Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet - Tuesday, 1st December, 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting - This meeting is being held remotely using Skype for Business

Contact: Email: Democracy@southkesteven.gov.uk 

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27.

Register of attendance and apologies for absence

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    Minutes:

    All Cabinet Members were present.

28.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 203 KB

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    Minutes of the meeting held on 3 November 2020.

    Minutes:

    The minutes of the meeting held on 3 November 2020 were agreed as a correct record of the decisions taken.

29.

Disclosure of Interests (if any)

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    Minutes:

    None disclosed.

30.

Council Tax Base 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 710 KB

    Report from the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources.

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    Decision:

    Decision

     

    Cabinet recommends to Council the approval of the Council Tax base for the financial year 2021/22 equating to 48,122.4 in accordance with the relevant legislation. This will form the basis upon which the Council will estimate Council Tax income for the 2021/22 budget.

     

    Considerations/reasons for decision

     

    ·       Report from the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources on the Council Tax Base 2021/22.

    ·       The Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended by s84 of the Local Government Act 2003, which sets out the requirements allowing each local authority to make its arrangements for adopting the Council Tax Base.

    ·       The Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012.

    ·       The proposed tax base for South Kesteven 2020/21 was 48,122.4 Band D equivalents and was an increase of 0.4% on the previous financial year 2020/21.

    ·       The calculation of the tax base for parish purposes was based on the number of properties as at 14 September 2020 and the discounts and exemptions applicable on 5 October 2020, as prescribed by legislation.

    ·       Adjustments for the reductions in the tax base as a result of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme.

    ·       The setting of a realistic and prudent collection rate for Council Tax in 2021/22 is an essential component of the overall budget strategy. It is anticipated that a collection rate of 98.68% will be achieved in 2020/21 and this will form the basis of the collection rate for 2021/22.

     

    Other options considered

     

    None.

     

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources presented the report on the Council Tax base for 2021/22. The proposed base for South Kesteven for 2021/22 was 48,122.4 Band D equivalents, an increase of 0.4% on the previous financial year 2020/21. The figure was less than the Medium Term Plan financial plan projection of 1.5%; this was due to fewer properties and the number of residents claiming Council Tax support. The setting of the Council Tax base was a key part of the budget and was based on the number of properties as at September 2020. The collection rate as at 30 November 2020 was only 0.8% less than 30 November 2019 and had increased since the reintroduction of recovery and direct support for those experiencing hardship.  The recommendation as contained within the report was proposed and seconded.

     

    On being put to the vote, it was AGREED:

     

    To recommend to Council the approval of the Council Tax base for the financial year 2021/22 equating to 48,122.4 in accordance with the relevant legislation. This will form the basis upon which the Council will estimate Council Tax income for the 2021/22 budget.

     

31.

Review of the Licensing Act 2003 Policy Statement pdf icon PDF 702 KB

    Report from the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations.

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    Decision:

    Decision:

    Cabinet notes the feedback from the public consultation on the draft Statement of Licensing Policy 2021-2026 and recommends to Council that the draft Statement of Licensing Policy 2021-2026 be adopted.

     

    Considerations/reasons for decision:

     

    ·       Report from the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations on the draft Statement of Licensing Policy 2021-2026.

    ·       Section 5 of the Licensing Act 2003 requires each licensing authority to prepare and publish a Statement of Licensing Policy every 5 years.   The current policy was due for review in January 2021.

    ·       The policy had been updated to reflect the latest statutory guidance published under the Licensing Act 2003 in April 2018.

    ·       In accordance with the requirements of the 2003 Act, consultees included the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment Licensing Committee, responsible authorities and the public.

     

     

    Other Options considered

    The Council was required to review its Statement of Licensing Policy every 5 years.

     

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations presented the report on the review of the Statement of Licensing Policy 2021 – 2026.  The Council had a statutory duty to review their Statement of Licensing Policy every five years.  The policy had been updated to take account of changes in statutory guidance as published in April 2018 in relation to the Licensing Act 2003, legislation and information about the district.  The policy had been out to consultation and had been discussed at the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  Significant changes to the document had been made due to recent legislation.

