Council - Wednesday 8th December, 2021 7.00 pm

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 267 KB

To sign as a correct record the minutes of the Council meeting held on 22 September 2021.


Apologies for Absence


Declaration of Interests

Councillors and staff to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, other registrable interest or any other interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.


Exclusion of the Press and Public

To consider whether there are any items on the agenda for which the press and public should be excluded.


Questions and Petitions

To answer questions under Procedural Rule No. 4.16 from members of the public and from Councillors under Procedural Rule No. 4.17 and to receive Petitions under Access to Information Rules.



Notices of Motion

The following Motion has been received from Councillor Iain Greaney:


“As someone who believes that nuclear energy generation should and probably will need to have a place in a new greener energy policy for the country and also as someone who has an in-depth understanding of the need to build the UK’s long term nuclear Geological Disposal Facility, the submission of this motion to defer GDF appraisal process in the borough of Allerdale, is not taken easily.


“I have had a meeting with the NDA representative Steve Reece and also the Independent Chair of the Allerdale GDF working group Jocelyn Manners- Armstrong, who I believe to be genuine participants in the process, however this did not alleviate my concerns.  As a result, I believe the current decision on the proposed designated GDF search area being proposed by the Allerdale working group is flawed / unsound and needs to be re-appraised as a result of failures in the decision-making process.


“The justification for the motion is the significant technical omissions from the assessment which renders approximately 50% of the proposed designated search area completely out of scope, lack of community participation in the decision-making process and a political driven agenda by the conservative Allerdale executive committee.


“The real crux of the issue is the newly defined Allerdale GDF designated search area includes 50% of the exclusion zone as determined in the British Geological Survey (BGS) report; Initial Geological unsuitability Screening of West Cumbria (2010), which concludes that this exclusion area is an area not suitable for consideration for the siting of a Nuclear Geological Disposal Facility.


“Therefore, how can the public have confidence in this first phase, if the Allerdale GDF working group have selected an area that comprises 50% of which has already been classified as unsuitable by the BGS. This seems to be the most basic of errors and indicates the working group have not done their homework correctly.


“It seems the Allerdale working group are getting the significant basic decisions wrong at such an early stage, without being held accountable. The concern is, they will inevitably continue in this vein as a direct result of these poor early decisions becoming embedded in the process which in turn will have an effect on all future decisions. Irrespective of the £1 million payments the council will receive for continuing to the next phase in the GDF assessment, as councillors we have a moral responsibility to ensure this process is checked if concerns are highlighted and this motion will provide an opportunity to do this.


“We have to take an impartial but objective approach when it comes to the siting of a Nuclear Geological Disposal Facility and our aim should be; not to get ‘a site’ but to get the ‘safest site’


“Therefore, I propose that:


“Allerdale Borough Council agrees to request Executive that it withdraws all council members and officers from participating in the Allerdale Nuclear Geological Disposal Facility working group/ Community Partnership and any processes associated with the assessment  ...  view the full agenda text for item 6.


Councillor Speeches

To hear speeches (not exceeding 5 minutes each), for up to a specified period of 15 minutes, from individual members on a local issue in the Member’s Ward, of which 24 hours’ notice has been given to the Chief Executive.


Announcements from the Mayor, Leader or Head of Paid Service pdf icon PDF 278 KB


Portfolio Holder Updates pdf icon PDF 386 KB


Executive Minutes pdf icon PDF 118 KB

To note the contents of the minutes of the Executive held on 21 July 2021 and 13 October 2021.

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Reference from Executive 24/11/21 - Quarter 2 Finance Report and Revised Budget 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 109 KB

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Reference from Audit Committee 25/11/21 - Treasury Management Operations – Mid-year review 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 97 KB

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Reference from Licensing Committee 16/11/21 - Gambling Policy Review 2022-2025 pdf icon PDF 97 KB

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Update from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 263 KB


Governance Updates pdf icon PDF 127 KB