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Temporary Suspension of Procedure Rules


It was proposed and seconded, and




That the following Council procedure rules be suspended for the duration of the meeting, 13.2 (Right of the Chairman to require motion to be written down and handed to him), 15(c) (Every proposition to be decided by voices or show of hands), 15(d) (Where the decision of the Chairman is challenged on voices, requirement to have a show of hands), 19.1 (Standing to speak), Rule 19.2 (Chairman Standing).



Election of the Chairman of the County Council for 2020/21


On the nomination of Councillor M J Hill OBE, seconded by Councillor A M Austin, and there being no other nominations, it was




            That Councillor M Brookes be elected as Chairman of the County Council for the year 2020/21.


Councillor Brookes took the Chair and thanked the Council for electing him.





Election of the Vice-Chairman of the County Council for 2020/21


On the nomination of Councillor M Brookes, seconded by Councillor Mrs P A Bradwell OBE, and there being no other nominations, it was




            That Councillor T Bridges be elected Vice-Chairman of the County Council for the year 2020/21.




Change of Agenda Order


It was proposed, seconded and




            That the agenda order be amended and agenda item 12 be taken before agenda item 11.


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Apologies for absence were received from Councillors P E Coupland, Mrs J E Killey, S R Kirk and A J Spencer.


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 21 February 2020 pdf icon PDF 505 KB




            That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 February 2020 be signed by the Chairman as a correct record.


Appointment of Chairman's Chaplain


The Chairman reported that this appointment was still being finalised and he would advise the Council in due course.


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It was with great sadness that the Chairman reported the death of County Councillor Lewis Strange. Councillor Strange was elected to the County Council in June 2001 and represented the Ancholme Cliff electoral division until 4 May 2017, when he was elected to represent Market Rasen Wolds electoral division following a boundary review.


A former portfolio holder for Cultural Services, Councillor Strange served as Executive Councillor for Waste between May 2005 and May 2013. 


He was chairman of both the Environmental Scrutiny Committee and the Flood and Drainage Management Scrutiny Committee between May 2013 and May 2017.


A great champion of the Countryside, Councillor Strange served on the Local Access Forum for many years, as well as being a long standing member of the Lincolnshire Wolds Joint Advisory Committee. In May 2017 he was appointed chairman of the Council's Definitive Map and Public Rights of Way Sub-Committee.


The Chairman said he was a popular character, a great friend to many, and he would be sadly missed. 


The Chairman also reported that members would have all seen the devastating effects of COVID-19 and the loss of life here in Lincolnshire, across the country, across the world.  The Chairman requested that members observe a silent tribute to the late Councillor Strange and to remember those Lincolnshire people who have lost their lives to Coronavirus in recent months.


The virtual chamber observed a minute's silence.


A number of Members of the Council paid tribute to Councillor Strange.


The Chairman reported that this week would have been Lincolnshire Show Week, but the pandemic caused it to be cancelled in its usual form for the first time since the Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2001.


Regrettably the annual service of dedication and thanksgiving had also had to be postponed. It was hoped that this would be rearranged for a later date during the Chairman's term of office.


A list of civic engagements relating to the immediate past Chairman and Vice-Chairman were available from the Civic Officer.



The Leader to report on Executive Portfolios and Appointments to the Executive and Appointments of Executive Support Councillors


In accordance with Article 5.02 the Leader notified the Council of the appointments to the Executive and for the purposes of Part 3 (Responsibilities for Functions) the responsibilities of each Portfolio Holder.  The Leader also notified the Council of the Executive Support Councillors he had appointed in accordance with Article 5.07.



Announcements by the Leader and Members of the Executive pdf icon PDF 656 KB


Members of the Executive each provided an update on activity within their portfolios.


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


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


(Note: Councillor S R Parkin left the meeting at 12.35pm and did not rejoin)


Question by

Question to



a) R J Kendrick

Mrs P A Bradwell OBE

Additional funding allocated to schools from government.


b) R A Renshaw

R G Davies

Use of funding allocated to Lincolnshire for transport improvements


c) K Cook

R G Davies

Delay to Holdingham roundabout projects.


d) G E Cullen

C J Davie

Support to seasonal businesses in Lincolnshire.


e) M D Boles

E J Poll

Disposal of large items at HWRC's


f) Mrs J Brockway

M J Hill OBE

Unexpected benefits of changes to working practices due to Covid-19

g) Mrs M J Overton MBE

R G Davies

Unclassified roads repairs


h) K J Clarke

R G Davies

Work to encourage people to use cycle paths


i) M T Fido

R G Davies

Highways work to increase safety for residents on Doddington Road, Lincoln


j) Mrs A M Austin

R G Davies

Promotion of cycling to families


k) C E H Marfleet

Mrs P A Bradwell OBE

Operation of day care centres.


l) R B Parker

M J Hill OBE

Letter about reorganisation of local government


m) C Matthews

Mrs P A Bradwell OBE

National tutoring programme for schools


n) R D Butroid

M J Hill OBE

Future of RAF Scampton site



The meeting adjourned at 1.18pm and reconvened at 1.50pm.


