Council - Wednesday, 24th June, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: remotely via Zoom. View directions

Contact: Emma Denny  Email:

No. Item


A Minute of Reflection

To hold a minute of reflection in support of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.


Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence, if any.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 700 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 26 February 2020.

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Items of Urgent Business

To determine any other items of business which the Chairman decides should be considered as a matter of urgency pursuant to Section 100B (4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.



Members are asked at this stage to declare any interests that they may have in any of the following items on the agenda.  The Code of Conduct for Members requires that declarations include the nature of the interest and whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest.


Chairman's Communications

To receive the Chairman’s communications, if any.


Leader's Announcements

To receive announcements from the Leader.


To receive any petitions from members of the public

To receive any petitions members of the public in accordance with the authority’s petition scheme.


Public Questions/Statements

To consider any questions or statements received from members of the public.


Portfolio Reports pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To receive reports from Cabinet Members on their portfolios.


Members are reminded that they may ask questions of the Cabinet Member on their reports and portfolio areas but should note that it is not a debate.


Cllr A Brown, Portfolio Holder for Housing & Planning

Cllr S Butikofer, Leader and Portfolio Holder for Strategy & Corporate Services

Cllr A Fitch-Tillett, Portfolio Holder for Coast

Cllr V Gay, Portfolio Holder for Culture & Wellbeing

Cllr G Hayman, Portfolio Holder for Commercialisation & Assets

Cllr R Kershaw, Portfolio Holder for Economic & Career Development

Cllr N Lloyd, Portfolio Holder for Environment

Cllr E Seward, Portfolio Holder for Finance

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Recommendations from the Constitution Working Party 18 May 2020 pdf icon PDF 207 KB

The following recommendations were made at the meeting of the Constitution Working Party held on 18th May 2020:


RESOLVED to recommend to Council


  1. That the Constitution is amended to reflect the changes required by the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulation 2020 No.392


  1. That the draft Remote Meetings Protocol is adopted



RESOLVED to recommend to Council


That the revised Employee Code of Conduct is approved and included in the Constitution.


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Recommendation from the Employment & Appeals Committee - Appointment of the Chief Executive

The following recommendation was made by the Employment & Appeals Committee at their meeting on 10th June 2020:


RESOLVED unanimously to recommend to Council:


To offer the position of Chief Executive to the Corporate Director (Steven Blatch) as a ‘suitable alternative employment’ position



Questions Received from Members

None Received.


Opposition Business

None Received.


Notice(s) of Motion

The following notices of motion have been received:


Motion to Council - Local Farmers


Council notes to support local farmers in the production of food eaten in the UK. COVID- 19 has highlighted the importance of food security and traceability.


Council further notes to support the National Farmers Union stance on maintaining food standards in the UK and call for the Government and our local MP to put into law rules that prevent food being imported into the UK which is produced in ways that would be illegal here or to lower UK food standards. It is essential that food standards and animal welfare conditions are not diminished for the UK food industry.


Council further notes that on June 12th this year Government announced the relaxing of border controls on the import of goods and food in the event of Brexit. It is essential to protect local farmers from food and animals entering the country that do not meet UK food and welfare standards at that time.


Cllr Richard Kershaw.



Motion to Council - Black Lives Matter


Council notes that after the recent protest marches in the UK as a result of the killing of George Floyd in the USA there has been a noticeable rise in racial tension in the country.


Council further notes the release of the Government’s reporting the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people.


Council notes that there is no place for racism and that far more needs be done to eradicate race discrimination in society.


Council recommits to lead by example to ensure equal opportunities for all regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability.


Norfolk has a proud tradition of welcoming people from overseas. We need to reinforce that reputation. It is our responsibility to respond thoughtfully and improve our ignorance and educate with the aid of the BAME community.


Cllr Richard Kershaw.





Exclusion of Press and Public

To pass the following resolution – if necessary:


“That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph(s) _ of Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) to the Act.”


Private Business