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This Week at Worthing Borough Council (17th-23rd September 2012)

Holidays are over, back to work… 🙂

Meetings:

September 17th Licensing Control Committee

6.00 p.m.; Town Hall, Worthing

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/OwPSfA

 

1 application for a Private Hire Driver’s License. Normally these would be delegated to officers, but there may be some specific information in the application that would require more consideration.

 

 

Cabinet/Cabinet Member Decisions

Leader of the Council:

Remembrance Sunday Reception – location: decision due after September 24th

It might seem that deciding where to hold the traditional reception after the Remembrance Sunday service and parade would be uncontroversial and straightforward, but not really. The council has managed to allow almost every possible location in the town hall complex – the committee suite, the Gordon Room, the Assembly Hall – to be booked up for other purposes, or in one case, filled with stored documents. It would seem difficult to be taken by surprise by Remembrance Sunday, but Worthing BC have managed it.

 

Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for Regeneration:

Portland House/Town Hall Car Park – Marketing Brief: decision due after July 2nd, but still not recorded as made!

 

Cabinet Member for Resources:

Irrecoverable Debts – Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates: decision due after July 6th, but still not recorded as made.

 

Cabinet Member for Customer Services:

none

(last decision 30/7/12 – joint decision with Adur)

 

Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing:

none

(last decision 16/5/11)

 

Cabinet Member for Environment:

none

(last decision 31/5/12)

 

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This Week at Worthing Borough Council (16th-22nd July 2012)

Meetings:

July 17th Full Council

6.00 p.m.; Town Hall, Worthing

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/NAPntH

 

 

Cabinet/Cabinet Member Decisions

Leader of the Council:

Mayoral Support – Budget for staff overtime payments: decision due after July 12th

 

Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for Regeneration:

Portland House/Town Hall Car Park – Marketing Brief: decision due July 2nd

 

Cabinet Member for Resources:

Irrecoverable Debts – Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates: decision due after July 6th

 

Cabinet Member for Customer Services:

none

(last decision 17/8/11)

 

Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing:

none

(last decision 16/5/11)

 

Cabinet Member for Environment:

none

(last decision 31/5/12)

 

Joint Cabinet Decisions with Adur:

none

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This Week at Worthing Borough Council (2nd-8th July 2012)

Committee Meetings:

None

 

Cabinet/Cabinet Member Decisions

Leader of the Council:

None

 

Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for Regeneration:

None

 

Cabinet Member for Resources:

Irrecoverable Debts – Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates: report 28th June, decision due after 6th July.

Council tax writeoffs total ÂŁ14,156.63

Non-Domestic Rates writeoffs total ÂŁ29,691.53; this doesn’t actually cost the council anything as NDR go into the national pool, and these writeoffs are deducted from our contribution, but it does serve as a local economic indicator of sorts.

 

Cabinet Member for Customer Services:

none

(last decision 17/8/11)

 

Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing:

none

(last decision 16/5/11)

 

Cabinet Member for Environment:

none

(last decision 31/5/12)

 

Joint Cabinet Decisions with Adur:

none

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Remembering Reg Green

Reg Green served as a councillor on Worthing Borough from 1996 until his death earlier this year – nigh on sixteen years of unbroken service. The other week, a proposal was put to the Governance and Audit committee by council leader Paul Yallop to have Reg posthumously made an Honorary Alderman: a proposal which was accepted by the committee which will recommend it to full council.

The title of Honorary Alderman is a purely ceremonial one, and the council have always run a simple and clear set of rules for conferring it: it is given to ex-Mayors when they leave the council. It doesn’t matter whether you were a good Mayor or a bad one, once you retire you get to be an Alderman.

In part this is to avoid it becoming politically controversial: Mayors have been through some process of acceptance by the council, so hopefully it should be less politically charged, and it would be unfortunate if what should be a moment of celebration should become a matter of disagreement between the parties on the council. A few years ago the Conservative leader of the council had a discussion with me because he was worried that one candidate for Honorary Alderman might be unacceptable to us, but it was never an issue to us because the bad feeling it would have engendered would have persisted for a long time; the title was conferred in short order and the book was closed.

Reg Green served for a long time on the council, but he was never Mayor; nor was he the leader of the council, or someone who chaired an important committee for a long time. One should always be wary of setting a precedent based on a specific case, and this could certainly mean that people start opening up the history books looking for other candidates who served for long periods without recognition, and once that starts, there is a great potential for one or more of those candidates to become a political issue.

