Agenda

Council - Thursday 2nd December 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Great Hall, The Guildhall, St Giles Street, Northampton, NN1 1DE

Contact: Democratic Services  Email: democraticservices@westnorthants.gov.uk

Note: Please use the following link to view the meeting from 6pm: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDyc2cNcl19OvcGOCuZDTBQ 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

 

3.

Minutes of Council pdf icon PDF 289 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 23rd September 2021.

 

4.

Chair's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chair of the Council.

 

5.

Public Participation

(1)  Receipt of Petitions (if any) from Local Government Electors for the District

 

(2)  Questions (if any) from the Public

 

6.

Written Questions

To receive any written questions and answers which have been submitted with advance notice in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.2.

 

Questions of which prior notice have been given may be asked of the Chair, Leader, Portfolio Holder or the Chair of a Committee.

7.

Cabinet Reports and Record of Decisions Taken by the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 146 KB

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Items of Business

8.

Northampton City Status Bid pdf icon PDF 572 KB

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9.

Personal Safety for Councillors pdf icon PDF 764 KB

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10.

Review of WNC Constitution pdf icon PDF 795 KB

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11.

Annual Report of the Pensions Committee pdf icon PDF 686 KB

12.

Annual Report of the local Pensions Board pdf icon PDF 594 KB

13.

Annual Report of the Corporate Parenting Board pdf icon PDF 552 KB

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14.

Horton Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 683 KB

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15.

Approval of the Local Council Tax reduction Scheme 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 560 KB

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16.

Updated West Northamptonshire Council Pay Policy Statement pdf icon PDF 668 KB

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17.

Middleton Cheney Parish Council: Order under section 91(1) of the Local Government Act 1972 pdf icon PDF 543 KB

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18.

Director of Children's Services Recruitment and Interim Arrangements pdf icon PDF 796 KB

19.

Motions

To debate any motions which have been submitted with advance notice, in accordance with the Council’s Procedure Rules.

 

Motion 1

 

Proposed by: Cllr Julie Davenport

Seconded by: Cllr Dennis Meredith

 

This council understands the huge negative impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on local businesses and in particular the Town Centre retail and hospitality sectors.

 

West Northamptonshire Council aims to continue to support its local businesses.  Our residents and council ask the executive to investigate continuing the free car parking periods that are due to start on 20th November 2021 past the proposed 1st January 2022 end date. This will be for car parking in all council owned car parks. This Council will continue looking at other initiatives to improve and stimulate our town centres.

 

 

Motion 2

 

Proposed by: Cllr Michael Brown

Seconded by: Cllr Sam Rumens

 

This Council agrees, in principle, with the creation of a new Dual Carriageway / Grade Separated Northern Orbital Road around the north of Northampton to reduce pollution and traffic through the town, especially residential areas, whilst supporting and safeguarding jobs, and providing infrastructure for future growth.

 

 

Motion 3

 

Proposed by: Cllr Rosie Humphreys

Seconded by: Cllr Jonathan Harris

 

West Northamptonshire Council notes:

·       West Northamptonshire and North Northamptonshire Councils have around £59 million invested in fossil fuels via the Local Government Pension Scheme.[1]

·       The United Nations Paris 2015 Agreement commits our governments to keep the global temperature increase to under 2ºC and aim for 1.5ºC. Carbon budgets produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), United Nations and the International Energy Agency show that preventing two degrees of warming relies on not burning 60-80% of all proven fossil fuels.

·       With COP26 taking place in Glasgow in November 2021, there is increased emphasis by the UK government on showing global climate leadership, especially in relation to finance. Divesting our pension fund is a clear and meaningful action that can be taken at a local government level.

·       Fossil fuel investments are financially risky as a result of both the Covid19 pandemic and the global transition to a more sustainable economic and environmental model. They are now being consistently outperformed by renewables.[2]

·       Former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney warned in December 2019 that fossil fuel investments risk becoming “stranded assets” (i.e., worthless) as investors exit the sector. He asked,"A question for every company, every financial institution, every asset manager, pension fund or insurer – what’s your plan?”

·       As continued investments in fossil fuels pose material financial risks to portfolios, funds have fiduciary duties to consider the benefits of decarbonising as part of their investment strategies. Fiduciary duty is defined by the Law Commission as “ensuring that pensions can be paid, ensuring that this is undertaken at the best possible value”.

·       Pension funds have a legal duty to treat members “fairly as between them”. That means taking seriously the longer-term interests of younger members who may well be affected more by the climate transition.

 

This Council therefore commits to:

1.     Reviewing its Investment Strategy  ...  view the full agenda text for item 19.

20.

Urgent Business (previously agreed with the Chairman)

The Chairman to advise whether they have agreed to any items of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.

21.

Exclusion of Press and Public

Should Members decide not to make a decision in public, they are recommended to resolve as follows:

 

“That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that, if the public and press were present, it would be likely that exempt information falling under the provisions of Schedule 12A, Part I, Paragraph(s) XXXXX would be disclosed to them, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”