Agenda and decisions

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 

No. Item




Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 142 KB


Disclosure of Interests (if any)


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:




    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.  


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:




    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.  


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


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.


Cabinet Forward Plan


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


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