Wednesday, 26th February, 2020 5.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Rose Hill, Chesterfield S40 1LP

Contact: Brian Offiler 

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Minutes of Council pdf icon PDF 105 KB


Mayor's Communications


Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Members' and Officers' Interests relating to items on the Agenda.


Public Questions to the Council

To receive questions from members of the public in accordance with Standing Order No. 12.


Question submitted by Max Kerley:


“Demolition of Council Houses on Rufford Close, Chesterfield:


At the meeting of the Borough Council on 18 December 2019, I asked a question about the demolition of four newly built council houses on Rufford Close. The Council had previously announced that these houses had been demolished because of a fire underneath them and I had assumed that the fire had ignited in an unremoved coal seam under the houses. However, I was apparently in error and, in her answer to me at the time, Cllr Gilby, the Council leader informed me:


1. That all coal under the houses had been completely removed during the construction process.

2. That there was no fire under the houses.

3. That the gases that were detected and that led to the conclusion that there was a fire which in turn led to the decision to demolish the houses had been emitted from some material used by the contractor to fill the void left by the removal of the coal seam.


Cllr Gilby also informed me that this issue was now to be the subject of a technical investigation which might lead to legal proceedings.


Since I received that answer I have consulted informally with two experienced chemical engineers. They both expressed surprise at the information given by Cllr Gilby as they were unaware of any materials or processes which would spontaneously produce gases closely similar to those given off by burning fossil fuels, particularly coal. They were, therefore, very interested to know what the results of the technical investigation might show when revealed as part of legal proceedings or, if no such proceedings were to be undertaken, when the technical investigation report is made public by the Council.


Therefore, my question is a very simple one:


Has the technical investigation about which Cllr Gilby informed us on 18 December now been carried out?”


Question submitted by Paul Stone:


"I wish to know as a public body, how long Chesterfield Borough Council keeps records of:

a)   Contracts

b)   Recording of Minutes taken at Full Council?"


Petitions to Council

To receive petitions submitted under Standing Order No. 13


Questions to the Leader

To receive questions submitted to the Leader under Standing Order No.14


Changes to Cabinet Appointments - 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 53 KB


Changes to Membership of Member Level Committees - 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 51 KB


Treasury Management Strategy 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 135 KB

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Housing Revenue Account (HRA) - Budget 2020/21 to 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 80 KB

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Housing Capital Programme: 2020/21 to 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 94 KB

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General Fund Capital Programme 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 96 KB

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2020/21 Budget & Medium Term Financial Plan pdf icon PDF 115 KB

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Council Tax 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 112 KB


Approval of the Council Plan 2019 - 2023 Delivery Plan for 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 78 KB

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Climate Change Action Plan pdf icon PDF 290 KB

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Civic Arrangements 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 56 KB


Elected Members Parental Leave Policy pdf icon PDF 65 KB

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Approval of Senior Pay Policy Statement - 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 52 KB

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Minutes of Committee Meetings pdf icon PDF 23 KB

To receive for information the Minutes of the following meetings:


·        Appeals and Regulatory Committee

·        Employment and General Committee

·        Licensing Committee

·        Planning Committee

·        Standards and Audit Committee


Minutes of Cabinet pdf icon PDF 85 KB

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Minutes of the Joint Cabinet and Employment and General Committee pdf icon PDF 55 KB

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Minutes of the Overview and Performance Scrutiny Forum pdf icon PDF 88 KB


Minutes of the Community, Customer and Organisational Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 81 KB


Minutes of the Enterprise and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 62 KB


Questions under Standing Order No. 19

To receive questions from Councillors in accordance with Standing Order No.19.


Question submitted by Councillor Fordham:


“How many residents of the Borough have, over the last five years, been disposed of under the Prevention of Diseases Act, i.e. with no personal ceremony, with no active next of kin and no recognition of their life other than to dispose of their body safely?”