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i. To receive any apologies for absence.
ii. To receive any declarations of interest.
iii. To receive any announcements by the Mayor.
There were no declarations of interest at this stage but members declared personal interests at the appropriate times during the meeting when they were nominated for appointments.
Appointment of Mayor/Chair of Council
The Leader proposed that Councillor D Williams was elected Mayor of the City of Newport for the coming year and this was seconded by Councillor Matthew Evans.
It was unanimously resolved that Councillor David Williams be elected Mayor of the City of Newport and Chair of Council for the municipal year 2021/22.
The Leader congratulated Councillor Williams on his appointment and welcomed him as the Mayor of Newport for 2021/22.
Councillor Williams took over as Chair and thanked the Leader and Council. The Mayor said that it was a great honour to accept the nomination of Mayor and was looking forward to serving the City as its First Citizen.
The Mayor thanked the Outgoing Mayor, Councillor Suller and the Lady Mayoress for their sterling work during the past year.
The Mayor announced that his nominated charity would be Newport Mind and the Friends of Gwent Music. The Mayoral Chaplain was the Reverend Chris Stone.
The Mayor invited the outgoing Mayor to say a few words and proposed a vote of thanks to Councillor Suller.
Councillor Suller congratulated the new Mayor and thanked everyone for their support during the past year, particularly his Deputy Mayor Councillor Dudley and his wife Pat. He mentioned a number of highlight events and the honour of raising awareness for his chosen charity Alzheimer’s Wales.
Appointment of the Deputy Mayor
The Mayor was pleased to announce that Councillor Kellaway had kindly agreed to serve as his Deputy Mayor.
Appointment of the Leader of the Council
To make an appointment of the post of the Leader of the Council.
The Leader may then announce appointments of Cabinet Members and the Opposition Group Leaders may announce any Shadow Cabinet appointments, if they so wish.
The Mayor invited someone to move the appointment of Leader of the Council.
Councillor Mudd declared an interest at this point.
It was moved and seconded that Councillor Mudd be appointed as leader of the Council.
That Councillor Mudd be appointed as Leader of the Council.
The Leader, as elected announced her appointment of Cabinet Members:
Councillor Matthew Evans then announced the Shadow appointments.
Appointments to Chairs of Committees
To appoint chairs to the Planning and Licensing Committees; Scrutiny Committees and the Democratic Services Committee.
Following nominations by the Leaders of their respective parties, and the nominations having been duly seconded, it was Resolved that the following Committee Chair appointments be agreed by Council:
(The nominated persons listed above declared an interest in this item and did not vote on their specific appointments).
Appointments to Committees
To give effect to appointments of members to Committees by the political Groups.
The Council gave effect to appointments to Committees by the political groups.
Each Group Leader agreed to pass the appointments of members to the Committee to the Proper Officer for recording in the Minutes.
The following allocation of Committee seats was confirmed:-
* Chair appointed by the Committee
Co-opted Members: Andrew Mitchell (Chair), John Davies, Tracey Britton, Kerry Watkins.
Appointments to External Bodies
To give effect to appointments of members to external bodies.
The Council gave effect to appointments of members to external bodies.
Each Group Leaders agreed to pass the appointments to Outside Bodies and members with Special Responsibilities to the Proper Officer for recording in the Minutes. See Appendix 1 below.
Appointments to Standards Committee
The Mayor moved the recommendation from the Standards Committee Appointments Panel that Richard Morgan be appointed with immediate effect as a new independent member of Standards Committee and Gill Nurton be appointed as from October 2021, when a further vacancy arises.
The motion having been duly seconded.
That Richard Morgan be appointed as a new independent member of standards committee with immediate effect and that Gill Nurton be appointed as a new independent member when a further vacancy arises in October 2021
The Mayor invited the Leader to introduce the report to Council.
The Leader advised councillors that Cabinet gave the green light to commence the Local Development Plan review process back in October last year. The first tasks in this process required the creation of a Review Report and a Delivery Agreement.
The Replacement LDP Review Report document set out the key legislation and policy changes, which have occurred since the adoption of the LDP back in 2015. The document also included an assessment of what LDP polices were working well and which need to be reviewed.
The Replacement LDP Delivery Agreement was a timetable setting out how the Council intended to manage and deliver the LDP. It also set out who, when and how the Council would consult and engage during the production of the Replacement LDP.
Both of these draft documents were subject to public consultation for 8 weeks’ between January and March 2021.
In respect of Consultation Feedback on the Review Report:
Appendix A of the Council Report set out all responses received. In general, comments were supportive of the Review Report and agreed that a review of the LDP should progress.
Some responses to note included:
· The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales noted that planning was a priority area in delivering the well-being goals.
· Requests to halt any development in the Gwent Levels. The impact of large renewable energy schemes was a particular concern.
· With the Welsh Government declaring a biodiversity and climate change emergency, the effectiveness of current policy to protect and enhance ecology was raised.
· The continuation of a brownfield strategy was supported along with the need to ensure the plan’s strategy does not lead to social detriment.
· The role and importance of mineral planning for Newport and the region.
· The need for us to consider access to the river for recreation and lifeboat services.
· The need to review tourism policy and recognise important this is to Newport’s economy.
· The impact from Covid 19 and using planning as a tool to aid recovery.
· The importance and opportunities that result from Heritage and its role in the Newport Offer.
· The need to focus on the regeneration of the City Centre, and
· The opportunities arising from national and regional public transport improvements.
In relation to the Delivery Agreement:
Appendix B of the Report sets out all responses received. Again, there was general support for the Delivery Agreement and some of the comments received included:
· Support for the proposed timetable.
· Helpful links to stakeholders who had not been identified in the draft.
· Questions on the impact on engagement with Covid-19, and
· The need for transparency of decision making throughout the Replacement LDP process.
As a result of the public consultation, a small number of minor changes were made to both documents. These changes were set out in the appendices and links to the new draft documents were also contained within the report.
Council were therefore asked to consider and approve these documents and agree for them to ... view the full minutes text for item 9.
Appendix 1 - Outside Bodies