Agenda and minutes

Adjourned at 11:00pm on 15 April 2021 and reconvened for 20 April 2021 at 6:30pm, Council
Thursday, 15th April, 2021 6.30 pm

Venue: Virtual meeting

Contact: Ellen Walker  43455

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Items
No. Item

87.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Cussons and Mackenzie on 15 April 2021 and from Councillors Burr, Cussons, Delaney, Keal, Raine and Raper on 20 April 2021.

 

88.

Public Question Time

Minutes:

There were no public questions.

 

89.

Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 18 February 2021 (and reconvened on 25 February 2021)

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 18 February 2021 (and reconvened on 25 February 2021).

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 18 February 2021 (and reconvened on 25 February 2021) were presented.

 

            Resolved

 

That the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 18 February 2021 (and reconvened on 25 February 2021) be approved and signed as a correct record, subject to the addition of transcriptions of speeches made by Councillors Duncan and Arnold in which they resigned from the posts of Leader and Deputy Leader of Council and Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee.

 

The resolution was carried by general affirmation.

 

90.

Urgent Business

To receive notice of any urgent business which the Chairman considers should be dealt with at the meeting as a matter of urgency by virtue of Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

 

91.

Declarations of Interest

Members to indicate whether they will be declaring any interests under the Code of Conduct.

 

Members making a declaration of interest at a meeting of a Committee or Council are required to disclose the existence and nature of that interest.  This requirement is not discharged by merely declaring a personal interest without further explanation.

Minutes:

The Chairman advised that the declarations of all Members of North Yorkshire County Council would be taken as given.

 

Councillor Mason declared a personal, pecuniary and prejudicial interest in item 11c (Motion on Notice proposed by Councillor Duncan and seconded by Councillor Arnold) as a shop owner in Malton.

 

Councillor Burr declared a personal, pecuniary and prejudicial interest in item 11c (Motion on Notice proposed by Councillor Duncan and seconded by Councillor Arnold) as an owner of commercial properties in Ryedale.

92.

Announcements

To receive any announcements from the Chairman, the Leader and/or the Head of Paid Service.

Minutes:

On behalf of the Council, the Chairman offered condolences and sincere sympathy following the recent passing of Joan Cussons, Councillor David Cussons’ wife.

 

The Chief Executive gave an update on agenda item 12 (Local Government Reorganisation – Consultation Response).

93.

To Receive any Questions submitted by Members Pursuant to Council Procedure Rule 10.2 (Questions on Notice at Full Council)

94.

To Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, from Councillor Docwra

“Assuming Council-owned leisure facilities reopened on April 12, will the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee please confirm, in public, that they will remain open permanently?”

Minutes:

To Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, from Councillor Docwra:

 

“As Council-owned leisure facilities reopened on April 12, will the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee please confirm, in public, that they will remain open permanently?”

 

Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, replied:

 

“Thank you, Chair. Well, I would love to be able to announce...  before I say anything, when I think about it, it's superb that so many people are taking an interest in the Council and asking so many questions. The only problem with this question is it is directed at the wrong person.  Because neither the Chair of P and R or Leader of Council or anybody else, can guarantee the staying opening, of leisure services. We've seen over the last year, the person who, or the organisation that, has been closing leisure services has been the government.  And I believe it's more likely that you will be able to be in contact with Boris Johnson than me, as many of your Group were wearing backing Boris badges and therefore you will be in a position to contact him to get such a commitment in relation to our leisure facilities. And finally, you make the point that they will remain open permanently and I believe the only two things that are believed to be permanent are taxes and death. And I don't think this comes under either of those.”

 

Councillor Docwra then asked the following supplementary question:

 

“Thank you. I've got a supplementary in that case. As Chairman of Policy and Resources, do you accept that in order to keep our leisure facilities open, we'll be required to agree for funding to Everyone Active?  And will you be supporting this extra funding on behalf of our residents?”

