Policy and Resources Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 18 January 2018
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Rob Davidson (Chairman) - Abbey
Elaine Murray (Vice-Chairman) - Nith
Richard Brodie - Annandale South
Dougie Campbell - Dee and Glenkens
Ian Carruthers - Annandale South
Archie Dryburgh - Annandale East and Eskdale
Andy Ferguson - North West Dumfries
Andrew Giusti - Stranraer and the Rhins
David Inglis - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Malcolm Johnstone - Nith
Jeff Leaver - Lochar
Sean W Marshall - Annandale South
Henry McClelland - Annandale South
Ronnie Nicholson - North West Dumfries
Graham Nicol - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Ros Surtees - Stranraer and the Rhins
Stephen Thompson - Annandale North
Officials:
Gillian Ross - Acting Head of Finance and Procurement
Nick Evans - Democratic Services Manager
Ingrid Gemmell - Ward Manager
Sean O'Toole - Ward Officer
Rhona Lewis - Head of Legal and Democratic Services
Apologies:
John Charteris - Lochar
Doug Fairbairn - Annandale North
Gail Macgregor - Annandale North
Jane S Maitland - Dee and Glenkens
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

16 Members present, 4 apologies and 1 not present at the start of the meeting.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 16 NOVEMBER 2017

Decision

 

NOTED

4 LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE SETTLEMENT 2018/19 - REPORT BY HEAD OF FINANCE AND PROCUREMENT

MEMBER - Ian Carruthers entered the meeting - 17 Members present.

 

Decision

 

NOTED

 

4.1     the details of the Local Government Finance Settlement 2018/19 as reflected at Appendix 1 to the report;

 

4.2     the measures set out in the settlement offer (detailed in Appendix 3 to the report) and that local authorities must agree to deliver all of the measures set out in the package to access the full financial benefits;

 

4.3      that the Leader would write to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution following consultation with all the Group Leaders within the Council with regards to the implications on the terms of the Finance Settlement 2018-2019;

 

4.4     the previously agreed savings/operational efficiencies that had been brought forward by Directorates to contribute towards the estimated funding gap (attached as Appendix 5 to the report); and

 

4.5      that further information would be provided to Members following clarification of the details of the settlement (in terms of any impact on the agreed Financial Strategy and Capital Investment Strategy).

5 GARTSHORE PARK, KIRKCUDBRIGHT - PROPOSED COMMUNITY ASSET TRANSFER - REPORT BY DIRECTOR COMMUNITIES

Decision

 

5.1    CONSIDERED Kirkcudbright Skate Park Group’s Business Plan at Appendix 1 to the report and the proposal to lease the area of land detailed in Appendix 2 to the report for a period of 25 years;

 

5.2    NOTED and CONSIDERED the recommendations of the Kirkcudbright Common Good Fund Sub Committee in relation to the proposal as set out in paragraph 3.6 to the report where emphasis had been placed on the need to return the site to its former state should the site no longer provide an effective community facility; and

 

5.3    AGREED the lease for a period of 25 years to Kirkcudbright Skate Park Group to create a community skate park within Gartshore Park in line with our Council’s Community Asset Transfer Procedure and Disposal Policy for a nominal fee of £1 per annum, with a satisfactory project review of the effectiveness of the facility every 5 years.

 

6 ELECTORAL REFORM IN SCOTLAND PUBLIC CONSULTATION - REPORT BY HEAD OF LEGAL AND DEMOCRATIC SERVICES

Decision

 

6.1     NOTED that the Scottish Government had published its Proposals for Electoral Reform for Scottish Elections (Appendix to the report); and

 

6.2     AGREED that the Proposals for Electoral Reform for Scottish Elections be brought forward to 27 February 2018 meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Council to allow all Members to comment on the Consultation and agree the Council's response.
 

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

Decision

 

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

8 LOCAL GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1973

Decision

 

AGREED to adopt a resolution to exclude the public from the meeting in terms of Section 50a (4) of paragraph 2 of Part 1 Schedule 7a to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

EXEMPT
9 OLD HEARSE HOUSE, CROSSMICHAEL - PROPOSED COMMUNITY ASSET TRANSFER - REPORT BY DIRECTOR COMMUNITIES


Summary of the Report
This report advised Members that the property known as Old Hearse House, Crossmichael had been placed on the open market and that an offer had been received. The report also advised that Crossmichael Community Trust had made an asset transfer request for the same property. The report sought the agreement from the Committee to agree an option from the two options for the future use of Old Hearse House, Crossmichael.

 

Summary of decision 
Members agreed to transfer the asset via the Council's Community Asset Transfer procedure to Crossmichael Community Trust for the nominal fee of £1.