COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS, 19 FEBRUARY 2009

 

 

 

 

HAMPSHIRE

 

 

 

 

At a Meeting of Hampshire County Council held at The Castle, Winchester on Thursday 19 February 2009.

 

 

Chairman:

 

 

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Councillor M.J. Woodhall

 

 

Vice Chairman:

 

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Councillor T.G. Knight

 

Councillors:

 

 

 

 

 

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F. G. Allgood J.P.

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Mrs. K. Heron

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Mrs. C. A. Bailey

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Felicity Hindson, M.B.E.

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Mrs. P. G. Banks

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G. M. Hockley

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R. J. Baulk

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Keith House

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I. F. E. Beagley

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R. Hughes

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D. R. Blampied

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P. R. C. Hutcheson

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Carol Boulton

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S. C. James

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Alan Broadhurst

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Jo Kelly

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J. V. Bryant

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M. N. Kemp-Gee

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Mrs. A. Buckley

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M. J. Kendal

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Mrs. E. M. Byrom

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R. J. Kimber

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Adam Carew

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D. A. Kirk

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M. F. Cartwright

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Mrs. C. A. Leversha

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K. G. Chapman

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A. R. Ludlow

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P. J. Chegwyn

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Peter Kent Mason

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N. R. G. Clarke

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J. J. W. Maxwell

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A. P. Collett

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R. C. McIntosh

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M. G. Cooper

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Mrs. A. M. McNair Scott

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B. D. Dash

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E. J. Neal

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Colin Davidovitz

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Sam Payne

 

G. W. Davies-Dear

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R. J. Perry

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Mrs. P.M. Devereux

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Mrs. P. G. Peskett

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Mrs. P. Dickens

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Mrs. J. A. Porter

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A. G. Dowden

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Roger H. Price J.P.

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L. T. Dunsdon

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S. H. Reid

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P. R. Edgar

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A. W. Rice, TD

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Anne Edwards

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Mrs. A. M. Roling

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Dr. R. J. Ellis

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David Simpson

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A. D. G. Evans

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Mrs. M. D. Snaith

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K. D. Evans

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Mrs. E. F. Still

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Mrs. J. K. Frankum

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T. K. Thornber, C.B.E.

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E. F. Gale, M.B.E.

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Mrs. M. J. Tucker

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K. L. Gill

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John K. West

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D. Gillett

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Mrs P.A. West

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J. K. Glen

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A. Weeks

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B. T. Gurden

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Mrs. S. A. Wheale

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D. Harrison

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Seán D. T. Woodward

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P. A. Heath

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D. F. Wright J.P.

 

 

 

 

353 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Clarke and Mrs Peskett.

354 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

All Members who believed they had a personal or prejudicial interest in any matter to be considered at the meeting were asked to declare that interest and, having regard to the circumstances described in paragraphs 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the County Council's Code of Conduct, to consider whether to leave the meeting whilst the matter is discussed, save for exercising any right to speak in accordance with paragraph 12 of the Code. The declaration should be made at the time of the relevant debate.

355 MINUTES

The minutes of the meeting of the County Council held on 22 November 2008 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman subject to the addition of Councillor Mrs Heron to the list of members who declared a personal interest under minute 352(a) concerning the New Forest National Park Plan and the New Forest National Park Recreation Management Strategy consultation drafts.

356 DEPUTATIONS

There were no deputations on this occasion.

357 CHAIRMAN'S COMMUNICATIONS

The Chairman presented his report (Item 5 in the Minute Book) and expanded on the wide range of duties undertaken to represent and promote the County Council and its strong community leadership role.

358 LEADER'S REPORT

It was with sadness that the Leader reported the passing of former County Councillor J.M.A. Gibson who had represented Basingstoke South in the 1980s. Members stood in silence as a mark of respect to his memory.

The Leader also reported the receipt of a question from Councillor Reid under Standing Order 20(b)(ii) concerning the disposal of household waste and recycling controls which the Chairman accepted as urgent business.

It was with much pleasure that the Leader reported that the County Council had received three Real IT awards and had been commended for saving taxpayers' money through its commitment to encouraging innovation and making the best use of technology. The Leader presented the Public Sector (winner and runner-up), Partnership (winner) and Service Improvement (winner) awards to Jos Creese, Head of IT Services and Gavin Wright, Director of Human Resources.

It was also with much pleasure that the Leader congratulated John Coughlan, Director of Children's Services, who had been awarded the CBE in The Queen's New Year's Honours list in recognition of his work in Children's Services. The Leader had also recently received a letter of thanks from the Rt. Hon. Ed Balls M.P. for allowing John to act as Interim Director of Children's Services at the London Borough of Haringey. The Council was also pleased to note that a team of four young engineers from the County Council had recently won the national final of the New Civil Engineer Communications competition, a prestigious competition run by the Institute of Civil Engineers.

