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To sign and confirm the minutes of the last meeting, held on 9th July 2018.
The minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 9 July 2018 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 Ben Evans, Paul Gleeson and Felicity Ransome.
To receive communications (if any) from the Mayor and the Chief Executive
The Chief Executive confirmed that the Conservative Group had changed its substitute Member for the Planning Committee, with Councillor Tom Ashton replacing Councillor Colin Brotherton.
The Mayor offered the Council’s congratulations to the Boston in Bloom Team for their tremendous success at the recent awards. This was an outstanding achievement for the town, which would not have been possible without the hard work of everyone involved and they were to be commended for their efforts.
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 that there were two questions from Councillor Dani, three questions from Councillor Rush, and one question from Councillor Noble.
Question asked by Councillor Anton Dani pursuant to paragraph 11 of the Rules of Procedure as set out in the Constitution.
“From the challenges and opportunities arising from Brexit, does the BBC have a strategy to develop the local employment skills to cover the need of labour in farming and other industrial areas?”
Response by Councillor Cooper
“Earlier in the year the Lincolnshire Councils supported work undertaken by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership in commissioning some economic analysis of the potential impacts of Brexit for Greater Lincolnshire. The study looked at nine key employment sectors including food processing and agriculture. I am pleased to report that the Business Lincolnshire Board, the Employment and Skills Board, the Innovation Council and Local Enterprise Partnership Team have collectively taken on board the findings and integrated them into their work. These potential scenarios form part of the emerging Local Industrial Strategy and Strategic Economic Plan which will support employment and skills in Boston and across the County.
In addition I have undertaken a significant amount of engagement with local businesses around Brexit with a focus on skills and employment in particular. The larger employers are each citing challenges in recruitment at all levels. In response some of the work we do includes:-
· continuing to work closely with Boston College and businesses encouraging the take up of apprenticeships
· supporting the University of Lincoln on expanding automation of the manufacturing process and the re-skilling of employees
· recognising the lack of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) exposure as a serious concern by taking an innovative and pro-active lead in the Primary Engineer project seeking to inspire the next generation engineers across all 3 tiers of the education system
Finally Cllr Dani will be aware of the 2017 EU citizen’s rights agreement and subsequent EU Settlement Scheme which allows EU citizens to remain in the UK. Boston’s officers are engaged in ongoing discussions with the Home Office about the formal launch and will be promoting the scheme to our residents when registration is formally opened.”
Supplemental question asked by Councillor Dani pursuant to paragraph 11.6 of the Rules of Procedure as set out in the Constitution:-
Thank you for the explanation. The government insists after Brexit only skilled labour will be allowed to enter the UK and only when needed. How will the lack of manual farm labour to support the major industry in the region be dealt with?
Response by Councillor Cooper
The work done so far has shown there should be sufficient workers in the area, and there would be no pressure on EU citizens to return to their home countries. The transient population means some will return, but the estimates show there will still be sufficient to service the need.
Question asked by Councillor Anton Dani pursuant to paragraph 11 of the Rules of Procedure as set out ... view the full minutes text for item 23.
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 were questions from Mr. Neill Hastie and Mr. John Sullivan.
Question from Mr. Neill Hastie pursuant to paragraph 10 of the Rules of Procedure as set out in the Constitution.
“Cllr Sue Ransome as the Chairman of the Boston Town Area committee what is your opinion, regarding the effectiveness of our PSPO's, do you think it has done a good job, or a not so very good job in preventing street drinking and ASB and are there any plans to replace them?”
Response by Councillor Sue Ransome
“As the Chairman of BTAC, yes I think the PSPO has had a very positive effect on reducing the visible impact of the type of street drinking behaviours the community now experiences compared to what I and others used to see prior to its introduction; and no, having spoken to the Portfolio Holder, I am not aware of any plans to replace it.
What I do know from talking to the Portfolio Holder and officers is that Council’s do not have the powers to ‘ban’ street drinking in the way many call for, nor can they directly cause individuals to be arrested for drinking in the street or otherwise have people immediately removed from public spaces for doing so. The Portfolio holder and officers work closely with Lincolnshire Police and the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership to protect the community and is confident that the Council’s response to the PSPO is balanced and appropriate as has been presented to BTAC previously.
The Portfolio Holder has kindly provided me with a full set of PSPO statistics that I have in turn provided to Mr Hastie.”
Supplemental question asked by Mr. Hastie pursuant to paragraph 10.8 of the Rules of Procedure as set out in the Constitution:-
“Did you write the response yourself? A group on Facebook has reports of incidents of anti- social behaviour and street drinking more than double of those reported to the 101 service this year. Crime in the area is escalating and increasing, you say the PSPO is not a ban, yet the Borough Council website says it is banned and illegal, could you please clarify.”
Response by Councillor Ransome
“Yes it was my own response, prepared in conjunction with officers to ensure the correct information was provided. Personally, I cannot speak for what is on the Council’s website this should be raised with officers.
I have spent 28 years as a taxi driver in Boston and seen the town change over that time. I have worked with many voluntary organisations to help vulnerable people in the town, witnessed many incidents of drinking and anti-social behaviour, I probably have the most experience in this sort of field than all the Councillors in this Chamber. The problem is not specific to any one group.
As a Councillor over the last six years, my record stands for itself, not just for attendance at meetings, although since I was elected to Boston Borough Council my attendance record stands at 95% ... view the full minutes text for item 24.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
To receive declarations by Members of any interests in respect of items on the agenda
No declarations of interest were made.
(To receive the confirmed minutes of the meetings of the Audit and Governance Committee held on 30 May, 23 July and 17 September 2018.)
Councillor Jonathan Noble introduced the confirmed minutes of the Audit and Governance Committee held on 30 May, 23 July and 17 September 2018 highlighting the key matters considered by the Committee.
In response to a question regarding the dates for settlement of property funds placed with a number of organisations, it was confirmed all the dates were in 2018.
It was moved by Councillor Jonathan Noble, seconded by Councillor James Edwards and
(Report by the Principal Licensing and Land Charges Officer)
Councillor Colin Brotherton, as Chairman of the Licensing/Regulatory and Appeals Committee, introduced a report by the Principal Licensing and Land Charges Officer on the adoption of a Statement of Principles setting out the Council’s policy for administering and enforcing licences, registrations and permits, as required by the Gambling Act 2005.
The report stated that the Council, as Licensing Authority, was required to consult on, adopt and publish a Statement of Principles every three years. The deadline for the Statement to be adopted and published was the end of January 2019.
The administration and enforcement of licensing for gambling premises and activities was prescribed in legislation and the Statement of Principles had been based on guidance provided by the Gambling Commission. The Council could not adopt any local policy that would be inconsistent with the requirements of the Act.
Operators of gambling premises such as betting shops, gaming centres and bingo providers, had to undergo stringent scrutiny by the Gambling Commission to obtain an Operator’s Licence. Without such a licence, operators could not apply to the Council for a Premises Licence.
The draft statement had been considered by the Licensing Committee on 11 September 2018 when it was agreed that the statement, as attached at Appendix A, be consulted on as required under the provisions of the Act.
The draft statement had been subject to a consultation exercise between 12 September and 25 October 2018. No responses to the consultation had been received. The draft policy had been considered by the Licensing Committee on 6 November 2018 and recommended to full Council for adoption.
It was noted there was a typographical error on the front cover and inside page of the Statement of Principles, the date of adoption should have read 26th November, not the 28th.
It was moved by Councillor Colin Brotherton, seconded by Councillor Michael Brookes and