Agenda

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield

Contact: Lynn Cain  Email: lynn.cain@ashfield.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

To receive apologies for absence, if any.

2.

Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary or Personal Interests and/or Non-Registrable Interests.

3.

To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 29 July 2021. pdf icon PDF 394 KB

4.

To receive any announcements from the Chairman, Leader, Members of the Cabinet and the Head of Paid Service.

5.

To receive questions from the Public in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11, if any.

From Stewart Chalkley, Hucknall

“QUESTION TO THE CABINET MEMBER FOR SOCIAL HOUSING.

Ashfield District Council is proposing to develop housing on the allotment site on Wesley Street, Annesley Woodhouse.  There has been a tremendous amount of inaccurate and mistruths coming from elected members of the Ashfield Independents. 

CAN YOU, THE PORTFOLIO HOLDER FOR SOCIAL HOUSING, PLEASE TELL ME:

As residents form Annesley want to produce their own fruit and vegetables, why has this site been targeted for development, when there is a waiting list for occupation?”

6.

To receive and consider any petitions submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12, if any.

(None received for this meeting)

7.

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2 (viii) to receive reports from the Cabinet in relation to the Council's budget and policy framework, reports of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for debate and reports from Officers of the Council:-

7a

Appointment to Outside Body.

Body:

Representative:

Term Ending:

 

Hucknall Relief in Need Charity

 

Term Ending For:

Cllr. Chris Baron

Cllr. Jim Blagden

 

two representatives

30 November 2024

 

(3 year term)

 

 

 

Hucknall Relief in Need Charity

 

Cllr. Chris Baron

Cllr. James Blagden

 

8.

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2 (ix), to receive recommendations from the Cabinet and the Council's Committees and resolve in accordance with the Council's rules of debate as per the attached schedule. pdf icon PDF 105 KB

Additional documents:

9.

Updates from Members of the Cabinet on their Portfolio Activity.

10.

Notices of Motion.

Motion 1

To consider a notice of motion proposed by Councillor Helen-Ann Smith and seconded by Councillor Dave Shaw, as follows:-

 

“Ashfield District Council notes the government’s Elections Bill, which is undergoing its second reading in the House of Commons, will require individuals to show photographic ID for UK Parliamentary elections in Great Britain, local elections in England, and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales.

It further notes a Cabinet Office impact assessment that estimates the policy will cost up to £180million.  £180million would buy 15,316 hip operations, 5,986 new ventilators or 9.9million hours of tutoring in schools. 

This Council acknowledges that there were 171 allegations of in-person voter fraud at polling stations in Local and Parliamentary elections from 2014 to 2019 - of which three led to a conviction. 

This Council believes that at a time when the country is facing huge financial challenges due to COVID-19, spending up to £180million over ten years on a Voter ID scheme to make it harder for people to vote in elections is wrong both morally and shows a lack of priorities. 

Ashfield District Council believes that Voter Identification laws are a costly solution to a problem that does not exist and is a distraction from our recovery from Covid-19.

This Council notes the views of charities including Save the Children, independent campaign groups such as Greenpeace, and the trades union movement, who have condemned the Election’s Bill as “…an attack on the UK’s proud democratic tradition and some of our most fundamental rights”.

The types of ID accepted include passports, driving licences and blue badge cards, yet according to a UK-wide study commissioned by the Cabinet Office, more than 2 million people lack the necessary ID to take part in UK elections. 

This Council believes that thousands of residents in the Ashfield District do not own photo ID.  These proposed laws will disproportionally effect areas with higher levels of deprivation across the Ashfield District.  Poorer residents, the elderly, the young and people with disabilities will be impacted. 

Ashfield District Council therefore agrees to write to the Secretary of State for Justice, who is responsible for constitutional affairs and all Nottinghamshire MPs requesting that they oppose the photo identification element of the Elections Bill currently going through Parliament.”

Motion 2

To consider a notice of motion proposed by Councillor David Martin and seconded by Councillor Lee Waters, as follows:-

 

 

“Ashfield District Council notes that General practice in England has faced an extremely challenging time during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It further notes that according to the latest figures available from the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group – nearly 25,000 residents across Nottinghamshire had to wait more than a month for a GP appointment in June and that nearly 40% of residents don’t have access to face to face consultations anymore.

Ashfield District Council believes that access to a GP is a post-code lottery and is creating a health care crisis which is especially acute in places like Hucknall and  ...  view the full agenda text for item 10.

11.

To answer any questions submitted in writing by Members in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13, if any.

(None received for this meeting)

12.

To receive a list of minutes and a web link to access Cabinet and Committee meeting minutes that have been published since the last ordinary meeting of the Council for Members to give notice of their intention to ask a question of a relevant Chairman under Procedure Rule 13.2. pdf icon PDF 27 KB

(None received for this meeting)