Dumfries and Galloway Council Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 28 June 2016
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
Rob Davidson-Abbey
Jim H Dempster-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Iain Dick-Stranraer and North Rhins
Peter Diggle-Annandale North
Archie Dryburgh-Annandale East and Eskdale
Gillian Dykes-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Andy Ferguson-North West Dumfries
Grahame Forster-Wigtown West
Alistair Geddes-Mid Galloway
Patsy Gilroy-Dee
Jack Groom-Nith
Ivor A Hyslop-Lochar
Jeff Leaver-Lochar
Gail Macgregor-Annandale North
Jane S Maitland-Dee
Denis R Male-Annandale East and Eskdale
John Martin-Nith
Tom A McAughtrie-Abbey
Jim McClung-Wigtown West
Jim McColm-Mid Galloway
Marion McCutcheon-Stranraer and North Rhins
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
Davie Stitt-Abbey
John Syme-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Stephen Thompson-Annandale North
Roberta Tuckfield-Wigtown West
Alastair Witts-Nith
Andrew S Wood-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Colin Wyper-Dee
Apologies:
Karen Carruthers - Annandale East and Eskdale
Finlay Carson - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Brian Collins - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Yen Hongmei Jin - Lochar
Sean W Marshall - Annandale South
David J McKie - North West Dumfries
Colin Smyth - Nith
Graeme Tait - Annandale North
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

38 Members present, 8 apologies and 1 Member not present

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 24 MARCH 2016

Decision

 

APPROVED

4 UNAUDITED ACCOUNTS 2015/16 - REPORT BY HEAD OF FINANCE & PROCUREMENT

Decision

 

NOTED the Council’s unaudited Annual Accounts and the Pension Fund’s unaudited Annual Report and Accounts for the financial year ended 31 March 2016 which will be submitted to the Council’s external auditors for review.

 

MEMBER - Colin Wyper entered the meeting - 39 Members present

5 FINANCIAL STRATEGY - OVERVIEW OF FINANCIAL CHALLENGES - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Decision

 

5.1     NOTED the key factors that would influence the extent of the financial challenges facing the Council over the upcoming period and in particular the extent to which this would be determined by the Scottish Government’s Spending Review and Budget which was expected to be announced in September/October this year; and

 

5.2     AGREED to urgently address the requirement of the agreed budget process that political groups determined their priorities and proposals, particularly in relation to areas of service/budget where the greatest levels of savings should be sought, and subsequently provided direction to officers to allow these proposals to be developed.

 

MEMBERS - Ian Carruthers, Gillian Dykes, Grahame Forster and Patsy Gilroy left the meeting - 35 Members present

6 DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY COUNCIL PRIORITIES AND COMMITMENTS - END OF YEAR REPORT FOR 2015/16 - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Decision

 

NOTED the progress made in delivering the Council’s Priorities and Commitments.

7 IMPLEMENTING OUR COUNCIL'S ANTI POVERTY STRATEGY - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Decision

 

NOTED the continuing progress in the implementation of the Tackling Poverty Action Plan and the wide range of related activity also being undertaken.

 

MEMBERS - Grahame Forster re-entered the meeting and Jack Groom left the meeting - 35 Members present

8 SHAPE OF THE COUNCIL - PROGRESS REPORT - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Decision

 

8.1     NOTED the progress achieved in the period since March 2016; and

 

8.2     AGREED to receive a report at Full Council on 20 September 2016, providing a further update on progress achieved.

 

MEMBERS - Marion McCutcheon and Rob Davidson left the meeting and Jack Groom re-entered the meeting - 34 Members present

9 LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOUNDARY COMMISSION FOR SCOTLAND - FIFTH GENERAL REVIEWS OF ELECTORAL ARRANGEMENTS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Decision

 

9.1     AGREED to withdraw delegation from the Policy and Resources Committee; and

 

9.2     NOTED the Council’s position on the Local Government Boundary Commission’s final recommendations for councillor numbers and ward boundaries for Dumfries and Galloway Council area.

