Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Katie Coughlan  Governance and Civic Officer


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Public Participation

Up to 15 minutes are allowed for public participation.  Participants are restricted to 3 minutes each.

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There was no public participation.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting of the Prosperous Communities Committee held on 23 October 2018.

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(a)          Meeting of the Prosperous Communities Committee – 23 October 2018.


RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Meeting of the Prosperous Communities Committee held on 23 October 2018 be confirmed and signed as a correct record.


Matters Arising Schedule pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Setting out current position of previously agreed actions as at 26 November 2018.

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Members gave consideration to the Matters Arising Schedule which set out the current position of all previously agreed actions as at 26 November 2018.


RESOLVED that progress on the Matters Arising Schedule, as set out in the report be received and noted.


Members' Declarations of Interest

Members may make any declarations at this point but may also make them at any time during the course of the meeting.

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There were no declarations of interest made at this stage of the meeting.


Broadband Options pdf icon PDF 144 KB

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On 5 June, the Committee had received a report setting out issues affecting the extent and quality of superfast broadband services across the District. The report had also detailed initiatives in place to address such issues and had set out possible actions that the Council could take to support communities in need of improved broadband services. 


At that meeting the Committee determined a number of actions to be progressed.  The report for consideration therefore provided Members with an updated position since matters were last reported including information on the proposal to appoint a Community Broadband Officer, On-Lincolnshire Developments, updates on known issues across the District and work undertaken with the recently established Community Broadband Group.


Debate ensued and the Committee as a whole fully supported the proposals and the use of resources.  Broadband was considered a vital resource in today’s world and it was important that businesses and students alike across the District had equal access and opportunity to compete and be successful.


The Committee urged Officers to continue with their lobbying and expressed disappointment at the BDUK rollout position, noting that it was in fact tax payers money that was being used.


At the request of a Committee Member, the Director of Resources outlined the impact the Council’s relationship with Quickline had previously had on the rollout.  However it was stressed that the original determination had now been over ruled and West Lindsey would be included in phase 3 although the extent of the coverage was still to be determined.  The Director of Resources outlined value for money concerns which had been expressed by the Partnership with regards to the latest model. This was primarily as a result of the Government’s changed stance of “fibre to the premise” as opposed to the cabinet.


The creation of Community Broadband Groups and community involvement was seen as a way to help demonstrate demand and in turn secure funding and would be a key tool in moving forward.


Broadband capability had recently been raised at a post-Brexit meeting and it had been acknowledged it would be a critical service if the UK as a whole was to succeed internationally.  Having heard how the Government’s national coverage statistics were calculated, meaning localised areas could be “hidden”, all Members were of the view that the District needed to make as much noise as possible, from as many angles as possible regarding its lack of coverage in places.


In response to Members’ questions Officers outlined the proposed Officer’s role which would include helping communities facilitate access to services, investigating funding opportunities and again facilitating access to these, understanding 5G capability and its uses, educating communities regarding their options and to assist the Council in its lobbying efforts.  This would be a fixed term contract, with Members noting that the terms and conditions associated to the post were the same as any other post. Whilst the other Districts had not expressed an interest to share this role to date, the opportunity would be raised again at  ...  view the full minutes text for item 52.


Banning Orders Housing and Planning Act 2016 pdf icon PDF 161 KB

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The Committee gave consideration to a report which sought to provide information in regards to the Council’s proposed approach to seek banning orders for rogue landlords under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.


As part of the revised powers provided through the HPA 2016 a provision to seek a banning order against a rogue landlord or property agent was included.


In April 2018 the powers relating to banning orders came into force along with the commencement of a database for rogue landlords and property agents which would identify those who had been subject to them or who have received two or more financial penalties.


In July 2018 the Council enacted its powers in relation to issuing civil penalties for Housing Act offences and this additional power will complement and sit alongside this.


