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No. Item

C.78

Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary or Personal Interests and Non Disclosable Pecuniary/Other Interests

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

C.79

Minutes pdf icon PDF 305 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED

that the minutes of the meetings of the Council held on 1st February and 5th March, 2018, as now submitted, be received and approved.

C.80

Announcements from the Chairman, Leader, Members of the Cabinet and the Head of Paid Service

Minutes:

Leader of the Council

“Thank you Chair, I have 3 announcements to make:

 

Our Housing Team recently won the Energy Efficiency Landlord of the Year award, one of many awards that this Labour Authority has won.

 

Following major works to improve the energy efficiency of its housing portfolio over the past year, the Labour run Authority have carried out improvement works to over 1,000 properties with over 250 homes receiving measure to reduce carbon emissions or improve thermal efficiency.

 

The most recent sign ups to our garden waste scheme is 13,605 as at 3.30 p.m. today, meaning we are more than meeting our target as set out in our Medium Term Financial Strategy.

 

This forward thinking Labour Authority have completed its most recent commercial property investments securing 7 properties in Hucknall.  As with all other commercial investments, all costs will be met by the rental income and the surplus will be used to invest in services for the residents of Ashfield.  Thank you.”

 

Portfolio Holder – Corporate Resources and Finance

“Thank you, I have 3 announcements to make, one of them being that business rate collection…..so we’re starting to complete the outturn for 2017/18 and I have some good news stories from a portfolio meeting so I wanted to bring them to Council.

 

So the first one is business rate collection levels are ½% higher than they were in 2016/17 and that is going to bring back to the Authority some much needed revenue.

 

Rent collections are at their highest outturn level ever.  We achieve a collection of 99.85% and finally the number of payments made on line have doubled compared to last year and we have also seen an increase of 6% on direct debit payments.”

 

Portfolio Holder – Housing and Assets

“Thank you Chair, just to continue on the year end performance position, just a few points under my portfolio of Housing and Assets.

 

We’ve brought more long term empty properties back into use, a total of 174 by the year end, realised with a 45% reduction in the number of homeless people due to domestic violence, 15 households cumulative total throughout the year, with only 3 households during the last quarter and 60% increase in the total number of households prevented from becoming homeless throughout the year as well.  Thank you.”

 

(During the announcements, Councillor Mick Murphy entered the meeting at 7.05 p.m.)

C.81

Questions from the Public

(None received for this meeting)

Minutes:

There were no questions received from the public.

C.82

Petitions

(None received for this meeting)

Minutes:

No petitions were received for consideration.

C.83

Notice of Motion 1

Motion 1

To consider a notice of motion proposed by Councillor Don Davis and seconded by Councillor Cathy Mason, as follows:-

 

“With The End Child Poverty coalition publication of the latest rising child poverty figures in the UK in February this council notes the institutions identification of a growing child poverty crisis in some of the most derived areas in the UK.  In Ashfield we have the highest child poverty outside of the cities on the entire East Midlands.

 

It is a disgrace that the 6th largest (demoted from 5th Nov 2017) economy in the world led by a Tory government continues to drive more and more families into poverty through its economic and social policies whilst at the same time that millionaires in the UK has risen by over a 3rd. (Office for National Statistics)

 

This Labour authority calls on the government to;

 

1.    End the children’s benefits freeze - currently in place until the end of the decade – so that families no longer see living standards squeezed as prices rise

 

2.    Government address this by providing better access to interest free credit for lower income families so that families don’t have to face debt or payday lenders to place food on the table

 

3.    Put an end to the callous fiscal and social policies which the country had endured since 2010 by ending austerity and stop driving families into poverty

 

4.    The Labour Leader of this council write to the Prime Minister outlining the points above.”

 

Motion 2

To consider a notice of motion proposed by Councillor Tom Hollis and seconded by Councillor Helen-Ann Smith, as follows:-

 

“This Council recognises that the majority of Elected Members have lost faith in the leadership of the current Administration to be able to confidently and fairly deliver the services that are vital to the residents of Ashfield, in a competent way.

