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To receive apologies for absence, if any.


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


To receive and approve as correct records the minutes of the meetings of the Council held on 1 October and 22 October 2020. pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Additional documents:


To receive any announcements from the Chairman, Leader, Members of the Cabinet and the Head of Paid Service.


To receive questions from the Public in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11, if any.

(None received for this meeting)


To receive and consider any petitions submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12, if any.

(None received for this meeting)


In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2 (viii) to receive reports from the Cabinet in relation to the Council's budget and policy framework, reports of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for debate and reports from Officers of the Council:-


Interim Review of Polling Places. pdf icon PDF 112 KB


Amendment to Appointment on an Outside Body.


In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2 (ix), to receive recommendations from the Cabinet and the Council's Committees and resolve in accordance with the Council's rules of debate as per the attached schedule. pdf icon PDF 62 KB

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Updates from Members of the Cabinet on their Portfolio Activity.


Notices of Motion.

Motion 1

To consider a notice of motion proposed by Councillor Daniel Williamson and seconded by Councillor Lee Waters, as follows:-


“The roads and footways throughout Ashfield are in a state of disrepair.


If not all District Councillors, the majority have received complaints about pot holes, crumbling road and footway surfaces along with uneven and sloping footpaths which are particularly dangerous for our disabled residents.


It is a fact that Nottinghamshire County Council is fully responsible for the maintenance of the highways throughout Nottinghamshire after the Conservatives abolished the MOPS contract. 


The Conservative led County Council has allocated more highway’s money to areas with more roads. This however is flawed due to the fact that many of Nottinghamshire’s roads are country roads and receive little use. It is time that a more realistic approach was taken to accurately reflect the situation on the ground and as such, addresses what is one of the biggest turnover of complaints made by our residents.


For the years 2018-19 and 2019-20 Ashfield had a total of £5,462,000 spent on Ashfield’s roads, whilst Rushcliffe had £8,412,991 for their roads. This includes a decrease for Ashfield’s busy roads and footways of £468,004 yet an increase of £320,053 for the country lanes of Rushcliffe.


I move that this Council writes to the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council outlining our concerns in regard to this unfair distribution of funding and urge her to put in place a more relevant policy that prioritises road usage, and as such, brings up to standard the roads and footways in Ashfield something that Ashfield residents pay for as well as Rushcliffe residents.”



Motion 2

To consider a notice of motion proposed by Councillor Sarah Madigan and seconded by Councillor Christian Chapman, as follows:-


“Fireworks are used by people throughout the year to mark different events. And with this year being so depressing Bonfire Night with fireworks brought a brief moment of excitement and happiness.


However, fireworks do bring fear and distress for many animals including pets, farm livestock and wildlife. Animals affected not only suffer psychological distress but can also cause themselves injuries, sometimes very serious ones as they attempt to run away or hide from the loud and high intensity noises that many fireworks make.


To quote from the British Veterinary Association.


Around 1 in 14 vets across the country reported seeing animals with firework-related injuries over 2018 with most reports coming from equine vets. By far the most commonly reported cases were self-injuries caused by fireworks-related anxiety, for example, a dog who tried to escape from its kennel and in the process pulled out all of its front teeth, and a horse that suffered a fractured splint bone as it bolted from its field.


Further, the latest PDSA Animal Wellbeing report revealed that 3.6 million dogs could have suffered this Bonfire Night.  During 2018, PDSA's Pet Hospitals treated 1,400 animals for firework related issues such as phobias and injuries, an increase from 1,200 the previous year, a clear indication that  ...  view the full agenda text for item 10.


To answer any questions submitted in writing by Members in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13, if any.

Question 1

Question from Councillor Trevor Locke to the Portfolio Holder for Housing:


“In previous Council meetings the Portfolio Holder has informed the Council of the most welcomed investment of £40M for improvements to Council owned homes. Would he now please up-date the Council on how his plans are progressing towards the use of this new funding and when any improvements will start?”


Question 2

Question from Councillor Dale Grounds to the Leader of the Council:


“As we know the whole country is living in some extraordinary times due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. During the height of the pandemic in the spring, this Council kept all services operating, something that only Ashfield District Council achieved throughout Nottinghamshire.


Would the Leader please inform the Council of the help been given to local businesses as we are now in the grip of the second wave of the pandemic?”


Question 3

Question from Councillor Andrew Gascoyne to the Leader of the Council:


“As an ex service man, and one who has served as a commando in challenging campaigns, I would like to thank the Leader for instigating the cleaning of War Memorials in the district.  Would the Leader please inform me if this maintenance will be a regular service?”


To receive a list of minutes and a web link to access Cabinet and Committee meeting minutes that have been published since the last ordinary meeting of the Council for Members to give notice of their intention to ask a question of a relevant Chairman under Procedure Rule 13.2. pdf icon PDF 28 KB