Agenda and draft minutes

Full Council - Tuesday, 12th December, 2023 2.00 pm

Venue: The Council Chamber - City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR. View directions

Contact: Oliver Harrison 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Welcome and Introductions pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Minutes:

The Lord Mayor welcomed all attendees to the meeting and issued the safety information.

2.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were heard from Councillors Bailes, Bartle, Beech, Bradshaw, Cheney, Cole, Dyer, Eddy, Fitzjohn, Kent, Morris and O’Rourke.

3.

Declarations of Interest

To note any declarations of interest from the Councillors.  They are asked to indicate the relevant agenda item, the nature of the interest and in particular whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest.

 

Any declarations of interest made at the meeting which is not on the register of interests should be notified to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion.

 

Minutes:

None received.

4.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 183 KB

To agree the minutes of the following previous meetings as a correct record:

 

Tuesday 31 October 2023 Extraordinary Full Council.

Minutes:

On the motion of the Lord Mayor, seconded by Councillor Parsons, it was

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Full Council held on the 31st October be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Lord Mayor.

5.

Lord Mayor's Business

To note any announcements from the Lord Mayor

Minutes:

A minute’s silence was observed to remember all those affected by conflict around the world.

6.

Public Petitions, Statements and Questions pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Public forum items can be about any matter the Council is responsible for or which directly affects the city. Submissions will be treated in order of receipt and as many people shall be called upon as is possible within the time allowed within the meeting. Due to the cancellation of the November Full Council meeting, 45 minutes has been allocated for Public Forum at this meeting.

 

Further rules can be found within our Council Procedure Rules within the Constitution.

 

Please note that the following deadlines apply to this meeting:

 

a. Public petitions and statements: Petitions and written statements must be received by 12 noon on Friday 8 December 2023 at latest. One written statement per member of the public is permitted.

 

b. Public questions: Written public questions must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 6 December 2023 at latest. A maximum of 2 questions per member of the public is permitted. Questions should be addressed to the Mayor or relevant Cabinet Member.

 

Public forum items should be e-mailed to democratic.services@bristol.gov.uk

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Due to the late cancellation of the November Full Council meeting, 45 minutes was allocated for public forum at this meeting, which contained submissions from November and December. Full Council received and noted the following petitions and statements (which were referred to the Mayor for his consideration)

 

November Petitions

Ref

Name

Title

PP01

Bristol Allotment Forum

Hosepipe Ban

 

November Statements

Ref

Name

Title

PS01

Suzanne Audrey

Appointment of Independent Persons

PS02

Jen Smith

Independent Inquiry into the facts, faults and failings surrounding' Send surveillance

PS03

Donna Sealey

Support for Just Transition Declaration at Full Council 14.11

PS04

Karen Self

Golden Motion

PS05

Mike Oldreive

Appointment of Independent Persons for Councillor Complaints

PS06

Suzanne Wilson

The Just Transition declaration

PS07

Sian Ellis-Thomas

Values & Ethic Committee

PS08

Hanin Aidy

Easton Jamia Mosque

The ongoing genocide and ethnic cleansing in Gaza

PS09

Chris Johnson

East Bristol Liveable Neighbourhood.

PS10

Norman Zahn

15 Minute Cities

PS11

Lesley Powell

Code of Conduct Complaints

PS12

Bristol Allotment Forum

Allotment Hosepipe Bans

PS13

Sally Bowman

Golden Motion

PS14

Mubashar Chaudhry

Show Solidarity with Innocent Civilians

PS15

Dan Ackroyd

Value and Ethics

PS16

David Redgewell

Transport

PS17

Lori Streich

Golden Motion

PS18

Ellie Keen

Israeli Colours

PS19

Megs Smith

Electric Vehicles

 

December Statements

Ref

Name

Title

PS01

Rana Basharat Ali Khan

Urgent Appeal for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

PS02

Robin Hambleton

SEND Alliance for St Christopher’s

The Asset of Community Value (ACV) application for St Christopher’s School site

PS03

Rachael Fagan

Arts

PS04

Tina Legg

Call for a Ceasefire in Gaza.

