Agenda and minutes

Annual Council, Council - Tuesday, 25th May, 2021 6.00 p.m., NEW

The Agenda for this meeting will be published 5 clear working days before the scheduled date of the meeting. The Minutes and Decisions for this meeting will normally be published within 9 working days following the date of the meeting.

Note: this does not apply to Scrutiny Working Groups or Scrutiny Commissioners meetings, please contact the relevant Scrutiny Officer for more information on the work programme for these Groups.

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Items
No. Item

1.

Disclosures of Interests from Members

To receive disclosures of interests from Members (i.e. the existence and the nature of those interests in respect of items on this agenda).

Minutes:

No disclosures were received.

2.

Outgoing Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman, Cllr. Iain Hewson made announcements in respect of the following events that he and his consort attended on behalf of the Council in 2019:

 

·         The Commemoration Service at The Leicester Cathedral for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

·         The RAF 79th Anniversary for The Battle of Britain at the St. James, The Greater Church in Leicester.

·         Commemoration tree planting and plaque unveiling in the memory of the late Ernie White.

·         Supported the Blaby District Youth Council event held on knife crime.

·         A graduation ceremony at De Montfort University, Leicester.

·         Official launch to celebrate Braunstone Town Council taking over the running of their local library.

·         Cutting the ribbon for the official opening for the new Iceland in Blaby Town Centre.

·         Supported the Friends of Narborough Station, who celebrated 50 years of keeping the station open.

·         Attended the Leicester Cathedral for a service of remembrance and thanksgiving for His Royal Highness, The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh

 

The Chairman advised members that he had received a pleasant reply from the Private Secretary of the late His Royal Highness, The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh thanking us for our kind thoughts and words.

 

The Chairman presented a cheque for £4,000 on behalf of his charity South Leicester Community First Responders, and thanked all who had supported him during his year in office.

 

The Chairman acknowledged how difficult this year has been for everyone and expressed his thanks for everyone that has supported him throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

Election of Chairman

Minutes:

The outgoing Chairman Cllr. Iain Hewson invited nominations for the election of Chairman of Blaby District Council for the ensuing year.

 

 

4.

Declaration of Acceptance of Office

Minutes:

Cllr. Phil Moitt read out the Declaration of Acceptance of Office and thanked Members for the privilege and honour of being elected Chairman.

 

Members congratulated Cllr. Phil Moitt on being elected Chairman of the Council. 

5.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman thanked all members for electing him as Chairman.

 

The Chairman then acknowledged the difficulties that Covid has brought in the past year and the impact on our lives.

 

The Chairman then expressed his gratitude and privilege of being the first elected Black Chairman of Blaby District Council and also announced his chosen charity; Rainbows, a charity which is a hospice for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

6.

Presentation of Past Chairman's Badge to Outgoing Chairman

Minutes:

Cllr. Iain Hewson was presented with the Past Chairman’s Badge.

 

 

7.

Appointment of Vice-Chairman

Minutes:

The Chairman of the Council invited nominations for the Vice-Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year.

 

Cllr. Iain Hewson was duly nominated.

 

 

 

8.

Declaration of Acceptance of Office

Minutes:

Cllr. Iain Hewson read out the Declaration of Acceptance of Office, and thanked Members for being appointed Vice-Chairman of the Council and also thanked Cllr. Phil Moitt for his support as Vice-Chairman for 2020-2021.

 

 

 

9.

Minutes

There are no minutes to consider.

Minutes:

There were no minutes to consider.

10.

Leader's Annual Statement 2020-2021 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider the Annual Statement of the Leader of the Council.

Minutes:

Cllr. Terry Richardson, Leader of the Council presented his Statement.

 

The Leader commented on a few points from his statement:

 

·         His gratitude for the Community Hub and for all the team’s hard work throughout the pandemic, including an aim to build and grow this service for the future.

 

·         The success of the Love Blaby Lottery which has raised an incredible £92,000 for good causes and brought in a regular income for local charities.

