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					                              COUNCIL MEETING


                            THURSDAY, 27TH JANUARY, 2005
  At a meeting of the Council of the Borough of Hyndburn in the County of Lancashire, duly convened
  and held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Accrington

  THE MAYOR CLLR PARKINSON                                                         C
  THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL CLLR BRITCLIFFE                                       
  JOINT DEPUTY LEADERS OF THE COUNCIL CLLR DOBSON AND                             
  CLLR ROBERTS                                                                    

Barton P.J.                Dunston Mrs              Kazi                          Rahman               
Barton Mrs. P.             Frankland Miss           Lockwood Mrs.                Scaife Mrs           
Battle Mrs.                Griffiths                Mason                        Shiel                
Broadley                   Haworth Mrs.             Myles                        Storey Mrs.
Clarke                     Hayes D.                 O’Kane                       Walmsley             
Dad                         Hayes Mrs. S.K.          Ormerod                      Wilson Mrs.          
Dawson                     Jackson Miss             Parkins                      1 Vacancy
Dickinson                  Jones                    Pritchard          
                                                                     - Denotes Present, C - Denotes in the Chair




           APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
  586       Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Dad, Kazi and Mrs. Storey.



            THE LATE MRS JUNE BUTLER, MR. CLIFFORD WESTELL AND
            MR. DEREK SCAIFE
  587       The Mayor referred to the recent deaths of Councillor Mrs. June Butler, Mr. Clifford Westell,
            a former Mayor, Councillor and Honorary Alderman of the Borough and Mr. Derek Scaife,
            husband of Councillor Mrs. Ann Scaife. Those present stood in silence for a period of one
            minute as a mark of respect.


            DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
  588       Councillors Dawson, Hayes, Mrs. Hayes and Parkins each declared a personal interest in
            minute 465 of the Joint Meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees (The Stage One
            Notice to Tenants Regarding Housing Stock Transfer - The “Offer Document”). Councillors
            Dawson, Hayes, Mrs. Hayes and Parkins declared that their interests arose due to them
            residing in Council properties.




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      Councillors Mrs. Battle, Britcliffe and Dobson each declared a personal interest in minute
      495 of Cabinet (Update on Housing Stock Transfer: Progress Report and Report on Structure
      of the New Registered Social Landlord (RSL). Councillors Mrs. Battle and Britcliffe
      declared that their interests arose due to them being members of the Shadow Board of the
      RSL. Councillor Dobson declared that his interest arose due to him being the Chair of the
      Shadow Board of the RSL.
      Councillor Mrs. Battle and Miss Jackson each declared a personal interest in minute 493 of
      Cabinet (Hyndburn Neighbourhood Renewal Fund 2004-6). Councillor Mrs. Battle declared
      that her interest arose due to her being a Director of Hyndburn FIRST Limited. Councillor
      Miss Jackson declared that her interest arose due to her being a member of the Hyndburn
      FIRST Limited Board.
      Councillor Griffiths declared a prejudicial interest in minute 481 of Cabinet (Capital
      Expenditure Budget Report). Councillor Griffiths declared that his interest arose due to him
      being the Chair of the Baxenden Youth Action Group, which would benefit from capital
      resources to be allocated. Councillor Griffiths left the meeting during consideration of the
      item and therefore took no part in the discussion or disposal of the item.
      Councillor Paul Barton declared a prejudicial interest in minute 559 of Peel and Barnfield
      Area Council (Matters Arising - Landlord’s Accreditation Scheme). Councillor Barton
      declared that his interest arose due to him being a landlord. Councillor Barton left the
      meeting during consideration of the item and therefore took no part in the discussion or
      disposal of the item.
      Councillor Jones declared a prejudicial interest in minute 560 of Peel and Barnfield Area
      Council (Local Issues - Arden Hall). Councillor Jones declared that his interest arose due to
      him being a member of the Friends of Arden Hall Committee. Councillor Jones left the
      meeting during consideration of the item and therefore took no part in the discussion or
      disposal of the item.


      CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
589   The minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 13th December, 2004 were submitted.

      Resolved               - That the minutes be approved as part of the proceedings of the
                               Council.



      ORDER OF BUSINESS
590   Councillor Mrs. Battle requested that the order of business for the meeting be varied and that
      item 14 of the agenda (relating to Opposition Debate) be brought forward for discussion. In
      accordance with the Council’s Procedure Rule 2.2, the Mayor agreed that the item be debated
      after the discussion on the item relating to Council Tax Base for 2005/2006.



      COMMUNICATIONS
591   Councillor Mrs. Battle, the Leader of the Council and Councillor Dawson paid tribute to the
      late Councillor Mrs. June Butler and the late Mr. Clifford Westell and expressed their
      condolences to Councillor Mrs. Scaife on the death of her husband.




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      LEADER’S QUESTION TIME
592   Questions were tabled on the following issues and responses were given by the Leader of the
      Council:-
       What progress had been made in relation to the proposed sale of the Accrington Market
        Hall? (Councillor Mrs Battle)
       When and how often would the Council’s website be updated? (Councillor Mrs. Battle)
       Would the Leader include Labour Group Members in the consultation process carried out
        in relation to the development of the Broadway and Market Area, Accrington and would
        the Leader give consideration to the results of a project being carried out by Councillor
        Jones on the development of the Market and Town Centre, Accrington? (Councillor Mrs.
        Battle)
       Could the Leader give an assurance that the 2005/2006 Council Tax would not rise by
        15% or more, as heard by residents in Great Harwood? (Councillor Mrs. Wilson)
       What action was to be taken in relation to a petition received from the elderly residents of
        Willow Close, Clayton-le-Moors concerning collection of recycled rubbish? (Councillor
        Myles)
        (The petition was handed to the Portfolio Holder for Environment and Cleansing at the
        conclusion of the meeting).
       Could the Leader comment on the success of the East Lancs ePartnership in being
        nominated for a prestigious award? (Councillor Griffiths)
       What did the Leader feel about the local media newspaper headlines referring to
        Councillors as slaves? (Councillor Pritchard)



      REPORT OF URGENT KEY DECISIONS TAKEN BY THE EXECUTIVE
593   The Leader of the Council submitted a report notifying the Council of key decisions taken by
      the Cabinet from October 2004 to January 2005, as follows:-
       Outline Housing Market Renewal Programme Timetable and Proposals for 2005/06
        (Cabinet - 20th October, 2004)
       Neighbourhood Management in West Accrington, Church and Clayton-le-Moors
        (Cabinet - 20th October, 2004)
       Local Development Scheme (Cabinet - 19th January, 2005)
       Local Transport Plan Submission 2006 to 2010 (Cabinet - 19th January, 2005)
      The Access to Information Procedure Rule (D 16 -Special Urgency) required that authority to
      take a key decision not included in the Forward Plan must be given by the Chair of the
      relevant Overview and Scrutiny Committee or the Mayor in his/her absence. The Leader of
      the Council must submit quarterly reports to Council on executive decisions taken in such
      circumstances (Procedure Rule D 17.3).

      Resolved               - That the report be noted.




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      NOMINATION TO LANCASHIRE POLICE AUTHORITY PARTNERSHIPS FORUM
      (FORMERLY LOCAL CONSULTATION COMMITTEE)
594   A report seeking a nomination from the Council to the Lancashire Police Authority
      Partnerships Forum (formerly Local Consultation Committee) was submitted.

      Resolved               - That Councillor D. Hayes be nominated to serve as the
                               Council’s representative on the Lancashire Police Authority
                               Partnerships Forum.



      COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE: HOMELESSNESS IN HYNDBURN
595   Following the transfer of responsibility for the Public Housing and Homelessness Portfolio to
      Councillor Clarke, Council was asked to approve his appointment to the Homeless in
      Hyndburn Group in place of Councillor Dobson.

      Resolved               - That the appointment of Councillor Clarke to the Homeless in
                               Hyndburn Group in place of Councillor Dobson, be approved.



      COUNCIL TAX BASE FOR 2005/2006
596   A report relating to the Council Tax Base for 2005/2006 was submitted and, in accordance
      with Section 35 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, the Council was requested to
      determine the Tax Base. This would allow the authority to notify precepting bodies (the
      County Council and Police Authority) by 31st January of the Council Tax Base for precepting
      purposes. It was proposed that the Tax Base for 2005/2006 be 23,684.

      Resolved               - That the report be approved and in accordance with the Local
                               Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) Regulations 1992 the
                               amount calculated by the Council as its Council Tax Base for
                               the financial year 2005/2006 shall be 23,684.



      OPPOSITION DEBATE
597   In accordance with the Constitution, the Leader of the Opposition gave a ten minute
      presentation relating to the work and funding of the Neighbourhood Wardens Scheme (due
      notice of the presentation and the subject under debate had been given to the Managing
      Director in advance of the meeting). The Leader of the Opposition submitted a copy of the
      presentation.
      The Leader of the Opposition and Councillors Mrs. Pam Barton, Mrs. Dunston, Jones and
      Myles spoke in support of the continuation of the Neighbourhood Wardens Scheme. The
      Leader of the Council and Councillor Hayes spoke in relation to efforts made and ongoing
      discussions in an attempt to fund the continuation of the Scheme.

      (Note:- The above item was considered in accordance with Section 100B(4) Local
      Government Act 1972 and the relevant special circumstances for urgent consideration were
      the need to consider during this cycle of meetings).




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      AREA COUNCIL ANNUAL REPORTS 2003/04

      BAXENDEN AREA COUNCIL
598   The Annual Report of the Baxenden Area Council for 2003/04 was submitted.

      Resolved              - That the Annual Report be received and noted.

