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Meeting: 13/02/2019 - County Council (Item 3)

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a)    Jack Williams

To note with great sadness that Cllr Jack Williams passed away on 7 January 2019. The Chairman will ensure that members have every opportunity to pay tribute to Jack at the meeting.  At the end of the tributes, members will be asked to stand in silence as a mark respect for Jack.

 

b)    Queen’s New Year Honours

To congratulate the people living in Gloucestershire who received awards as part of the Queen’s New Year Honours.  The Chairman of the Council has written to the individuals included in the list attached to the agenda congratulating them on their awards.

 

c)    A417 ‘Missing Link’

Representatives from Highways England will be on the Council Chamber landing over the lunch period to provide information on their proposals. 

 

d)    James Moore

The Chairman has written to Emmerdale actor James Moore from Cheltenham who won the Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards.

 

e)    New highway maintenance contract

Representatives from Ringway will be on the Council Chamber landing over the lunch period to provide information on the new contract which will start on 1 April 2019.

 

f)     Churchdown School visit

The Chairman welcomed representatives of Churchdown School’s Youth Parliament to Shire Hall on 18 January 2019.  The young people aged 11 to 17 had the opportunity to ask questions about the role of county councillors.  They also held an informal meeting in the Council Chamber. 

 

g)    ICT support

Staff from ICT will be on hand over the lunch break to provide advice to members.

Minutes:

 

a)    Jack Williams

The Chairman stated that it was with a heavy heart that he was inviting members to pay tribute to Cllr Jack Williams who had sadly passed away on 7 January 2019.

 

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said that he had been shocked and saddened at Jack’s passing at just 28 years of age.  Jack had been elected to represent the Churchdown Division at a by-election in 2016 following the death of longstanding county councillor, Bill Whelan.   He noted that Jack was a passionate campaigner for Churchdown and had a particular interest in Children’s Services, serving on the Children and Families Scrutiny Committee.  He recognised the awful impact of Jack’s passing on his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children who were just 4 and 6 years of age.

 

Cllr Joe Harris said that he had become a good friend of Jack and, as they were the two youngest members of the Council, they had a shared interest on a number of issues.  They had both struggled with the criticism they had received, particularly on social media, when they were trying to do the best they could for their local communities.  Cllr Harris was pleased that steps were being taken to ensure that members received the support they needed. 

 

Cllr Lesley Williams, Leader of the Labour Group, and Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of the Conservative Group, both paid tribute to Jack.  They noted his contribution to the Churchdown community and the impact of his tragic loss on his wife and young family. 

 

The Chairman said that he would remember Jack’s smiling and relaxed face in the Council Chamber as he waited politely and patiently to be called to speak during debates. 

 

Members then stood in silence as a mark respect.

 

b)    Queen’s New Year Honours

The Chairman congratulated the people living in Gloucestershire who had received awards as part of the Queen’s New Year Honours.  He said that he had written to the individuals included in the list attached to the agenda congratulating them on their awards.

 

c)    James Moore

The Chairman advised that he had written to Emmerdale actor James Moore from Cheltenham who had won the Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards.

 

d)    Churchdown School visit

The Chairman had welcomed representatives of Churchdown School’s Youth Parliament to Shire Hall on 18 January 2019.  The young people aged 11 to 17 had the opportunity to ask questions about the role of county councillors.  They also held an informal meeting in the Council Chamber. 

 

e)    Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Action on ACEs Gloucestershire was holding screenings of the documentary film Resilience around the county. The next screening would be held in the Council Chamber in Shire Hall on 20 March from 10am to 12pm.

 

f)     Cllr Keith Rippington

The Chairman informed members that Keith had suffered a stroke just before Christmas and was making a good recovery at home.  Keith had asked that his thanks be passed to those members that had been in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3


Meeting: 14/02/2018 - County Council (Item 3)

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a)    Queen’s New Year Honours

To congratulate the people living in Gloucestershire who received awards as part of the Queen’s New Year Honours.  The Chairman of the Council has written to the individuals included in the list attached to the agenda.

 

b)    A417 ‘Missing Link’

Highways England is launching a consultation into options for the A417 ‘Missing Link’.  Public consultation on the route options launches on 15 February and runs until 29 March 2018.  There are a number of events taking place in the county, where information will be available along with an opportunity to speak to Highways England representatives about the project and the consultation.

 

c)    ICT support

Staff from ICT will be on hand over the lunch break to provide advice to members.

