Agenda

County Council - Wednesday 8 September 2021 10.00 am

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

Please declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or personal interests that you may have relating to any specific matters which may be discussed at the meeting.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 208 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 30 June 2021 and the Extraordinary Meeting held on the same date.

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4.

Announcements

a)    Olympics and Paralympics 2021

            To congratulate the Olympians and Paralympians from Gloucestershire     who took part in the Olympics and Paralympics in Toyoko.

 

b)    Emergency Services Day

The Council will be flying the Emergency Services Day flag over Shire Hall on 9 September 2021.

 

c)    Municipal Journal and Local Government Chronicle awards

Trevone House, the Council’s new-style accommodation for young care leavers, has been shortlisted for two prestigious national awards. The Council is a finalist in the ‘Innovation in Children’s Services’ category at the Municipal Journal Local Government Achievement Awards.  It has also been shortlisted in the ‘Children’s Services’ category at the Local Government Chronicle Awards.

 

d)    Fire evacuation procedure and meeting protocols

To invite Simon Harper, Head of Democratic Services, to inform members of the arrangements for the meeting.

5.

Public questions pdf icon PDF 136 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, 1 September 2021.  Please send questions to the Chief Executive marked for the attention of Andrea Clarke (email andrea.clarke@gloucestershire.gov.uk)

 

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

6.

Petitions

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson to present a petition from residents of Bourton-on-the-Water calling for a weight limit to be installed in part of the village due to the increasing disruption due to heavy goods vehicles.

 

To receive any other petitions from members without discussion.

7.

Corporate Parenting pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Cllr Stephen Davies, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, to present the corporate parenting report.

8.

Motions pdf icon PDF 83 KB

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 880 - Call to scrap the Government’s Planning White Paper Proposed by Cllr Paul Hodgkinson

Seconded by Cllr Paul Baker

 

The Council notes:

·         The significant concerns expressed by communities, including at the recent by-election in Chesham and Amersham, over the Conservative Government’s Planning Reforms.

·         The concessions already made to Conservative backbench MPs over concerns about the impact of planning deregulation on home counties.

·         Local resident concerns about their reduced ability to object to building works under Permitted Development Rights which have been extended under this Government.

·         Widespread concern and condemnation of the Planning White Paper proposals across Local Government, the Planning and Architecture Sector and organisations concerned with protecting green spaces and heritage.

 

The Council is concerned that:

·         The Government is not using the Planning White Paper to improve environmental outcomes from planning and building standards fast enough. This is at odds with the declaration of a climate emergency by many local authorities, including Gloucestershire County Council.

·         Government proposals to deregulate planning will water down the rights of residents to influence development where they live.

·         The Government's proposals will put at risk the character of Gloucestershire’s city, towns and villages.

 

The Council believes that:

·         Residents have the right to a say over developments that will change the area they live in.

·         Local councils, in consultation with their businesses and residents, are best placed to understand the issues in their area and respond with a housing strategy tailored to that area.

 

The Council calls for the Leader of the Council to write to the Government to scrap its Planning White Paper and instead:

·         Undertake a wholesale review of Permitted Development Rights.

·         Introduce rules which enable local areas to achieve much higher environmental standards in planning.

·         Make the Planning Inspectorate more accountable to local people.

·         Implement stronger controls to ensure Ministers making decisions on planning applications are not connected either financially or personally with the developers or related parties to the application.

 

Motion 881 - Tackling poverty and deprivation in Gloucestershire

Proposed by Cllr David Willingham

Seconded by Cllr Jeremy Hilton

 

This Council notes that despite Gloucestershire being a relatively affluent county, based upon the 2019 Indices of Multiple Deprivation for England, there are 12 areas in the 10 per cent most deprived areas.  These areas account for 19,415 people which is 3.1 per cent of the county’s population. 

 

This Council further notes that some areas have been in the 10 per cent most deprived areas in the 2010, 2015 and 2019 Indices of  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.

9.

Member questions pdf icon PDF 216 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, 1 September 2021. Please send questions to the Chief Executive marked for the attention of Andrea Clarke (email andrea.clarke@gloucestershire.gov.uk)

 

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

 

10.

Scrutiny reports pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Cllr Phil Awford, Chair of Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, will present the report which provides a summary of recent scrutiny committee activities. Scrutiny Committee Chairs to answer questions:

 

Cllr Philip Awford, Corporate Overview and Scrutiny

Cllr Andrew Gravells, Health  

Cllr Stephen Hirst, Adult Social Care and Communities

Cllr Andrew Miller, Children and Families

Cllr Dom Morris, Environment

Cllr Matt Babbage, Economic Growth

Cllr Jeremy Hilton, Fire and Rescue

 

11.

Cabinet

11a

Cabinet Decision Statements pdf icon PDF 124 KB

To consider the Cabinet Decision Statements for the meetings held on 23 June 2021 and 21 July 2021 including the following recommendation made by Cabinet on 21 July relating to the Youth Justice Plan:

 

RESOLVED to recommend the Youth Justice Plan 2021-22 to Council for approval (report attached).

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11b

Individual Cabinet Member Decision Statements pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To consider the decision statements for the period 1 June 2021 to 31 August 2021.