Agenda and minutes

Council - Tuesday, 20th September, 2022 5.30 p.m.

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.

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Items
No. Item

1.

A minute silence and tribute in remembrance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Minutes:

The Chairman, Cllr. Iain Hewson asked Members to observe a minutes silence in remembrance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who had sadly passed away.

 

Members paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and gave thanks for her exceptional 70 years of service. Council Members offered their condolences to His Majesty the King and the Royal Family.

 

 

 

2.

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.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 193 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 19 July 2022 (enclosed).

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 19 July 2022, as circulated, were approved and signed as a correct record.

 

4.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman, Cllr. Iain Hewson made announcements in respect of the following:

 

·         Leicestershire County Council Chairman's Summer Reception, Beaumanor Hall

·         Charity Pub Carvery, The Shires Inn, Peatling Parva

·         Chairman’s ‘At Home’ Event – Blaby District Council

·         Reading of the Proclamation

·         Update of the Chairman’s Charity Bike Ride

 

5.

Leader's Statement pdf icon PDF 311 KB

Minutes:

The Leader, Cllr. Terry Richardson presented his Statement in respect of the following:

 

·         No upheld complaints with Ombudsman

·         A Place to Grow hosts open day

·         Footpath works set to begin

·         Homes England make visit to New Lubbesthorpe

·         Fox Connect launches in district

·         Novus era for transport in New Lubbesthorpe

·         Employment opportunities to be offered in future job fair

·         Platinum Award for Litter Wombles

·         Summer fun with activity days in the District

·         Summer success for District events

·         Investment Plan for funding finalised

·         Cost of living officer

·         Glenfield Community Food Hub gets deserved recognition

·         Peer Review

·         Great Big Green Week

·         Youth Green Forum launches

6.

Position Statement on the Councils response to the Cost of Living Crisis from Cllr. Terry Richardson - Leader of the Council pdf icon PDF 244 KB

Minutes:

Cllr. Terry Richardson presented the position statement which considered practical measures the Council could take to provide support, and committed to the following:

 

·         Appointing a Cost-of-Living Support Officer through utilising external funding to ensure our residents are accessing all the support that they are entitled to.

·         Working closely with all partners and agencies including Leicestershire County Council, Citizens Advice Bureau and Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) to maximise available support.

·         Communicating and signposting through a wide range of channels all the available advice, guidance, and support.

 

 

Members responded favourably to the initiatives outlined in the position statement.

 

Cllr. Stuart Coar left the meeting and did not return.

7.

Approval of Absence (Local Government Act 1972, Section 85(1)) pdf icon PDF 118 KB

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

 

 

 

Minutes:

Considered - Report of the Senior Democratic Services & Scrutiny Officer, presented by Cllr. Terry Richardson – Leader of the Council

8.

Amendments to Appointments to Committees and Seat Allocations pdf icon PDF 239 KB

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

 

 

 

Minutes:

Considered - Report of the Senior Democratic Services & Scrutiny Officer, presented by Cllr. Terry Richardson – Leader of the Council.

 

Following the vote on this item, the Chairman Cllr. Iain Hewson adjourned the meeting at 18:41 for a short break. The meeting was reconvened at 18:48.

9.

Community First Responders

To receive a presentation from the Community First Responders.

Minutes:

The Chairman, Cllr. Iain Hewson informed Members that the presentation from the Community First Responders had been deferred.

10.

Youth Council Priorities 2022/23

To receive a presentation from the Youth Council.

Minutes:

The Youth Council Champion, Cllr. Adrian Clifford welcomed Members of the Blaby District Council Youth Green Forum to the meeting.

 

The presentation covered the main aims of the Youth Green Forum and how it intends to tackle ecological issues in Blaby District.

 

Members responded positively to the Youth Green Forum’s ideas and thanked them for attending the meeting.

11.

Public Speaking Protocol

Requests received by the Protocol deadline to be reported by the Monitoring Officer 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.

12.

Questions from Members

Any Members wishing to submit questions must do so to the Monitoring Officer no later than 5 working days before the meeting.

