Agenda

County Council - Wednesday 24 June 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Virtual Meeting - Web ex meeting. View directions

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 230 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 12 February 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.

Chairman's 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)    Victims of Coronavirus in Gloucestershire

To take a moment’s silence as a tribute to those people in Gloucestershire who have lost their lives during the Coronavirus outbreak including Council employee Richard Edwards.  Richard was a long standing and valued member of the Gloucester Integrated Social Care Management Team.

 

c)    People of Paju Province in South Korea

The Chairman has written to the Mayor of Paju Province to thank them for the personal protective equipment they sent to the county in honour of the soldiers of the Gloucestershire Regiment for their service in the Korean War.  The equipment will directly help older people in care homes across Gloucestershire, many of that same generation whose young men fought so bravely at the Imjin River.

 

d)    Thank you

To thank the staff of the Council and partner organisations including the NHS, Police, Fire and Rescue, care providers and community organisations for the support and care they have been providing to the residents of Gloucestershire during the Coronavirus outbreak. 

 

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, 17 June 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 90 KB

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

7.

Petitions

To receive petitions presented by members without discussion.

8.

Motions pdf icon PDF 242 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 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 8.

9.

Member questions pdf icon PDF 88 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, 17 June 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

Cllr Shaun Parsons, Chair of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to note that formal scrutiny committee meetings will resume next month (July 2020).  Through May and June 2020 a series of question and answer briefing sessions have been held for each scrutiny committee to ensure that members remain updated on Council activities.

11.

Constitution Committee report pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chair of the Constitution Committee, to present the report from the committee meeting held on 9 March 2020 and subsequent changes required to the Council’s Constitution since that meeting.

12.

Appointments Committee

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chair of the Appointments Committee, to advise that at the meeting held on 6 March 2020, the committee recommended to Council that the Pay Policy Statement for 2020-21 be adopted.

 

As a result of the cancellation of the meeting of full Council on 25 March 2020, the Chief Executive has approved the Pay Policy Statement to allow it to be published.  This decision was taken following consultation with the Chair and Leader of Council under delegated powers to officers (CE1 in Section 5 of Part 3 of the Constitution).

 

The decision record along with the Pay Policy Statement are available on the Council’s website - https://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?Id=1483

 

13.

Cabinet

13a

Cabinet 17 June 2020

Subject to approval by Cabinet, to consider the following recommendations to Council:

 

i)    Council Strategy: Looking to the Future 2019-2022

·      To add the following to the Challenges & Opportunities chapter on page 5 relating to Climate Change:

  Along with councils up and down the country, Gloucestershire County Council has declared a climate change emergency.  This recognises the irreversible impact that humans have already had on climate change and the need for bold and timely action to be taken.  The County Council has a leadership role, along with other public sector bodies, to reduce carbon emissions across the whole county.

·      To add the following to ‘Our Priorities for Gloucestershire’ on page 7:

     Reduce Gloucestershire’s carbon emissions by 80% by 2030, and secure a carbon neutral county by 2050.

·      To add the following to the ‘Transport, Economy and Infrastructure’ section on pages 16-17:

We will reduce Gloucestershire’s carbon emissions by 80% by 2030, and secure a carbon neutral county by 2050. We will do this by working with our partners through Leadership Gloucestershire to:

o   Implement the Gloucestershire Climate Change strategy

o   Strengthen the Gloucestershire Sustainable Energy Strategy

o   Grow our low carbon economy

o   Help our residents, businesses and partners to radically reduce carbon.

 

i)     Second review of the Statement of Community Involvement for Gloucestershire

To adopt the SecondReview Statement of Community Involvement for

Gloucestershire in accordance with Section 23 of the Planning and

Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended).

 

Please refer to the reports published with the Cabinet meeting papers for 17 June 2020 (available for members on Moderngov and on the Council website: https://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=117&MId=9396&Ver=4)

 

 

13b

Cabinet 11 March 2020 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To note the Cabinet Decision Statement for the meeting.

13c

Individual Cabinet Member Decision Statements pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To consider the decision statements for the period 1 February to 9 June 2020.