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					         MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF MELTON

                                 23 FEBRUARY 2006

                                      PRESENT

                           Councillors P. Cumbers (Mayor)
                     N.R.G. Angrave, M.W. Barnes, P.M. Chandler
               C.O. Chapman, M.C.R. Graham, R. Holt, V.J. Manderson,
         R. Marks, R.F. Moore-Coltman, J.T. Orson, P.M. Posnett, J.B. Rhodes,
       J.M. Robinson, P.A. Roffey, M.R. Sheldon, N. Slater, B. Smith, P.J. Swain,
       D. Tempest, R.H. Umbers, R. Waltham, J.A. Wills, F.E. Wilson, D.R. Wright

                      Chair of Standards Committee : Dr. J. Veitch

               Chief Executive, Corporate Director - Community Support
                Corporate Director – Resources and Corporate Support
        Head of Financial Services, Head of Legal and Administrative Services
  Head of Social and Economic Development, Senior Community Regeneration Officer
                Democratic Services Officer, Democratic Services Clerk


                    The Reverend Susan Patterson offered prayers

475.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

       Apologies for absence were received from Councillors G.E Botterill and E.
       Holmes.


476.   MINUTES

       The Minutes from the Meeting held on 1 February 2006 were confirmed and
       authorised to be signed by the Mayor.


477.   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

       Minute 484 : Concessionary Travel
       Councillors J.T. Orson, J.B. Rhodes and P.A. Roffey each declared a personal
       and non-prejudicial due to their role as County Councillors.

       Minute 486 : Leicestershire Local Area Agreement
       Minute 488 : Local Strategic Partnerships : Shaping their Future
       Councillor J.B. Rhodes declared a personal and non-prejudicial interest due to his
       role as a County Councillor.

       Minute 490 : Melton Hub Project
       The Deputy Mayor, Councillor R. Marks declared a personal and non-prejudicial
       interest due to being involved on The Melton Hub Committee.

       Councillor J.B. Rhodes declared a personal and prejudicial interest due to his role
       as a County Councillor.

       Councillors R.F. Moore-Coltman, P.M. Posnett, P.J. Swain, D Tempest, R.H.
       Umbers and R. Waltham each declared a prejudicial interest due to being
       Members of the Development Committee.
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478.   MAYOR‟S ANNOUNCEMENTS

       The Mayor stated that
       (a) it was an honour to have taken the salute with Lady Gretton when the ATC
       were celebrating 65 years as a corps;

       (b) she had attended the launch of the pilot of the Shopmobility scheme. The
       Mayor stated that it had been a true partnership - but gave special thanks to Smita
       Shah for her hard work on the project;

       (c) she had attended the Melton Times New Year‟s Honours and took much
       pleasure in giving awards to people from the `voluntary & community sector,
       acknowledging their hard work, kindness and achievements;

       (d) she had visited the Oasis Family Centre to learn about the valuable work that
       was being done there, particularly with teenage parents, helping them with their
       parenting skills but also helping them back into education;

       (e) she had attended the AGM of Leicester University and complimented the
       centre, stating that it was a centre of excellence and of advanced research and
       was the place where genetic fingerprinting was discovered, which was a truly
       momentous discovery that impacted worldwide;

       (f) there had been the arrival of Polish colleagues from the Council in Sochaczew
       who had been dismantling the redundant Recycling Sorting Line at Lake Terrace
       for taking to Poland. The Mayor explained that this had been a „win win‟ situation
       because it would have cost Melton Borough Council about £5,500 to dismantle
       and dispose of the redundant plant;

       (g) she wished to thank members of staff and to Councillors who had contributed
       books, comics and magazines. The Mayor explained that they would be
       forwarded to the schools in Grodek, which the Mayor, Councillors Posnett and
       Waltham visited last summer;

       (h) she had represented the Council at the Holocaust Centre near Newark and
       was moved to speak with a survivor who had been a young child in a Nazi camp;

       (i) the Mayor‟s Appeal had received more donations and stood at nearly
       £18,000.00 with more money in the pipeline. Any donations for the auction to be
       held on 6 May would be very welcome, eg. antiques, collectables or just saleable
       items.

       (Councillor M.R. Sheldon entered the meeting during the preceding item.)


479.   QUESTIONS BY THE PUBLIC

       There were no questions received.


480.   PETITIONS

       There were no petitions received.




