Agenda

Council
Thursday, 23rd May, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Shekinah Room - Jubilee Church Life Centre, 1-5 London Road, Grantham. NG31 6EY. View directions

Contact: Jo Toomey 

Items
No. Item

For those Councillors who wish to attend, prayers will be held in the Shekinah Room at 1:55pm before the commencement of the meeting. Please be seated by 1:50pm.

1.

Election of the Chairman of the District Council

2.

Vote of thanks to the retiring Chairman

3.

Appointment of Vice-Chairman of the District Council

4.

Apologies for Absence

5.

Disclosure of Interests

6.

Minutes of the meeting held on 1 March 2019 pdf icon PDF 251 KB

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Communications (including Chairman's Announcements) pdf icon PDF 101 KB

8.

Election of the Leader of the Council

9.

Announcement on the size and membership of the Cabinet and the allocation of Cabinet Members' remits

10.

Appointments to committees including the appointment of their Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen pdf icon PDF 224 KB

11.

Timetable of Council and committee meetings pdf icon PDF 203 KB

12.

Appointment of representatives to outside bodies pdf icon PDF 201 KB

13.

Meetings of the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 190 KB

14.

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 Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the Planning Committee, Licensing and Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment Licensing Committees and Governance and Audit Committee.

15.

Notices of Motion given under Article 4.9:

15a

Councillor Phil Dilks

    This motion addresses serious concerns about rising crime in my ward and across South Kesteven at the same time as police officer and PCSO numbers are in the process of being cut throughout Lincolnshire in the face of a severe funding gap identified by the Chief Constable of £3.2 million this year.

    For example, in the Market Deeping and Uffington police area which covers the ward I represent, last year (2018) there were 229 reports of violent and sexual offences – up from 135 the previous year – a worrying rise of 69%.

    The increase became even more worrying in January this year which saw another big rise, followed by an even bigger rise in February (the most recent figures available).

    In my ward of Deeping St James and my neighbouring ward of Market and West Deeping, the official police figures show there were three violent and sexual offences reported in February last year – less than one a week.

    In February this year, in the same relatively small area, there was one violent and sexual offence reported for every day of the month - up from less than one a week.

    Our police service has been cut to the bone nationally over recent years.  Lincolnshire has suffered from a historically low and unfair Government funding formula, but has still seen the number of police officers reduced by almost 150 since 2010 (down from 1,245 to 1,060) as part of cutting 21,000 police officers across the country.

    Last September our Chief Constable Bill Skelly revealed that his force is already stretched to breaking point and facing a massive funding gap in what he needs to effectively police Lincolnshire and fight rising crime.  He warned that without additional resources, there would have to be even less policing in Lincolnshire – and even fewer police officers protecting us all.

    In February this year, as the Government funding and Budget for Lincolnshire Police was finalised for the current year, the Chief Constable revealed that he would have to make savings of £3.2 million – and even more next year.

    So right now he is in the process of cutting another 40 police officers and 33 PCSOs. We are also seeing up to 30 police support staff cut.

    In light of this worrying position of further police cuts at the same time as crime is rising in our county, this Council resolves to:

    1.  Instruct the Chief Executive to write to our local MPs outlining our concerns and lobbying for their urgent intervention with a view to increasing funding to Lincolnshire Police so that the current further reductions in numbers of police officers and PCSO can be halted.

    2.  Invite the Chairman of the appropriate Overview and Scrutiny Committee to agenda ‘Local Crime Statistics and Police Funding’ as an item to be urgently scrutinised with evidence and ‘witnesses’ to be engaged as appropriate.