Agenda and minutes
Venue: Scaitcliffe House, Ormerod Street, Accrington
Apologies for absence, Substitutions, Declarations of Interest and Dispensations
Apologies for absence were submitted from Councillors Stephen Button, Terry Hurn and Jenny Molineux.
Councillors Dave Parkins, Sara Britcliffe and Stewart Eaves attended the meeting as substitute representatives for Councillors Button, Hurn and J. Molineux.
The Chair reported information for Members awareness rather than a declaration of interest, as he worked for Irwell Valley Housing Association in Manchester. He had spoken to the Chief Executive of the organisation and had been given verbal assurances that they were not interested in the Clayton Triangle site nor any other location in Hyndburn.
Councillor Dave Parkins commented that he was a tenant of Onward Homes although there was no mention of them in the report attached to the agenda.
To advise the Committee of the procedure to be followed at the meeting in relation to Call-Ins. Attention is drawn to Point 8 of the Procedure.
Recommended - That the Procedure be received and applied to the undermentioned call in.
The Procedure to be followed at the meeting in relation to call-ins was submitted and attention was drawn to Paragraph 8 which set out the options available to the Committee when reaching a decision on the undermentioned call-in.
Resolved - That the Procedure be received and applied to the
Exclusion of the Public
Recommended - That, in accordance with Section 100A(4) Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting during the following item, when it is likely, in view of the nature of the proceedings that there would otherwise be disclosure of exempt information within the Paragraph at Schedule 12A of the Act specified at the item.
Resolved - That, in accordance with Section 100A(4) Local
Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting during the following item, when it was likely, in view of the nature of the proceedings that there would otherwise be disclosure of exempt information within the Paragraph at Schedule 12A of the Act specified at the item.
Call-In of Cabinet Decision - Proposed Disposal of the Council's Land Known as Clayton Triangle
Exempt information under the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, Paragraph 3 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)
At its meeting held on 6th February, Cabinet resolved:-
That the recommendations set out in the exempt report proposing the disposal of the Council’s interest in the land known as Clayton Triangle were approved.
In accordance with the Call-In Procedure for Cabinet Decisions, the procedure has been activated. The following documents included are:
Copy of Cabinet Report from 6th February 2019 – Proposed Disposal of the Council’s Land Known as Clayton Triangle
Extract of the Minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 6th February 2019 relating to item 15 – Proposed Disposal of the Council’s Land Known as Clayton Triangle
Recommended - That a decision on the Call-In be reached.
The Chair informed the Committee that the purpose of the meeting was to consider a recommendation arising from the meeting of the Cabinet held on the 6th February 2019, when it had been resolved:-
(1) That the recommendations as set out in the exempt report proposing the disposal of the land Council’s interest in the land known as Clayton Triangle be approved;
The following documents were submitted:-
i) Call-In Form
ii) Copy of the Cabinet Report (Exempt) dated 6th February 2019, Proposed disposal of the Council’s Land known as the Clayton Triangle
iii) Extract from Minutes of Cabinet dated 6th February 2019 relating to Item 15, Proposed disposal of the Council’s Land known as the Clayton Triangle
In accordance with the Call-In Procedure for Cabinet Decisions, the Procedure had been activated by members of the Committee (The Chair Councillor Noordad Aziz, Councillors Jean Battle and Tim O’Kane).
The undermentioned reason was given for the call-in:-
“To review the process of the Cabinet recommendation of disposal, to make sure this is for the benefit of the Borough and best financial value”.
The call-in related to the following:-
What was Cabinet’s recommendation based on and did it include the wider market conditions.
The Sponsor spoke on the reasons for the call-in.
The Deputy Leader of the Council (Councillor Paul Cox) spoke on the reasons for the decision taken by Cabinet.
The Chair invited the Committee to ask questions of the Deputy Leader and responses were given to the advanced questions submitted and concerns raised:-
The Sponsor took the opportunity to sum up and the Executive Director for Legal and Democratic Services outlined the three options available to the Committee in reaching a decision on the call-in. The Committee discussed and voted on those options.
Resolved - (1) That the Cabinet decision be released in full for implementation.
- (2) That Cabinet noted the concerns of Overview & Scrutiny and that Cabinet ensures that the Council’s processes for marketing sites for disposal are designed to reach a wide range of potential purchasers and that there is Ward Councillor involvement in the sale of Council land and property.