Council - Tuesday, 30 November 2021 6.30 pm

Venue: De Montfort Suite, Hinckley Hub. View directions

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

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No. Item




Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 145 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 5 October 2021.


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

Welcome to this December Council and may I take this opportunity of wishing all members and officers of the Council a very merry and restful Christmas, which is well deserved following the extremely challenging year that we have faced due to the pandemic.


On tonight’s agenda we have an item on the engagement and response process for the National Rail Freight Interchange, which the Council is strongly opposed to. Given the continued challenges nationally and locally concerning shortage of qualified HGV drivers, there is a report on increasing capacity for the refuse service. There are also items on progress of partnership arrangements on the building control service and an update on investment opportunities at Horiba MIRA.


You will note the motion from my colleague, Cllr Mullaney, seconded by Councillor Pendlebury, regarding recent closures of bank branches in Hinckley, which I hope we will all support.


I have set out below a few key updates.


Levelling Up Bid Success


I am pleased to confirm our success in securing almost £20m from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund for our bid, submitted in partnership with Twycross Zoo, for a new National Science and Conservation Centre at the zoo, which will be of international significance and bring new jobs and a real boost to the Midlands and local economy. Progress on the plans will be developed in earnest in the New Year and the scheme is expected to be completed by April 2024.




In response to COP26 we have refreshed our Climate Change Strategy which will be presented to the next programmed Scrutiny Commission and Council. I’m also pleased to report  the CEO of Hinckley and Rugby Building Society, a key local business in Hinckley, had the opportunity to speak at COP26 and will be providing a presentation at the Council’s Employment and Skills Partnership later this week.


Spending Review


Following the Government’s spending review announcement in early November, which confirmed a £1.6bn annual allocation to local government over the next three years, we expect to receive our provisional allocation in December. We still do not know if we will receive a multi-year settlement or only a one year settlement, which makes it extremely challenging to budget and plan over the medium term.


Business Grant Support


I am pleased to confirm we have launched a further round of COVID business support funding of £0.75m to assist retail and hospitality and tourism businesses. Details are available on our website.


Parish and Hinckley Community Initiative Funds 2022/23


I am pleased to report we have launched the bidding process for community projects within our parishes and in Hinckley. The closing date for applications will be 7 January 2022. I would encourage all members to consider worthy causes within their parishes and wards.


Green Flag Awards


I am pleased two of Hinckley’s parks are once again amongst the best in the UK after they were awarded the much coveted Green Flag - a prestigious accolade only awarded to the very best parks and green spaces. The award  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.


Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange pdf icon PDF 398 KB

To seek authorisation for a scheme of delegation.


Recruitment of additional posts: HGV drivers and driver training for waste collection service pdf icon PDF 389 KB

To seek approval to recruit two additional HGV drivers and support the training of two additional staff for the waste collection service.


Motions received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 17


Motion proposed by Councillor M Mullaney and seconded by Councillor Pendlebury

“Council notes the recent closures of the Santander and Halifax bank branches in Hinckley as part of a wider spate of bank closures across the country.


Council further notes that whilst many people are comfortable and able to bank online some, often elderly, residents still rely on banking in person. Closing the local branch will mean them having to travel substantial distances when many are unable to drive.


Council calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to give the Financial Conduct Authority more powers to prevent large bank companies carrying out anti-social large scale closures of local branches without adequate alternative provisions.”


Motion proposed by Councillor Ladkin and seconded by Councillor Morrell

“Council recognises the limited success of COP26 and asks the Climate Change Member Working Group to note and act on them”.


Amendment to be moved by Councillor Webber-Jones and seconded by Councillor Bill:


“Council recognises the successes of COP26.


The commitment simply to ‘phase down’ the use of coal is a major disappointment which needs revisiting by the world leaders at the earliest opportunity if there is any hope of keeping the 1.5 degree goal alive.


The UK standing at conference was undermined by the government’s budget announcements on domestic flight ahead of the conference and the Prime Minister’s decision to fly to the conference generating unnecessary emissions.


The Council remains fully committed to tackling climate change locally and asks the Climate Change Member Working Group to note and act on the outcomes.”


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 items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in those paragraphs of Schedule 12A of the 1972 Act listed on the documents.


Building Control Service


Horiba Mira investment update