     

    On being put to the vote, it was AGREED:

     

    To note the feedback from the public consultation on the draft Statement of Licensing Policy 2021-2026 and to recommend to Council that the draft Statement of Licensing Policy 2021-2026 be adopted.

     

     

32.

Food Waste Collection pdf icon PDF 674 KB

    Report from the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations.

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    Decision:

    Decision

     

    1.     That Cabinet agrees to continue the existing food waste collection service until at least March 2022, utilising the food waste financial reserve to fund and subject to the annual budget approval process.

     

    2.     That Cabinet supports in principle the ambition to expand food waste collections throughout the District, accepting that this will be dependent on future funding and/or the Government’s proposals to make the service a statutory requirement.

     

    Considerations/reasons for decision

     

    ·       Report from the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations on Food Waste.

    ·       The success of the food waste trial initially funded by Lincolnshire County Council on behalf of the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership.

    ·       Customer support for the scheme.

    ·       The increase in clean recyclable waste and less residual waste for properties taking part in the food waste trial.

    ·       The food waste collection scheme supported DEFRA’s ambitions to rollout mandatory food waste collections nationally and aligned with their ‘Our Waste, Our Resources: A Strategy for England’ publication.

    ·       The decision taken by the Leader on 29 May 2020 to continue to deliver the food waste collection service to the existing area to 31 March 2021, following formal notification from Lincolnshire County Council that they were withdrawing support for food waste collection beyond the current year, which came to an end on 4 June 2020.

    ·       The Council’s recently approved Corporate Plan 2020-23 which included the key action to explore opportunities to build on the success of the food waste pilot and ensure the service is sustainable.

    ·       An ambition to expand food waste collections throughout the District, accepting that this would be dependent on future funding and/or the Government’s proposals to make the service a statutory requirement.

    ·       Support for the continuation of food waste collection from the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the positive feedback received from the Customer Survey.

     

    Other options considered:

     

    1)  Continue using the waste reserve funding until March 2022 on the existing food waste collection service. 

    2)  Expand the service incrementally as funding becomes available from other waste income streams. This would be subject to Council priorities and the annual budget process.

    3)  Stop the service.  This is not considered appropriate as the authority had vehicles equipped with pod collection units, which could operate effectively for the next two years before needing to be replaced.  There was potential for a mandatory service to be introduced by Government and SKDC funding had already been earmarked. 

     

    Minutes:

    On presenting the report, the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations spoke of the success of the food waste trial that had originally been funded by Lincolnshire County Council on behalf of the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership.  Participation levels in the scheme had exceeded expectations with 85% participation of those taking part in the trial. Recycling had increased and there had been a reduction in residual waste.  Although funding for the trial had been withdrawn by Lincolnshire County Council in June 2020, a decision had been made by the Leader to continue the existing service until 31 March 2021. 

     

    The report recommended that the current food waste collection continued until March 2022 with the current households.  The ambition of the Council was to widen the food waste collection and an in principle decision was being sought to expand the food waste collection, which would depend on the budget available, and the Government’s aim of compulsory food waste collection.

     

    On being put to the vote, it was AGREED:

     

    1.    To continue the existing food waste collection service until at least March 2022, utilising the food waste financial reserve to fund and subject to the annual budget approval process.

     

    2.    To support in principle the ambition to expand food waste collections throughout the District, accepting that this would be dependent on future funding and/or the Government’s proposals to make the service a statutory requirement.

     

33.

Public Realm Improvements, St Peter's Hill, Grantham

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    Report from the Leader of the Council.

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    Decision:

    Decision

    1.     Cabinet approves the installation of the statue on St Peter’s Hill Green, in accordance with the agreed planning permission. 

    2.     Cabinet approves a budget allocation from the Local Priorities Reserve and authorise expenditure of up to £100k to underwrite the statue-unveiling event and any consequential works.   Any fundraising from the public, businesses and others will go towards funding this budget allocation.

    3.     Cabinet approves the engagement of an external organisation, as part of the above allocation, to coordinate the unveiling, including event management, communications and fundraising campaign.

    4.     Cabinet delegates to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leader and the Monitoring Officer, the authority to enter into a deed of gift agreement with The Public Memorials Appeal to transfer the ownership of the statue to the Council from the point of installation.

     

    Considerations/reasons for decision

     

    ·       Report from the Leader of the Council on Public Realm Improvements, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham.