The Leader reported on the recent campaign launched by the County Council to urge people in Hampshire to help the County Council to ensure the safety and well-being of children being cared for under private fostering arrangements. This was part of a national drive to highlight the issue. The County Council had produced leaflets which were distributed to GP surgeries, hospitals, libraries, schools and other public places and complemented the County Council's dedicated web pages. Gosport Discovery Centre had been highly commended at the Gosport Business Awards held by Gosport Borough Council recently and the findings of a new survey by Country Life magazine had placed Hampshire second in the list of best places to live. The Leader reported that the importance of the County Council's grants scheme, set up in conjunction with the South East England Development Agency to provide funding for village shops to purchase new equipment and services to help replace lost post office footfall with new customers, had been recognised by Pat McFadden, MP. The County Council was also grant aiding shops in rural communities which had not lost their post office so as to ensure that these remained profitable. In a similar positive vein, the County Council was hosting a one day conference for Council Leaders, Senior Politicians, Government Officials, Directors of Local Authority Services and Public Library Chiefs at the Winchester Discovery Centre on 25 February 2009 to demonstrate the importance of political and managerial ownership in the "transformation" of public libraries. Twenty authorities from across the South East of England would be joining the County Council to consider how political leaders of local authorities, together with senior managers, could work together to ensure that public libraries change and develop around the local communities they serve.

359 QUESTIONS UNDER STANDING ORDER 20(b)

Pursuant to Standing Order 20(b)(ii) Councillor T.K. Thornber, CBE, Leader of the Council, answered a question from Councillor Reid concerning the alleged exportation of televisions that could not be re-used. The matter had arisen from national media coverage on 18 February 2009 surrounding an investigation by Sky News and Greenpeace which tracked a television set deposited at one of the County Council's household waste recycling centres to an electronics market in Nigeria. The Leader's reply would be circulated to all members of the Council.

Councillor M.J. Kendal, Executive Member for Environment, answered a question from Councillor House concerning the impact of the temporary reduction in value of recycled materials on the disposal arrangements for recyclable waste.

Councillor M.J. Kendal, Executive Member for Environment, answered a question from Councillor Harrison about the Rumbridge Street, Totton improvement scheme.

Councillor M.J. Kendal, Executive Member for Environment, answered a question from Councillor Mrs. Bailey concerning the Kickstart Bus Funding competition and bidding for improvements to some Winchester bus services.

Councillor M.J. Kendal, Executive Member for Environment, answered a question from Councillor Mrs. Porter concerning road gritting and the impact of the recent snow and freezing temperatures on smaller and more remote communities.

Councillor M.J. Kendal, Executive Member for Environment, answered a question from Councillor House concerning the South East England Regional Assembly's proposed reduced minerals apportionment for Hampshire of almost 3 million tonnes over the 2010 to 2026 plan period.

Councillor M.J. Kendal, Executive Member for Environment, answered a question from Councillor Mrs. Bailey concerning M3 noise problems for Hampshire residents, in particular between Junctions 9 and 12.

At the expiration of 30 minutes, the Chairman drew this item to a close and it was agreed that written replies to questions 7 to 9 be given by the Executive Members to whom they had been addressed.

360 APPOINTMENTS

On this occasion there were no appointments for consideration by the Council.

361 REVENUE BUDGET AND PRECEPT 2009/10 AND PROVISIONAL BUDGET 2010/11 - 2011/12 AND CAPITAL PROGRAMME 2009/10 - 2011/12

The Council considered the report of the Cabinet (Item 9 in the Minute Book) recommending a council tax increase of 1.9% (£19.17 a year or £0.37 a week for a Band D property) and a proposed budget requirement for the general expenses of the County Council for the year beginning 1 April 2009 of £657,009,000. The proposed budget was within the budget guidelines approved by the Cabinet on 22 December 2008 and took account of the relevant Executive Members' consideration of those guidelines, together with the scrutiny arrangements undertaken through the Select Committees. The budget also included proposals for some additional one off and continuing spending in excess of the budget guidelines. The level of the council tax and the budget which was proposed followed consultation with key stakeholders and careful consideration of the levels of pay awards and price inflation that could realistically be assumed in 2009/10 and 2010/11. The Council took into account the County Treasurer's report under Section 25 of the Local Government Act 2003 in determining its budget and precept for 2009/10.

Councillor Collett, seconded by Councillor Dash, proposed the following amendment:

"A) That it be an amendment to recommendation (b) of item 9A on the revenue budget and precept for 2009/10:

A)That, in relation to the revenue budget:

(c) authority be given to incur expenditure on land purchases as follows:

362 HAMPSHIRE LOCAL AREA AGREEMENT YEAR 1 REFRESH

The Council considered and approved the report of the Chief Executive (Item 10 in the Minute Book).

RESOLVED:

363 HAMPSHIRE POLICE AUTHORITY

No questions had been received pursuant to Standing Order 20(d). The Council received the report of the Authority.

364 HAMPSHIRE FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY

No questions had been received pursuant to Standing Order 20(e). The Council received the report of the Authority and, with the leave of the Council, Councillor Cartwright, Chairman of the Authority, reported that the Authority had received the highest possible score from the Audit Commission in their `Direction of Travel' assessment having been assessed as `improving strongly'.

365 REPORTS FOR INFORMATION

The Council received the reports of the following: