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The Council - 19 November 2012

A meeting of the Council held in the Council Chamber, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, Herts at 19:30 on 19 November 2012.

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:

To receive apologies for absence, if any.

2.

MINUTES:

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on  24 September 2012 (previously circulated).

3.

PETITIONS:

The Mayor will receive petitions (limited to the first three petitions presented).

4.

QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC:

A period of thirty minutes will be made available for questions to be put by members of the public to Members of the Cabinet on matters for which the Council has a responsibility or which affect the Borough.

5.

DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS:

To note declarations of Members' disclosable pecuniary interests, non-disclosable pecuniary interests and non-pecuniary interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

6.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

To receive any announcements from the Mayor, Leader of the Council, Members of the Cabinet or the Head of Paid Service.

7.

QUESTIONS BY MEMBERS:

For a period of up to thirty minutes, a Member of the Council who has given prior notice in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 45 may ask (a) the Mayor (b) the Leader of the Council or (c) a Member of the Cabinet a question on any matter in relation to which the Council has powers or duties or which affects the Borough.

Details of questions received in accordance with Procedure Rule 45 will be tabled at the meeting. A Member asking a question under Rule 44 may ask without giving notice one supplementary question of the Member to whom the first question was asked. The supplementary question must arise directly out of the reply.

8.

MATTERS ARISING FROM CABINET:

To consider recommendations from the meeting of the Cabinet on 6 November 2012 (circulated separately).

(a) Treasury Management Strategy and Mid-Year Report and Amendments

(b) Reduced Environmental Services and Parking Income

(c) Campus East Council Offices

(d) 1 - 3 Brickwall Cottages, Welwyn Garden City.

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(Note: As this recommendation relates to an exempt Cabinet report any discussion on this item will have to take place in the Part II Private and Confidential part of the meeting after the Press and Public have been excluded).

9.

ADOPTION OF THE WELWYN HATFIELD COUNCIL STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES UNDER THE GAMBLING ACT 2005:

Report of the Director (Governance) presenting the Council's Statement of Principles for a three year period commencing on 31 January 2013 as required by Section 349 of the Gambling Act 2005.
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The Statement of Principles was considered at the meeting of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 12 November 2012.

The Committee recommend to the Council adoption of the Statement. Any comments from the Committee's meeting will be circulated separately. Page(s) 1 to end

10.

WELWYN GARDEN CITY ESTATE MANAGEMENT PANEL:

To appoint Councillor S.Johnston to the Panel in place of Councillor M.Levitt

11.

INDEPENDENT REMUNERATION PANEL:

To appoint P.Raynsford and D.Tabraham-Palmer who were previously members of the Council's former Standards Committee to the Panel and to record thanks to the two Panel members who are standing down.

The Panel's membership is being refreshed and the new appointments will replace D.Ball and T.Mitchinson. The other member is C.Novelli who is continuing.

These new appointments comply with Government guidance that Panel members should be independent, recognised members of the local community and not political appointments.

12.

NOTICE OF MOTIONS UNDER PROCEDURE RULE 49:

To consider notices of motions submitted under Procedure Rule 49 in such order as the Mayor shall direct. Details of motions received by the deadline of 12noon on 12 November 2012 will be circulated separately.

13.

URGENT MATTERS:

To consider any matters or urgency subject to the agreement of the Mayor in accordance with Procedure Rule 13(r).

14.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC:

The Council is asked to resolve:

That under Section 100(A)(2) and (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be now excluded from the meeting for item 15 on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of confidential or exempt information as defined in Section 100A(3) and Paragraph 3 (private financial or business information) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended)

In resolving to exclude the public in respect of the exempt information, it is considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

PART II

15.

MATTERS ARISING FROM CABINET OF AN EXEMPT NATURE:

Any discussion of the recommendation from the meeting of the Cabinet on 6 November 2012 containing confidential or exempt information if required.

(a) 1 - 3 Brickwall Cottage, Welwyn Garden City

Note: Exempt papers are available to authorised persons only

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