Recent guidance issued advised that if the Council was to use its banning order powers it must have a policy statement to that effect.  It was being proposed that the information shown in Appendix 1 of the report would be the Councils Banning Order Policy and would form an Appendix to the already approved Housing Enforcement Policy.


Debate ensued and Members welcomed the report and the Council’s approach to Housing Enforcement in general, all were in agreement it was important to tackle and crack down on rogue landlords and sub-standard housing conditions, using all powers available.


In response to Members’ questions, Officers confirmed that there were adequate resources within the team and such activities were deemed “part and parcel of the role”.  As with all new activities its impact would be monitored and kept under review. Officers confirmed banning orders would apply District Wide, not just to the licensed areas.


Clarity was sought regarding the meaning of the final bullet point in paragraph 1.2 of the proposed policy.  Having heard the explanation, this being that a single order could cover more than one activity, as opposed to having to apply for multiple orders against a person, it was suggested the final bullet point “Doing two or more of those things” required further clarity and Officers undertook to re-look at the wording on adoption.


Members asked a number of questions regarding the database, what information was held and who it was available to, noting that it was not currently available to the general public but the Government were continuing to look at the feasibility of this within the context of data protection legislation.  Data sharing did take place between local authority areas, and the First Tier Tribunal were responsible for its maintenance and publication. 




(a)          the Council shall seek banning orders as appropriate and in line with the powers designated under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.


(b)          the Banning Orders Policy as detailed in appendix 1 be approved to enable the Council to do this.



Note:         Prior to consideration of the next item of business, Councillor Gillian Bardsley returned to the Chamber and re-joined the meeting.





Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) Policy pdf icon PDF 186 KB

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Under the Housing Act 2004, larger Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) that were 3 or more storeys and occupied by 5 or more persons forming at least 2 separate households were required to be licensed.


With effect from 1 October 2018 mandatory licensing of HMOs had been extended so that smaller properties used as HMOs in England which housed 5 people or more in 2 or more separate households would now in many cases also require a licence.


In line with this change the Council was now seeking to put in place its own set of standards in relation to HMOs to ensure that existing and prospective landlords were aware of their obligations and the requirements the Authority would place upon them alongside the legislation.


Members therefore gave consideration to a report which sought agreement to the introduction of a new policy and standards relating to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).


A proactive ongoing piece of work was underway to determine the likelihood of HMOs within the district. Officers outlined the numerous ways in which HMOs could be identified and the way in which resources were being deployed to ensure that the Council were using all of the intelligence available to identify and deal with HMOs.


Where a potential HMO was identified it would be investigated and determined in line with the standards set out in appendix 1.


Debate ensued and Members welcomed the report and approach.  Members considered there was value in promoting and communicating the identification work being undertaken, as communities often held useful information which could be of assistance. Officers outlined the promotion work that would be undertaken.


It was noted that the standards made no reference to matters concerning noise.  In response Officers advised that Housing Enforcement relied upon multiple pieces of legislation and no one piece of legislation would deal with all matters.  Whilst the HMO legislation did not place any requirements regarding noise on landlords both building regulations and anti-social behaviour legislation did and these were alternative powers that could be used alongside the HMOs Policy. 




(a)     the HMO Standards set out in appendix 1 be approved;


(b)     these standards will sit alongside and work in conjunction with the Council’s Housing Enforcement Policy; and


(c)     the standards to come into effect from the 1st of January 2019.



Note:         Prior to consideration of the next item of business, Councillor Gillian Bardsley withdrew from the Chamber having declared a pecuniary interest in respect of the report earlier in the meeting.



Selective Licensing Twelve Month Review pdf icon PDF 4 MB

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The Committee gave consideration to a report which sought to update Members in regard to the Selective Licensing Scheme.  


In presenting the report, Officers outlined the current position including the financial position, the support being offered to Landlords and the approach to Enforcement.  Information was also provided in respect of the Tenant Passport Scheme which had been implemented in January 2018 but to-date had not resulted in any real impact with there having been only one application.  Officers were currently reviewing the Scheme with a view to re-introducing it to make it more effective.  Landlords had expressed a view in being engaged in the process and it was intended to do so.   Future timescales associated with the project and the associated work being undertaken to reduce anti-social behaviour were also shared with Members.