    ·       The statue project was the result of an agreement between Grantham Community Heritage Association (GCHA, aka Grantham Museum), South Kesteven District Council and The Public Memorials Appeal.

    ·       The unveiling of the statue would provide an opportunity for Grantham’s community to celebrate its heritage.

    ·       The statue was expected to attract many visitors to the area, which would increase Grantham and South Kesteven’s status as a destination for tourism both nationally and internationally and would contribute to the local economy.

    ·       That the funding for the event would be underwritten by the Council with the intension that fund raising events and public donations would contribute to most of the costs.

    ·       On-going maintenance costs for the statue would be met by existing maintenance budgets and would be reviewed by the Council as part of the annual budget setting process from 2022/23 onwards.

    ·       All planning conditions following planning approval granted on 5 February 2019 had been met and discharged.

    ·       Continued liaison with Lincolnshire Partnership’s Safety Advisory Group about the unveiling event.

     

     

    Other options considered

     

    The Council could install the statue with little or no event to support it. 

     

    Minutes:

    The Leader of the Council presented the report on the project to deliver and install a statue of the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher on St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, as the Country’s first female Prime Minister who was born in Grantham.  The statue had been commissioned and funded by The Public Memorials Appeal and planning permission to erect the statue had been granted. 

     

    The Leader of the Council referred to the economic impact that Covid-19 had had on businesses and tourist attractions. The unveiling of the statue event would draw many visitors to the area and would help to boost the local economy and benefit the local shops and businesses.

     

    The Leader stated that an event of this type had significant cost implications and it was proposed that the cost of the event would be undertaken by a comprehensive fund raising campaign.   The expectation was that the cost of the event would be fully met through voluntary donations and not at the expense of the public purse.

     

    The report recommended that an experienced event company be appointed to make sure that the event was carried out safely and effectively. To maximise opportunities to promote South Kesteven, and to keep both residents and businesses safe.

     

    Reference was made to the debate about the legacy of Baroness Thatcher, which had been highlighted in the press and social media.  It was stated that the event provided an opportunity for the community of Grantham to celebrate its heritage and promote the district of South Kesteven both nationally and internationally.  A significant national figure would be undertaking the unveiling.

     

    The Leader reiterated his belief that the full funding of the event would be met by fund raising and donations with the potential to provide a legacy to look after the statue and make contributions to Grantham Museum and the exhibits on display.

     

    Cabinet Members supported the proposal, but acknowledged that she was seen by some as a divisive figure.  However, it was a fact that she was the first female Prime Minister who was born in Grantham.  This heritage should be celebrated and promoted to enhance visitor economy to the area.  It was suggested that the local retailers and businesses should be contacted by the external event company so that everyone could be involved in the event and encourage visitors to the area. 

     

    Further support was given to the proposal by a non-Cabinet Member who quoted the increase in police officers during Baroness Thatcher’s term of office.  One non-Cabinet Member was against having the statue and he urged the Leader to hold a referendum with the residents of Grantham to see if they supported having a statue on St Peter’s Hill.

     

    On being put to the vote, it was AGREED:

     

    1.     To approve the installation of the statue on St Peter’s Hill Green, in accordance with the agreed planning permission. 

    2.     To approve a budget allocation from the Local Priorities Reserve and authorise expenditure of up to £100k to underwrite the statue-unveiling event and any  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.

34.

Matters Referred to Cabinet by the Council or Overview and Scrutiny Committees

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    Minutes:

    No matters had been referred to Cabinet.

35.

Key and Non Key Decisions taken under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 578 KB

36.

Representations and questions from Non Cabinet Members

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    Minutes:

    None received.

37.

Cabinet Forward Plan 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021 pdf icon PDF 566 KB

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    Report from the Leader of the Council.

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    Minutes:

    Cabinet noted the Forward Plan for the period 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

Exclusion of Press and Public

It was proposed, seconded and agreed to exclude the press and public from the meeting, in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the  Local Government Act 1972 during consideration of the following item of business because of the likelihood that otherwise exempt information, as described in paragraph 3 of the Act would be disclosed to them.

 

 

38.

Acquisition of Land in South Kesteven

39.

Close of meeting

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    Minutes:

    The meeting closed at 14:56.