Full Council - Thursday, 18th July, 2024 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre

Contact: Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

1.

Presentation from Holme Farm

2.

Mayor's Announcements

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To confirm and sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 15 May 2024.

4.

Apologies for Absence

5.

Declarations of Interest

If Members have an interest in an item, please complete a member interest form and email it to Democratic.Services@runnymede.gov.uk by 5pm on the day of the meeting. Members are advised to contact the Corporate Head of Law and Governance prior to the meeting if they wish to seek advice on a potential interest.

6.

Speaking or Questions from Members of the Public under Standing Order 12

a) From David Curran to the Co-Leaders of the Council

 

“I would like to ask if there is any truth in a rumour going around about the building of flats/housing in Kingthorpe Gardens. As one of the neighbourhood watch coordinators for Burleigh Road I have been requested by other residents to enquire about this rumour.

 

The land now known as Kingthorpe Gardens was donated to the people of Addlestone for all to enjoy. The council are custodians of this land and there is a covenant preventing any building on this land. Many years ago a public library was built at the top of the park on Church Road. At that time this was deemed as acceptable as this was for the good of the people.

 

Are the council intending to use this land or any part of the park including the old library for residential property?”

 

b) From Clive Husselbury to the Co-Leaders of the Council

 

“Since the study by Lord Mawson et al 3 years ago we have not heard about any progress on this project. I understand there has been much conversation between Council and North West Surrey Alliance regarding the development of the site known as Addlestone 2. I'd like to ask what the latest situation is and when dialogue can be opened up with the GP partners at Crouch Oak Family Practice. Please note that the building with the clinicians' rooms is leased through NHS Property Services and the tall building alongside is owned by the GP partners. At a meeting at the end of June, one of the partners and the practice manager indicated that they have never been approached directly about this matter. Addressing the issue of space would reduce pressure not just on COFP but the whole of COCO PCN which also includes Chertsey Health Centre and Ottershaw Surgery.”

7.

Petitions

To receive any petitions from members of the Council under Standing Order 19.

8.

Questions from Members of the Council under Standing Order 13

a) From Councillor Peter Snow to Councillor Linda Gillham – Co-Leader of the Council

 

"My question goes to Cllr Linda Gilham and refers to a three-quarter page article dated the 7 June 2024 on page 14 of the Surrey Advertiser.

 

The article refers to the success of the Royal Holloway University and its increasing number of students. The report highlights the loss of residential accommodation something we are all aware of.

 

Bearing in mind the RHUL is a major employer and contributor to the wealth of this great borough does she agree with me that councillors from her RIR Group would do better to assist in tackling the problem instead of taking sides and inflaming the situation. Demonising one side against the other is not the way to proceed and brings all of us associated with RBC into disrepute.

 

What direct action will Cllr Gilham take within her group to ensure this does not reoccur?"

 

b) From Councillor Chris Howorth to Councillor Robert King – Co-Leader of the Council

 

“Would Cllr King and his co-leaders, join with me in congratulating Dr Ben Spencer and Jack Rankin on their election to Parliament to represent, respectively, the Runnymede and Weybridge, and Windsor, parliamentary constituencies which cover the Runnymede Borough Council area and commit to working, constructively, with Dr Spencer and Mr Rankin in the interests of Runnymede residents?”

 

c) From Councillor Tom Gracey to Councillor Don Whyte – Co-Leader of the Council

 

“Is the RBC Co-Leadership team committed to ensuring any new development must be delivered alongside improvements to infrastructure, and retaining community voice in planning decisions?”

 

d) From Councillor Mark Nuti to the Co-Leaders of the Council

 

“At the 2024 Borough elections the public had their democratic say at the ballot box voting for their preferred candidate of choice. The candidates promoted themselves as a member of a specific political group and their literature told the public what their party would do if elected and how this would benefit them as residents.

 

In the case of the independents / resident groups they suggested that residents should ignore political groups and vote for councillors that could make decisions that would not be influenced by party politics.

 

Could each of the four co-leaders explain to me how their political allegiance (or in the case of the independent / residents’ groups, no political allegiance) will impact / be reflected in the strategic direction and decision-making process of this council?”

9.

