rendell Email: c.rendell@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk 

Webcast: View the webcast

Items
No. Item

128.

Apologies

129.

Minutes of the previous meeting of the Executive pdf icon PDF 233 KB

130.

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.)

     

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    Minutes:

    Members present at the meeting declared the following personal interests in their capacity as a Councillor or Clerk of a County, Town or Parish Council or any other Local Authority:-

     

    Name

    Minute No.

    Description of Interest

    Reason

    Action Taken

    Cllr C Booth

    All Items

    Wellington and Taunton Charter Trustee

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr S Coles

    All Items

    SCC & Taunton Charter Trustee

    Personal

    Spoke

    Cllr D Darch

    All Items

    SCC

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr C Ellis

    All Items

    SCC & Taunton Charter Trustee

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr M Kravis

    All Items

    SCC & Minehead

    Personal

    Spoke

    Cllr M Rigby

    All Items

    SCC & Bishops Lydeard

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr F Smith

    All Items

    SCC & Taunton Charter Trustee

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr F Smith-Roberts

    All Items

    SCC & Taunton Charter Trustee

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr A Sully

    All Items

    SCC

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr S Wakefield

    All Items

    SCC

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr B Weston

    All Items

    Taunton Charter Trustee

    Personal

    Spoke

    Cllr L Whetlor

    All Items

    Watchet

    Personal

    Spoke

     

131.

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.

     

    We are now live webcasting most of our committee meetings and you are welcome to view and listen to the discussion. The link to each webcast will be available on the meeting webpage, but you can also access them on the Somerset West and Taunton webcasting website.

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    Minutes:

    No members of the public had requested to speak on any item on the agenda.

132.

Executive Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 192 KB

    To receive items and review the Forward Plan.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Copy of the Executive Forward Plan, circulated with the agenda).

     

    Councillors were reminded that if they had an item they wanted to add to the agenda, that they should send their requests to the Governance Team.

     

    Resolved that the Executive Forward Plan be noted.

133.

Proposal to increase the maximum hackney carriage fares pdf icon PDF 258 KB

134.

Corporate Performance Report - Quarter 1 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 613 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    During the discussion, the following points were raised:-

    ·       Councillors highlighted that the report made it clear what challenges faced the Council.

    ·       Councillors agreed that the report also included positive results and high-performance markers.

    ·       Councillors queried how the report would transfer over to the New Council.

    The Business Intelligence and Performance Manager advised that officers were working on the process for post Vesting Day and the work included the risk register and performance indicators.

    ·       Councillors requested clarification on call waiting times.

    ·       Councillors thanked the officers at the Deane Helpline for all their hard work.

    ·       Councillors queried what the current stress levels were like for officers.

    The Chief Executive advised that officers were understandably tired as they had been on a programme of change for the last five years, with Transformation, Covid and Unitary Council.  However, he thanked the officers as the service level was still high due to the hard work and dedication of the teams.

    ·       Councillors were pleased to see that Housing weas in the green or improving section.

    ·       Councillors highlighted that complaints were dealt with and learnt from to help improve service delivery.

    ·       Councillors thanked the work force at Somerset West and Taunton Council for their exemplary service.

     

    Resolved that the Executive noted the Council’s performance report.

135.

2022/23 General Fund Financial Monitoring as at Quarter 1 (30 June 2022) pdf icon PDF 392 KB

136.

Access to Information - Exclusion of the Press and Public - Appendix E ONLY

    During discussion of the following item (Agenda Item 10 – Appendix E only) 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. Executive 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 of business (Agenda Item 10 – Appendix E only) 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).

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    Minutes:

    Resolved that under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the next item of business (Agenda Item 10 – Appendix E only) on the grounds that it involved 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).

137.

2022/23 Housing Revenue Account Financial Monitoring as at Quarter 1 (30 June 2022) pdf icon PDF 501 KB