Agenda and minutes

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Council Meeting held on 20 May 2019.



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.



Call Over

(a)        Call over (items 9 and 10) 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.



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.



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




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



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)





Annual Report of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To receive the Annual Report of the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for 2018-19.

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Annual Report of the Audit and Governance Committee 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To receive the Annual Report of the Audit and Governance Committee 2018/19.

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Notices of Motion



Council notes:


That the impacts of climate breakdown are already causing serious damage around the world. 


That the ‘Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C’, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in October 2018, (a) describes the enormous harm that a 2°C average rise in global temperatures is likely to cause compared with a 1.5°C rise, and (b) confirms that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society and the private sector.


That all governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to act, and local governments that recognise this should not wait for their national governments to change their policies; 


That strong policies to cut emissions also have associated health, wellbeing and economic benefits;


and that, recognising this, a growing number of UK local authorities have already passed 'Climate Emergency' motions.


Council therefore commits to:


Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action.


Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030


Achieve 100% clean energy across the Council’s full range of functions by 2030


Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to zero carbon by 2030.


Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the entire area zero carbon within the same timescale;


Ensure that political and chief officer leadership teams embed this work in all areas and take responsibility for reducing, as rapidly as possible, the carbon emissions resulting from the Council’s activities, ensuring that any recommendations are fully costed and that the Executive and Scrutiny functions review council activities taking account of production and consumption emissions and produce an action plan within 12 months, together with budget actions and a measured baseline;


Request that Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee consider the impact of climate change and the environment when reviewing Council policies and strategies;


Work with, influence and inspire partners across the district, county and region to help deliver this goal through all relevant strategies, plans and shared resources by developing a series of meetings, events and partner workshops;


Request that the Council and partners take steps to proactively include young people in the process, ensuring that they have a voice in shaping the future;


Request that the Executive Portfolio holder with responsibility for Climate Change convenes a Citizens’ Assembly in 2019 in order to involve the wider population in this process. This group would help develop their own role, identify how the Council’s activities might be made net-zero carbon by 2030, consider the latest climate science and expert advice on solutions and to consider systematically the climate change impact of each area of the Council’s activities;


Set up a Climate Change Partnership group, involving Councillors, residents, young citizens, climate science and solutions experts, businesses, Citizens Assembly representatives and other relevant parties. Over the following 12 months, the Group will consider strategies and actions being developed by the Council and other partner organisations and develop a  ...  view the full agenda text for item 21.



Written Questions to Cabinet Members pdf icon PDF 91 KB

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

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