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Items
No. Item

55.

Attendance by Reserve Members

To note the attendance at this meeting of any duly appointed Reserve Members.

 

Reserve Members may attend meetings:-

 

(i)                 to take the place of an ordinary Member for whom they are a reserve;

(ii)               where the ordinary Member will be absent for the whole of the meeting; and

(iii)             the meeting notes at the start of the meeting at the item ‘Reserves’ that the Reserve Member is or will be attending as a reserve;

(iv)              if a Reserve Member whose intention to attend has been noted arrives after the commencement of the meeting, then that Reserve Member can only act as a Member from the start of the next item of business on the agenda after his/her arrival.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note the attendance at this meeting of the following duly appointed Reserve Member:-

 

Ordinary Member

 

Reserve Member

 

Councillor Susan Hall

CouncillorMrs Myra Michael

 

56.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of personal or prejudicial interests, arising from business to be transacted at this meeting, from:

 

(a)               all Members of the Committee, Sub Committee, Panel or Forum;

(b)               all other Members present in any part of the room or chamber.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that there were no declarations of interests made.

57.

Appointment of Vice Chairman

To appoint a Vice-Chairman for the remainder of the Municipal Year 2009/10.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Susan Hall and Councillor Mrinal Choudhury were both nominated to be Vice?Chairman of the Panel for the remainder of the Municipal Year 2009/10.

 

The nominations were put to the vote.

 

RESOLVED: That Councillor Susan Hall be appointed as Vice?Chairman of the Harrow Business Consultative Panel for the remainder of the Municipal Year 2009/10.

58.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 18 KB

That the minutes of the meeting held on 29 January 2009 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 29 January 2009 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

59.

Public Questions, Petitions and Deputations

To receive questions (if any) from local residents or organisations under the provisions of Advisory Panel and Consultative Forum Procedure Rule 16 (Part 4E of the Constitution).

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that no public questions were put, or petitions or deputations received at this meeting under the provisions of Advisory Panel and Consultative Forum Procedure Rules 16, 14 and 15 respectively.

RESOLVED ITEMS

60.

INFORMATION REPORT - Stakeholder Meetings on Budget pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Report of the Corporate Director Finance.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members expressed concern at the role and function of the Panel.  Members commented that if discussion had previously taken place with other stakeholders, details of those meetings should have been presented to the Panel.  Officers explained that this meeting was part of a programme of consultation.  There was a statutory requirement to consult the Business Community on the budget proposals.  This was the purpose of the meeting. It was not the purpose of the meeting to receive feedback from other stakeholder groups.  Business representatives had been invited to the meeting and the purpose was to present the key aspects of the proposed budget to them to seek any comments.

 

Members expressed that, in their view, the meeting did not feel like it was contributing to the consultation process and that the information was simply being presented.  Members made a number of suggestions to address these concerns which included appointing a co?optee for future meetings and liaising with partner, such as Harrow in Business, to identify ideas on how the meeting is conducted.

 

RESOLVED: That the item be noted.

61.

Business Rates in 2010/11 pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Presentation of the Corporate Director Finance.

Minutes:

In accordance with the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985, the Panel received a report detailing a presentation on Business Rates, which was admitted late to the agenda as the Council was waiting for Central Government confirmation of schemes and figures which were only recently released.

 

Officers explained that the Council had created a fund for hardship relief, whose actual value was worth £200,000.  Cases for hardship relief were usually identified by the Council either through referrals or through Council investigation.  The Council would be publicising this facility much more widely in the upcoming months.  Additionally the officer explained that business rates were collected by the Council on behalf of the Government.  These monies were not automatically obtained by the Council.

 

RESOLVED: That the item be noted.