(NOTE: Councillors K Cook, C Macey, and A H Turner MBE did not rejoin the afternoon session of the meeting)


Political Balance on Committees and Sub-Committees and Allocation of Places to Political Groups pdf icon PDF 423 KB


It was moved, seconded and




That Council:


1.    Remove the Roman Catholic representative seat from the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee and the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board.


2.    Adopts Appendix A, as attached to the Order of Proceedings, as the political balance of committees, sub-committees and outside bodies and allocation of places to political groups.



Appointment of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of Committees and Sub-Committees (Except the Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing Board and Health Scrutiny for Lincolnshire) pdf icon PDF 308 KB


It was moved, seconded and




That the appointment of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen as circulated with this Order of Proceedings be approved, subject to Council noting the following:

·         The appointment of Councillor C E Reid as Vice-Chairman of Scrutiny Panel B

·         The appointment of Councillor R P H Reid as Vice-Chairman of the Flood and Water Management Scrutiny Committee



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It was moved, seconded and




That the Calendar of Meetings dates as shown in Appendix A of the report be approved.




Appointment of Parent Governor Representative pdf icon PDF 305 KB


It was moved, seconded and




That the appointment of Mrs Megan Rebecca Machin as Parent Governor Representative on the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee and Overview and Scrutiny Management Board be noted.



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It was moved, seconded and




That the appointments to outside bodies, as detailed in Appendix A of the report and noting the Council's representatives on the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Member Joint Advisory Committee would be Councillors C E H Marfleet and D McNally instead of Councillor E J Poll and a vacancy.



Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report 2019 - 2020 pdf icon PDF 429 KB

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It was moved, seconded and




That the Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report for 2019-20 be approved.



Scrutiny Review Report: Overview and Scrutiny at Lincolnshire County Council pdf icon PDF 1019 KB


It was moved, seconded and




1.    That the Executive – Scrutiny Protocol as set out in Appendix A of the report, be approved;


2.    That the schedule of deviations from statutory guidance, as set out in Appendix B of the report, be approved;


3.    That no change be made to the terms of reference for the overview and scrutiny committees, as set out in Article 6 [Overview and Scrutiny Committees] of the Council's Constitution, except for:


i)     The amendment of Articles 6.03 [Adults and Community Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee] and 6.04 [Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee], as set out in Appendix C of the report.

ii)    The deletion of Article 6.12 [Safeguarding Boards Scrutiny sub-Group]



Executive Decision - Rule 17 (Special Urgency) pdf icon PDF 387 KB


It was moved, seconded and




That the decision made under Rule 17 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules in the Council's Constitution by the Leader of the Council, be noted.



(Note: Councillor P A Skinner left the meeting at 2.17pm and did not rejoin)


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


(1) Motion by Councillor M A Whittington


It was moved and seconded:


It is now nearly four years since Grantham Hospital A&E was closed overnight as a temporary measure. Councillors, campaign groups and residents across Lincolnshire have marched on several rallies, delivered petitions to Downing Street and, have attended board meetings to call on ULHT and the South West Lincolnshire CCG to re-open Grantham Hospital 24/7 for emergency treatment.  


On Thursday 11th June the Trust board of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) approved a plan to turn the A&E department into a 24 hour walk in urgent treatment centre from June 22 as a temporary measure in order to create a “green site” that is Covid-19 free to deal with elective cases.  Whilst this Council understands the potential operational and infection prevention control benefits of attempting to provide a clean 'green' site for the care of patients without coronavirus, we have significant concerns about a potential future downgrading of the site and stopping all unplanned admissions meaning that residents of Grantham and the surrounding area  will have to travel to access in patient care 


In addition, in August 2019, Pilgrim Hospital received news of a funding boost of £21.5 million by the  Prime Minister Boris Johnson to upgrade Accident and Emergency  and improve the Urgent treatment facilities 

This funding was intended to improve patient wait times and the flow of patients in and out of the department, allowing patients needing emergency treatment to be seen and treated quicker. This investment is welcomed and whilst we recognise the challenges facing the Trust due to Covid 19, Council would oppose any downgrading of emergency and urgent facilities at Pilgrim Hospital in light of this investment.


This Council therefore calls on the Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Councillor Martin Hill OBE to write to John Turner, Accountable Officer Lincolnshire CCG and Andrew Morgan, Chief Executive United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust to:


1.    Express disappointment that residents of Grantham and the surrounding area will need to travel excessive distances to access unplanned in patient care and asks for written assurance on what transport support will be available for patients and their families.

2.    Seek written assurance that the closure of the medical beds is a temporary change and asks when the medical inpatient beds will be re-instated with the required medical cover as is currently provided.

3.    Seek written assurance that the investment at Pilgrim Hospital will not result in any down grading of facilities for emergency or urgent care.

4.    Seek written assurance that consultation to achieve substantial changes in line with the Healthy Conversation is undertaken as soon as possible"


(Note: Councillor C L Perraton-Williams left the meeting at 2.48pm and did not rejoin)


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



(2) Motion by Councillor R B Parker


It was moved and seconded:




As a result of COVID 19 there is an even greater concern for children and young people and families who  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.



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