Recommendations from Committees

9a

Consent streets in the borough - recommendation from Environment and Sustainability Committee

The report associated with this item was circulated to all members with the agenda for the 6 June 2024 Environment and Sustainability Committee.

 

The Committee was advised that there was currently just one consent street in the borough where street traders could apply to sell street food and products, which was in a small section of the Broadway, New Haw.

 

For six years the Council did not receive a single application to trade and then received two in relatively quick succession, which were considered by this Committee in September 2023 and March 2024, both of which were refused.

 

It was apparent that during the consultation process for those applications that the vast majority of forms of street trading at The Broadway would trigger objections by those consulted, particularly the police, the highways authority, and local councillors.

 

Consequently, there was very little value in the Council operating a consent street where any application was highly likely to be turned down.  The Committee was therefore asked to approve the beginning of the process to remove The Broadway as a consent street.  This would require both Environment and Sustainability Committee and Full Council to approve the commencement of the consultation process, and subject to the results of the consultation, would also require Environment and Sustainability Committee and Full Council to pass the resolution to remove The Broadway as a consent street.

 

The Committee welcomed the move to get The Broadway, New Haw removed as a consent street and fully supported the proposal.

 

Resolved that:

 

The Environment and Sustainability Committee recommends to seek full Council approval to proceed with public consultation to re-designate The Broadway, New Haw from a consent street to a prohibited street.

9b

The Treatment of War Pensions in the Calculation of Housing Benefit - recommendation from Corporate Management Committee

The report associated with this item was circulated to all members with the agenda for the 20 June 2024 Corporate Management Committee.

 

The Committee was fully supportive of the proposal contained within the officer’s report.

 

It was resolved that the Council be recommended to fully disregard war pensions income when calculating entitlement to Housing Benefit (in accordance with the arrangements set out in paragraph 5.4 of the officer’s report).

9c

Overview and Scrutiny Function - Annual Report 2023/24 - Recommendation from Overview and Scrutiny Select Committee

The report associated with this item was circulated to all members with the agenda for the 10 July 2024 Overview and Scrutiny Select Committee.

 

A recommendation from the Committee will follow after its meeting.

9d

Developer Contributory Advisory Group - recommendation from Corporate Management Committee

The report associated with this item was circulated to all members with the agenda for the 11 July 2024 Corporate Management Committee.

 

A recommendation from the Committee will follow after its meeting.

9e

Review of Certain Special Responsibility Allowances Provided Under the Members' Allowances Scheme - recommendation from Corporate Management Committee

The report associated with this item was circulated to all members with the agenda for the 11 July 2024 Corporate Management Committee.

 

A recommendation from the Committee will follow after its meeting.

10.

Notices of Motion from Members of the Council under Standing Order 15

To receive and consider any notices of motion from members of the Council under Standing Order 15.

 

a) From Councillor Jaz Mavi

 

Motivation:

 

This motion is being brought forward to raise awareness about cardiac risk in young people (18 - 35 years old) with a view to taking steps to address the risk.

 

This Council notes:

 

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) describes the unexpected death of an individual due to a cardiac cause where the death occurs soon after symptoms start (within one hour) or they are found dead having had no symptoms 24-hours previously.

 

In young individuals SCD can be caused by a range of cardiac conditions, including cardiomyopathy, channelopathies, and coronary artery disease. The risk of SCD varies by condition, as does the diagnostic process and treatment strategies.

 

Every week in the UK, 12 people apparently fit and healthy, aged 35 and under – die from a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

 

The intention of screening for SCD is to detect an underlying cardiac condition, which, through the initiation of early treatment, reduces the likelihood of sudden cardiac death.

 

This Council resolves to ask the Community Services Committee to consider the feasibility of the following proposals:

 

1)    Working in partnership with the health service and voluntary sector partners in North Surrey to raise awareness of the risk of undiagnosed heart conditions and the steps that can be taken by people to address this risk.

 

2)    Promoting and facilitating access to cardiac screening programmes, particularly for young people and those with a family history of heart conditions, as well as educational workshops and resources.

11.

Minority Group Priority Business

No minority group priority business has been registered under Standing Order 23.

12.

Press and Public to be Excluded by Resolution

To consider any items so resolved at the meeting.