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481. RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES

       Rural, Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee: 25 January 2006:
       Minute 440/05 – Review of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policies

       The Council was requested to approve the transfer from the Head of Legal and
       Administrative Services to the Head of Environmental Services, all those licensing
       delegations that were previously held by the post of the Committee and Licensing
       Officer and the Constitution be amended accordingly.

       RESOLVED that the transfer from the Head of Legal and Administrative Services
       to the Head of Environmental Services, all those licensing delegations that were
       previously held by the post of the Committee and Licensing Officer be approved
       and the Constitution be amended accordingly.


482.   QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS

       In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10.1, Members had the opportunity to
       ask questions of Chairmen of Committees relating to items/reports at the following
       Committees

               Community and Social Affairs Committee            11 January 2006
               Standards Committee                               12 January 2006
               Town Area Committee                               17 January 2006
               Overview and Scrutiny Committee                   17 January 2006
               Policy, Finance and Administration Committee      18 January 2006
               Rural, Economic & Environmental Affairs           25 January 2006
               Development Committee                             31 January 2006

       Rural, Economic & Environmental Affairs : 25 January 2006
       Minute 445 : Waste Management – Costs for Chargeable Household Waste

       Councillor D.R. Wright asked if the Chairman was aware that a letter had been
       circulated to Village Halls, Community Centres etc. requesting payment for a
       waste collection service. Councillor Wright asked how they would be charged if
       they were going to be paying in advance and if a contract would need to be in
       place.

       Councillor J.B. Rhodes noted that the charges for villages had been a major
       change, but these organisations had not been consulted prior to this change.

       The Chairman responded that he was not aware that the letter had been sent and
       would review the contents and report back to Members at the next Rural,
       Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee.


483. SETTING OF COUNCIL TAXES 2006/07

       The Head of Financial Services

       (a) submitted a report, reference CO33/05 on the setting of the Council Taxes for
       2006/07 together with a copy of the Budget Book for 2006/07 (copies of which
       were circulated at the meeting);

       (b) reported that the Leicestershire County Council had set its Council Tax on the
       previous evening and now that this information had been received, the Council
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would be able to publish its Council Tax figures for 2006/07 as resolved by the
Council below.

RESOLVED that

(1) the calculations for the year 2006/07 in accordance with regulations set out in
    the Local Government Finance Act 1992 be noted;

(2) the Council had calculated the following amounts for the year 2006-07 in
    accordance with the regulations made under Section 33(5) of the Local
    Government Finance Act 1992:-

   (a) £18,060.63 being the amount calculated by the Council, in accordance
   with regulation 3 of the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base)
   Regulations 1992, as its Council Tax base for the year;

   (b)      Part of the Council's Area                                Band D
                                                         Equivalent Properties
              Parish of:
              Ab Kettleby                                                231.23
              Asfordby                                                 1,053.64
              Belvoir                                                    134.15
              Bottesford                                               1,387.45
              Broughton and Old Dalby                                    537.40
              Buckminster                                                147.90
              Burton and Great Dalby                                     438.26
              Clawson, Hose and Harby                                  1,001.07
              Croxton Kerrial                                            225.03
              Eaton                                                      302.62
              Freeby                                                     127.10
              Frisby                                                     256.75
              Gaddesby                                                   342.82
              Garthorpe                                                   40.50
              Grimston                                                   127.20
              Hoby with Rotherby                                         266.30
              Kirby Bellars                                              143.41
              Knossington and Cold Overton                               155.93
              Redmile                                                    389.45
              Scalford                                                   247.09
              Somerby                                                    369.48
              Sproxton (Sproxton and Saltby)                             166.41
              Sproxton (Stonesby and Bescaby)                             74.51
              Stathern                                                   280.81
              Twyford and Thorpe                                         284.37
              Waltham                                                    434.20
              Wymondham                                                  261.22
              Area of:
              Former Urban District of Melton Mowbray                  8,634.33

          being the amounts calculated by the Council, in accordance with
          regulation 6 of the Regulations, as the amounts of its council tax base for
          the year for dwellings in those parts of its area to which one or more
          special items relate.