      CHURCH AREA COUNCIL
599   The Annual Report of the Church Area Council for 2003/04 was submitted.

      Resolved              - That the Annual Report be received and noted.

      CLAYTON AND ALTHAM AREA COUNCIL
600   That the Annual Report of the Clayton and Altham Area Council for 2003/04 was submitted.

      Resolved              - That the Annual Report be received and noted.



      APPROVAL OF COMMITTEE MINUTES

      AREA COUNCILS PANEL
601   The minutes of the Area Councils Panel held on 22nd November, 2004 were submitted.

      Resolved              - That these minutes be received and noted.

      JOINT MEETING OF OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEES
602   The minutes of the Joint Meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees held on 1st
      December, 2004 were submitted.

      Resolved              - That these minutes be received and noted.



      PLANNING COMMITTEE
603   The minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 8 th December, 2004 were
      submitted.

      Resolved              - That these minutes be received and noted.



      JUDICIAL COMMITTEE (OTHER LICENCES & ENFORCEMENT)
604   The minutes of the meeting of the Judicial Committee (Other Licences & Enforcement) held
      on 20th December, 2004 were submitted.

      Resolved              - That these minutes be received and noted.




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      PLANNING COMMITTEE
605   The minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 5 th January, 2005 were
      submitted.

      Resolved               - That these minutes be received and noted.


      APPROVAL OF AREA COUNCIL MINUTES
      BAXENDEN AREA COUNCIL
606   The minutes of the meeting of the Baxenden Area Council held on 14th September, 2004 were
      submitted.

      Resolved               - That these minutes be received and noted.


      OSWALDTWISTLE AREA COUNCIL
607   The minutes of the meeting of the Oswaldtwistle Area Council held on 28 th September, 2004
      were submitted.

      Resolved               - That these minutes be received and noted.


      PEEL & BARNFIELD AREA COUNCIL
608   The minutes of the meeting of the Peel and Barnfield Area Council held on 5 th October, 2004
      were submitted.

      Resolved               - That these minutes be received and noted.


      CENTRAL & SPRINGHILL AREA COUNCIL
609   The minutes of the meeting of the Central and Springhill Area Council held on 7 th October,
      2004 were submitted.

      Resolved               - That these minutes be received and noted.


      GREAT HARWOOD AREA COUNCIL
610   The minutes of a meeting of the Great Harwood Area Council held on 19th October, 2004
      were submitted.

      Resolved               - That these minutes be received and noted.


      RECEIPT OF CABINET MINUTES
611   The minutes of a meeting of the Cabinet held on 8th December, 2004 were submitted.

      Resolved               - That these minutes be received and noted.




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      NOMINATIONS TO FILL VACANCIES ARISING FROM THE DEATH OF
      COUNCILLOR MRS JUNE BUTLER
      APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR OF THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN WORKING GROUP
      APPOINTMENT OF REPLACEMENT REPRESENTATIVE ON EAST LANCASHIRE
      INTO EMPLOYMENT
612   A report relating to the vacancies arising on Committees, etc., of the Council due to the
      recent death of Councillor Mrs. June Butler was submitted. The Council were requested to
      appoint representatives to fill those vacancies and also to approve the appointment of
      Councillor Griffiths as Chair of the Development Plan Working Group in place of Councillor
      Dobson.
      The Leader of the Opposition Group also requested the Council to approve the appointment
      of Councillor Dawson as the Council’s representative on the outside body East Lancashire
      into Employment in place of Councillor Myles.

      Resolved            (1) That the nomination to fill the vacancies created by the death
                              of Councillor Mrs. Butler, as set out below, be approved:-
                              Area Councils Panel           -       Councillor Mrs. Scaife
                              Hyndburn Bus Forum
                                 (Chair)                    -       Councillor Walmsley
                              Markets Board (Chair)         -       Councillor Mrs. Haworth
                              Sustainable Communities
                              Overview and Scrutiny
                              Committee
                                 (Chair)                    -       Councillor Mrs. Haworth
                                 (Vacancy arising out of
                                  appointment of Chair)     -       Councillor Paul Barton
                              Planning Committee            -       Councillor Walmsley
                              Rishton Area Council
                                 (Chair)                    -       Vacancy
                              Scrutiny Management
                              Forum                         -       Councillor Mrs. Haworth
                              Standards Committee
                                 (Vice-Chair)               -       Councillor
                                                                    Miss Frankland
                              Whinney Hill Landfill Site
                              Working Group                 -       Councillor Walmsley

                          (2) That Councillor Griffiths be appointed Chair of the
                              Development Plan Working Group in place of Councillor
                              Dobson; and,

                          (3) That Councillor Dawson be appointed as the Council’s
                              representative on the outside body East Lancashire into
                              Employment in place of Councillor Myles.


      (Note:- The above item was considered in accordance with Section 100B(4) Local
      Government Act 1972 and the relevant special circumstances for urgent consideration were
      the need to consider during this cycle of meetings).




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