 

·         Blaby District Council have paid over £17M in grants to local businesses in the past twelve months to support them through the pandemic, which is  critical if to aid their recovery and support our future economy.

 

·         During the Covid-19 pandemic the Housing Services Team experienced an unprecedented increase in demand from homeless households and those threatened with homelessness. Overall the partnership working resulted in there being only 2 households in temporary accommodation over the Christmas period, neither of which included any children and both of which were accommodated in the Councils self- contained lease properties rather than in B&B.

 

·         The year has seen the addition of new affordable units across the District on many schemes including an all affordable scheme at Littlethorpe, this scheme contains the County’s first dementia friendly bungalows as well as 40 units for rent and shared ownership that match the housing needs of the District.

 

·         Following a huge amount of work over many years, involving numerous Blaby District Council teams and our partners, the new Fosse Park West opened on 12th April. The opening went smoothly, with visitor numbers strong, and feedback has been very positive. Over the last year, the new facilities at Everards Meadows – including acres of open space and Jennos coffee shop, have proven valuable in ensuring residents have access to walking and outdoor activities during the numerous lockdowns.

11.

Scrutiny Statement to Annual Council 2020-2021 pdf icon PDF 201 KB

To consider the report of the Scrutiny Commissioners (enclosed).

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Commission Chairman, Cllr. Geoff Welsh, thanked all Members and Officers for their contribution towards meetings throughout the year on Zoom.

 

Cllr Geoff Welsh spoke about reconvening Scrutiny Working Groups and advised that they will be returning as soon as it is appropriate.

12.

Delegation Scheme of Cabinet Executive pdf icon PDF 235 KB

To consider the report of the Leader of the Council (enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered – Report of the Leader of the Council.

13.

Appointments to Committees 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 219 KB

To consider the report of the Senior Democratic Services & Scrutiny Officer (enclosed). 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered - Report of the Senior Democratic Services & Scrutiny Officer.

14.

Appointments of Chairman and Vice-Chairman to Committees pdf icon PDF 214 KB

To consider the report of the Senior Democratic Services & Scrutiny Officer (enclosed). 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered - Report of the Senior Democratic Services & Scrutiny Officer.

15.

Appointments of Members to serve on Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 213 KB

To consider the report of the Senior Democratic Services & Scrutiny Officer (enclosed). 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered - Report of the Senior Democratic Services & Scrutiny Officer.

16.

Schedule of Meetings 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 235 KB

To consider the report of the Senior Democratic Services & Scrutiny Officer (enclosed). 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered - Report of the Senior Democratic Services & Scrutiny Officer.

17.

Public Speaking Protocol

Requests received by the Protocol deadline to be reported by the Corporate  Services Group Manager with details of the Agenda Item to which they relate. (Such persons entitled to use the Protocol attend for the purpose of making representations, answering questions or giving evidence relating to the business of the meeting and the time allocated to each person is a maximum of three minutes unless extended at the discretion of the Chairman).

 

Minutes:

No requests were received.

18.

Questions from Members

Any Members wishing to submit questions must do so to the Corporate Services Group Manager no later than 5 working days before the meeting.

 

The Corporate Services Group Manager will report if any questions have been submitted.

Minutes:

No questions were raised.

19.

EXEMPT INFORMATION

To consider passing the following resolution:

 

“That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item on the grounds that the item involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act.

 

Exemption Category: 1

 

Reason for Exemption: the report contains information relating to any individual.

 

Public Interest Test: The public interest test has been considered and, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption is considered to outweigh the public interest in disclosing the information.”

 

Minutes:

Considered – A proposed resolution to exclude the public from the meeting. 

20.

Appointment of Independent Persons 2021-2025

To consider the report of the Democratic Services, Scrutiny & Governance Manager (enclosed). 

Minutes:

Considered - Report of the Democratic Services, Scrutiny & Governance Manager, presented by Cllr. Terry Richardson, Leader of the Council.