Council - Tuesday, 6 October 2020 6.30 p.m.

Contact: Inge Booth 

Link: View the Live Stream of the meeting here

No. Item



Minutes pdf icon PDF 497 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 28 July 2020.


Emergency Non-Executive Decisions

To receive the following Emergency Non-Executive Decisions taken by the Chief Executive in accordance with Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution 3. (B 1) (1.1) and to note any spending outside any budgetary provision:-


013 02-09-20 Installation of a New Traditional Wooden Jetty to High Cunsey Farm, Windermere pdf icon PDF 619 KB


014 02-09-20 Encroachment Application to Install a New Wooden Jetty and Three Mooring Posts at Townhead, Newby Bridge pdf icon PDF 2 MB


015 02-09-20 HR Flexible Retirement 04-2020 pdf icon PDF 281 KB


Public Participation

Any member of the public who wishes to ask a question, make representations or present a deputation or petition at this meeting should apply to do so by no later than 0:01am (one minute past midnight) two working days before the meeting.  Information on how to make the application can be obtained by viewing the Council’s Website or by contacting the Committee Services Team on 01539 733333.


(1)        Questions and Representations


            To receive any questions or representations which have been received from members of the public.


(2)        Deputations and Petitions


            To receive any deputations or petitions which have been received from members of the public.


Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda and to consider any dispensations.


Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)


Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.


If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.


Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the item in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.


Chairman's Announcements pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To receive announcements by the Chairman (a list of official engagements attended by the Chairman is attached).


Size of and Seats to be allocated to Political Groups on Committees pdf icon PDF 212 KB

To agree the size of and seats to be allocated to Political Groups on Committees following recent resignations from the Council (report to follow).

Additional documents:


Exploration of Local Government Reform and Devolution pdf icon PDF 299 KB

To consider Local Government Reform and devolution, including the initial exploration of evidence to substantiate a high level case for a new unitary council for the area comprising the three districts of South Lakeland, Barrow and Lancaster.


Corporate Financial Update Quarter 1, 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 268 KB

To consider the corporate financial update for Quarter 1, 2020/21.

Additional documents:


Annual Procurement Update 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 145 KB

To consider progress across the procurement function over the past 12 months and an updated Procurement Schedule.

Additional documents:


Representation on Outside Bodies 2019/20 and 2020/21

Further to C/18 (2019/20) and, more recently, resignations from the Council, to consider the appointment of a Substitute Member on the North West Local Authorities Employers’ Organisation for the remainder of 2020/21.


Leader's Announcements and Cabinet Question Time (30 Minutes)

To receive announcements from the Leader and, in accordance with Paragraphs 10.2 and 10.3 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, to deal with any questions to the Leader and/or Portfolio Holders on any topic which is within the jurisdiction or influence of the Council and is relevant to their Portfolio.  Any Member who poses a question will be entitled to ask one supplementary question on the same topic.


Members are encouraged to give 24 hours’ written notice of questions to the Monitoring Officer of questions to be raised under the Agenda Item.  If no notice is received, then the Portfolio Holder can reserve the right to give a written answer.  Where written notice of questions has been given, these will be taken first.  Should a Member wish to ask more than one question, questions should be listed in order of priority.  If more than one Member sends in a question, these will be taken in alphabetical order of Members’ names, alternated from meeting to meeting.  Each question and each response is restricted to three minutes.


Minutes of Meetings

To receive Chairmen’s comments (if any notified) in respect of the minutes of the Committee meetings held between 8 June and 10 July 2020.


Questions to Chairman of the Council or Chairman of any Committee or Sub-Committee

To deal with any questions under Rule 10.6 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, of which due notice has been given and/or the Chairman allows as a matter of urgent business and which are in relation to any matter over which the Council has powers or duties or which affect the area.


Urgent Decisions

In accordance with Paragraph 17.3 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules, to receive details of any urgent Executive Decisions, if any, taken since the last scheduled meeting of Council on 28 July 2020.


Notices of Motion

The following Notices of Motion have been given in accordance with Paragraph 11.1 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure:-


“South Lakeland District Council


(i) acknowledges the efforts that this council has made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote renewable energy particularly in its economic plans for South Lakeland in partnership with Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Cumbria Action For Sustainability (CAfS) and more recently Kendal Citizens’ Jury which is tasked with writing recommendations which will combat the effects of Climate Change;


(ii) further recognises


           that very large financial setup and running costs involved in selling locally generated renewable electricity to local customers result in it being nearly impossible for local renewable electricity generators to do so,

           that making these financial costs proportionate to the scale of a renewable electricity supplier’s operation would enable and empower new local businesses in South Lakes, or councils such as the existing Cumbria County Council or any successors, to be providers of locally generated renewable electricity directly to local customers, and

           that revenues received by new local renewable electricity providers could be used to help improve the local economy, local services and facilities and to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions;


(iii) accordingly resolves to support the Local Electricity Bill, supported by 201 MPs which, if made law, would establish a Right to Local Supply which would promote local renewable electricity supply companies and co-operatives by making the setup and running costs of selling renewable electricity to local customers proportionate to the size of the supply operation; and


(iv) further resolves to


           inform the local media of this decision, and

           write to local MPs (both of whom have pledged support for the Bill) to indicate SLDC support for the Bill and write to the organisers of the campaign for the Bill, Power for People, (at 8 Delancey Passage, Camden, London NW1 7NN or expressing its support.”


(signed by Councillor Judy Filmore)


“I move that our Council pass a motion declaring a Poverty Emergency, and explore the feasibility of setting up a Poverty Truth Commission, working closely with our Morecambe Bay partners. This will aid our aim of tackling the root causes of poverty and inequalities, which is critical to the success of our Council Plan.”


(signed by Councillor Suzie Pye)


Private Section (exempt reasons under Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006, specified by way of paragraph number)


A590 Cross-a-Moor Junction Improvement

To consider funding arrangements for the junction improvements.