Agenda and draft minutes

Agenda and draft minutes

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No. Item

33.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor K Merrie.

 

 

34.

Declaration of Interests

Under the Code of Conduct members are reminded that in declaring interests you should make clear the nature of that interest and whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest, registerable interest or other interest.

 

Minutes:

There were no interests declared.

 

 

35.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman referred to the sad passing of Her Majesty the Queen and the honour of reading the proclamation for the District.  Following the forward of the District’s condolences to the Palace, the Chairman announced that a signed card of thanks had been received from His Royal Highness the King.

 

 

36.

Leader's and Portfolio Holders' Announcements

Members are reminded that under paragraph 11.1 of part 4 of the Constitution, questions can be asked of the Leader and Cabinet Members without notice about any matter contained in any address.  Questions shall be limited to five minutes in total for each announcement.

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council, Councillor R Blunt made the following announcements:

 

The new Customer  Centre was now complete and would open later in the month.  The next stage was the relocation of staff to Whitwick Business Centre and the final part was the refurbishment of Stenson House into a new Civic Hub.  The work on Stenson House was due to start in the next few months and the plan was to have works completed before the Annual Council meeting in May next year.  He thanked the Strategic Director for his work on the project and although it was acknowledged there would still be challenges ahead, he was confident that all was moving in the right direction.

 

In relation to what the Council was doing to address the Cost-of-Living Crisis, Councillor Blunt acknowledged the work of the Fuel Poverty Task and Finish Group and referred to the information now available on the website, the bids being made under the Decarbonisation Fund and the ECO4 Scheme.

 

Plans were moving forward with Marlborough Centre with the Council in the process of submitting a planning application in relation to the frontages and apartments above.

 

In relation to the former Hermitage Leisure Centre, demolition was expected in the new year and then further decisions would be taken on the site. 

 

To conclude, Councillor Blunt announced that work was progressing on the Royal Hotel in Ashby with a planning application expected imminently.  As a key part of the town, Councillor Blunt felt it was important to get the building back in to use as soon as possible.

 

In response to comments and questions, Councillor Blunt shared the view that much had changed in national Government since the last Council meeting, and he would be monitoring how the difficult decisions to come would affect Local Government Finances.  In relation to the proposed Cinema in Coalville, Councillor Blunt confirmed that progress was still being made and gave a brief update on the current process for advertising the sites as available for leisure use.

 

Councillor T Eynon thanked Councillor Blunt for noting the work of the Fuel Poverty Task and Finish Group and thanked all involved in recent weeks.  She encouraged Members to support the recommendations made by the group. 

 

 

37.

Question and Answer Session

To receive questions from members of the public under procedure rule no.10.  The procedure rule provides that members of the public may ask members of the Cabinet any question on any matter in relation to which the Council has powers or duties which affect the District, provided that three clear days’ notice in writing has been given to the Head of Legal and Commercial Services.

Minutes:

There were no questions received.

 

 

38.

Questions from Councillors pdf icon PDF 190 KB

To receive members’ questions under procedure rule no.11.  The procedure rule provides that any member may ask the Chairman of a board or group any question on any matter in relation to which the Council has powers or duties which affect the District, provided that three clear days’ notice in writing has been given to the Head of Legal and Commercial Services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There were four questions asked which are set out below together with the responses.  Each member who asked a question was invited by the Chairman to ask one supplementary question which is also set out together with the response.

 

Question by Councillor J Geary

 

 “How much have the costs to NWLDC been to clear sites up after traveller trespass?"

 

Response by Councillor A Woodman

 

Council services in the form of housing, car parking, street cleansing, parks and property have not historically collected this data but will be doing so henceforth starting with the most recent tresspass onto Council land at Silver Street Car Park. Listed below are the incidents over the past five years.

Date

Site location

10 May 2018

Coalville Park London Road Coalville

24 Jun 2018

Greenhill Park Cropston Drive Coalville

30 Jun 2018

A511 Stephenson Way Coalville

31 Jul 2018

Recreation Ground Ashburton Road Hugglescote

02 Aug 2018

Hermitage Leisure Centre Silver St Whitwick

17 Oct 2018

Bridge Street Car Park Coalville

08 May 2019

Covert Place Albert Village

06 Jun 2019

Hermitage Leisure Centre and Recreation Ground Whitwick Coalville

08 Sep 2019

Bridge Road Car Park Coalville

10 Sep 2019

A5324 Ashby Road Long Whatton

12 Oct 2019

Bridge Road Car Park Coalville

21 Oct 2019

Car Park Cropston Drive Greenhill Coalville

25 Oct 2019

NWLDC Visitor Car Park London Road Coalville

13 Nov 2019

Bridge Street Car Park Coalville

14 Nov 2019

Cropston Drive Coalville

21 Nov 2019

Bridge Road Car Park Coalville

07 Jun 2020

Scotland’s Playing Fields Car Park Forest Road Coalville

17 Aug 2020

Hermitage Leisure Centre Silver St Whitwick

10 Sep 2020

Hermitage Leisure Centre Playing Fields Hermitage Road Whitwick

23 Dec 2020

Rear Car Park Covert Place Albert Village

06 May 2021

Garage Site Coronation Avenue Moira

14 Jun 2021

Recreation Ground Cropston Drive Coalville

05 Sep 2021

Waterworks Road Coalville

28 Oct 2022

Hermitage Leisure Centre Silver Street Whitwick

 

Supplementary question and response

 

Councillor Geary asked if it was possible for him to have the figures for the latest incident on Silver Street once they had been collated.  Councillor Woodman informed members that there was not a legal requirement to keep this information, but he felt that it was useful for the authority to have.  He was happy for all members to receive the information once available.

 

Question by Councillor J Legrys

 

“I am struggling to keep myself informed of staff movement due to promotion, resignation/retirement, joint working with another LA or internal move. I am aware that the Council have employed consultants/agency staff in many unfilled posts.

I would appreciate if the Portfolio Holder could provide regular update on staff changes please.

I would like to know which posts are filled by consultants/agency employees, and the number of unfilled posts?”

Response by Councillor R Ashman

 

“An updated copy of the current management structure to team manager level with names has been added to the members’ hub for information. This also indicates the posts at those levels currently occupied  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.

39.

Motions

To consider any motions on notice under procedure rule no. 12.

Minutes:

No motions were received.

 

 

40.

Petitions

To receive petitions in accordance with the Council’s Petition Scheme. 

Minutes:

No petitions were received.

 

 

41.

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To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 6 September 2022.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 6 September 2022.

 

It was moved by Councillor R Boam, seconded by Councillor J Bridges and

 

RESOLVED THAT:

 

The minutes of the meeting held on 6 September 2022 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

 

 

42.

Appointment of Parish Representative to the Audit & Governance Committee pdf icon PDF 209 KB

The report of the Monitoring Officer

Minutes:

Councillor N J Rushton presented the report to members.

 

It was moved by Councillor N J Rushton, seconded by Councillor S Gillard and

 

RESOLVED THAT:

 

a)   The nomination process be received and noted.

 

b)   The appointment of Councillor Nick Antill-Holmes to the vacant Parish Representative seat be approved.

 

43.

Appointment of Representatives on Community Bodies pdf icon PDF 110 KB

The report of the Monitoring Officer

Minutes:

Councillor R Ashman presented the report to members.

 

It was moved by Councillor R Ashman, seconded by Councillor T Gillard and

 

RESOLVED THAT:

 

Councillors E Allman and K Merrie be appointed as representatives to serve on the Ravenstone Hospital Charity.