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.

View the Morley Town Council wards map

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, 17TH JANUARY 2018 AT 7.00 PM IN THE LARGE BANQUETING ROOM, MORLEY TOWN HALL

A G E N D A

1         Attendance and apologies for absence

2         To Receive Mayor’s Announcements

3         Declarations of 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 19-20 of the Members’ Code of Conduct.

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

5          To approve Minutes of the Full Council meeting held on 1st November 2017

6          To receive Minutes of the Finance, General Purposes & Strategic Committee meeting held on 30th November 2017 and ‘draft’ Minutes of meeting held on 4th January 2018

7          To receive Minutes of Planning Committee meeting held on 21st November 2017, Minutes of meeting held on 19th December 2017 and ‘draft’ Minutes of meeting held on 9th January 2018
8          To receive Minutes of Community Development Committee meeting held on 2nd November 2017 and ‘draft’ Minutes of meeting held on 4th January 2018

9          To receive Minutes of Highways and Transportation Committee meeting held on 15th November 2017 and ‘draft’ Minutes of Extraordinary meeting held on 19th December 2017

10        To receive ‘draft’ Minutes of Audit Committee meeting held on 21st November 2017

11        To receive a verbal update on ‘Morley Fairtrade’ – Cllr R Finnigan

12        To consider and approve completion of Letter of Agreement re. Town Centre wi-fi with Morley Town Council as lead partner

13        To approve Budgets for 2018/19 (see attached report and information from Town Clerk)

14        To agree Precept of £204,379 for 2018/19 (see attached information as for agenda item 13)

15        To note amount of “anticipated” Local Council Tax Support Grant from Leeds CC for 2018/19 of £13,479

16        To receive items of correspondence (for information only)

(i)         Email 22/12/17 from YLCA, re. ‘Raising Awareness of the Potential for Bird Flu’

(ii)        Email 22/12/17 from YLCA, re. ‘Application of Referendum Principles in the Next Three Years’

(iii)       WRU p.4 – ‘Know Your Council’s Code of Conduct’ – see attached copy and attached Legal Topic Note (LTN) 80 issued in November 2012.

17        Date and time of next meeting

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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WELCOME FROM THE MAYOR OF MORLEY

At the meeting held on 10th May 2017, Councillor Robert Finnigan was elected as Mayor for the 2017/18 municipal year.

Mayor Robert Finnigan