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, 4 September 2019. Please send questions to the Chief Executive marked for the attention of Stephen Bace (email email@example.com).
Questions received and proposed responses do not accompany this agenda but will be available prior to the meeting.
Sixteen questions had been received. A copy of the answers was circulated and is attached to the signed copy of the minutes.
Question 1 – Andrew Harley asked who the contractor was in relation to resurfacing roads. The question related to the use of recycled plastic mixed into asphalt for road resurfacing.
Cllr Vernon Smith replied that the contractor was Gloucestershire Highways. He expressed disappointment around the performance of the plastic adhesive. Gloucestershire County Council were keen to reduce the carbon footprint and were exploring other options.
Question 2 – Henry Jones made a statement related to poverty within Gloucestershire in comparison to the official government definition of poverty as well as linking it to low self esteem. He reiterated that we were in a climate emergency and ask how the Council could support continued economic growth in Gloucestershire rather than reducing it.
Cllr Patrick Molyneux replied that everyone had a duty to look at their own consumption and to be careful with resources. The Council had a responsibility to look after and support communities and he suggested that there was a need to create growth and wealth in order to then help those less fortunate.
Question 4 – Referring to the climate change emergency, Rob Brookes provided statistics relating to the need to reduce CO2 emissions by 15% a year. He also provided details of the CO2 emissions emitted from the UK to other countries. He asked whether the Cabinet Member agreed with those facts and asked what the Council was doing to address the issue.
Cllr Lynden Stowe stated that the County Council would do all it could to move towards being carbon zero as quickly as possible. He provided assurances that the Council was committed to reach the targets it had set in accordance with government policy.
Question 5 – David Willingham stated that the County Council view was that the Cheltenham west parking review was complete. He emphasised that residents did not feel it was complete until the post implementation review. He asked what message the Cabinet Member had for residents whose lives were being disrupted by commuter parking.
Cllr Dave Norman stated that he did not believe that this was the case. A review of parking had been carried out in Cheltenham West. There was always the scope for a County Councillor for the area to allocate highways local funding.
Question 7 – David Willingham provided an example of St George’s Road and Honeybourne Way where road closures had not had appropriate signage. He asked that this be looked at for other schemes to ensure signage was in place.
Cllr Vernon Smith replied that he understood the public’s frustration when there were road works, but that these were road schemes delivering real improvements for the public. He had asked officers about signage and noted there had been two complaints. He would always listen to residents’ feedback.
Question 11 – David Willingham stated that he had met with the local highways manager and County Councillor regarding Alstone Lane and issues regarding the lack of yellow lines. He asked how it represented good value that when works were undertaken, tasks such as painting on yellow lines were not carried out at the same time.
Cllr Vernon Smith stated that if time permitted highways managers would always try to facilitate other works within the area.
Question 13 – David Willingham asked for assurances that where road works overrun, the Council would work in partnership with bus companies to ensure they were aware and that the public was informed of service changes.
In response Cllr Vernon Smith stated that communication was a very important issue and that he was not aware of the specific issues he had raised. He advised him to relay the details to the local County Councillor and highways manager.
Question 14 – Elizabeth Ashley explained that she had not found detailed information regarding planning for emergencies caused by climate change on the Local Resilience Forum website. In particular she suggested the latest scientific information and predictions should be taken into account.
Cllr Dave Norman replied that he would speak to officers regarding this and asked the member of public to sent him information in an email of what she believed should be included on the website.
Question 15 – Matthew Sidford asked the Cabinet Member to confirm that he was the climate champion for the Council.
Cllr Nigel Moor replied that yes he was the climate champion.
Question 16 – Matthew Sidford asked whether the Council was working on a fast or slow projection.
Cllr Nigel Moor replied that this had been discussed by the Council a number of months previously.