MORLEY TOWN COUNCIL – MISSION STATEMENT

“Morley Town Council is committed to ensuring the provision of a high standard of cost-effective and best value for money community services, which will enhance the quality of life for the residents of the area.”

Morley Town Council was established in 2000.

There are seven wards represented – Central, Churwell, Elmfield, Scatcherd, Teale, Topcliffe and Woodkirk.   There are 26 elected members representing these wards.

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A full schedule of Council and Committee meeting dates can be found on the Meetings page, and details of the five separate Standing Committees can be found in the ‘Committees’ section.  The Agenda for the next full Council meeting is below.

A copy of the latest Annual Report for the Municipal Year 20th May 2015 to 3rd May 2016, together with previous years’ Annual Reports can be downloaded in the ‘Public Information’ section.

A copy of the Statement of Accounts, the ‘Notice of conclusion of audit’, the ‘Annual Governance Statement’, the ‘Accounting statements 2015/16’ and the ‘External auditor certificate and report for 2015/16’ is available using this link.  The original Annual Return can be inspected by contacting the Town Clerk.

MEETING OF MORLEY TOWN COUNCIL

TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 9TH MAY 2018 AT 7.00 PM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER, MORLEY TOWN HALL

A G E N D A

1          To Elect Town Mayor

2         To Have Declaration of Acceptance of Office signed by newly-elected Town Mayor

3         To Elect Deputy Town Mayor

4         To Elect Leader of Council for 2018/19

5         To Record Attendance and Receive Apologies for Absence

6         To Receive Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary and Other Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-18 of the Members’ Code of Conduct.  Also to declare any other significant interests which the member wishes to declare in the public interest, in accordance with paragraphs 19 to 20 of the Members’ Code of Conduct

7         To Receive Public Questions (if any pre-notified)

8         To Approve Minutes of last Full Council meeting held on 7th March 2018

9         To Receive Minutes of Finance, General Purposes & Strategic Committee meeting held on 29th March 2018 and ‘draft’ Minutes of the meeting held on 19th April 2018

10       To Receive Minutes of Planning Committee meeting held on 20th March 2018 and ‘draft’ Minutes of meeting held on 17th April 2018

11        To Receive Minutes of Highways and Transportation Committee meeting held on 14th March 2018 and ‘draft’ Minutes of meeting held on 11th April 2018

12       To Receive ‘draft’ Minutes of Community Development Committee meeting held on 5th April 2018

13       To Receive ‘draft’ Minutes of Audit meeting held on 8th May 2018

14       To Agree Appointments to Council Committees for 2018/19:-

(a)      Nominations to Planning Committee, as follows:-

Councillors R Finnigan, H Bell, H Evans, C Hill, J Jackson, A Rhodes, J Sanders, C Taylor, W Whitehead and C Windle.

(i)       Nomination and election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Planning Committee

(b)      Nominations to Community Development Committee, as follows:-

Councillors S Kimberley, R Bell, N Bullock, A Dalton, W Kidger and S Varley.

(i)       Nomination and election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Community Development Committee

(c)      Nominations to Highways and Transportation Committee, as follows:-

Councillors J Aveyard, L Beever, D Harrison, J Harrison, S McGarroch and D Marshall

(i)       Nomination and election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Highways & Transportation Committee.

(d)      Nominations to Audit Committee (must exclude any member of Finance, General Purposes and Strategic Committee and cheque signatories), as follows:-

Councillors W Whitehead, H Evans, S McGarroch and J Sanders.

(i)       Nomination and election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Audit Committee.

(e)      Nominations to Finance, General Purposes & Strategic Committee, as follows:-

Councillors R Gettings, J Elliott, A Hutchison, S Varley, W Kidger, S Kimberley, J Aveyard and R Finnigan.

