Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, County Offices, Newland, Lincoln LN1 1YL

Contact: Rachel Wilson  Democratic Services Officer

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors R L Foulkes, C Matthews and E J Poll.


Declarations of Councillors' Interests


There were no declarations of interest at this point in the meeting.


Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 12 July 2017 pdf icon PDF 130 KB




            That the minutes of the meeting held on 12 July 2017 be signed by the Vice-Chairman as a correct record.


Chairman's Announcements pdf icon PDF 116 KB


The Chairman reported that civic engagements since the last Council meeting had been varied and had given him the opportunity to continue visiting places throughout Lincolnshire. 


The Chairman thanked his Lady for supporting him on these engagements and also the Vice-Chairman and Lady, Councillor Ron and Di Oxby, for representing them at civic functions when they had been unable to attend due to other council commitments.


It was reported that the Chairman was looking forward to hosting the County Service of Dedication at St Denys' Church, Sleaford, on Sunday 24th September 2017.  It was hoped that as many Members as possible would be able to attend.  If members hadn't already done so, they were reminded to confirm their attendance with the Civic Officer.


It was with great sadness that the Chairman reported the death of Lee Rowley, Senior Project Leader for the County's Highways Team.  Lee was a highly respected officer and would be greatly missed.  Thoughts were with Lee's family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.



Statements/Announcements by the Leader and Members of the Executive pdf icon PDF 74 KB

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Statements by the Leader and Members of the Executive had been circulated with the agenda.  There were no additional announcements.


Questions to the Chairman, the Leader, Executive Councillors, Chairman of Committees and Sub-Committees


Questions pursuant to Council Procedure Rule 10.3 were asked and answered as follows:


Question by

Answered by



a) G E Cullen

C J Davie

Coastal Economy


b) C J T H Brewis

R G Davies

Progress with procurement of the next highways contract


c) M T Fido

C J Davie

Utilities provision for businesses in Lincolnshire


d) Mrs J E Killey

Mrs P A Bradwell

Support for village schools


e) M D Boles

R G Davies

Town centre parking


f) S R Dodds

Mrs S Woolley

NHS preparedness for the winter season


g) R Wootten

M J Hill OBE

Grantham Hospital


h) Mrs M J Overton MBE

M J Hill OBE

Future funding for the County Council


i) Mrs A M Austin

R G Davies

Train service improvements for Boston and Skegness to Lincoln


j) K J Clarke

B Young

Number of apprentices within the county council


k) D Brailsford

Mrs P A Bradwell

Extra funding for education from government


l) R A Renshaw

R G Davies

Highways online fault reporting system


m) M A Whittington

Mrs S Woolley

Grantham A & E update


n) R B Parker

M J Hill OBE

NHS overspend in Linconshire



Report of Local Government Ombudsman pdf icon PDF 120 KB

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A report by the Monitoring Officer had been circulated.


It was moved, seconded and unanimously




1.    That the report of the Ombudsman attached at A of the report be received.

2.    That the recommendations of the Ombudsman at paragraphs 58, 62 and 63 of the report be accepted.

3.    That the actions taken by the Council as set out in paragraph 1.15 to 1.17 of the report be endorsed.


Lobbying for a Fair Deal for (Greater) Lincolnshire pdf icon PDF 223 KB


A report by the Executive Director Finance and Public Protection had been circulated.


It was moved, seconded and unanimously




            That this Council support the proposal to engage in a lobbying strategy to achieve an improved funding deal, not just for Lincolnshire County Council but also for Greater Lincolnshire going forward in line with the contents of the report.


Motions on notice submitted in accordance with the Council's Constitution


Motion by Councillor R B Parker


It was moved and seconded


In 2007 and again in 2013 Lincolnshire County Council meeting in Full Council resolved the motion set out below:


'That this Council condemns extremism and racist behaviour in all its forms and asks all Group Leaders to sign the following declaration, as community leaders:




We, in Lincolnshire, are proud of our diverse and multi-racial heritage, which we regard as a source of cultural, social and economic strength. We will work vigorously to combat all forms of racism to rid Lincolnshire of racial discrimination and to enshrine the principle that individuality and universality are the foundations of justice and peace.


We declare that:


·         We value the contribution that all communities make to the quality of life in Lincolnshire and recognise ethnic and cultural diversity as a source of cultural, social and economic enrichment.


·         We endorse the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and are opposed to racism in all its forms.


·         We will encourage a changing culture within the public services and the wider community that recognises the unacceptability of all forms of racism and takes action to combat it.


·         We acknowledge that progress towards a more just society may not always be smooth, but as partners we are committed to maintaining dialogue and resolving our differences.


·         We accept that without transparency and openness in the public services, progress towards a successful multi-cultural community will be hampered.


·         We believe that the composition of the public services workforce should reflect that of the wider community, and will work to break down perceptions and barriers that prevent equal access to employment.


·         We believe that all citizens should have the right to expect equal protection and equal treatment from all public services.


·         We believe that children from all backgrounds are entitled to an education free from discrimination and harassment.


·         We understand the essential role of the education system in Lincolnshire in developing the future of our multi-cultural community and commit ourselves to supporting and enhancing this work.


·         We believe that our success will properly be measured not by our policies but by our actions in promoting equality for all the people of Lincolnshire.


·         We call upon the residents of Lincolnshire to support us in this by respecting the dignity of all people and by constant vigilance for any expression of racism or racial discrimination'.



4 years on since the last declaration and with a new council in place it is felt that the time is right to renew that declaration.


Accordingly this council agrees to re-affirm the Lincolnshire County Council Declaration first made on 9th March 2007 which stated that this Council condemns extremism and racist behaviour in all its forms and asks all Group Leaders to sign the declaration, as community leaders.


Upon being put to the vote, the motion was unanimously carried.



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