Agenda and minutes

Council - Tuesday, 25 January 2022 6.30 pm

Venue: De Montfort Suite, Hinckley Hub. View directions

Contact: Rebecca Owen, Democratic Services Manager on 01455255879 or email  rebecca.owen@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk 

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Items
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293.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Cope, Hodgkins, Roberts and Smith.

294.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 143 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2021.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Bray, seconded by Councillor Bill and

 

RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2021 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the chairman.

295.

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.

Minutes:

No interests were declared.

296.

Mayor's Communications

To receive such communications as the Mayor may decide to lay before the Council.

Minutes:

The Mayor informed members of recent engagements.

297.

Questions

To deal with questions under Council Procedure Rule number 14:

 

1.  Question from Councillor Boothby to the Executive member for Planning

 

“Will the Executive Member for Planning please confirm the following information regarding the Planning function as at 31 December 2021:-

 

a.  Spend YTD on Consultants and temporary staff cover

b.  Provide an update on recruitment for all vacant positions within Planning and Enforcement.

c.   Confirm the number of Planning Applications received awaiting verification.

d.  Confirm the number of Planning Applications awaiting Decision split between Minor and Major.

e.  Spend YTD on Planning Appeals.

f.    Confirm the number of Planning Applications approaching, at or pass their target Decision Date (ie at risk of Appeal for Non-Determination).

 

Will the Member undertake to provide a rolling monthly report on the above to Planning and Scrutiny Committee.”

 

Response from the Executive member:

 

“Councillor Boothby, thank you for your question. Local authorities up and down the country are facing the challenge of increasing workload and short supply of professional planners. Hinckley and Bosworth is no different. This leads to longer waiting times for applicants and increased costs for us. In answer to your specific questions, I can confirm as follows:

 

a.  The spend on consultants and temporary staff cover will be reported to Council and the Scrutiny Commission as part of the budget process

b.  With regards to recruitment for vacant positions, we have successfully recruited a new planning manager who starts on 14 February. We are currently carrying a further seven vacancies in the development management team. The closing date for applications for these roles was 9 January. Shortlisting has taken place and invites for interviews are going out shortly. In the enforcement team we have a new starter this week and have two further vacancies. Unfortunately no suitable candidates applied during the last recruitment process.

c.  The number of planning applications received awaiting verification is 139

d.  The number of major planning applications awaiting decision is 71, and 372 minor

e.  The spend on planning appeals up to the end of December is £155,300

f.   365 planning applications are approaching, at or passed their target decision date (ie at risk of appeal for non-determination).”

 

2.  Question from Councillor R Allen to the Executive member for Planning

 

“Will the Administration please provide an update on the progress of the Hinckley High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), including details of the funding available and its source, a breakdown of the amounts spent to date, confirmation of who authorises payments for this project.

 

Given that HBBC Officers are involved and the significant sums available to this important project, will the Administration commit to bringing regular updates on plans, progress and expenditure to Council (Scrutiny Committee?)”

 

Response from the Executive member

 

‘I thank Councillor Allen for his question.

 

I am pleased to confirm that progress on the various projects within the Hinckley High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) continues to be made which allows us to give much needed support to the town  ...  view the full agenda text for item 297.

Minutes:

To deal with questions under Council Procedure Rule number 14:

 

1.  Question from Councillor Boothby to the Executive member for Planning

 

“Will the Executive Member for Planning please confirm the following information regarding the Planning function as at 31 December 2021:-

 

a.  Spend YTD on Consultants and temporary staff cover

b.  Provide an update on recruitment for all vacant positions within Planning and Enforcement.

c.   Confirm the number of Planning Applications received awaiting verification.

d.  Confirm the number of Planning Applications awaiting Decision split between Minor and Major.

e.  Spend YTD on Planning Appeals.

f.    Confirm the number of Planning Applications approaching, at or pass their target Decision Date (ie at risk of Appeal for Non-Determination).

