In accordance with Standing Order 11, to receive reports from Cabinet Members moved en bloc, under Standing Order 11.2 Members of the Council may ask questions of Cabinet Members on their reports and Portfolio areas. The order of putting questions shall commence with a Member from the largest opposition group, proceeding in descending order to the smallest opposition group, followed by a non-aligned Member and finally a Member from the ruling group. This order shall repeat until the time for questions has elapsed or there are no more questions to be put.
The period of time for putting questions and receiving responses shall not exceed 50 minutes for all Cabinet Members, excluding the Leader
The period of time for putting questions and receiving responses to the Leader shall not exceed 15 minutes.
(Councillors are reminded that this is a question and answer session not a debate.)
Corporate Services - Councillor B Long
Environment - Councillor P Kunes
Development - Councillor R Blunt
Finance – Councillor A Dickinson
Property – Councillor A Lawrence
People and Communities – Councillor Sam Sandell
Deputy Leader and Business, Culture & Heritage – Councillor G Middleton
Leader - Councillor Stuart Dark – report to follow
Councillor Dark moved the Cabinet Members reports en bloc.
Councillor Blunt responded to a question raised from Councillor Parish regarding planning appeals.
Councillor Blunt responded to a question from Councillor Devereux on nutrient neutrality and its impact on planning applications.
Councillors Blunt and Sandell answered Councillor Hudson’s question regarding cycle paths in the town where consultation would be forthcoming.
Councillor Middleton responded to a question from Councillor Rust on the potential expansion of the school of nursing.
Councillor Blunt agreed to look into a planning issue for Councillor Kemp.
Councillor Middleton responded to Councillor Morley’s question regarding the proposed town body for Hunstanton which had been agreed following meetings in the town with stakeholders.
In response to Councillor S Collop’s question regarding providing Gluten free sessions for the Councillor Sandell agreed to suggest them to the Food for thought.
Councillors Middleton and Lawrence responded to a question from Councillor Squire regarding the closure of a shop in the town centre.
Councillor Kemp was advised to email Councillor Kunes as portfolio holder regarding a question on the council providing solar panels.
Councillor Blunt gave a response to Councillor de Whalley regarding the proposed start of the public consultation on the proposed incinerator which were based on 5km circles. He set out the process which had to be gone through and the potential for comments to be made.
Councillor Sandell agreed to look into the position of the St Matthew Society property.
Councillor Long gave a response to Councillor Nockolds on the provision of peat free compost and the need for all to ensure litter was not being dropped.
Councillor Morley asked Councillor Blunt about a due diligence framework for major projects which was being developed which he confirmed he would have look into for the Member Major Projects Board.
Councillor Lawrence responded to Councillor Howman on the issue of the provision of car boot sales in Gaywood.
Councillor Blunt confirmed to Councillor Parish that events such as Earthday would potentially be useful for the Council to take part in.
In order the question could be forwarded to Councillor Kunes, Councillor Sandell asked Councillor Rust to email a question regarding the use of green space which she alleged had been used as mitigation on more than one occasion in the planning process.
In response to a question from Councillor Squire regarding the level of response to the sports survey, Councillor Sandell confirmed a large number had now done so.
In response to Councillor Parish’s question on Earth day, Councillor Dark confirmed events previously mentioned by Councillor Kunes were being held in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce.
Following a question from Councillor Crofts, Councillor Dark gave an update on the work the Council and its Partners were doing to support Ukrainian refugees arriving in the country.
Following a question from Councillor Kemp regarding the lack of access to dentistry in the Borough, councillor Dark confirmed that the County Council were the main authority on this matter, but the Borough would add their voice to it.
Councillor Dark gave an update on the spend of the Community grants scheme following a question from Councillor Collingham.