Agenda

Full Council
Tuesday, 14th November, 2017 6.00 pm

Contact: Ian Hird 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Welcome and safety information

Members of the public intending to attend the meeting are asked to

please note that, in the interests of health, safety and security, bags may

be searched on entry to the building. Everyone attending this meeting is

also asked please to behave with due courtesy and to conduct

themselves in a reasonable way.

 

Please note: if the alarm sounds during the meeting, everyone should

please exit the building via the way they came in, via the main entrance

lobby area, and then the front ramp. Please then assemble on the paved

area between the side entrance of the cathedral and the roundabout at The Deanery Road end of the building.

 

If the front entrance cannot be used, alternative exits are available via

staircases 2 and 3 to the left and right of the Council Chamber. These

exit to the rear of the building. The lifts are not to be used. Then please

make your way to the assembly point at the front of the building.

Please do not return to the building until instructed to do so by the fire

warden(s).

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2.

Apologies for absence

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3.

Minutes of previous meeting - 18 July 2017 pdf icon PDF 215 KB

To be confirmed as a correct record.

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4.

Declarations of interest

To note any declarations of interest from the Mayor and 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 declaration of interest made at the meeting which is not on the

register of interests should be notified to the Monitoring Officer for

inclusion.

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5.

Lord Mayor's business

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6.

Public forum (public petitions, statements and questions)

Please note:

 

Up to 30 minutes is allowed for this item. Public forum items should be

e-mailed to democratic.services@bristol.gov.uk

 

Public forum items can be about any matter the Council is responsible for

or which directly affects the city.

 

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 Monday 13 November 2017 at latest.

One written statement per member of the public is permitted.

 

b. Public questions: Written public questions must be received by

5.00 pm on Wednesday 8 November 2017 at latest. A maximum of 2 questions per

member of the public is permitted.

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7.

Petitions notified by councillors

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 13 November 2017 at latest.

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8.

Petition debate - "Save Clifton library" pdf icon PDF 185 KB

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9.

Petition debate - "Save Redland library" pdf icon PDF 186 KB

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10.

Petition debate - "Bristol needs libraries" pdf icon PDF 186 KB

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11.

Petition debate - "Protect our parks" pdf icon PDF 188 KB

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12.

Motions

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, motion 1 below will be considered at this meeting, and motion 2 may be considered subject to time. 

 

 

MOTION 1:  SECURING THE FUTURE OF BRISTOL’S LIBRARY SERVICE

Motion to be moved by: Cllr Anthony Negus, Liberal Democrat, Cotham ward

 

“Council notes the proposals by the Mayor to reduce the amount of libraries in Bristol from 27 to 10 libraries. 

 

Council understands the difficult financial situation that Bristol City Council faces and the need to reduce costs during a time of reducing budgets and increasing demographic demand.

 

Council welcomes the petition by Love Bristol Libraries, various other library groups and campaigners, and believes there is strong public support for maintaining Bristol’s library provision.

 

Council notes the report from the Libraries Task and Finish Scrutiny Group, notes that it had input from all political parties and that the recommendations have the support of councillors from Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties. The report also received the endorsement of OSMB.

 

Council endorses the central proposal to begin work on creating a mutual model for delivery of a comprehensive library service that will be professionally led,  volunteer supported and ensures a network of branch libraries is maintained across the city. These proposals will also guarantee the jobs of professional library staff providing them with a secure future working alongside volunteers.

 

Council calls on the Mayor to bring forward new proposals based on the long term future of Libraries, an important principle for the ambitions of a Learning City.  This new proposal to have a strategic approach that delivers a professionally led mutual model that embraces volunteers and secures the future of the library network.”

 

 

MOTION 2 (subject to time):  PROTECTING OUR PARKS

Motion to be moved by: Cllr Weston, Conservative, Henbury and Brentry ward

 

“Council is convinced that the Mayor’s ‘new ways of delivering parks and open spaces’ strategy is based on a totally flawed and unworkable cost neutral funding model.

 

It has long been realised that parks and green spaces are treasured public assets which provide a wide range of health benefits, places for leisure and relaxation, as well as helping to improve the urban environment.

 

Previous threats to Bristol’s substantial amount of accessible green space (1500 hectares), contained in the controversial 20-year Parks & Green Space Strategy (P&GSS) were fiercely opposed in our city, and this experience should act as a warning to any politician who dismantles or inadvertently damages this precious Victorian heritage.