 

This Council therefore resolves to:

 

1.    Pass a motion of no confidence in the Leader of the Council and to remove her from office with immediate effect;

 

and in the event that the motion of no confidence is carried

 

2.    To elect a new Council Leader.”

Minutes:

The Council received a notice of motion moved by Councillor Don Davis and seconded by Councillor Cathy Mason as follows:-

 

“With The End Child Poverty coalition publication of the latest rising child poverty figures in the UK in February, this Council notes the institutions identification of a growing child poverty crisis in some of the most derived areas in the UK.  In Ashfield we have the highest child poverty outside of the cities on the entire East Midlands.

 

It is a disgrace that the 6th largest (demoted from 5th November, 2017) economy in the world led by a Tory government continues to drive more and more families into poverty through its economic and social policies whilst at the same time that millionaires in the UK has risen by over a 3rd. (Office for National Statistics)

 

This Labour Authority calls on the Government to;

 

1.    End the children’s benefits freeze - currently in place until the end of the decade – so that families no longer see living standards squeezed as prices rise;

 

2.    Government address this by providing better access to interest free credit for lower income families so that families don’t have to face debt or payday lenders to place food on the table;

 

3.    Put an end to the callous fiscal and social policies which the country had endured since 2010 by ending austerity and stop driving families into poverty;

 

4.    The Labour Leader of this Council write to the Prime Minister outlining the points above.”

 

At this point in the proceedings and in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 18.4 (Recorded Vote), it was moved and seconded that a recorded vote be take in respect of this motion.  The vote was duly carried.

 

Having been fully considered, the motion was then put to the vote and it was

 

RESOLVED

that the Labour Leader of this Council write to the Prime Minister outlining the following points:-

 

1.    to end the children’s benefits freeze, currently in place until the end of the decade, so that families no longer see living standards squeezed as prices rise;

 

2.    the Government to address this by providing better access to interest free credit for lower income families so that families don’t have to face debt or payday lenders to place food on the table;

 

3.    to put an end to the callous fiscal and social policies which the country has endured since 2010 by ending austerity and to stop driving families into poverty.

 

Voting Results

Councillor:

Councillor:

Lee Anderson

Abstain

Cathy Mason

For

Jim Aspinall

Absent

Glenys Maxwell

For

Chris Baron

Abstain

Lauren Mitchell

For

Rachel Bissett

For

Keir Morrison

For

Tony Brewer

Abstain

Lachlan Morrison

For

Amanda Brown

For

Mick Murphy

Abstain

Tim Brown

For

Nicolle Ndiweni

For

Cheryl Butler

For

Christine Quinn-Wilcox

Abstain

Steve Carroll

For

Paul Roberts

For

Christian Chapman

Abstain

Kevin Rostance

Abstain

Don Davis

For

Phil Rostance

Abstain

Joanne Donnelly

For

Robert Sears-Piccavey

Abstain

David Griffiths

For

Helen-Ann Smith

Abstain

Helen Hollis

Abstain

Mike Smith

For

Tom Hollis

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C.84

Notice of Motion 2

Minutes:

The Council received a notice of motion moved by Councillor Tom Hollis and seconded by Councillor Helen-Ann Smith as follows:-

 

“This Council recognises that the majority of Elected Members have lost faith in the leadership of the current Administration to be able to confidently and fairly deliver the services that are vital to the residents of Ashfield, in a competent way.

 

This Council therefore resolves to:

 

1.    Pass a motion of no confidence in the Leader of the Council and to remove her from office with immediate effect;

 

and in the event that the motion of no confidence is carried

 

2.    To elect a new Council Leader.”

 

At this point in the proceedings and in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 18.4 (Recorded Vote), it was moved and seconded that a recorded vote be take in respect of part 1 of this motion.  The vote was duly carried.

 

Following the vote in relation to part 1 of the motion, the meeting adjourned at 7.35 p.m.  The meeting reconvened at 7.48 p.m.

