Agenda

Council
Thursday, 30th January, 2020 1.00 pm

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

Contact: Jo Toomey 

Items
No. Item

For those Councillors who wish to attend, prayers will be held in the Council Chamber at 12:55pm before the commencement of the meeting. Please be seated by 12:50pm.

1.

Public Open Forum

2.

Apologies for Absence

3.

Disclosure of Interests

4.

Minutes of the meeting held on 28 November 2019 pdf icon PDF 214 KB

5.

Communications (including Chairman's Announcements) pdf icon PDF 96 KB

5a

South Kesteven - Best Kept Village

6.

Appointment of Chief Executive pdf icon PDF 189 KB

7.

Adoption of the South Kesteven Local Plan pdf icon PDF 242 KB

8.

Updated Contract Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 194 KB

9.

Review of Financial Regulations pdf icon PDF 198 KB

10.

Updates from the Leader of the Council

10a

Members of the Cabinet and the Leader's scheme of delegation

10b

Leader's Report on Urgent Decisions

10c

Meetings of the Cabinet approved since the last Council Meeting pdf icon PDF 190 KB

11.

Members' Open Questions

    A 45-minute period in which members may ask questions of the Leader, Cabinet Members, the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees and opposition group leaders excluding the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee, Licensing and Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment Licensing Committees and Governance and Audit Committee.

12.

Notices of Motion given under Article 4.9:

12a

Councillor Ray Wootten

    The Healthy Conversation closed on the 31st October 2019. It is now over three years since Grantham Hospital was closed overnight as a temporary measure. Councillors, campaign groups and residents across the district have marched on several rallies, delivered petitions to Downing Street and, have attended board meetings to call on ULHT and the South West Lincolnshire CCG to re-open Grantham A&E 24/7.

     

    Councillors call on the Leader of South Kesteven District Council, Councillor Kelham Cooke to write to John Turner, Accountable Officer (joint role with South West Lincolnshire CCG) and Andrew Morgan Chief Executive United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust to:

    1.    Call on them to publish the results of the Healthy Conversation as soon as possible.

     

    2.    Go out to public consultation with their preferred options for the future of Grantham Hospital

     

    3.    Re-open Grantham A & E 24/7

12b

Councillor Charmaine Morgan

    South Kesteven District Council commits, that in the 2020 Core Strategy, it will identify and ring fence suitable land for the use of gypsies and travellers, as recommended in an SKDC survey of gypsy and traveller needs in 2005, and, more recently by Planning Inspector in 2019. 

     

    SKDC will work with representatives of the gypsy and traveller communities to identify what land and associated amenities are most suitable to meet their needs. 

12c

Councillor Charmaine Morgan

    South Kesteven District Council commits to supporting our High Streets recognising the important roles they play in our communities. 

     

    At the forefront of our High Streets are businesses. People who have invested their time and money in our District. South Kesteven District Council recognises they need our full support particularly in view of the competition they face from online providers. 

     

    SKDC will improve its website so our High Streets and retail centres are fully promoted on it. 

     

    Every High Street retailer and service provider will be given the opportunity to provide details of their business and photographs. It will include links to business Facebook pages, and websites. 

     

    The site will link address details to a map of each High Street and retail area. The maps will also link to details of available:

     

    ·         Car parks (with any costs/time restrictions visible) 

    ·         Public toilets

    ·         Baby change facilities

    ·         Disabled toilets

    ·         Bus stops and train stations

    ·         Defibrillator locations

    ·         Leisure amenities

    ·         Libraries

    ·         Public call boxes

    ·         Churches

    ·         Museums

    ·         Theatres

    ·         Pubs

    ·         Cafes

    ·         Restaurants

    ·         Takeaways

    ·         Tourist attractions

    ·         Parks

     

    In addition the site will include a 'What's On' Noticeboard enabling local organisations and businesses to promote events/special events across the District on a calendar. The promotion will be free to all businesses to offer parity and enable all to benefit.

12d

Councillor Phil Dilks

    Despite public assurances given almost a year ago to a previous meeting of this Council in response to residents’ questions regarding lack of heating and hot water in council owned properties at Riverside, Grantham, recent reports in the Grantham Journal reveal that the issue has still not been resolved and that residents fear another winter with the heating and hot water turned off.

     

    I understand that the Council is now working to resolve this issue Council at the earliest possible date.

     

    However, Council agrees that the situation over the past year has been totally unacceptable for our residents, many of whom are elderly and some of the most vulnerable in our society. 

     

    As such, this Council agrees to:

     

    1.    Urgently publish a full schedule of action with key delivery times including a firm date of when this issue will be finally resolved

     

    2.    Launch an urgent inquiry into what has gone wrong to learn lessons so other residents may avoid a similar fate in future

     

    Consider making an ex-gratia payment of up to £500 for each tenant affected to be paid before Christmas 2019.

12e

Councillor Ashley Baxter

    A number of UK charities raise funds through textiles recycling e.g. Salvation Army, Oxfam and British Heart Foundation. These organisations work with local authorities (and other organisations) to promote and increase recycling via the provision of publicly accessible textiles banks.

     

    Textiles collected via the banks are sorted in the UK. The reusable garments are sold to secondary markets typically in Eastern Europe or further afield where they are resold and reused. Any unwearable garments are sold into the ‘rag trade’ and recycled into other products eg. cleaning materials.

     

    If the Council were to offer suitable locations for charity textile banks, the Council would receive an incentive in the form of modest fee per tonne of recycled materials.

     

    The textile banks (and the contents) remain the property of the operator who are responsible for the monitoring and emptying of the banks as well as most issues of health, safety and hygiene. If a particular site proves to be subject to regular problems of unforeseen anti-social behaviour eg. graffiti, flytipping or other nuisance then the host can require it to be removed.

     

    Statistics offered by SATCO (Salvation Army’s textile company) show that other local authority areas in Lincolnshire who host textile banks on their own land recycle far more textiles in this manner than South Kesteven.

     

    There are several suitable locations on South Kesteven property which could be suitable for textiles recycling eg. Meres Leisure Centre car park in Grantham, Halfleet car park in Market Deeping, Deepings Leisure Centre, Wharf Road car park in Stamford, Bourne Leisure Centre (NB. It is not intended that the banks should occupy any existing designated parking space.

     

    The Council resolves:

     

    1.    The Council shall seek to enter into partnership with charitable textiles recycling organisations to install at least four textiles recycling banks on Council-owned land. This will include at least one charity textile recycling bank in each of the four urban settlements (Grantham, Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings).

     

    2.    The scheme will be reviewed after six months by the Environment OSC who will make recommendations based on the merits and recycling rates of each collection bank.

     

    Any income generated from the provision of the banks will be ring-fenced for the promotion of recycling activities.

12f

Councillor Kelham Cooke

    Hatred, and particularly religious hatred, in all forms, is not something that should be tolerated in our society. Whilst there have been instances of hatred appallingly directed at several religions, worryingly there is an upward national trend in antisemitic hatred that must not be tolerated.

     

    The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief recently released a report which agreed that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism can offer valuable guidance for identifying antisemitism in its various forms.

     

    The IHRA definition is as follows:

     

    “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities”.

     

    This definition is encouraged in its use in “education, awareness-raising and for monitoring and responding to manifestations of antisemitism”.

     

    I therefore move that this Council formally adopts the IHRA definition of antisemitism, sending a clear message to communities in the district of South Kesteven that we will not and do not tolerate religious hatred, and reflecting this by including this definition in the Council’s Equality and Diversity Policy.