(3) the following amounts are calculated by the Council for the year 2006/07 in
    accordance with Sections 32 to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act
    1992:-

    (a)    £22,409,015    being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council
                          estimates for the items set out in Section 32(2)(a) to (e) of the
                          Act




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(b)    £15,752,671   being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council
                     estimates for the items set out in Section 32(3)(a) to (c) of the
                     Act
(c)    £6,656,344    being the amount by which the aggregate at 3(a) above
                     exceeds the aggregate at 3.2(b) above, calculated by the
                     Council, in accordance with Section 32(4) of the Act, as its
                     budget requirement for the year

(d)    £3,521,780    being the aggregate of the sums which the Council estimates
                     will be payable for the year into its general fund in respect of
                     redistributed non-domestic rates and revenue support grant,
                     reduced by the amount of any sum which the Council
                     estimates will be transferred in the year from its general fund
                     to its collection fund in accordance with Section 97(4) of the
                     Local Government Finance Act 1988 (Council Tax Deficit)

(e)    £173.56       being the amount at 3.2(c) above less the amount at 3.2(d)
                     above, all divided by the amount at 3.1(a) above, calculated by
                     the Council, in accordance with Section 33(1) of the Act, as
                     the basic amount of its council tax for the year

(f)    £766,164      being the aggregate amount of all special items referred to in
                     Section 34(1) of the Act

(g)    £131.14       being the amount at 3.2(e) above less the result given by
                     dividing the amount at 3.2(f) above by the amount at 3.1(a)
                     above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section
                     34(2) of the Act, as the basic amount of its council tax for the
                     year for dwellings in those parts of its area to which no special
                     items relate

 (h)   Part of the Council's Area
        Parish of:                                                 £
        Ab Kettleby                                               148.44
        Asfordby                                                  199.44
        Belvoir                                                   175.64
        Bottesford                                                160.03
        Broughton and Old Dalby                                   162.67
        Buckminster                                               158.19
        Burton and Great Dalby                                    172.21
        Clawson, Hose and Harby                                   165.21
        Croxton Kerrial                                           150.03
        Eaton                                                     157.58
        Freeby                                                    140.97
        Frisby                                                    170.09
        Gaddesby                                                  167.60
        Garthorpe                                                 143.49
        Grimston                                                  162.59
        Hoby with Rotherby                                        158.93
        Kirby Bellars                                             176.46
        Knossington and Cold Overton                              179.24
        Redmile                                                   153.64
        Scalford                                                  191.85
        Somerby                                                   192.63
        Sproxton (Sproxton and Saltby)                            142.55
        Sproxton (Stonesby and Bescaby)                           164.84
        Stathern                                                  157.85
        Twyford and Thorpe                                        148.72
        Waltham                                                   192.45
        Wymondham                                                 174.78
        Area of:
        Former Urban District of Melton Mowbray                   177.92


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        being the amounts given by adding to the amount at 3.2(g) above the
        amounts of the special item or items relating to dwellings in those parts of
        the Council's area mentioned above divided in each case by the amount at
        3.1(b) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 34(3) of
        the Act, as the basic amounts of its council tax for the year for dwellings in
        those parts of its area to which one or more special items relate.