 

9.3     AGREED to remit to the Chief Executive delegated authority to sign the letter prepared by East Renfrewshire Council on behalf of Dumfries and Galloway Council 

 

MEMBERS - Marion McCutcheon,  Rob Davidson and Gillian Dykes re-entered the meeting, Grahame Forster left the meeting - 36 Members present

10 COMPOSITION OF ENTERPRISING SERVICES SUB-COMMITTEE - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Decision

 

10.1     AGREED the composition of the Enterprising Services Sub-Committee as being 11 Elected Members

 

10.2     AGREED that Archie Dryburgh be appointed Chairman to the Enterprising Services Sub Committee.

 

MEMBER - Grahame Forster re-entered the meeting - 37 Members present

11 GAELIC LANGUAGE ACT 2005: DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY GAELIC LANGUAGE PLAN - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

VOTE

MOTION by JANE S MAITLAND seconded by GEORGE N PRENTICE that the Dumfries and Galloway Gaelic Language Plan be amended, as detailed at Appendix A.

AMENDMENT by ANDY FERGUSON seconded by IAIN DICK that the Dumfries and Galloway Gaelic Language Plan, as detailed at Appendix 1 of the report be agreed and submitted to Bord na Gaildhlig for approval

COUNTER AMENDMENT by COLIN WYPER seconded by GRAHAM BELL that the Dumfries and Galloway Gaelic Language Plan, as detailed at Appendix 1 of the report, be amended to read that no signage be erected

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

Counter Amendment:- 12 Votes being:-

Graham Bell, Ian Blake, Peter Diggle, Gillian Dykes, Grahame Forster, Jack Groom, Ivor Hyslop, Gail MacGregor, Denis R Male, Graham Nicol, Roberta Tuckfield and Colin Wyper

Amendment - 19 Votes being:-

Ronnie Nicholson, Ted Thomson, Rob Davidson, Jim Dempster, Iain Dick, Archie Dryburgh, Andy Ferguson, Alistair Geddes, Jeff Leaver, Tom McAughtrie, Jim McClung, John Martin, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, David Stitt, John Syme, Stephen Thompson, Alastair Witts and Andrew Wood

Abstentions - 6 being

Richard Brodie, Jim McColm, Marion McCutcheon, Jane S Maitland, George N Prentice and Willie Scobie

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

Amendment - 19 Votes being:-

Ronnie Nicholson, Ted Thompson, Rob Davidson, Jim Dempster, Iain Dick, Archie Dryburgh, Andy Ferguson, Alistair Geddes, Jeff Leaver, Tom McAughtrie, Jim McClung, John Martin, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, David Stitt, John Syme, Stephen Thomson, Alastair Witts and Andrew S Wood

Motion - 17 Votes being:-

Graham Bell, Ian Blake, Richard Brodie, Peter Diggle, Gillian Dykes, Grahame Forster, Jack Groom, Ivor Hyslop, Jim McColm, Marion McCutcheon, Gail MacGregor, Jane S Maitland, Denis R Male, Graham Nicol, George N Prentice, Roberta Tuckfield and Colin Wyper

Abstention being:-

Willie Scobie

Decision

AGREED that the Dumfries and Galloway Gaelic Language Plan, as detailed at Appendix 1 of the report, be submitted to Bord na Gaildhlig for approval
 

12 ARMED FORCES CHAMPION - ANNUAL REPORT 2015/2016 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR COMMUNITIES

Decision

 

NOTED

 

12.1    the activities undertaken by the Armed Forces Champion; and

 

12.2   the recent success of Dumfries and Galloway Council in being awarded a Bronze Award by the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Employer Recognition Scheme.

 

MEMBER - Gail MacGregor, Andrew Wood and Colin Wyper left the meeting - 34 Members present

13 NOTICE OF MOTION - PUBLIC CONVENIENCES - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED

 

13.1    that a Notice of Motion was received in relation to Attended Public Conveniences; and

 

13.2     that while the Notice of Motion met the requirements of Standing Order 15.1 and 15.2, the Proper Officer had advised that it was not competent in that it calls for action that would create an unbalanced revenue budget for 2016/17, contrary to legislative requirements and as agreed in the Council’s budget process.
 

14 MINUTES FOR APPROVAL/NOTING

Decision

 

Summary as detailed at the Appendix.
 

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

Decision

 

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