Macclesfield Town Council
Full Council Minutes 18th March 2019
Minutes of the meeting of Macclesfield Town Council held 18th March 2019 at 7pm at Macclesfield Town Hall.
- Cllr Philip Bolton
- Cllr Gareth Jones
- Cllr Adam Schofield
- Cllr Ainsley Arnold
- Cllr Matthew Sharrocks
- Cllr Alift Harewood MBE
- Cllr Liz Durham
- Cllr Martin Hardy
- Cllr Neil Puttick
- Cllr Beverley Dooley
1. Apologies for Absence
- Cllr Janet Jackson MBE
- Cllr Chris Andrew
2. Declarations of Interest
The meeting was adjourned for public comments and questions.
There were none
The meeting was reconvened.
3. Minutes of the Meeting of Full Council 4th February 2019
RESOLVED: The minutes were approved as a true record of the meeting
4. Minutes of the Planning Committee
4.1 Minutes of the Planning Committee 8/2/19
4.2 Draft Minutes of the Planning Committee 22/2/19
The minutes and draft minutes were noted
5. Community Service Delivery
5.1 Macclesfield Local Policing Unit (LPU)
The meeting was addressed by Sgt Simpson of the Macclesfield LPU. He introduced 5 young people who had been involved in vandalism to town centre planters. The young people apologised for their actions and involvement.
Members asked for reasons and motivation and also gave some guidance regarding learning from this experience.
The young people were thanked for coming to apologise, the parents were thanked for encouraging their children to attend and take responsibility and Sgt Simpson was thanked for his work in this instance of restorative justice.
Sgt Simpson continued with an update of the work of the LPU highlighting the value of assets funded by the council (Bikes, TruCam, educational kits and Operation Shield). Sgt Simpson also updated the meeting on current operations associated with ASB and county lines.
Sgt Simpson was thanked for his contribution to the meeting.
5.2 Disability Information Bureau (DIB)
The meeting was addressed by Laura Smith, the Chief Executive of the Disability Information Bureau. Ms Smith updated the council on the work of the Fundraising Co-ordinator (funded by this council to support ongoing financial sustainability of DIB).
The post holder has, in 6 months exceeded the target income (to achieve cost neutral in year 1) of £17,000 to achiev around £30,000 in additional income for the organisation.
Ms Smith also updated members on the progress relating to the Changing Places facility, which was previously agreed to be funded in principle by the council, that the group was successful in its New Homes Bonus bid and that the group now delivers aspects of the New Leaf employability project.
Ms Smith was thanked for her contribution to the meeting and information.
At this point of the meeting the Mayor invited any members wishing to say a few words regarding the work of the council over the past 4 years.
Councillors expressed their thanks to all members for their commitment and co-operation over the term of this council.
Cllr Durham expressed that she was grateful for the new friends she had made at the council, that all the members had helped each other and that is was great that the council had worked as a team. Cllr Durham also expressed thanks to the Civic Officer as well as the other office staff.
Cllr Jones supported these comments and also expressed that the council had made the town a better place through the projects and work it has initiated. Cllr Jones expressed thanks to his fellow councillors.
Cllr Sharrocks wished to echo and support the comments of his fellow members and expressed that he has learnt a lot in the past 4 years and thanked his fellow members for their help and support.
Cllr Harewood stated that she has enjoyed the work of the town council and was thankful for the new friends she has made and glad that she has been part of the council. Cllr Harewood expressed thanks to the civic officer and for the friendship and help of her fellow members.
Members responded in agreement and thanks.
The submitted proposal was noted
7. Spend to Date
RESOLVED: That the spend to date of £42,165.20 and reconciliation is approved
8. Draft Meeting Schedule 2019/20
The submitted proposal was noted
9. Planning Policy
The update was noted
10. Member Items
12. Date, Time and Place of Next Meeting
The date of the next meeting of Macclesfield Town Council is the Annual General Meeting at 7pm, 13th May 2019, at Macclesfield Town Hall.
Meeting closed at 7.41pm
Chair Cllr Adam Schofield
Clerk Pete Turner