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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP

Contact: Democratic Services  Email: democraticservices@rutland.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor R Ross.

2.

CHAIRMAN'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Minutes:

The Chairman confirmed he would make a full set of announcements at the next scheduled meeting of Council.

3.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE LEADER, MEMBERS OF THE CABINET OR THE HEAD OF PAID SERVICE

Minutes:

There were no announcements from the Leader, Members of the Cabinet, or the Head of Paid Service.

4.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

In accordance with the Regulations, Members are invited to declare any disclosable interests under the Code of Conduct and the nature of those interests in respect of items on this Agenda and/or indicate if Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.

Minutes:

Councillor T Carr declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 7 – Report from the Cabinet: Leisure Financing– as a member of the sports club. Councillor Carr confirmed she had been advised this was not required to be declared and she was able to participate in the debate but wished to declare the matter in the interests of transparency.

5.

PETITIONS, DEPUTATIONS AND QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

To receive any petitions, deputations or questions received from members of the public in accordance with the provisions of Procedures Rule 25 and 26. The total time allowed for this is 30 minutes.  Petitions, deputations and questions will be dealt with in the order in which they are received and any which are not considered within the time limit shall receive a written response after the meeting.

 

As this is a Special Meeting of the Council any petitions, deputations and questions must relate to item on the agenda in accordance with Procedure Rule 21. Questions and notice of deputations must be received by midday on Monday, 15 April.

Minutes:

There were no petitions, deputations or questions from members of the public. However, it was set out the Chief Executive had rejected four questions as to answer them would have required the disclosure of exempt information.

6.

QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL

To receive any questions submitted from Members of the Council in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rules 27 and 28.

 

As this is a Special Meeting of the Council any questions must relate to item on the agenda in accordance with Procedure Rule 21. Questions must be received by midday on Monday, 15 April.

Minutes:

There were no questions from Members of the Council.

7.

REPORT FROM THE CABINET pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To receive Report No. 56/2024 from the Cabinet on recommendations referred to the Council for determination.

 

Part of the Appendix to the report contains exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

Council is therefore recommended to determine whether the public and press be excluded from the meeting in accordance with Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended, and in accordance with the Access to Information provisions of Procedure Rule 239, as the following item of business is likely to involve the disclosure of said exempt information.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Report No. 56/2024 was received from the Cabinet. Councillor G Waller, Leader of the Council set out that Cabinet had acted upon the direction given to it by Council and had met on 16 April for the purpose of approving a recommendation to Council on the proposed options for funding leisure in Rutland. The full set of recommendations of Report No. 56/2024 were moved by Councillor Waller and seconded.

 

Members spoke against the motion, setting out their view that the proposed redirection of funding allocated for Flood Management and the Climate Change Officer to Leisure Services for management of Catmose Leisure Centre could not be justified given the impact these would have on the affected service areas. Portfolio Holders also set out their rationale for why other areas of Council business had not been able to be considered.

 

Other Members also spoke setting out their disappointment with the choice presented to them and that other solutions had not been able to be found to provide further funding.

 

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Councillor O Hemsley left the meeting at 20:11 and did not return.

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The Chairman set out he would take a vote on each recommendation in turn as set out in the agenda supplement and that as the first recommendation had the effect of changing the Council’s agreed budget, a recorded vote would be required.

 

Upon the first recommendation being put to the vote there voted in favour:

 

Councillors N Begy, A Brown, T, Carr, M Chatfield, H Edwards, and S Harvey.

 

There voted against:

 

Councillors P Browne, K Corby, D Ellison, M Farina, A Johnson, S Lambert, S McRobb, K Payne, R Payne, R Powell, T Smith, G Waller, A West, D Wilby, C Wise, and H Zollinger-Ball

 

There abstained:

 

Councillors G Clifton, K Heckels and L Stepehsnon.

 

Therefore, with 6 votes in favour, 16 against and 3 abstentions the motion was not carried.

 

As per the sequence set out in the report supplement, the Chairman proceeded to the alternative second recommendation. With 13 votes in favour, 2 against and 10 abstentions the motion was carried.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Council DELEGATED authority to the Strategic Director for Places in consultation with the Strategic Director for Resources, the Strategic Director for Law & Governance and the Portfolio Holder with responsibility for Finance, to not award the leisure contract and conclude arrangements regarding any financial liabilities to the Council arising from the decision. Where the total financial liabilities to the Council arising from the decision taken exceed £250,000, the Strategic Director for Places, in consultation with the Strategic Director for Resources, the Strategic Director for Law & Governance and the Portfolio Holder with responsibility for Finance, will take a report to Cabinet seeking approval to conclude arrangements.

8.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Annual Council, 20 May 2024

Minutes:

This was noted to be Annual Council on Monday, 20 May.