(i)       Nomination and election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Finance, General Purposes & Strategic Committee

(f)       Nominations to Staffing Sub-Committee

(g)      Nominations to Complaints Sub-Committee

15       To Review Town Council Standing Orders and Financial Regulations

16       To Agree Proposed Schedule of Meeting Dates and Times for 2018/19 (no meetings in August and December with the exception of the Planning Committee)

17       To Review Committees’ Structure & Delegated Functions

18       To Review Town Council’s Complaints Procedure for 2018/19

19       To Review Town Council’s Publication Scheme under ‘Freedom of Information Act 2000’

20      To Review Town Council’s Risk Assessment for 2018/19

21       To Review Town Council’s Asset Register for 2018/19

22       To Review Town Council’s Members’ Code of Conduct

23       To Appoint Two Town Council Representatives to Morley Arts Festival Committee for 2018/19

24       To Appoint One Town Council Representative to attend The Yorkshire Local Councils Associations’ Leeds Branch Meetings in 2018/19

25       To Appoint Three Town Council Representatives to the Morley Town Centre Management Board in 2018/19 (in 2017/18 two members and the Town Clerk)

26       To deal with matters concerning General Data Protection Regulations (w.e.f. 25th May 2018), as follows:-

(i)       To approve appointment of a Data Protection Officer (DPO)

(ii)      To approve GDPR Data/Information Audit

27       To Receive Items of Correspondence (for information only)

28       Date and time of next meeting

 

MINUTES OF THE FULL COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 1ST NOVEMBER 2017

1          Attendance and Apologies for Absence

Present:  Councillors R Finnigan (Mayor), R Gettings, S Kimberley, J Aveyard, A Hutchison, S Varley, J Sanders, W Whitehead, D Harrison, L Beever, H Evans, J Elliott, J Harrison, S McGarroch, D Marshall, J Jackson, C Windle, A Dalton, N Bullock (late arrival) and W Kidger (late arrival).  K Oakley – Town Clerk and W Maynard-Light – Deputy Town Clerk also attended.

Apologies were received from Councillors C Taylor, R Bell, A Rhodes and N Dawson.

2          To receive Mayor’s Announcements

The Mayor reported on his attendance at various events.

Cllrs N Bullock and W Kidger arrived at this point.

3          Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary and Other Interests

Cllrs R Finnigan, R Gettings J Elliott and S Varley declared an ‘other’ interest relating to any appropriate LCC items, as they are all ward members.

Cllr A Dalton declared a ‘pecuniary’ interest in agenda item 8 – Community Development Committee meeting minutes of 5th October 2017, as he is a member of the applicant organisation.

Cllrs S Kimberley, A Hutchison, S Varley, J Elliott and D Harrison declared an ‘other’ interest in agenda item 8 – Community Development Committee meeting minutes of 5th October 2017, as they are all members of the RSSG.

4          To receive Public Questions (if any pre-notified)

            None.

5          To approve the minutes of the Full Council meeting held on 6th September 2017

The minutes of the Full Council Meeting held on 6th September 2017 were agreed as a true and correct record.

6          To receive minutes of the Finance, General Purposes & Strategic Committee meeting held on 21st September 2017 and ‘draft’ minutes of meeting held on 19th October 2017

The minutes of the Finance, General Purposes & Strategic Committee meeting held on 21st September 2017 and ‘draft’ minutes of meeting held on 19th October 2017, were received and noted.

Minute 10 – 21/9/17

Members to consider and agree item, as per attached report from Town Clerk re. expenditure in respect of proposed Arts Space.  It was agreed that the £25,000 contribution towards the proposed Arts Space be taken from 2017/18 Reserves and not the ‘Major Projects’ budget, as previously agreed.

Minute 11 – 21/9/17

It was agreed that an additional grant of £2,000 be given to the Royal Society of St George from Reserves in the 2017/18 financial year.

7          To receive minutes of Planning Committee meeting held on 19th September 2017 and ‘draft’ minutes of meeting held on 17th October 2017  

The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 19th September 2017 and ‘draft’ minutes of meeting held on 17th October 2017 were received and noted.

 

8          To receive minutes of Community Development Committee meeting held on 7th September 2017 and ‘draft’ minutes of meeting held on 5th October 2017

The minutes of Community Development Committee meeting held on 7th September 2017 and ‘draft’ minutes of the meeting held on 5th October 2017 were received and noted.

9          To receive minutes of Highways and Transportation Committee meeting held on 13th September 2017 and ‘draft’ minutes of meeting held on 11th October 2017

The minutes of the Highways & Transportation Committee meeting held on 13th September 2017 and the ‘draft’ minutes of meeting held on 11th October 2017 were received and noted.

