Agenda and draft minutes

Annual Meeting, Council - Thursday 16th May, 2024 6.30 pm

Venue: Town Hall, Bootle

Contact: Debbie Campbell  Democratic Services Manager

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Mayor for 2024/25

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Atkinson, seconded by Councillor Moncur and unanimously

 

RESOLVED:

 

That June Burns, a Councillor of the Borough, be elected Mayor of the Borough for the ensuing Municipal Year and until the acceptance of office by her successor.

 

 

                     Councillor June Burns took the Chair

                               at this point in the meeting

 

2.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Byrom, Fairclough, McGinnity, McKee and Tweed.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest

Members are requested at a meeting where a disclosable pecuniary interest or personal interest arises, which is not already included in their Register of Members' Interests, todeclare any interests that relate to an item on the agenda.

 

Where a Member discloses a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest, he/she must withdraw from the meeting room, including from the public gallery, during the whole consideration of any item of business in which he/she has an interest, except where he/she is permitted to remain as a result of a grant of a dispensation.

 

Where a Member discloses a personal interest he/she must seek advice from the Monitoring Officer or staff member representing the Monitoring Officer to determine whether the Member should withdraw from the meeting room, including from the public gallery, during the whole consideration of any item of business in which he/she has an interest or whether the Member can remain in the meeting or remain in the meeting and vote on the relevant decision.

 

Minutes:

No declarations of any disclosable pecuniary interests or personal interests were received.

 

4.

Election of Deputy Chair for 2024/25

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Atkinson, seconded by Councillor Moncur and unanimously

 

RESOLVED:

 

That

 

Clare Louise Carragher, a Councillor of the Borough, be elected Deputy Chair of the Borough for the ensuing Municipal Year and until the acceptance of office by her successor.

 

5.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 488 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 18 April 2024

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That subject to the following amendment, the Minutes of the Council meeting held on18 April 2024 be approved as a correct record:

 

·       the inclusion of Councillor. McGinnity’s name to the list of those present who voted for the substantive motion under Minute No. 118 - Motion Submitted by Councillor Carlin - Support for calling for a Ceasefire in Palestine and Israel.

 

6.

Mayor's Communications

Minutes:

Election of New Councillors

 

The Mayor congratulated all of the Councillors who were re-elected to office following the Local Government Elections held on 2 May 2024, and extended a warm welcome to the ten new Councillors elected to office, namely:

 

·       Karen Cavanagh

·       Neil Doolin

·       Sam Hinde

·       Joe Johnson

·       Dominic McNabb

·       Dave Neary

·       Chloe Parker

·       Maria Porter

·       Mike Sammon; and

·       Joanne Williams”

 

Councillors Not Re-Elected

 

The Mayor also placed on record, the gratitude of the Council to Paul Cummins and Joe Riley, the two former Councillors, who were not re-elected to office, for their dedicated service to the Borough of Sefton over a period of 28 years for Paul Cummins and a period of 3 years for Joe Riley.

 

Mayoral Events

 

The Mayor reported that the total raised at the Mayor’s Charity Ball was £6,310.00 and extended thanks to everyone who attended, as it was an enjoyable evening. The Mayor had three dates for diaries, as set out below, and further details on the events would be released in due course:

 

Saturday, 19 October 2024 – Charity Cabaret Night at St William of York;

Saturday, 25 January 2025 – Charity Burns Night; and

Saturday, 26 April 2025 – the Mayor’s Gala Ball for 2025 at Formby Hall.

 

Euro 2024 Charity Sweepstake

 

The Mayor reported that she had launched the Euro 2024 Charity Sweepstake. The cost was £10.00 per team, with £80.00 for the winner, £30.00 for the runner up, £10.00 for most goals scored (which included penalty shootouts) and £10.00 for most goals conceded.

 

Office of Mayor 2024/25

 

The Mayor announced that as a traditional installation ceremony was not being held this year, due to her continuing into another term of office, she wished to take the opportunity to recognise what an honour it was to make history as the only Councillor to be made Mayor of Sefton four times. The Mayor thanked the Leader of the Council for putting her trust in her for another 12 months.

