Council - Thursday, 4th April, 2024 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Town Hall

Contact: Democratic Services 


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Apologies for Absence

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Public Participation pdf icon PDF 183 KB

To enable members of the public to ask questions, express views or present petitions, IF NOTICE HAS BEEN GIVEN, (by telephone, in writing or by email) BY NO LATER THAN 12 NOON OF THE WORKING DAY PRECEDING THE MEETING. As per Procedural Rule 14.4 at any one meeting no person may submit more than 3 questions and no more than 1 such question may be asked on behalf of one organisation.




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Leaders' Announcements

Announcements of the Leader of the Council.


Chairman's Announcements

Announcements of the Civic Chairman.


Committees - To Follow pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To receive the non-exempt Minutes of the Committees shown below:


Non-exempt Minutes to be received:                                                           Date

Joint Consultative Group                                                          11 January 2024

Planning Committee                                                                 16 January 2024

Council                                                                                      25 January 2024

Local Plan Sub-Committee                                                     01 February 2024

Governance and Resources Committee                                15 February 2024

Planning Committee                                                                20 February 2024

Council                                                                                    29 February 2024

Community and Environment Committee                                   06 March 2024

Planning Committee                                                                    12 March 2024

Ernest Bailey Charity Committee                                                14 March 2024

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Questions, if any, from Members who have given notice.



The Council will debate the following Motion, submitted by Councillor Bob Butcher, in accordance with Rule of Procedure 16.


On 22 February 2024, the Bakewell Branch of the NatWest Bank closed permanently. It was the last remaining High Street bank in the town, and in the whole of the Peak District National Park. The closure took place despite strenuous opposition from this Council, our Member of Parliament, local businesses and members of the public. The nearest alternative NatWest Bank is in Chesterfield or there is a branch of Lloyds Bank in Matlock.


Bakewell is a thriving market town, and the home to the area’s leading livestock market at the Agricultural Business Centre. The Riverside and Deepdale Business Parks and the Station Industrial Estate are important employment centres, and there are a number of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants in the town centre.


The population of the town itself is around 4,000 (a significant proportion of whom are elderly), whilst Bakewell is the principal service centre for a large number of surrounding villages.


Despite the growing importance of the digital economy, High Street banking facilities remain essential to serve the interests of both local businesses and residents in and around Bakewell. Faced with similar closure situations, other towns have established ‘banking hubs’, where the High Street banks (and in some situations the Post Office) combine to jointly provide a daily service. Belper and Clay Cross are notable examples in Derbyshire.


It is therefore proposed that:


This Council recognises that the establishment of a Banking Hub in Bakewell is essential to the future prosperity and sustainability of the town, its residents  and the local economy, and will lead work to establish a banking hub in Bakewell, developing and implementing a plan, and engaging as seems best with partners (including the Member of Parliament, Bakewell Town Council, the East Midland Chamber, Derbyshire County Council, the Peak District National Park Authority and the National Farmers Union);  authority is given to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leadership Group and Bakewell Members and if necessary, to draft in appropriate external resources or expertise to support the work.


Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 198 KB

29 February 2024


Membership of Committees Following Election pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To report on the updated membership of political groups on the Council, the change to the political balance of the authority following the recent Bakewell Ward By-Election and the revised entitlement of political groups to seats on committees for the reminder of the 2023/24 municipal year.


Delegation of Decision Making in Respect of Gypsy and Travellers pdf icon PDF 93 KB

This report seeks to enable the Council’s Community and Environment Committee to be the principal decision maker in respect of any permanent and temporary tolerated / negotiated stopping places in the District.


Referred Items from Policy Committees: Two New Bids for Inclusion in the Capital Programme for 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 147 KB

This report seeks approval for two new capital projects. The bids have been approved by policy committees and have been referred to Council to seek approval for their inclusion in the capital programme for 2024/25 and associated financing arrangements.

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Referred Item - Review of Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy pdf icon PDF 121 KB

The report seeks Council approval of the final draft Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy, for adoption and re-publishing with effect from 1st May 2024.

Additional documents:


By-Election Results - Report of the Returning Officer pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To report on the results of District Council by-elections held on 22 February 2024.