Agenda and minutes

Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority
Friday, 7th June, 2019 10.30 am

Venue: Fire and Rescue Services HQ, Bestwood Lodge, Arnold Nottingham NG5 8PD

Contact: Cath Ziane-Pryor  Email: catherine.pryor@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR

Minutes:

RESOLVED to appoint Councillor Michael Payne as Chair of the Authority for the 2019-20 municipal year.

2.

APPOINTMENT OF VICE-CHAIR

Minutes:

RESOLVED to appoint Councillor Toby Neal as Vice-Chair for the 2019-20 municipal year.

3.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Councillor Jason Zadrozny - personal

4.

DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS

Minutes:

None.

5.

CHAIRS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed everyone, especially the new members for whom an information pack is provided.

 

The Chair commented that he intended to continue in the same vein as the previous Chairs of Councillor Grocock and Councillor Pulk, in continuing to work with the Authority’s opposition members, for the benefit of the Service and firefighters. It is proposed that informal group leader meetings will be held to ensure that the current good relationship continues and information is shared.

 

For the benefit of new members, Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping was introduced as a non-voting but very supportive member of the Authority and Service who contributes to meetings. It was noted that once proposed future changes in legislation are enacted, it will mean that Paddy Tipping will become a voting member of the Authority.

 

Thanks were expressed to past members of the Authority. For those who had served for the past 4 years and more, a certificate of Service will be presented at the September Fire Authority meeting in recognition of their dedication and passion towards the Service. This includes former Councillor Malcolm Wood, Councillor Eunice Campbell-Clark, Councillor Mohammed Saghir, Councillor Patience Ifediora, former Councillor Jackie Morris, Councillor Kevin Rostance, Councillor Francis Purdue-Horan and of course former Councillor Brian Grocock who served as a member of the Authority from 1997 and was highly respected, especially as Chair of the Authority. Former Councillor Malcolm Wood also contributed greatly and was an exemplary Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee, proving a strong financial strategist during very difficult times.

 

The HMICFRS inspection has concluded and whilst the draft report has been provided to the Chief Fire Officer for comment, it is embargoed but is predicted to be published within the next few weeks.

 

As part of the strategic collaboration commitment, discussions are taking place with regard to the potential for the Police to share space within the West Bridgford Fire Station. More information will be provided through the normal reporting processes in due course.

 

Councillor Andrew Brown, Lead Opposition member, congratulated Councillor Payne on his appointment and confirmed that he and his colleagues intended the good cross-party working relationship to continue, with the aims of extending collaboration with other Fire and Rescue Services and exploring further financially beneficial ventures. Councillor Brown added that the current levels of reserves need to be preserved and can no longer be used to provide a balance budget unless in exceptional circumstances. It is recognised that there are further challenges ahead for the Fire and Rescue Service.

 

In conclusion, the Chair reminded members that a comprehensive spending review was predicted either next year or the year after and that all political parties needed to recognise the valuable work of the Fire and Rescue Service.

 

6.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 334 KB

Of the meeting held on 15 February 2019 (for confirmation)

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 15 February 2019 were confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

7.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE AUTHORITY, APPOINTMENTS TO COMMITTEES AND BOARDS AND DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 169 KB

Report of the Clerk and Monitoring Officer

Minutes:

Malcolm Townroe, Clerk and Monitoring Officer, presented the report which lists the Councillors appointed to the Authority by their respective Councils, presents political balance for group places on Committees and asks that groups appoint members to the committees and boards listed.