 

Pride of Sefton Awards

 

The Mayor reported that the awards were organised jointly between Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group and Stand Up For Southport in association with In Demand Radio. At the Awards evening held on 26 April 2024 at the Grand Hotel in Southport, the Mayor was invited to present the Diversity and Inclusion Award, this award being sponsored by Sefton Council. The three finalists for the Award were Councillor Jen Corcoran for the first Pride march in Southport last year; John Doran for enabling disabled children to participate in football (he was the winner); and Victoria Lawton who offered support to men affected by domestic abuse at Sefton Women and Children’s Aid (SWACA), which continued to be the Mayor’s charity.

 

7.

Election Results - 2 May 2024 pdf icon PDF 186 KB

To receive and note the report of the Chief Executive and Returning Officer on the results of the Council Elections held on 2 May 2024

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Chief Executive and Returning Officer on the results of the Council Elections held on 2 May 2024.

 

It was moved by Councillor Grace, seconded by Councillor Moncur and

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the report be noted.

 

8.

Leader of the Council

To note that in accordance with the provisions in Paragraph 4 of Chapter 5 in the Council Constitution, the Council, at its meeting held on 18 January 2024 appointed Councillor Atkinson as Leader of the Council for the remainder of a period of four years until the Adjourned Annual Council Meeting in May 2027, or until such time as her term of office expires.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Lappin, seconded by Councillor Moncur and

 

RESOLVED:

 

That it be noted that in accordance with the provisions in Paragraph 4 of Chapter 5 in the Council Constitution, the Council, at its meeting held on 18 January 2024, appointed Councillor Atkinson as Leader of the Council for the remainder of a period of four years until the Adjourned Annual Council Meeting in May 2027, or until such time as her term of office expires.

 

9.

Cabinet and Deputy Leader of the Council pdf icon PDF 182 KB

Report of the Leader of the Council to be published prior to the meeting

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Leader of the Council on the membership of the Cabinet.

 

It was moved by Councillor Atkinson, seconded by Councillor Grace and

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)      it be noted that Councillors Moncur and Lappin have been appointed as the Deputy Leaders of the Council for the remainder of a four-year term of office until the Adjourned Annual Council meeting in May 2027 or until such time as their terms of office expire; and

 

(2)      it be noted that the Cabinet comprising of the Members indicated below will hold office until the Leader’s term of office expires, unless removed by the Leader or for any of the reasons set out in Paragraph 4 (a) to (c) of Chapter 5 in the Constitution:

 

Cabinet (9)

 

Portfolio

Member

Leader of the Council

Councillor Atkinson

Cabinet Member – Adult Social Care and Health and Deputy Leader

Councillor Moncur

Cabinet Member - Children Schools and Families

Councillor Roscoe

Cabinet Member - Cleansing and Street Scene

Councillor Harvey

Cabinet Member - Communities and Partnership Engagement

Councillor Dowd

Cabinet Member - Corporate Services

 

Councillor Howard

Cabinet Member - Public Health and Wellbeing

Councillor Doyle

Cabinet Member - Housing and Highways

Councillor Veidman

Cabinet Member – Regeneration and Skills and Deputy Leader

Councillor Lappin

 

 

10.

Appointment of Committees and Sub-Committee 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 260 KB

Report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer to be published prior to the meeting

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer which provided details of the allocation of Committee Places in accordance with the Political Balance Rules and the proposed Membership of the Committees and Working Groups for 2024/25. The report also sought approval to the terms of reference for Committees and Sub-Committees, as set out in chapters 6 and 7 of the Council’s Constitution.

