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On the agenda at Council – 12 September 2018

by Laura Johnston

A full meeting of the Council took place on Wednesday, 12, September 2018.

All the papers are available to view on the council’s website and here’s a summary of the main items discussed.

Community Governance Review of Parish and Town Councils

Council were updated on a further round of public consultation that has been undertaken as part of the Community Governance Review of Parish and Town Councils.  The consultation, which took place on 2 February 2018 until 19 March 2018, sought the views of the public on a proposal to reduce the number of Parish / Town Councillors in a number of areas across the borough.

Councillors agreed the next steps to submit proposals to the Local Government Boundary Commission.

Review of polling districts and places

During August 2018, the council’s Polling District Review Working Group considered representations received from Elected Members, the electorate, and other stakeholders about the current polling districts and places in Knowsley. Due to the demolition of a building which is currently used as a polling station, the working group has recommended a small number of changes to the current polling places. This will help to ensure that all electors have access and facilities to be able to vote. Members of Council agreed the recommended changes to polling stations with immediate effect.

Annual Reports 2017/2018

Council considered the 2017/18 annual reports from the Scrutiny Committees and the Governance and Audit Committee (formerly known as the Governance Committee). Both the annual reports highlight the valuable contributions made by these specialist functions to service delivery and improvement, policy development, and good corporate governance across the authority. Council agreed the reports which will be formally published on the council website.

Members’ Question Time

Question time which included a commitment from Council Leader Cllr Graham Morgan regarding the protection of Knowsley’s parks and green spaces, an update on the council’s work with KHT to support resident safety, as well as work to secure the future of the 139 Cumfybus service.

Notice of Motion: A People’s Vote on the Brexit Deal

Councillor Graham Morgan put forward a Notice of Motion calling upon the Government to allow the people of the UK to have a referendum on the final proposed ‘Brexit’ deal with the EU. Cllr Morgan’s motion voiced concern that uncertainty around the nature of the post-Brexit arrangements is jeopardising future investment and potential job opportunities in Knowsley. This motion was passed unanimously.

Want more detail on any of these items?

You can see the agenda and read the reports in full on the council website.