Venue: Conference Centre, Jakemans Community Stadium (Boston United), Pilgrim Way, Wyberton, Boston, PE21 7NE
Contact: Lorraine Bush, Democratic Services Manager Telephone 01205 314224 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign the minutes of the meetings of the Council held on 15 February,
1 March, 26 May, 28 June and 2 August 2021.
The minutes of the meetings of the Council held on 15 February, 1 March, 26 May, 28 June and 2 August were taken as read and signed by the Mayor as a correct record.
To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Alan Bell, George Cornah, Viven Edge, Neill Hastie, Martin Howard, and Yvonne Stevens.
To receive communications (if any) from the Mayor and the Chief Executive.
There were no communications reported.
DEPUTATIONS AND PETITIONS
To receive deputations or petitions (if any) pursuant to Rules 12 and 13 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure.
The Chief Executive reported there were no deputations or petitions.
QUESTIONS FROM ELECTED MEMBERS
To answer questions (if any) from elected members pursuant to Rule 11 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure.
The Chief Executive reported there was a question from Councillor Brian Rush.
Question asked by Councillor Brian Rush pursuant to paragraph 11 of the Rules of Procedure as set out in the Constitution.
“Councillor Abbott on the 15th of February, I asked a question of you regarding the whereabouts of a consignment of 25 pop up stalls, which I believe an Officer of this Administration was instructed to purchase, for use on Bargate Green. It is rumoured that these may have been loaned out for a Charitable Dragon Boat Race, and were not returned in good condition.
Forgive me if I have misunderstood your answer, but you directed me to, what you describe, as an answer I gave to a similar question, which you say, was asked at the last meeting of council. You also say this answer is clearly set out in the minutes of that meeting as part of this agenda.
For the avoidance of doubt, can I ask that you name the pages within the relative documents, were I might find these pages? However on page 5 of this Paper I presented you with a great deal of information and you promised, to look into this operational and assured me that you would see what could be done.
Do you agree that this Council, cannot afford to allow Boston’s public money to be left unaccounted for, even for Charities Events such as this?”
Response by Councillor Tracey Abbott
“Thank you for your question. The previous question and response were set out in the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 23 November 2020, and included in the agenda for the 15 February meeting, pages 2 and 3 which are also available on the Council’s website. I would also refer you to my offer of a meeting with me, to which I have not received a response.”
Supplemental question asked by Councillor Brian Rush pursuant to paragraph 11.6 of the Rules of Procedure as set out in the Constitution:-
“You have asked to meet, but the current pandemic situation we find ourselves in has prevented this, however I appreciate what you have said and done.
Could you please confirm that you have asked Councillor Richard Austin about events that were held during his time as Leader of the Council as you have been unable to enlighten me.”
Response by Councillor Abbott:
“I continue to look into this and ask again that you meet with me either virtually or physically, with covid-19 precautions in place.”
QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
To answer questions (if any) from members of the public pursuant to Rule 10 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure
The Chief Executive reported there was a question from Mr. Darron Abbott.
Question asked by Mr. Darron Abbott pursuant to paragraph 10 of the Rules of Procedure as set out in the Constitution:-
“Councillor Noble as you are aware I have already emailed you about this matter but have yet to receive a reply.
At the Cabinet meeting on the 8th September you announced that Boston Borough Council had received an unexpected Grant of £30,000 to be used for community projects, you also mentioned that this money would be handed over to Transported for them to use as they see fit.
You are also aware that a Local Community Group are endeavouring to arrange an event in the Market Place on Sunday June 5th to celebrate her Majesty the Queens Platinum Jubilee and the granting of City Status to Boston. Please could I ask if some of this unexpected grant could be donated to the Community Group to help with the cost of the event.
I can guarantee the group will report directly back to you on a regular basis as to how these funds are being spent and would be more than happy to supply a full copy of the Accounts once the event has been completed.”
Response by Councillor Jonathan Noble
“I’m very pleased to hear of your excitement for this celebration. Should the Council open any community based funding schemes, between now and the date of your event, then I’d be delighted to see your group submit a full business case and apply for funding.”
Supplemental question asked by Mr. Abbott pursuant to paragraph 10.8 of the Rules of Procedure as set out in the Constitution:-
“As you have not answered my question I will give you the opportunity to do so again. I apologise if my supplementary question does not arise from your answer to my question but at this point I am unaware of your answer.
You mention that you would require a copy of our business plan, you have already been supplied a copy of this in hope that the Council would be gracious enough to hand over part of the £30,000.
Would you be so kind as to supply us with copies of the business plans supplied by Transported regarding how they will use this funding and also the one from the recent funding given to another community group recently or would you advise a Freedom of information request to gain this information. Your answers are now demonstrating discrimination against me.
I now hand back to you to answer both my original question and the supplementary one.”
Mr. Abbott left the meeting before Councillor Noble could respond to the supplementary question.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
To receive declarations by Members of any interests in respect of items on the agenda.