 

It was moved by Councillor Atkinson, seconded by Councillor Lappin and

 

RESOLVED: That:

 

(1)      the allocation of Committee Places be noted; and

 

(2)      the Members, Chairs and Vice Chairs for the Committees and Sub-Committees set out below be appointed for a maximum period of twelve months until the Adjourned Annual Council Meeting to be held in May 2025, subject to any changes political groups may make to memberships of Committees at meetings of the Council;

 

 

(A)      OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEES

 

 

OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ADULT SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH) (10)

 

(Plus 2 Associate Members)

 

(Lab 8 / Lib Dem 2 / Con 0 / Ind 0 / Green Party 0)

 

 

Member

Substitute

 

 

 

1.

Chair: Cllr. Lunn-Bates

Cllr. Richards

2.

Vice-Chair: Cllr. Myers

Cllr. Roche

3.

Cllr. Desmond

Cllr. Tweed

4.

Cllr. Grace

Cllr. Webster

5.

Cllr. Hart

Cllr. McGinnity

6. 

Cllr. Hinde

Cllr. Danny Burns

7. 

Cllr. Lloyd-Johnson

Cllr. Brodie-Browne

8. 

Cllr. McKee

Cllr. Sonya Kelly

9. 

Cllr. Neary

Cllr. Chris Page

10.

Cllr. Pugh

Cllr. Brodie-Browne

 

Associate Members:

(Non-voting Co-opted Members)         Mr. Brian Clark and Mrs. Diane Blair (Nominated by Healthwatch, Sefton)

 

OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (CHILDREN’S SERVICES AND SAFEGUARDING) (10)

 

(Plus 4 Education Added Members and 3 Associate Members)

 

(Lab 8 / Lib Dem 1 / Con 1 / Ind 0 / Green Party 0)

 

 

Member

Substitute

 

 

 

 

 

1.

Chair: Cllr. Hardman

Cllr. Myers

 

2.

Vice-Chair: Danny Burns

Cllr. Corcoran

 

3.

Cllr. Evans

Cllr. Pugh

 

4.

Cllr. Harrison Kelly

Cllr. Williams

 

5.

Cllr. Chris Page

Cllr. Hart

 

6.

Cllr. Parker

Cllr. McGinnity

 

7.

Cllr. Porter

Cllr. Hinde

 

8.

Cllr. Prendergast

Cllr. Brough

 

9.

Cllr. Richards

Cllr. Johnson

 

10.

Cllr. Spring

Cllr. John Kelly

 

Education Added Members:

(Voting Co-opted Members)

Church Diocesan Representatives:

Ms. Michelle Ravey (Archdiocesan

Representative) and

Mr. Stuart Harrison (Diocesan Representative)

 

Parent Governor Representatives:

Ms. Cheryl Swainbank - 2-year appointment until November 2024

Gemma Armer – 2-year appointment until June 2025

 

Associate Members:

(Non-voting Co-opted Members)

Mrs. Sandra Cain

 

Ms. Karen Christie and Maurice Byrne (Nominated by Healthwatch, Sefton)

 

CHILDREN’S SERVICES AND SAFEGUARDING PARENTS/CARERS SUB-COMMITTEE (5) (newly established)

 

(Lab 4 / Lib Dem .1 / Con .0 / Ind 0 / Green Party 0)

 

 

 

Member

Substitute

 

 

 

1.

Chair: Cllr Hardman

Cllr. Catie Page

2.

Vice-Chair: Cllr. Danny Burns

Cllr. Corcoran

3.

Cllr. Evans

Cllr. Pugh

4.

Cllr. Chris Page

Cllr. Spring

5.

Cllr. Richards

Cllr. Harrison Kelly

 

OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (REGENERATION AND SKILLS) (10)

 

(Lab 8 / Lib Dem 1 / Con 1 / Ind 0 / Green Party 0)

 

 

Member

Substitute

 

 

 

1.

Chair: Cllr. Hart

Cllr. Murphy

2.

Vice-Chair: Cllr. Corcoran

Cllr. Neary

3.

Cllr. Cavanagh

Cllr. Williams  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.

11.

