Agenda

Venue: Council Chamber - Council Chamber

Contact: Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

1.

PRE AGENDA - SIGNING OF THE ARMED FORCES COVENANT

2.

Apologies for absence

3.

Declarations of interest

4.

Public Questions

5.

Chairman's announcement and receipt of petitions pdf icon PDF 56 KB

6.

Report of the Chief Officer for Enterprise

6a

Caldicot Leisure Centre Refurbishment and Chepstow Gym and Cafe upgrade pdf icon PDF 101 KB

Additional documents:

7.

Report of the Head of Policy and Governance

7a

Diary of Meetings 2020 - 2021 pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Additional documents:

8.

Report of the Chief Officer for Resources

8a

Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2020/2021 pdf icon PDF 103 KB

9.

Notices of Motion:

9a

Submitted by County Councillor Batrouni pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The Labour group believes inequality and poverty are major problems in Monmouthshire and the council should campaign for an Income Inequality grant.  (Supplementary evidence attached)

 

9b

Submitted by County Councillor Batrouni

That this Council is disappointed that the Tory administration decided to close Mounton House, especially without any future plan for the site as a whole or for the long-term provision of educational services for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD). Moving forward, the Council will:


1. Place restrictions on the site of Mounton House that requires any future use or redevelopment to be allowed only for educational or local community purposes in order to ensure the site is not sold for housing by the current or any future administration;

 

2. Bring forward plans in this calendar year as to the long-term plans for SEBD children in the county.

 

 

 

 

9c

Submitted by County Councillor P. Fox

This Council:

 

Notes with frustration that Monmouthshire County Council consistently receives the lowest per head funding of any local authority in Wales from the Welsh Government.

 

Recognises the significant financial pressures on local authority services, particularly in demand for social care and additional learning needs.

 

Expresses extreme disappointment that in 2020-21 Monmouthshire is set to receive the worst settlement of any council with a rise of just 3% compared to 5.4% in neighbouring authorities.

 

Calls on the Leader and Cabinet to continue to make robust representations to the Welsh Government for a funding floor to reduce inequality and commission a review of the local government funding formula, which fails to recognise the challenges of delivering services in a rural county like Monmouthshire.

 

10.

Members Questions:

10a

From County Councillor M. Groucutt to County Councillor R. John, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and MonLife

In light of the budget consultation item that schools budgets be reduced by 2.5%, what would be the direct financial impact of such a cut on the budgets of our four comprehensive schools? Has any consideration been given to the impact that this would have on standards and outcomes in these schools and the provision that they are able to offer, particularly for our most vulnerable and needy pupils?

 

10b

From County Councillor M. Groucutt to County Councillor R. Greenland, Cabinet Member for Innovation, Enterprise and Leisure

Is the cabinet member concerned at the apparent lack of consultation between officers of this council and the BBNP over the proposals submitted by the Monmouthshire Housing Authority to build on land adjacent to the Lansdown ward lying within the National Park? This proposal includes 70% affordable housing and would be adjacent to wards which already have areas of considerable social isolation and poverty. Would such a development, in an area where current roads would make the development inaccessible by public transport and commercial traffic, create an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ community that would only make worse the social problems faced by large areas in north Abergavenny? Will he confirm that the council will oppose such development should the National Park Authority proceed beyond Stage 2 with the proposal still in its developing LDP?

 

11.

To confirm the minutes of the meeting of County Council held on 24th October 2019 pdf icon PDF 129 KB