Agenda and minutes

Full Council - Wednesday, 25th November, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting - Zoom Committee Meeting with Public Access via YouTube. View directions

Contact: Sam Wilcock 

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Items
No. Item

59.

Welcome and Introductions pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Minutes:

The Lord Mayor welcomed all attendees to the meeting.

60.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bowden-Jones, English and Khan.

61.

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:

Councillor Clive Stevens declared the disclosable pecuniary interest that he had written a book of his experiences in local government.  He did not intend to withdraw.

62.

Public Forum (Petitions, Statements and Questions) pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Please note: public forum business is permitted for this Extraordinary Full Council meeting provided that it relates to the business for which the meeting has been arranged (ie. the items on the meeting agenda).

 

Please note that the following deadlines apply to this meeting:

 

a.      Public Questions – written questions must be received by 5pm on Thursday 19th November.  A maximum of two questions is permitted.  Questions should be addressed to the Mayor or Cabinet Member.

b.      Public Petitions and Statements – petitions and written statements must be received by 12 noon on Tuesday 24th November.  One written statement per person is permitted.

c.       Members of the public who wish to present their public forum in person during the video conference meeting must register their interest by 12 noon on Monday 23rd November.

 

Further information about the rules around public forum can be found in our Constitution (particularly the Council Procedure Rules and Virtual Meeting Procedure Rules), and the public information sheet attached to this agenda.

 

Public forum correspondence and items must be emailed to democratic.services@bristol.gov.uk

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There were no public petitions submitted to the meeting.

 

Public statements:

The Full Council received and noted the following statements (which were also referred to the Mayor for his consideration/information):

 

Ref No

Name

PS01

Cllr Huw James

PS02

Tim Warren CBE

PS03

David Redgewell

PS04

Cllr Claire Young

PS05

Lucy Travis, Somerset Catch the Bus Campaign

PS06

Dick Daniel, Bath Area Trams Association

PS07

Martin Garrett, Transport for Greater Bristol

PS08

Stephen Williams

PS09

Tony Lloyd, FOSBR

PS10

Dave Andrews

 

PS01, PS02, PS03 and PS04 were presented at the meeting.

 

Public questions:

The Full Council noted that the following questions had been submitted by members of the public and members of Council.

 

Ref No

Name

PQ01 & PQ02

Suzanne Audrey

CQ01 & CQ02

Councillor Paula O’Rourke

CQ03

Councillor Clive Stevens

CQ04 & CQ05

Councillor Martin Fodor

CQ06

Councillor Margaret Hickman

 

Within the time available, the Mayor responded verbally to all the questions submitted also responding to supplementary questions.

63.

Motion Submitted : WECA Membership pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Council believes joint working is important as a council and that the West of England Combined Authority offers a body through which Government will engage and invest in our region and allow the local authorities to work together better and more effectively.

 

Council believes the decision of North Somerset to not join previously weakened the body and its ability to attract additional funds and powers. We welcome the application by North Somerset to join WECA.

 

Council believes together we will be a stronger region able to access additional funding and that the sum and parts will jointly benefit.

 

Council calls on the Mayor and Chief Executive to publish the statutory consultation on North Somerset joining WECA as required within the joint arrangement and ask for this consultation to be published no later than 27th November.

 

Additionally Council calls on the Bristol Mayor to reverse his opposition to the expansion of WECA, noting that if he considers inadequate any negotiated additional funding associated with a proposed expansion of WECA, then he still has the authority to exercise his veto at a later date.

Minutes:

Councillor Hopkins moved the following motion:

 

Council believes joint working is important as a council and that the West of England Combined Authority offers a body through which Government will engage and invest in our region and allow the local authorities to work together better and more effectively.

 

Council believes the decision of North Somerset to not join previously weakened the body and its ability to attract additional funds and powers.  We welcome the application by North Somerset to join WECA.

 

Council believes together we will be a stronger region able to access additional funding and that the sum and parts will jointly benefit.

 

Council calls on the Mayor and Chief Executive to publish the statutory consultation on North Somerset joining WECA as required within the joint arrangement and ask for this consultation to be published no later than 27th November.

 

Additionally Council calls on the Bristol Mayor to reverse his opposition to the expansion of WECA, noting that if he considers inadequate any negotiated additional funding associated with a proposed expansion of WECA, then he still has the authority to exercise his veto at a later date.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Steve Smith.

 

Councillor Threlfall moved the following amendment:

 

That the motion be amended to read as follows:

 

Council believes joint working is important and that the West of England Combined Authority offers a body through which Government can engage and invest in our region and enables the local authorities to work together better and more effectively across the wider Greater Bristol economic area.

 

Council believes the decision of North Somerset to not join previously weakened the body and its ability to attract additional funds and powers. We welcome application by North Somerset to join WECA which could strengthen WECA and the regional economy removing the existing complicated 3+1 governance.

 

Council notes that all constituent authorities support – in principle – the expansion of WECA to include North Somerset. Council believes together we will be a stronger region able to access additional funding and that the sum and parts will jointly benefit. Council notes that Mayor Rees has stated that a challenge to this progress is due to a lack of financial detail from Westminster on a new devolution deal and clear governance arrangements.

 

Council calls on the Mayor and Chief Executive to meet urgently with other WECA authority leaders to agree a financial settlement, review the methodology for distributing WECA funds and a clear governance arrangement and publish the statutory consultation on North Somerset joining WECA

 

Additionally Council calls on the Bristol Mayor to reiterate his support for the expansion of WECA.

 

The amendment was seconded by Councillor Hickman.

 

Following debate, upon being put to the vote, the amendment was CARRIED (42 voting for, 21 against, with 1 abstentions)

 

Following debate on the motion on the table (as amended), the Lord Mayor then invited Councillor Hopkins to speak, as mover of the original motion.

 

Following final remarks, upon being put to the vote, the amended motion  ...  view the full minutes text for item 63.

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Amendment to the motion Amendment Carried
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