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Agenda and draft minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Russell.

2.

Urgent Items

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

3.

Notification of Visiting Members

Minutes:

There were no Visiting Members.

4.

Disclosures by Members or Officers

Minutes:

There were no disclosures by Members or Officers.

5.

Disclosures of Lobbying

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of lobbying.

6.

Exempt Items

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That all items be taken in public, unless any Member of the Executive wished to refer to Item 18 – Exempt Appendix – Draft Statement of Common Ground with Medway Council, in which case the Executive would enter into closed session due to the possible disclosure of exempt information.

7.

Presentation of Petitions

Minutes:

There were no petitions.

8.

Questions on Notice from Local Residents

Minutes:

Question from Ms Kate Hammond to the Lead Member for Corporate Services:

 

“The last time members were updated on the Heathlands new town proposals for which Maidstone Borough Council are acting as "Master Developer" was the 23rd March 2022. Can the Leader confirm which new council meeting will be receiving the next update report and when?”

 

The Lead Member for Corporate Services responded to the question.

 

Ms Hammond asked the following supplementary question:

 

“Given the size of the development, it would be greatly appreciated from the community standpoint if we could actually have some sort of ongoing communication to let us know exactly what’s going on, even if it is just noted.”

 

The Lead Member for Corporate Services responded to the question.

 

Question from Mr Steve Heeley to the Lead Member for Corporate Services:

 

“Can the Leader confirm the progress Maidstone Borough Council has made since March with Network Rail on progressing the new railway station at Heathlands?”

 

The Lead Member for Corporate Services responded to the question.

 

Mr Heeley asked the following supplementary question:

 

“You, the Leader, actually reported to have made remarks to local residents at the consultation event held at Lenham last month, that the new railway station was going to be very expensive and you had only included it in your plans to ‘keep the government happy’. Is the new railway station at Heathlands a red herring?”

 

The Leader of the Council responded to the question.

 

The full responses were recorded on the webcast and made available to view on the Maidstone Borough Council website. To access the webcast, please use the link below:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGBt_SKFrLs

 

9.

Questions on Notice from Members

Minutes:

There were no questions from Members to the Executive.

10.

Matters Referred to the Executive for Reconsideration

Minutes:

There were no matters referred to the Executive for reconsideration.

11.

Issues arising from Overview & Scrutiny

Minutes:

There were no issues arising from Overview & Scrutiny.

12.

Matters Referred by any other Committee

Minutes:

There were no matters referred by any other Committee.

13.

Any Matter relating to a Serious Service Failure or Nuisance

Minutes:

There were no matters relating to a serious service failure of nuisance.

14.

Receipt of Written representations from Members of the Council

Minutes:

There were no written representations from Members of the Council.

15.

Executive Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 155 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the Executive Forward Plan be noted.

16.

Finance, Performance and Risk Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 150 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Member for Corporate Services introduced the report which had been discussed at the Corporate Services Policy Advisory Committee meeting on the 15 June 2022. A small underspend was highlighted, and was attributed to several areas, one of which was the various grants received from central Government.

 

The Capital budget underspend was in part due to the acquisition of fewer properties for temporary accommodation than budgeted for, which was likely to continue to be an issue.

 

Within the risk report, financial uncertainty had been increased to the highest level for impact and likelihood to reflect the current financial circumstances. The Council’s finances were currently very sound.

 

RESOLVED: That

 

1.  the Revenue position as at the end of Quarter 4 for 2021/22, including the actions being taken or proposed to improve the position, where significant variances have been identified, be noted;

 

2.  the Capital position at the end of Quarter 4 be noted;

 

3.  the Performance position as at Quarter 4 for 2021/22, including the actions being taken or proposed to improve the position, where significant issues have been identified, be noted.

 

4.  Annual Performance for 2021/22 be noted.

17.

Draft Statement of Common Ground with Medway Council pdf icon PDF 139 KB

Minutes:

See Record of Decision.  

18.

Exempt Appendix 1 - Draft Statement of Common Ground with Medway Council

Minutes:

Exempt Appendix 1 relating to Record of Decision.