 

Councillor Clark then replied:

 

“I will look at all requests for funding as Chair of P and R from anybody and everybody that comes to P and R, but I have no idea until I've seen the figures and done due diligence on it as to whether I will be supporting or not supporting.”

95.

To Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, from Councillor Oxley

“Can the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee, as de facto Leader of the Council, please confirm he feels truly able to deliver the priorities and objectives of the majority of this Council?”

Minutes:

To Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, from Councillor Oxley:

 

“Can the Chairman of Policy and Resources, as defacto Leader of the Council, please confirm he feels truly able to deliver the priorities and objectives of the majority of this Council?”

 

Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, replied:

 

“Thank you, Councillor Oxley.  I think you may find that the Leader of Council doesn't exist at the moment. He has, our previous one has, resigned, and this question is to the Chair of P and R. I will endeavour to deliver the priorities and objectives of the majority of this Council and that is why I would endeavour to deliver the decisions made on car parking charges that this Council made in December.”

 

Councillor Oxley then asked the following supplementary question:

 

“Given that, when the Council Plan went through, and that is I'm assuming the Council Plan that we are going to deliver, given that the Liberal Group did not support that Plan, could the Chair of P and R just reassure me that it is that Plan he is going to deliver please?”

 

Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, then replied:

 

“I will endeavour to deliver whatever I can as Chair of P and R in line with Council policy.”

96.

To Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, from Councillor Delaney

“On March 30, the Council announced via a press release that “the time is right to reintroduce parking charges”.  This has taken many residents and businesses by surprise.  Can the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee please explain exactly why he believes “the time is right to reintroduce parking charges” and why he failed to seek views from other Members before agreeing such a sensitive public announcement?”

Minutes:

To Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, from Councillor Delaney:

 

“On March 30, the Council announced via a press release that “the time is right to reintroduce parking charges.”  This has taken many residents and businesses by surprise.  Can the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee please explain exactly why he believes “the time is right to reintroduce parking charges” and why he failed to seek views from other Members before agreeing to such a sensitive public announcement?”

 

Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, replied:

 

“Thank you, Councillor Delaney.  I think this is a perfect example in answer to Councillor Oxley's question.  I have, and the Officers were, delivering Council's policy to have free car parking until the end of March. And this Council and anything I have to do with P and R while I'm the Chair will deliver decisions that are made by this Council, not as a matter of press releases. The press release was in fact announcing what Full Council had decided so as to reduce the number of people, residents and businesses that were taken by surprise. It was to remind them of Full Council's decision.  And as for not consulting with people, I fail to see how you can have better consultation with Members than having a decision made by those Members in Full Council.  It wasn't a fireside chat.  It was a full blooded, Full Council decision.”

 

Councillor Delaney then asked the following supplementary question:

 

“Thank you Councillor Clark. I'm actually pleased that I can ask you a question on a matter that you do have control over. So hopefully, we'll get a substantial answer this time. Circumstances obviously change and there had been a huge change from the last Full Council to the end of this policy which nobody could foresee. So the question I would ask you is that if you, as Chairman of Policy and Resources, if there are any substantial changes on sensitive public announcements, will you be willing to discuss and confer with other Councillors before making such sensitive announcements? Thank you.”

 

Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, then replied:

 

“Thank you. I'll take it one step further than that. I have requested that rather than the Leader have a monopoly on what happens and what is in press releases, I have asked that all, as far as possible  - and some press releases have to go out with no notice at all because they’re a request from the press or there’s a crisis happened – all Group Leaders will be informed of forthcoming press releases on the previous Friday to them going out. And on that basis, those Group Leaders will be able to inform Members of their Group what is coming up in press terms. It certainly won't be policy decided by press releases. The Communications Officers in the Council were delivering the decision of Full Council. But I will be consulting around by asking for all  ...  view the full minutes text for item 96.

97.

To Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, from Councillor Arnold

“In November, this Council voted overwhelmingly to support the submission of our unitary proposal to government.  The Liberal group was the only group to wholly oppose it. Why was the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee so keen to block our submission and deny the government the chance to consider an alternative to the County Council’s plan?”