 

The Monitoring Officer will report if any questions have been submitted.

Minutes:

No questions were received.

13.

Recommendations of the Cabinet Executive: Quarter 1 Capital Programme Review 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 245 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Executive (enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered – Report of the Cabinet Executive, presented by Cllr. Maggie Wright, Finance, People & Performance Portfolio Holder.

 

Cllr. Kirsteen Thomson left and returned to the meeting during consideration of this item.

14.

Recommendations of the Cabinet Executive: Strategic Property Investment for Regeneration pdf icon PDF 254 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Executive (enclosed).

Minutes:

Considered – Report of the Cabinet Executive, presented by Cllr. Terry Richardson, Leader of the Council.

15.

Recommendations of the Cabinet Executive: Review of Minimum Revenue Provision Policy pdf icon PDF 234 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Executive (enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered – Report of the Cabinet Executive, presented by Cllr. Maggie Wright, Finance, People & Performance Portfolio Holder.

16.

Public Spaces Protection Order Renewal - Dogs pdf icon PDF 225 KB

To consider the report of the Environmental Services Manager (enclosed)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered – Report of the Environmental Services Manager, presented by Cllr. Les Phillimore, Housing, Community & Environmental Services Portfolio Holder.

17.

Cosby Neighbourhood Plan - response to Examiner's proposed modifications pdf icon PDF 251 KB

To consider the report of the Development Strategy Manager (enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered – Report of the Development Strategy Manager, presented by Cllr. Ben Taylor, Planning Delivery and Enforcement & Corporate Transformation Portfolio Holder.

18.

Motion under Council Rules of Procedure

Cllr. Sam Maxwell to move the following motion, seconded by Cllr. Nick Brown:

 

1.    That this Council notes:

(a)     That the Bank of England officially forecasts an CPI inflation rate of 13% in the fourth quarter of this year; this being based on a rise in fuel cap of 75% in October. That would increase the typical annual household fuel bill from just under £2,000 to around £3,500, three times higher than a year earlier.

 

(b)     That the Office for National Statistics reported the real value of workers take home pay dropped by 3% in June.

 

(c)      That price rises of this scale will adversely affect all residents, but will be especially devastating to those on already low income and with limited savings. 

 

(d)     That many residents of the District:

 

·         are now finding it very hard to meet their domestic fuel bills;

·         are finding a rise in the price of ordinary commodities from food to household products;

·         are facing record high fuel costs at the petrol stations with no alternative options;

·         will be receiving lower wages in real terms for the foreseeable future, including many working in the public sector;

·         are seeing an increased use of food banks and other emergency support

   

2.    That this Council recognises the enormous pressures that the cost of living crisis and inflationary pressures place on demand for services and the council’s finances, specifically;

 

(a)  Availability of emergency housing for families made homeless

 

(b)  Increased costs of delivering services and the capital programme

 

(c)  Shortfalls in budgeted income due to falling demand and a contracting local economy

 

(d)  Council Tax arrears and other income shortfalls 

 

  

3.    That this Council requests:

 

(a)  The Cabinet bring forward an urgent report to Council on proposals to address and mitigate the impact of the cost of living crisis on Blaby’s residents.

 

(b)  That Council works with public and third sector, including charities and voluntary organisations, to seek to establish ‘warm banks’ during the winter to protect vulnerable residents unable to heat their homes.

 

(c)  That additional funding is made available to the Hardship Reserve to address the increase in households in emergency situations.

 

(d)  That increased resources are made available to provide support and advice on money matters, wellbeing and mental health.

 

(e)  The leadership of the Council lobby Government and local members of parliament to seek significant additional financial support beyond what has already been announced for households over this winter. 

 

(f)   The Council support the LGA in any efforts to increase central government support for local government finances to address budget pressures caused by the hike in inflation and greater demands on services.

 

Minutes:

The Chairman, Cllr. Iain Hewson informed Members that the motion had been withdrawn by the proposer Cllr. Sam Maxwell.