Agenda and minutes

Council
Thursday, 18th March 2021 6.30 pm

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Items
No. Item

73.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 291 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Council Meeting held on 25 February 2021.

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74.

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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75.

Call Over

(a)        Call over (items 9-16) 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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76.

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.

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77.

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

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78.

Announcements

At the discretion of the Mayor, to receive the following extraordinary announcements, which will not be subject to a time limit:

 

a)    Presentation of Mayor’s Medal to Hash Norat, in recognition of important and significant contributions to the City of Gloucester

b)    Announcement of recipients of Council awards recognising outstanding contributions to the pandemic response by the Cabinet Member for Communities for Communities and Neighbourhoods, with comments from Group Leaders

c)     Tributes to Councillors not seeking re-election on 6 May 2021 from Group Leaders

 

To receive announcements from (10 Minutes):

 

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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79.

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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80.

Cultural Strategy 5 Year Update pdf icon PDF 369 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure providing an overview of progress made against the Cultural Strategy for the period 2016 2020 and presenting the revised version of Gloucester’s Cultural Vision & Strategy for the period 2021-2026.

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81.

Treasury Management Strategy pdf icon PDF 151 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources seeking approval of the Treasury Management Strategy, the prudential indicators and to note the Treasury activities.

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82.

Capital Strategy pdf icon PDF 142 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources seeking approval of the Capital Strategy 2021/22.

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83.

Pay Policy Statement 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources seeking approval of the Council’s Pay Policy Statement for 2021/22.

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84.

Revised Gloucester Local Development Scheme 2021-2023 pdf icon PDF 165 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Strategy concerning the adoption of the Gloucester Local Development Scheme 2021-2023, which updates the timetable for the preparation and adoption of the Gloucester City Plan and Joint Core Strategy Review.

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85.

The Saintbridge Recreation Ground Trust pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To consider the report of the Managing Director concerning recommendations for the governance of the Saintbridge Recreation Ground  Trust.

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86.

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

To receive the Annual Report of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

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87.

Annual Report of the Audit and Governance Committee pdf icon PDF 224 KB

To receive the Annual Report of the Audit and Governance Committee.

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88.

Notices of Motion pdf icon PDF 230 KB

1.     PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR HILTON

 

This council notes that the Debenhams brand has been bought by Boohoo.

 

That all 124 stores across the country will close with the loss of 12,000 jobs as Boohoo relaunches Debenhams as an online-only retailer later this year.

 

That the Gloucester department store building is currently owned by Aviva who have put it up for sale.

 

There is speculation that the building has been sold, but as of the 3rd March a sale hasn’t been confirmed by either a buyer or Aviva. 

 

The previous day the leader of the council confirmed that he did not know whether the building had been sold. 

 

The Debenhams department store is listed as a positive building within the city centre conservation area, though its service yard is regarded as a negative aspect off St Aldate Street.

 

The department store cannot be demolished without the council’s consent.

 

This council agrees to work closely with the new owners to retain, restore and repurpose the building.

 

This council also confirms that it would oppose the demolition of the Debenhams building.”

 

2.     PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR STEPHENS

 

“Council notes that the Covid-19 vaccination programme is having a significant impact nationally in protecting people against Covid-19 and is greatly reducing the prevalence of the virus, lowering death rates and hospital admissions.

 

Council further notes that Gloucestershire has consistently been the highest performer nationally in terms of delivering the vaccine to its residents. This is due to the excellent leadership of Sarah Scott and the public health team in the county, NHS and other frontline workers, and the vast army of volunteer helpers.

 

Council resolves:

 

1.     To write to Sarah Scott expressing our gratitude to her and her team on the success of the vaccination programme in Gloucester (shire).

 

2.     Records it thanks to the NHS staff, other frontline & public sector workers and volunteers involved in delivering the vaccine programme.”

 

3.     PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR PULLEN

 

“Gloucester City Council and Gloucester City Homes own a number of garages across the city. There is currently a waiting list for the garages with residents having to wait many months or even years before being offered one. Many of the garages need significant repairs and are currently unable to be let because of this.

 

Garages are a useful asset and if used not only generate income but also provide a valued amenity for residents taking cars off the road, easing congestion, and freeing up on-street car parking spaces.

 

Council resolves:

 

1.     To carry out an audit of all garages owned by both the council and Gloucester City Homes, detailing whether they are empty or vacant and the level of disrepair.

2.     To introduce a comprehensive programme of refurbishment of the garages to bring them back into use.

 

3.     To investigate alternative uses for the sites e.g., housing where the sites are considered unviable.

 

4.     That a report be presented to Cabinet within 6 months setting out the result of the audit and a comprehensive action plan.”

 

4.     PROPOSED BY  ...  view the full agenda text for item 88.

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89.

Written Questions to Cabinet Members pdf icon PDF 557 KB

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

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