Agenda

County Council - Wednesday 18 May 2022 10.00 am

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Election of Chair

To elect the Chair of the Council for the 2022-23 Civic Year.

 

Following the election, the Chair will make the Declaration of Acceptance of Office and sign the Roll of Members as Chair.

3.

Election of the Vice-chair

To elect the Vice-Chair of the Council for the 2022-23 Civic Year.

 

Following the election, the Vice-Chair will make the Declaration of Acceptance of Office and sign the Roll of Members as Vice-Chair.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 191 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 23 March 2022.

5.

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.

 

6.

Announcements

a)    Cllr Pam Tracey

To congratulate Cllr Tracey who has been a councillor for 30 years.

 

b)    Related Party Transactions

All members are required to make a return as part of the Council accounts.  If you have not returned your form, copies are available from Democratic Services.

 

c)    Members’ Matter

Key information including details of upcoming meetings and training resources are available in Members Matter – www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/membersmatter

 

7.

Public questions pdf icon PDF 133 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 was 10am on Monday, 9 May 2022.However, questions that relate to reports on the agenda may be submitted up to 10am on Wednesday, 12 May 2022.

 

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.

 

8.

Council committees pdf icon PDF 256 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Democratic Services.

Additional documents:

9.

Corporate Parenting pdf icon PDF 161 KB

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

 

10.

Petitions

To receive any petitions from members without discussion.

11.

Motions pdf icon PDF 258 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 900 - Inquiry into GCC’s handling of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Proposed by Cllr Jeremy Hilton

Seconded by Cllr Lisa Spivey

 

This Council notes

  • That the British Government has announced that residents in England are now expected to ‘Live with Covid’ – with all restrictions and most testing services having been withdrawn.
  • The ‘Living with Covid’ plan published by Gloucestershire County Council.

 

Given that this Government understands the Covid-19 Pandemic has now come to an end in, this Council believes that:

  • The time is right for an independent inquiry into how the County Council and other public health bodies in Gloucestershire responded to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • An inquiry would help us to learn lessons for any future health crises or future waves of Covid-19.

 

This Council therefore resolves to:

  • Ask Corporate Scrutiny to identify the most appropriate format for a public inquiry into Gloucestershire’s response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
  • Calls on Cabinet to find appropriate revenue this financial year in order to fund and resource this inquiry.

 

 

Motion 901 - Road Safety in Gloucestershire

Proposed by Cllr Paul Hodgkinson

Seconded by Cllr Roger Whyborn

 

This Council notes:

·         That 2022 has seen a significant number of incidents with motor vehicles in Gloucestershire, resulting in 96 serious injuries and 14 deaths in just the first four months.

·         That Gloucestershire’s road safety record has actually worsened over the last decade, with our county in the bottom 5 per cent of local authorities in Britain for reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured between 2011 and 2019.

 

This Council believes that road safety needs to be proactively managed, with the emphasis on preventing deaths and serious injuries, and should not wait until tragedy strikes for changes to be made.

 

This Council welcomes the road safety policy review being undertaken but is concerned at the loss of County Council-led road safety partnerships across the county and districts – to be replaced by a much less transparent and more centralised Road Safety Forum held behind closed doors. 

 

This Council resolves to:

·         Ask officers to provide Environment Scrutiny with a thorough briefing on recent accidents and their causations.

·         Call on Cabinet to ensure that communities and all levels of governance in Gloucestershire are thoroughly consulted on the refreshed Road Safety Policy.

·         Call on Cabinet to work with Environment Scrutiny to develop a policy of ongoing dialogue with our residents to see road safety measures proactively installed in our communities.

 

 

Motion 902 - Knife crime

Proposed by  ...  view the full agenda text for item 11.

12.

Member questions pdf icon PDF 113 KB

Up to 45 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 was 10am on Monday, 9 May 2022.However, questions that relate to reports on the agenda may be submitted up to 10am on Wednesday, 11 May 2022.

 

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.

 

As background information, the Cabinet Decision Statement for the meeting held on 30 March 2022 is attached.  Cabinet Member Decision Statements over the period 16 March to 10 May 2022 are available at https://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/mgDelegatedDecisions.aspx?bcr=1&DM=3  

 

Additional documents:

13.

Calendar of meetings for 2023 pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To approve the calendar of meetings for 2023.