Agenda and draft minutes

Extraordinary Meeting, Council - Tuesday, 14th September, 2021 6.30 pm

Venue: Victoria Room, Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, LE11 3EB

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37.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies for absence had been received from Councillors J Bradshaw, Draycott, Hunt, Lowe, Pacey, Rollings, Savage, Radford and Ward.

 

Apologies were also received from Honorary Freeman Mike Jones and Honorary Aldermen John Bush, Tony Stott and Joe Tormey.

38.

Disclosures of Pecuniary and Personal Interests

Minutes:

The following disclosures of pecuniary and personal interests were made:

 

i.              Councillor Barkley – a personal interest in item 3 on the agenda (Conferment of the Freedom of the Borough) as a Leicester City Football Club season ticket holder but comes to the meeting with an open mind.

 

ii.            Councillor Brookes - a personal interest in item 3 on the agenda (Conferment of the Freedom of the Borough) as a supporter of Leicester City Football Club but comes to the meeting with an open mind.

 

iii.           Councillor Grimley - a personal interest in item 3 on the agenda (Conferment of the Freedom of the Borough) as a supporter of Leicester City Football Club but comes to the meeting with an open mind.

 

iv.           Councillor C Harris - a personal interest in item 3 on the agenda (Conferment of the Freedom of the Borough) as a supporter of Leicester City Football Club but comes to the meeting with an open mind.

 

v.            Councillor Murphy - a personal interest in item 3 on the agenda (Conferment of the Freedom of the Borough) as a supporter of Leicester City Football Club but comes to the meeting with an open mind.

 

vi.           Councillor Paling – a personal interest in item 3 on the agenda (Conferment of the Freedom of the Borough) as an employee of Leicester City Football Club but comes to the meeting with an open mind.

 

vii.          Councillor Popley - a personal interest in item 3 on the agenda (Conferment of the Freedom of the Borough) as s Leicester City Football Club season ticket holder but comes to the meeting with an open mind.

 

viii.         Councillor Snartt - a personal interest in item 3 on the agenda (Conferment of the Freedom of the Borough) as a supporter of Leicester City Football Club but comes to the meeting with an open mind.

 

 

39.

To consider the Conferment of the title of honorary freedom of the borough to leicester city football club pdf icon PDF 211 KB

A report of the Chief Executive , enabling Council to consider conferring the title of Honorary Freedom of the Borough on Leicester City Football Club, is attached.

Minutes:

A report of the Chief Executive to enable the Council to consider conferring the title of Honorary Freedom of the Borough on Leicester City Football Club (item 3 on the extraordinary agenda filed with these minutes).

 

At the meeting of the Council on 21st June 2021 it was resolved that consideration be given to conferring upon Leicester City Football Club the honour of Honorary Freedom of the Borough in view of their eminent services to the Borough and its people and that subject to this, the ceremony take place at a special meeting of the Council at 6.30pm prior to the next Council meeting.

 

In proposing the motion, Councillor Barkley referred to the outstanding achievements of Leicester City Football Club, including winning the FA Cup the Premier League and the League Cup and to Leicester City Women’s’ team and their inspirational success. He stated that the club had invested heavily in the Borough of Charnwood and had chosen a site in Seagrave for their new world-class training ground.

 

In seconding the motion, Councillor Miah recalled the great celebrations in Leicestershire following Leicester City Football Club’s 2016 Premier League win. He highlighted the significant contributions made by the club to the communities of Leicestershire and referred to some of the projects delivered to change many peoples’ lives.

 

Councillor Snartt stated that he had been attending Leicester City Football Club matches as a fan for more than 70 years. He had been Chairman of Leicestershire County Council at the time of the club’s 2016 Premier League win, and Mayor of Charnwood when the club recently won the FA Cup. Whilst in these roles, Councillor Snartt stated that he recalled discussing the wins with members of the public, and that the achievements of the club had been a great joy and inspiration to many.  He went on to say that following the pandemic, the club’s FA Cup win had lifted the spirits of the County.

 

Councillor Parton stated that other Premier League teams found the achievements of Leicester City Football Club to be inspiring. He went on to say that Leicester City was unique due to the steady growth, financial prudence and commitment to excellence demonstrated across the organisation. He also acknowledged that the team had managed to enter the ‘top six’, which no other Premier League team had done. Councillor Parton stated that is was right that the club received the recognition deserved.

 

Councillor Grimley stated that he had been a life-long supporter of Leicester City Football Club and referred to the significant work in the community that the club had undertaken.

 

Councillor Hamilton referred to the pride that the club had brought to the region. He went on to say that the club would likely motivate younger generations to aspire to success.

 

Councillor Popley stated that he was a life-long supporter of the club and thanked the representatives for their contributions towards the success achieved.

 

Councillor Keith Harris stated that he had waited 60 years to see Leicester City win the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.