 

Will the Member undertake to provide a rolling monthly report on the above to Planning and Scrutiny Committee.”

 

Response from the Executive member:

 

“Councillor Boothby, thank you for your question. Local authorities up and down the country are facing the challenge of increasing workload and short supply of professional planners. Hinckley and Bosworth is no different. This leads to longer waiting times for applicants and increased costs for us. In answer to your specific questions, I can confirm as follows:

 

a.  The spend on consultants and temporary staff cover will be reported to Council and the Scrutiny Commission as part of the budget process

b.  With regards to recruitment for vacant positions, we have successfully recruited a new planning manager who starts on 14 February. We are currently carrying a further seven vacancies in the development management team. The closing date for applications for these roles was 9 January. Shortlisting has taken place and invites for interviews are going out shortly. In the enforcement team we have a new starter this week and have two further vacancies. Unfortunately no suitable candidates applied during the last recruitment process.

c.  The number of planning applications received awaiting verification is 139

d.  The number of major planning applications awaiting decision is 71, and 372 minor

e.  The spend on planning appeals up to the end of December is £155,300

f.   365 planning applications are approaching, at or passed their target decision date (ie at risk of appeal for non-determination).”

 

By way of supplementary question, Councillor Boothby reiterated his request for a monthly report to Planning Committee or Scrutiny Commission. Councillor Bill acknowledged the concern of members and agreed to keep them up to date.

 

2.  Question from Councillor R Allen to the Executive member for Planning

 

“Will the Administration please provide an update on the progress of the Hinckley High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), including details of the funding available and its source, a breakdown of the amounts spent to date, confirmation of who authorises payments for this project.

 

Given that HBBC Officers are involved and the significant sums available to this important project, will the Administration commit to bringing regular updates on plans, progress and expenditure to Council (Scrutiny Committee?)”

 

Response from the Executive member

 

‘I thank Councillor Allen for his question.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 297.

298.

Leader of the Council's Position Statement

Mr Mayor, may I welcome all Members of the first full Council meeting of 2022 and let’s hope this will be a positive and productive year for Council business, despite the significant challenges the country and our residents and businesses face.

 

I have deliberately kept the statement short as we have a lot of business on the agenda, particularly with motions, which we will need time to debate

 

Funding Challenges

As we look forward there will be important considerations for the Council to consider in terms of addressing future budget challenges, particularly in view of the Government only providing a one year settlement, which makes it incredibly difficult to budget for key services going forward. These matters can be fully debated in February Budget Scrutiny and Council. Given the level of uncertainty, I have agreement with all political group leaders to delay the publication and consideration of the Medium Term Financial Strategy until early summer 2022.

 

COVID Recovery

As Members will be aware we have seen significantly high and unprecedented COVID infection levels in the borough, reaching over 2,500 cases per 100,000 in recent weeks. I am pleased to report the trend is currently a downward one, but our rates are still over 900 per 100,000. I am pleased that through our efforts with the NHS and local Clinical Commissioning Group we have seen further vaccination clinics operate at the leisure centre and other local venues. The public response for how we have managed the vaccination programme at the leisure centre has been extremely positive and this is a credit to the staff and volunteers involved.

 

Business Support Grants

I am pleased to report we launched a further business grant scheme, the ARG Omicron Support Grant Scheme. This will be targeted to hospitality, accommodation providers, tourism and leisure businesses and a range of other venues including theatres, events and gyms. This will be funded from a £204,000 government awarded top up grant.

 

Events

Work is underway on developing a full events programme for 2022. This will include key popular events such as Proms in the Park, Feast Hinckley and Armed forces celebrations and various other Easter and Summer holiday activities. We saw over 50,000 people engage in our events last year. It is increasingly important that these events support out town centres and attract and retain shoppers to help our businesses recover, who have suffered enormously from the impact of the pandemic.

 

A key highlight for this year will be special celebrations to honour the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

 

Health and Wellbeing

I am pleased to report officers are in advanced discussions with our health partners in the NHS and CCG, on accommodating some health services within the Hinkley Hub and potentially some other Council venues.