        (i) Part of the Council's Area

                                          Valuation Band
                                          Band     Band      Band     Band     Band     Band     Band       Band
                                            A        B         C        D        E        F        G          H
Parish of:                                  £        £         £        £        £        £        £          £
Ab Kettleby                                98.95   115.44    131.93   148.44   181.42   214.40   247.39     296.88
Asfordby                                  132.95   155.11    177.27   199.44   243.75   288.07   332.39     398.88
Belvoir                                   117.08   136.60    156.11   175.64   214.66   253.69   292.72     351.28
Bottesford                                106.68   124.46    142.24   160.03   195.59   231.15   266.71     320.06
Broughton and Old Dalby                   108.43   126.50    144.58   162.67   198.82   234.96   271.11     325.34
Buckminster                               105.45   123.02    140.60   158.19   193.34   228.49   263.64     316.38
Burton and Dalby                          114.80   133.93    153.06   172.21   210.47   248.74   287.01     344.42
Clawson, Hose and Harby                   110.13   128.48    146.84   165.21   201.92   238.63   275.34     330.42
Croxton Kerrial                           100.01   116.68    133.35   150.03   183.36   216.70   250.04     300.06
Eaton                                     105.04   122.55    140.06   157.58   192.59   227.61   262.62     315.16
Freeby                                     93.97   109.63    125.29   140.97   172.29   203.61   234.94     281.94
Frisby                                    124.67   145.45    166.24   187.03   228.58   270.15   311.70     374.06
Gaddesby                                   11.72   130.34    148.96   167.60   204.84   242.08   279.32     335.20
Garthorpe                                  95.65   111.59    127.53   143.49   175.37   207.25   239.14     286.98
Grimston                                  108.38   126.45    144.51   162.59   198.71   234.84   270.97     325.18
Hoby with Rotherby                        105.94   123.60    141.26   158.93   194.24   229.56   264.87     317.86
Kirby Bellars                             117.63   137.23    156.84   176.46   215.67   254.88   294.09     352.92
Knossington and Cold Overton              119.48   139.40    159.31   179.24   219.06   258.89   298.72     358.48
Redmile                                   102.42   119.49    136.56   153.64   187.78   221.92   256.06     307.28
Scalford                                  127.89   149.20    170.52   191.85   234.48   277.11   319.74     383.70
Somerby                                   128.41   149.81    171.21   192.63   235.43   278.23   321.04     385.26
Sproxton (Sproxton and Saltby)             95.02   110.86    126.70   142.55   174.22   205.90   237.57     285.10
Sproxton (Stonesby and Bescaby)           109.88   128.19    146.51   164.84   201.46   238.10   274.72     329.68
Stathern                                  105.22   122.76    140.30   157.85   192.92   228.00   263.07     315.70
Twyford and Thorpe                         99.14   115.66    132.18   148.72   181.76   214.81   247.86     297.44
Waltham                                   128.29   149.67    171.05   192.45   235.21   277.97   320.74     384.90
Wymondham                                 116.51   135.93    155.35   174.78   213.61   252.45   291.29     349.56

Area of:
Former Urban District of Melton Mowbray   118.60   138.37    158.14   177.92   217.45   256.99   296.52     355.84


        being the amounts given by multiplying the amounts at 3.2(g) and 3.2(h)
        above by the number which, in the proportion set out in Section 5(1) of the
        Act, is applicable to dwellings listed in a particular valuation band divided by
        the number which in that proportion is applicable to dwellings listed in
        valuation band D, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section
        36(1) of the Act, as the amounts to be taken into account for the year in
        respect of categories of dwellings listed in different valuation bands.

(4) it be noted that for the year 2006-07 the major precepting authorities have
    stated the following amounts in precepts issued to the Council, in accordance
    with Section 40 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, for each of the
    categories of dwellings shown below:-

      Precepting Authority                               Valuation Band
                                                             A          B               C                 D
                                                             £          £               £                 £
      Leicestershire County Council                          620.31     723.70          827.08            930.47
      Leicestershire Police Authority                         88.22     102.92          117.63            132.33
      Combined Fire Authority                                 30.15      35.18           40.20             45.23




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                                                                  E             F                G             H
                                                                  £             £                £             £
                Leicestershire County Council                   1,137.24      1,344.01         1,550.78      1,860.94
                Leicestershire Police Authority                   161.74        191.14           220.55        264.66
                Combined Fire Authority                            55.28         65.33            75.38         90.46

          (5) having calculated the aggregate in each case of the amounts at 3.2(i) and 3.3
              above, the Council, in accordance with Section 30(2) of the Local Government
              Finance Act 1992, hereby sets the following amounts as the amounts of
              council tax for the year 2006-07 for each of the categories of dwellings shown
              below: -