 

RESOLVED

 

(1)  to note the following appointments to the Authority:

 

Nottingham City Council:

 

Councillor Jawaid Khalil (Labour) 

Councillor Gul Nawaz Khan (Labour)

Councillor Salma Mumtaz (Labour)

Councillor Toby Neal (Labour)

Councillor Shuguftah Quddoos (Labour)

Councillor Nick Raine (Labour)

 

  Nottinghamshire County Council:

 

Councillor Andrew Brown (Conservative)

Councillor John Clarke (Labour)

Councillor Sybil Fielding (Labour)

Councillor Vaughan Hopewell (Mansfield Independent)

Councillor John Longdon (Conservative)

Councillor Michael Payne (Labour)

Councillor Mike Quigley MBE (Conservative)

Councillor Sue Saddington (Conservative)

Councillor Parry Tsimbiridis (Labour)

Councillor Stuart Wallace (Conservative)

Councillor Jonathan Wheeler (Conservative)

Councillor Jason Zadrozny (Ashfield Independent)

 

(2)  to approve the Committee Structure;

 

(3)  to approve the following appointments, Chairs of Committees and dates of meetings:

 

Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority

(10.30 am unless otherwise stated)

26 July 2019 (1.30pm)

27 September 2019

  13 December 2019

28 February 2020

(05 June 2020 - AGM)

 

  Policy and Strategy Committee (10.00 am )

12 July 2019   Councillor Michael Payne (Chair)

08 November 2019   Councillor Toby Neal

31 January 2020  Councillor John Clarke

01 May 2020  Councillor Sybil Fielding

  Councillor Andrew Brown

  Councillor Jonathan Wheeler

 

Human Resources Committee (10.00 am)

05 July 2019  Councillor Shuguftah Quddoos (Chair)

18 October 2019   Councillor Jawaid Khalil

20 January 2020  Councillor Salma Mumtaz

24 April 2020  Councillor Vaughan Hopewell

  Councillor John Longdon

 

Community Safety Committee (10.00 am)

21 June 2019  Councillor Nick Raine (Chair)

04 October 2019  Councillor Parry Tsimbiridis

10 January 2020  Councillor Gul Nawaz Khan

27 March 2020  Councillor Sue Saddington

  Councillor Stuart Wallace

  Councillor Jason Zadrozny

 

Finance and Resources Committee (10.00 am)

28 June 2019  Councillor John Clarke (Chair)

11 October 2019  Councillor Toby Neal

17 January 2020  Councillor Nick Raine

03 April 2020   Councillor Andrew Brown

  Councillor Mike Quigley MBE

 

Personnel Committee (to meet as required, Chair appointed at each meeting)

Councillor Toby Neal

Councillor Shuguftah Quddoos

Councillor Parry Tsimbiridis

Councillor Jawaid Khalil

Councillor Mike Quigley MBE

Councillor Sue Saddington

Councillor John Longdon

 

Appointments Committee (to meet as required)

Councillor Michael Payne

Councillor Toby Neal

Councillor John Clarke

Councillor Andrew Brown

Councillor Vaughan Hopewell

Councillor Jason Zadrozny

 

Strategic Inclusion Board (at the rising of each full Fire Authority meeting excluding the AGM).

Councillor Michael Payne

Councillor Toby Neal

Councillor Shuguftah Quddoos

Councillor Andrew Brown

Councillor Stuart Wallace

Councillor Jason Zadrozny

 

Pensions Board

Councillor Sybil Fielding

(Councillor Toby Neal as substitute)

 

Trading Company

Councillor Michael Payne

Councillor Toby Neal

Councillor Andrew Brown

Councillor Mike Quigley MBE

Councillor Jonathan Wheeler

 

8.

COMMITTEE OUTCOMES FOR NOTING pdf icon PDF 832 KB

 

 Report of the Chief Fire Officer

 

Minutes:

John Buckley, Chief Fire Officer, presented the report which provides the minutes of the following sub-committees:

 

Community Safety Committee 22 March 2019

Finance and Resources Committee 29 March 2019

Human Resources Committee 05 April 2019

 

It is noted that the April 2019 meeting of the Policy and Strategy Committee was cancelled.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

9.

EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC

To consider excluding the public from the meeting during consideration of the remaining item in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the basis that, having regard to all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Minutes:

RESOLVED to exclude the public from the meeting during consideration of the remaining items in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the basis that, having regard to all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

10.

EXEMPT MINUTES

Of the exempt agenda items considered at the meeting held on 15 February 2019 (for confirmation).

Minutes:

The exempt minutes of the meeting held on 15 February 2019 were confirmed as a true record and were signed by the Chair.