So, is there a way to remember Reg in any other way? And indeed other people who have served the council, or the community, with distinction?

 

There will, over the next few years, be a considerable number of new roads needing names in West Durrington and the council has final say on the naming of new roads in the borough. Although developers come up with suggested names, their imagination tends to be limited and bland: some years ago, for a new estate the developers suggested Diamond Way, Sapphire Avenue and Ruby Close; the most turgid generic names imaginable from a marketing brochure. Luckily I was able to persuade the committee to reject these, and Peter Green (now an Honorary Alderman himself), suggested honouring the WW2 bomber crew who died when their plane crashed nearby – so we now have Squadron Drive and the roads off it named after crewmembers, names with historical significance and local resonance.

 

While I’m not in favour of names like Reg Green Way, street names based on surnames can carry historical import and resonance without sounding crass. So how about, as a few examples off the top of my head?:

  • Green Way (not only for Reg, but for Peter as well, two councillors from different parties who served the council for a long time)
  • Clare Street (Bob Clare the longtime councillor and parliamentary candidate, and Amanda, the leader of West Sussex County Council)
  • Gibson Avenue (Rowland Gibson, who founded and ran the Worthing Swimathon until his untimely death in 2010)
  • Livermore Street (John Livermore, probably the longest-serving chairman of Planning in Worthing, and a doughty campaigner for better design)
  • Ball Avenue (Michael Ball, an excellent and farsighted chief executive)
  • Bennett Way (Peter Bennett, not just Mayor, but the grandson of a Mayor)
  • Lynn Street (Brian and Ann Lynn, the first husband and wife to both serve as Mayor)
  • Scott Street (Connie Scott, who saved Beach House)
  • Price Close (Nancy Price, whose legacy is still there at the Sanctuary in High Salvington, and the Warrior Birds memorial in Beach House Park)
  • Bowers Street (for John Bowers, who founded Bowers and Wilkins)
  • Player Street (for Sheila Player, the first female leader of Worthing Council)
  • Golds Street (for Herbie Golds, our first Jewish Mayor)
  • Wilde Way (Oscar Wilde, who wrote the Importance of Being Ernest here)

These are just a sample – I’m sure everyone could come up with more, and why not? Let’s celebrate as many people who’ve contributed to the town as possible. The chance may not come again very soon.

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Councillors: Self-Important Social Media Addicts?

There was an article on the Worthing Journal Facebook page (http://on.fb.me/MnLrl1) last week that I wanted to write about, but couldn’t at the time because of lack of time. I can’t figure out how to do a direct link now, but it was on June 20th, so it’s quite easily findable, if you want to read the article and the ensuing comments.

There were two things I wanted to express my thoughts on: the use of social media by councillors, and the cynical attitude to councillors, who according to many of the commenters are ‘in it for themselves’, ‘for self-gain’, and so on.

To take the second point first.

I’ve been involved in local politics in Worthing since 1993, and have seen an awful lot of councillors and political activists from across the political spectrum; some I’ve liked and some not, some I’ve agreed with and some not. But regardless of where they fit within those categories, my overriding impression has been of people who are working for their community through a sense of duty, responsibility and service; these are individuals who have a pride in their town, or a passion to create a town to be proud of. On one side of the council chamber, I’ve sat through countless group meetings, campaign meetings, committee meetings and council meetings, reading thousands of pages a year of reports, with those councillors, and no doubt it has been the same throughout for those elected on the other side of the chamber. Taken all in all, for anyone who is in it for themselves, they have to put up with a lot of tedium and bureaucracy to get their reward, if there is any reward to be had.

Doing a quick trawl through my political anorak’s archive of data, I find that in my time on the council, I’ve served alongside 112 other councillors – not a small number for 13 years of elected service. Looking through that list, there are maybe a dozen with whom I overlapped only marginally at the start or end of my time, and about whom I don’t really know enough to form a judgement, leaving, as near as may be, a round hundred of whom I can speak with some confidence; although this will, of course, be a subjective judgement rather than an objective analysis.

Laying aside the rather trivial issue of people who become councillors because they want to have ‘Councillor’ in front of their name – there are some, but not as many as you’d think, and it’s such an ephemeral reward that it hard bears inspection – I can only come up with four individuals who seemed to have ulterior motives for seeking election.

