Council - Wednesday 27 January 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Caroline McCleary  Democratic Services Officer


No. Item


Opening Prayers.


Apologies for Absence.


Mayor's Announcements.


To approve, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held on 18 November 2020. pdf icon PDF 121 KB


Declaration of Interests.


To deal with any petitions received under Standing Order 8a.


To answer questions asked by the public under Standing Order 8.


To answer questions asked by Members of the Council under Standing Order 9.

Question from Councillor Sam Smith to the Portfolio Holder for Public Protection:


“We have all seen an increase in anti-social behaviour in our Wards over the past year. Can the Cabinet Member responsible inform us of how this data is collected by the Council and what plans the Council has in place to reduce anti-social behaviour across the Borough?”


Council Tax Reduction Scheme pdf icon PDF 275 KB

Report of the Director of Corporate Resources

Additional documents:


Referral from Appointments and Conditions of Service Committee: Pay Policy Statement 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 611 KB

Report of the Service Manager Organisational Development.


Council is recommended to:


Adopt the pay policy statement for publication on the Council’s website.


Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report pdf icon PDF 15 KB

Report of the Democratic Services Officer.

Additional documents:


Independent Remuneration Panel - Report and recommendations for 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 266 KB

Report of the Democratic Services Manager.


To receive questions and comments from Members concerning any matter dealt with by the Executive or by a Committee or Sub-Committee (Standing Order 11.1).


Minutes of meeting Wednesday 21 October 2020 of Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 427 KB


Minutes of meeting Tuesday 3 November 2020 of Environment and Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 116 KB


Minutes of meeting Wednesday 4 November 2020 of Joint Consultative and Safety Committee pdf icon PDF 116 KB


Minutes of meeting Monday 9 November 2020 of Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 226 KB


Minutes of meeting Thursday 12 November 2020 of Cabinet pdf icon PDF 217 KB


Minutes of meeting Wednesday 18 November 2020 of Appointments and Conditions of Service Committee pdf icon PDF 116 KB


Minutes of meeting Tuesday 24 November 2020 of Audit Committee pdf icon PDF 121 KB


Minutes of meeting Tuesday 1 December 2020 of Environment and Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 111 KB


Minutes of meeting Wednesday 2 December 2020 of Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 216 KB


Minutes of meeting Tuesday 8 December 2020 of Environment and Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 113 KB


Minutes of meeting Thursday 10 December 2020 of Cabinet pdf icon PDF 110 KB


Minutes of meeting Wednesday 16 December 2020 of Appointments and Conditions of Service Committee pdf icon PDF 125 KB


Decisions made under delegated authority pdf icon PDF 140 KB


To consider comments, of which due notice has been given, under Standing Order 11.03(a).


To consider motions under Standing Order 12.

Motion One


Fireworks are used by people throughout the year to mark different events. While they can bring much enjoyment to some people, they can cause significant problems and fear for other people and animals. They can be a source of fear and distress for many animals (including pet animals, farm livestock and wildlife). Animals affected not only suffer psychological distress but can also cause themselves injuries – sometimes very serious ones – as they attempt to run away or hide from the noise.


This Council therefore resolves to:


1)    Require all public firework displays within the local authority boundaries to be advertised in advance of the event, allowing residents to take precautions for their animals and vulnerable people.


2)    Actively promote a public awareness campaign about the impact of fireworks on animal welfare and vulnerable people – including the precautions that can be taken to mitigate risks.


3)    Write to the UK Government and Gedling Borough’s two local Members of Parliament urging them to introduce legislation to limit the maximum noise level of fireworks to 90dB for those sold to the public for private displays and to support the RSPCA in their campaign to ensure the safety of all animals.


4)    Encourage local suppliers of fireworks to stock ‘quieter’ fireworks for public display.


5)    Write to the Leader and Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council inviting and encouraging them to also take the action outlined in points 1 – 4 above.


6)    Work with Nottinghamshire County Council and all other relevant authorities to ensure existing legislation regarding purchase of and setting off fireworks is enforced across our borough and county.


Proposed: Cllr Rachael Ellis

Seconded: Cllr Des Gibbons


Motion Two


This Council notes:


Bees and other pollinators play an essential role in the Earth's ecosystems. Bees and other pollinators are vital to our food crops, our gardens and our countryside, but they are declining – some species have become extinct, others are declining in range. Bees not only maintain biodiversity but also pollinate plants which produce food. The Government has estimated that these pollinators are worth around £500 million to the UK food and fruit industries alone; bees therefore help keep healthy habitats for people and nature.


This pollinator decline is due to various external influences. These causes include disease, climate change, loss of habitat and the use of insecticides such as neonicotinoids (‘neonics’). Neonicotinoid use has been linked in a range of studies to adverse ecological effects, including honeybee colony collapse disorder.


The World Health Organisation’s cancer agency has recently declared that herbicides that include glyphosate are probably carcinogenic to humans. Glysophate lab trials have shown impact on bee behaviours, although not on their foraging efficiency.


Local authorities already have a Duty to have regard to the conservation of biodiversity in exercising their functions, introduced by the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act, which came into force on 1 October 2006. The Duty affects all public authorities and aims to raise the profile and visibility of  ...  view the full agenda text for item 15.