 

The health and wellbeing of our residents is a top priority. We continue to roll out local health initiatives via a range of local preventative programmes. These include our falls prevention programme called “Steady Steps”, which has seen over 100 patients participate in sessions in  ...  view the full agenda text for item 298.

Minutes:

In his position statement, the leader referred to:

 

·         Funding challenges and the budget process, thanking officers for their work

·         Covid rates which were reducing following a spike in cases

·         A new Omicron business support grant that had been launched

·         Development of an events programme for 2022 including events to honour the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

·         Discussions that were advancing with health partners in relation to accommodating some health services within Hinckley Hub

·         The opening of Ambion Court with the first tenant moving in the previous week, for which officers and the Executive member were congratulated.

299.

Minutes of the Scrutiny Commission pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To receive for information only the minutes of the Scrutiny Commission meeting held on 18 November 2021.

Minutes:

The chairman of the Scrutiny Commission presented the minutes for information, commending the work of the voluntary and community sector.

300.

Climate Change Strategy pdf icon PDF 385 KB

To present the council’s updated Climate Change Strategy for approval.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The updated Climate Change Strategy was presented to Council. During discussion, the following points were raised:

 

·         The 223% increase in usage of the electric car charging points in council car parks in Hinckley over the last two months compared to the previous five months

·         The increase in sales of electric vehicles

·         The importance of the council leading by example

·         The possibility of tracking progress by including target dates and names of those responsible for the actions in the strategy

·         The restrictions on considering transferring the council’s fleet of vehicles to electric due to being within existing contract periods.

 

It was moved by Councillor Cartwright, seconded by Councillor Gibbens and

 

RESOLVED – the updated Climate Change Strategy be approved.

301.

Levelling Up fund re the National Science & Conservation Centre at Twycross Zoo pdf icon PDF 299 KB

To report on the successful bid to create a new national science and conservation centre at Twycross Zoo, seek delegated authority to sign off the memorandum of understanding and establish a budget to administer the funding.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report on the successful bid for £19.9m investment to create a new National Science and Conservation Centre at Twycross Zoo. Those involved were thanked for their work and support.

 

It was moved by Councillor Bray, seconded by Councillor Lynch and

 

RESOLVED –

 

(i)            Council notes and welcomes the successful bid by the Council in partnership with Twycross Zoo for £19.9m to deliver a new National Science and Conservation Centre at Twycross Zoo;

 

(ii)          Council delegates authority to the Chief Executive and S151 Officer in consultation with the Leader and the Executive member for Finance, to sign off the Memorandum of Understanding and contract & programme delivery arrangements in respect of the Levelling Up Bid of £19.9m;

 

(iii)         Council approves the establishment of a budget of £19.9m for the Levelling Up Project, which will be profiled to be spent over the next three years.

302.

Local Plan pdf icon PDF 426 KB

To seek agreement to consult on the local plan regulation 19 pre-submission version.

 

In moving the recommendations within the report, the Executive member will propose an additional motion, thereby moving the following:

 

“That Council approves

 

(i)            The Council notes with grave concern the “Build Build Build” agenda of the Conservative government who are insisting that Hinckley & Bosworth allocates 9,000 houses in the period up to 2039;

 

(ii)          The publication of the pre-submission draft of the Hinckley & Bosworth Local Plan and supporting documents for consultation during the period 2 February 2022 to 16 March 2022 in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Regulations (Local Development) (England) 2004 (as amended);

 

(iii)         The submission of the Local Plan and supporting documents to the Secretary of State for examination in public following analysis of the representations received during the consultation period;

 

(iv)         Delegation of responsibility for minor drafting errors, factual updates, topographical errors, drafting or proposals map and desktop publishing to the Director (Environment and Planning) in consultation with the Executive member for Planning.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a report which sought approval to consult on the local plan pre-submission version. During discussion, reference was made to the following:

 

·         The importance of education and other infrastructure provision

·         The challenges in delivering the sustainable urban extensions

·         The importance of aligning neighbourhood plans and the local plan

·         Specific sites that could be discussed further in the consultation period.

