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Full Authority
11 Oct 2016 - 10:30 to 11:50
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Documents

Agenda

Agenda Items
1 Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
2 Declarations of Interest (if any)
This item allows the Chairman to invite any Councillor to declare an interest in any of the items on this Agenda.
To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 16 June 2016.
97
Resolved that the minutes of the meeting of the Fire Authority held on 16 June 2016 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
4 Chairman’s Announcements
To update Members on recent activities.
98

The Chairman informed the Authority of recent events he had attended:

  • Worcestershire Awards Ceremony on Friday 16 September;
  • Visit to Malvern Fire Station with Members on 27 September; and
  • Official Turf Cutting ceremony with the Police and Crime Commissioner at Hindlip on 7 October

and also announced the carol service that was being held on Saturday 10 December at Holy Trinity Church in Hereford which all Members were invited to.

The  Chairman welcomed the Police and Crime Commissioner to the meeting.

5 Public Participation
To allow a Member of the public to present a petition, ask a question or make a statement relating to any topic concerning the duties and powers of the Authority.

Members of the public wishing to take part should notify the Head of Legal Services in writing or by email indicating both the nature and content of their proposed participation to be received no later than 2 clear working days before the meeting (in this case 6 October 2016). Further details about public participation are available on the website. Enquiries can also be made through the telephone numbers/email listed below.
99
None.
To make proposals to enable the Police & Crime Commissioner for West Mercia to attend, speak but not vote at meetings of the Fire Authority.
100

A report was presented to Members to consider proposals to enable the Police & Crime Commissioner for West Mercia to attend, participate but not vote at meetings of the Fire Authority. Members agreed that the Authority's Constitution be amended to accommodate the Police & Crime Commissioner at future meetings.

RESOLVED that the Authority's Constitution be amended by the inclusion of the additions set out in the appendix to the report.

To approve arrangements for the appointment of external auditors following the end of the transitional arrangements at the conclusion of the 2017/18 audits.
101

A report was presented to Members to approve arrangements for the appointment of external auditors following the end of the transitional arrangements at the conclusion of the 2017/18 audits.

[Councillor Jenkins entered the meeting at 10.40am].

Members were advised that a Sector Led Body would have the ability to negotiate contracts with the firms nationally, maximising the opportunities for the most economic and efficient approach to procurement of external audit on behalf of the whole sector. Members expressed concern that current external fee levels were predicted to increase when the current contract ends in 2018 and some Members doubted this would be the case but agreed that the Authority should "opt in" to Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd.

RESOLVED that the Authority "opt in" to Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd (PSAA) for the procurement of future external audit provision.

To consider changes to the Medium Term Financial Plan, as recommended by the Policy & Resources Committee.
102

Following the report that was presented to the Policy and Resources Committee on 21 September 2016, Members were advised of the efficiencies made by the Authority and asked to approve amendments to the Medium Term Financial Plan.

RESOLVED that amendments to the Medium Term Financial Plan resulting in a revised budget gap of £1.657m by 2019/20 be approved.

To receive the outcome of the public consultation on suitable sites for the proposed Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub.

103

At the start of the item, the Head of Legal explained that if the proposal for a Wyre Forest Hub was approved in principle, there was a subsequent report later on the agenda which would be in private to consider the final decision on progressing the project to fruition, budget allocation and choice of preferred site.

Opinion Research Services then provided a detailed presentation to Members on the outcome of the public consultation on suitable sites for the proposed Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub. The public consultation had been a comprehensive and fair process. In general, there was no overall preference amongst the public in favour of either site and both sites were considered acceptable to the public, although there were still some people opposed to the principle of a single Wyre Forest Hub. Although there had been relatively few responses to the consultation, public meetings and forums had been well publicised.

Members were asked to consider whether, in principle, the Authority should proceed with the development of a Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub and the subsequent closure of the three existing fire stations at Bewdley, Kidderminster and Stourport.

Members also commented on the new Hoobrook Ringway and how this was helping traffic in the proposed area.

RESOLVED that:

i) the report from Opinion Research Services, which sets out the feedback from formal public consultation exercises in respect of two suitable sites for the proposed Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub, be noted;

ii) subject to land acquisition and approval of building costs, it be agreed in principle to relocate the existing fire appliances, resources and crews of Kidderminster, Stourport-on-Severn and Bewdley fire stations into the proposed Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub.

 

To inform the Authority of recent key developments and activities.
104

The Chief Fire Officer informed the Authority of recent key developments and activities, which included:

  • A large fire at a wax recycling plant in Bromsgrove which he had attended personally;
  • Worcestershire Awards and Medals Ceremony;
  • National Challenges;
  • Service Exercise;
  • Station Open Days; and
  • Safety Campaigns.

Members congratulated the Chief Fire Officer on the success of the Service Exercise and emphasised how impressive the realism of the scenario was. Members requested that the learning from the exercise was shared with them. Thanks were also passed to Committee  and Members' Services Officers for supporting Members on the Exercise.

Members commented on the Dying to Drive campaign and the Chief Fire Officer, who had attended the Worcester and Leominster campaigns, confirmed they were well attended.

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 4 July 2016.
105

The Chairman of the Committee reported the proceedings of the Audit and Standards Committee meeting held on 4 July 2016.

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Audit and Standards Committee meeting held on 4 July 2016 be received and noted.

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 21 September 2016.
106

The Vice-Chairman of the Committee reported the proceedings of the Policy and Resources Committee meeting held on 21 September 2016.

Members queried the Hereford Slipway item and questionned the feasibility study. Members were advised that a further report would be submitted back to the Policy and Resources Committee as appropriate.

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Policy and Resources Committee meeting held on 21 September 2016 be received and noted.

13 Exclusion of the Press and Public
In the opinion of the Clerk to the Authority the meeting will not be, or is not likely to be open to the public at the time Item 14 is considered for the following reason:

Item 14 is likely to disclose information relating to the financial affairs or business affairs of any particualr person (including the authority holding that information).
107

The Authority were asked to exclude members of the public and press from Agenda Item 14.

RESOLVED that the Authority agree to exclude members of the public and press as the following item is likely to disclose information relating to the financial affairs or business affairs of any particular person (incuding the authority holding that information).

14 Wyre Forest Emergency Hub - Land Acquisition & Costs
  1. 14. EXEMPT Wyre Forest Hub - Land Acquisition v3
    • Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information);
    1. EXEMPT 14. App 1 Kidderminster Land at Silverwoods Way
      • Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information);
    2. EXEMPT 14. App 2 Land at Stourport Road v1 0_2
      • Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information);

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
No declarations of interest have been entered for this meeting.

Visitors

Also in attendance at the above meeting was:

Police and Crime Commissioner Councillor John Campion




___ Members of public expressed a desire to address the meeting.