PS05

Paul Constant

Cuts Proposed for The Watershed

PS06

Nigel Varley

Gilton House in Brislington

PS07

Cara Lavan

Funds from the Cultural Investment Programme

PS08

Keith Way

Planning Confidence

PS09

Cat Smith

Loss of Confidence in Bristol’s Planning System

PS10

Danica Priest

Loss of confidence in Bristol's planning system

PS11

Mubashar Chaudhry

Cease Fire

PS12

Catherine Withers

Loss in Confidence in Bristol's planning department

PS13

Anita Bennett

St. Christopher's School is an Asset of Community Value

PS14

Mhairi Threfall

Childcare is infrastructure

PS15

Carrie Sage

Loss of confidence in Bristol's Planning System

PS16

Robert Dixon

Bristol Rail Campaign

Lack of interest in ensuring opportunities for bus-rail interchange at our local stations

PS17

Martin Garrett

Public Transport

PS18

Helen Hughes

East Bristol Liveable Neighbourhood: cleaning the air, improving road safety, and Net Zero

PS19

Elena and Murray Cross

Loss of Confidence in Bristol's planning system

PS20

Kim Hicks

Proposed Cuts to Arts and Culture

PS21

Nikki Jones

Planning System

 

Within the time available, November petition 1, November statements 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 and December statements 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 13, 18, 20 were presented by individuals at the meeting.

 

Public Questions

Full Council noted that the following questions had been submitted:

 

November Questions

Ref

Name

Title

PQ01

Lena Wright

RPZ Consultation

PQ02

Molly Sherlaw-Fryer

Food Sustainability Motion

PQ03

Dan Ackroyd

Arena Island

PQ04

Mike Oldreive

Independent Persons

PQ05

Jenny Harrison

Food Sustainability Motion

PQ06

Suzanne Audrey

Independent Persons

PQ07

Harry Simpson

Bus Services

PQ08  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Petitions Notified by Councillors pdf icon PDF 230 KB

Please note: Up to 10 minutes is allowed for this item.

 

Petitions notified by Councillors can be about any matter the Council is responsible for or which directly affects the city. The deadline for the notification of petitions to this meeting is 12 noon on Monday 11 December 2023.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Full Council received and noted the following petitions:

 

Ref No

Name

Title

Number of signatures

CP01

Cllr Zoe Goodman

Petition on Israel-Gaza Conflict

4859

 

8.

Petition Debate - Loss of Confidence in Bristol's Planning System pdf icon PDF 146 KB

Recommendation: That Full Council debates the petition and refers it to the Mayor / relevant Cabinet member for a formal response.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Full Council considered a report of the Director – Legal and Democratic Services setting out details of a petition ‘Loss of Confidence in Bristol’s Planning System’. The petition had reached the 3,500 signature threshold to qualify for a Full Council debate.

 

Suzanne Audrey, the petition organiser, was invited by the Lord Mayor to present the objectives of the petition.

 

The Full Council debated the petition.

 

Following the debate it was:

 

RESOLVED: That the petition and the comments from the debate be noted and referred to the Mayor for response.

9.

Just Transition Declaration pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Recommendation: That Full Council endorse the Just Transition Declaration, as set out in Appendix A.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Full Council considered a report on the Just Transition Declaration.

 

Kirsty Hammond and Emma Geen, the declaration organisers, were invited by the Lord Mayor to present the objectives of the petition.

 

The Lord Mayor moved the report and recommendations. Councillor Steve Smith seconded the report.

 

There was a debate and upon being put to the vote, the recommendations were APPROVED and it was:

 

RESOLVED: Full Council endorsed the Just Transition Declaration, as set out in Appendix A.

10.

Mayoral Commission: Update from the Disability Equality Commission pdf icon PDF 50 KB

Recommendation: That Full Council note the report.

Minutes:

Full Council considered a report from the Disability Equality Commission. Megan Belcher, the commission Vice-Chair, was invited by the Lord Mayor to present the report.

 

The Lord Mayor moved the report and recommendations.

 

11.

Mayoral Commission: Update from the Bristol Women's Commission pdf icon PDF 286 KB

Recommendation: That Full Council note the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Full Council considered a report from the Bristol Women’s Commission. Penny Gane, the commission Chair, was invited by the Lord Mayor to present the report.

 

The Lord Mayor moved the report and recommendations.

12.

Mayoral Commission: Update from the Commission on Race Equality pdf icon PDF 140 KB

Recommendation: That Full Council note the report.

Minutes:

Full Council received apologies from Margaret Simmons-Bird, the commission Vice-Chair. 

 

The Lord Mayor moved the report and recommendations.

