Agenda item

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 Development Management Committee, Licensing and Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment Licensing Committees and Governance and Audit Committee.


Question 1


The Leader was asked for an update on the potential impact of Local Government Reorganisation on South Kesteven District Council by Councillor Lee Steptoe. The Leader replied that the White Paper was due out in the Autumn. A letter had been sent to the Secretary of State and a response was still awaited.


Question 2


Councillor Paul Wood asked the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations about toxic smoke that residents at Fen Lane, Long Bennington were being subjected to from an illegal waste tip which the Environment Agency, Lincolnshire County Council and South Kesteven District Council knew about.


The Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations stated that he was aware of the illegal waste site and South Kesteven was working with the Environment Agency who were the enforcing authority. Evidence was being collected and an appeal had been lodged with the Environment Agency that was being heard that day. Lincolnshire Police were aware of the breaches in the restrictions as were the Fire and Rescue Emergency Services. Land adjacent to the site was also being used and the Environment Agency would continue to make the owners aware of their responsibilities when disposing of waste.


Question 3


A further question was put to the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations by Councillor Ian Selby in relation to the Lincolnshire County Council waste and recycling centre and the restrictions that had been put in place due to Covid-19. The member felt that the restrictions in place were too excessive at the present time and would lead to an increase in fly tipping.


The Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations stated that the topic had been discussed at a recent meeting of the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership where it had been felt that the restrictions would not lead to an increase in fly tipping.  However, he would write to the Lincolnshire County Council Executive Member for the Environment asking that the facility be fully opened, and he would take the issue to the next Lincolnshire Waste Partnership meeting at the end of the month.


Question 4


The Leader was asked by Councillor Judy Stevens if he agreed that the disrespectful behaviour that had been carried out by a member at the last meeting should be apologised for at the meeting.


The Leader stated that he would not accept personal and individual comments made by members and an investigation had taken place. If the member was present, he invited her to make an apology. The member did not appear to be present at the meeting and therefore no public apology was made.


The Leader drew the Chairman’s attention to the time and the hour by which the meeting had been extended had been passed. He stated that he did not propose to extend the time further.  


A proposal was made to extend the time by half an hour, and this was seconded. As a number of Members had left the meeting, a rollcall vote was taken in favour of extending the meeting. The vote to extend the meeting by half an hour was lost and the meeting was closed.


The Chairman reminded members who had indicated that they would like to ask a question during Members’ Open Questions session that they could direct any that were outstanding to the Leader.