One wanted to be Mayor, and wanted it really badly. He achieved what he wanted, and went shortly afterwards, and that’s all there is to that.

Two councillors have seemed to me to have political ambitions beyond the Town Hall; interestingly, neither achieved what they seemed to want so much, but in the process of working towards that mirage, they both served the council and the town very well, in their different ways.

And finally, one councillor seemed to me to be truly in it for their own ends, to see the council as an opportunity for gain. Did any gain ever materialise? If I’d ever seen any evidence, I’d have shouted about it long ago. And whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

I think if any company could survey its employees and find that 96% turned up to work out of a sense of duty, and only 4% were there for themselves, that would count as a particularly pleasing result. It is perhaps, only because councillors actively seek election, and come to us asking for our support, and vote, to get elected, that we seek some ulterior motive for what they do. Most people wouldn’t want to do it – but instead of therefore suspecting it, it might be better to celebrate it.

Now, the first point.

The Worthing Journal article is really critical of the use of social media by an unnamed councillor during a council meeting. There is of course a certain irony in a representative of the Old Media using the New Media to criticise someone for, well, using New Media, but that’s of no real concern.

The Old Media – by which I mean primarily newspapers, but also radio (in a local context) and TV – evinces much less interest in politics than it once did. Continuous coverage of the day to day work of running a council or a country has largely vanished, replaced by a short attention span-based fascination with policy announcements rather than implementation, fiasco and failure rather than strategy and success, histrionics and spin rather than history and statistics. Most West Sussex County Council meetings are attended by a single journalist, and at Worthing Borough Council only the full council meetings regularly get attendance from the fourth estate, while committee meetings continue despite being ignored (this is, of course, an ironic state of affairs in an era when the full council meetings are empty charades, scripted and controlled, and committee meetings are when actual political debate and discussion do occasionally take place).

Alongside this abdication of their role by the fourth estate, or possibly because of it, a majority of the community take a cynical and distanced view of politics, and are generally disengaged from the process. It becomes ever harder to reach people with a direct message about what a policy or decision might mean for them, or to tell them about what an individual councillor might stand for, argue for, or be capable of.

Some time ago, I raised a question in council about an issue that had been brought to me by a constituent. The cabinet member concerned attempted to answer me, while simultaneously attempting not to answer it to any significant degree. It became apparent to me, and quite a few other councillors, I think, that not only had the cabinet member not really understood the decision he had made, he hadn’t really understood that he had made a decision about it, and had only the most tenuous grasp of the responsibilities within his portfolio. It was quite an outstanding display of incompetence, and if the same performance had taken place before the cameras and microphones of PMQs, or been reported in detail in the local press as in past decades, or even detailed in the meeting minutes (don’t expect to find details of what anyone says in council minutes, dear reader!) the public might have held a different view about electing said councillor. But none of that took place, and the councillor could sit down knowing he’d survive another day.

New media brings the immediacy of conversation and commentary to every council meeting. The ability to quote speeches directly and instantly, to record the arguments of one’s own side and the opposition, to hold people to account in the glare of publicity, is invaluable – as Louis Brandeis said, ‘Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.’ And who better to provide that sunlight and disinfectant thatn the councillors themselves? Of course, there will be partiality, and part-reporting, and propaganda; but once the sides are laid before the public, they will quickly be able to see who is spinning what, and decide accordingly. And the message will be unmediated – presented not by an intermediary journalist who may have their own axeto grind or wheel to spin, but directly from the elected to the elector.

New media also takes the politician out of their political shell. Over the past few weeks I’ve had great conversations with one Tory about education policy and another about wind farms; with constituents about street cleansing, street lights and car parking; and with the Deputy Youth Mayor about book recommendations. It’s also given a number of Labour and LibDem members the opportunity to castigate me for my change of political colours, which they might otherwise have been unable to do, or at least felt uncomfortable doing!”

I feel that as many councillors as possible should be using new media to promote their messages and beliefs, to give the public the best possible opportunity – if they so wish – to learn about their elected representatives. Of the thirty-seven borough councillors in Worthing, twenty-one are on Twitter (the most direct and immedate form of social media). Some are fairly (or completely inactive), but others tweet very frequently and deserve to be heard as widely as possible; and there are a fair few who have a big enough following not to need my recommendation! In total they have over eight and half thousand followers – even allowing for duplications and mutual following, that’s already a significant presence.