 

There was a debate for items 10, 11 and 12, and it was:

 

RESOLVED:

Full Council NOTED the update report from the Disability Equality Commission.

Full Council NOTED the update report from the Bristol Women’s Commission.

Full Council NOTED the update report from the Commission on Race Equality.

13.

Treasury Management Annual Report 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 551 KB

Recommendation: that Full Council note the report.

Minutes:

Full Council considered a report on the Treasury Management Report 2022/23.

 

Mayor Marvin Rees moved the reports for item 13 and item 14.

14.

Treasury Management Mid-Year Report 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 594 KB

Recommendation: that Full Council note the report.

Minutes:

Full Council considered a report on the Treasury Management Mid-Year Report 2023/24.

 

Following debate for items 13 and 14, it was

 

RESOLVED:

Full Council NOTED the Treasury Management Annual Report 2022/23

Full Council NOTED the Treasury Management Mid-Year Report 2023/24.

15.

Appointment of Independent Persons pdf icon PDF 176 KB

Recommendation: That Full Council ratify the appointment of three Independent Persons.

Minutes:

Full Council considered a report on the Appointment of Independent Persons.

 

The Lord Mayor moved the report and Councillor Steve Smith seconded the report.

 

There was no debate, and it was:

 

RESOLVED: Full Council ratified the appointment of three Independent Persons.

 

 

16.

Committee Membership Update pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Recommendations:

 

That Full Council approves the appointment of Councillor Chris Jackson and Councillor Hibaq Jama to the Licensing Committee.

 

That Councillor Amal Ali be appointed Chair of the Licensing Committee.

 

That Councillor David Wilcox be appointed Vice Chair of the Audit Committee.

Minutes:

Full Council considered a report on the Committee Membership Update

 

The Lord Mayor moved the report and Councillor Steve Smith seconded the report.

 

There was no debate, and it was:

 

RESOLVED: Full Council approved the appointment of Councillor Chris Jackson

and Councillor Hibaq Jama to the Licensing Committee.

 

That Councillor Amal Ali be appointed Chair of the Licensing Committee.

 

That Councillor David Wilcox be appointed Vice Chair of the Audit

Committee.

 

17.

Polling District Review pdf icon PDF 186 KB

Recommendations:

 

1. That Full Council approve the polling districts and places for all wards in Bristol as listed in the schedule of polling districts and polling places (Appendix A) and shown in the ward maps (Appendix B).

 

2. To note the proposed polling stations for all Wards in Bristol with effective from 1 February 2024.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Full Council considered a report on the Polling District Review.

 

The Lord Mayor moved the report and Councillor Steve Smith seconded the report.

 

There was no debate, and it was:

 

RESOLVED:

Full Council approved the polling districts and places for all wards in Bristol as listed in the schedule of polling districts and polling places (Appendix A) and shown in the ward maps (Appendix B).

 

Full Council noted the proposed polling stations for all Wards in Bristol with effect from 1 February 2024.

18.

Independent Remuneration Panel Recommendations pdf icon PDF 155 KB

Recommendation:

 

That Full Council considers the recommendations from the Independent Remuneration Panel regarding Members’ allowances as set out in Appendix 1.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Full Council considered a report from the Independent Remuneration Panel. Graham Russell, the Panel Vice-Chair, was invited by the Lord Mayor to present the report.

 

The Lord Mayor moved the report and Councillor Steve Smith seconded the report.

 

There was no debate, and it was:

 

RESOLVED:

Full Council approved the recommendations from the Independent Remuneration Panel regarding Members’ allowances as set out in Appendix 1.

19.

Motions pdf icon PDF 140 KB

Note:

Under the Council’s constitution, 30 minutes are available for the consideration of motions. In practice, this realistically means that there is usually only time for one, or possibly two motions to be considered.

 

With the agreement of the Lord Mayor, due to the cancellation of the November Full Council meeting, both the November Golden Motion and December Golden Motion will be considered at this meeting.

 

Details of other motions submitted, (which, due to time constraints, are very unlikely to be considered at this meeting) are also set out for information.

 

MOTIONS RECEIVED FOR FULL COUNCIL

 

NOVEMBER GOLDEN MOTION (LABOUR PARTY): HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT

 

This council notes:

• Bristol’s population is set to reach 550,000 by 2050.

