Agenda and minutes

Additional Meeting, Cabinet Member for Policing and Equalities
Tuesday, 18th June, 2019 10.00 am, NEW

Venue: Committee Room 3 - Council House. View directions

Contact: Lara Knight  Tel: 024 7697 2642 Email:  lara.knight@coventry.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no disclosable pecuniary interests.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 73 KB

(a)  To agree the minutes of the Cabinet Member for Policing and Equalities meeting held on 21st March, 2019

 

(b)  Matters arising

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 21st March 2019 were agreed and signed as a true record. There were no matters arising.

3.

Petition - Objection to the proposals to hold a Fun Fair on Stoke Green pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive (Place)

 

To consider the above petition, bearing 70 signatures which has been submitted by Councillor J McNicholas, a Lower Stoke Ward Councillor, who has been invited to the meeting for the consideration of this item along with the petition organisers.

 

(NOTE: Pursuant to Part 3e, Paragraph 19, of the City Council's Constitution, Councillor R Brown, the Chair of the Scrutiny Co-ordination Committee, (or his nominee) has been invited to attend for the consideration of this matter and to agree the need for urgency such that call-in arrangements will not apply. The reason for urgency being the Funfair operator is intended to be on site at Stoke Green Park on the 24th June 19 to start setting up and it is important to give the operator adequate notice to make the necessary preparations in time for the proposed event.)

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Policing and Equalities considered a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (Place) that responded to petitions received objecting to the siting of a fun fair on Stoke Green Park in June 2019.

 

Pursuant to Part 3e, Paragraph 19, of the City Council's Constitution, Councillor R Brown, the Chair of the Scrutiny Co-ordination Committee had been invited to attend the meeting for this matter to agree the need for urgency such that call-in arrangements would not apply. The reason for urgency being the Funfair operator intended to be on site at Stoke Green Park on the 24th June 19 to start setting up and it was important to give the operator adequate notice to make the necessary preparations in time for the proposed event. Councillor Brown attended the meeting and agreed that the matter was urgent and that call-in arrangements would not apply due to the timescales involved. Dependant on the Cabinet Member decision, this would enable the operator to make the necessary preparations and to hold the event at Stoke Green Park on the dates proposed or would provide sufficient notice to the operator if approval wasn’t granted.

 

A petition, bearing 70 signatures, with a further 38 signatures handed in at the meeting providing a total of 108 signatures, had been submitted by two residents of the Stoke Ward of the City and supported by Councillor J McNicholas, a Lower Stoke Ward Councillor, attended the meeting for consideration of the matter and spoke on behalf of the petitioners.

 

The petition read:

 

“Proposed fun fair to be held in Stoke Green Park. Objections: Conservation area, newly planted trees, old trees an existing safety issue not adequately fenced off against crowds, 9.30 cut off not for young children, parking already an issue, heavy vehicles churning up grass, littering already a problem. We feel a fun fair would exacerbate the stated existing problems and that there are far more suitable sites within the city”

 

A further petition, bearing 190 e-signatures, had been submitted by a resident of the Stoke Ward of the City, who was invited to the meeting for consideration of the matter and to speak on behalf of the petitioners but was unable to attend.

 

 The petition read:

 

“We call on Coventry City Council to stop the Fun Fair being held in Stoke Green Park from 27th – 30th June. We strongly object to it because of the problems it will bring with noise, litter, parking, damage to the park and the newly planted trees which have been purchased by residents as well as the nearby play area. We are also concerned about pollution of the environment from the generators used for the fun fair.

 

Councillor McNicholas indicated that in addition to these petitions, he was aware that a further online petition has also been generated via another Website, bearing approximately 300 signatures, also opposing the siting of the Funfair as Stoke Green Park.

 

The report indicated that reductions in the budgets set aside for the management  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Outstanding Issues pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive (Place)

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member considered a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (Place) that listed an outstanding issue that would be submitted to a future meeting and summarised the current position in respect of the item.

 

RESOLVED that the Cabinet Member for Policing and Equalities notes that a report relating to the outstanding issue listed would be submitted to the Cabinet Member at his October 2019 meeting.

5.

Any Other Business

To consider any other items of business which the Cabinet Member decides to take as a matter of urgency because of the special circumstances involved.

Minutes:

There were no other items of public business.