Agenda and minutes

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 140 KB

To approve as correct the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on the 12th February 2020.

(Note: If any Member wishes to propose an amendment to the minutes they should submit this in writing to at least 24 hours before the meeting.  Where applicable, the audio recording of the meeting will be checked to ensure the accuracy of the proposed amendment.)


The minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 12th February 202 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Declarations of Members' Interests

To receive any declarations of interest from Members


There were no declarations of interest.



To receive any announcements from the Chairman of the Council, the Leader, Members of the Cabinet or the Chief Executive


The Cabinet Member for Planning and Development announced that the Planning and Building Control Services were working through the Covid 19 lockdown period.   Both Planning Committees had worked well remotely, and the public had been effectively engaged.  The number of new applications that had been received had declined, and worked had temporarily halted on some existing projects.


She went on to say that the consultation period for the Local Plan had closed.


Questions from the Public

To receive questions from the public under Rules 4a.2(f) and 4a.8-18.



No questions relevant to the business of the meeting had been received.


Decisions Arising from the COVID-19 Emergency pdf icon PDF 165 KB

To note the report.


The Leader reported that the COVID-19 emergency and the subsequent lockdown and associated recession was having a devastating impact on the lives of residents and businesses.   The Government had required councils to carry out emergency action at considerable speed.  The impact on communities had generated issues which requied other fast decisions.

Governance of local authorities, specifically how we hold meetings, was based primarily on the 1972 Local Government Act.  This required Councillors to be present in a room in order to vote.  The regulations which allowed remote meetings came into effect on 10 April 2020.The report outlined, for noting, decisions made between 11 March 2020 and 10 April 2020 that had been made under the Head of Paid Services delegations for an emergency. 

The report asks Councils permission for some decisions around the lockdown and its impact that need making now.

The report tells Council about matters outside the Councils control that will impact its finances and its longer term financial viability.






i)             The decisions made by the Chief Executive under his Head of Paid Service powers outlined in section 3.1 be noted;


ii)            continued free access to the Council’s car parks until such time as the effect of the COVID-19 lockdownbecame sufficiently reduced to allow charging to resume, be approved ;


iii)           the Director of Corporate Resources be delegated, in consultation with the Leader as Cabinet Lead for Finance and Assets, the approval of the changes to Council’s Discretionary Hardship Scheme for Council Tax to allocate of the Local Council Tax Hardship scheme grant fairly.


iv)           the Director of Communities, in consultation with the Deputy Leader as Cabinet Lead for Leisure and Culture be delegated any payment holiday for Places Leisure created by the closure of Horsham District Council’s leisure centres by the Government.


v)            the financial position the Council finds itself in and the actions it may need to take in the current financial year and in setting its 2021/22 budget be noted.


vi)           The following amendments to the Constitution from 22 April 2020 until the end of the COVID-19 emergency be agreed:


a.    To allow meetings of the Council to be conducted remotely in line with The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 No.392.


b.    To authorise the Chief Executive (and Directors if the Chief Executive is not available) to cancel and to call meetings of Council and meetings of non-executive committees and sub-committees in consultation with the Council Leader, including cancelling meetings where there would be insufficient business for a meeting to take place.


c.    To agree to suspend the six-month rule in relation to Members attending meetings of the Council and the Committees on which they serve, pursuant to Section 85 (1) of the Local Government Act 1972. 


Members' Questions on Notice

To receive questions from Members under Rules 4a.20(b)-25 of the Constitution.


There were no Member’s questions.


Urgent Business

To consider matters certified by the Chairman as urgent


There was no urgent business.