 

In accordance with part 2 of the motion, nominations for Leader of the Council were duly invited with two nominations being received as follows:-

 

Councillor Jason Zadrozny

Councillor Don Davis.

 

RESOLVED that

a)    a motion of no confidence in Councillor Cheryl Butler, as Leader of the Council, be passed and she be removed from office with immediate effect;

 

b)    Councillor Jason Zadrozny be appointed as Leader of the Council until May 2019.

 

Voting Results for part a) of the Motion

Councillor:

Councillor:

Lee Anderson

For

Cathy Mason

Against

Jim Aspinall

Absent

Glenys Maxwell

For

Chris Baron

For

Lauren Mitchell

Against

Rachel Bissett

Against

Keir Morrison

Against

Tony Brewer

For

Lachlan Morrison

Against

Amanda Brown

Against

Mick Murphy

For

Tim Brown

Against

Nicolle Ndiweni

Against

Cheryl Butler

Against

Christine Quinn-Wilcox

For

Steve Carroll

Against

Paul Roberts

Against

Christian Chapman

For

Kevin Rostance

For

Don Davis

Against

Phil Rostance

For

Joanne Donnelly

For

Robert Sears-Piccavey

For

David Griffiths

Against

Helen-Ann Smith

For

Helen Hollis

For

Mike Smith

Against

Tom Hollis

For

John Wilmott

For

Jackie James

Against

Sam Wilson

For

John Knight

Against

Jason Zadrozny

For

Rachel Madden

For

 

 

 

C.85

Changes to Political Balance and Committee Membership pdf icon PDF 196 KB

Minutes:

Council was requested to consider the consequential impact of political proportionality on seats on the Council’s Committees for the remainder of the 2017/18 local government year.

 

With regard to the Council’s overall number of committee places, a motion was moved and seconded to reduce the number from 98 to 82. An amendment was also moved and seconded to retain the status quo at 98 overall committee places but having been put to the vote, the amendment duly fell.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7.55 p.m. and reconvened at 8.06 p.m. 

 

At this point in the proceedings, a list of proposed committee appointments for Chairmen, Vice Chairmen and membership seats (for all the 82 committee places) was moved and seconded and circulated to all present at the meeting.  A profile outlining the new Cabinet formation and Portfolio Holder positions was also circulated for information.

 

An amendment was moved and seconded to take each committee nomination individually rather than en bloc as per the circulated list but having been put to the vote, the amendment duly fell.

 

RESOLVED that

a)    it be confirmed that the Council has 82 overall committee places as outlined in Fig 1.2 contained in the report;

 

b)    the politically proportional allocation of seats on each of the Council’s committees, be noted;

 

c)    as a result of (a) and (b) above, the following appointments for Chairmen, Vice Chairmen and membership seats be approved:-

 

 

Scrutiny Panel A (7)

(3 Labour, 2 Ashfield Independents, 1 Conservative,

1 Non Aligned Independent)

 

Jim Aspinall

Tony Brewer

Joanne Donnelly (Vice Chairman)

John Knight

Rachel Madden (Chairman)

Lachlan Morrison

Phil Rostance

 

Scrutiny Panel B (7)

(3 Labour, 2 Ashfield Independents, 1 Conservative,

1 Non Aligned Independent)

 

Rachel Bissett

Helen Hollis (Chairman)

Glenys Maxwell

Mick Murphy (Vice Chairman)

Christine Quinn-Wilcox

Paul Roberts

Mike Smith

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee (7)

(3 Labour, 2 Ashfield Independents, 1 Conservative,

1 Non Aligned Independent)

 

Lee Anderson (Chairman)

Steve Carroll

John Knight

Cathy Mason

Glenys Maxwell

Nicolle Ndiweni

Christine Quinn-Wilcox

 

Planning Committee (11)

(4 Labour, 3 Ashfield Independents, 2 Conservative,

2 Non Aligned Independent)

 

