Agenda

County Council
Wednesday 11 September 2019 10.00 am

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

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 233 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 26 June 2019.

3.

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.

 

4.

Announcements

 

a)    Jane Burns

To note that this will be the last Council meeting for Jane Burns,

Director of Strategy and Challenge and Monitoring Officer, who is leaving the Council to join Cheshire East Council as Executive Director, Corporate Services.

 

b)    Steve Mawson

To welcome Steve Mawson as the Council’s new Director of Corporate Resources.

 

c)    Gloucester Heritage Hub

To thank those members who attended the opening of the Gloucester Heritage Hub, incorporating Gloucestershire Archives, on 3 September 2019.  The Hub includes the Dunrossil Centre which was opened by Lady Dunrossil herself.

 

d)    Prism

Staff from the Prism Group, the Council’s LGBTQIA+ community, will be on the Council Chamber landing over the lunch break to provide information on their activities.

 

e)    ICT support

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

 

5.

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 103 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 questions is 10am on Wednesday, 4 September 2019. 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 available prior to the meeting.

6.

Corporate Parenting pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Report from Cllr Richard Boyles, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years.

7.

Petitions

To receive petitions presented by members without discussion.

8.

Motions

The Council’s Constitution provides for a maximum of two hours for debate on motions.  At the end of the two hour period, those members who have already indicated their intention to speak on the motion being debated at that time will be allowed to speak, the mover of the motion will be asked to sum-up and the vote will be taken.

 

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

 

The following motions were received by the closing date of 10am on 3 September 2019: 

 

Motion 843 – Enabling road safety measures

Proposed by Cllr Klara Sudbury

Seconded by Cllr Eva Ward

 

This Council notes that:

·         road safety and traffic speeds are of significant concern to many residents in Gloucestershire, in both urban and rural areas.

·         elected county councillors have a key role to play, working with local communities, to resolve these concerns, finding effective road safety solutions to help pedestrians, cyclists and all road users.

 

However, this Council further notes that:

·         when County Councillors request measures to reduce traffic speeds, even when offering to put their highways local funds towards it, policy and financial constraints mean they rarely come to fruition.

·         a key obstacle in securing some traffic calming measures is the cost of Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) and the lengthy processes needed to secure changes such as yellow lines.

 

Therefore this Council resolves to:

a)    Ask Cabinet to review County Council policies relating to traffic calming, including the use of physical design and vehicle activated signage, to aid councillors in securing evidence-based road changes.

b)    Write to the relevant Secretary of State to:

i)     Express our serious concern that national road safety guidelines are too restrictive and ask for the guidance to be reviewed to create a more enabling policy framework.

ii)    Clarify what progress has been made to simplify the TRO process.

c)    Consider increasing the road safety budget for 2020-21 through the budget setting process, which could include a ring fenced budget for each council division. 

d)    Build on existing local road safety initiatives to establish “road safety partnerships” for each of the six districts where there are none, and to formalise the relationship between road safety partnerships and the highways authority and county councillors.

 

Motion 844 – Future proofing public buildings and developments in Gloucestershire

Proposed by Cllr Paul Hodgkinson

Seconded by Cllr Ben Evans

 

This Council notes:

·         That a ‘climate emergency’ was declared by Gloucestershire County Council (GC) in May 2019, along with five of the six district councils.

  • That the County Council is striving to become carbon neutral by 2030 and is identifying measures to deliver an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across the whole county by the same date.

 

This Council further notes:

·         GCC holds significant sway over the design of county-council-backed public buildings, such as the proposed new secondary school in Leckhampton.

·         GCC has significant influence over developers when disposing of land for development. 

·         In 2006  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.

9.

Member Questions pdf icon PDF 117 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, 4 September 2019. 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 available prior to the meeting.

10.

Scrutiny report pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Cllr Shaun Parsons, Chair of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to present the report on recent scrutiny activities.

11.

Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) report pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Cllr David Norman to present the SHE Annual Report.

 

12.

Cabinet Decision Statement pdf icon PDF 122 KB

To consider the Cabinet Decision Statement for the meeting held on 24 July 2019.

13.

Cabinet Member Decision Statements pdf icon PDF 78 KB

To consider the Cabinet Member Decision Statements for the period 1 June to 31 August 2019.

 

14.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Council of Governors

To appoint a member to sit on this body to replace Cllr Andrew Gravells who has stepped down following his appointment as a Cabinet Member at Gloucester City Council.

15.

Calendar of meetings pdf icon PDF 41 KB

To approve the calendar of meetings for 2020.