MINUTES of SPECIAL MEETING of STIRLING COUNCIL held in the COUNCIL
CHAMBERS, VIEWFORTH, STIRLING on THURSDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2017 at 6.00 pm
Provost Mike ROBBINS (in the Chair)
Councillor Neil BENNY
Councillor Alistair BERRILL
Councillor Johanna BOYD
Councillor Margaret BRISLEY
Depute Convener Callum CAMPBELL
Councillor Scott FARMER
Councillor Danny GIBSON
Councillor John HENDRY
Councillor Graham LAMBIE
Councillor Alasdair MACPHERSON
Councillor Corrie MCCHORD
Councillor Gerry MCLAUGHLAN
Councillor Ian MUIRHEAD
Councillor Mark RUSKELL
Councillor Christine SIMPSON
Councillor Jim THOMSON
Councillor Violet WEIR
Councillor Fergus WOOD
Carol Beattie, Senior Manager – Economic Development & Regeneration
Jim Boyle, Chief Officer – Finance
Alastair Brown, Director of Localities & Infrastructure
Stacey Burlet, Director of Children, Communities & Enterprise
Stewart Carruth, Chief Executive
Lesley Gallagher, Programme Manager
Tony Galloway, Interim Programme Manager
Kristine Johnston, Chief Officer – HR & OD
David McDougall, Governance Officer
Isabel McKnight, Procurement Manager
Kirsty Scott, Service Manager – Communications, Events & Public Affairs
Karen Swan, Committee Officer
Iain Strachan, Chief Officer – Governance (Clerk)
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor Martin Earl, Councillor Alycia Hayes (Councillor Hayes arrived shortly before the meeting was closed) and Councillor Graham Houston.
SC525 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
SC526 OUTCOME OF THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS AND CONTRACT AWARD FOR
THE SUPPLY OF SPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND WELL-BEING SERVICES
FROM 1 APRIL 2017 TO 31 MARCH 2042
The Council Leader noted the significant public interest and concern regarding the proposals put forward to this Council meeting. Following consideration and given the concerns raised, an alternative way forward had been agreed by all political parties. A motion detailing this agreement was moved and distributed to all present.
The Leader acknowledged that it had been a difficult and unsettling time for the employees of Active Stirling and those connected with it. She also noted her thanks to the Council officers involved in the procurement process for the considerable time and effort that had been put into this process.
The Leader of the Opposition noted his thanks to all members of the public in
attendance and for the considerable public representations made regarding these proposals, stating that the motion was a victory for common sense. He also noted his appreciation to all Council officers involved in the procurement process.
The Green Party representative noted his thanks to all the members of the public who had taken the time to contact him with their concerns.
The Conservative group leader stated that this had been an extremely important and useful exercise for everyone to allow them to determine how to move into the future and thanked the Council officers for the substantial work that had been involved. He thanked all members of the public who had engaged in this issue and who had been in contact with him.
Summing up, the Council Leader stated that the Council had followed the process whichthey were legally required to take. She felt that the process had been worthwhile and had led to agreement on the right direction going forward.
“That Council agrees:-
that the Council has a legal duty to secure Best Value in terms of the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003, and that Best Value would not be secured from either of the two bids received by the Council in response to the procurement process for the Council’s Sport, Physical Activity and Wellbeing services. Council resolves to cancel the procurement process;
that delegated authority is granted to the Director of Children, Communities & Enterprise to take all steps the Director considers appropriate to:
develop work previously undertaken to complete a full business case and transition plan, so that the services currently provided by Active Stirling can transfer to a new Stirling-based not-for-profit charitable trust. The trust will be established by the Council to deliver Sport, Physical Activity and Wellbeing services for the Council;
complete the transition of Sports, Physical Activity and Wellbeing services to the new trust by 30 November, 2017, if supported by the business case and transition plan and with the approval of the Director of Children, Communities and Enterprise;
temporarily extend the current contract with Active Stirling up until
November 30, 2017. This extended contract will stipulate that the transition of services will be controlled by the Council; and
that the Director will keep the Group Leaders advised of progress regarding the transition of these services.”
Moved by Councillor Johanna Boyd, seconded by Councillor Scott Farmer
The motion was agreed unanimously without the need for a roll call vote.
(Reference: Report by Director of Children, Communities & Enterprise, dated 2
February 2017, submitted)
The Convener closed the meeting at 6.15 pm