Tuesday, 16 April 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: Rebecca Owen, Democratic Services Manager on 01455255879 or email 

No. Item




Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 21 February 2019.


Additional urgent business by reason of special circumstances

To be advised of any additional items of business which the Mayor decides by reason of special circumstances shall be taken as matters of urgency at this meeting. Items will be considered at the end of the agenda.


Declarations of interest

To receive verbally from Members any disclosures which they are required to make in accordance with the Council's code of conduct or in pursuance of Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. This is in addition to the need for such disclosure to be also given when the relevant matter is reached on the Agenda.


Mayor's Communications

To receive such communications as the Mayor may decide to lay before the Council. There will also be presentations during this item.


Leader's position statement

There is a small amount of business on our agenda tonight due to our rapidly approaching elections, and I shall not report anything here which could prevent Council from publishing this statement in a timely fashion.


I hope the two reports this evening will receive Council support, they are important technical reports but they demonstrate to the council’s customers and officers how the council is working for them and I know this will please members.


The updated Communications Strategy sets out how this council is changing its approach and the way that it interacts with customers. Changes in peoples use of technology means HBBC now has to respond to new ways of engaging with residents, and this sets out our latest changes which will be kept under review and may be amended before 2021 if the need arises.


The Pay Policy Statement is an annual report and shows Council’s commitment to its staff, something that I’m sure all members will continue to support. There are two key areas that I would like to draw members’ attention to: firstly, the pay multiple which dropped from 5.22 last year to 5.15 this year as a direct result of increases in pay for the council’s lowest paid employees. This measure continues to move in the right direction and officers should be commended for the detailed work necessary to implement the nationally agreed pay award.


As this is the last Council meeting before the 2 May election, I would like to say “thank you” to several groups and individuals.


Firstly, I would like to thank the four mayors during my term as Leader: Janice, Richard, Ozzy and Jan for the service they have given to the borough during their time in office, and to Peter for this past year as Deputy Mayor. They have all represented Hinckley & Bosworth as excellent first citizens and made a difference with their support of local charities.


As we reach the end of our term in office we shall be saying goodbye to several councillors who will not be seeking re-election and I would like to thank them for their time in office and the work they have done in their communities. These are Councillors Bessant, Mrs Cope, Richards, Taylor, Witherford and Ward. I know that Cllr Bray will have some words to add about his non-returning members, and I would like to add a few personal comments for retiring members.


Next, I would particularly like to mention some officers and teams who it has been my pleasure to work with over the past four years. Firstly, Rob Parkinson, our Director of Environment and Planning, who will be leaving the council after the election after 37 years’ (27 of these at HBBC) service as a council officer, including most recently as part of the Strategic Leadership Team. I suspect, with his retirement plans, that Rob will not miss the emails he gets dealing with planning infringements and that he will find plenty to do with his time away from  ...  view the full agenda text for item 5a



To deal with questions under Council Procedure Rule number 14.



To deal with petitions submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 15.


Communications Strategy pdf icon PDF 139 KB

To seek approval for the revised Communications Strategy 2019 – 2021.

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Pay policy statement pdf icon PDF 154 KB

To seek approval of the HBBC Pay Policy Statement for 2019/20.

Additional documents:


Matters from which the public may be excluded

To consider the passing of a resolution under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 excluding the public from the undermentioned item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1, 2 and 10 of Schedule 12A of the 1972 Act.


Appointment of Director (Environment & Planning)

To seek Council approval for the appointment to the post of Director (Environment & Planning).