Chris Baron (Chairman)

Tim Brown

Cheryl Butler

David Griffiths

Rachel Madden

Keir Morrison

Phil Rostance (Vice Chairman)

Helen-Ann Smith

Mike Smith

Sam Wilson

Jason Zadrozny

 

Licensing Committee (11)  

(4 Labour, 3 Ashfield Independents, 2 Conservative,

2 Non Aligned Independent)

 

Lee Anderson

Tony Brewer

Steve Carroll

David Griffiths

Rachel Madden

Cathy Mason

Mick Murphy

Paul Roberts

Mike Smith

John Wilmott

Sam Wilson (Chairman)

Audit Committee (7)

(3 Labour, 2 Ashfield Independents, 1 Conservative,

1 Non Aligned Independent)

 

Rachel Bissett

Tony Brewer

Steve Carroll

David Griffiths

Rachel Madden

Paul Roberts

Kevin Rostance (Chairman)

 

Charities Committee (7)

(3 Labour, 2 Ashfield Independents, 1 Conservative,

1 Non Aligned Independent)

 

Tony Brewer (Chairman)

Amanda Brown

Cheryl Butler

Don Davis

David Griffiths

Phil Rostance

Jason Zadrozny

 

Chief Officers’ Employment Committee (7)

(3 Labour, 2 Ashfield Independents, 1 Conservative,

1 Non Aligned Independent)

 

Chris Baron

Tim Brown

Cheryl Butler

Don Davis

Nicolle Ndiweni

Robert Sears-Piccavey (Vice Chairman)

Jason Zadrozny (Chairman)

 

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C.86

Review of Polling Places and Polling Districts pdf icon PDF 117 KB

Minutes:

Council considered outline proposals to fulfil its statutory obligation to review polling places and polling districts.

 

RESOLVED that

a)    the establishment of a Polling Places Review Working Group be agreed with the terms of reference as outlined in the report;

 

b)    the Working Group to consist of 6 Members in accordance with political balance (2 Labour, 2 Ashfield Independents, 1 Conservative, 1 Non-Aligned Independent) with the Chairman to be the Portfolio Holder responsible for Electoral Services as follows:-

 

Councillors

Cheryl Butler

David Griffiths

Kevin Rostance

Helen-Ann Smith

Sam Wilson

Jason Zadrozny (Chairman)

 

c)    the timetable for the review, as outlined in the report, be approved.

 

Reason:

To comply with legislation requiring the Council to undertake a periodic review of polling places and polling districts within the compulsory review period.

 

(During consideration of this item, Councillor Cheryl Butler left the room at 8.12 p.m.)

C.87

Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) - Car Cruising pdf icon PDF 163 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Council was requested to enact the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to prohibit car cruising events on the public highway and other land to which the public has access.

 

RESOLVED that

a)    a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), as outlined at Appendix 1 to the report, be enacted on or after the 27th April, 2018; the PSPO to prohibit people from engaging in, encouraging or assisting in the carrying out of any ‘car cruising’ events on the public highway and other land to which the public has access as detailed within the Order;

 

b)    it be reconfirmed that appropriate awareness raising takes place including signage at appropriate locations within the mapped area.

 

Reason:

Council previously approved enacting a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) including approval for the required associated signage and publicity.  The position regarding the need for the PSPO remains unchanged which enables primarily the Police to utilise additional enforcement tools if people engage in, encourage or assist in the carrying out of any ‘car cruising’ events on the public highway and other land to which the public has access within the mapped area.

 

(During consideration of this item, Councillor Cheryl Butler returned to the meeting at 8.17 p.m.)

C.88

Recommendations from the Cabinet and the Council's Committees

(Exempt recommendations only to be considered at agenda item 13)

Minutes:

There were no open recommendations for Council to consider.

C.89

Questions received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13

Question 1

Question from Councillor Lee Anderson to the Deputy Leader – Place and Economic Growth:-

 

“What was the full cost of the Indoor Market re-furbishment and what is the current stall take up rate?”

