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Agenda

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Members are reminded that they must not participate in the discussion or voting on any matter in which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest and should leave the room prior to the commencement of the debate.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 423 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held on 17 December 2020

4.

Announcements

To receive such communications as the Chairman, Speaker, Leader and Head of Paid Service may desire to lay before the Council.

5.

Public Questions

To receive any questions from the public, notice of which has been given in accordance with Procedure Rule 14.  Deadline for notification is 10am on Tuesday 23 February 2021

6.

Report of the Independent Remuneration Panel pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Report of the Director of Legal and Democratic Services is attached

 

Contact:  Claire Porter  Tel 01743 252763

Additional documents:

7.

Council Tax Resolution 2021- 22 pdf icon PDF 421 KB

Report of the Interim Executive Director, Resources is attached

 

Contact:  James Walton  Tel 01743 258915

8.

Financial Strategy 2021/22 - 2025/26 pdf icon PDF 391 KB

Report of the Interim Executive Director, Resources is attached

 

Contact:  James Walton  Tel 01743 258915

Additional documents:

9.

Fees and Charges 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Report of the Interim Executive Director, Resources is attached

 

Contact:  James Walton  Tel 01743 258915

Additional documents:

10.

Capital Strategy 2021/22 - 2025/26 pdf icon PDF 575 KB

Report of the Interim Executive Director, Resources is attached

 

Contact:  James Walton  Tel 01743 258915

Additional documents:

11.

Treasury Strategy 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 429 KB

Report of the Interim Executive Director, Resources is attached

 

Contact:  James Walton  Tel 01743 258915

 

Additional documents:

12.

University Centre Of Shrewsbury Project pdf icon PDF 333 KB

Report of Director of Place is attached

 

 

Contact:  Mark Barrow 01743 258916

13.

Future Civic Accommodation pdf icon PDF 375 KB

Report of Director of Place is attached

 

 

Contact:  Mark Barrow 01743 258916

Additional documents:

14.

Proposed Redevelopment of Former Ironbridge Power Station Site - Onward Delegation of Planning Control from Telford and Wrekin Council pdf icon PDF 252 KB

Report of Director of Place is attached

 

 

Contact:  Mark Barrow 01743 258916

 

15.

Annual Report of the Portfolio Holder for Assets, Economic Growth and Regeneration pdf icon PDF 218 KB

Report of the Portfolio Holder for Assets, Economic Growth and Regeneration is attached.

 

 

Portfolio Holder:  Councillor Steve Charmley

16.

Motions

The following motions have been received in accordance with Procedure Rule 16:

 

1.    The following motion has been received from Councillor Gwylim Butler and is supported by Councillors Cecilia Motley, Peggy Mullock, Paul Wynn, Christian Lea, Les Winwood, Michael Wood, David Turner, Paul Milner, Joyce Barrow, Tom Biggins, Gerald Deakin, William Parr, Dan Morris, Nick Hignett, Roy Aldcroft, Robert Tindall and Rob Gittins.

 

Successive governments have allowed a serious funding imbalance to develop between rural authorities and their urban and metropolitan counterparts.  Despite Governments’ recognition of the higher cost of delivering services in rural areas, this imbalance has been allowed to increase year on year.  Rural Services Network - which has a wide membership of rural authorities and has long championed fairer funding settlements for rural areas – has analysed the present government’s Provisional funding settlement 2021/22 and calculates that rural residents, when compared with urban:

 

Will still be paying over £96 per head more in Council tax

 

Receive some 61% (£107) per head less  from Settlement Funding Assessment (SFA general grant)

 

Get £11 less per head in specific social care costs, despite a higher proportion or elderly rural residents

 

Suffer a 16% gap compared with urban of the new social care grants

 

Excluding council tax, receive over £112 (42% per head) less in Government Funded Spending Power

 

As a result, Principal Councils serving rural areas, when compared with urban authorities have to cope with less government grant per head of population; are required to pay more per head of population in Council tax from lower rural incomes;  fund more of their essential services through Council Tax (69.29% compared to 55.80%) and yet receive fewer services which are often more expensive to access.

 

Prior to the Covid pandemic we note that this government was committed to deliver a fairer funding formula for local government and embark on a levelling up agenda, which was primarily aimed at raising funding levels  for underfunded regions in the north of the country.

 

Shropshire residents feel strongly that sparse rural authorities such as ours should also benefit from the levelling up agenda to reduce the current unfair funding disparities between urban  and rural authorities and ensure the delivery of equitable funding settlements throughout the country.  We seek equality of outcomes and funding for the people and economy of Shropshire; and reduced reliance on Council tax to compensate for inadequate government support.

 

“This Council therefore instructs the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive to write to the Prime Minister/Chancellor/SoS MHCLG seeking a commitment that the levelling up agenda should be widened to include Shropshire and other rural Shire Counties; and that the Government should commit to and deliver a fairer funding settlement for Council services and infrastructure requirements.”

 

2.    The following motion has been received from Councillor Julian Dean and is supported by Kate Halliday, Madge Shineton, and the Liberal Democrat group.

 

Principles for LTP4

 

This council recognises the urgent need to address the transport related climate emergency whilst supporting better and more  ...  view the full agenda text for item 16.

17.

Questions from Members pdf icon PDF 378 KB

To receive any questions from Members, notice of which has been given in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2.

Additional documents:

18.

Report of the Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority pdf icon PDF 242 KB

To receive the report of the Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority arising from its meeting held 10 February 2021

19.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To resolve that, in accordance with the provisions of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 and Paragraph 10.4 [3] of the Council’s Access to Information Rules, the public and press be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items.

20.

Exempt Minutes

To approve as a correct record the exempt minutes of the Council meeting held on 17 December 2020

21.

Oswestry Innovation Park Disposal Options

Exempt report of Director of Place is attached

 

 

Contact:  Mark Barrow 01743 258916

22.

Shrewsbury West Sustainable Development Extension Disposal Options

Exempt report of Director of Place is attached

 

 

Contact:  Mark Barrow 01743 258916

 

23.

Strategic Acquisition Shrewsbury Central

Exempt report of Director of Place is attached

 

 

Contact:  Mark Barrow 01743 258916

 

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