Council - Thursday 15th July 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: One Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton, NN1 1ED

Contact: Democratic Services 

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.



Minutes of Council pdf icon PDF 236 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the annual meeting of the Council held on 20th May 2021.



Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman of the Council.



Public Participation

(1)  Receipt of Petitions (if any) from Local Government Electors for the District


(2)  Questions (if any) from the Public



Written Questions

To receive any written questions and answers which have been submitted with advance notice in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 20.


Questions of which prior notice have been given may be asked of the Chair, Leader, Portfolio Holder or the Chair of a Committee.


Announcements by the Leader of the Council

To receive communications from the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive.



Cabinet Member Reports and Record of Decisions Taken by the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 125 KB

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Items of Business


Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board Annual Report 2020/2021 pdf icon PDF 558 KB

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Appointment of Political Assistants pdf icon PDF 413 KB

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Changes to Polling Places pdf icon PDF 631 KB


Changes to Political Balance and Committee Places pdf icon PDF 617 KB


Integrated Care Across Northamptonshire (ICAN) pdf icon PDF 647 KB

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MHCLG's Rough Sleeper Accommodation Programme Funding pdf icon PDF 477 KB

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Motion 1


Proposed by Cllr. Jonathan Nunn 

Seconded by Cllr. Mike Hallam 


"This Council notes that both Daventry District Council and Northampton Borough Council, along with over 2/3 of local Councils across the country have now declared a climate emergency. This Council re-affirms its commitment to tackling the climate emergency and agrees to hold a wide-ranging climate conference to listen to views of residents, businesses and community groups to contribute to plans already in place to achieve a carbon neutral West Northamptonshire by 2030".  


Motion 2


Proposed by Cllr. Hallam  

Seconded by Cllr. Morgan  


Council agrees that planting trees has a significant benefit to health, well-being, the environment and to helping tackle climate change. This Council agrees to fully embrace “The Queen’s Green Canopy Scheme” launched to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.   


Council agrees to develop an action plan to work with Schools, Colleges and Community Groups alongside the Woodland Trust to co-ordinate a campaign across West Northamptonshire to apply for the free saplings available as part of the Scheme and to encourage tree planting between Oct 2021 to the end of 2022.  


Motion 3


Proposed by Cllr. Davenport 

Seconded by Cllr. Sharps 


As a Public Authority we have a duty to ensure our residents’ safety, and this includes on our roads. Hundreds of students and vulnerable residents have had no choice but to cross the very busy, unsafe junction of the Billing Road and Rushmere Road in Northampton. The junction does not have any safe pedestrian crossing points. This Council assures residents that this Council will explore ways of making the Rushmere Road and Billing Road traffic light junction a safe place for our children, adults and vulnerable residents to cross. 


Motion 4


Proposed by Cllr. Beardsworth 

Seconded by Cllr. Gareth Eales 


“The Structural Change Order that led to the creation of West Northamptonshire Council dictated that the Shadow Authority and the council elected this May should operate under the Leader and Cabinet Model. 


We believe that it is now time for the Councillors and local people to determine themselves on ways of working and democratic oversight that will better serve the interests of the different communities we represent. We should also consider the potential devolution of services to localities. 


To this aim we call for the council to enable the Democracy & Standards Committee to set up a cross party working group, based on the scrutiny model with officer support, to evaluate the potential replacement of the Leader and Cabinet system by a new Committee System of governance. There should also be a full and open piece of public consultation. 


This process should be thorough and well thought out. Therefore, the target commencement of any new governance model to come into operation would be May 2023. 


The first step will be the Democracy & Standards Committee working group establish a term of reference based on the above at its first meeting, which should be no later than September 2021.” 


Motion 5 


Proposed by Cllr. Gareth  ...  view the full agenda text for item 15.


Urgent Business (previously agreed with the Chairman)

The Chairman to advise whether they have agreed to any items of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.


Appointments to Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 644 KB

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