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94.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were recorded from Councillors Mrs A M Austin, I D Carrington, Mrs J E Killey, S R Parkin. G T Taylor and R A Wright.

 

95.

Declarations of Councillors' Interests

Minutes:

None were declared.

 

96.

Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 1 December 2023 pdf icon PDF 253 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 1 December 2023 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

97.

Chairman's Announcements pdf icon PDF 310 KB

Minutes:

The Chairman referred Members to the announcements circulated in the Order of Proceedings.

 

The Chairman had been delighted to join the Lord-Lieutenant and the Mayor of Lincoln for the official Coronation tree planting ceremony at The Lawn, a tree which has been gifted by His Majesty. The Chairman wished His Majesty well following his recent diagnosis.

 

With sadness, the Chairman reported the death of Councillor Robert Parker, who had represented the Lincoln West Electoral Division, later the Carholme Division, from his election to the council in 1989 until his recent resignation owing to ill health.

 

Councillor Parker served as Leader of the Council between 1993 and 1997 and as Leader of the Labour Group for many years prior and following this.

 

The Chairman also reported the death of Councillor Brian Knight, who was first elected to the Council in May 1997 and represented the Gainsborough Rural South electoral division, until May 2005.

 

Members observed a minute’s silence and spoke to pay tribute to both gentlemen.

 

98.

Statements/Announcements by the Leader and Members of the Executive

Minutes:

The Executive Councillor for Economic Development, Environment and Planning provided an update following significant rainfall associated with storms Babet and Henk and further rainfall events, there had been significant flooding issues around a wide area of Lincolnshire which had resulted in a strain on resources in an unprecedented amount of work As the lead local flood authority for the County, Lincolnshire County Council had a duty to investigate flooding in certain circumstances, such as when there is flooding internally to a resident or business, when large sways of agricultural land are affected and flooding to carriageways.

 

Since October 2023 there had been 850 reports of internally flooded properties which would result in 230 separate S19 investigations. Once completed, the Council and its partners would identify which risk management authorities had a risk management responsibility in connection with each incident and whether they had already or intended to exercise that function in response. To assist, recommendations would be made for proportionate works to manage future flood risk to be delivered by individual risk management authorities or in partnership if considered appropriate.

 

The Executive Councillor Economic Development, Environment and Planning acknowledged the significant challenges posed to all those affected by flooding incidents and the need for security for those affected was emphasised. Additional monies had been allocated to support with ongoing investigations and the Executive and the Chairman of the Flood and Water Management Scrutiny Committee continued to support and thoroughly review matters of flood risk and response for the whole of Lincolnshire. Members were urged to raise concerns with the Chairman of the Flood and Water Management Scrutiny Committee.

  

10:17am – Councillor M A Griggs entered the meeting.

 

99.

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

Minutes:

It was moved, seconded and

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Council Procedure Rule 10.2 be suspended for the duration of item 6 on the agenda.

 

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

 

 

Question by

Question to

Subject

a)

Councillor P M Martin

Councillor M J Hill OBE

Deepings Leisure Centre

b)

Councillor  C Matthews

Councillor C J Davie

Pylons – National Grid: Great Grid Update

c)

Councillor N M Murray

Councillor R G Davies

Highways issues in Carholme, Lincoln

d)

Councillor R J Cleaver

Councillor  D McNally

Recycling measures in Stamford

e)

Councillor  M R Clarke

Councillor R D Butroid

County Council Staff turnover

f)

Councillor N Sear

Councillor M J Hill OBE

Energy projects & infrastructure

g)

Councillor K E Lee

Councillor P A Bradwell OBE

Electric scooters

h)

Councillor M J Overton MBE

Councillor C J Davie

Internal Drainage Boards

i)

Councillor M D Boles

Councillor P A Bradwell OBE

Funding schemes ran by Gainsborough Adventure Playground Ltd

j)

Councillor A M Key

Councillor C J Davie

Flooding

k)

Councillor A P Maughan

Councillor M J Hill OBE

Safety Measures – a1 Lincolnshire

l)

Councillor K J Clarke

Councillor P A Bradwell OBE

School absence policies

m)

Councillor R A Gibson

Councillor C J Davie

National Grid proposals in South Holland

n)

Councillor I G Fleetwood

Councillor R G Davies

Flooding and road repairs

o)

Councillor P M Dilks

Councillor R G Davies 

Speed limit policies  (20mph)

p)

Councillor Mark Whittington

Councillor D McNally

Recycling measures in South Kesteven

 

10:52am – Councillor C E H Marfleet entered the meeting.

