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Questions from the Public

1.    From Ms. Natalie Bryan:


To the Portfolio Holder for Environment:


“It has been revealed that during the 'Ashfield Big Spring Clean' that asbestos was dumped in the skip on Babbacombe Way (in Hucknall). Will the portfolio holder now accept responsibility for exposing the public, council workers and contractors to this hazardous, carcinogenic material?”


2.    From Ms. Lynda Mcleod on behalf of Butlers Hill Project Community Group, Hucknall:


To Councillor Helen-Ann Smith as the Portfolio Holder responsible for Parks and Open Spaces:


"The proposed banning of dogs from Ashfield sports pitches & parks is a move which will punish responsible dog owners who clean up after their pets.  Will the portfolio holder responsible confirm that these proposals will not go any further?"




(None received for this meeting)


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Motion 1

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


“Breaking Point campaign

This Council notes that many council budgets are now at Breaking Point. Austerity has caused huge damage to communities up and down the UK, with devastating effects on key public services that protect the most defenceless in society – children at risk, disabled adults and vulnerable older people – and the services we all rely on, like clean streets, libraries, and children’s centres;

  • Tory cuts mean councils have lost 60p out of every £1 that the last Labour Government was spending on local government in 2010;


  • Councils had to spend an extra £800m last year to meet the demand on vital services to protect children by over;


  • With an aging population and growing demand adult social care faces a gap of £3.5 billion – with only 14% of council workers now confident that vulnerable local residents are safe and cared for;


  • Government cuts have seen over 500 children’s centres and 475 libraries close, potholes are left unfilled, and 80% of councils’ workers now say have no confidence in the future of local services;


  • Northamptonshire has already gone bust due to Tory incompetence at both national and local level, and more councils are predicted to collapse without immediate emergency funding;


  • Councils now face a further funding gap of £7.8 billion by 2025 just to keep services ‘standing still’ and meeting additional demand. Even Lord Gary Porter, the Conservative Chair of the Local Government Association, has said ‘Councils can no longer be expected to run our vital local services on a shoestring’;


This Council condemns Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss for stating on BBC Newsnight on 1st October 2018 that the government is “not making cuts to local authorities”, when all independent assessments of government spending show that this is entirely false; and that this Council further notes that Prime Minister Theresa May has also claimed that “austerity is over” despite planning a further £1.3bn of cuts to council budgets over the next year;

This Council agreeswith the aims of the ‘Breaking Point’ petition signed by Labour councillors across the country, in calling forthe Prime Minister and Chancellor to truly end austerity in local government by:

  • Using the Budget to reverse next years planned £1.3bn cut to council budgets;


  • Immediately investing £2bn in children’s services and £2bn in adult social care to stop these vital emergency services from collapsing;


  • Pledging to use the Spending Review to restore council funding to 2010 levels over the next four years;


This Council resolves to:

  • Support the ‘Breaking Point’ campaign, recognising the devastating impact that austerity has had on our local community;


  • Ask the Leader of the Council to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Prime Minister, and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government setting out the funding pressures faced by our local council, and calling on the  ...  view the full agenda text for item 9.


Questions received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13

Question 1

Question from Councillor Lee Anderson to the Leader of the Council:


“Could the council leader please advise on what damage, if any has been caused to our war memorials in Sutton and Huthwaite Cemeteries?”


Question 2

Question from Councillor Lee Anderson to the Leader of the Council:


“Could the council leader please advise why there has been an apparent lack of money spent of keeping all our War Memorials in good condition?”


Question 3

Question from Councillor Keir Morrison to the Cabinet Member (Outward Focus):


“Given that Cllr. Wilmott was the deputy leader of the council at the time the decision was taken to close Hucknall’s public toilets, could he inform the council when new public toilets will be built in Hucknall?”


Question 4

Question from Councillor Don Davis to the Deputy Leader of the Council (Outward Focus):


“It’s clear that there’s a demand in the Ashfield District to accommodate the travelling community, instead of travellers setting up encampments illegally, does the portfolio holder agree that the council needs to explore options in order to reach a long term sustainable solution for all parties?”





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