               Part of the Council's Area
                                         Band      Band        Band       Band       Band         Band        Band       Band
                                           A         B           C          D          E            F           G          H
       Parish of                           £         £           £          £          £            £           £          £
       Ab Kettleby                       837.63     977.24    1,116.84   1,256.47   1,535.68     1,814.88    2,094.10   2,512.94
       Asfordby                          871.63   1,016.91    1,162.18   1,307.47   1,598.01     1,888.55    2,179.10   2,614.94
       Belvoir                           855.76     998.40    1,141.02   1,283.67   1,568.92     1,854.17    2,139.43   2,567.34
       Bottesford                        845.36     986.26    1,127.15   1,268.06   1,549.85     1,831.63    2,113.42   2,536.12
       Broughton and Old Dalby           847.11     988.30    1,129.49   1,270.70   1,553.08     1,835.44    2,117.82   2,541.40
       Buckminster                       844.13     984.82    1,125.51   1,266.22   1,547.60     1,828.97    2,110.35   2,532.44
       Burton and Dalby                  853.48     995.73    1,137.97   1,280.24   1,564.73     1,849.22    2,133.72   2,560.48
       Clawson, Hose and Harby           848.81     990.28    1,131.75   1,273.24   1,556.18     1,839.11    2,122.05   2,546.48
       Croxton Kerrial                   838.69     978.48    1,118.26   1,258.06   1,537.62     1,817.18    2,096.75   2,516.12
       Eaton                             843.72     984.35    1,124.97   1,265.61   1,546.85     1,828.09    2,109.33   2,531.22
       Freeby                            832.65     971.43    1,110.20   1,249.00   1,526.55     1,804.09    2,081.65   2,498.00
       Frisby                            863.35   1,007.25    1,151.15   1,295.06   1,582.84     1,870.63    2,158.41   2,590.12
       Gaddesby                          850.40     992.14    1,133.87   1,275.63   1,559.10     1,842.56    2,126.03   2,551.26
       Garthorpe                         834.33     973.39    1,112.44   1,251.52   1,529.63     1,807.73    2,085.85   2,503.04
       Grimston                          847.06     988.25    1,129.42   1,270.62   1,552.97     1,835.32    2,117.68   2,541.24
       Hoby with Rotherby                844.62     985.40    1,126.17   1,266.96   1,548.50     1,830.04    2,111.58   2,533.92
       Kirby Bellars                     856.31     999.03    1,141.75   1,284.49   1,569.93     1,855.36    2,140.80   2,568.98
       Knossington & Cold Overton        858.16   1,001.20    1,144.22   1,287.27   1,573.32     1,859.37    2,145.43   2,574.54
       Redmile                           841.10     981.29    1,121.47   1,261.67   1,542.04     1,822.40    2,102.77   2,523.34
       Scalford                          866.57   1,011.00    1,155.43   1,299.88   1,588.74     1,877.59    2,166.45   2,599.76
       Somerby                           867.09   1,011.61    1,156.12   1,300.66   1,589.69     1,878.71    2,167.75   2,601.32
       Sproxton (Sproxton and Saltby)    833.70     972.66    1,111.61   1,250.58   1,528.48     1,806.38    2,084.28   2,501.16
       Sproxton (Stonesby and Bescaby)   848.56     989.99    1,131.42   1,272.87   1,555.72     1,838.58    2,121.43   2,545.74
       Stathern                          843.90     984.56    1,125.21   1,265.88   1,547.18     1,828.48    2,109.78   2,531.76
       Twyford and Thorpe                837.82     977.46    1,117.09   1,256.75   1,536.02     1,815.29    2,094.57   2,513.50
       Waltham                           866.97   1,011.47    1,155.96   1,300.48   1,589.47     1,878.45    2,167.45   2,600.96
       Wymondham                         855.19     997.73    1,140.26   1,282.81   1,567.87     1,852.93    2,138.00   2,565.62

       Area of:
       Former Urban district of Melton   857.28   1,000.17    1,143.05   1,285.95   1,571.71     1,857.47    2,143.23   2,571.90
       Mowbray



484.      CONCESSIONARY TRAVEL

          The Heads of Financial Services and Social and Economic Development
          submitted a report, reference CO34/05 (copies of which had previously been
          circulated to Members) which

          (a) sought approval of a new concessionary travel scheme to operate from 1
          April 2006;

          (b) advised that concessionary travel was a district council responsibility and all
          government support was allocated to district councils through the revenue support
          grant. It was estimated that of the above £350 million, approximately £2.5 million
          has been awarded to Leicestershire districts of which approximately £160,000 has
          been awarded to Melton in the provisional revenue support grant settlement for
          2006/07;

          (c) stated that over the past few months Leicestershire councils have been
          working together to determine the scheme that was to operate from April 2006.
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       Discussions had been focused on a scheme that provided free travel for in-district
       journeys and half fare travel for journeys that cross district boundaries.

       Members were in favour of the joint working between District Councils on this
       scheme.

       RESOLVED that

       (1) a concessionary travel scheme that provides free travel for journeys that fall
          entirely within the district boundary and retain the features of the existing half
          fare travel scheme for cross boundary journeys be approved;

       (2) half fare travel for pre 9.30 a.m. journeys continue be provided;

       (3) contract procedure rules be waived to enable the use of a single supplier;

       (4) delegated authority be given to the Chief Executive to work with partners to
          establish a joint committee to deal with all aspects of the scheme as
          appropriate.