 

It was moved by Councillor Bill and seconded by Councillor Bray that the recommendations within the report be approved.

 

Councillor Bray along with six further councillors, requested that voting on the motion be recorded. The vote was recorded as follows:

 

Councillors Bill, Bray, Cartwright, J Crooks, W Crooks, Findlay, Flemming, Gibbens, Glenville, Hollick, Lynch, L Mullaney, M Mullaney, Nichols, Pendlebury, Sheppard-Bools, Walker, Webber-Jones and P Williams voted FOR the motion (19);

 

Councillors C Allen, R Allen, Boothby, Collett, Cook, Ladkin, Morrell, O’Shea and H Williams voted AGAINST the motion (9);

 

Councillors Furlong and Lay abstained from voting.

 

The motion was declared CARRIED and it was

 

RESOLVED –

 

(i)            The Council notes with grave concern the “Build Build Build” agenda of the Conservative government who are insisting that Hinckley & Bosworth allocates 9,000 houses in the period up to 2039;

 

(ii)          The publication of the pre-submission draft of the Hinckley and Bosworth Local Plan and supporting documents be approved for consultation between the period 2 February 2022 to 16 March 2022 in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Regulations (Local Development) (England) 2004 (as amended);

 

(iii)         The submission of the Local Plan and supporting documents to the Secretary of State be approved for examination in public following analysis of the representations received during the consultation period;

 

(iv)         Delegated authority to the Director (Environment & Planning) in consultation with the Executive member for Planning be approved for minor drafting errors, factual updates, topographical errors, drafting of proposals map and desktop publishing.

303.

Motions received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 17

303a

Motion proposed by Councillor Bray, seconded by Councillor Webber-Jones

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council recognises the importance of ensuring that elections fair and accessible for all voters.

 

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council notes that the Elections Bill is set to bring in major changes to national elections, including the introduction of compulsory photographic ID to vote.

 

Council believes that this change will act as a barrier to people voting and increase inequality in the electoral process.

 

Council notes with concern that currently 3.5 million people in the UK do not have any form of expensive photographic ID.

 

Council notes that these changes are estimated to cost the taxpayer £180 million and will create unnecessary bureaucracy to Councils.

 

Council believes that at a time when voter turnout is declining, we should be doing all we can to make it easier not harder for people to vote.

 

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council doesn’t want to see people being turned away at the ballot box because of these changes and resolves to support the #HandsOffOurVote campaign by:

 

1. Writing to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

 

2. Writing to Hinckley & Bosworth’s local MPs asking them to raise these concerns in Parliament.

Minutes:

The following motion was proposed by Councillor Bray and seconded by Councillor Webber-Jones:

 

“Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council recognises the importance of ensuring that elections fair and accessible for all voters.

 

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council notes that the Elections Bill is set to bring in major changes to national elections, including the introduction of compulsory photographic ID to vote.

 

Council believes that this change will act as a barrier to people voting and increase inequality in the electoral process.

 

Council notes with concern that currently 3.5 million people in the UK do not have any form of expensive photographic ID.

 

Council notes that these changes are estimated to cost the taxpayer £180 million and will create unnecessary bureaucracy to Councils.

 

Council believes that at a time when voter turnout is declining, we should be doing all we can to make it easier not harder for people to vote.

 

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council doesn’t want to see people being turned away at the ballot box because of these changes and resolves to support the #HandsOffOurVote campaign by:

 

1. Writing to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

 

2. Writing to Hinckley & Bosworth’s local MPs asking them to raise these concerns in Parliament.”

 

Councillor Bray along with ten further councillors requested that voting on the motion be recorded. The vote was taken as follows:

 

Councillors Bill, Bray, Cartwright, J Crooks, W Crooks, Findlay, Flemming, Furlong, Gibbens, Glenville, Hollick, Lay, Lynch, L Mullaney, M Mullaney, Nichols, Pendlebury, Sheppard-Bools, Walker, Webber-Jones and P Williams voted FOR the motion (21);

 

Councillors C Allen, R Allen, Boothby, Collett, Cook, Ladkin, Morrell, O’Shea and H Williams voted AGAINST the motion (9).

