SHREWSBURY TOWN COUNCIL
To All Members of the Council
You are hereby summoned to attend the meeting of the Shrewsbury Town Council scheduled to take place at Theatre Severn on Monday 28 June 2021 at 6pm, in order to transact the following business
Meeting Agenda Items
1WELCOME FROM THE MAYOR
3APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
4DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CODE OF CONDUCT
5MINUTES OF COUNCIL
To approve the Minutes of the Town Council Meeting held on 17 May 2021
(i) To receive any announcements from the Mayor & Deputy Mayor’s recent engagements
(ii) To receive any announcements from the Mayor and Town Clerk
To receive any questions from Members of the Public, notice of which has been given in accordance with the Town Council’s Standing Orders.
9QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS
To receive any questions from Members, notice of which has been given in accordance with the Town Council’s Standing Orders.
10SHROPSHIRE SUPPORTS REFUGEES
To receive a presentation from Robert Douglas & Amanda Jones on the work of Shropshire Supports Refugees.
11MOTION - MINI HOLLANDS - Councillor Rob Wilson
In 2020 the Department for Transport published “Gear Change – A Bold Vision for Cycling & Walking:
Shropshire Council voted unanimously to support this in September 2020.
Within the document (page 19) Government sets out its aspirations to create “Mini-Hollands”:
We will create more “Mini-Hollands”
In London, three outer boroughs with low levels of cycling were chosen through competition as “Mini-Hollands,” with intensive, transformational spending on their roads and streetscapes to make them, over time, as cycle and pedestrian-friendly as their Dutch equivalents. Segregated lanes were installed on main roads, low-traffic neighbourhoods were put in, and pedestrians were given thousands of metres of extra space. In the first of the areas treated, cycling increased by 18 per cent and walking by 13 per cent in a single year. Vacancy rates for retailers on the first of the shopping streets to be made low-traffic streets are the lowest they have ever been, according to the council, and trade on those streets has significantly increased. Nor did congestion rise, because the changes allowed many people who had previously driven very short journeys to walk or cycle instead. As in London, we expect to stimulate a large number of proposals across the country, from which we will choose up to 12 willing non-London local authority areas, to benefit from intensive investment in mini-Holland schemes on the same model. The main focus will be on replacing short car trips. They must be places where cycling is currently low and where there is serious political commitment to dramatic change – not just for cyclists, but for everyone who lives and works there.
Given the huge aspirations of the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan to develop better walking and cycling links, Shrewsbury would lend itself to becoming a “Mini-Holland”.
This Council therefore calls on the Shrewsbury Big Town Partners (Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Council and the Shrewsbury Business Improvement District) to bid to become a “Mini-Holland” once the Department for Transport launches Expressions of Interest for the expansion of the Scheme.
12MOTION - TOWN OF SANCTUARY STATUS - Councillor Kate Halliday
This council is committed to support an initiative to make Shrewsbury into a recognised ‘Town of Sanctuary’ welcoming those fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries. We recognise their potential contribution to our town, and also recognise that a comprehensive, co-ordinated and forward-looking approach is needed if the welfare of people moving into the town, and community cohesion between new and existing communities, are to be supported effectively. To this end, we:
- Acknowledge the contribution of refugees and people seeking sanctuary to the town of Shrewsbury
- Are willing to add our organisation’s name to the list of supporters of City of Sanctuary
- This council will work to implement the City of Sanctuary pledges through its actions and policies, and with its partners in the statutory and voluntary sectors.
- This council is committed to support an initiative to make Shrewsbury into a recognised ‘Town of Sanctuary’
- We call on Shropshire Council to apply for ‘City of Sanctuary’ Status.
13FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE – (MINUTES ENCLOSED)
To receive and adopt the Minutes of the informal Finance & General Purposes Committee Meeting held on:
12 April 2021
14 June 2021 (Informal Notes)
14RECREATION & LEISURE COMMITTEE – (MINUTES ENCLOSED)
To receive and adopt the Minutes of the informal Recreation & Leisure Committee Meeting held on:
31 March 2021
26 May 2021 (Informal Notes)
15PLANNING COMMITTEE – (MINUTES ENCLOSED)
To receive and adopt the Minutes of the informal Planning Committee Meeting held on:
30 March 2021
20 April 2021
24 May 2021 (Informal Notes)
25 May 2021 (Informal Notes)
15 June 2021 (Informal Notes)
16END OF YEAR ACCOUNTS & SUPPORTING STATEMENTS
(i) In accordance with the Accounts & Audit Regulations 2011, Members are required to approve the following documents in relation to the 2020/21 End of Year Accounts in readiness for submission to the External Auditor:
- Annual Report
- Statement of Accounting Policies
- Annual Governance Statement
- Income & Expenditure Account
- Statement of Movement of Reserves
- Balance Sheet
(ii) In accordance with the Accounts & Audit Regulations 2011, Members are required to approve the Annual Return, including
- Section 1 – Annual Governance Report for 2020/21
- Section 2 – Annual Accounting Statements for 2020/21
To receive and adopt the list of Executive Decisions made between 12th April 2021 – 21st June 2021 in accordance with Minute 74/20 of Finance & General Purpose Committee of the 12th April 2021
To approve the nominations for Councillors to represent the Council on outside bodies.
19CHANGES TO COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
- That Councillor Elisabeth Roberts replaces Councillor Kate Halliday on the Recreation & Leisure Committee
- That Councillor Kate Halliday becomes a substitute for the Recreation & Leisure Committee
20LOCAL POLICING COMMUNITY CHARTER
To sign up to the West Mercia Police – Local Policing Charter and submit the 3 areas of concern for each ward of Shrewsbury
21BT PAYPHONE REMOVAL CONSULTATION
To consider any representations to the current Consultation Period for the removal o Payphones in Shrewsbury