In the interests of completeness, and with no regard to party alignment, here in alphabetical order are the twenty-one councillors on Twitter. Unlike the Worthing Journal, I will be happy to celebrate when that number is in the thirties, when every comment made at a council meeting is immediately tweeted by many of those, and it reaches a following numbered in the tens of thousands, many of whom will consider their votes based at least in part on what is said.

Councillor – Twitter name – Followers

  • Noel Atkins – @noelatkins – 11
  • Roy Barraclough – @roybarraclough – 45
  • Keith Bickers – @keithbickers – 4
  • David Chapman – @davidchapman3 – 39
  • Michael Cloake – @michaelcloake – 4109
  • Trevor England – @trevorengland7 – 28
  • Paul High – @highpaulo – 17
  • Dan Humphreys – @dan_humphreys – 283
  • Mary Lermitte – @mlermitte – 96
  • Alan Rice – @alanrice83 – 240 (Opposition leader)
  • Clive Roberts – @cbr5656 84
  • Bob Smytherman – @bsmytherman 1775
  • Keith Sunderland – @kdrsunderland 69
  • Victoria Taylor – @1victoriataylor 212
  • Hazel Thorpe – @hazel_thorpe – 59
  • Bryan Turner – @canadax – 101
  • Vicky Vaughan – @vickyvaughan – 877
  • Vino Vinojan – @vinoj1 – 55
  • Nicky Waight – @nicolawaight – 36
  • Steve Waight – @steve_waight – 199
  • Paul Yallop – @paulyallop – 202 (Council leader)

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This Week at Worthing Borough Council (25th June-1st July 2012)

Committee Meetings:

None

Cabinet/Cabinet Member Decisions

Leader of the Council:

Use of Borough Coat of Arms: well, now, the report for this is listed as being published on 8th June, but it certainly hasn’t been up on the website for 2 weeks. It appears to have gone up at the same time (20th June) as the decision, which is to allow Worthing Lions Club and Worthing & Adur Community Fund to use the Borough Arms, the former on memorabilia to celebrate the club’s diamond jubilee, and the latter as the Mayor is supporting the fund for his charities during his mayoral year. No controversy there, glad

Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for Regeneration:

Marketing Brief for Town Hall Car Park: report 22nd June, decision due after 2nd July. This follows on from a decision in October 2011 to sell of part of the car park (the north west corner, at the junction of Stoke Abbott Road and Christchurch Road). The tenor of the brief is that a sale for residential or health/community facility is appropriate (although other uses would be considered). 54 car parking spaces would be lost according to the report, although a quick count on Google Earth indicates it’s 60 or 61 – I count around 132 spaces in the rest of the car park so it’s roughly 30% of the total car parking, and of the ground area. That’s going to have an impact on the council employees, and on visitors to the Assembly Hall.

The report recommends a maximum development height of 3 to 4 storeys; not unreasonable given the relationships to neighbouring houses and buildings, but I think we can take it as read that ‘3 to 4; will turn out to be ‘4’. The report also hints at high density flats for families, or sheltered accommodation for the elderly.

I’m concerned about the knock-on effects from reducing the car parking available (although it would be nice to see the Council to more to encourage cycling and other sustainable transport!), and also that essentially this is carrying forward the commercial part of the ‘Civic Hub’ plan of the Worthing Masterplan of a few years ago without any of the civic and cultural enhancements that were supposed to go with it.

It also seems really unfortunate that the council is beginning to progress this when they haven’t yet agreed their Community Infrastructure Levy policy, so any prospective developers may be available to pay to the council than they might have otherwise

Cabinet Member for Resources:

none

(last decision 1/5/12)

Cabinet Member for Customer Services:

none

(last decision 17/8/11)

Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing:

none

(last decision 16/5/11 – 404 days and counting…)

Cabinet Member for Environment:

none

(last decision 31/5/12)

Still no word from WBC on why the Allotments Policy was not a key decision…

Joint Cabinet Decisions with Adur:

Joint Adur & Worthing Comments and Complaints Procedure Review: decision due after 19/6/12

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This Week at Worthing Borough Council (18th-24th June 2012)

Committee Meetings:

 

June 19th Joint Planning Committee

This is listed on the Meetings Schedule, but no papers are on the council website, so I assume it has been cancelled.

