Agenda item

Announcements (10 Minutes)

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


            The Mayor


15.1    The Mayor informed Members of the sad news that former Leader of the Council and former Mayor and Sheriff, Mike Pullon had passed away and offered her condolences to his family.


15.2    The Mayor also informed Members that former Mayor and Sheriff Sue Blakeley had passed away and offered her condolences to her family. She noted that Sue Blakely was her ward councillor in Hucclecote and that she was delighted to see so many past and current Members at her Service of Rememberance.


15.3    The Mayor brought Gloucestershire Moves’ initiative, Beat the Street, to Members’ attention. She made Members aware that it was an opportunity to see how far residents could walk, run and cycle in the local area. She advised that she had been taking on the challenge and had received support from Councillor Cook along the way. She stated that she would complete the final seven stages with Councillor James and Councillor D. Brown. She invited Members to join her at the end of the course at 2.30pm on Wednesday 18th July at Longlevens library.


15.4    The Mayor congratulated Anne Brinkhoff, Corporate Director, on her having recently become a British Citizen. All Members also offered their congratulations.


15.5    The Mayor also made Members aware that this year’s Civic Ball would be held on Saturday 18th May 2019 at Hatherley Manor and that further details would be made available closer to the event.


Cabinet Member for Environment


15.6    Councillor Cook, Cabinet Member for Environment, presented a statement regarding the current position on the Amey Street Care contract and advised that discussions were ongoing.


Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee


15.7    Councillor Coole, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee informed Members that a Member Development Session facilitated by the Centre for Public Scrutiny and been well attended and that he hoped to present a plan for good scrutiny. He further advised that the Task and Finish Group on High Strength Alcohol had concluded its work and all its recommendations had been accepted by the Cabinet.


Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee


15.8    Councillor Gravells, Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee, informed Members that he had requested an item on the Amey Street Care Contract to be discussed at the next meeting of the Committee in order to assist the Cabinet Member in his work.