Budget meeting, Council
Tuesday, 25 February 2020 6.30 pm

Venue: De Montfort Suite, Hinckley Hub. View directions

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

No. Item




Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 142 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 14 January 2020.


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.



To deal with questions under Council Procedure Rule number 14.



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


Leader of the Council's Position Statement

To receive the Leader of the Council's Position Statement.


Minutes of the Scrutiny Commission pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To receive for information only the minutes of the joint meeting of the Scrutiny Commission and Finance & Performance Scrutiny held on 6 February 2020.


Budget reports

To consider separate reports relating to the budget. These were considered by a joint meeting of the Scrutiny Commission and Finance & Performance Scrutiny on 6 February. The minutes of that meeting are included earlier on the agenda at item 9.


General Fund budget pdf icon PDF 546 KB

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Calculation of council tax for 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 393 KB


Housing revenue account pdf icon PDF 357 KB

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Capital programme and capital strategy pdf icon PDF 781 KB

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Fees and charges pdf icon PDF 411 KB

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Treasury management and prudential indicators pdf icon PDF 546 KB

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Report of the Independent Remuneration Panel on Members' allowances pdf icon PDF 368 KB

Recommendations in relation to members’ allowances are contained in the attached report of the Independent Remuneration Panel. A joint meeting of the Scrutiny Commission and Finance & Performance Scrutiny considered this report on 6 February. The minutes of that meeting are included at item 9 on this agenda.

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Motions received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 17

Motion received from Councillor Pendlebury, seconded by Councillor LJ Mullaney:


This Council proposes a ban on the use and release of sky lanterns and helium balloons meant for release on all borough council owned public open space. We call upon our partners in parish councils, Leicestershire County Council and indeed the government to follow our lead. We also propose that this council promotes information to local people, leading to better understanding of the damage they cause.


Sky lanterns and helium balloons are easily available and sold in their thousands each year to mark important events and, while they look pretty for a few moments, many people are completely unaware of the dangers they pose to wildlife, livestock, pets and buildings. There are many different varieties of lantern, but even the biodegradable bamboo lanterns will take a decade to decompose and will continue to pose a threat to animals throughout that time. This is also true of helium balloons which are generally made of latex but can take months to degrade and pose a similar risk of entrapment.


The RSPCA report that “when ingested, sharp parts like the wire frame can tear and puncture an animal’s throat or stomach causing internal bleeding. Animals can also become entangled in fallen lantern frames, where they can suffer from injury and stress trying to get free or starve to death from being trapped.”


Sky lanterns and helium balloons can travel miles, with the lanterns taking a naked flame into unknown areas which can lead to thatched roofs and other buildings facing the threat of fire damage.


As you may have seen reported, at 12:38am on 1 January 2020 a zoo in Germany caught fire and 30 animals were lost in a blaze that saw the ape house destroyed with five orangutans, two gorillas and several monkeys dying an agonising death, thought to have been caused by debris from the lanterns which were found in the remains. Locally, only 26 miles from Hinckley, what was reported at the time as the “largest fire ever in the west midlands” was caused by a sky lantern landing on a plastic recycling plant in Smethwick causing £6million worth of damage with images of the sky lantern that caused the damage caught on CCTV.


Organisations including the Countryside Alliance, Women’s Food & Farming Union (WFU), the Soil Association and the National Farmer’s Union (NFU) and many more are also in support of this ban.