 

The motion was declared CARRIED and it was

 

RESOLVED - the #HandsOffOurVote campaign be supported by:

 

(i)        Writing to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

 

(ii)      Writing to Hinckley & Bosworth’s local MPs asking them to raise these concerns in Parliament.

303b

Motion proposed by Councillor R Allen, seconded by Councillor Bill

This motion proposes that the Chief Executive of this Council writes to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities requesting that all further consideration and consultation of the Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange proposal be suspended until such time as full and comprehensive traffic modelling work has been completed by, and to the full satisfaction of, Leicestershire County Council as the Local Highways Authority and Highways England as the national authority.

 

Additionally, this motion proposes that the Chief Executive writes to all neighbouring authorities affected by the Interchange proposals highlighting this motion and requesting their consideration and support.

Minutes:

The following motion was proposed by Councillor R Allen and seconded by Councillor Bill:

 

“This motion proposes that the Chief Executive of this Council writes to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities requesting that all further consideration and consultation of the Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange proposal be suspended until such time as full and comprehensive traffic modelling work has been completed by, and to the full satisfaction of, Leicestershire County Council as the Local Highways Authority and Highways England as the national authority.

 

Additionally, this motion proposes that the Chief Executive writes to all neighbouring authorities affected by the Interchange proposals highlighting this motion and requesting their consideration and support.”

 

Upon being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED and it was

 

RESOLVED

 

(i)        The Chief Executive writes to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities requesting that all further consideration and consultation of the Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange proposal be suspended until such time as full and comprehensive traffic modelling work has been completed by, and to the full satisfaction of, Leicestershire County Council as the local highways authority and Highways England as the national authority;

 

(ii)       The Chief Executive writes to all neighbouring authorities affected by the interchange proposals highlighting this motion and requesting their consideration and support.

303c

Motion proposed by Councillor Gibbens, seconded by Councillor Cartwright

Council notes the ongoing consultation for the proposed National Rail Freight Interchange on open countryside adjacent to Burbage Common.

 

We believe this development is opportunistic and is not in an appropriate location. It will cause irreparable damage to the wildlife in the area and destroy the peace and quiet people appreciate when visiting Burbage Common.

 

Council calls on Tritax Symmetry to drop these damaging plans and Council makes clear its opposition to this scheme.

Minutes:

The following motion was proposed by Councillor Gibbens and seconded by Councillor Cartwright:

 

“Council notes the ongoing consultation for the proposed National Rail Freight Interchange on open countryside adjacent to Burbage Common.

 

We believe this development is opportunistic and is not in an appropriate location. It will cause irreparable damage to the wildlife in the area and destroy the peace and quiet people appreciate when visiting Burbage Common.

 

Council calls on Tritax Symmetry to drop these damaging plans and Council makes clear its opposition to this scheme.

 

Upon being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED and it was

 

RESOLVED

 

(i)        Council calls on Tritax Symmetry to drop these damaging plans;

 

(ii)       Council makes clear its opposition to this scheme.

 

Councillor O’Shea abstained from voting on this item.

303d

Motion proposed by Councillor Ladkin, seconded by Councillor Cartwright

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council appreciates that COP26 took place in Glasgow keeping alive our ambition to restrict global rise in temperature to 1.5C.Recognising the Climate Emergency and the impact that Climate Change has upon all the species of the planet’. 

 

The successes of COP26 will only become evident or not by the passage of time.  We call upon world leaders, organisations and individuals who made pledges during COP26 to meet and where possible exceed those pledges.

