Two meetings of Knowsley Council have taken place tonight, with a number of items on the agenda.
The first of the meetings saw former councillor, Robert Maguire, conferred with the title of Honorary Alderman, in recognition of his service to the borough.
Mr Maguire served on the council for 28 years, sitting on numerous committees and serving a term as Mayor of Knowsley, something he described as the “highlight” of his time.
Tributes and congratulations were offered from colleagues including Cllr Andy Moorhead, Graham Morgan, Brian O’Hare and Ian Smith before Mr Maguire officially signed the roll of honour.
At 6pm the full Council meeting began.
Items on the agenda included:
Children and Young People’s Plan 2017-20
A draft Children and Young People’s Plan for 2017-2020 was approved.
The plan has been put together in consultation with children, young people and the council’s partners from the Children and Families Partnership. It looks at local need and performance data to set out priorities for the next four years.
Appointment of External auditors
Councillors heard about the possible approaches to the appointment of external auditors by the council. It is important that auditors are independent of the council, to enable them to inspect operations with objectivity and credibility.
Members agreed to accept a recommendation to opt into the national Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited, an organisation with significant experience in appointing auditors, managing contracts with audit firms and setting and determining audit fees.
Under the national scheme, Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited would take full responsibility for local auditor appointments, providing the council with a high quality, value for money, professional service.
Council tax base and forecast
Councillors considered a number of recommendations relating to the collection of Council Tax and Business Rates in 2017/18.
Time was set aside for both members of the public and members of the council to ask questions.
Protecting the future of Knowsley’s parks
A notice of motion was put forward by Cllr Eddie Connor, seconded by Cllr Gary See, setting out an alternative delivery option which would protect the borough’s parks from cuts to council funding. The motion, which was carried, proposed that a working group be established to explore all the options available.
Support for the GMB’s campaign to stop sales of The Sun newspaper in Knowsley
Cllr Andy Moorhead put forward a Notice of Motion, seconded by Cllr Christine O’Hare, asking councillors to back the GMB’s campaign asking retailers not to stock The Sun newspaper. The campaign is as a result of the newspaper’s coverage of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, and its failure to apologise until recently. It was agreed by councillors.
Find out more
A video of the meeting will also be available on the council’s YouTube channel on Thursday, 26 January.