 

Minutes:

 

a)    Queen’s New Year Honours

The Chairman congratulated the people living in Gloucestershire who had received awards as part of the Queen’s New Year Honours.  He said that he had written to the individuals included in the list attached to the agenda. He paid particular tribute to Dame Janet Trotter, the Lord Lieutenant, who had received the Royal Victoria Order for services to the Monarchy.

 

b)    A417 ‘Missing Link’

The Chairman advised that Highways England was launching a consultation on the route options for the A417 ‘Missing Link’ on 15 February 2018. 

 

c)    Women’s suffrage at 100

The Chairman paid tribute to the Suffragette Movement 100 years on from the 1918 Representation of the People Act. 

 

In paying their own tributes, Group Leaders recognised that although society had come a long way over the last 100 years there was still more to be done to ensure that all groups were represented fairly. 

 

 


Meeting: 06/12/2017 - County Council (Item 69)

Chairman's announcements

a)    Cllr Jim Parsons

To stand in silence as a mark of respect to Cllr Jim Parsons who passed away on 14 September 2017.  Jim had been a longstanding member of Cotswold District Council and had been their representative on the Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee for a number of years.

 

b)    Gloucestershire Archives

UNESCO has informed the Council that an African slave song held by Gloucestershire Archives has been included in the Memory of the World Register.  The song came from the sugar plantations of Barbados and was written down in the late 18th Century by anti-slave trade campaigner Granville Sharp who had Gloucestershire descendants.  Although the document is over 200 years old, it is a timely reminder that the fight against modern day slavery continues across the World today.

 

c)    Libraries and Information Digital Innovation display

From self-service machines to 3D printers libraries are using digital solutions to promote smarter working for staff, opportunities for young people to develop coding skills, support businesses and help residents to become digitally confident.  A display will be on the landing outside the Council Chamber during the lunch break.

 

d)    ICT support

Staff from ICT will be on hand over the lunch break to provide advice to members.

 

Minutes:

a)        Cllr Jim Parsons

          The Chairman invited members to stand in silence as a mark of respect to Cllr Jim Parsons who had passed away on 14 September 2017.  Jim had been a longstanding member of Cotswold District Council and had been their representative on the Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee for a number of years.

 

b)        Gloucestershire Archives

          UNESCO had informed the Council that an African slave song held by Gloucestershire Archives had been included in the Memory of the World Register.  The song came from the sugar plantations of Barbados and was written down in the late 18th Century by anti-slave trade campaigner Granville Sharp who had Gloucestershire descendants.  Although the document was over 200 years old, it was a timely reminder that the fight against modern day slavery continued across the World today.  It was agreed that the words of the song would be made available after the meeting through Members’ Matter.

 

         

 

c)         Libraries and Information Digital Innovation display

          From self-service machines to 3D printers libraries were now using digital solutions to promote smarter working for staff, opportunities for young people to develop coding skills, support businesses and help residents to become digitally confident.  A display would be on the landing outside the Council Chamber during the lunch break.

 


Meeting: 13/09/2017 - County Council (Item 57)

Chairman's announcements

Minutes:

a)     Know Your Place West of England Partnership

Officers from Gloucestershire Archives would be present at lunchtime to provide information on a new online resource that provided historic maps and linked data from the Historic Environment Record for Gloucestershire and neighbouring areas. 

 

b)     Members’ ICT

The Chairman informed members that  ICT staff would be available at lunchtime to help members with any ICT queries. 


Meeting: 28/06/2017 - County Council (Item 41)

Announcements

 

a)     Queen’s Birthday Honours

To congratulate the following people living or working in Gloucestershire who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours:

 

·         Sarah Connolly CBE (Stroud) – awarded a DBE for services to music.

 

·         Gillian Clipson (Chipping Campden) – awarded an MBE for services to Further Education as Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges.

 

·         Margaret Bratty – awarded a BEM for services to ex-service personnel and as President of the Hardwicke and District Branch of the Royal British Legion.

 

·         Gordon Roach – awarded a BEM for services to the community of Winstone.

 

·         Detective Sergeant Nigel Hatten – awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service.

 

·         Neil Le Chevalier, Director of Operations, South Western Ambulance Service – awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Medal.

 

b)     Gloucestershire Music

The Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra and the Gloucestershire Jazz Orchestra were both awarded gold awards at the National Concert Band Festival in Warwick on 9 April 2017.

 

c)     Geoplace NSG Exemplar 2017 Awards

The Council has received a gold performance award for the quality of its highways records street information reporting.