Minutes:

To Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, from Councillor Arnold:

 

“In November, this Council voted overwhelmingly to support the submission of our unitary proposal to government.  The Liberal Group was the only group to wholly oppose it.  Why was the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee so keen to block our submission and deny the government the chance to consider an alternative to the County Council’s plan?”

 

Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, replied:

 

“I think, Councillor Arnold, you may be living under a slight misapprehension here.  This Council has not voted at any point on our final bid.  This Council did not debate our final bid.  That is why we were opposing a blank cheque – and Council decided it so that was Council policy – to be given to the Chief Executive without it coming to Members for approval or otherwise, before it was submitted. So to state that support for the submission of our unity proposal at the time we had that vote, was when we didn't know what our unitary proposal was.”

 

Councillor Arnold then asked the following supplementary question:

 

“In all the discussions we have been having over LGR, myself and the two members of our group, Councillor Duncan and his group, have stated the first and most appropriate submission is the East/West submission.  Why have you, nor any member of your Group not stated a preference, so the rest of the Council can see where you are coming from?”

 

Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, then replied:

 

“Very simple answer to that Councillor Arnold. If you'd listened to the full reply, I’ve possibly explained it better. Our Group asked for, last autumn, presentations on the potential East/West bid – because it was only a potential one – and the North Yorkshire bid, and Council voted not to do that.  If you don't want things out in the open, and it wasn't until Tuesday night this week – and people were saying ‘oh this has been useful, that has been good’ – that people saw both bids.  And therefore that is why we have ended up... we wanted to be involved in the bid making not being told in a fireside chat what was good for us.”

98.

To Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, from Councillor Graham

“In order to be fully transparent with the electorate of Ryedale, can the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee please name the Councillors who make up the “coalition” or “collaboration” he leads?”

Minutes:

To Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, from Councillor Graham:

 

“In order to be fully transparent with the electorate of Ryedale, can the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee please name the Councillors who make up the “coalition” or “collaboration” he leads?”

 

Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, replied:

 

“I would be delighted, Councillor Graham.  To list the Councillors that I lead.  It is the Full Council, with the exceptions of Councillor Paul Andrews, Councillor Steve Arnold, Councillor Bailey, Councillor Burr, Councillor Cleary, Councillor Cussons, Councillor Delaney, Councillor Docwra, Councillor Duncan, Councillor Frank, Councillor Garbutt Moore, Councillor Goodrick, Councillor Hope, Councillor Keal, Councillor King, Councillor MacKenzie, Councillor Mason, Councillor Middleton, Councillor Oxley, Councillor Raine, Councillor Raper, Councillor Riby, Councillor Thackray and Councillor Windress. And that just leaves from that list you as to whether you would like to be led, or whether you would prefer to be in the exclusion list.”

 

Councillor Graham then asked the following supplementary question:

 

“At the meeting of Policy and Resources held on the 18th of March, his Vice Chairman, Councillor Frank, confirmed – and this is in the recording and I quote – ‘there was a coalition which had been operating since last year’.  She later clarified and said it was, quote, ‘a collaboration’.  Can he account for the fact that he's saying one thing and his Vice Chairman is saying another?”

 

Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, then replied:

 

“I think you'll find that Councillor Frank and I are completely separate people and on that basis Councillor Frank is not responsible for what I say and I'm not responsible for what Councillor Frank says.  So I think your question needs to be to her outside of the meeting.  But I do not lead other than who I've just listed to you in this Council.”

99.

To Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, from Councillor Mackenzie

“Can the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee please explain the reasoning behind his long-held opposition to the dualling of the A64?”

Minutes:

To Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, from Councillor Mackenzie:

 

[Note: The question was put by the Chairman of Council, on behalf of Councillor Mackenzie, who had given apologies to the meeting.]

 

“Can the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee please explain the reasoning behind his long held opposition to the dualling of the A64?”

