Agenda

County Council - Wednesday 25 November 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 178 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 9 September 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.

Absence of members

Cllrs Eva Ward and Keith Rippington are currently unable to attend Council meetings due to illness. 

 

Cllr Rachel Smith is on parental leave and is also unable to attend meetings.

 

For the three councillors, the Council is formally asked to waiver Section 85(1) of the Local Government Act 1972 that requires a councillor to attend at least one meeting of the Council within a six month period for the reasons specified. 

5.

Announcements pdf icon PDF 11 KB

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)    Honours

The Chairman to congratulate those people in Gloucestershire who received awards as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Please refer to the list attached.

 

c)    Building Excellence Awards

Shire Hall in Gloucester has won a prestigious award after undergoing a major transformation to turn it into an energy-efficient building fit for the needs of the 21st Century. The Council was named winner of the Best Large Commercial Project in the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2020 for the West of England region.

6.

Public questions pdf icon PDF 101 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, 18 November 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.

7.

Corporate Parenting pdf icon PDF 283 KB

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

8.

Petitions

To receive petitions presented by members without discussion.

9.

Motions pdf icon PDF 255 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 867 - Highways trees maintenance

Proposed by Cllr Jeremy Hilton

Seconded by Cllr Bernie Fisher

 

This Council agrees that highway trees are an important part in tackling the climate emergency, great for increasing biodiversity and they make both urban and rural street scenes more attractive. 

 

However, it is important that the trees along the highway receive proper maintenance to keep them in a healthy and safe condition, and ensure they remain a positive addition to their neighbourhoods. 

 

This Council notes that its resources for maintaining the highway network’s trees are inadequate.

 

This Council therefore, calls on the Cabinet Member for Highways and Flood to prepare a report in time for budget setting to show he can enhance the highway tree maintenance service by at least 100% and how GCC can significantly increase the total number of highway network trees to contribute towards the new 35 million trees commitment.

 

 

Motion 868 - ‘Planning for the Future’ White Paper

Proposed by Cllr Nigel Robbins

Seconded by Cllr Ben Evans

 

This Council notes that:

·         The Government consultation on the ‘Planning for the Future’ White Paper has recently closed.

·         The proposals would radically alter the existing planning system for all seven of Gloucestershire’s councils.

·         The changes have been opposed by the all-party Local Government Association, currently led by Conservative Councillors, along with many other interest groups.

 

This Council resolves to ask the Chief Executive and County Council leader to write to the county’s six MPs to raise strong opposition to the proposed changes in the White Paper, and to request a delay in the publication of the proposals until further consultation has been held with the public, Local Authorities and planning professionals. 

 

The letter must include, but not be limited to, the following objections:

·         The presumption in favour of outline planning approval within 'growth' and 'renewal' areas removes democratic oversight and public scrutiny.

·         The new method for establishing housing requirement figures would mean some districts will be overwhelmed by the new housing.

·         Changes to the affordable housing quotas would significantly diminish the amount of social rent and affordable housing built in Gloucestershire.

·         The time-scale of thirty months for producing a Local Plan is unrealistic.

 

 

Motion 869 – Child food poverty

Proposed by Cllr Colin Hay

Seconded by Cllr Paul Hodgkinson

 

This Council:

·         Believes that it is shameful that children still go hungry in the UK.

·         Commends the initiative of Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford who has successfully campaigned on school holiday hunger and has recently formed  ...  view the full agenda text for item 9.

10.

Member questions pdf icon PDF 115 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, 18 November 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.

 

11.

Scrutiny pdf icon PDF 169 KB

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

12.

Constitution Committee pdf icon PDF 656 KB

To consider the report from the meeting held on 12 October 2020.

13.

Cabinet

13a

Cabinet 14 October 2020 pdf icon PDF 246 KB

To note the Cabinet Decision Statement for the meeting.

13b

Cabinet 11 November 2020 pdf icon PDF 179 KB

To note the Cabinet Decision Statement for the meeting.

13c

Individual Cabinet Member Decision Statements pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To consider the decision statements for the period 1 September to 31 October 2020.