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Meeting: 09/09/2020 - County Council (Item 8.)

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The Council’s Constitution provides for a maximum of two hours for debate on motions.  The time limit for member speeches is three minutes and the time limit for proposing a motion is five minutes.

 

In accordance with Procedural Rule 10.2 in Part 4 of the Council Constitution, the Chief Executive has prepared a short accompanying note for each motion in respect of any implications for climate change, resources, human rights and any other pertinent factors they may wish to include in accordance with the Council’s Policy Framework.

 

Motion 864 - Restoring our rivers

Proposed by Cllr Paul Hodgkinson

Seconded by Cllr Bernie Fisher

 

This Council notes that:

·         Gloucestershire is fortunate to have 28 rivers running through our county, including the River Severn and River Thames, Britain’s longest and second longest rivers.

  • However, many of these waterways are flooded with harmful pollutants, including raw sewage discharges from water treatment operators Thames Water, Severn Trent and Wessex Water.
  • This pollution is causing extensive damage to the fragile ecosystems around our county.
  • It can also prove a serous public health concern for those residents living near rivers or using them for leisure activities; with pathogens able to cause serious illnesses.
  • Furthermore, traces of Covid-19 have been found in sewage outputs in global hotspots.

 

This Council recognises that dumping raw sewage into rivers is currently legal in extreme circumstances, but also recognises claims that the use of these measures has become routine for some operators.

 

This Council believes that the adverse impacts on the county’s waterways are unacceptable and that water treatment operators need to adjust their behaviour and invest more in the networks to avoid damaging our county’s public resources.

 

This Council also believes that the county’s waterways are a resource that every resident should be confident in using safely, and that we should strive to have the country’s first designated bathing waters in rivers, which could bring great economic and social benefits to Gloucestershire.

 

This Council therefore resolves to

  • Call on the Cabinet to take urgent action with District Councils, the Environment Agency, local partners and communities to lead comprehensive monitoring of the county’s waterways to determine the extent of the damage caused by raw sewage and pollutants.
  • Call on the Cabinet to work with local partners, including The Rivers Trust and water treatment operators to promote better use of sewage facilities – recognising that everyone has a role to play in improving our waterways.
  • Write to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to ban the routine dumping of raw sewage into our rivers, with the ultimate aim of restoring our rivers to a state where we can safely swim in them and to protect their environment and biodiversity.

 

 

Motion 865 – Public Health England

Proposed by Cllr Iain Dobie

Seconded by Cllr Nigel Robbins

 

This Council recognises the hard work of the County Council’s Public Health officials when looking to tackle the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Gloucestershire.

 

This Council also notes that the team  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.


Meeting: 24/06/2020 - County Council (Item 7)

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The Council’s Constitution provides for a maximum of two hours for debate on motions.  The time limit for member speeches is three minutes and the time limit for proposing a motion is five minutes.

 

In accordance with Procedural Rule 10.2 in Part 4 of the Council Constitution, the Chief Executive has prepared a short accompanying note for each motion in respect of any implications for climate change, resources, human rights and any other pertinent factors they may wish to include in accordance with the Council’s Policy Framework.

 

Motion 859 – Fast-tracked introduction of ‘School Streets’ schemes

Proposed by Cllr Iain Dobie

Seconded by Cllr Nigel Robbins

 

This Council notes that:

  • As people are being instructed to return to school and to work, the national Government is encouraging everyone to walk or cycle where possible instead of taking public transport or returning to their cars.
  • The Government has announced a £250 million ‘Emergency Active Travel Fund’ for temporary infrastructure to enable safe cycling and walking – of which, Gloucestershire is receiving £1.442 million (0.57 per cent).
  • The Transport Secretary issued new Statutory Guidance on 9 May to all Highways Authorities, requiring them to deliver ‘transformative change’ within an urgent timeframe.
  • Measures listed under the Statutory Guidance include (but are not limited to) ‘pop-up’ cycle facilities, widening footways, ‘school streets’ schemes, and reducing speed limits.
  • The guidance further states that ‘measures should be taken as swiftly as possible, and in any event within weeks, given the urgent need to change travel habits before the restart takes full effect.’
  • ‘School streets’ schemes, which close the roads outside schools during drop-off and pick-up times, have the multiple aims of: improving road safety for pupils, encouraging active travel to school/ modal shift out of cars, and improving the air quality and environment at the school gates, and are very effective for enabling social distancing outside schools.

