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11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
« on: April 15, 2013, 08:30:33 PM »
    Swindon Borough Council Meeting 11th April 2013 - Videos 1 and 2

    These supporting documents are available for download from the SBC website:



    To easily find a particular point of interest please note that each agenda item is preceded by a time in brackets, e.g: [20:30:31], and that each video shows a time stamp in the bottom right hand corner.  This is the time the recording was taken at the meeting and the agenda items below are annotated with these times to facilitate finding points of interest in the video.

    Please ignore the Youtube video time which shows only the length of the video.


    Part 1: Agenda Items 1 to 6

    1. [19:27:48] Apologies for Absence

    2. [19:28:12] Communications: To receive any communications or letters which the Mayor or Chief Executive may have to bring before the Council.

    3. [19:28:20] Minutes: To receive the minutes of the previous meeting.

    4. [19:28:39] Declarations of Interest: Members are reminded that at the start of the meeting they should declare any known interests in any matter to be considered, and also during the meeting if it becomes apparent that they have an interest in the matters being discussed.

    5. [19:33:50] Public Question Time

    6. [19:56:03] Appointment of Leader of Swindon Borough Council


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    11th April 2013 Meeting of Swindon Borough Council [Video Part 2]

    * An unforeseen technical problem caused agenda items 8 and 9 to be partially [intermittently] recorded and prevented any recording of items 10 to 14.  The problem has been identified and rectified.  See this topic for explanation: (insert url]

    Part 2:  Agenda Items 6 [cont.] to 14

    6. [20:02:21] [Continued] Appointment of Leader of Swindon Borough Council

    7. [20:30:47]Appointment to Committees: To consider changes to the membership of Council Committees following the appointment of the Council’s Cabinet.

    8. [20:34:04]Minutes for Confirmation:

    (1) To consider Minutes for Confirmation from Cabinet:

    • Minute 115 Community Governance Review and Minute 28 (5) of the Corporate Governance Working Group - Governance Issues
    • Minute 122 – Statement of Community Involvement in the Planning Process
    • Minute 126 – The Swindon Health and Wellbeing Board
    • Minute 133 – Wiltshire and Swindon Waste Sites Allocations Local Plan – Inspectors Report and Adoption.

    (2) To note Minutes from Cabinet:

    • Minute 116 – Motion at Council: Honda Task Force – Summary of Support to Honda.
    • Minute 125 – Motion at Council: Use of Bailiffs.
    • Minute 127 – Motion at Council: Recording and Broad casting Full Council Meetings.
    • Minute 130 – Motion at Council: Housing Market Support.



    9. [Timecode Not Available]Motions:

    • [Timecode Not Available] (a) Motion - Pop Up Shops.

      Councillor Mark Dempsey will move and Councillor Jim Robbins will second: “That this Council notes that in large towns and cities such as Brighton, Pop Up Shops have brought empty shops back to life, have enabled new businesses to grow and have and unleashed young retail entrepreneurs onto the high street.

      Council requests the Chief Executive and the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Culture to provide a report to Cabinet (a) on how the Council can support the creation of Pop Up Shops as part of a Help for the High Street strategy to breathe new life into Swindon Town Centre and to tackle increasing shop vacancy rates, and (b) investigating how the Council can enable the creation of Pop up Shops through access to empty shops units in Swindon town centre, to help rebuild our local economy and provide a vibrant addition to the Swindon
      shopping experience.”

    • [Timecode Not Available] (b) Motion - Housing Benefits.

      Councillor Cindy Matthews will move and Councillor Steve Allsopp will second: “That this Council notes that 1,120 households who are part of the Swindon Council housing stock will be affected as a result of the government housing benefit under-occupancy changes- dubbed the ‘bedroom tax’.

      There are also a further 330 households who live in accommodation rented from Housing Associations affected by these changes.
       
      This includes households with:

      • Disabled People with at least one extra bedroom (even those that have adapted their houses to meet their needs).
      • Families with two or more children under the age of 10 with their own bedrooms.

      This Council notes that even if the Council was to prioritise affected tenants who need to downsize to one bedroom properties over other priority cases, it would take around 3 years to accommodate them.

      This Council resolves:

      • To request the Cabinet Member for Finance to bring a report to Cabinet detailing what support can be provided for tenants affected by the housing benefit changes and, in particular, how the housing discretionary fund will be used to support affected tenants.

