a) Jack Williams
To note with great sadness that Cllr Jack Williams passed away on 7 January 2019. The Chairman will ensure that members have every opportunity to pay tribute to Jack at the meeting. At the end of the tributes, members will be asked to stand in silence as a mark respect for Jack.
b) Queen’s New Year Honours
To congratulate the people living in Gloucestershire who received awards as part of the Queen’s New Year Honours. The Chairman of the Council has written to the individuals included in the list attached to the agenda congratulating them on their awards.
c) A417 ‘Missing Link’
Representatives from Highways England will be on the Council Chamber landing over the lunch period to provide information on their proposals.
d) James Moore
The Chairman has written to Emmerdale actor James Moore from Cheltenham who won the Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards.
e) New highway maintenance contract
Representatives from Ringway will be on the Council Chamber landing over the lunch period to provide information on the new contract which will start on 1 April 2019.
f) Churchdown School visit
The Chairman welcomed representatives of Churchdown School’s Youth Parliament to Shire Hall on 18 January 2019. The young people aged 11 to 17 had the opportunity to ask questions about the role of county councillors. They also held an informal meeting in the Council Chamber.
g) ICT support
Staff from ICT will be on hand over the lunch break to provide advice to members.
a) Jack Williams
The Chairman stated that it was with a heavy heart that he was inviting members to pay tribute to Cllr Jack Williams who had sadly passed away on 7 January 2019.
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said that he had been shocked and saddened at Jack’s passing at just 28 years of age. Jack had been elected to represent the Churchdown Division at a by-election in 2016 following the death of longstanding county councillor, Bill Whelan. He noted that Jack was a passionate campaigner for Churchdown and had a particular interest in Children’s Services, serving on the Children and Families Scrutiny Committee. He recognised the awful impact of Jack’s passing on his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children who were just 4 and 6 years of age.
Cllr Joe Harris said that he had become a good friend of Jack and, as they were the two youngest members of the Council, they had a shared interest on a number of issues. They had both struggled with the criticism they had received, particularly on social media, when they were trying to do the best they could for their local communities. Cllr Harris was pleased that steps were being taken to ensure that members received the support they needed.
Cllr Lesley Williams, Leader of the Labour Group, and Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of the Conservative Group, both paid tribute to Jack. They noted his contribution to the Churchdown community and the impact of his tragic loss on his wife and young family.
The Chairman said that he would remember Jack’s smiling and relaxed face in the Council Chamber as he waited politely and patiently to be called to speak during debates.
Members then stood in silence as a mark respect.
b) Queen’s New Year Honours
The Chairman congratulated the people living in Gloucestershire who had received awards as part of the Queen’s New Year Honours. He said that he had written to the individuals included in the list attached to the agenda congratulating them on their awards.
c) James Moore
The Chairman advised that he had written to Emmerdale actor James Moore from Cheltenham who had won the Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards.
d) Churchdown School visit
The Chairman had welcomed representatives of Churchdown School’s Youth Parliament to Shire Hall on 18 January 2019. The young people aged 11 to 17 had the opportunity to ask questions about the role of county councillors. They also held an informal meeting in the Council Chamber.
e) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Action on ACEs Gloucestershire was holding screenings of the documentary film Resilience around the county. The next screening would be held in the Council Chamber in Shire Hall on 20 March from 10am to 12pm.
f) Cllr Keith Rippington
The Chairman informed members that Keith had suffered a stroke just before Christmas and was making a good recovery at home. Keith had asked that his thanks be passed to those members that had been in touch with him to wish him well.
g) New Chief Fire Officer
The Chairman welcomed Wayne Bowcock to his first full Council meeting. Wayne said that it was a privilege and honour to serve the Council and he looked forward to meeting members individually in due course.