Agenda

Council - Thursday, 26th November, 2020 1.00 pm

Venue: Virtual meeting - This meeting is being held remotely using Skype for Business. View directions

Contact: Email: Democracy@southkesteven.gov.uk 

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Virtual Meeting - Joining Arrangements

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Council - 26 November 2020

 

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If you have any questions about how to join the meeting, please e-mail democracy@southkesteven.gov.uk.

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

1.

Public Open Forum

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    The public open forum will commence at 1.00 p.m. and the following formal business of the Council will commence at 1.30 p.m. or whenever the public open forum ends, if earlier.

2.

Register of attendance and apologies for absence

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3.

Disclosure of Interests

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    Members are asked to disclose any interests in matters for consideration at the meeting.

4.

Minutes of the meeting held on 1 October 2020 pdf icon PDF 375 KB

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5.

Communications (including Chairman's Announcements) pdf icon PDF 152 KB

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    An overview of the Chairman’s engagements October – November 2020.

     

6.

Formation of LeisureSK Ltd pdf icon PDF 430 KB

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    This report requests additional Director appointments to complement the Board of LeisureSK Ltd.  Council is also asked to approve the level of management fee which may be required to be provided to the company for the period January 2021 to December 2021, and that an element of this is provided upfront to LeisureSK Ltd as working capital to cover any necessary costs.

7.

Strategic Land Acquisition in South Kesteven pdf icon PDF 339 KB

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    The purpose of this report is to obtain an executive decision to authorise the acquisition of a parcel of land in the South Kesteven area and approval of the necessary budget allocation.

     

    Due to the commercial sensitivities that apply to the land in question, the details are contained in the exempt appendices attached to this report. These appendices are exempt under paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 for the reasons referred to in paragraph 1.2 of the report.

8.

Scrutiny Committee Annual Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 325 KB

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    This report covers meetings and activity from the 2019/20 municipal year. It provides a summary of the work undertaken by all the Overview and Scrutiny Committees during 2019/20.

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9.

Housing Compliance Audit 2020 including Riverside Inquiry and Housing Development Update pdf icon PDF 490 KB

10.

Updates from the Leader of the Council

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10a

Meetings of the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 305 KB

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    The minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 13 October 2020 (approved by the Cabinet on 3 November 2020) are provided for Councillors’ information. The minutes of the meeting held on 3 November 2020 will be made available at a future meeting of the Council following their approval by the Cabinet. (This item includes an exempt appendix, which can be found at item 15 of the agenda pack).

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10b

Decisions made under urgency provisions pdf icon PDF 314 KB

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    This report sets out those decisions that have been made under urgency provisions set out within the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 and the Council’s Constitution.

     

    ·            General Exception – disposal of a Council Asset – St. Martin’s Park, Stamford

11.

Members' Open Questions

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    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 of the Council's Constitution:

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12a

Councillor Charmaine Morgan

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    This Council will undertake an urgent and complete review of the management and enforcement of environmental regulations in relation to the maintenance of the wellbeing and safety of private tenants and other residents within the South Kesteven District.

    a)         The review will include the examination of communications and formal complaints received in relation to the failure of private landlords and/or tenants to comply with legislative requirements.

    b)         The review will consider how promptly and how effectively those complaints are handled.

    c)          An examination will take place of existing national legislation

    d)         the procedures implemented by South Kesteven District Council, and the speed and level of enforcement action and use of escalation taken by South Kesteven District Council Environmental Officers, particularly where there is an issue relating to safety and the wellbeing of tenants and residents affected.

    e)         It will identify if adequate resource has been allocated to the Environmental team to enable officers to carry out their duties fully to ensure South Kesteven District Council remains compliant.

    f)           The findings of the review will be reported back to full Council with any issues identified and agreed action/resources required to address them.

12b

Councillor Charmaine Morgan

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    Recognising there is a shortage of affordable social housing and need to support all, including our most vulnerable residents, South Kesteven District Council members support the provision of an SKDC funded Rent Guarantor Scheme or Guaranteed Rent Scheme to enable residents in receipt of benefit income or a pension to gain access to housing in the private rented sector. 

    a)         It provides an assurance to private landlords and housing associations that their rental costs and potential repair costs will be met for the duration of the Term of the Contract. 

    b)         It offers councils the ability to re-house people, notably in receipt of benefits, or, low income, otherwise unable to access private rented housing left in inappropriate accommodation and/or for prolonged periods on the council waiting list. 

    c)          The scheme also enables the council to agree predefined standards with both tenant and landlord. 

     

13.

Exclusion of Press and Public

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    To exclude the press and public from the meeting during the discussion of the

    following items of business due to the likelihood that information that is exempt under paragraph 1,2 and 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) because it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

14.

Exempt minute, Council 1 October 2020 - Corporate Restructure

    To receive an exempt minute on the Corporate Restructure, at the meeting of

    Council on 1 October 2020.

15.

Acquisition of Land in South Kesteven

16.

Meetings of Cabinet - Appendix 2