Agenda item

Motion 1

To consider a notice of motion proposed by Councillor Cheryl Butler and seconded by Councillor Jason Zadrozny, as follows:-

 

“In light of the terrible incidents of terrorism affecting our communities in recent times and the shocking incident at Grenfell Tower in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, Ashfield District Council:-

 

A)   opposes any further reductions to the Police, Fire and Ambulance services and calls for all blue light services to be properly funded and resourced, in order to respond to such incidents; and in order to keep our communities in Ashfield, in the wider Nottinghamshire area and elsewhere across the country, safe.

 

B)   resolves to write a letter to the Prime Minister, signed by the Council Leader, and opposition Leaders, stating our opposition to any further reductions to our blue light services in all areas of Nottinghamshire and to ask that Ashfield’s blue light services are protected from any further funding cuts.”

 

Motion 2

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

 

“This council places great importance on jobs in our District being for local people who have a vested interest in the local community. We understand how, by keeping it local, we help our area’s businesses stay healthy, vibrant and sustainable.

 

Therefore this council is opposed to the DWPs proposed closure of its site on Sherwood Industrial Park in Annesley.  We recognise the significant impact in the area, both in the terms of the loss of over 130 jobs, many of them women with caring responsibilities in addition to their role at the site in Annesley, and the subsequent economic impact on our area, this closure will have

 

It is proposed that:

 

a)    We make representations to The Minister of State and the Chief Executive of the DWP stating our opposition to the closure of this site and to any job losses. We request that officials of the DWP meet with us so that we can discuss alternatives to the planned closure.

 

b)    The council work with all groups including the MP and organisations that represents the staff at the site.

 

c)    We seek to publicise these proposals and work with the business and community sectors to make them aware of the impacts such a closure could have for them.

 

d)    This council further agrees to work with other UK based councils faced with similar proposals.”

Minutes:

In accordance with the Members’ Code of Conduct and the Council’s Constitution, Councillor Sam Wilson had previously declared an interest in respect of this item.  His interest was such that he left the room and took no part in the discussion and voting thereon.

 

The Council received a notice of motion moved by Councillor Cheryl Butler and seconded by Councillor Jason Zadrozny as follows:-

 

“In light of the terrible incidents of terrorism affecting our communities in recent times and the shocking incident at Grenfell Tower in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, Ashfield District Council:-

 

A.   opposes any further reductions to the Police, Fire and Ambulance services and calls for all blue light services to be properly funded and resourced, in order to respond to such incidents; and in order to keep our communities in Ashfield, in the wider Nottinghamshire area and elsewhere across the country, safe.

 

B.   resolves to write a letter to the Prime Minister, signed by the Council Leader, and opposition Leaders, stating our opposition to any further reductions to our blue light services in all areas of Nottinghamshire and to ask that Ashfield’s blue light services are protected from any further funding cuts.”

 

Councillor Keir Morrison moved an amendment to the motion, seconded by Councillor Tom Hollis, in the following terms:-

 

“In light of the terrible incidents of terrorism affecting our communities in recent times and the shocking incident at Grenfell Tower in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, the Leader of Ashfield District Council will write to the Prime Minister:-

 

a)    Calling for the Police, Fire and Ambulance services to be funded to ensure they are operating in the most integrated and effective way possible, in order to respond to such incidents and keep our communities in Ashfield and elsewhere across the Country safe;

 

b)    Calling for funding to our blue light services across Nottinghamshire to be maintained at a level which supports the outcomes and any requirements arising from the forthcoming public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower incident;

 

c)    Calling on her government to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap to recognise the incredible work done by those working in all our public services.”

 

Having considered the suggested amendment, Councillors Cheryl Butler and Jason Zadrozny, as the mover and seconder of the motion, duly agreed to the change of wording.

 

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

 

RESOLVED

that the Leader of the Council will write to the Prime Minister:

 

a)    calling for the Police, Fire and Ambulance services to be funded to ensure they are operating in the most integrated and effective way possible, in order to respond to such incidents and keep our communities in Ashfield and elsewhere across the Country safe;

 

b)    calling for funding to our blue light services across Nottinghamshire to be maintained at a level which supports the outcomes and any requirements arising from the forthcoming public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower incident;

 

c)    calling on her government to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap to recognise the incredible work done by those working in all our public services.

 

(During consideration of the motion, Councillor Cathy Mason left the room at 7.43 and returned to the meeting at 7.44 p.m.  Councillor Ben Bradley also entered the meeting at 7.31 p.m.)