Debate ensued and Members welcomed the work which had been undertaken to date and the approach being adopted.  In responding to Members’ questions, Officers confirmed they always publicised prosecutions, unless there were mitigating circumstances, and offered such examples.  It was noted that where financial penalties (outside of the court system) had been issued these could not be publicised to the same level.  Press releases of this nature were often well “commented on” on the Council’s Facebook and Twitter sites and often led to people reporting further concerns for investigation.




(a)     the success of the scheme to-date and the positive impact it is having within the South West Ward area be recognised;


(b)     in line with legislation, the income derived from the scheme be used to continue to fund the administration of the scheme for a further 2 year period, until December 2020; and


(c)     a further update be provided in 12 months’ time.



Note:         Prior to consideration of the next item of business, Councillor Gillian Bardsley returned to the Chamber and re-joined the meeting.



Progress and Delivery Period 2 2018/2019 pdf icon PDF 307 KB

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Members gave consideration to a report which assessed the performance of the Council’s services through agreed performance measures, as at the end of Period 2.    Members were asked to review performance and recommend areas where improvements should be made, having regard to any remedial measures already included within the report.


The report summary was structured to highlight those areas that were performing above expectations, and those areas where there was a risk to either performance or delivery.


Areas described as performing well included:


*           Contract Management and Procurement

*           Customer Services

*           Financial Services

*           Garden Waste

*           Trinity Arts Centre

*           Healthy District

*           Street Cleansing


Those areas described as risks included:


*           Asset and Facilities Management

*           Development Management

*           Enforcement

*           Markets

*           Regulatory Services 


Further information was given on each of the above.


Debate ensued and with reference to performance indicators around Healthy Districts, a Member questioned whether the indicator measures were enough and provided the level of detail Members required.  For example, some Members were keen to closely monitor the number of participants through the Health Hub, as its introduction had been controversial.  Members would have also welcomed the opportunity to review the types of activity on offer, the programme of events and the level of take up. It was understood free memberships were being offered and it was suggested that this could be skewing figures.


In response, the Executive Director of Operations advised that the Committee were due to receive a report at their next meeting relating to the Leisure Contract and such information could be included within that.


Similar comments regarding the activity of the Trinity Arts Centre were expressed, with some Members expressing concern that the performance indicators were solely financial and profit orientated.  It would be useful to understand the breadth of the activity being undertaken, how young people were being engaged, the variety of the offer and those attending the Centre.


In response the Executive Director of Operations acknowledged that the performance indicators did have a financial focus as ultimately the Centre covering its costs was a necessity.  He undertook to request the Centre Manager to respond to the points raised and this information would be shared with all Committee Members



The Chairman advised that the Leisure Culture Events and Tourism Group regularly looked at such matters and such information was readily available.

Members spoke highly of the new Centre Manager’s passion and enthusiasm for the Centre’s success.


In responding to Members’ questions, Officers advised that Development Management fees were difficult to predict and the introduction of the Local Plan had seen the number of large scale speculative applications reduce.


In response to a Member’s question it was confirmed the take up rate for green waste collections in Market Rasen was 47.8%.


Members questioned why the cost of the average DFG appeared to be rising and were advised that costs in general were increasing together with the number of more complex applications.  It was likely the target would need to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 56.


Joint Waste Strategy for Lincolnshire pdf icon PDF 124 KB

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Members gave consideration to a report which sought endorsement of a refreshed Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy for Lincolnshire (JMWMS).


The Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy (JMWMS) for Lincolnshire was a statutory document that set out a 10-year plan for the management of household waste in Lincolnshire.


The last strategy was written in 2008 and focussed on diverting waste from Landfill which had all but been achieved following the provision of a new Energy for Waste facility at Hykeham.


