Agenda and minutes

Extraordinary Meeting of Council, County Council
Wednesday 12 September 2018 2.00 pm

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

Contact: Simon Harper 

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65.

Declarations of Interest

Please declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other interests that you may have relating to any relevant matters due to be discussed at the meeting.  You should do this by signing the form at the back of the Council Chamber and you may also make an oral declaration if you so wish.  If you become aware of an interest you have during the course of the meeting, you should declare it orally at the time you become aware of it and sign the form at the back of the Chamber at the end of the meeting.

 

Minutes:

A copy of the declarations of interest is attached to the signed copy of the minutes.

66.

Creation of Cabinet Member for Climate Change

Under Section 3.1.2 of Part 4 the Constitution, the following five members have called for an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council to consider the motion below.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson

Cllr John Payne

Cllr Rachel Smith

Cllr Eva Ward

Cllr Lesley Williams

 

The motion will be proposed by Cllr Rachel Smith and seconded by Cllr Eva Ward. 

 

The time limit for proposing a motion is five minutes and three minutes for seconding a motion and member speeches.

 

This Council notes the recent global heatwave, which has seen record high temperatures across Europe and Africa.

 

This Council further notes that as we move into the future, the effects of climate change will increasingly impact on local authorities, particularly with regard to public health, highways management and infrastructure planning.

 

This Council therefore resolves to request the Leader of the Council to appoint an additional Cabinet Member (not a Cabinet Champion) with specific responsibility for mitigation and adaptation in response to climate change.

 

Minutes:

Under Section 3.1.2 of Part 4 the Constitution, the following five members had called for an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council to consider the motion below:

 

Councillors Paul Hodgkinson, John Payne, Rachel Smith, Eva Ward and Lesley Williams.

 

The motion was proposed by Cllr Rachel Smith and seconded by Cllr Eva Ward. 

 

This Council notes the recent global heatwave, which has seen record high temperatures across Europe and Africa.

 

This Council further notes that as we move into the future, the effects of climate change will increasingly impact on local authorities, particularly with regard to public health, highways management and infrastructure planning.

 

This Council therefore resolves to request the Leader of the Council to appoint an additional Cabinet Member (not a Cabinet Champion) with specific responsibility for mitigation and adaptation in response to climate change.

 

In presenting the motion, Cllr Smith thanked fellow members for requesting the Extraordinary Council Meeting and the Chairman for agreeing to hold the meeting.  She believed that climate change was the biggest threat facing the Council and society.  She referred to the rise in social care referrals as a result of the heat wave over the Summer months and the increased incidence of extreme weather events.  She said that she was pleased that the Leader of the Council had recognised these concerns by appointing a Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning which gave greater coverage of climate change issues.

 

The following amendment proposed by Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of the Council, (see highlighted text below) was accepted by the Council:

 

This Council notes the recent global heatwave, which has seen record high temperatures cross Europe and Africa.

 

This Council further notes that as we move into the future, the effects of climate change are increasing adverse weather events andwill continue to impact on local authorities, particularly with regard to public health, highways management, flooding and infrastructure planning.

 

This Council therefore resolves to request the Leader of the Council to appoint an additional Cabinet Member (not a Cabinet Champion) with specific responsibility solely for mitigation and adaption in response to climate change.

This Council therefore welcomes the opportunity of demonstrating our support for creating a sustainable greener Gloucestershire, by ensuring we deliver the right growth, investment and planning. 

 

This Council therefore supports the appointment of a Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning who will coordinate the county’s strategies for a number of key fronts identified in Vision 2050 and through effective planning pursue a sustainable future for our county and environment.

 

Cllr Hawthorne advised that the change to portfolios and the increase in the membership of the Cabinet would become effective immediately. The new Cabinet Member would be Cllr Dave Norman who would have responsibility for Public Protection, Parking and Libraries.  He said that the Council had been working closely with partners over the last two years in looking at the future of the county.  He recognised that there was much more to do but the new Cabinet structure would allow a greater focus on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 66.