485.   PERFORMANCE INDICATORS BASKET: Q3 2005/06

       The Chief Executive submitted a paper, reference CO35/05 (copies of which had
       been previously been circulated to Members) on behalf of the Head of Policy and
       Performance, which showed a basket of key indicators that gave an indication of
       the performance of the Council as a whole.

       Councillor C.O Chapman objected to the term “non-decent Local Authority
       Dwellings” of BVPI18a. The Mayor explained that “non-decent Local Authority
       Dwellings” was part of Government terminology, which could not be altered.

       Councillor Orson congratulated the Officers on the report‟s easy to understand
       format. Councillor Wilson noted the good result for waste management, but
       stated her concern that if more garden waste were to be collected, then the
       Council would be penalised. The Council accepted this was an anomaly.

       The Chief Executive concluded that the four negative performance indicator
       results were changeable, as we had not reached the year-end. The Chief
       Executive commented that the sickness levels in Melton Borough Council were
       not a major concern, and only two members of staff had been on long-term
       sickness leave and this had impacted on the results.

       RESOLVED that the report be noted.


486.   LEICESTERSHIRE LOCAL AREA AGREEMENT

       The Chief Executive submitted a report, reference CO36/05 (copies of which had
       been previously been circulated to Members) on behalf of the Head of Policy and
       Performance, which

       (a) updated the Council on the submission of the Penultimate Draft Leicestershire
       Local Area Agreement;

       (b) gave the Council the opportunity to support the Agreement;


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       (c) stated that the Local Area Agreement (LAA) initiative formed part of the 10
       year strategy on the future for local government produced by the Office of the
       Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). The aim of Local Area Agreements was to:
          encourage informed discussion between local and central government, based
           on a shared understanding of national and local priorities
          improve local performance, by allowing a more flexible use of resources and
           devolving responsibility so that local partners can meet local needs
          enhance efficiency and reduce bureaucracy by simplifying the funding streams
           from Government going into an area
          help local partners to join up service delivery and enhance community
           leadership

       Councillor P.J Swain asked for clarity on „deprived super output areas‟ in Melton
       and specifically related to the Craven Ward.                The Senior Community
       Regeneration Officer explained that „super output areas‟ were to measure
       deprivation levels in a defined area that was smaller than ward level.       The
       Corporate Director – Community Support agreed to contact the Councillor
       following the meeting specifically on issues relating to the Craven Ward.

       RESOLVED that the report be noted.


487.   WELLAND SHARED SERVICES – INTERNAL AUDIT

       The Chief Executive submitted a report, reference C037/05 (copies of which had
       previously been circulated to Members) on behalf of the Head of Policy and
       Performance, which sought approval for the implementation of a shared Internal
       Audit Service in accordance with the business case developed through the shared
       services project.

       RESOLVED that

       (1) proposals for a Shared Internal Audit service as set out in the report be
           approved;

       (2) the Chief Executive be authorised to agree with the partner Councils the detail
           of the arrangement, with a view to achieving implementation by 1 April 2006,
           subject to the overall cost being no higher than the proposed budget for
           2006/07.


488.   LOCAL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP : SHAPING THEIR FUTURE

       The Head of Social and Economic Development submitted a report, reference
       C038/05 (copies of which had previously been circulated to Members) which
       provided an opportunity for the Council to note the ODPM consultation paper titled
       „Local Strategic Partnerships - Shaping their Future‟ and sought comments on the
       Council‟s draft responses provided in the report.

       The Leader proposed that a change to question number one be made on the
       Council‟s response as the Local Strategic Partnerships would not be answerable
       and should not be about developing vision. The Head of Social and Economic
       Development agreed to amend the response as appropriate.




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       Councillor R.H. Umbers requested that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee
       should consider any action plans and an annual audit of achievements. The
       Mayor agreed with this view.

       The Chief Executive stated that the Policy, Finance and Administration Committee
       should receive a report on the activity of the Partnership which could be subject to
       later scrutiny.      The Chief Executive concluded that the Local Strategic
       Partnership work would be more action orientated and this would add value to the
       work of the Council.