 

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council has made a Climate Emergency Declaration, July 2019, adopted a Climate Strategy including setting up a cross party working group. The cross party working group will now look to see if anything in the Council’s strategy needs amending or tweaking as a result of COP26.

Minutes:

The following motion was proposed by Councillor Ladkin and seconded by Councillor Cartwright:

 

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council appreciates that COP26 took place in Glasgow keeping alive our ambition to restrict global rise in temperature to 1.5C.Recognising the Climate Emergency and the impact that Climate Change has upon all the species of the planet’. 

 

The successes of COP26 will only become evident or not by the passage of time.  We call upon world leaders, organisations and individuals who made pledges during COP26 to meet and where possible exceed those pledges.

 

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council has made a Climate Emergency Declaration, July 2019, adopted a Climate Strategy including setting up a cross party working group. The cross party working group will now look to see if anything in the Council’s strategy needs amending or tweaking as a result of COP26.

 

Upon being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED and it was:

 

RESOLVED – the Climate Change Member Working Group be asked to consider whether the Climate Change Strategy requires updating as a result of COP26.

303e

Motion proposed by Councillor Roberts, seconded by Councillor H Williams

This motion will now be moved by Councillor H Williams and seconded by Councillor R Allen.

 

This motion proposes that the Council undertakes to identify and retain the leading specialist in cemetery drainage to review and implement the most effective remedial drainage plan to address the flooding issues in the Ashby Road Cemetery (extension) for the long term and to ensure that all relevant legislation relating to burial grounds is fully complied with.

  

Further proposed that Council will instigate a cross party working group to focus on this crucial and sensitive issue. Said working group will report their progress and recommendations to Council.

 

An amendment will be proposed by Councillor W Crooks and seconded by Councillor Gibbens:

 

“Council notes the flooding problems in the Ashby Road Cemetery extension over the past 18 months and apologises and expresses sympathy to any families concerned.

 

Council further notes the extensive specialist drainage works recently carried out in the area and places on record its thanks to the Green Spaces team for the progress made.

 

Council once again condemns the decision of the Secretary of State to allow the infilling and building on the Big Pit which many residents feel has exacerbated flooding problems in the area.

 

Council further commits to continuing to monitor the situation carefully and undertaking any further remedial works necessary to address the flooding issues in the Ashby Road Cemetery extension and to ensure that all relevant legislation relating to burial grounds is fully complied with.

 

The Council requests that a regular monitoring and progress report is brought to the Hinckley Area Committee which is responsible for the cemetery.”

Minutes:

Councillor R Allen, seconded by Councillor H Williams, proposed the following motion:

 

This motion proposes that the Council undertakes to identify and retain the leading specialist in cemetery drainage to review and implement the most effective remedial drainage plan to address the flooding issues in the Ashby Road Cemetery (extension) for the long term and to ensure that all relevant legislation relating to burial grounds is fully complied with.

  

Further proposed that Council will instigate a cross party working group to focus on this crucial and sensitive issue. Said working group will report their progress and recommendations to Council.

 

An amendment will be proposed by Councillor W Crooks and seconded by Councillor Gibbens:

 

“Council notes the flooding problems in the Ashby Road Cemetery extension over the past 18 months and apologises and expresses sympathy to any families concerned.

 

Council further notes the extensive specialist drainage works recently carried out in the area and places on record its thanks to the Green Spaces team for the progress made.

 

Council once again condemns the decision of the Secretary of State to allow the infilling and building on the Big Pit which many residents feel has exacerbated flooding problems in the area.

 

Council further commits to continuing to monitor the situation carefully and undertaking any further remedial works necessary to address the flooding issues in the Ashby Road Cemetery extension and to ensure that all relevant legislation relating to burial grounds is fully complied with.

 

The Council requests that a regular monitoring and progress report is brought to the Hinckley Area Committee which is responsible for the cemetery.”

 

Councillor R Allen, as mover of the original motion and Councillor H Williams, was happy to accept the amendment with the further amendment of the final paragraph to read:

 

“The Council requests that a regular monitoring and progress report is brought to the Hinckley Area Committee and Scrutiny Commission”.