 

This Council further notes that:

  • Prior to Covid-19 related changes, ‘School Streets’ schemes were successfully introduced or were being trialled at multiple local authorities across the UK*.
  • Since the announcement, enthusiasm for ‘School Streets’ has sky-rocketed, with many more councils introducing these schemes before schools reopened and multiple NGOs calling for the introduction of ‘School Streets’ to manage social distancing at the school gate.
  • Progressive councils are introducing the measures under their own considerable statutory powers, making experimental traffic orders where necessary.
  • Gloucestershire County Council has already made a number of road alterations to assist with active travel and social distancing associated with shops, but none specifically targeted at schools.
  • It has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to positively impact travel choices, including the associated benefits on health, air quality and road safety. 

 

This Council resolves to:

a)    Work with county councillors, districts, schools and local partners to swiftly identify those schools in the county that could put a ‘School Streets’ scheme in place.

b)    Work with county councillors, districts, schools and local partners to enable all schools that wish to take part in the ‘School Streets’ scheme to do  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7

Minutes:

Motion 859 – Fast-tracked introduction of ‘School Streets’ schemes

Cllr Iain Dobie proposed and Cllr Nigel Robbins seconded the motion included on the agenda.

 

Cllr Dobie informed the meeting of the challenges outside schools at the beginning and end of the school day relating to traffic; he felt sure that each member of council would have witnessed this themselves. He outlined the benefits that could be generated by the introduction of the school streets scheme in Gloucestershire, including improved safety, and air quality and encouraged walking and cycling. He also stated that this scheme would benefit the wider community health and wellbeing, and support improved community spirit. He acknowledged that the location of the school was key, and that the location of some of Gloucestershire’s schools would not be suitable for this scheme but would benefit from other traffic calming measures.

 

Cllr Dobie felt that there was excessive bureaucracy and delay built into the traffic regulation order process (TRO) which created an unhelpful barrier. He indicated that in his view there was also a lack of will to deliver these types of schemes within Shire Hall. Passing the motion would remove these barriers. Cllr Dobie stated that the council’s travel plan promoted cycling and that the council had declared a climate emergency and had identified targets for reducing air pollution. He informed the meeting that this motion supported these shared aims and asked that members support the motion as it stands.

 

Cllr Nigel Robbins, seconder, asked members what legacy they would want to leave for their children and grandchildren? He stated that this proposal was an important gift to future generations. Vehicle pollution was particularly damaging to young children. Enabling children to cycle would support the drive to reduce obesity, with the associated benefits to the individual and society – he quoted from the council’s Local Transport Plan (LTP) which stated that children preferred to cycle, and that it was anticipated that if changes were not made to support more sustainable travel options for children there would be a significant increase in the levels of obesity. He reiterated that supporting this motion would be an important gift to future generations.

 

A member informed the meeting that there were clear advantages to this motion, where the scheme could be implemented. This proposal also have additional merit to the 20mph as it would provide a more effective way of providing a safe environment for children. An important aspect was the timing – there were limited opportunities before winter set in. They indicated that they were unsure that the Administration was fully supportive of safer zones etc, but hoped that council would take note of this motion.

 

Cllr Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, informed the meeting that the Conservative Cabinet does support children traveling to school safely and in an environmentally manner including walking and cycling, but wanted it to be an evidence based approach. School Streets were an interesting idea and the Cabinet was happy to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7