      • To request that the Cabinet Member for Housing write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions urging him to look at other ways the government can reduce the Housing Benefit bill, such as by investing in more social house-building which would then reduce the need to use expensive private rented homes to accommodate housing benefit recipients.

      • To request the Cabinet Member for Housing to bring a report to the Cabinet after six months and one year of the implementation of the housing benefit under-occupancy changes to assess the impact these reforms have had on affected tenants.”


    • [Timecode Not Available] (c) Motion: Protecting our Heritage - Victoria Road Technical College.

      Councillor Stan Pajak will move:  “This Council deplores the lamentable state of the old college building resulting from the insecurity of the site - Recent arson attacks on the building and the prospect of further attacks.

      This Council notes:

      - That contractors are due to move on site in the next month and that this is an unacceptable time for the building to be unsecured
      - The efforts of ward councillors and residents to lobby the developers and Swindon Borough Council to secure the site.

      This Council Resolves:

      - To ask the Head of Planning to liaise with the developers to ensure the site and building security is inspected regularly to ensure its maintenance.
      - To ask the Head of Planning to urgently investigate the possibility of taking steps to secure the building and site in the interest and safety of the public in the event that the developer will not keep it secure.
      - To actively support any efforts made to have the building listed following the completion of the college site development.”


    • [Timecode Not Available] (d) Motion: Croft School.

      Councillor Nadine Watts will move and Councillor Jim Robbins will second:   “That this Council notes the report on opening and closing of schools within the borough, presented to the Children’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the 27th March 2013.

      This Council thanks the independent members for providing this report and in light of the report’s view that elements of the Council’s consultation over the siting of a school at Croft was “at best, confused”, this Council would like to apologise to Old Town residents for this failing.

      In light of the findings of the report, Council sees benefits in reviewing the decision to site the new primary school for a demand in the Old Town, Town Centre and surrounding areas on the Croft site.

      Council requests that a paper is brought to Cabinet for them to consider authorising an independent external review of the Croft School decision , including why the Croft site was chosen by council decision-makers and the way the decision was taken."




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    The following agenda items were not recorded

    10. Calendar of Meetings 2013/14

    11. Locality Team Structure 2013/14

    12. Minutes of Cabinet and Decisions Delegated to Cabinet Members

    13. Minutes of other Council Bodies

    14. Councillors Question Time















    Camera: Richard Symonds

    Editing: Me



    *Some notes 'n' stuff to add later[/list][/list]
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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #1 on: April 22, 2013, 10:52:01 AM »

    Working on part 2 of the meeting today. 

    A couple of surprising things happened after Cllr Renard was appointed leader.

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    Re: Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #2 on: April 23, 2013, 11:58:16 PM »

    Working on part 2 of the meeting today. 

    A couple of surprising things happened after Cllr Renard was appointed leader.

    Finished it earlier today, will upload to youtube and publish it tomorrow :)


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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #3 on: April 24, 2013, 04:25:14 PM »

    Video 2 available at post #1

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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #4 on: April 24, 2013, 04:46:22 PM »
     :clap:

    Well done Geoff. I can see that sorting this all out this took a considerable amount of your time - but also proves straight away that resistance to making local democracy truly public due to supposed cost is a nonsense.
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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #5 on: April 24, 2013, 05:26:10 PM »
    :clap:

    Well done Geoff. I can see that sorting this all out this took a considerable amount of your time


    Ta, I'm on a learning curve with new, (and vastly improved), software so at least 50% of the time spent on these two videos could be described as 'worktime learning'.  The workflow method is hugely different from what I'm used to but I like the new ways and I reckon some will notice some subtle difference between videos 1 and 2. 

    There was also a fair amount of 'fiddling time', during which various formats & styles were tried and discarded.  Because I've now generated most of the media, (titles etc), producing the next video will be 'x' amount quicker - pretty much drag and drop for the titles.  What adds a small amount of time, (neccessary though), is running through and removing addresses and deliberately panning and zooming in a manner which avoids members of the public.  (I can also do this by other methods when the first one isn't viable - I'm sure this will become clearer in teh next meeting when large numbers of teh public will be on the ground floor)

    The video of the Mayor Making meeting in May will be even better because, after encountering a technical problem during the later stages of this meeting which resulted in quite large chunks not being recorded, we've now pretty much ironed out the kinks.  After a recent test of a modification of my own design we can now film continuously for about 12 hours without encountering the same problem :)


    - but also proves straight away that resistance to making local democracy truly public due to supposed cost is a nonsense.

