Agenda item

Motion 1

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

 

“This Council notes that businesses are struggling across our District because of the high level of business rates.  This is why Ashfield District Council welcomed the Government’s Business Rates Relief Fund. 

The fund was introduced when the Government changed the way business rates are calculated.  It set aside £286,806 to help firms in the Ashfield District whose business rates had been adversely affected.

 

This Council notes that Ashfield District Council was the best performing Council in the whole of Nottinghamshire in terms of distributing the fund.  Ashfield District Council distributed 93.67% of the £286,806 they received from Government.

 

This Council regrets that other Councils in our County did not perform as well and further regrets that in total, businesses in Nottinghamshire were deprived of £893,939.00 of funding that would have made a huge difference to so many small businesses. Of this amount returned only 2% came from Ashfield District Council, which made us the best performing Authority in the whole of Nottinghamshire.

 

We would therefore like to congratulate this Council on being the best performing Council in the County. This Council believes that our success sends a clear message that we value small business and will do everything within our power to support them.

 

This Council should also be commended as one of the best performing in the UK when it comes to the distribution of Discretionary Housing Payments. In 2018/19 the Council received DHP funding of £280,396. We allocated all of that funding and an additional £25,662 from the Council’s own purse to support these vulnerable residents.

 

This Council therefore resolves to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for a continuation of these schemes that have benefitted so many businesses and residents across our District.”

 

Motion 2

To consider a notice of motion proposed by Councillor Tom Hollis and seconded by Councillor John Wilmott, as follows:-

 

“This Council notes the decision of Nottinghamshire County Council to approve the submission of the application for outline planning permission at Top Wighay Farm in Hucknall, for mixed-use development comprising of 805 homes and land for employment purposes.

 

This Council notes that although the development is in the Borough of Gedling; the impact of this development will fall on Hucknall which is in the Ashfield District.

 

This Council notes that the infrastructure in Hucknall is already struggling from a lack of medical provision, school places and the roads are gridlocked.

 

This Council notes that Nottinghamshire County Council is set to gain up to £7 million from the sale of the land. 

 

This Council calls for Nottinghamshire County Council to ringfence a portion of the £7 million they have made from the sale of the site towards improving the infrastructure in Hucknall, within Ashfield District to alleviate the impact of any development.

 

This Council further notes that Gedling Borough Council is set to benefit from significant Section 106 contributions to alleviate the impact of such a significant development on the infrastructure. 

 

This Council resolves write to the Chief Executives of Nottinghamshire County Council and Gedling Borough Council to ask for an urgent meeting to discuss the impact of this development on .Ashfield District. Asking them to work together with officers and members at Ashfield District Council, to ensure the local infrastructure in Hucknall is improved in the area affected by the development of Top Wighay Farm.”

 

Minutes:

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

 

“This Council notes that businesses are struggling across our District because of the high level of business rates. This is why Ashfield District Council welcomed the Government’s Business Rates Relief Fund.

 

The fund was introduced when the Government changed the way business rates are calculated. It set aside £286,806 to help firms in the Ashfield District whose business rates had been adversely affected.

 

This Council notes that Ashfield District Council was the best performing Council in the whole of Nottinghamshire in terms of distributing the fund. Ashfield District Council distributed 93.67% of the £286,806 they received from Government.

 

This Council regrets that other Councils in our County did not perform as well and further regrets that in total, businesses in Nottinghamshire were deprived of £893,939.00 of funding that would have made a huge difference to so many small businesses. Of this amount returned only 2% came from Ashfield District Council, which made us the best performing Authority in the whole of Nottinghamshire.

 

We would therefore like to congratulate this Council on being the best performing Council in the County. This Council believes that our success sends a clear message that we value small business and will do everything within our power to support them.

 

This Council should also be commended as one of the best performing in the UK when it comes to the distribution of Discretionary Housing Payments. In 2018/19 the Council received DHP funding of £280,396. We allocated all of that funding and an additional £25,662 from the Council’s own purse to support these vulnerable residents.

 

This Council therefore resolves to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for a continuation of these schemes that have benefitted so many businesses and residents across our District.”

 

 (At this point in the proceedings and in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 23 (Conclusion of Proceedings), a motion was moved and seconded to extend the conclusion of the meeting to 9.30 p.m. The motion was put to the vote and duly carried.)

 

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

 

RESOLVED

that this Council agrees to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for a continuation of the Business Rates Relief Schemes that have benefitted so many businesses and residents across the Ashfield District.

 

(During consideration of the motion, Councillor Christian Chapman left the room at 8.22pm and returned to the meeting at 8.25pm.)