Agenda

County Council
Wednesday 22 March 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Contact: Simon Harper 01452 324202 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 232 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 15 February2017.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Please see note (a) at the end of the agenda.

4.

Announcements

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

5.

Public questions pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Up to 30 minutes is allowed for this item.

 

To answer any written public questions about matters which are within the powers and duties of the County Council.

 

The closing date for receipt of question is 10am on Wednesday, 15 March 2017.  Please send questions to the Chief Executive marked for the attention of Stephen Bace (email stephen.bace@gloucestershire.gov.uk).

 

To answer any oral questions put by members of the public with the consent of the Chairman.  Depending on the nature of the questions asked it may not be possible to provide a comprehensive answer at the meeting, in which case a written answer will be supplied as soon as reasonably possible after the meeting.

 

Questions received and proposed responses do not accompany this agenda but will be circulated prior to the meeting.

6.

Petitions

To receive petitions presented by members without discussion.

7.

Corporate Parenting

For information and members’ questions.

 

Oral report from the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Strategic Commissioning.

8.

Motions

For debate and decision.

 

The following motions were received by the closing date of 14 March 2017:

 

Motion 789 – Highways contract

Proposed by Cllr Paul Hodgkinson

Seconded by Cllr Chris Coleman

 

This Council notes that last year the Highways Commissioning Team prepared and carried out a review of the Amey highways contract to enable a decision to either extend the contract for a further 3 years or to terminate it in 2019.

 

This Council is aware that it takes between 18 and 24 months to retender the highways contract. This Council is disappointed however that no engagement has yet to take place with local parish, town and district councils regarding the decision to [possibly] extend the highways contract with Amey.

 

This Council has previously expressed concerns over the disappointing satisfaction levels with service amongst both members and parish council. The issues of customer focus and communications have also been identified as needing significant improvement.

 

To head off any decisions being made behind closed doors, this Council requests that the Highways Commissioning Team through existing resources conducts a full consultation with local parish, town and district councils regarding the decision to either extend or to terminate the highways contract with Amey.  The results of this consultation to be reported back for member discussion at the full Council meeting on 28 June 2017.

 

 

Motion 790 – Saving our NHS

Proposed by Cllr Iain Dobie       

Seconded by Cllr David Brown

 

This Council notes that the NHS is going through the biggest crisis in its history.

 

The impact of this can been seen locally affecting ambulance response times, Accident and Emergency waiting times, the length of time it takes to get a GP appointment and changes to the Minor Injury and Illness Units (MIIUs) across the county.

 

This Council is concerned that with a sustained fall in NHS funding our local services in Gloucestershire will continue struggling to cope.

 

The Government has refused to give the NHS the extra funding that it needs with the percentage of our national income spent on the NHS set to fall between now and 2020.  The UK is a relatively low spender on health care and this Council would therefore like to see adequate funding.

 

This Council resolves that the Leader of this Council and the Chief Executive write to the Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, calling the Government to establish a cross-party NHS and Care Convention with the objective of obtaining a long-term settlement for NHS and Care Services.

 

 

Motion 792 - Blue badges

Proposed by Cllr Lesley Williams

Seconded by Cllr Tracy Millard

 

This Council recognises that regulations over who can and cannot get a blue badge are getting much stricter. As a Council we believe everyone who needs a blue badge should be able to get one. 

 

This Council commits to review its Blue Badge Policy criteria and will invite all relevant community groups and interested partners to an open consultation over how we can make  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.

9.

Member questions pdf icon PDF 151 KB

 

Up to 30 minutes is allowed for this item.

 

To answer any written member questions about matters which are within the powers and duties of the County Council.

 

The closing date for receipt of questions is 10am on Wednesday, 15 March 2017. Please send questions to the Chief Executive marked for the attention of Stephen Bace (email stephen.bace@gloucestershire.gov.uk).

 

Questions received and proposed responses do not accompany this agenda but will be circulated prior to the meeting.

 

10.

Scrutiny report pdf icon PDF 119 KB

For debate and decision.

Additional documents:

11.

Appointments Committee report pdf icon PDF 349 KB

For debate and decision.

12.

Cabinet Member Decision Statement pdf icon PDF 92 KB

For information and members’ questions.

 

13.

Highways performance report pdf icon PDF 220 KB

For information and members’ questions.

 

To note that senior highways officers from Amey, the Council’s highways contractor, will be available immediately following the meeting to answer questions.