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Items
No. Item

89.

Apologies for Absence

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Minutes:

It was noted that apologies had been received from Councillors Webb and Webster.

 

It was also noted that Councillor D Mortimer was running late.

90.

Notification of Substitute Members

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It was noted that Councillor Perry was substituting for Councillor Webster.

 

91.

Urgent Items

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Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

 

92.

Notification of Visiting Members

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Minutes:

There were no Visiting Members.

 

93.

Disclosures by Members and Officers

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Minutes:

There were no disclosures by Members and Officers.

 

94.

Disclosures of Lobbying

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Minutes:

There were no disclosures of lobbying.

 

95.

Exempt Items

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RESOLVED:  That the agenda items be taken in public as proposed.

 

96.

Minutes of the Meeting Held on 12 December 2017 pdf icon PDF 54 KB

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 2017 be approved as a correct record and signed.

 

97.

Presentation of Petitions

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Minutes:

There were no petitions.

 

98.

Questions and answer session for members of the public

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There were no questions from members of the public.

 

99.

Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 39 KB

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The Committee considered the Committee Work Programme.

 

The Chairman advised that there would be an additional Crime and Disorder Committee meeting to be held on 20 March 2018 which would start at 6.00 p.m. This meeting would be held before the Communities, Housing and Environment Committee meeting which would start at
6.45 p.m.

 

It was noted that two reports had been moved to the April Committee meeting which were:-

 

·  Homelessness Reduction Act

·  Delivering Affordable Housing

RESOLVED:  That the Committee Work Programme be noted.

 

 

 

 

100.

Strategic Plan 2015-20, 2018-19 Refresh pdf icon PDF 61 KB

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The Committee considered the report of Mrs Angela Woodhouse, the Head of Policy, Governance and Communications which set out the draft refreshed strategic plan.

Mrs Woodhouse advised the Committee that the current plan had been refreshed to ensure contextual information was up to date and areas of focus in relation to the action areas for 2018-19 were agreed.

Members were minded to accept the proposed changes to the areas related to the Committee.

 

RESOLVED:  That the refreshed Strategic Plan attached at Appendix A be noted and no further amendments be proposed from the Committee.

 

Voting:  For:  unanimous

 

 

 

101.

Medium Term Financial Strategy & Budget Proposals 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

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The Committee considered the report of Miss Ellie Dunnet, the Head of Finance which set out the budget proposals for services within the remit of the Committee.

 

The Committee noted that the cumulative budget gap was currently set at £4.6 million.

 

Miss Dunnet highlighted a number of spending pressures attributable to the Committee.

 

In response to a question from a Member, Miss Dunnet advised that the anticipated income for Heather House had not been realised due to the temporary closure of the facility and it was anticipated that the historic shortfall in income would continue into 2018/19 requiring a deficit of £25,000 to be made up from other budgets. 

RESOLVED:

1.  That the revenue budget proposals for services within the remit of
  this Committee, as set out in Appendix C to the report, be agreed
   for submission to Policy and Resources Committee;

2.  That the capital budget proposals for services within the remit of
  this Committee, as set out in Appendix E to the report, be agreed
  for submission to Policy and Resources Committee.

  Voting:  For:  unanimous

 

 

 

 

Councillor D Mortimer arrived at 6.40 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

102.

Fees & Charges pdf icon PDF 125 KB

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The Committee considered the report of Miss Dunnet, the Head of Finance which set out the proposed fees and charges for 2018/19 for the services within the remit of the Committee.

 

In response to Members’ questions, Officers advised that:-

 

·  Discussions are ongoing with KCC regarding the Marden/Ulcombe Caravan Sites.  The Officer would update the Member outside the meeting

·  Officers were exploring the frequency of the garden waste collections and if the proposals prove cost effective then a report will be brought before the Committee

·  That the contaminated land search fee was restricted by case law

·  That the dog fouling penalty would be increased as part of the proposed Public Space Protection Orders for tacking anti-social behaviour relating to dogs.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.  That the proposed discretionary fees and charges as set out in Appendix 1 to the report be agreed;

2.  That the centrally determined fees and charges as set out in appendix 1 to the report be noted.

Voting:  For:  unanimous

103.

Duration of Meeting

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Minutes:

6.30 p.m. to 6.47 p.m.

 

 

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