 

Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, replied:

 

“Another important question and I'm absolutely delighted it is being asked, to give me a platform to explain my long held opposition to the dualling of the A64.  And fitting in with Councillor Oxley and Councillor Delaney's question earlier on, this is because I have a strong belief that dualling the A64 does not fit in with Ryedale's Climate Change Policy because to use millions of tonnes of concrete and hundreds of thousands of tons of steel, etc., to carve through an AONB– not the same AONB but an AONB that comes up later in the agenda – and to cause such environmental and climate change carnage does not do anything for our Climate Change Policy.  In fact, it does the reverse.  It increases our greenhouse gas emissions, just the construction of it.

 

The other problem with the A64 is the number of deaths on it and the solution that has never been tried, and would work brilliantly because it has been tried elsewhere in the country, is to put a 50 mile an hour speed limit on it from one end to the other, making the journey from York to Scarborough on average 10 minutes longer.  And if that was done, the accidents would be reduced massively and fatalities would be reduced by even more. That is my reason for my long held opposition to the dualling of the A64, in line with Council policy going back on its Climate Change Policy twelve years.”

100.

To Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, from Councillor Duncan

“For the purpose of clarity and transparency, and further to the discussion at the Policy and Resources Committee of 18 March 2021, can the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee please confirm whether he has spoken to any persons representing North Yorkshire County Council (including Councillors and Officers) in relation to the current local government reorganisation proposals in North Yorkshire, and if so could he please confirm:

 

(a)        the names of those individuals;

 

(b)        the dates he spoke to those individuals; and

 

(c)        the details of the discussions with those individuals, including whether this involved any discussion about persuading Ryedale councillors to support the county council’s proposal.”

Minutes:

To Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, from Councillor Duncan:

 

“For the purpose of clarity and transparency, and further to the discussion at the Policy and Resources Committee of 18th March 2021, can the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee please confirm whether he has spoken to any persons representing North Yorkshire County Council (including Councillors and Officers) in relation to the current local government reorganisation proposals in North Yorkshire, and if so, could he please confirm:

 

(a)        the names of those individuals;

 

(b)        the dates he spoke to those individuals; and

 

(c)        the details of the discussions with those individuals, including whether this involved any discussion about persuading Ryedale Councillors to support the County Council’s proposal.”

 

Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, replied:

 

“I have talked to Councillor Carl Les.  I don't know and I haven't recorded the dates.  I can give you a generalisation if you like.  As Chair of P and R, I talked to the Leader of Council shortly after I became Chair of P and R, about a week ago and Tuesday evening.  The first discussion was to ask for a large print copy of the North Yorkshire proposals.  The second discussion was to check that he had been invited and the meeting and telling him how I intended to run the session on Tuesday night. In brackets not in answer to the question but for information, I did the same with all the other speakers. And the third one was to ring up on Tuesday night to apologise.”

 

Councillor Duncan then asked the following supplementary question:

 

“Councillor Clark has in his question failed to mention the occasions on which he has spoken to Councillor Les prior to his appointment as Chair of P and R.  And I have it confirmed by Councillor Les that several conversations have taken place between Councillor Clark and Councillor Les prior to his appointment.  So I would like to ask the Chairman of Policy and Resources, why he has not been fully transparent about those conversations. Why he is not telling the Council the full story. And what does he have to hide?”

 

Councillor Clark, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, then replied:

 

“Any questions before I was Chair of P and R are not answered under questions to the Chair of P and R because I have had conversations with all sorts of people from North Yorkshire about unitaries including you, Councillor Duncan.  So if you know, right off the top of your head what day and date that was and what we discussed, good luck.  I don't keep a record of every conversation that I've had with every Councillor everywhere.  I have answered my conversations in relation to the question that we've got here and I don't think I ever will get to the administrative skill of recording every conversation I have with everybody as an individual.  But I will of course record conversations I have as Chair of P  ...  view the full minutes text for item 100.

101.