    Agreed. It is absolute nonsense.


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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #6 on: April 24, 2013, 08:55:35 PM »
    You could film them objecting to the cost of being filmed

    That'd be satire, or something.

    Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don’t know what your rights are, or who the person is you’re talking to. Then, on the way out, slam the door.

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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #7 on: April 24, 2013, 11:08:24 PM »
    I enjoyed that second part, ALTHOUGH TOWARDS THE END OF THE ITEM 9, it kept breaking up, and was lost when Ms Watts was speaking about the croft.
    I also noticed that Cllr Bluh, rejected any claim that requests for filming the meetings have been refused, and yet at the start of the meeting when the mayor asked for a vote on Richard doing just at, I saw Cllr Perkins and the man next to him vote no to the request. hypocrite or what.. :wink: :wink:

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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #8 on: April 25, 2013, 10:01:34 AM »
    You could film them objecting to the cost of being filmed

    That'd be satire, or something.

    Two out of three of my local Councillors voted against filming Mart and Kohima has already referred to one of them.   The other would appear to be camera shy in advance of his elevation to the Chair. Did you also notice the thumbs up from Councillor Perkins which was specifically directed at me personally? 

    The technical difficulties were considerable, but they have been resolved and provided that two thirds of the members do not vote against videoing Mayor Making we should get the meeting in its entirety. 

    As regards satire, it is up to individual Councillors how they behave and it was possibly a good thing that the technical difficulties prevented a record of the less edifying bits of the last meeting but it will allow offenders the opportunity to get their act together in future.  Don't expect controversy at Mayor Making because everyone is always on their best behaviour!

    All in all a very worthwhile exercise and well worth the effort by all concerned.

    Thank you for your support Geoff and to Shaun Banks, the Council Clerk, who kindly provided me with the facilities to film.
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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #9 on: April 25, 2013, 10:10:05 AM »
    I have just clicked on the attendance record at the top of the thread and it is inaccurate!!

    Steve Wakefield is not at being present and yet he was not there as he spoke to me from his sick bed just before I left and I believe his apology for absence was read at the beginning of the meeting.

    How strange!
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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #10 on: April 25, 2013, 04:30:45 PM »
     
     
    Expanding on Cllr Heenans suggestion that Twitter should form an integral part of encouraging public interest and engagement with Council meetings, I hope readers will consider re-tweeting this Talkswindon tweet to their own followers:

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    RT @Talkswindon: Video of #Swindon Borough Council Meeting 11th April 2013 now available at: http://t.co/uGXtPpOIKc Please RT :)
    *click 'select' button to highlight text, ctrl+C keys to copy and then ctrl+V keys to paste text into your twitter post.

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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #11 on: April 25, 2013, 04:45:32 PM »
    done :wink: :wink:

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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #12 on: April 25, 2013, 05:13:03 PM »
    done :wink: :wink:

    Thank you :)

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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #13 on: April 25, 2013, 07:47:13 PM »
    done :wink: :wink:

    Thank you :)

    Currently 2 Members and 30 Guests are viewing this topic.

    Done likewise and now two members and thirty two guests.

    who said no one was interested?  !!
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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #14 on: April 25, 2013, 07:51:21 PM »
    I have just clicked on the attendance record at the top of the thread and it is inaccurate!!

    Steve Wakefield is not at being present and yet he was not there as he spoke to me from his sick bed just before I left and I believe his apology for absence was read at the beginning of the meeting.

    How strange!

    This shows you what happens when you get interrupted and don't check it before you upload.

    It should read Steve Wakefield is listed as being present whereas he sent apologies and unless he slipped in unnoticed he was definitely not there!!

    How could that be?
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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #15 on: April 25, 2013, 08:03:42 PM »
    *click 'select' button to highlight text, ctrl+C keys to copy and then ctrl+V keys to paste text into your twitter post.

    Pardon. Can you type that more slowly?

    done

    smartarse.

    Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don’t know what your rights are, or who the person is you’re talking to. Then, on the way out, slam the door.

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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #16 on: May 04, 2013, 12:03:30 AM »
    Can any Talkswindon reader offer any suggestions?
    Brian V Cockbill

    Letter for Publication to Letters of Swindon Advertiser 3May 2013
    Dear Sir
    Can any of your readers, help?
    Does anybody know why Swindon Borough Council are apparently unable to:-
    a)  answer the following questions in the following Emails;
    b)  unable to publish the minutes of its meeting held on 11 April 2013
    c)  or a draft even
    d)  if a "Secial Meeting" is to be held (SA 2/5) will these minutes be available prior to any special meeting?

    --- On Tue, 30/4/13, brian.v.cockbill@talk21.com <brian.v.cockbill@talk21.com> wrote:


    From: brian.v.cockbill@talk21.com <brian.v.cockbill@talk21.com>
    Subject: Fw: Minutes of Council Meetings
    To: "D RENARD" <drenard@gov.uk>
    Date: Tuesday, 30 April, 2013, 19:44




    --- On Mon, 29/4/13, brian.v.cockbill@talk21.com <brian.v.cockbill@talk21.com> wrote:


    From: brian.v.cockbill@talk21.com <brian.v.cockbill@talk21.com>
    Subject: Minutes of Council Meetings
    To: "D RENARD" <drenard@gov.uk>
    Cc: "Richard SYMONDS" <rns1951@btinternet.com>, russellrochelle@gmail.com, grant4gt@btinternet.com, colinplovell@gmail.com, rhurley@swindon.gov.uk, dale.heenan@googlemail.com, jcp490806@hotmail.co.uk, teresapageswindon@yahoo.co.uk, pauljbaker@ntlworld.com, j.tray@ntlworld.com, team@eastcott.org.uk, peterwattsrodbournecheney@live.co.uk
    Date: Monday, 29 April, 2013, 16:25


    Could you please investigate and advise me the cause of the delay in producing and displaying the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 11 April 2013.
    Regards
    Brian V Cockbill
    Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #17 on: May 13, 2013, 08:22:11 PM »
    There seems to be a conspiracy of silence from Swindon Council's Establishment that appears to have infected all of Talkswindon contributors.     wonder why?
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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #18 on: May 17, 2013, 08:27:20 PM »
    Just watched this back again at 5 weeks remove. [well the question time. I could not bear to relive the whole 5+ hours of the farce]

    I was struck by what a good job was done.
    By how this should be done, somehow for every council meeting and hopefully for committees one day.
    and by how poor evasive and down right rude some of the 'non-replies' can be deemed to be.

    We need excerpts from this type of thing to make the local news and to arrive as snippets on facebook for the average everyday smo.

    I know plenty of people interested in politics who would love a 20 second snippet of a councillor refusing or avoiding answers to questions. And the councillors should have the balls to accept that that should be available.

    note - I know for certain that all promised written answers to the CYPOS Committee are STILL outstanding. hence even mention of activity on video in a public meeting does not get a response as promised - what are the public to do?  There are simply no sanctions against a Cllr for not keeping their word [excepting wait for 4 years more destruction before you hope they are voted out] and simply NO sanction against a council officer.

    Trust me this meeting gets much worse later when the tribal politics kicks in.

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    Re: 11th April 2013 Swindon Borough Council Meeting - Video
    « Reply #19 on: May 19, 2013, 10:07:56 AM »
    I know for certain that all promised written answers to the CYPOS Committee are STILL outstanding. hence even mention of activity on video in a public meeting does not get a response as promised - what are the public to do?  There are simply no sanctions against a Cllr for not keeping their word [excepting wait for 4 years more destruction before you hope they are voted out] and simply NO sanction against a council officer.

    Ted, I have been asking questions about Wi-fi for the last three years and on two occasions my local Councillor, Garry Perkins', promised me written answers and I have not received them.  On the second occasion he even said he would only answer the questions raised that night.

    I am sure he does not read the Advertiser because I wrote to them on my return home and still I never received answer in respect of either promise!

    Anyway, we now have a record of the last three meetings and hopefully Mayor Making is a complete one.

    The question remains, however, will behaviour towards the public improve or will they carry on regardless?
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