Agenda

County Council - Wednesday 9 September 2020 10.00 am

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 200 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 24 June 2020.

3.

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.

4.

Announcements

a)    Virtual meeting protocol

To invite Simon Harper, Head of Democratic Services, to provide information on how the meeting will be run and provide guidance on how to use the WebEx remote meeting software.

 

b)    Peter Clarke

The Chairman to advise that former County Councillor Peter Clarke has sadly passed away.  He served on the County Council from 1995 to 2005 representing the Gloucester Division of Barton and was Leader of the Council from 2001 to 2004.  He also served as a member of Gloucester City Council and Cotswold District Council.  Before standing as a councillor, Peter held a senior position in the Youth Service at the County Council.

 

Peter had a particular interest in education and was the first chair of the G40 group of education authorities.  The group was set up to lobby for fairer funding for the 40 lowest funded education authorities in the country and still exists today.

 

c)    Cllr Rachel Smith

The Chairman to inform members that Rachel is currently on parental leave but can still be contacted by email or through Democratic Services. 

 

d)    Highways awards

Gloucestershire County Council’s Highways Team has won a prestigious national award from the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) for its work in partnership with Atkins and Ringway to deliver the county’s highway services.

 

In April 2019, Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) began a new chapter for its highway services with the start of new collaborative working arrangements with Atkins, for professional services and Ringway, for highway maintenance.

 

Seven entries were shortlisted for the award including HS2, Transport for Scotland, Transport for West Midlands and the partnership delivering the M23 Junction 8-10 scheme in Surrey.

 

e)    Minerals Local Plan

The Council’s recently adopted Minerals Local Plan has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence.

5.

Public questions pdf icon PDF 147 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, 2 September 2020.  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.

6.

Corporate Parenting pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Cllr Richard Boyles, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, to present the corporate parenting report.

Additional documents:

7.

Petitions

To receive petitions presented by members without discussion.

8.

Motions pdf icon PDF 93 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 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.

9.

Member questions pdf icon PDF 96 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, 2 September 2020. 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 pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Cllr Shaun Parsons, Chair of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to present a summary report from the July 2020 cycle of scrutiny committees.

11.

Cabinet

11a

Cabinet 17 June 2020 pdf icon PDF 260 KB

To note the Cabinet Decision Statement for the meeting.

 

The recommendations to Council relating to the Council Strategy and the Second Review of the Statement of Community Involvement were approved by Council on 24 June 2020.

11b

Cabinet 22 July 2020 pdf icon PDF 277 KB

To note the Cabinet Decision Statement for the meeting.

11c

Individual Cabinet Member Decision Statements pdf icon PDF 291 KB

To consider the decision statements for the period 1 February to 31 August 2020.

 

12.

Calendar of meetings 2021 pdf icon PDF 50 KB

To approve the calendar of meetings for 2021.