 

The further amendment was accepted as the substantive motion. It was then moved by Councillor R Allen, seconded by Councillor Gibbens and

 

RESOLVED

 

(i)            The situation be monitored carefully and any further remedial works necessary to address the flooding issues in the Ashby Road Cemetery extension be undertaken, ensuring that all relevant legislation relating to burial grounds is fully complied with;

 

(ii)        A regular monitoring and progress report be presented to Hinckley Area Committee and the Scrutiny Commission.

 

At this juncture, it was moved by Councillor Bray, seconded by Councillor Webber-Jones and

 

RESOLVED – should the meeting still be in progress at 9.30pm, the time allowed be extended to conclude the business on the agenda.

303f

Motion proposed by Councillor Boothby, seconded by Councillor O'Shea

This motion proposes that the Burroughs in Ratby, as a key recreational and environmental asset that provides an essential ‘Green Lung’ in proximity to Leicester City and major trunk road infrastructure, be preserved and protected from development throughout the life of the next Local Development Plan.

 

This motion has been withdrawn.

Minutes:

It was noted that this motion had been withdrawn.

303g

Urgent motion proposed by Councillor M Mullaney and seconded by Councillor Sheppard-Bools

Council notes its severe disappointment in the Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

 

Council further notes that, in the view of the public, the Prime Minister acted unlawfully, misled parliament and lied to the residents of our country.

 

Council adds that while the Prime Minister attended Downing Street parties, millions of people obeyed the lockdown rules, often at huge personal cost. They missed funerals, cancelled weddings and said goodbye to dying loved ones on video calls – some on the very day that Number Ten illegally hosted a garden party.

 

Council condemns the Prime Minister who has now become a threat to the health of our nation, and for the sake of the country still gripped by this awful pandemic, he must resign.

 

Council calls upon the Leader of the Council to write to Boris Johnson stating that the Council has no confidence in his leadership and calls for him to resign.

 

Council resolves that we no longer have confidence in the Prime Minister.

Minutes:

This motion had been accepted as an urgent motion due to news only becoming apparent following publication of the agenda.

 

The following motion was moved by Councillor M Mullaney and seconded by Councillor Sheppard-Bools:

 

“Council notes its severe disappointment in the Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

 

Council further notes that, in the view of the public, the Prime Minister acted unlawfully, misled parliament and lied to the residents of our country.

 

Council adds that while the Prime Minister attended Downing Street parties, millions of people obeyed the lockdown rules, often at huge personal cost. They missed funerals, cancelled weddings and said goodbye to dying loved ones on video calls – some on the very day that Number Ten illegally hosted a garden party.

 

Council condemns the Prime Minister who has now become a threat to the health of our nation, and for the sake of the country still gripped by this awful pandemic, he must resign.

 

Council calls upon the Leader of the Council to write to Boris Johnson stating that the Council has no confidence in his leadership and calls for him to resign.

 

Council resolves that we no longer have confidence in the Prime Minister.”

 

Councillors C Allen, R Allen, Boothby, Collett, Cook, Ladkin, Morrell and O’Shea left the meeting at 9.15pm.

 

Councillor Bray, along with ten further councillors, requested that voting on the motion be recorded. The vote was taken as follows:

 

Councillors Bill, Bray, Cartwright, J Crooks, W Crooks, Findlay, Flemming, Furlong, Gibbens, Glenville, Hollick, Lay, Lynch, L Mullaney, M Mullaney, Nichols, Pendlebury, Sheppard-Bools, Walker, Webber-Jones and P Williams voted FOR the motion (21);

 

Councillor H Williams abstained from voting.

 

Upon being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED and it was

 

RESOLVED –

 

(i)            Council no longer has confidence in the Prime Minister;

 

(ii)          The Leader of Council writes to Boris Johnson stating that the Council has no confidence in his leadership and calling for him to resign.