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.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 116 KB

4.

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

5.

Presentation of Awards

6.

Questions from the Public

1. From Hannah Denny:

 

Question to Jason Zadrozny, Leader of the Council -

 

“As you will be aware national legislation came into force on 31st December 2023 regarding XL bullies.

 

From 31 December 2023 it became against the law to:

* Sell an XL Bully dog

* Abandon an XL Bully dog

* Give away an XL Bully dog

* Breed from an XL Bully dog

* Have an XL Bully in public without a lead and muzzle

 

Hundreds of dogs in shelters have been euthanised already due to the non rehoming law, hundreds and hundreds more are reportedly being abandoned in the streets by their owners who are either struggling with all the new legislation’s, or having exempted their dog, being given eviction notices from their homes due to having a banned breed.

 

From February 1st 2024, it will be a criminal offence to own an XL Bully dog unless it is covered by public liability insurance, microchipped, neutered and has a Certificate of Exemption. If the owners are unable to achieve every one of these in just a few weeks, they by law must arrange for their pet to be euthanised.

 

Cost.

Insurance - £25 (dogs trust)

Microchipping - around £20

Neutering - up to £400

Government exemption -£92.40

 

This totals up to over £500, which many people simply cannot afford.

To put this in context, The average monthly food budget in the UK is £194 per person.

 

Under the Government’s compensation scheme, owners of XL Bully dogs who elect to have their dogs euthanised are then entitled to claim £200 towards these costs.

 

Locally vets for pets in Ashfield have now confirmed they will euthanise healthy dogs - while this is a national issue, it’s happening here in Ashfield!

 

Many people in Ashfield strongly disagree with Healthy animals being put down unnecessarily through no fault of their own.

 

Could you outline your position on this? Also what stance and actions Ashfield District Council intend to take to support these dogs and their owners.”

 

7.

Petitions

(None received for this meeting)

 

8.

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 Principal Select Committee for debate and reports from Officers of the Council:-

8a

Pay Policy Statement 2024 - 2025 pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Additional documents:

8b

Electoral Registration and Election Matters pdf icon PDF 114 KB

8c

Annual Select Committee Report 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Additional documents:

9.

Recommendations from the Cabinet and the Council's Committees pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Additional documents:

10.

Updates from Members of the Cabinet on their Portfolio Activity

11.

Notices of Motion

(None received for this meeting)

12.

Questions received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13

(None received for this meeting)

 

13.

Questions received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13.2 - In relation to Cabinet and Committee Meeting Minutes published since the last ordinary meeting of the Council pdf icon PDF 70 KB