 

Question 2

Question from Councillor Lee Anderson to the Portfolio Holder for Environment:-

 

Could you please advise on how long it will be before the New Cross area of Sutton is cleared and cleaned to a standard that is fit for its residents?

 

Minutes:

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13, the following questions were submitted:-

 

Question 1

From Councillor Lee Anderson to the Leader of the Council:

 

“What was the full cost of the Indoor market refurbishment and what is the current stall take up rate?”

 

Councillor Jason Zadrozny, Leader of the Council , responded as follows:-

 

“Thank you Chair.  I’d like to thank Councillor Anderson for his question.  He will appreciate the brevity in which I’ve been the post holder but to answer your question fully Councillor Anderson, the total, final spend on the project was £1,899,527.19 of which of that £375,000 was secured from the local enterprise partnership and £1.525 million came from the capital programme of this Council.  Also, I can report to you that the current occupancy is 53%, 16 out of 33 stalls.

 

Councillor Anderson will be aware, as I am, that I am incredibly disappointed in that our Members will have seen the recent spread in the press trying to drum up support and say that the Council’s got ambitious targets to fill the Indoor Market to 75% in a certain time frame.  I am certainly not happy with that and under my tenure we will be incredibly more ambitious to make sure that economic regeneration is a vital part of Ashfield and the Indoor Market is a vital part of Sutton-in-Ashfield.

 

So, I’ll be working tenaciously to make sure that those stalls are filled and I’m particularly disappointed with the number of people who have relocated outside; good stall holders who have been pushed outside and who have not been attracted back.  Of particular upset is the enormous increase in rent for the small businesses and I’ll be reviewing that.  I have booked the entire day with the Chief Executive on Monday and you can rest assured that it is one of my top priorities.”

 

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13.5, Councillor Anderson was invited to ask a supplementary question as follows:-

 

“Why is the rent for the flower stall holder, who’s been there for nearly 40 years, increased from £8,000 a year to £21,000 a year?”

 

The Leader of the Council again responded as follows:-

 

“Chair, I was not part of the decision making process.  In fact, the gentleman who owns that stall lives in my ward and I’ve heard his tale of woe and in fact some months ago I brokered a meeting between the Chief Executive and that stall holder to try and find a way, a route map out of this problem.

 

As I said in the first answer Mr. Chairman, I’m not happy with the level of rent and I certainly think they need to be reviewed immediately so that we can attract businesses back in and then look at the viability of it.  I would rather have a lower rent than no rent at all from an empty stall.  We need businesses back in there, small businesses that create jobs in Ashfield.  We should be proud of them and  ...  view the full minutes text for item C.89

C.90

Questions received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13.2 - In relation to Cabinet and Committee Meeting Minutes published since the last ordinary meeting of the Council pdf icon PDF 29 KB

Minutes:

There were no questions submitted by Members.

C.91

Section 100A Local Government Act, 1972; Exclusion of Press and Public

“That in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be now excluded from the meeting during the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, in respect of which the Proper Officer considers the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”

Minutes:

RESOLVED

that in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be now excluded from the meeting during the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, in respect of which the Proper Officer considers the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

C.92

Recommendations from the Cabinet and the Council's Committees; (Exempt by virtue of Paragraph 3)

Minutes:

In accordance with the Council Procedure Rule 2(ix), Council considered the following recommendations:-

 

Minute No. CA.58

Cabinet – 19th February, 2018

Proposed Sale of Broomhill Cemetery Lodge

 

RESOLVED

that this item be deferred for further consideration.

 

 

Minute No. CA.59

Cabinet – 19th February, 2018

Proposed Sale of Lawn House

 

RESOLVED

that this item be deferred for further consideration.

 

 

Minute No. CA.71

Cabinet – 15th March, 2018

HRA Acquisitions

 

RESOLVED

that the earmarked capital budget from within the HRA funds for the purchase of new or existing properties in order to add them to the existing social housing stock, be added to the Capital Programme.