Agenda and draft minutes

Council
Thursday, 9th July 2020 6.30 pm

Venue: Civic Suite, North Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EP. View directions

Contact: Democratic and Electoral Services 

Link: Click to view live meeting from 6.30pm on 9 July 2020

Items
No. Item

10.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 317 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Council Meeting held on 1 June 2020.

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11.

Declarations of Interest

To receive from Members, declarations of the existence of any disclosable pecuniary, or non-pecuniary, interests and the nature of those interests in relation to any agenda item. Please see Agenda Notes.

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12.

Call Over

(a)       Call over (items 9-13) will be read out at the meeting and Members invited to reserve the items for discussion.

 

(b)       To approve the recommendations of those reports which have not been reserved for discussion.

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13.

Public Question Time (15 Minutes)

The opportunity is given to members of the public to put questions to Cabinet Members or Committee Chairs provided that a question does not relate to:

 

·           Matters which are the subject of current or pending legal proceedings or

·           Matters relating to employees or former employees of the Council or comments in respect of individual Council Officers.

 

If you would like to ask a question at this meeting, please contact democratic.services@gloucester.gov.uk as soon as possible and by Monday 6 July 2020 at the latest.

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14.

Petitions and Deputations (15 Minutes)

A period not exceeding three minutes is allowed for the presentation of a petition or deputation provided that no such petition or deputation is in relation to:

 

·           Matters relating to individual Council Officers, or

·           Matters relating to current or pending legal proceedings

 

If you would like to present a deputation or petition at this meeting, please contact democratic.services@gloucester.gov.uk as soon as possible and by Monday 6 July 2020 at the latest.

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15.

Announcements

To receive announcements from:

 

a)         The Mayor

b)         Leader of the Council

c)         Members of the Cabinet

d)         Chairs of Committees

e)         Head of Paid Service

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16.

Members' Question Time

a)         Leader and Cabinet Members’ Question Time (30 minutes)

 

        Any member of the Council may ask the Leader of the Council or any Cabinet Member any question without prior notice, upon:

       

·       Any matter relating to the Council’s administration

·       Any matter relating to any report of the Cabinet appearing on the Council’s summons

·       A matter coming within their portfolio of responsibilities

 

        Only one supplementary question is allowed per question.

 

c)     Questions to Chairs of Meetings (15 Minutes)

 

 

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17.

Council Plan Extension – Priorities and Actions for 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 238 KB

To consider the report of the Leader of the Council seeking approval for the proposed actions and priorities that are set out for the one year Council Plan extension in 2020-2021.

 

Attached for information: the recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in respect of the above.

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18.

Governance Arrangements for the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee pdf icon PDF 549 KB

To consider the report of the Leader of the Council concerning a request from the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee to extend the operation of the Joint Committee for a period of 18 months from 4 September 2020 and other governance matters.

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19.

Annual Report of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To consider the Annual Report of the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for 2019-20.

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20.

Annual Report of the Audit and Governance Committee 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 134 KB

To consider the Annual Report of the the former Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee for 2019-20.

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21.

Appointments to Committees

To note the following appointments to vacant seats allocated to the Conservative Group:

 

Audit and Governance Committee                    Councillor Paul Toleman

Licensing and Enforcement Committee             Councillor Pam Tracey

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22.

Notices of Motion pdf icon PDF 208 KB

1.    PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR HILTON

 

“This council records its thanks to everyone that has helped during the coronavirus pandemic, be they council staff, those working in the NHS or the care sector and the many volunteers who helped others within our close-knit communities.

 

This council agrees that Gloucester must retain and encourage the continued development of the volunteer-led community support system that worked so well to help many people in Gloucester during the lockdown, including the homeless, those living in poverty and the vulnerable.

 

We also agree that we should make sure that this diverse support system is able to assist in the event of a second wave of Covid-19 infections should it happen in Gloucestershire within the next few months.”

 

2.    PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR HANSDOT

 

“Council is appalled by and condemns the recent killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, America.

 

Council recognises and supports the ‘Black Lives Matters’ campaign and its efforts to raise awareness of racial inequality and institutionalised racism within the United Kingdom.

 

Council notes that black people in the United Kingdom are:

 

·       8 x more likely to be stopped as part of ‘stop and search laws’ than white people

·       More likely to be in low paid jobs or unemployed

·       More likely to live in poor housing conditions

·       Less likely to have good educational opportunities

·       More likely to die from the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Council is committed to tackling racial discrimination and working with our BAME community to address issues of racial discrimination.

 

This includes undertaking a review of all statues/ monuments/ plaques within the City that celebrate the lives of those who profited greatly from the slave trade/ plantation ownership.

 

Council resolves to:

 

1.    Write to the American Ambassador on behalf of the City setting out our deep concerns and condemnation at the killing of George Floyd

 

2.    Set up a Commission with partner organisations in the City including the Police & Crime Commissioner, County Council, NHS and representatives of BAME community to review race relations in Gloucester with a view to producing recommendations to improve the lives of and enhance opportunities for BAME communities within the City

 

3.    Undertake a review of all monuments, statues and plaques within the City connected with the slave trade/ plantation ownership with a view to renaming or removing them as appropriate

 

4.    The above review to include Bakers Quay and Phillpotts Warehouse. Both Samuel Baker and Thomas Phillpotts were heavily involved in and much of their wealth was generated by the slave trade/ plantation ownership.”

 

3.    PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR STEPHENS

 

“Council notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented many serious challenges both in terms of resources and particularly pressure on the Council’s finances due to increased expenditure and loss of income.

 

As at the end May 2020 Council has:

 

·       Spent an additional £1.312 million directly on COVID-19 related expenditure

·       Estimated lost income from collection fund of £1.4 million (£900,000 business rates and £500,000 council tax)

·       Estimated lost income from sales, fees, and charges of £2.2 million

·       Estimated lost income from property  ...  view the full agenda text for item 22.

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23.

Written Questions to Cabinet Members pdf icon PDF 666 KB

Written questions and answers.  Only one supplementary question is allowed per question.

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