Agenda

Council - Wednesday 17 November 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber. View directions

Contact: Alec Dubberley  Democratic Services Manager

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Thought for the day

2.

Apologies for Absence.

3.

Mayor's Announcements.

4.

To approve, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held on 15 September 2021 pdf icon PDF 267 KB

5.

Declaration of Interests.

6.

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

7.

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

8.

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

Question from Councillor Martin Smith

“We’re delighted that this Conservative Government has invested £210,426 of ‘Welcome Back Fund’ into Gedling to improve our high streets and public spaces. Could the Finance Portfolio Holder update us on where this funding has been spent?”

 

Question from Councillor Greensmith

“Can the Environment Portfolio Holder confirm plans for road sweeping during autumn to prevent flooding?”

 

Question from Councillor Adams

“What progress has the Council made to reduce its £200,000+ annual spend on B&B temporary accommodation?”

 

Question from Councillor Sam Smith

“This Council has spent £70,500 over the last three months on agency staff for our environment departments. This is in addition to £45,000 approved between April and June. Yet bin collections are still being missed. What is being done to recruit more internal staff, reduce the agency costs to the taxpayers of Gedling and improve bin collection services?”

9.

Changes to Representation on Committees pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Report of the Democratic Services Manager.

10.

Appointment of co-opted Parish Representative to the Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 140 KB

Report of the Head of Governance and Customer Services.

11.

Review of the Code of Conduct for Members pdf icon PDF 273 KB

Report of the Head of Governance and Customer Services.

Additional documents:

12.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme pdf icon PDF 298 KB

Report of the Director of Corporate Resources.

Additional documents:

13.

External Audit Procurement pdf icon PDF 256 KB

Report of the Director of Corporate Resources.

14.

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).

14a

Minutes of meeting Monday 6 September 2021 of Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 144 KB

14b

Minutes of meeting Tuesday 7 September 2021 of Environment and Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 120 KB

14c

Minutes of meeting Wednesday 8 September 2021 of Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 277 KB

14d

Minutes of meeting Thursday 9 September 2021 of Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 118 KB

14e

Minutes of meeting Thursday 16 September 2021 of Cabinet pdf icon PDF 196 KB

14f

Minutes of meeting Tuesday 21 September 2021 of Audit Committee pdf icon PDF 115 KB

14g

Minutes of meeting Tuesday 5 October 2021 of Environment and Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 111 KB

14h

Minutes of meeting Wednesday 6 October 2021 of Appointments and Conditions of Service Committee pdf icon PDF 17 KB

14i

Minutes of meeting Tuesday 5 October 2021 of Licensing Act Committee pdf icon PDF 107 KB

14j

Minutes of meeting Thursday 7 October 2021 of Cabinet pdf icon PDF 200 KB

14k

Minutes of meeting Wednesday 13 October 2021 of Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 202 KB

14l

Minutes of meeting Tuesday 2 November 2021 of Environment and Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 113 KB

14m

Decisions made under delegated authority pdf icon PDF 151 KB

15.

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

16.

To consider motions under Standing Order 12.

Motion One

 

This Council is deeply concerned by the shocking levels of sewage discharged into our waterways, rivers and oceans locally and across the country.

 

This Council expresses concern at figures published by the Rivers Trust, which highlight in 2020 alone there was at least 5,752 hours of sewage spills into waterways across Gedling parliamentary constituency by water companies and at least 4,279 hours of sewage spills into waterways across Sherwood parliamentary constituency.

 

This Council firmly believes there should be a statutory duty on all water companies to take all reasonable steps to ensure untreated sewage is not discharged from storm overflows. In light of the harm caused to the environment, individual and public health, this Council wishes to see the practice of discharging raw sewage into our nation’s rivers, waterways and oceans eliminated entirely, not simply progressively reduced.

 

This Council resolves to engage with agencies including Severn Trent Water, the Environment Agency, Nottinghamshire County Council and the UK Government to urge swift action to stop the disgraceful discharge of raw/untreated sewage in our waterways and rivers.

 

This Council encourages and supports the use of its Overview & Scrutiny processes to assist in holding to account those agencies responsible for discharging raw and untreated sewage into our waterways and rivers locally.

 

This Council calls on our local Members of Parliament, Tom Randall and Mark Spencer to publicly support our call for the banning and elimination of discharge of raw and untreated sewage into our waterways, rivers and oceans.

 

This Council also calls on Gedling borough’s two Members of Parliament to campaign and vote for a statutory requirement on water companies to eliminate not simply progressively reduce the discharge of raw and untreated sewage into our waterways, rivers and oceans.

 

Proposer: Councillor Boyle

Seconder: Councillor Payne

 

Motion Two

 

This Council agrees with Sir John Armit, Chair of the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission, who recently commented that the Government should stop making councils ‘plead on bended knee’ for vital funds if ‘levelling up’ is to work. This Council concurs with Sir John Armit’s view that the system of bidding for multiple pots of ringfenced funding to Whitehall is ‘inefficient and ineffective’.

 

This Council’s recent ‘Levelling Up Fund’ bid would help to kickstart high street regeneration, improve Arnold town centre and encourage healthy travel in Netherfield. It was a bid that could help to make Gedling borough an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

 

This Council notes the Prime Minister’s response to our local Member of Parliament at Prime Minister’s Questions on 30 June 2021 that the ‘Levelling Up Fund’ would ‘indeed invest in infrastructure projects that improves life across the country but in his constituency (Gedling) particularly.’

 

This Council is therefore extremely disappointed not to have received a single penny from the UK Government’s ‘Levelling Up Fund’, which follows on from communities across Gedling borough not receiving a single penny from the UK Government from the Towns Fund and the Future High Streets Fund too.

 

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