       RESOLVED that subject to the amendment at question 1, the answers form the
       Council‟s formal response to the ODPM.


       The Mayor, in exercising her statutory powers, s agreed that the following item be
       considered as a matter of urgency, due to the information becoming available
       following the despatch of the agenda.


489.   CALENDAR OF MEETINGS 2006/07

       The Head of Legal and Administrative Services submitted a proposed Calendar of
       Meetings for 2006/07 (copies of which were circulated to Members at the
       meeting).

       Councillor Wilson stated that the Town Area Committee was not included in the
       Calendar of Meetings for 2006/07.

       The Leader responded that this matter had been considered by the Constitution
       Review Task Group and it was proposed that the Town Area Committee would
       convene as a working group in future and make recommendations on special
       expenses relating to the town to the Policy, Finance and Administration
       Committee.

       Councillor Swain asked why there were only two Overview and Scrutiny
       Committee meetings. Councillor R. Holt explained that much of the scrutiny work
       would focus around workshops and these would meet monthly.

       RESOLVED that the Calendar of Meetings 2006/07 be adopted.


       (Due to their membership of the Development Committee, Councillors R.F.
       Moore-Coltman, P.M. Posnett, P.J. Swain, D Tempest, R.H. Umbers and R.
       Waltham here left the meeting.)


       EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC

       RESOLVED that the Public be excluded during the consideration of the
       following items of business in accordance with Section 100(A) of the Local
       Government Act 1972 (Exempt Information) Paragraphs 8 and 1
       respectively.


490.   MELTON HUB PROJECT

       The Head of Social and Economic Development submitted a report, reference
       C039/05 (copies of which were circulated to Members at the meeting) which
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(a) sought approval to agree to Melton Borough Council managing building works
on the Sports Hall, Craven Lodge to create a „Learning Hub‟ facility;

(b) advised that this innovative multi-agency facility was designed to engage
young people, which might once have been permanently excluded.                   By
developing their skills for work, the capacity to sustain relationships and to live
fulfilling lives, would reduce expulsions and anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Wilson queried the timescales involved. The Head of Social and
Economic Development responded that the timeframes involved were stipulated
as part of grant restrictions, the plans had been drawn up and they could move
quickly after a decision had been made.

The Senior Community Regeneration Officer stated that proposal would be placed
before the Development Committee to seek agreement to lower the windows of
the building.
The Senior Community Regeneration Officer highlighted that The Hub would have
a positive impact on young people in the local area, and they would have the
chance to take up vocational subjects that would in turn help to reduce the skills
shortage within the Borough. The Senior Community Regeneration Officer also
added that young people would be given a choice between academic or
vocational subjects.

The Mayor explained to the Committee that the facility could be used in the
evenings to offer a broad range of subjects for young people, helping to build
relationships and improve parenting skills through practical activities.

Councillor B. Smith commented on the refreshing speed, energy and enthusiasm
for the project, and urged the Council to proceed with confidence.

Members generally supported the proposal and congratulated the Officers on the
project.

Councillor M.R Sheldon asked about funding for the project and the need to have
contingency funds in place. The Corporate Director - Resources and Corporate
Support responded that she was confident that the project would come in at under
the budget.

RESOLVED that

(1)   delegated authority be given to the Head of Social and Economic
      Development, in consultation with the Head of Financial Services to manage
      the Capital Works Contract at the Melton Learning Hub (Craven Lodge
      Sports Hall, Burton Road, Melton Mowbray);

(2)   Melton Borough Council would act as the accountable body and manage the
      grant of £217,800 allocated for all Capital Works to refurbish the existing
      building;

(3)   Forms A and B be approved;

(4)   Contract Procedure Rules for the award of the contract to ensure the works
      were completed by 31 March 2006 be waived.


(Councillors R.F. Moore-Coltman, P.M. Posnett, P.J. Swain, D Tempest, R.H.
Umbers and R. Waltham here re-entered the meeting.)
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491.   FIT FOR PURPOSE

       The Chief Executive submitted a report, reference CO40/05 (copies of which had
       previously been circulated to Members) which proposed changes to the Council‟s
       Officer Structure to respond to changes in Council and National priorities and
       approach as well as ensured capacity was identified to move forward in key areas
       of activity.

       RESOLVED that the recommendations, as submitted in the report, be approved.

       The meeting closed at 9:00 p.m.


                                                                                Mayor




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