Dumfries and Galloway Council Minutes

Date:
Thursday 5 February 2015
Time:
10.30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Ronnie Nicholson (Leader)-North West Dumfries
Ted Thompson (Depute Leader)-Lochar
Graham Bell-North West Dumfries
Ian Blake-Abbey
Richard Brodie-Annandale South
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Karen Carruthers-Annandale East and Eskdale
Finlay Carson-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Rob Davidson-Abbey
Jim H Dempster-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Iain Dick-Stranraer and North Rhins
Archie Dryburgh-Annandale East and Eskdale
Andy Ferguson-North West Dumfries
Grahame Forster-Wigtown West
Alistair Geddes-Mid Galloway
Yen Hongmei Jin-Lochar
Ivor A Hyslop-Lochar
Jeff Leaver-Lochar
Gail Macgregor-Annandale North
Jane S Maitland-Dee
Denis R Male-Annandale East and Eskdale
Sean W Marshall-Annandale South
John Martin-Nith
Tom A McAughtrie-Abbey
Jim McClung-Wigtown West
Jim McColm-Mid Galloway
David J McKie-North West Dumfries
Graham Nicol-Mid Galloway
Ronnie E Ogilvie-Annandale South
Craig Peacock-Annandale East and Eskdale
George N Prentice-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Willie Scobie-Stranraer and North Rhins
Colin Smyth-Nith
Davie Stitt-Abbey
John Syme-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Graeme Tait-Annandale North
Stephen Thompson-Annandale North
Roberta Tuckfield-Wigtown West
Alastair Witts-Nith
Andrew S Wood-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Colin Wyper-Dee
Apologies:
Brian Collins - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Peter Diggle - Annandale North
Gillian Dykes - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Patsy Gilroy - Dee
Jack Groom - Nith
Marion McCutcheon - Stranraer and North Rhins
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

40 Members present, 6 apologies

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 18 DECEMBER 2014

Decision

 

APPROVED

4 COUNCIL TAX AND COMMUNITY CHARGES: RESTRICTIONS ON VOTING - REPORT BY PROPER OFFICER

Decision

 

NOTED the provisions of Section 112 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 which removed a Member’s voting rights on Council Tax and Community Charge matters in certain specified circumstances and placed the onus of disclosure on individual Members.

5 THE BUDGET AND COUNCIL TAX 2015/16 - REPORT BY HEAD OF FINANCE

Decision

 

NOTED

 

5.1     the budget and associated council tax level for financial year 2015/16 and, on an indicative basis, for the following 2 years of the 3 year financial planning period; and

 

5,2     the Capital Programme for the 3 year period 2015/16 - 2017/18 within an indicative 10 year Capital Investment Strategy.

6 PRESENTATION OF BUDGET PROPOSALS 2015/16 - 2017/18

PROCEDURE - The Leader of the Council, on behalf of the Administration, presented the Administration Budget, which had previously been the subject of public consultation and circulated to Members (Appendix 1).
The Acting Leader of the Scottish National Party presented a budget for consideration (Appendix 2).
 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING - The meeting adjourned at 11.30am to allow Members to consider the budgets as presented. The meeting reconvened at 12.05pm with 41 Members present being:-


Ronnie Nicholson, Ted Thompson, Graham Bell, Ian Blake, Richard Brodie, Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Finlay Carson, Rob Davidson, Jim Dempster, Iain W Dick, Archie Dryburgh, Andy Ferguson, Grahame Forster, Alistair Geddes, Yen Hongmei Jin, Ivor Hyslop, Jeff Leaver, Gail MacGregor, Jane S Maitland, Denis R Male, Sean W Marshall, John Martin, Tom McAughtrie, Jim McColm, David J McKie, Jim McClung, Graham Nicol, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, George Prentice, Willie Scobie, Colin Smyth, David Stitt, John Syme, Graeme Tait, Stephen Thompson, Roberta Tuckfield, Alastair Witts, Andrew Wood, Colin Wyper.


ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING - After discussion on the budget proposals there was a further adjournment of the meeting at 12.20pm and re-convened at 12.35pm with 41 Members present being:-
Ronnie Nicholson, Ted Thompson, Graham Bell, Ian Blake, Richard Brodie, Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Finlay Carson, Rob Davidson, Jim Dempster, Iain W Dick, Archie Dryburgh, Andy Ferguson, Grahame Forster, Alistair Geddes, Yen Hongmei Jin, Ivor Hyslop, Jeff Leaver, Gail MacGregor, Jane S Maitland, Denis R Male, Sean W Marshall, John Martin, Tom McAughtrie, Jim McColm, David J McKie, Jim McClung, Graham Nicol, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, George Prentice, Willie Scobie, Colin Smyth, David Stitt, John Syme, Graeme Tait, Stephen Thompson, Roberta Tuckfield, Alastair Witts, Andrew Wood, Colin Wyper


VOTE


MOTION - The Leader of the Council, Ronnie Nicholson, on behalf of the Administration, moved the budget proposal on behalf of the Administration which made provision for no increase in Council Tax levels (Appendix 1). The proposal was formally seconded by Ted Thompson.


AMENDMENT - WILLIE SCOBIE seconded by GRAHAME FORSTER moved that the budget proposed by the administration should not incorporate the savings to the ASL, at present.


COUNTER AMENDMENT - The Acting leader of the Scottish National Party, presented and tabled an alternative budget proposal for consideration which made provision for no increase to Council Tax Levels (Appendix 2). This was formally seconded by Iain Dick


On a Vote taken between the Counter Amendment and the Amendment, Members voted as follows:-
 

Counter Amendment - 18 Votes being:-
Graham bell, Richard Brodie, Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Rob Davidson, Iain Dick, Andy Ferguson, Alistair Geddes, Yen Hongmei Jin, Jim McClung, Jim McColm, Jane S Maitland, Denis R male, George N Prentice, Stephen Thompson, Roberta Tuckfield, Alastair Witts, Andrew S Wood
 

Amendment - 2 Votes being:-


Grahame Forster, Willie Scobie
 

Abstentions - 21 being:-


Ronnie Nicholson, Ted Thompson, Ian Blake, Finlay Carson, Jim Dempster, Archie Dryburgh, Ivor Hyslop, Jeff Leaver, Tom McAughtrie, Gail MacGregor, David J Mckie, Sean W Marshall, John Martin, Grahame Nicol, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, Colin Smyth, David Stitt, John Syme, Graeme Tait, Colin Wyper
 

On a Vote taken between the Counter amendment and the Motion, Members voted as follows:-
 

Counter Amendment - 17 Votes being:-


Graham Bell, Richard Brodie, Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Rob Davidson, Iain Dick, Andy Ferguson, Alistair Geddes, Yen Hongmei Jin, Jim McClung, Jim McColm, Jane S Maitland, George N Prentice, Stephen Thomson, Roberta Tuckfield, Alastair Witts, Andrew S Wood
 

Motion - 22 Votes being:-


Ronnie Nicholson, Ted Thompson, Ian Blake, Finlay Carson, Jim Dempster, Archie Dryburgh, Ivor Hyslop, Jeff Leaver, Tom McAughtrie, Gail MacGregor, David J McKie, Denis R Male, Sean W Marshall, John Martin, Graham Nicol, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, Colin Smyth, David Stitt, John Syme, Graeme Tait, Colin Wyper
 

Abstentions - 2 being:-


Grahame Forster, Willie Scobie
 

Decision


AGREED the Revenue budget for 2015/16, the indicative Revenue Budget for 2016/17 and 2017/18, and the capital budget for 2015/16 to 2017/18 contained in the document Changing our Council, Changing Dumfries and Galloway Council, submitted by the Administration Group, including the policy development proposals, savings options, future service reviews and the budget process for 2016/17 (Appendix 1)
 

7 SHAPE OF COUNCIL - DIRECTOR POSTS - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Decision

 

7.1     APPROVED the job descriptions and person specifications for the posts of Director of Corporate Services; Director of Communities; Director of Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning; and Director of Economy, Environment and Infrastructure subject to an amendment on all the person specifications being that the Professional or Management Qualification be changed from Desirable to Essential; 

 

7.2     NOTED the completed job evaluation outcome for the 4 posts;

 

7.3     NOTED that the Chief Executive would commence the process of Matching to these four posts, using the current Matching Policies and Processes;

 

7.4     AGREED to receive a further report from the Chief Executive, at Full Council on 26 March 2015, providing information on the outcome of the Matching process, and proposals for any subsequent steps that might be required.
 

8 SCRUTINY AND PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE REVIEW: PROCUREMENT AND COMMISSIONING: PHASE ONE - REPORT BY ASSISTANT CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Decision

 

NOTED the findings and AGREED the recommendations from the Scrutiny and Performance Committee Review of Procurement and Commissioning: Phase One specified by the Chairman of the Committee.

9 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision