Council - Thursday, 20 January 2022 7.00pm

Venue: St George's Centre, Pembroke Road, Chatham Maritime, Chatham ME4 4UH. View directions

Contact: Wayne Hemingway, Head of Democratic Services 


No. Item


Apologies for absence


Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Other Significant Interests pdf icon PDF 371 KB

Members are invited to disclose any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Significant Interests in accordance with the Member Code of Conduct.  Guidance on this is set out in agenda item 2.



Record of meeting pdf icon PDF 199 KB

To approve the record of the meetings held on 7 October 2021.

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Mayor's announcements


Leader's announcements




Public questions pdf icon PDF 153 KB

This report sets out the public questions received for this meeting. 


Leader's report pdf icon PDF 108 KB

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Overview and scrutiny activity pdf icon PDF 231 KB


Members' questions pdf icon PDF 159 KB

This report sets out the Members’ questions received for this meeting. 


Public Space Protection Orders Extension pdf icon PDF 149 KB

This report requests Council approval of the boundary extension of the existing three town centre Public Space Protection Order schemes in Chatham, Rochester and Strood, as recommended by the Cabinet when it considered the report on 14 December 2021.

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Annual Review of the School Place Planning Strategy 2018-22 - Addition to the Capital Programme pdf icon PDF 2 MB

This annual summary report provides an update on the progress made against the School Place Planning Strategy 2018-22. It highlights areas of demand for school places and makes recommendations to ensure that appropriate levels of good quality school places are available.


The report seeks Council approval to make an addition to the Capital Programme in support of the proposals that were agreed by the Cabinet on 19 October 2021.


Appointment of External Auditor pdf icon PDF 182 KB

This report sets out the options for the Council to appoint an external auditor for the 2023/24 financial year onwards, following the end of the current contract arrangement with Grant Thornton.


The report seeks Council approval to ‘opt-in’ to a Sector Led Body appointed by the Secretary of State under the Act, as recommended by the Audit Committee when it considered the report on 11 November 2021.


Appointments to the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 153 KB

This report recommends that the Council agrees the appointment of a teacher representative, a named substitute for the same position and a Church of England Diocese – Rochester Diocesan Board of Education representative, to the Council’s Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

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Schedule of Meetings 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 101 KB

This report asks the Council to consider a provisional programme of meetings for the 2022/23 municipal year, as set out in Appendix 1, for recommendation to the Annual Meeting of the Council on 18 May 2022.

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Use of Urgency Provisions pdf icon PDF 114 KB

This report provides details of recent usage of urgency provisions contained within the Constitution.




Councillor Mrs Josie Iles, supported by Councillor Gulvin, submitted the following:

Care Leaver Covenant


This Council notes that in July 2016, the Government published a major policy document ‘Keep on Caring’ to support young people from care to independence.


A key policy commitment in the paper is a strategic pledge to introduce a Care Leaver Covenant. The Covenant is a promise made by the private, public and voluntary sectors to provide support for care leavers aged 16-25 to help them to live independently.


The aim of the Care Leaver Covenant, to which organisations commit, is to provide additional support for those leaving care; making available a different type of support and expertise from that statutorily provided by local authorities.


This Council is committed to ensuring our care leavers receive the best possible support once they leave the care system. The Council has placed a significant focus on this, as the Leader of the Council announced in his April 2021 Council speech and have created a new service dedicated to the matter.


This Council has the same aspirations for a Care Leaver as a good parent would have for their own child. It means providing them with the stability and support they need to make progress, and helping them to access new opportunities and experiences that inspire them to set ambitious goals for themselves.


This Council is committed to rethinking how services are delivered and what support is provided, with a strong focus on finding new and better ways of helping care leavers.


This Council will continue to strengthen the culture of corporate parenting, so that they better respond to care leavers’ needs.


This Council requests the Cabinet to receive a report which will set out proposals to formulate a formal agreement for how everyone in the Council can be involved in upholding and developing this pledge to ensure it is as successful as possible and make sure the Council supports everybody leaving care post 16.


Councillor Osborne, supported by Councillor Van Dyke, submitted the following:

This Council notes that:


1.      There were 29,652 recorded crimes (April 20 – March 21, Kent Police Data November 2021).


2.      There were 106 crimes per 1000 people according to the Community Safety Partnership report agreed in December 2021.


3.      The Victim Based Crime Statistics highlight Medway is the fifth highest Unitary Authority area for reported crime per 1,000 people. Higher than other major urban areas like Bristol, Nottingham, Darlington, Thurrock and Brighton & Hove.


4.      There were 9574 incidents between Apr 20 - Mar 21 of anti-social behaviour representing a 59% increase or 3551 additional incidents on the prior reporting period representing a significant spike in anti-social behaviour.


5.      That Medway has had a relatively high level of crime for a sustained period; and that the Community Safety Partnership annual report does not provide sufficient contextual benchmarking data for Member scrutiny.


This Council also believes that:


1.      That several inner urban Medway wards are amongst the highest level of reported crime in the South East region.


2.      That Medway is not getting sufficient resources from the Kent Police & Crime Commissioner and this needs to become a strategic priority for Kent Police.


Therefore, this Council resolves to:


1.      To ensure the next Community Safety Partnership Annual Update report includes datasets with peer-based authority comparisons; victim based crime data (per 1,000) and local authority heat map comparisons.


2.      To write to the Kent PCC to request allocation of an additional 80 Police officers to Medway from April 2022 in light of additional Kent Police budget capacity, ensuring a visible deterrent to crime.