 

100.

Council Budget 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 238 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor S P Roe left the meeting for the duration of this item in relation to a previously declared pecuniary interest.

 

A report by the Deputy Chief Executive & Executive Director – Resources had been circulated together with a separate document entitled Council Budget 2024/25.

 

 It was moved, seconded and

 

RESOLVED:

 

(1)  That there be one debate on the Executive’s budget proposals and the amendment by the Shadow Executive and therefore that Council Procedure Rules 13.4 (Content and length of speeches), 13.6 (b), 13.6(c), 13,6 (d), 13,6 (e) (Amendments to motions) and 13.10 (b) (Motions which may be moved during debate) be temporarily suspended for the duration of the debate

 

(2)   That Councillor M J Hill OBE Leader of the Council in introducing and moving the budget and in responding to issues raised during the debate be allowed to speak without limit of time

 

(3)   That the proposer of the amendment be allowed to speak without limit of time

 

(4)   That Councillors seconding the motions each be allowed to speak for six minutes.

 

(5)   That other speakers each be allowed to speak for 3 minutes

 

(6)   That no further amendments be moved.

 

 

The Conservative Group motion was moved and seconded as follows:

 

That the Council:

 

1.    has due regard to the responses to the engagement and consultation feedback on the Council's budget proposals as contained in the Budget Book (Appendix D - Budget Engagement and Consultation Feedback);

2.    has due regard to the Section 151 Officer's Statement on the Robustness of the Budget and the Adequacy of Reserves as set out in the Budget Book (Section 10 - Section 151 Officer's Statement on the Robustness of the Budget and Adequacy of Reserves);

3.    has due regard to the Impact Analysis relating to increasing the Council Tax by 4.99% in 2024/25 set out in the appended 'Budget Book' (Appendix C – Equality Impact Analysis relating to the council tax proposal in 2024/25);

4.    approves:

4.1   the service revenue budgets for 2024/25 contained in the Budget Book, (Table 2 - Net Service Revenue Budget 2024/25), as amended by recommendation 5 below;

4.2   the capital programme and its funding contained in the Budget Book (Section 7 - Capital Programme) and (Appendix O - Capital Investment Programme);

4.3   the County Council element of the council tax for a Band D property at £1,578.69 for 2024/25 contained in the Budget Book (Appendix B - County Precept 2024/25);

as together being the Council's Budget.

5.    agrees that the following spending priorities be funded via the additional general fund capacity of £7.793m created by the final settlement:

Additional Investment

 £

Recurring

 

 

 

 Flooding and Drainage Measures

 

 

 Highways Drainage & Jetting

1,800,000

Recurring

 Flooding Team

215,000

Recurring

 Flooding Design Work

878,000

 

 

 

 Highways Maintenance

 

 Highways at 23/24 levels

2,500,000

 

 

 

 Public Protection

 

 Anti Social Behaviour Measures

1,000,000

 

 

 

 Fire & Rescue Flood Response

 

 Additional PPE, pump and vehicle for flood response

400,000

 

 

 

 Environmental

 

 Green Masterplan Delivery, tourism, public rights of way

1,000,000

 

 

 

 TOTAL (2024/25)

7,793,000

 

 TOTAL (RECURRING)

2,015,000

 

 

 

 

6.    approves the Council's Financial Strategy contained  ...  view the full minutes text for item 100.

101.

Pay Policy Statement 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 216 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report by the Deputy Chief Executive & Executive Director – Resources had been circulated.

 

It was moved, seconded and

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Pay Policy Statement 2024/25 attached at appendix A to the report and as recommended by the Pay Policy Sub-Committee be approved.

 

 

102.

Audit Committee Annual Report 2023 pdf icon PDF 161 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report by the Deputy Chief Executive & Executive Director – Resources had been circulated.

 

It was moved, seconded and

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Audit Committee Annual Report 2023 be received.

 

 

103.

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

Minutes:

No motions on notice had been submitted.  

 

 

 
 
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