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Meeting Details

5 Dec 2019 - 18:15 to 00:00



1. Prayers.
2. Minutes
To sign the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 10th October 2019 (copy attached).  Please note queries relating to the accuracy of the Minutes must be submitted in writing to the Monitoring Officer by noon on Wednesday 4th December 2019 - Constitutional requirement - Part 6l, Section 3.3).
3. District Council By-Election - 24th October 2019.
(a)  To receive the Certificate and Return of the Returning Officer as to the person elected as District Councillor for the Abbey North Ward. 
(b) The Chairman will extend a welcome to the newly elected Member.
4. Apologies for absence.
5. Declarations of Members' Interests.

To receive declarations of Members' disclosable interests and the nature of such interests in any of the following agenda items.

6. Chairman's Announcements.
7. Questions under Council Procedure Rules Nos. 10 and 11.

(i)   To answer questions from members of the public, if any.

(ii)  To answer questions from Members of the Council, if any.

8(i) Motion under Council Procedure Rule 12.

To consider the following motion, notice of which has been given under Council Procedure Rule 12 by Councillors Ken Ritchie and Wendy Randall:-


This Council notes that:

  1. The Abbey Centre was built, following a decision by the Council, to provide accommodation for voluntary organisations, some of which were about to lose their offices as a result of the demolition of a previous Abbey Centre on Market Square in Daventry; 
  2. The Centre, which opened in 1998, was specifically designed to offer low cost flexible space for voluntary and charitable groups – it was intended to be a form of support for voluntary organisations which were providing services in the District and was not regarded as a commercial venture; 
  3. In 2004 the Council, following a report from an Abbey Centre task panel, recognised and welcomed “the comprehensive and valuable contribution made by the organisations operating from the Abbey" and also confirmed that "the Abbey is retained and operated largely in its current state”, but proposed increases in rents for voluntary groups, although to only 66% of open market rents; 
  4. In 2012 the Council resolved to aim “to move to market rent for all new and renewed lettings”. 


This Council:

  1. Recognises the valuable work done by many voluntary organisations in the District and resolves to continue to seek appropriate ways of supporting them; 
  2. Affirms its view that the Abbey Centre provides a valuable service to our community, and consequently to DDC, by providing affordable accommodation in a single and central location to voluntary organisations offering assistance and advice to residents;  
  3. Resolves that the Abbey Centre will not be assessed as a commercial venture, that voluntary organisation serving the community will be given preference when opportunities to let space arise, and that the rents charged to such organisations will be significantly below market levels; 
  4. Noting the uncertainty in how local government re-organisation might affect might affect the availability of grants for local voluntary organisations, recognises that offering medium-term leases (say, 10 years) for office space at rents significantly below market levels may be the best way in which DDC can protect the future viability of some services provided by voluntary organisations; 
  5. Resolves to establish a working group (or task panel) to explore whether the future of the Abbey Centre as a centre for voluntary organisations could be better protected by transferring ownership of the building to Daventry Town Council or to a trust created for this purpose.
8(ii) Motion under Council Procedure Rule 12.

To consider the following motion, notice of which has been given under Council Procedure Rule 12 by Councillors Wendy Randall and Ken Ritchie:-

We understand that the Evelyn Wright care home is on the county councils draft budget for closure.

We have already lost The Grange care home and to lose another will have serious consequences for the residents in the care home as well as their families.

When the county council closed the Grange care home the said that there will be another built but there is nothing in their consultation stating this will happen.

Will this council therefore agree to liaise with the county council to see what provision can be provided in Daventry town as a matter of urgency.

8(iii) Motion under Council Procedure Rule 12.

To consider the following motion, notice of which has been given under Council Procedure Rule 12 by Councillors Ken Ritchie and Stephen Dabbs:-

This Council, through a motion on ‘Climate Emergency’ passed in May 2019, has recognized the need for action to avert catastrophic effects of climate change.

This Council:

1.       notes the need to reduce CO2 emissions by ensuring that new homes are built to standards which minimize heat loss and which, wherever possible, make use of clean energy (for example through heat pumps and/or solar panels); 

2.       welcomes the Government’s consultation on ‘The Future Homes Standard’ in which the Government proposes that: 

  • a home built to the Future Homes Standard should produce 75-80% less CO2 emissions than one built to current requirements; 
  • heat pumps and heat networks should typically be used to deliver the low carbon heating requirement of the Future Homes Standard; 
  • an uplift in energy efficiency standards in the Building Regulations should be introduced in 2020 in order to achieve a 31% reduction in CO2 emissions; 

3.       resolves to support the above proposals through a response to the consultation.

9. Reports of Committees.

To receive for information purposes only the Minutes of the under-mentioned Committees.

10. Recommendations of Committees.
To consider the recommendations of the several Committees and to pass such resolutions thereon as the Council may determine. (Please note that further to copies previously circulated with Committee agendas, copies of the related reports are available for public inspection).
13. Outside Bodies - To note the following appointment:-
To appoint Councillor Daniel Cribbin as Housing and Environmental Health Portfolio Holder to Futures Housing Group Insight Committee in place of Councillor Richard Auger.
14. Urgent Business.
To consider any other item, which the Chairman decides is urgent, notice of which has been given in writing to the Chief Executive prior to the commencement of the meeting.



At the conclusion of the meeting the Chairman will invite Members to join him in Committee Room 3 for light refreshments.

Meeting Documents

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Declarations of Interests


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