Agenda

Council - Thursday, 24th November, 2022 1.00 pm

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

Contact: Democratic Services 

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This meeting is available as an audio stream via YouTube

For those Councillors who wish to attend, prayers will be held at 12:55pm before the commencement of the meeting. Please be seated by 12:50pm.

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Public Open Forum

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    The Council welcomes public participation at its meetings.

     

    The public open forum will commence at 1.00 p.m. and the following formal business of the Council will commence at 1.30 p.m. or whenever the public open forum ends, if earlier.

     

    Any member of the public requesting to speak should register with democracy@southkesteven.gov.uk and provide three days’ notice of the question or statement they wish to make.

     

    Up to six people can register speak during this item, with each person being permitted to speak for up to five minutes.

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Apologies for absence

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Disclosure of Interests

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    Members are asked to disclose any interests in matters for consideration at the meeting.

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Minutes of the meeting held on 22 September pdf icon PDF 234 KB

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Communications

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    To include any announcements from those individuals listed at 3.1(d) of the Council Procedure Rules.

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Budget Framework Proposed Amendments 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 248 KB

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    The purpose of the report is to seek approval for the amendments required to the 2022/23 budget framework in response to the current financial climate and the impact on the budgets approved by Council on 3 March 2022.

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Deepings Leisure Centre pdf icon PDF 300 KB

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Statement of Licensing Principles 2023-2026 pdf icon PDF 166 KB

    The Gambling Act 2005 requires the Council, as the Licensing Authority, to review and publish a Statement of Principles every three years. This report presents the draft Gambling Statement of Principles 2023-2026 for approval and adoption.

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Political Proportionality, Allocation of Seats on Committees and Appointment to an Outside Body pdf icon PDF 142 KB

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Interim Review of Polling Places pdf icon PDF 155 KB

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Honorary Alderman and Alderwoman Protocol pdf icon PDF 136 KB

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Proposed amendment to the Planning Procedure Rules and Planning Committee Scheme of Delegation pdf icon PDF 241 KB

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Members' Open Questions

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    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.

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Notices of Motion

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14a

Councillor Amanda Wheeler

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    The UK’s current voting system (known as First Past the Post) originated when land-owning aristocrats dominated parliament and voting was restricted to property-owning men.

     

    Currently in Europe, only the UK and authoritarian Belarus still use the archaic single-round FPTP for general elections. Meanwhile, internationally, Proportional Representation (PR) is used to elect parliaments in more than 80 countries. These countries tend to be more equal, freer and greener. Under PR, MPs and Parliaments better reflect the age, gender and protected characteristics of local communities and the nation. MPs better reflecting their communities leads to improved decision-making, wider participation and increased levels of ownership of decisions taken.

     

    Proportional Representation ensures all votes count, have equal value, and those seats won match votes cast.

     

    PR would also end minority rule. In 2019, 43.6% of the vote produced a government with 56.2% of the seats and 100% of the power.

     

    PR is already used to elect the parliaments and assemblies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. So why not Westminster?

     

    South Kesteven District Council therefore resolves to write to Government calling for a change in our outdated electoral laws to enable Proportional Representation to be used for general elections.

     

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14b

Councillor Ashley Baxter

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    This Council welcomes the anticipated endorsement by the Department for Education (DfE) of the Lease between the Deepings School (part of the Anthem Trust), Lincolnshire County Council and South Kesteven District Council.

     

    The Council recognises that the Deepings Leisure Centre was the second most visited Leisure Centre in the District; and its sudden closure, in July 2021, has caused long-term distress, disadvantage, discomfort and expense to people previously served by the centre.

     

    This Council resolves to:

     

    1.    Reiterate its commitment to a major refurbishment of the Deepings Leisure Centre to ensure the facility re-opens to restore much-needed swimming and leisure facilities to the Deepings and surrounding area.

     

    2.    Appoint ‘design and build’ contractors for the Deepings Leisure Centre refurbishment within 1 calendar month of confirmation of the Lease by DfE.

     

    3.    Require the Cabinet Member for Leisure to prepare and present an updated Project Plan for the Deepings Leisure Centre. The Plan will include indicative costs, income and timescale for the agreed refurbishment.

     

    4.    Convene a joint meeting of the relevant Overview and Scrutiny Committees before 31st January 2023 to scrutinise the aforementioned Project Plan.

     

    5.    Ensure that best endeavours are taken to ‘future-proof’ the centre, particularly in terms of energy cost and consumption.

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Close of meeting

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