 

Council recognises that there are huge financial pressures on local authorities, and many competing demands on limited resources.  For this reason, it is accepted that greater commercialisation and income generation has to be a part of helping to maintain the city’s diverse mix of parks and play spaces. Here, volunteers and community groups  ...  view the full agenda text for item 12.

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13.

West of England Joint Spatial Plan pdf icon PDF 291 KB

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14.

The Council's Pay Policy Statement for the period 15 November 2017 - 31 March 2019 pdf icon PDF 222 KB

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15.

Designation of Head of Paid Service pdf icon PDF 224 KB

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16.

Licensing Committee - membership changes pdf icon PDF 162 KB

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17.

Information report - Treasury Management Annual Report 2016-17 pdf icon PDF 207 KB

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18.

Information report - Decisions taken under special urgency provisions pdf icon PDF 197 KB

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19.

Information item - Exception to call-in procedure pdf icon PDF 186 KB

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20.

Information item - Report of Local Government Ombudsman in respect of the Council 2016-17 pdf icon PDF 181 KB

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21.

Information item - Valuation process review - sale of Port freehold pdf icon PDF 234 KB

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22.

For information only - details of other motions submitted

Note:

 

For information only: the motions set out below were also submitted for this meeting.  Due to time constraints (see agenda item 12 above), the motions set out below will not be considered at this meeting.

 

As follows:

 

a. SENIOR MANAGEMENT SEVERANCE SETTLEMENTS

Motion submitted by: Cllr Eddy, Conservative, Bishopsworth ward

 

“Council is increasingly concerned that the role of its Human Resources committee is being weakenedparticularly in the recruitment and removal processes followed for its most senior management posts.

 

Whilst private settlement agreements or confidentially clauses can be expedient or useful for employers and departing employees alike, this practice also fosters frustration, suspicion and cynicism towards how local government is run.

 

Confidential severance payments are contrary to the Mayor’s professed long-held commitment to achieving greater transparency, openness and accountability in decision-making bodies. Indeed, it is often the case that even the existence of such a deal – let alone its contents - is deemed highly confidential and subject to legal redress.

 

Whatever the merits/demerits of these kinds of contractual terms, it is this Council’s considered view that there should be very limited circumstances for the application of  these compromise arrangements especially in relation to early redundancy or severance of first and second tier officers. 

 

Moreover, these expensive exercises are damaging to the reputation of this cash-strapped Authority and in reality are rarely successful in remaining concealed.

 

Accordingly, Council calls on the administration to limit the use of such settlement agreements and to make appointments more open and transparent in the future."

 

Motion submitted by: Cllr Eddy, Conservative, Bishopsworth ward

Date submitted: 3 November 2017

 

 

b. COFFEE CUPS COST THE EARTH

Motion submitted by: Cllr Clare Campion-Smith, Liberal Democrat Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze

 

“Council notes growing concern about ‘single use’ drinking cups and the effect on the environment.  Concerns are based on the following:

·         To make takeaway coffee cups waterproof, the card is fused with polyethylene. This material cannot be separated out again at a standard recycling plant.

·         There are only 2 highly specialised recycling facilities in the UK that are able to recycle such coffee cups.

·         UK throws away 2.5 billion coffee cups a year, creating approximately 25,000 tonnes of waste.

·         Only 0.25% of the 7 million coffee cups thrown away every day in the UK are recycled.

·         Over 6.98 million coffee cups thrown away each day go to landfill or end up in the environment.

·         Paper or cardboard coffee cups which are properly recyclable in the public waste disposal system do exist.

Council therefore calls on the Mayor:

To request the government to legislate for a small charge to be levied on such cups noting the success of the plastic bag charge in increasing the use of ‘bags for life’ and reducing plastic.

To require a small charge to be levied on the cups in use in the Council House and other venues controlled by the Council to initiate a change in habits for consumers and purveyors.”

 

Sources:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environmental-audit-committee/news-parliament-2015/disposable-packaging-coffee-cups-plastic-bottles-inquiry-launch-16-17/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40951041

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36882799

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/30/reusable-incentives-could-slash-disposable-coffee-cup-waste

 

 

c. MENINGITIS

Motion submitted by: Cllr Gill  ...  view the full agenda text for item 22.

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