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The Reverend A Milton, Vicar of All Saints and St. Mary’s, Huntingdon, opened the meeting with prayer.
To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 18th May 2016.
The Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 18th May 2016 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
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To receive from Members, declarations as to disclosable pecuniary or other interests in relation to any Agenda item. See Notes below.
No declarations of interest were received.
MOTION WITHOUT NOTICE - RACISM, XENOPHOBIA AND HATE CRIMES
(The Chairman announced that he proposed to allow consideration of the following item as a matter of urgency in accordance with Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972 to give the Council an opportunity to support the condemnation of the recent spate of hate crimes in the District).
In moving the following motion, Councillor J A Gray informed Members of his deep concerns of the recent incidents in the District and wished to draw these urgently to the attention if the Council and request the Executive Leader of the Council, Councillor R Howe, to write to our local partners such as the Police and Crime Commissioner advising them of this motion and enlisting their support in tackling racism and hate crime –
“We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country. We Huntingdonshire District Council condemn racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable.
Huntingdonshire District Council will work to ensure local bodies and programmes have support and resources needed to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia.
We wish to reassure all people living in Huntingdonshire that they are valued members of our community”.
Councillor D A Giles duly seconded the motion. Councillors P D Reeve, P L E Bucknell and P Kadewere confirmed their support for the motion and Councillor M F Shellens proposed the insertion of the word “unanimously” after the words “Huntingdonshire District Council” in the second paragraph which was accepted by Councillor Gray.
Councillor J D Ablewhite informed Members that in his role as Police and Crime Commissioner a large amount of resources had been mobilised into local communities to support the victims, offer support and in an attempt to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
Councillor Gray requested Members to indicate their support for the motion by standing, rather than a show of hands. Whereupon, it was
that the Council condemn racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally and will not allow hate to become acceptable. Huntingdonshire District Council unanimously will work to ensure local bodies and programmes have support and resources needed to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia. The Council wishes to reassure all people living in Huntingdonshire that they are valued members of our community.
To consider a report by the Managing Director and the Monitoring Officer regarding proposals to establish a Combined Authority across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
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Further to Minute No. 60 of the meeting of the Council on 24th February 2016, the Council considered a report by the Managing Director and Monitoring Officer (a copy of which is appended in the Minute Book) to which was attached Appendices relating to the establishment of a Combined Authority across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough including the results of a Governance Review, a Devolution Deal proposal and draft Governance Scheme.
Members were acquainted with a presentation by Mr M Whiteley, Devolution Programme Manager. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation is appended in the Minute Book and would be circulated to all Members following the meeting. Mr Whiteley provided an overview of the Devolution Deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and highlighted the financial package available that was substantially more than the deal in Manchester. Members attention was drawn to the substantial rewards available through income and power.
The Council were informed of the changed geography of the deal since it was last considered and now only covered Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The investment through the deal would provide infrastructure investment of £20m per annum over 30 years, although not linked to inflation and a Housing Fund of £100m over five years.
Mr Whiteley referred to a meeting of Leaders and Chief Officers on 19 January 2016, whereby discussion ensued on the major challenges faced by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough including the provision of and correct mix of housing. Other areas highlighted included investment in the transport system and the considerable skills shortages.
Members were informed of the benefits of Devolution that would enable Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to create more investment to deliver economic growth and speed up the delivery of infrastructure to support the development. The Council were also advised of the benefits to the residents and businesses in Huntingdonshire, in particular the recognition of St Neots as a growth area.
Particular attention was drawn to the provision of multi-year transport budgets that would replace budgets previously not fixed which would provide infrastructure to support housing and employment developments. Attention was also drawn to potential to input into transport franchises and development of transport solutions such as a single ticketing model.
A comparison was provided of how Devolution could enable and accelerate the delivery of infrastructure compared to the top infrastructure priorities identified by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the additional funding through Devolution could be made available to identify infrastructure relevant to the area, as well as levering private sector investment.
Members were acquainted with details of a the development of a stronger role in the delivery of future housing proposals through a non-statutory Cambridgeshire and Peterborough spatial plan, plans for a suitably skilled workforce to exploit growth opportunities and the redesigning of public services through an integrated employment service delivered locally.
The Council were advised of the timetable for the establishment of a Combined Authority with a directly elected Mayor with first elections in May 2017. The Combined Authority would include representatives from each authority and ... view the full minutes text for item 17.