Agenda

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

Contact: Democratic and Electoral Services 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 188 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Council Meeting held on 20 May 2024.

3.

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.

4.

Call Over

(a)       Call over (items 9-12) 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.

5.

Public Question Time (15 Minutes) pdf icon PDF 96 KB

The opportunity is given to members of the public to put questions to Cabinet Members or Committee Chairs provided that questions do not contravene the provisions set out Council Procedure Rule 10.01.

 

To ask a question at this meeting, please submit it to democratic.services@gloucester.gov.uk by 12 noon on Friday 12 July 2024 or telephone 01452 396203 for support.

 

Questions and responses will be published at least 24 hours before the meeting. Supplementary questions may be put and answered during the meeting, subject to the relevant time limit.

6.

Petitions and Deputations (15 Minutes)

7.

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

8.

Members' Question Time pdf icon PDF 234 KB

a)    Leader and Cabinet Members’ Question Time (45 minutes) 

 

Any member of the Council may ask the Leader of the Council or any Cabinet Member any question 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 

 

b)    Questions to Chairs of Meetings (15 Minutes) 

 

Questions and responses will be published at least 24 hours before the meeting. Supplementary questions will be put and answered during the meeting, subject to the relevant time limit.

ISSUES FOR DECISION BY COUNCIL

9.

Treasury Management Year End Annual Report 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 276 KB

To consider the report of the Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Resources providing an update on treasury management activities for 2023/24.

Additional documents:

10.

Report of the Independent Remuneration Panel pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To consider the report of the Chair of the Independent Remuneration Panel concerning the consideration of a new Member role.

Additional documents:

11.

Designation of Monitoring Officer pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To receive the report of the Head of Paid Service concerning the designation of a Monitoring Officer.

12.

Urgent Decision Reported to Council

In accordance with Part 4 of the Constitution, Council is asked to note the urgent decision of the Managing Director to renew the contract to extend use of the Council’s current payment services platform and income management solution for a period of three years. The Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s agreement was obtained to waive the call in period and the decision record has been circulated and can be viewed on the Council’s website.

MOTIONS FROM MEMBERS

13.

Notices of Motion pdf icon PDF 129 KB

1.    PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR MILLARD AND SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR PULLEN

 

“This council notes the growing issues of retail crime across the UK as highlighted in a recent report from the Co op Group which stated there were record levels in 2023 with more than 333,000 incidents (a 44% year on year increase) with many communities continuing to be blighted by retail crime.

 

It is acknowledged that a majority of those committing crimes are repeat and prolific offenders.

 

This council understands the impact this criminal activity is having on shopworkers in Gloucester with retail staff feeling demoralised and in danger at their workplace after experiencing verbal abuse and threatening behaviour.  It also recognises that retail employers have a responsibility for the safety of their staff but the council has a role in supporting public and community safety on a wider scale. 

 

This council notes the campaign work of the Co-operative Party who have been working in partnership with organisations such as the Co-op Group, Co-operative Societies and USDAW trade union to tackle retail crime and campaigning to tackle retail crime and strengthen the rights of retail workers.

 

This council resolves:

 

·       To continue to engage with the retail sector, the BID, Gloucester City Safe and businesses in Gloucester to understand the severity of this issue and take increased action to tackle retail crime and protect retail workers.

 

·       To include this issue in the Stronger Safer Gloucester Partnership work plan review and look to secure adequate resources to address retail crime and protect retail workers.

 

·       Write to the Police and Crime Commissioner asking for a review of arrangements for tackling retail crime by frequent and repeat offenders.

 

·       Understand the issues and needs of repeat retail offenders and how these can be addressed.

 

·       Ensure and encourage retail workers to report incidents of retail crime, including abuse and threatening behaviour towards staff, in the confidence that the police will take action.

 

·       Work with retailers where appropriate to reduce the opportunities, likelihood and ease of shop lifting in their premises.

 

·       Support efforts to strengthen protection for shop workers including ensuring any new criminal offence of assaulting retail workers is enforced.”

 

2.    PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR O’DONNELL AND SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR A. CHAMBERS

 

“I am proposing a motion to review the costings associated with providing free green waste services to residents who are unable to afford such services, particularly in areas where financial constraints impact garden maintenance and community well-being. The provision of free green waste services, including subsidized or no-cost green bins, can play a vital role in supporting individuals and families facing economic challenges, ensuring access to essential resources for garden maintenance, and promoting mental health and well-being in our communities. By examining the feasibility of reducing the cost or offering free green waste solutions, we can address the barriers that prevent residents from caring for their gardens and outdoor spaces effectively.

 

Many residents in our community experience financial difficulties that limit their ability to access green waste services, such as green bins for garden waste  ...  view the full agenda text for item 13.