The Strategy had been subject to public consultation between April and July and the new version had been revised in line with consultation feedback, including from West Lindsey Council and other stakeholders.


Members had previously expressed views that the objectives weren’t SMART enough and that the document needed an action plan to support it.


The final version has been amended taking into account feedback from all stakeholders and it was now supported by an action plan.  Full consultation responses were included at Appendix B and C of the strategy document.


The Headline vision and key objectives were shared with the Committee.


The strategy had been adopted by the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership and the document was now ready for formal adoption by all local authorities in Lincolnshire. The recommendation had been carefully developed and ensured that all Councils were adopting the same thing.


There was a very lengthy discussion regarding current recycling practises, the Government’s changing stance towards plastic, the need to deliver quality over quantity, the reduction in education and enforcement and the impact of all these were having on targets.


RESOLVED that the proposed Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy (JMWMS), attached as Appendix 1, be endorsed, subject to the Strategy, in the same form, being formally adopted by Lincolnshire County Council as Waste Disposal Authority and all the other Waste Collection Authorities in Lincolnshire.


Note:         Members of the Committee also wished to place on record that whilst they had endorsed the Strategy they did express concern that the Action Plan was not detailed enough and were of the view that the document needed to be reviewed regularly.




Workplan pdf icon PDF 58 KB

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Members gave consideration to the Committee Work Plan.


RESOLVED that the workplan as set out in the report be received and noted.



Exclusion of Public and Press

To resolve that under Section 100 (A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.

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RESOLVED that under Section 100 (A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.



Future of Gainsborough Markets


Members gave consideration to a report which sought agreement to the future delivery method for Gainsborough Market.


In September 2017, Prosperous Communities Committee resolved to adopt a Vision and some Objectives for the future delivery of Gainsborough Market.


In December 2017, Prosperous Communities Committee RESOLVED that: -


(a)        Officers be tasked to procure a partner organisation and/or market operator to run markets in the market Square in Gainsborough on behalf of the Council.  The operation of the markets by a partner or other organisation should adhere to the vision and objectives for the market agreed by the Committee at its meeting on 12 September 2017.  Any agreement for a third party to run markets in the Market Square in Gainsborough should enable the Council to control the form, frequency and type of market operated, including a break clause which would allow the Council to take back control of the market in appropriate circumstances; and


(b)       In recognition that any procurement process designed to achieve recommendation 1 above would take time to complete, and that there is an urgent need to develop and improve the Markets in Gainsborough, Officers are tasked to implement the improvements associated with Option A, in-house delivery, immediately as set out in section 5 of the report and the business plan (appendix 1 of the report), including the development and implementation of a “Promotion and Events Strategy” using the in-house communications resource.


Officers updated the Committee in terms of progress achieved against both resolution (a) and (b) above.  As a result a Member workshop held been held in November 2018 to again consider possible ways forward in light of the issues identified in trying to deliver resolution (a).  Arising from the views expressed at the workshop Officers had put forward two options for consideration.


Lengthy discussion ensued during which Members shared their views on each of the tabled options. 


Whilst some supported the involvement of Marshall’s Yard, others expressed concern that the scope was not wide enough and the existing business would see no benefit from the proposed approach.  It was also suggested there could be a conflict of interest, however others saw this as a common interest as opposed to conflict.  Option 2 would allow the Council to assist not only Traders, but also existing businesses and to be in a position to tailor any support to suit the Council’s needs.  Others were of the view that Marshall’s Yard had a proven track record of delivery, had expertise in marketing and the option clearly delivered some direct costs saving, with any risk of being “out of pocket” transferred.  Option 2 could be costly to the Council if it did not succeed.


There were differing views as to the level of involvement the Town Council should have, however all were in agreement that they did need to be engaged.


Following much discussion regarding the costs, risks and benefits associated with each Option, Option 1 was proposed and seconded.


A Member suggested that any agreement to negotiate, as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 60.