• The rise in population will affect more areas of the city than others. Notable examples include: Bedminster, where 7,700 homes are set to be built; Hillfields and Fishponds, where at least 1,500 homes are being built as part of the Atlas Place development; Hengrove, where the council-owned housing developer Goram Homes is building 1,400 homes; and the city centre.

• A rise in population will cause increased demand for health services in Bristol and across the West of England.

• The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Integrated Care Board (ICB), a statutory NHS organisation is responsible for developing a plan for meeting the health needs of the population, managing the NHS budget and arranging for the provision of health services in the BNSSG sub-region of the Southwest.

• There is a particular shortfall in dentistry provision in Bristol, with very few dentists taking on new NHS patients.

• A 2009 needs assessment recommended both a minor injuries unit at Cossham Hospital and a community hospital at Frenchay. Neither of these facilities have yet been built.

 

This council believes:

• The UK’s health services have been failed by thirteen years of government austerity and spending restraint. Despite this, the NHS in Bristol is doing commendable work, but it needs increased, sustained funding to meet the needs of a growing population.

• Likewise, NHS staff in Bristol deserve our utmost thanks and appreciation. Doctors and nurses deserve a decent pay rise after thirteen years of wage restraint.

• The Government has a responsibility to ensure all healthcare services are well-funded. While the Government is responsible for funding health services, the ICB has a duty to ensure that Bristol’s population has adequate access to healthcare.

• Hospital provision in the eastern and north-eastern fringes in Bristol could be improved. Cossham and Frenchay hospitals are both likely to need additional capacity and facilities. However, the promised Minor Injuries Unit and Community Hospital facilities respectively may not now be appropriate, so a review is needed to see what other types of healthcare facility are needed to meet current population requirements.

• Additional healthcare facilities – including General Practitioners and Dentists – as well as hospital facilities, will be needed to keep up with Bristol’s growing population. Areas of high population growth such as Bedminster  ...  view the full agenda text for item 19.

Minutes:

Following a short adjournment, it was then moved by the Lord Mayor that standing order CPR2.1(xi) be suspended to allow the meeting to go past the 30 minutes time limit for motions.  Following a vote it was agreed to proceed up until a 60 minute limit.

Motion 1

 

Councillor Ellie King moved the following motion:

 

GOLDEN MOTION (LABOUR PARTY): HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT

 

This council notes:

• Bristol’s population is set to reach 550,000 by 2050.

• The rise in population will affect more areas of the city than others. Notable examples include: Bedminster, where 7,700 homes are set to be built; Hillfields and Fishponds, where at least 1,500 homes are being built as part of the Atlas Place development; Hengrove, where the council-owned housing developer Goram Homes is building 1,400 homes; and the city centre.

• A rise in population will cause increased demand for health services in Bristol and across the West of England.

• The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Integrated Care Board (ICB), a statutory NHS organisation is responsible for developing a plan for meeting the health needs of the population, managing the NHS budget and arranging for the provision of health services in the BNSSG sub-region of the Southwest.

• There is a particular shortfall in dentistry provision in Bristol, with very few dentists taking on new NHS patients.

• A 2009 needs assessment recommended both a minor injuries unit at Cossham Hospital and a community hospital at Frenchay. Neither of these facilities have yet been built.

 

This council believes:

• The UK’s health services have been failed by thirteen years of government austerity and spending restraint. Despite this, the NHS in Bristol is doing commendable work, but it needs increased, sustained funding to meet the needs of a growing population.

• Likewise, NHS staff in Bristol deserve our utmost thanks and appreciation. Doctors and nurses deserve a decent pay rise after thirteen years of wage restraint.

• The Government has a responsibility to ensure all healthcare services are well-funded. While the Government is responsible for funding health services, the ICB has a duty to ensure that Bristol’s population has adequate access to healthcare.

• Hospital provision in the eastern and north-eastern fringes in Bristol could be improved. Cossham and Frenchay hospitals are both likely to need additional capacity and facilities. However, the promised Minor Injuries Unit and Community Hospital facilities respectively may not now be appropriate, so a review is needed to see what other types of healthcare facility are needed to meet current population requirements.

• Additional healthcare facilities – including General Practitioners and Dentists – as well as hospital facilities, will be needed to keep up with Bristol’s growing population. Areas of high population growth such as Bedminster and Hillfields and neighbouring wards will need expanded healthcare infrastructure. The Integrated Care Board should work closely with the Council and its partners to ensure residents get the healthcare services they will need.

 

This Council resolves to:

• Work with BNSSG ICB to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.