Town Council Meeting
Meeting of Crewe Town Council, 28th September 2021, 7pm, Salvation Army Hall, Crewe
In attendance: Cllr Emma Angier Cllr Tess Buckley Cllr Joe Cosby Cllr Tom Dunlop
Cllr Hazel Faddes Cllr Lena Hogben Cllr Marilyn Houston Cllr Benn Minshall
Cllr Jill Rhodes Cllr Nan Walton Cllr Ben Wye
|To receive and consider apologies for absence
- Cllrs Coiley, Messent, Morrisey, Palin, John Rhodes and Straine-Francis
|To note declarations of Members’ interests
|To confirm and sign the minutes of the Crewe Town Council Meeting held on 29th June 2021
RESOLVED: That the minutes are approved as a true record of the meeting
|A PERIOD NOT EXCEEDING 15 MINUTES FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ASK QUESTIONS OR SUBMIT COMMENTS.
4.1 The council was asked to consider supporting the White Ribbon campaign, seeking to end violence against women.
Members discussed the request and voiced support for the principle.
RESOLVED: That the officers present the Community Plan Committee with a report for consideration of means to progress this work
4.2 The council received a written communication relating to a member of the public’s experience when visiting Crewe
Members expressed support for the comments and sentiments expressed in the letter and reflected the work being progressed to improve public realm maintenance as well as potentially introducing more public realm furniture (benches).
|4.3 The council was asked how building mural might be progressed in Crewe
Members expressed support for the suggestion
RESOLVED: That the Marketing & Events Committee will progress consideration of how murals can be introduced to the town centre
|4.4 The council was prompted to consider a response to COP26 (Climate Summit)
Members noted the comments
|To receive updates from Committee Chairs in relation to meetings held since the previous Crewe Town Council meeting on 29th June 2021:-
a. Committee: Finance and Governance
Meeting held: 14th September 2021;
RESOLVED: To adopt the Co-option Policy as recommended by the Finance and Governance Committee
RESOLVED: To schedule a meeting of Council for Tuesday 9th November for the purposes of co-option
RESOLVED: that payments can be made by BACS, CHAPS or Standing Order for the next two years as per the Councils Financial Regulations
RESOLVED: To approve the governance documents reviewed as part of the ongoing rolling process for governance resilience.
RESOLVED: To confirm the decision of the committee to progress an application for City Status within the Platinum Jubilee Honours.
b. Committee: Operations and Improvement
Meetings held: 21st July 2021
RESOLVED: To adopt the draft Parks & Open Spaces Strategy
c. Committee: Marketing and Events
Meetings held: 19th July 2021
Items for consideration: None
d. Committee: Planning
Meetings held: 22nd June 2021
Items for consideration: None
e. Committee: Community Plan
Meetings held: 12th July 2021
RESOLVED: That Crewe Town Council supports the campaign to achieve Fairtrade status for Crewe as detailed in the Fairtrade Foundation Fairtrade Towns Initiative
f. Committee: Personnel
Meetings held: 7th September 2021
Cllr Jill Rhodes firstly expressed thanks for Hannah Marr’s work over the years, particularly during difficult times for the town and council, who recently left Crewe Town Council for a new role
RESOLVED: That the amended structure (of Community & Funding Officer (interim), Finance Officer and deletion of Engagement and Finance Manager post) is recommended to council for adoption and the associated actions put in place once ratified.
|To note any updates from members having attended external meetings
Cllr Cosby – Attended meetings with the Railway Cottages and expressed concern at support not received from Cheshire East Highways in relation to planned grant application(s) associated with the ongoing work on these heritage buildings and shared spaces.
Cllr Jill Rhodes – Attended the Crewe Town Board, which is progressing decisions associated with the Town Investment Plan funding offered to Crewe of £22.9million. Decisions related to the projects to be delivered will be made at the start of October
Cllrs Cosby, Faddes and Wye attended the HS2 community engagement meeting at the Mornflake Stadium. Cllr Wye recommended that Crewe Town Councillor questions are collated and presented to HS2 representatives at a one to one meeting in October.
|To note, consider and approve payments (1/5/21 to 31/8/21) to the value of £60,159.69 and spend to date as shown in the provided reports
RESOLVED: That the spend of £60,159.69 is approved
|As recommended by the Finance and Governance Committee, that the conclusion of External Audit is approved
|RESOLVED: That the conclusion of the Crewe Town Council External Audit for 2020/21 is approved
|Consideration of items falling due from the Marketing & Events Committee
9.1 To seek consideration from members to move forward with the development of a Crewe Town Council (draft) Communications Strategy and (draft) Communications Action Plan
RESOLVED: That the draft strategy and communications action plan is approved.
9.2 To seek consideration from members to move forward with a proposal to establish a Crewe Community Programming Group. To submit a funding application to the National Lottery Community Fund to support the programme of work - £10,000
RESOLVED: That the national lottery funding application is approved.
9.3 To consider the programme for Lumen art trail 2021 and any associated increase in provision
RESOLVED: That the Lumen art trail provision and associated additional reserve spend of £30,000 is approved.
9.4 To consider the programme for Christmas activity 2021 and any associated costs
RESOLVED: That the Christmas activity for 2021 and associated additional reserve spend of £22,000 is approved, subject to public health approval of the activities.
|To note progress on the budget setting process for 2022/23.
To note the date of the next meeting of Crewe Town Council as Tuesday 9th November 2021 at 7pm. Location and meeting format to be confirmed subject to Covid-19 restrictions and considerations at that time.
Meeting closed at: 7.49pm
Chair Cllr Tom Dunlop
Clerk P Turner