 

d)     Data Protection

Under the Data Protection Act individuals and organisations that process personal information need to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office.  Returning members are already registered but newly elected members need to register online.  Guidance is available on the Members’ Matter website.

 

e)     Council photo

The Council group photo will be taken when the meeting breaks for lunch. 

Minutes:

a)     Queen’s Birthday Honours

The Chairman congratulated the following people from Gloucestershire who had been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours:

 

·         Sarah Connolly CBE (Stroud) – awarded a DBE for services to music.

 

·         Gillian Clipson (Chipping Campden) – awarded an MBE for services to Further Education as Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges.

 

·         Margaret Bratty – awarded a BEM for services to ex-service personnel and as President of the Hardwicke and District Branch of the Royal British Legion.

 

·         Gordon Roach – awarded a BEM for services to the community of Winstone.

 

·         Detective Sergeant Nigel Hatten – awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service.

 

·         Neil Le Chevalier, Director of Operations, South Western Ambulance Service – awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Medal.

 

b)     Gloucestershire Music

The Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra and the Gloucestershire Jazz Orchestra had been awarded gold awards at the National Concert Band Festival in Warwick on 9 April 2017.

 

c)     Geoplace National Street Gazatteer Exemplar 2017 Awards

The Council had received a gold performance award for the quality of its highways records street information reporting.

 

d)     Data Protection

The Chairman reported that under the Data Protection Act, individuals and organisations that process personal information needed to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office.  Returning members were already registered but newly elected members needed to register online.  Guidance was available in Members’ Matter.

 

e)     USAF Fairford

The Chairman said that he had attended an event at USAF Fairford on 12 June 2017 and had been given the opportunity to see the aircraft based there.  He thanked the staff at Fairford for how helpful and courteous they had been to visitors.

 


Meeting: 22/03/2017 - County Council (Item 17)

Announcements

Please see the briefing note, which does not accompany this agenda but will be circulated prior to the meeting.

Minutes:

a) The Chairman  thanked the members for their service to the Council over the last four years. Group Leaders were given an opportunity to thank individual members of their group who would be standing down at the May 2013 election.

 

Cllr Mark Hawthorne thanked the five members of the Conservative Group who were retiring:

 

Cllr Tony Hicks who had been a Cabinet Member in 2009 was thanked for his services to the community and Tetbury. 

 

Cllr Paul McLain who was Cabinet Member for  Children and Families was thanked for the great passion he had brought to the role.

 

Cllr Stan Waddington, Cllr Tony Blackburn and Cllr Jason Bullingham were thanked for the way they had passionately served their communities and the contributions they had made.

 

Cllr Sarah Lunnon was thanked by members of all parties for her contribution to the county and the tenancity and passion with which she worked for the communities she represented.

 

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson thanked members for the work that had been carried out over the past four years.

 

 

Cllr Lesley Williams  thanked the members of the Labour Group who were not standing again. She thanked Cllr Barry Kirby, Cllr Jasminder Gill and Cllr Paul McMahon. She thanked Cllr Steve McHale for the twenty-four years he had served the community faithfully.

 

Cllr Mike Sztymiak stated that Cllr David Prince was not standing again and so thanked him for his work in serving the community so well.

 

 

b) CM2000

The Chairman reported that CM2000, the Council’s partner in electronic call monitoring, had singled out Gloucestershire as their award recipient for Partnership Working 2017. The award recognised the work of the Council in ensuring that vulnerable adults receive the services commissioned for them and the value for money achieved through commissioning practices.

 

 

c) Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service wins CIPD award

The Chairman congratulated the GFRS Employee Network Group on being awarded the Heather Ross Diversity and Inclusion Award 2017 by the Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Submissions were received from a variety of industries and sectors and the GFRS business case detailing the work of the group was acknowledged as making a real difference to the service and the communities.

 

d) Commonwealth Day

The Chairman advised members  that he had raised the Commonwealth flag over Shire Hall on 13 March 2017 to mark Commonwealth Day. A day when 52 countries around the world came together to promote the shared values of

peace, democracy and equality, and to celebrate the association’s rich

diversity. Gloucestershire businesses had a long history of trading with the

Commonwealth and the county had a tradition of welcoming people from

these countries who have made their homes in Gloucestershire.

 

e) Gloucestershire Music

On 8 and 9 April 2017 over 100 young musicians from Gloucestershire would be  competing in the finals of the National Concert Band Festival, the UK’s largest competitive wind and jazz band festival.