 

June 21st Joint Strategic Committee

6.30 p.m.; Gordon Room, Town Hall, Worthing

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/KJY71n

Tendering for a Disposal Contract for Commercial and Industrial Waste

There is currently a lot of discussion going on about the possibility – in the Draft Waste Plan for West Sussex – of a waste to energy plant being sited at Decoy Farm. There is already such a plant in Lancing, run by a commercial operator, and this report recommends that the councils run a tendering process for a contract for commercial waste (collected by the councils) to be disposed of at this plant.

There’s no mention in the report of recyclables being separated from this waste before disposal – is this an omission in the report, or in action? Hopefully this can be dealt with at the meeting.

National Graduate Development Programme

The councils are supporting graduate employment by joining this programme and employing… one graduate. For two years. That’ll do it.

Theatres Business Plan

Supposed to be presented at this meeting, but now delayed until July. It’s surprising that the council felt confident enough to award the management of the theatres to the in-house team on the basis of a business plan which wasn’t finished, and now still isn’t ready three months later when they asked for it. Come on, people!

Disposal of High Street Car Park

Obviously an important decision, but it’s a confidential item so we’ll have to wait to see what the result is. When I was a councillor, I found it annoying that many reports of this type were confidential when only a small part of the information needed to be (such as bid amounts, fees, etc.). I still find it annoying. Freedom of Information should mean that the default assumption is to have things in the public domain, and that a case has to be made to have confidential information, not the reverse.

 

Forward Plan Decisions (June-September FP):

 

Capital Strategy: this is agenda item 6 for the Joint Strategic Committee, above.

 

(no decisions are listed in the next four months as due to be made exclusively in Worthing, whether by the cabinet, a cabinet member or the council; three joint decisions with Adur are on the Plan: the Capital Strategy (above), Medium Term Financial Strategy and possible arrangements for localised Council Tax Schemes. All these are to be considered in June/July)

 

Cabinet/Cabinet Member Decisions

 

Leader of the Council:

none

(last decision 27/3/12)

 

Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for Regeneration:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Resources:

none

(last decision 1/5/12)

 

Cabinet Member for Customer Services:

none

(last decision 17/8/11)

 

Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing:

none

(last decision 16/5/11 – 397 days and counting…)

 

Cabinet Member for Environment:

none

(last decision 31/5/12)

Still no word from WBC on why the Allotments Policy was not a key decision…

 

Joint Cabinet Decisions with Adur:

Joint Adur & Worthing Comments and Complaints Procedure Review: report issued 11/6/12, decision due after 19/6/12

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This Week at Worthing Borough Council (4th-10th June 2012)

Committee Meetings:

None

note: the 2012/13 meeting schedule has finally appeared on the council website; looking at the Document Properties of the PDF file, it is interesting to note that the title of the document is given as ‘Schedule of Meetings for Municipal Year 2002/03’ – who said Worthing was living in the past?

 

Forward Plan Decisions (June-September FP):

none

(no decisions are listed in the next four months as due to be made exclusively in Worthing, whether by the cabinet, a cabinet member or the council; three joint decisions with Adur are on the Plan: the Capital Strategy, Medium Term Financial Strategy and possible arrangements for localised Council Tax Schemes. All these are to be considered in June/July)

 

Cabinet/Cabinet Member Decisions

Leader of the Council:

none

(last decision 27/3/12)

 

Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for Regeneration:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Resources:

none

(last decision 1/5/12)

 

Cabinet Member for Customer Services:

none

(last decision 17/8/11)

 

Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing:

none

(last decision 16/5/11 – that’s right, 2011, not a single report or decision in 2011/12)

 

Cabinet Member for Environment:

Creation of Allotments Policy: hurrah, a decision was made by Cllr Clive Roberts on May 31st, a mere 23 days after the report was published (and after a little Twitter-based hassle from me). The earth-shattering decision that the cabinet member reached was – to agree that a policy should be created. This is not listed as a key decision, even though it will, obviously, affect more than one ward. I’ve asked WBC about this,

 

Joint Cabinet Decisions with Adur:

Application for Voluntary Redundancy: report issued 17/5/12, decision due after 25/5/12. These dates have now been added, following my request to the Council.

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This Week at Worthing Borough Council (28th May-3rd June 2012)

Committee Meetings:

(note: the 2012/13 meeting schedule has still to appear on the council website)

 

May 29th Planning Committee

6 p.m.; Gordon Room, Town Hall

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/Lvin9h

 

Planning Application

Only one application for decision on the agenda, but it is interesting in some respects. The applicant is Councillor Paul Howard – so obviously many of the committee members will have to declare an interest – but the recommendation is for approval so that shouldn’t make it too contentious.