Confirmation of Appointment of Chair and Vice Chair of Policy and Resources Committee

Confirmation of the appointments made to the following roles at the Policy and Resources Committee Meeting held on 18 March 2021:

 

Chair of Policy and Resources Committee                Councillor Clark

Vice Chair of Policy and Resources Committee       Councillor Frank

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor P Andrews and seconded by Councillor Riby that the appointments of Councillor Clark as Chairman and Councillor Frank as Vice Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee be confirmed, until the Annual Meeting of Council.

 

Upon being put to the vote, the motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

That Councillor Clark’s appointment as Chairman and Councillor Frank’s appointment as Vice Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee be confirmed, until the Annual Meeting of Council.

 

Voting record

15 For

12 Abstentions

 

Recorded vote

            For

Councillors J Andrews, P Andrews, Brackstone, Burr, Clark, Frank, Hope, Keal,  Mason, Middleton, Potter, Raine, Riby, Thackray and Wass

            Abstain

Councillors Arnold, Bailey, Cleary, Delaney, Docwra, Duncan. Garbutt-Moore, Goodrick, Graham, King, Oxley and Windress

102.

To consider for Approval the Recommendations in respect of the following Part 'B' Committee Items:

103.

Minute 53 - Ryedale Plan - Local Plan Review - Call for sites consultation

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Clark and seconded by Councillor Potter that the following recommendation be approved and adopted:

 

Members agree the appended Ryedale Plan - Local Plan Review - Call for Sites Consultation material subject to an amendment to replace the word ‘sole’ with the word ‘main’ in paragraph 5 of the Draft Site Submission Form Template.

 

Upon being put to the vote, the motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

Members agree the appended Ryedale Plan - Local Plan Review - Call for Sites Consultation material subject to an amendment to replace the word ‘sole’ with the word ‘main’ in paragraph 5 of the Draft Site Submission Form Template be adopted.

 

Voting record

25 For

2 Abstentions

 

            Recorded vote

            For

Councillors J Andrews, Arnold, Bailey, Brackstone, Burr, Clark, Cleary, Cussons, Delaney, Docwra, Duncan, Frank, Garbutt Moore, Goodrick, Graham, Hope, Keal, King, Mackenzie, Mason, Middleton, Oxley, Potter, Raine, Raper, Riby, Wass and Windress

            Abstain

            Councillors P Andrews and Thackray

104.

Minute 54 - Statement of Community Involvement

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Clark and seconded by Councillor Potter that the following recommendation be approved and adopted:

 

Members agree the appended Statement of Community Involvement for implementation.

 

The motion was carried by general affirmation.

 

Resolved

 

Members agree the appended Statement of Community Involvement for implementation.

105.

Motions on Notice Submitted Pursuant to Council Procedure Rule 11

106.

Proposed by Councillor Middleton and Seconded by Councillor Garbutt-Moore

“East Riding Council wants to see the Wolds recognised as part of the Government’s 2020 pledge to increase the number of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks in England.

 

As a large part of the Wolds sits within in Ryedale, Ryedale District Council fully endorse the bid by East Riding Council and  RDC Officers will work with East Riding to ensure the bid is successful which will have benefits protecting the environment while supporting the economy.”

Minutes:

“East Riding Council wants to see the Wolds recognised as part of the Government’s 2020 pledge to increase the number of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks in England.

 

As a large part of the Wolds sits within in Ryedale, Ryedale District Council fully endorse the bid by East Riding Council and  RDC Officers will work with East Riding to ensure the bid is successful which will have benefits protecting the environment while supporting the economy”.

 

The motion stands automatically referred to Policy and Resources under Committee Procedure Rule 11.4.

107.

Proposed by Councillor Duncan and seconded by Councillor Docwra

Minutes:

“This Council wishes to appoint a staff champion who commands the confidence of the Council’s workforce.

