Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday, 12th November, 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Witham Room - South Kesteven House, St. Peter's Hill, Grantham. NG31 6PZ. View directions

Contact: Jo Toomey 

Items
No. Item

Change of Cabinet membership

The Leader of the Council announced a change in membership of Cabinet. Councillor Hannah Westropp would no longer be a Cabinet Member effective from the date of Council on 28 November 2019. The Leader wished to thank Councillor Westropp for the work undertaken during the six months since she had been appointed to the role of Cabinet Member for Communications and Engagement.

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Apologies

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Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 142 KB

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Disclosure of Interests (if any)

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Review of Gambling Statement of Principles (Policy Framework Proposal) pdf icon PDF 199 KB

    Report of the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations recommending the draft Gambling Statement of Principles to Council.

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    Decision:

     

    1.         The Cabinet recommends to Council that the amended South Kesteven District Council Gambling Statement of Principles is suitable to be considered for adoption.

     

    Reasons for decision:

     

    1.       The report of the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations on the draft Gambling Statement of Principles

    2.       The Gambling Act 2005, which requires that the Council publish a Statement of Principles every three years

    3.       The current Statement is due for renewal by January 2020

    4.       The public consultation undertaken earlier in 2019 and the corresponding responses

    5.       No changes were deemed necessary following the two responses received

    6.       The minor amendments made to the Statement, including updates to the current number of licenced premises and permits in the District and the inclusion of more robust local risk assessment requirements

    7.       No changes to the intent or direction of the Statement are proposed

     

    Other options considered and rejected:

     

    The Council as the Licensing Authority is required by the Gambling Act 2005 to review and publish its Statement of Principles at least every three years. The Council may choose not to make any revisions to its Statement based on the review, however, it is thought that the minor amendments suggested will give greater clarity to the renewed Statement.  

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations presented his report relating to the Gambling Statement of Principles. The draft Statement had been considered by the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 17 September 2019 and the Committee had recommended that the Statement be presented to Council for adoption. The amendments made to the Statement had been minor; correctly updating the number of licenced premises and permits in the District and including more robust local risk assessment requirements.

     

    The recommendations in the report were proposed, seconded and AGREED:

     

    1.    Cabinet recommends to Council that the amended South Kesteven District Council Gambling Statement of Principles is suitable to be considered for adoption.

     

     

     

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Local Government Charter for Trees, Woods and People: Principles (Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 208 KB

    Report of the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations.

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    Decision:

     

    1.    To endorse the draft ‘Local Government Charter for Trees, Woods and People: Principles

     

    Reasons for decision:

     

    1.    The report of the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations on the Council’s approach to trees within South Kesteven

    2.    The request of the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations for Officers to undertake work to enhance, and put on a more formal footing, the approach the Council takes to trees and tree management

    3.    The Council is responsible for the maintenance and safe management of all trees or tree groups within its open spaces, of which there are approximately 6,000

    4.    The independent survey produced from the three-yearly inspection undertaken by trained arboriculturalists on the Council’s behalf

    5.    The growing local and national interest in the important role of trees with regards to climate change, flood prevention and mental health and wellbeing

    6.    The motion presented to Council by Councillor Ashley Baxter on 27 June 2019, requesting that the Council resolves (a) to adopt the Woodland Trust’s Charter for Trees and the ten principles within it and (b) to develop a Tree Strategy for South Kesteven. Although this motion was not carried, a number of Councillors suggested that the issue be further considered

    7.    The ‘Climate Emergency’ report presented to Cabinet by Councillor Dr Peter Moseley on 10 September 2019, and its subsequent approval, with amendments, by Council on 26 September 2019  

    8.    Officer liaison with the Woodland Trust to develop the ‘Local Government Charter for Trees, Woods and People: Principles’ as an alternative document to its standard ‘Charter for Trees’, enabling the Council to balance its wider statutory duties with its commitment towards trees within South Kesteven

     

    Other options considered and rejected:

     

    The Council could decide not to formalise its approach to trees and tree management, but this could lose some of the positive momentum generated through working with the Woodland Trust. Enhancing and formalising the Council’s approach aligns more closely with its recent decision to declare a ‘climate emergency’ and the work being undertaken to support this.  

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations presented the TreeGuidelines report, which provided an overview of the Council’s approach to trees within South Kesteven. Appended to the report was the draft ‘Local Government Charter for Trees, Woods and People: Principles’. This document had been developed in collaboration with the Woodland Trust following a motion presented to Council on 27 June 2019 which, although not carried, had sparked a helpful debate with regards to the Council’s approach to trees and tree management.

     

    The draft ‘Local Government Charter for Trees, Woods and People: Principles’ was a modified version of the Woodland Trust’s ‘Charter for Trees’, allowing the Council to balance its commitment to trees and tree management with its wider requirements as a local authority. It was hoped that this document could act as a blueprint to be adopted by other local authorities. Members noted the importance of the role of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee going forward, in order for work undertaken in relation to tree management to be provided with sufficient scrutiny to ensure the Charter’s implementation.   

     

    A non-Cabinet member asked if planting more trees would be an action as a result of the Charter being endorsed, to support the Council’s carbon emissions goals. The Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations explained that replanting trees was an intended action, but that this and other potential actions would be considered by the Climate Change Action Task and Finish Group as set out in its Terms of Reference. The Cabinet Member for Planning added that the potential was currently being investigated of extending the time period by which developers were required to replace any trees or plants provided as part of the approved soft landscaping scheme in instances of death or serious damage. This would allow increased potential for trees and plants to become well established, thereby increasing their sustainability moving forward.

     

    The recommendations in the report were proposed, seconded and AGREED:

     

    1.    Endorse the draft ‘Local Government Charter for Trees, Woods and People: Principles’

     

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Matters Referred to Cabinet by the Council or Overview & Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 191 KB

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Representations and questions from Non Cabinet Members

    The Cabinet notes that prior to the publication of this agenda, no representations or questions had been received from non-Cabinet Members since the last meeting of Cabinet held on 10 September 2019. The Cabinet may consider representations from non-Cabinet Members received following publication of the agenda for this meeting.

    Minutes:

    A non-Cabinet member asked a question regarding the availability of defibrillators in Grantham town centre. She re-iterated her previously expressed concern that there were no defibrillators in non-parish funded areas, aside from the two donated ones which were located at the business centre in Wyndham Park and outside the George Shopping Centre. The Councillor referred to her conversation earlier in the year with the previous Leader of the Council and Chief Executive, and asked how this issue could be moved forward. The Leader of the Council suggested that the re-location of the defibrillator currently located within the South Kesteven District Council offices could be relocated externally in order to be assessible to members of the public. A conversation would be arranged with the Cabinet Member for Communities and HR, the Cabinet Member for Finance and the Interim Director of Finance in order to further consider future options for the provision of defibrillators.       

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Cabinet Forward Plan

    The Cabinet’s Forward Plan for 1 December 2019 to 30 November 2020.

    Minutes:

    Cabinet Members noted the Forward Plan, which had been distributed prior to the meeting. The Forward Plan gave an indication of the items that would be presented to Cabinet over the following twelve-month period. The Cabinet Member for Finance informed Members that the draft budget proposals for 2020/21 would no longer be considered at the December meeting of Cabinet; this item would be postponed until the January meeting.

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Any other business which the Chairman, by reason of special circumstances, decides is urgent

Cabinet agreed to exclude the press and public at this point in the meeting, to ensure that information in the following item exempt under paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) was not disclosed during discussion.

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Items raised by Cabinet Members including reports on Key and Non Key Decisions taken under Delegated Powers. pdf icon PDF 197 KB

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Close of meeting