Full Council - Tuesday, 7th December, 2021 3.00 pm

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

Contact: Sam Wilcock 

No. Item


Welcome and Introductions


Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 411 KB


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 of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 423 KB

To agree the minutes of the previous meeting as a correct record.

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Lord Mayor's Business

To note any announcements from the Lord Mayor


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 6 December 2021.



Public Forum (Public Petitions, Statements and Questions)

Public forum items from members of the public who live or work in Bristol 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 (normally 30 minutes).


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 two working days prior to the meeting - by 12 noon on Friday 3rd December 2021 at latest. One written statement per member of the public is permitted.


b. Public questions: Written public questions must be received three clear working days prior to the meeting - by 5pm on Wednesday 1st December 2021 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.


c. Members of the public who wish to present their public forum in person during the meeting are asked to register their intent to attend by midday on Friday 3rd December 2021. This would help plan for covid secure measures within the meeting room and Council building.


Public forum items should be e-mailed to


Please note that members of the press and public may be asked to watch the meeting on a screen in another room due to the maximum capacity of the venue. Those who registered their intention to attend for public forum will be prioritised for the meeting room public gallery.


Petition Debate : Save Redfield Cinema pdf icon PDF 540 KB


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



Statutory Review of Gambling Policy pdf icon PDF 697 KB



That Full Council adopt the draft Statement of Gambling Policy 2022


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Corporate Strategy 2022-2027 pdf icon PDF 668 KB



That Full Council approve the Corporate Strategy 2022-27 for implementation financial year 2022-23 onwards.


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Medium Term Financial Plan and Capital Strategy pdf icon PDF 663 KB



To note

1.           The economic outlook and projections within the 5-year MTFP

2.           The Strategic planning approach

3.           The Reserve Policy

To approve

3.           Medium Term Financial Plan for the period 2022/23 to 2026/27

4.           Capital Strategy for the period 2022/23 to 2031/32

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Revised criteria for the appointment of Honorary Aldermen/women pdf icon PDF 584 KB



That Full Council considers and approves the revised criteria set out in paragraph 8 governing the appointment of Honorary Aldermen/women.


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Audit Committee's half year report pdf icon PDF 650 KB



The Council receives the report of the Audit Committee and notes the key areas the Committee is monitoring to support improvements required in internal control, risk management and governance. 


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Treasury Management mid-year report 2021-2022 pdf icon PDF 599 KB



That the Mid-Year Treasury Management report for 2021/22 is noted.



Motions pdf icon PDF 798 KB


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 is likely to be considered, subject to time.


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




1.       Golden Motion: Governance of Bristol City Council


Full Council notes that;

1.       Council recognises that the people of Bristol in 2012 decided to adopt a mayoral model for Bristol City Council following a referendum.

2.       That many of the promises of devolution of power and money made by Central Government  have not materialised.

  1. That the position of West of England Mayor has now been created, making many of the purported benefits of a Mayoral system for Bristol City Council redundant.
  2. That the Mayoral system in Bristol has centralised executive power to the detriment of citizens’ engagement in the decisions that affect their lives and reduced the accountability of the city’s Governance.
  3. Council notes that there is a significant public opinion that the Council should review its current mayoral system of governance.


Therefore, this Council resolves:

1.       That the holding of a referendum on the Council’s governance arrangements be approved and that the Council’s Returning Officer be instructed to prepare to hold such a referendum at the earliest opportunity, on the first Thursday in May 2022.

2.       That the referendum question be to determine whether to retain the mayoral model or change to a Committee system.

Motion to be moved by: Cllr Alex Hartley

Date of submission: 25th November 2021



2.       Silver Motion: National Disability Strategy and Social Care

The Council notes:

·         The Government published its long-awaited National Disability Strategy on 28 July.

·         This strategy has been strongly criticised by disabled people and their organisations for not coming up with any solutions for addressing the barriers, issues and priorities that they have identified for years.

·         The lack of engagement with disabled groups has also been strongly criticised and is so severe that a group of disabled people are taking the Government to court, as the absence of meaningful consultation could be deemed unlawful.

·         In addition to this, disabled people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, as 60% people dying from Covid were disabled, despite disabled people only making up 20% of the population.

·         Disabled people have also borne the brunt of decade-long Government austerity through cuts to the key public services that they rely on and are also over-represented in unemployment figures - particularly those with learning difficulties.

·         The Government is still yet to formulate a solution to the social care crisis, despite the Prime Minister’s pledge to deliver a plan two years ago, which is emblematic of this Government’s lack of support for disabled  ...  view the full agenda text for item 15.