 

To aid Members in making this appointment at the Annual Meeting of Council held on May 20, this Council calls on Officers to facilitate a staff poll, in accordance with the following timetable:

 

  • Democratic services to receive a statement, no longer than one side of A4, from any Councillor interested in being included in the poll by May 3;
  • Voting to open to all members of Ryedale’s staff, via an anonymous and secure online poll, by May 10, with statements from interested Councillors made accessible to all staff;
  • Voting to close and the result of the poll, including the number of votes cast for each interested Councillor, to be announced by May 17;
  • Councillors to vote at the Annual Meeting of Council on May 20 to appoint a staff champion in knowledge of the results of the staff poll.”

 

Councillor J Andrews proposed and Councillor Brackstone seconded the following amendment:

 

            Add:

This motion be referred to the next Policy and Resources Committee meeting.

 

Upon being put to the vote, the amendment was lost.

 

Voting record

11 For

15 Against

 

Recorded vote

            For

Councillors J Andrews, P Andrews, Brackstone, Burr, Clark, Frank, Potter, Raine, Riby, Thackray and Wass.

            Against

Councillors Arnold, Bailey, Cleary, Delaney, Docwra, Duncan, Goodrick, Graham, Hope, Keal, King, Mason, Middleton, Oxley and Windress.       

 

Upon being put to the vote the substantive motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

This Council wishes to appoint a staff champion who commands the confidence of the Council’s workforce.

 

To aid Members in making this appointment at the Annual Meeting of Council held on May 20, this Council calls on Officers to facilitate a staff poll, in accordance with the following timetable:

 

  • Democratic services to receive a statement, no longer than one side of A4, from any Councillor interested in being included in the poll by May 3;
  • Voting to open to all members of Ryedale’s staff, via an anonymous and secure online poll, by May 10, with statements from interested Councillors made accessible to all staff;
  • Voting to close and the result of the poll, including the number of votes cast for each interested Councillor, to be announced by May 17;
  • Councillors to vote at the Annual Meeting of Council on May 20 to appoint a staff champion in knowledge of the results of the staff poll.

 

Voting record

17 For

 9 Abstentions

 

            Recorded vote

            For

Councillors Arnold, Bailey, Cleary, Delaney, Docwra, Duncan, Goodrick, Graham, Hope, Keal, King, Mason, Middleton, Oxley, Raine, Riby and Windress

Abstain

Councillor J Andrews, P Andrews, Brackstone, Burr, Clark, Frank, Potter, Thackray and Wass

108.

Proposed by Councillor Duncan and seconded by Councillor Arnold

“Contrary to the announcement made via press release on March 30, and condoned by the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee with no consultation with other Members, this Council does not believe “the time is right to reintroduce parking charges”.

 

To give a much-needed helping hand to the district’s struggling businesses as they reopen after lockdown, this Council resolves to offer with immediate effect an element of free car parking, preferably capped at three hours, in all Ryedale District Council-owned car parks until at least May 27, when the issue will be reviewed properly and democratically by the Policy and Resources Committee.”

Minutes:

“Contrary to the announcement made via press release on March 30, and condoned by the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee with no consultation with other Members, this Council does not believe “the time is right to reintroduce parking charges”.

 

To give a much-needed helping hand to the district’s struggling businesses as they reopen after lockdown, this Council resolves to offer with immediate effect an element of free car parking, preferably capped at three hours, in all Ryedale District Council-owned car parks until at least May 27, when the issue will be reviewed properly and democratically by the Policy and Resources Committee.”

 

Councillor Duncan altered the motion with the consent of the meeting as follows:

 

To delete the words “with immediate effect” and replace with “as soon as is practicable”.

To remove the word “preferably”.

 

The proposed motion by Councillor Duncan and seconded by Councillor Arnold then read:

 

“Contrary to the announcement made via press release on March 30, and condoned by the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee with no consultation with other Members, this Council does not believe “the time is right to reintroduce parking charges”.

 

To give a much-needed helping hand to the district’s struggling businesses as they reopen after lockdown, this Council resolves to offer as soon as is practicable an element of free car parking, capped at three hours, in all Ryedale District Council-owned car parks until at least May 27, when the issue will be reviewed properly and democratically by the Policy and Resources Committee.”

