Meeting Details

Council
10 Sep 2019 - 19:00 to 20:09
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1 Priority Business (if any)

To dispose of any business required by statute or by the Council's Procedure Rules to be brought before the Council before any other business.

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There was no priority business
2 pdf Minutes (115Kb)
To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on the 25 June 2019
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RESOLVED: that the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on the 25 June 2019 be approved and signed by the Chairman
3 Apologies

To receive any apologies for non-attendance.

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Apologies for non-attendance were submitted on behalf of  Councillors C Benton, N Caine, B Cox, I Ford, K Perry, R Perry, W Sutton and K Upton
4 Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

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There were no declarations of interest
5 Questions pursuant to Council Procedure Rule 11.4

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e:    A Councillor may ask the Chairman of the Council, a member of the Cabinet or the Chairman of any Committee, Sub-Committee or Panel a question on any matter in relation to which the Council has powers or duties or which affects the District of South Staffordshire provided that:-

(a) they have given at least seven working days' notice in writing of the question to the Chief Executive; or

(b) the question relates to urgent matters, they have the consent of the Cabinet Member to whom the question is to be put, and the content of the question is given to the Chief Executive by 11.00 a.m. on the day of the meeting.  Every question shall be put and answered without discussion but the person to whom the question has been put may decline to answer.


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There were no questions pursuant to Council Procedure Rule 11.4
Report of the Leader of the Council
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Members received and noted the report of the Leader of the Council
Councillor Terry Mason - Chairman of the Asset Scrutiny Panel
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RESOLVED: that Council note the contents of the Asset Scrutiny Panel update
Councillor John Michell - Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee
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RESOLVED: that Council note the contents of the Audit and Risk Committee update
Councillor Wendy Sutton - Chairman of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee
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RESOLVED: that Council note the contents of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee update
Councillor Dave Lockley - Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee
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RESOLVED: that Council note the contents of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee update
Councillor Terry Mason - Chairman of the Planning Committee
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RESOLVED: that Council note the contents of the Planning Committee update
Councillor Barry Bond - Chairman of the Standards and Resources Committee
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RESOLVED: that Council note the contents of the Standards and Resources Committee update
Councillor Janet Johnson - Chairman of the Wellbeing Select Committee
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RESOLVED: that Council note the contents of the Wellbeing Select Committee update
14 Notice of Motion Under Rule 13

Motion proposed by Councillor I Sadler

 

Council notes that: 

 

Our economic system is enriching a minority while leading humanity towards climate catastrophe.  Our political system is leaving many to feel powerless and excluded from the key decisions that affect them.  In 2018, the world’s leading climate scientists – the IPCC – warned that humanity has only 12 years left in which to cap temperature rises at 1.5C or face a sharply higher risk of drought, floods and heatwaves. The UK Parliament has approved a motion to declare an environment and climate emergency, and all governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to limit the negative impacts of climate breakdown.  Local governments should recognise that they cannot wait for national government to provide more money and support to reduce emissions, and commit to the ambition of carbon neutrality by 2030 at the latest.  Our emissions are a small proportion of our area’s CO2 emissions and that we achieve more for our environment working co-operatively than we do alone.  Every year, our area spends significant amounts on energy.  This money goes out of the local economy to the big energy companies when we believe that it could be retained through community energy – and that community energy is a fundamentally important part of the national energy transition we are undergoing right now. In light of the above, Council therefore agrees to:

 

1. Join other Councils in declaring a Climate Emergency, and commit to the vision of carbon neutrality by 2030 at the latest.

 

2. Continue to call on Westminster to provide the necessary powers and resources to make local action on climate change easier. 

 

3. Encourage this Council to explore the expansion of community energy to keep the benefits of our local energy generation in our local economy. 

 

4. Continue to work with partners anchored in the area to deliver carbon reductions and grow the local economy. 

 

5. Establish a Citizens Assembly made up of a representative range of our citizens to establish the facts and make recommendations for our council

 

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The motion was proposed by Councillor I Sadler and seconded by Councillor P Allen.

Councillor B Edwards proposed an amendment to the motion and this was seconded by Councillor L Bates.  The amendment to the motion was carried.

Councillor P Allen voted against the amendment.

RESOLVED: that the Council supports the L.G.A. motion on Climate Change and that the Council declares a climate emergency and that

1. the Council seeks to explore how it can secure net zero carbon from its activities

2. the Council seeks to explore how it can use 100% clean energy across the Council's functions

3. the Council calls on Government to provide the necessary powers and resources to support implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

4. the Council continues to consider the effects on climate change of decisions to be made by the Council

5. the Council continues to work with other partners to achieve these goals

6. the Council tasks the Overview and Scrutiny Committee through a Challenge Panel to further look into how the above aspects and anything else this Council can do to reduce the effects of Climate Change and to advise on the costs of doing so.

Joint Report of Corporate Director Resources and Corporate Director Commercial
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The Council received the report on the Commercial Asset Strategy Capital Budget Amendment

RESOLVED: that members agree to increase the Commercial Asset Strategy capital budget by £2.5 million for 2019/20 and consequently to revise the Capital Programme as per paragraph 5.2 

Report of the Leader of the Council
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The Council received the Codsall Community Hub Update

RESOLVED: that Council approves

  • the implementation of the Codsall Community Hub project as set out in this report
  • the proposal to delegate authority to the Corporate Director Commercial to appoint a consultant/contractor for any professional project management and design services plus any construction contracts.
  • commencement of a tender process to identify a preferred contractor
  • delegation of authority to the Corporate Director Governance/Assistant Director Democratic and Regulatory Services to execute all documents necessary in connection with the project.  
Report of Assistant Director Enterprise and Growth
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The Council received the report on the adoption of the South Staffordshire District Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

RESOLVED: that

  • the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) be adopted by the Council

  • members endorse the supporting table of consultation responses and the Council report
18 Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements which the Chairman wishes to bring to the attention of the members.


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The Chairman of the Council, Councillor Kath Williams, thanked the Chaplain for leading the prayers. The Chairman also thanked members for their support of her Civic Sunday and reminded members that the date for the Civic Dinner was 24 April 2020.

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