Meeting Minutes 6 August 2020
MINUTES of the virtual Extraordinary Parish Council meeting held on THURSDAY 6th AUGUST, 2020 at 6.00pm via Zoom.
Cllrs D. Barlow (Chair) (MDC), A. Burgin (Vice-Chair) (MDC), L, Husband, M, Fowler and L. Davis.
Amanda Cooper (Clerk)
1/0608. RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Age Concern - Cllr. L. Davis.
Association of Labour Councillors - Cllrs A. Wetton, L. Husband and A. Burgin.
Big Warsop Partnership - Cllr A. Burgin.
Birklands School Board of Governors - Cllr G. Simpson.
Finance & General-Purpose Working Party - Cllrs A. Burgin, D. Barlow, W. Williamson-Cooper, R. Butler & L. Davis.
Friends of the Earth - Cllrs R. Butler and K. Hardy.
Friends of the Carrs - Cllrs J. Kerr, W. Williamson-Cooper & A. Burgin.
Friends of Warsop Vale - Cllr A. Burgin.
Let Warsop Speak - Cllrs D. Barlow, K. Hardy & R. Butler.
Liberal Democrats Party Member - Cllr K. Hardy.
MDC Tenants Association - Cllr W. Williamson-Cooper.
Meden Vale Colts FC - Cllr A. Wetton.
School Board of Governors (Eastlands & Netherfield) - Cllr G. Simpson.
Sports 4 kidz - Cllr G. Simpson.
Staffing Working Party - Cllrs A. Burgin, D. Barlow, K. Hardy & W. Williamson-Cooper.
The Rotary Club - Cllr G. Simpson & W. Williamson-Cooper.
Town Hall Room Hire (Sports 4 kidz) - Cllr G. Simpson.
Warsop Athletic FC - Cllr Mark Fowler.
Warsop Carnival - Cllr W. Williamson-Cooper.
Warsop Youth Club - Cllr G. Simpson.
Cllrs R. Butler, K. Hardy and G. Simpson.
Cllr A. Wetton.
4/0608. TO DISCUSS THE DEVOLUTION REPORT FROM NALC
Cllrs discussed the information in the devolution consultation report in great depth and tried to answer the 3 questions raised by NALC –
- Mayoral Combined Authority/combined authority: ‘devolution deals’ and economic planning over a functional economic area;
- Local authority: local services and place-making (social care; prevention and troubled families; regeneration and housing); &
- Town/parish councils and communities: ‘onward devolution’ direct to people and places, by strengthening community rights and role in community assets and public realm (e.g. parks, footpaths, community centres, toilets).
The main points raised were funding without increasing the Parish Precept and needing more clarity on assets that would be transferred. With only 3 employees currently, the council would require a vast amount of training and more staff in order to handle the services being transferred. There were questions on Parish Councillors needing to be more involved and potentially a paid role rather than voluntary.
RESOLVED: All Cllrs voted by the roll call system. It was unanimously agreed to accept the financial regulation policies.
4/0608. TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - 16th March 2020.
All Cllrs read through the March minutes. No comments were received.
RESOLVED: It was unanimously agreed to submit comments against the devolution report.
Warsop Parish Council are concerned about the devolution report, some of the wording used within it and what this could mean to the structure of local government. The Parish Council can’t respond to all the questions that have been asked until the subject of funding has been clarified. Warsop Parish Council used to be an Urban District Council and many Warsop Parish residents may like to see us providing these services again, however a commitment to funding needs to be explicit and considered a top priority when asking Parish Council’s about their future.
Context & proposals
Question 1 - Warsop Parish Council are strongly against a Mayoral Combined Authority/combined authority.
Question 3 – There needs to be more clarity on the community assets and public realm. Here are a few of the questions that are not clear from the information provided and need answering before any further consideration can be given.
What else does this include other than the parks, footpaths, community centres and toilets?
Who would assess the condition of these assets at hand over?
Would work be done to bring the facilities up to an exceptional standard before being handed over?
Who would be responsible for doing these works?
What happens with the staff that currently deliver these services?
Would there be a TUPE transfer of these staff to the Parish Council?
On the face of the information provided, these suggestions do not seem feasible. We would require further discussions, information and answers to these initial questions that this consultation has raised which could possibly then prompt further questions.
Most importantly on how these changes would be financed without the costs being passed on to the residents of Warsop Parish through an increase in the precept as we categorically feel this would not be affordable to the residents of our Parish, after all these services are already funded from the Council Tax our residents pay. All options would need to be explored in great depth to find the best possible solution available.
05/0608. CLOSE MEETING
The Chair closed the meeting.