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Meeting: 24/04/2019 - Council (Item 538)

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To deal with the ATTACHED six questions received from members of the public in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10.


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Six questions had been received from members of the public.


[PQ2019-15] Mr Reeve of Potters Bar had submitted a question regarding the expenditure of income from Elstree Film Studios. The Leader of the Council responded that the budgeted rent for 2019/20 was £1.5 million. The rent, along with other income sources, collectively contributed to the Council’s overall revenue budget and was used to support the whole General Fund budget for the benefit of all areas of the Borough and not just a particular area. Mr Reeve asked what would happen if the Studios income was reduced. The Leader responded that the Council’s budget incorporated contingency and risk measures.


[PQ2019-14] Mr Hoffman of Arkley had submitted a question regarding communication standards. The Leader of the Council responded that all Hertsmere Councillors signed up to the Councillors’ Code of Conduct. The Code was based on the Nolan Principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership and set out how councillors should conduct themselves when carrying out their duties, including any communications they issued. Whether a Councillor had failed to comply with the Code fell within the jurisdiction of the Council’s Standards Committee. Mr Hoffman asked the Leader to apologise for a Conservative Association letter, signed by Conservative Councillors, being specifically sent to Jewish households and its contents. The Leader responded that the letter was based on research.


[PQ2019-16] Mr Burt of Borehamwood had submitted a question regarding the Maxwell Community Centre. The Leisure, Culture and Health Portfolioholder responded that there was a need for a new primary school and County Council had identified the Centre as a suitable site. Councillors had an ongoing dialogue with County Council to find alternative sites, such as land adjacent to Hertswood. Until County Council confirmed its intentions, Councillors would continue to campaign on behalf of the Centre. Mr Burt asked when the new school would be built. The Portfolioholder replied that County had said it would be in the next 2-3 years.


[PQ2019-17] Mr Skwirczynski of Radlett had submitted a question regarding new homes. The Leader of the Council responded that the Government had identified the need for 714 new dwellings per annum within Hertsmere. Thereafter the Council had to determine the location of such housing, which it had done via the Local Plan consultation process. Mr Skwirczynski asked how many new homes would be modular units for the homeless. The Leader replied that there were no current numbers other than the Crown Road development and that the Council deployed various options and tools to address homelessness.


[PQ2019-18] Ms Evans of Barnet asked a question regarding election frequency. The Leader of the Council responded that holding elections every four years was recommended practice by the Electoral Commission as it reduced voter fatigue and therefore could lead to increased voter turnout. It had also saved the Council around £60k per year. Ms Evans asked if it had caused smaller groups difficulties in attracting candidates. The Leader replied that having a four year gap gave smaller  ...  view the full minutes text for item 538