10        To note information contained in attached report from Town Clerk re. Enforcement Officer, and associated expenditure

The information contained in a report from the Town Council re. Enforcement Officer and associated expenditure, was noted.

11        To receive items of correspondence

None received.

12        Date and time of next meeting

The date of the next scheduled Full Council meeting is Wednesday, 17th January 2018 at 7pm.

 

 

MINUTES OF THE FULL COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 6TH SEPTEMBER 2017

1          Attendance and Apologies for Absence
Present:  Councillors R Finnigan (Mayor), R Gettings, S Kimberley, J Aveyard, S Varley, J Sanders, W Whitehead, L Beever, R Bell, J Elliott, W Kidger, S McGarroch, D Marshall, J Jackson, N Bullock, D Harrison, H Bell, N Dawson, C Windle and A Dalton.

K Oakley – Town Clerk, W Maynard-Light – Deputy Town Clerk and Cllr T Leadley (Morley North ward) also attended.

Apologies were received from Councillors H Evans, J Harrison, A Rhodes and A Foster.

2          To receive Mayor’s Announcements

The Mayor reported on his attendance at various events.

3          Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary and Other Interests
Cllrs R Finnigan, R Gettings J Elliott, N Dawson and S Varley declared an ‘other’ interest relating to any appropriate LCC items, as they are all ward members.

4          To receive Public Questions (if any pre-notified)

None.

5          Presentation by R Kennedy – Town Centre Manager

R Kennedy attended and gave a short presentation on the Business Improvement District proposals and the situation regarding volunteers for Town Council events.

6          To approve the minutes of the Full Council meeting held on 5th July 2017

The minutes of the Full Council Meeting held on 5th July 2017 were agreed as a true and correct record.

7          To receive minutes of the Finance, General Purposes & Strategic Committee meeting held on 29th June 2017 and ‘draft’ minutes of meeting held on 27th July 2017

A question was asked regarding Minute 5 (27/7/17) – Enforcement Officer.  Cllr R Finnigan provided a verbal update and it is hoped that the position will commence on 1st October 2017.

The minutes of the Finance, General Purposes & Strategic Committee meeting held on 29th June 2017 and ‘draft’ minutes of meeting held on 27th July 2017, were received and noted.

8          To receive minutes of Planning Committee meeting held on 18th July 2017 and ‘draft’ minutes of meeting held on 15th August 2017

The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 18th May 2017 and ‘draft’ minutes of meeting held on 15th August 2017 were received and noted.

9          To receive ‘draft’ minutes of Community Development Committee meeting held on 6th July 2017  

Cllr Dawson pointed out that he attended the meeting held on 6th July 2017, but this is not recorded in the minutes.
Subject to the  above amendment, the ‘draft’ minutes of the Community Development Committee meeting held on 6th July 2017 were received and noted.

10        To receive ‘draft’ minutes of Highways and Transportation Committee meeting held on 19th July 2017 

The ‘draft’ minutes of the Highways & Transportation Committee meeting held on 19th July 2017 were received and noted.

11        To note signed approval of Annual Return for financial year ending 31st March 2017 by PKF Littlejohn LLP, External Auditors.  This concludes the financial year ending 31st March 2017

The Annual Return for financial year ending 31st March 2017, approved by PKF Littlejohn LLP, External Auditors, was noted.

12        To approve arrangements for consideration of CIL expenditure

A report had been prepared and distributed by the Town Clerk, setting out a procedure for dealing with CIL expenditure.

It was proposed and agreed that the Finance, General Purposes & Strategic Committee deals with the consideration of CIL expenditure, in accordance with existing Financial Regulations.

13        To review ‘Committees’ Structure and Delegated Functions’

In light of item 12 above, the ‘Committees’ Structure and Delegated Functions’ was reviewed, with an addition under ‘Finance, General Purposes & Strategic Committee’ relating to CIL expenditure.

14        To approve Annual Report for 2016/17

The ‘draft’ Annual Report for 2016/17 sent out to all members, was approved for distribution.

15        To receive items of correspondence

None received.

16        Date and time of next meeting

The date of the next scheduled Full Council meeting is Wednesday, 1st November 2017 at 7pm.

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At the meeting held on 9th May 2018, Councillor Roger Bell was elected as Mayor for the 2018/19 municipal year.

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