The application is to change a retail unit in Rowlands Road to an estate agents; again, not overly contentious, but there isn’t a lot of evidence in the report to show how the unit has been marketed, and why it remains vacant. The key criterion is the percentage of the shopping area that is ordinary retail (A1), and this percentage is below the required threshold of 65%, and has been for some time. Obviously, losing a retail unit in this way impacts on this, not only immediately, but also in the long term.

It’s also disappointing to lose a traditional shopfront fascia; it’s not in a Conservation Area, so it can’t really be used as a reason to reject the application, but it’s one more that won’t be replaced.

Enforcement

There is an enforcement report about the Dolphin in Dominion Road, and cars being sold from its car park. The Dolphin has had quite a history of planning enforcement issues over the past few years. The landlord is claiming that he needs to sell cars to keep the pub going – but they’re two separate businesses, not two aspects of one business, and the committee are going to be mindfl of the impact on the area.

Economy

The Retail Healthcheck on Montague Street is cautiously positive, and certainly seems to show that Worthing is holding up as a retail centre rather better than many of its competitors; but the report is also disappointing, in that it present a picture of a town centre that is static, not progressing. The town, and council, needs to make sure that there is action at the Grafton and Union Place sites to improve the town centre, so that when the economy improves, we are well placed to take advantage.

 

 

Forward Plan Decisions (June-September FP):

 

none

 

(no decisions are listed in the next four months as due to be made exclusively in Worthing, whether by the cabinet, a cabinet member or the council; three joint decisions with Adur are on the Plan: the Capital Strategy, Medium Term Financial Strategy and possible arrangements for localised Council Tax Schemes. All these are to be considered in June/July)

 

Cabinet/Cabinet Member Decisions

 

Leader of the Council:

none

(last decision 27/3/12)

 

Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for Regeneration:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Resources:

none

(last decision 1/5/12)

 

Cabinet Member for Customer Services:

none

(last decision 17/8/11)

 

Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing:

none

(last decision 16/5/11 – that’s right, 2011, not a single report or decision in 2011/12)

 

Cabinet Member for Environment:

Creation of Allotments Policy (due after 8/5/12 – still not reported. I’ve asled Cllr Roberts via Twitter when his decision will be made. We’ll see if I get a response…)

 

Joint Cabinet Decisions with Adur:

Application for Voluntary Redundancy (no publication date or due date given – information requested today from WBC Democratic Services

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This Week at Worthing Borough Council (21st-28th May 2012)

What’s coming up (or not, as is mostly the case this week) for WBC meetings and decisions

Committee Meetings:

none

(next meeting is Planning, on May 29th; it’s perhaps worth noting also that the 2012/13 meeting schedule has yet to appear on the council website)

Forward Plan Decisions (May-September FP):

none

(no decisions are listed in the next four months as due to be made exclusively in Worthing, whether by the cabinet, a cabinet member or the council; three joint decisions with Adur are on the Plan: the Capital Strategy, Medium Term Financial Strategy and possible arrangements for localised Council Tax Schemes. All these are to be considered in June/July)

Cabinet/Cabinet Member Decisions

The municipal year 2011/12 has just finished, with the Annual Council meeting held on Friday 18th May, so the decisions mentioned below are the last of the year. During the year, the six cabinet members at WBC took 18 decisions between them (ranging from 9 by Steven Waight to none by Tom Wye), and 23 joint decisions with Adur.

Leader of the Council:

none

(last decision 27/3/12)

Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for Regeneration:

none; however…

no decision is listed for the Local Development Scheme 2012-14 due since 2/2/12, although researching the council agendas shows that a decision was taken in February. So it should be on the website, but isn’t. In addition, this affects all wards in the town, but is not classed as a key decision; given that the Council’s forward plan describes one of the criteria for key decisions as ‘to be significant in terms of its effects on communities living or working in two or more Wards of the Borough’, this might be considered surprising.

Cabinet Member for Resources:

none

(last decision 1/5/12)

Cabinet Member for Customer Services:

none

(last decision 17/8/11)

Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing:

none

(last decision 16/5/11 – that’s right, 2011, not a single report or decision in 2011/12)

Cabinet Member for Environment:

Creation of Allotments Policy (due after 8/5/12)

Joint Cabinet Decisions with Adur:

Application for Voluntary Redundancy (no publication date or due date given)

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