Councillor Peter Watson declared an interest in the report relating to Inquorate Parish Council as a serving member of Kirton Parish Council and would abstain from the vote on that item.
(To receive the confirmed minutes of the meetings of the Audit and Governance Committee held on 25 January and 29 March 2021)
It was moved by Councillor Peter Watson, seconded by Councillor Tom Ashton and
The Monitoring Officer introduced a report setting out proposed amendments to the Constitution as a result of the Council’s previous decision to form a strategic alliance with South Holland District Council and East Lindsey District Council.
The report stated that at the meeting of the Council on 2 August 2021, the business case for entry into the South and East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership was approved. As a result a number of initial constitutional changes were required to fully implement that decision.
The constitution changes proposed, together with the reasons for the proposed changes were set out in the report relating specifically to the Chief Officer Employment Panel and associated procedures; officer delegations and officer and member indemnities.
Full details of the procedures and terms of reference for the Chief Officer Employment Panel, the Chief Officer Employment Appeals Panel, and the Independent Panel were set out in the appendices to the report, together with provision for indemnities.
It was moved by Councillor Paul Skinner and seconded by Councillor Nigel Welton that
That the Joint Chief Officer Employment Panel be
renamed the Chief Officer Employment Panel, the terms of reference
be changed to those set out in section one of Appendix A to this
report, the size of the Panel be set at three members and the
membership be approved in accordance with paragraph 1.2.4 of this
That the Joint Appointment Appeals Committee be
renamed the Chief Officer Employment Appeals Panel, the terms of
reference be changed to those set out in section two of Appendix A
to this report, the size of the Panel be set at three members and
the membership be approved in accordance with paragraph 1.2.4 of
3. That an Independent Panel be established as a standing committee of the Council, with the terms of reference set out in section three of Appendix A, and its membership be the Independent Person of this Council appointed under section 27 of the Localism Act 2011 together with the Independent Person appointed by South Holland District Council and East Lindsey District Council under the same statutory provision;
4. That, in respect of any complaint against a Chief Officer or Deputy Chief Officer which may potentially lead to any action for misconduct, capability, grievance or for some other substantial reason, each statutory officer be authorised to act as an initial ‘filter’ to determine whether such complaint should progress to the Chief Officer Employment Panel or instead be determined through another process, except in any matter that relates to their own conduct;
5. That the Council’s Democratic Services Team, working with the Councillor Development Group, ensure that members (and Independent Persons) serving on the Chief Officer Employment Panel, Chief Officer Employment Appeals Panel and Independent Panel receive suitable training;
6. That all Officers employed by South Holland District Council, East Lindsey District Council or Boston Borough Council, who are shared pursuant to the s113 Agreement between those councils, be granted or re-granted delegated authority to act as officers ... view the full minutes text for item 24.
(Report by the Democratic Services Delivery Manager)
Portfolio Holder: Councillor Paul Skinner
The Leader of the Council introduced a report by the Democratic Services Delivery Manager seeking authority to make an Order under Section 91 of the Local Government act 1972, to appoint named persons to be Parish Councillors on an interim basis and to consider granting delegated authority to the Returning Officer, in consultation with local ward member(s) and Parish Clerk, to make such orders in the future should the need arise.
The report stated that on 4th August 2021 six of the current nine members of Kirton Parish Council tendered their resignations thereby rendering the Council inquorate and unable to carry out its normal business.
Section 91 of the Local Government Act 1972 gave principal councils the power to make temporary appointments to fill any or all of the vacancies until sufficient parish councillors were elected.
The quorum for Kirton Parish Council was for members, therefore at least one person would need to be appointed as a parish councillor on an interim basis and attend all meetings in order to conduct the required business.
The two Borough Councillors and two County Councillors for the Kirton Parish area had been approached and all agreed to act on a temporary basis until the parish council was once again quorate. It was recommended that all four Councillors be appointed to mitigate against non-attendance or conflict of interests which may render a meeting inquorate. A copy of the draft Section 91 Order to appoint persons to Kirton Parish Council was set out in Appendix A.
To ensure temporary appointments could be made to inquorate parish councils as quickly as possible in the future, it was recommended that the Returning Officer be granted delegated authority to appoint persons to inquorate parish councils, in consultation with the appropriate ward member(s) and Parish Clerk, in accordance with the procedure set out in Appendix B.
In response to comments from Members, the Monitoring Officer stated that the meeting was not the appropriate forum to discuss the history of the situation with Kirton Parish Council. The appointments would be short term as the Parish Council could co-opt new Members once quorate if an election was not held.
It was moved by Councillor Paul Skinner, seconded by Councillor Anton Dani and
EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC AND PRESS
To consider resolving - That under Section 100(A)(iv) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Order.
It was moved by Councillor Paul Skinner, seconded by Councillor Nigel Welton and
HONORARY FREEDOM OF THE BOROUGH
(Report by the Democratic Services Delivery Manager)
Portfolio Holder: Councillor Paul Skinner
This minute contains exempt information and has been lodged separately by the Council.
(The meeting ended at 7.25 p.m.)