 

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Meeting: 15/02/2017 - County Council (Item 3)

Announcements

Please see the briefing note, which does not accompany this agenda but will be circulated prior to the meeting.

Minutes:

 

a)      John Howe

Members stood in silence as a mark of respect to John Howe, former county councillor for the College Division in Cheltenham, who had sadly passed away. John had been a county councillor from 1991 to 1995.

 

Cllr Chris Coleman said that he had spent a great deal of time with John and had been inspired by his work not only as a county councillor but also as a member of the Liberal Democrat Party.  He noted how active John had been in his local community in Frampton on Severn where he had lived for many years.  He stated that John was a thoroughly decent man and would be greatly missed by his friends and family.

 

b)       Queen’s New Year Honours

The Chairman congratulated the people living in Gloucestershire who had received awards as part of the Queen’s New Year Honours. 

 

c)       Gloucestershire Music

The Chairman congratulated Gloucestershire Music on the following recent achievements:

i)       The Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra on winning a Platinum award at the West of England and Wales Regional Festival of the National Concert Band Festival. 

 

ii)    The Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra on winning a diploma for services to jazz education from the Will Michael Jazz Education Awards.

 

iii)   Over 180 young people from Gloucestershire who had joined with two other county areas for a massed choir and band performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

 

Council officer Steve Legge was present in the Council Chamber.

 

d)     Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) awards

The Chairman advised that the Fastershire Project in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire had won an ADEPT President’s Special Recognition Award under the category ‘Powers to plan and grow successful communities and places’.  Council officers Dawn Thompson and Angela Presdee who had been closely involved in the project were in the Council Chamber. 

 

e)     Suzette Davenport

The Chairman formally advised that Suzette Davenport, the Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary, would be retiring at the end of April 2017.  It was noted that elected members on the Police and Crime Panel had a statutory role in the appointment of the new Chief Constable.

 

f)      Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) history month

PRISM (the Council’s LGBT network) was hosting a celebration of LGBT on the Council Chamber landing throughout February.

 

g)     Holocaust Memorial Day

An event led by the Chairman had been held at Shire Hall on Friday, 27 January 2017.  The Chairman had reflected on his visit to Srebrenica in 2016 and read out the ‘Kaddish’, the Jewish Mourner’s Prayer.  Members and officers then stood in silence to reflect on the millions of people killed in the Holocaust and other genocides including Bosnia, Cambodia and Rwanda.     


Meeting: 17/02/2016 - County Council (Item 3)

Announcements

Please see the briefing note, which does not accompany this agenda but will be circulated prior to the meeting.

Minutes:

a)       Cllr Bill Whelan

Members stood in silence as a mark of respect to Cllr Bill Whelan who had sadly passed away on Saturday, 13 February.

 

The Chairman stated that he had got to know Bill well during his time on the Council.  He said that Bill had served the local community of Churchdown, including Innsworth, as both a county and borough councillor, for a number of years. 

 

Bill had developed a great working relationship with both members and officers, and he was very well liked.  Amongst his roles on the Council, he had served on the Appeals Committee, where he brought his knowledge of life as a taxi driver to his role in determining school transport appeals.

 

One of Bill’s most notable achievements was establishing the GL3 Community Hub in Churchdown, which was recognised across the county and further afield as one of the most successful centres of its type. 

 

The Union flag over Shire Hall was flying at half mast in Bill’s memory and the Council would do the same on the day of his funeral.  The Council’s thoughts were with his partner, Kay, and other members of his family at this sad time. 

 

The Chairman invited other members, including Group Leaders, to pay tribute to Bill.  They said that Bill would be greatly missed by members, officers and the people of Churchdown.  The GL3 Community Hub was just one of the many wonderful things he had achieved for his local community.  He was a Churchdown stalwart and a true example of what a local councillor should be.  He was a close friend to many members in the chamber and he would be sadly missed.

 

Bill’s funeral would be held in Gloucester Cathedral on Friday, 11 March at 12.30pm.

 

b)       Queen’s New Year Honours

The Chairman congratulated the people living in Gloucestershire who had received awards as part of the Queen’s New Year Honours. 

 

c)       Active Together and Children’s Activity Fund

Officers would be available at lunchtime and after the meeting to provide advice to members. 

 

d)       Members’ ICT

Council officers would be in attendance at lunchtime to provide advice and assistance.

 

e)       Highways

Senior highways officers from Amey, the Council’s highways contractor, would be available immediately following the meeting to answer questions.