Appointment of Representatives on the Merseyside Joint Authority Bodies 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 184 KB

Details of the proposed representation on the Merseyside Joint Authority bodies for 2024/25 to be published prior to the meeting.

Minutes:

The Council considered a schedule of the proposed representation on the Merseyside Joint Authority Bodies for 2024/25.

 

It was moved by Councillor Atkinson, seconded by Councillor Moncur and

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the following Members be appointed to serve on the following Joint Authority Bodies in 2024/25:

 

Joint Authority

Representatives

 

 

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Leader of the Council (Councillor Atkinson) Substitute Member(s) – Deputy Leaders of the Council (Councillors Moncur or Lappin)

 

 

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Councillors Desmond (Lab), Hart (Lab) (Scrutiny Link) and Hinde (Lab)

 

 

 

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee

 

Councillors Danny Burns (Lab), Carragher (Lab), Corcoran (Lab) and Dodd (Lib Dem)

 

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority

Councillors Byrom (Lab), Grace (Lab), Thompson (Lib Dem) and Tweed (Lab)

 

 

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority

 

Councillors Sonya Kelly (Lab) and Catie Page (Lab)

 

Merseyside Police and Crime Panel

(Nominations only – The appointments are agreed on a Pan-Merseyside basis)

Councillors Hinde (Lab) and McNabb (Lab)

 

 

 

 

 

12.

Review of the Operation and Terms of Reference of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Children’s Services and Safeguarding) pdf icon PDF 320 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Corporate Resources and Customer Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Executive Director of Corporate Resources and Customer Services which presented the findings following a review of the Committee’s Terms of Reference.

 

The main proposals arising from the review were:

 

·       Revised, streamlined Terms of Reference for the Committee which encompassed the main focus areas for the Committee.

 

·       A two-year term of office for Co-Opted Members of the Committee, together with attendance conditions of office.

 

·       The establishment of a Children’s Services and Safeguarding Parents/Carers Sub-Committee.

 

·       The introduction of a Public Question Time at the commencement of the Committee.

 

It was moved by Councillor Roscoe, seconded by Councillor Atkinson and

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)          changes to membership of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Children’s Services and Safeguarding) in regard to co-opted members, together with the proposed Terms of Reference for the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Children’s Services and Safeguarding), as set out at Appendix 2, be approved;

 

(2)           the proposal to establish a Children’s Services and Safeguarding Parents/Carers Sub-Committee, as set out at Appendix 3, be approved;

 

(3)          a Public Question Time period for the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Children’s Services and Safeguarding), as set out at Appendix 4, be approved;

 

(4)          the Council’s Constitution be amended by the inclusion of Appendices 2, 3 and 4 of the report; and

 

(5)          the proposals be reviewed in twelve months’ time.

 

13.

Protocol for Joint Health Scrutiny Arrangements for Cheshire and Merseyside pdf icon PDF 233 KB

Report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer requesting approval of the revised protocol for Joint Health Scrutiny Arrangements for Cheshire and Merseyside. The revised Protocol for the Establishment of Joint Health Scrutiny Arrangements in Cheshire and Merseyside was attached to the report.

 

It was moved by Councillor Moncur, seconded by Councillor Atkinson and

 

RESOLVED

 

That the revised Protocol for Joint Health Scrutiny Arrangements for Cheshire and Merseyside, as attached to the report, be approved.

 

14.

Dates of Council Meetings 2024/25

To note that the Council meetings scheduled to be held during the Municipal Year 2024/25 are as follows:

 

·       11 July 2024

·       12 September 2024

·       14 November 2024

·       16 January 2025

·       27 February 2025 (Budget Meeting)

·       24 April 2025

 

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Atkinson, seconded by Councillor Lappin and

 

RESOLVED:

 

That it be noted that the Council meetings scheduled to be held during the Municipal Year 2024/25 are as follows:

 

·       11 July 2024

·       12 September 2024

·       14 November 2024

·       16 January 2025

·       27 February 2025 (Budget Meeting)

·       24 April 2025