Meeting Details

Council
23 Jun 2022 - 18:00 to 20:00
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  • Documents
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  • Visitors
  • Declarations of Interests

Documents

Agenda

Part A
Live Broadcast

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Apologies

Apologies have been received from Cllrs Barton, Chuah, Harris, Luxford Vaughan and Mannion

 

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Apologies were received from Councillors Barton, Bloomfield, Chuah, Ellis, Harris, Luxford Vaughan, Mannion, Moore and Willetts.

Councillor King attended remotely but did not vote on the motion.

 

 
1 Welcome and Announcements (Council)
The Mayor will welcome members of the public and Councillors and will ask the Chaplain to say a prayer. The Mayor will explain the procedures to be followed at the meeting including a reminder everyone to use microphones at all times when they are speaking, but otherwise keep microphones muted.
2 Declarations of Interest
Councillors will be asked to say if there are any items on the agenda about which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest which would prevent them from participating in any discussion of the item or participating in any vote upon the item, or any other pecuniary interest or non-pecuniary interest.
3 Have Your Say
Members of the public may make representations to the meeting on the motion below only.  This can be made either in person at the meeting  or by joining the meeting remotely and addressing the Council via Zoom. Each representation may be no longer than three minutes.  Members of the public wishing to address the Council remotely may register their wish to address the meeting by e-mailing democratic.services@colchester.gov.uk by 12.00 noon on the working day before the meeting date.  In addition a written copy of the representation will need to be supplied for use in the event of unforeseen technical difficulties preventing participation at the meeting itself.



There is no requirement to pre register for those attending the meeting in person.
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Sir Bob Russell addressed the Council pursuant to the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 6(1).  Whilst he would not support the motion, he welcomed the idea behind it as it fitted with his belief that all 51 Councillors had an equal mandate and should have an equal say in the running of the Council. The Leader and Cabinet model of Council governance created an elected dictatorship.  The motion had been moved by the largest party on the Council who had received more votes than any other party.  For that group to be excluded from major decision making was an affront to the concept of democratic involvement.  The proposal to provide funding to tackle flooding on the Hythe was welcomed. It was his view that the root cause of the flooding was the build-up of silt over twenty five years. The Hythe Task Force should make it a priority to remove that silt.

The Mayor thanked Sir Bob for his comments, which might be addressed in the debate.

 

 

Proposer: Councillor Laws

 

Colchester Conservatives recognise that a majority of voters across the Borough of Colchester voted for parties who proposed to freeze the borough’s proportion of council tax. Therefore, in the spirit of collaboration, we wish to provide the incoming administration with the opportunity to deliver on their key election promises. To do so, this Council resolves:

1. To amend the 2022/2023 budget so that there is no increase in council tax and it is instead frozen for this financial year. The Council now has the capability to offer council tax refunds and this is to be facilitated immediately.

2. To amend the 2022/2023 budget to provide a contribution for the hiring of a full time ecology officer.

3. To amend the 2022/2023 budget to fund the purchase of a pump for the flooding issues on the Hythe.

4. To amend the 2022/203 so that the above items are funded using unallocated reserves.

 

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It was PROPOSED by Councillor Laws that:-

Colchester Conservatives recognise that a majority of voters across the Borough of Colchester voted for parties who proposed to freeze the borough’s proportion of council tax. Therefore, in the spirit of collaboration, we wish to provide the incoming administration with the opportunity to deliver on their key election promises. To do so, this Council resolves:

1. To amend the 2022/2023 budget so that there is no increase in council tax and it is instead frozen for this financial year. The Council now has the capability to offer council tax refunds and this is to be facilitated immediately.

2. To amend the 2022/2023 budget to provide a contribution for the hiring of a full time ecology officer.

3. To amend the 2022/2023 budget to fund the purchase of a pump for the flooding issues on the Hythe.

4. To amend the 2022/203 so that the above items are funded using unallocated reserves.


On being put to the vote the Motion was lost (ONE voted FOR, TWENTY FOUR voted AGAINST and 15 ABSTAINED from VOTING).

A named vote having been requested pursuant to the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 15(2) a name vote was taken and the voting was as follows: -

FOR: Councillor B. Oxford 

AGAINST: Councillors Arnold, Burrows, Coleman, Cory, Cox, Fox, Goacher, Goss, Hagon, Hogg, Kirkby-Taylor, Law, Lilley, McCarthy, McLean, Nissen, G. Oxford, Pearson, Rippingale, Scordis, Scott-Boutell, Smith, Spindler and Warnes.

ABSTAINED from VOTING: Councillors Barber, Bentley, Buston, Chapman, Davidson, Laws, Lissimore, Maclean, Smithson, Sunnucks, Tate, Wood, J. Young, the Deputy Mayor (Jowers) and the Mayor (T. Young). 

 

 
5 Exclusion of the Public (not Scrutiny or Executive)
In accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 to exclude the public, including the press, from the meeting so that any items containing exempt information (for example confidential personal, financial or legal advice), in Part B of this agenda (printed on yellow paper) can be decided. (Exempt information is defined in Section 100I and Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972).
Part B

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
No declarations of interest have been entered for this meeting.

Visitors

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