 

Councillor Keal proposed and Councillor Middleton seconded the following amendment:

 

Remove the words “at least May 27” and replace with “until Sept 3”.

 

Upon being put to the vote, the amendment was lost.

 

Voting record

3 For

19 Against

1 Abstentions

 

Recorded vote

For

Councillors P Andrews, Keal and Middleton

Against

Councillors J Andrews, Arnold, Bailey, Brackstone, Clark, Cleary, Delaney, Docwra, Duncan, Frank, Goodrick, Graham, King, Oxley, Potter, Raine, Thackray, Wass and Windress

Abstention

            Councillor Riby

 

Councillor Clark proposed and Councillor Potter seconded the following amendment:

 

This motion be referred to the next Policy and Resources Committee meeting.

 

Upon being put to the vote, the amendment was lost.

 

Voting record

8 For

13 Against

 

Recorded vote

            For

Councillors J Andrews, Brackstone, Clark, Frank, Potter, Riby, Thackray and Wass

            Against

Councillors P Andrews, Arnold, Bailey, Cleary, Delaney, Docwra, Duncan, Goodrick, Graham, Keal, Middleton, Oxley and Windress

 

Upon being put to the vote the substantive motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

Contrary to the announcement made via press release on March 30, and condoned by the Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee with no consultation with other Members, this Council does not believe “the time is right to reintroduce parking charges”.

 

To give a much-needed helping hand to the district’s struggling businesses as they reopen after lockdown, this Council resolves to offer as soon as is practicable an element of free car parking, capped at three hours, in all Ryedale District Council-owned car parks  ...  view the full minutes text for item 108.

109.

Local Government Reorganisation - Consultation Response

Appendix E to follow

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Duncan proposed and Councillor Clark seconded the following motion:

 

To ensure Government can receive the most comprehensive understanding of Ryedale District Council members’ views on the two proposals for local government reorganisation, this Council resolves to encourage its members to respond individually to the Government’s consultation.

 

Voting record

17 For

1 Against

 

Recorded vote

For

Councillors J Andrews, Arnold, Bailey, Brackstone, Clark, Cleary, Docwra, Duncan, Frank, Graham, Keal, Mason, Oxley, Potter, Riby, Wass and Windress

Against

Councillor P Andrews

 

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00pm on 15 April 2021 and reconvened at 6:30pm on 20 April 2021 to consider the remaining items of business.

110.

Exempt Information

To consider a resolution to exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following item 14 (The Railway Tavern, Norton – Request for an increase in budget utilising additional commuted sums), as provided by paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, as it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

The public interest test has been considered and, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption is considered to outweigh the public interest in disclosing the information.

Minutes:

To exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following item 14 (The Railway Tavern, Norton  – Request for an increase in budget utilising additional commuted sums) as provided by paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, as it contains information relating to the financial or businesses affairs of any person (including the authority holding that information).

 

The public interest test has been considered and, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption is considered to outweigh the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

Voting record

Unanimous

111.

The Railway Tavern, Norton - Request for an increase in budget utilising additional commuted sums

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Clark and seconded by Councillor Mackenzie that the following motion be approved and adopted:

 

That the recommendations in the report are approved, subject to completion of a climate change impact assessment.

 

Upon being put to the vote, the motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

That the recommendations in the report are approved, subject to completion of a climate change impact assessment.

 

Voting record

21 For

1 Against

 

            Recorded vote

            For

Councillors J Andrews, Arnold, Brackstone, Clark, Cleary, Docwra, Duncan, Frank, Garbutt-Moore, Goodrick, Graham, Hope, King, Mackenzie, Mason, Oxley, Potter, Riby, Thackray, Wass and Windress

Against

Councillor P Andrews

112.

Any other business that the Chairman decides is urgent

Minutes:

There being no other business, the meeting closed at 7:15pm on 20 April 2021.