Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Tuesday, 12th October, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - South Kesteven House, St. Peter's Hill, Grantham. NG31 6PZ

Contact: Democratic Services 

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35.

Leader's Announcement

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    The Leader paid tribute and expressed thanks to Councillor Barry Dobson, who had served as Deputy Leader of the Council for the past 2 years.  Councillor Dobson was stepping down as Deputy Leader for personal business reasons but would remain as The Cabinet Member for Leisure.

     

    A special thanks was given to Councillor Dr Peter Moseley, who had taken the decision to resign from the position of Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations.  Councillor Dr Moseley had made a great contribution to the Cabinet since 2017.

     

    The Leader advised that due to the changes to Cabinet, amendments had been made to some Cabinet Members’ portfolios.

36.

Register of attendance and apologies for absence

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    All Cabinet Members were present, as expected.

37.

Disclosure of Interests (if any)

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    Councillor Robert Reid, Cabinet Member for Housing and Property advised that for openness and transparency he was a member of Bourne Town Council. He would participate in the debate, but would not vote on Item 4 – Bourne Special Expenses Area.

     

38.

Minutes of the previous meeting 14 September 2021 pdf icon PDF 197 KB

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    The minutes of the meeting held on 14 September 2021, were AGREED as a correct record of the decisions taken.

39.

Exempt minute of the meeting held on 14 September 2021

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    The Cabinet did not wish to enter closed session and were in agreement that the exempt minutes from the meeting held on 14 September 2021, were AGREED as a correct record of the decision taken.

40.

Bourne Special Expense Area pdf icon PDF 375 KB

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    Report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources.

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    Purpose of the report

     

    Cabinet was asked to recommend the transfer of assets currently being charged to the Bourne Special Expense Area, to Bourne Town Council, thus removing the requirement for the Bourne Special Expense Area to continue.

     

    Decisions

     

    Cabinet:

    1.          Approved the freehold transfer of Recreation Ground Bourne and Dyke Playing Field to Bourne Town Council, subject to the disposal requirements in accordance with Section 123 of the Local Government Act 1972.

    2.          Approved the transfer date from 1 April 2022, thus removing the Bourne Special Expense Area.

    3.          Approved the transfer of the balance of the Bourne Special Expense Reserve to Bourne Town Council upon completion of the asset transfer.

    Options considered and rejected

     

    Do not transfer the Bourne Recreation Ground and Dyke Playing Field open space assets and the credit balance held in the SEA reserve for Bourne to Bourne Town Council. The assets would remain in the ownership of the Council and the Council would continue to be responsible for managing and maintaining the assets.

    Reason for decision

     

    Members of the Cabinet were in agreement that the recommendations of the report were the correct way forward.  The removal of Special Expenses Areas and the transfer of assets to Bourne Town Council gave local communities the ability to be responsible for their local assets and access to funds that could help improve facilities.

     

    It was noted that Bourne Town Council were very supportive of the recommendation and would bring great benefits to the community. 

     

     

     

41.

Statement of Community Involvement 2021 pdf icon PDF 380 KB

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    Report of the Cabinet Member for Planning and Planning Policy

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    Purpose of the report

     

    To seek approval of the Councils updated version of the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) to incorporate additional minor modifications which were not included within the adopted version of the SCI for 2021.

     

    Decision

    Cabinet approved the revised Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) (as shown in Appendix A to the report) to incorporate additional minor modifications which were not included within the adopted version of the SCI for 2021. 

    Options considered and rejected

     

    That the additional amendments to the SCI (as shown in Appendix B to the report) not be approved and the Council continued with the currently adopted version of the SCI document, that was approved on the 14 of September 2021.

     

    Reason for decision

     

    The modifications which had been proposed provided more clarity for those with protected characteristics. Members were very supportive of the amendments and agreed to their inclusion.

     

    The Council’s Statement of Community Involvement was part of looking at the way forward for adopting Neighbourhood Plans.  It was hoped that this would encourage Parish Councils to adopt their own Neighbourhood Plans, as they would play a great role in the planning process going forward. 

     

     

42.

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

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    There were none.

43.

Key and Non-Key Decisions taken under Delegated Powers

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    Minutes:

    There were none.

44.

Cabinet Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 304 KB

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    The Deputy Leader advised that Business Rates Relief, was to be added to the 9 November 2021 meeting of the Cabinet.

     

    A Member encouraged the Overview and Scrutiny Committees to consider the contents of the Forward Plan and the frequency of reports from their meetings to Cabinet.

     

    Cabinet noted the contents of its Forward Plan for the period October 2021 September 2022.

     

45.

Close of meeting

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    Minutes:

    The Chairman closed the meeting at 14:15.