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Members' Open Questions

Meeting: 17/12/2020 - Council (Item 53)

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.

Minutes:

Question 1

 

Councillor Kelly asked the Leader (on behalf of a constituent) if the statue of Baroness Margaret Thatcher was owned by South Kesteven District Council, where funding/donation money was to go and whether the amount received to date, covered the unveiling event.

 

The Leader of the Council replied that the statue was currently owned by the Public Memorials Appeal, but would be transferred to the Council as a ‘Deed of Gift’.  Details were currently being finalised in relation to where the money would go.  He had already received enquiries from individuals and organisations about contributing to the unveiling event.  Currently the decision made by Cabinet on 1 December 2020 had been called-in and was going to the Culture and Visitor Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 5 January 2021.  He stated that it was his view that the event would be fully paid for by the private sector and the funding received would also contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of the statue and also contribute to the Baroness Margaret Thatcher exhibition at Grantham Museum.

 

Question 2

 

Councillor Dawson asked the Leader for an update on St Martin’s Park development at Stamford.

 

The Leader replied that the site had been purchased in March 2019.  The collaboration agreement between South Kesteven District Council and Burghley Estates had been signed. The outline planning application had been validated and could be viewed through the planning portal: the reference was S20/2056.  Morris Homes would be delivering the residential development, Inspired Living would be leading on the retirement development and Burghley Land Ltd would be delivering the commercial and mix use parts of the site.  The Heads of Terms with all three parties had been agreed and sales contracts would start to be drafted by the Legal Teams in the New Year.  Demolition on site was currently being discussed with the partners and it was hoped that it would start in 2021, excluding the 1904 building which it was hoped could be turned in to more commercial space.

 

Question 3

 

Councillor Dilks asked the Leader why there was no mention of the Riverside report or the Housing Compliance report within SKToday which had recently been circulated, only reference to Good Housing for All and High Performing Council, he felt the publication was an ideal opportunity to let residents know what was going on.

 

The Leader responded that the themes highlighted by Councillor Dilks referred to the Council’s key aims within the Council’s Corporate Plan.  Council house tenants received a specific publication called Skyline and both the Riverside report and the Housing Audit report would be mentioned within the next publication of this document and would be shared with Members as well.

 

Question 4

 

Councillor Sandall wished to place on record her thanks to the Leader and the team responsible for the work done to enable St Martin’s Park, Stamford to be used as a Covid-19 testing facility which had been easy to access and use.

 

The Leader stated that he would pass on her  ...  view the full minutes text for item 53


Meeting: 26/11/2020 - Council (Item 45)

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.

Minutes:

As the extended time limit had been reached, no Members’ open questions were taken.