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8.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 22 May 2020 Annual General Meeting as a correct record.

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Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 22 May 2020 were agreed as a true and accurate record.

9.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Members will be asked to make any declarations of interest in respect of items on this agenda. A flowchart providing guidance on interests is attached to assist councillors

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Minutes:

The following declaration of interest was made by a councillor in accordance with the code of conduct in respect of items under consideration at the meeting -

 

Name

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Reason

Interest

Councillor Carson

14 - Plymouth and South West Devon Supplementary Planning Document

 

Disclosable Pecuniary Interest

 

10.

Appointments to Committees, Outside Bodies etc

The Acting Monitoring Officer will report on vacancies on committees, outside bodies etc and of changes notified to Democratic Support for Council to note.

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Minutes:

Council agreed the following appointments notified to the Monitoring Officer -



Committee/Outside body

Previous Member

New Member

Planning Committee

Councillor Morris

Councillor Sam Davey

Child Poverty

 

Councillor David James

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority

Councillor Jonny Morris

Councillor Margaret Corvid

 

 

11.

Announcements

(a)        To receive announcements from the Lord Mayor, Chief Executive, Service Director for Finance or Head of Legal Services;

 

(b)        To receive announcements from the Leader, Cabinet Members or Committee Chairs.

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The Lord Mayor made the following announcements:

 

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offered his congratulations to Plymouth Argyle on their promotion from Division Two to Division One and wished them luck for the following season;

 

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on 22 June 1948 Tillbury Docks received one of the first large groups of post war Caribbean settlers on the ship the Empire Windrush – the first generation workers came to the UK by invitation to help rebuild Britain after World War 2. Many were met with hostility and found themselves denied rights, lost their jobs and in some cases were deported. Today the Council stood with the Afro Caribbean community and recognised that diversity of the city was one of its greatest strengths and assets;

 

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passed his condolences to the families of the three people that died as a result of the appalling attack in Reading on Saturday evening – the Lord Mayor would write to Councillor David Stevens, Lord Mayor of Reading, on behalf of the Council to express his sympathy and support;

 

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invited the Council to note the sad passing of Mrs Patricia Floyd on 5 May 2020 – she was Lady Mayoress with her husband Arthur Floyd as Lord Mayor from 1976 – 1977. Councillors were asked to join the Lord Mayor in observing 1 minute’s silence.

 

The Lord Mayor then requested that Council suspend the usual procedural rules to allow the Director of Public Health to provide an update to the Council on Covid 19. The Deputy Lord Mayor seconded the motion and this was agreed unanimously by Full Council.

 

The Director of Public Health provided an update on the current situation with regards to the Covid 19 pandemic as follows:

 

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over 47,000 confirmed deaths associated with Covid 19 across the country;

 

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in Plymouth, been lucky as the virus had impacted the city terribly however compared to some other areas, the rates of death had been lower;

 

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excess of 80 deaths in Plymouth and it was hoped that the first wave of the virus was coming to an end; number of confirmed cases was relatively small however the burden of the disease was more than the figures;

 

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considered that a number of the population may have had the disease but didn’t show symptoms, or had very mild symptoms; however a large number of the population was considered not to have had the virus. Prevention was integral in order to prevent a second wave. Work was ongoing to try and get schools up and running and businesses operating;

 

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the importance of the Test and Trace programme and the importance of scaling this programme up; those with symptoms were encouraged to use this programme;

 

 

The Chief Executive of the Council, Tracey Lee, then provided an update on the impact of Covid 19 and the Council’s response, Caring for Plymouth and the Good Neighbours Scheme and the Reset agenda and the impact on Plymouth’s economy.

 

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Tudor Evans OBE, made announcements including the following:

 

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Public Health England’s response to the pandemic;

 

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congratulations to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

12.

Questions by the Public

To receive questions from and provide answers to the public in relation to matters which are about something the council is responsible for or something that directly affects people in the city, in accordance with Part B, paragraph 11 of the Constitution.

 

Questions, of no longer than 50 words, can be submitted to the Democratic Support Unit, Plymouth City Council, Ballard House, West Hoe Road, Plymouth, PL1 3BJ, or email to democraticsupport@plymouth.gov.uk. Any questions must be received at least five complete working days before the meeting.

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Minutes:

There was one question from the public.

 

Mr Stuart Lloyd Dolton asked the following question:

 

“As a proud Plymouthian, I am bewildered that Leader of the Council has made a decision to change a street name, based on a small minority. It’s offensive the majority of our city has been insulted in such a derogatory manner. Can Councillor Evans ensure the proper consultation will ensue?”

 

The Leader, Councillor Evans OBE, gave the following response:

 

I made it very clear in my statement on 9 June which was published on the Council’s website that the Council is starting the renaming process for Sir John Hawkins Square, and that this will involve an opportunity for people to give their views.  The reason I said this is that the Council has published guidelines and a procedure for renaming streets, and we are following them.  Our guidelines follow Section 18 of the Public Health Act 1925, which specifically refers to altering the name of a street, and are the same as any other council’s, because that is the law.

 

As I said in my statement, we listened to those who found the relatively recent naming of the square after Hawkins offensive because of his close associations with the slave trade, and that’s why we’re changing it. We are not seeking to rewrite history and we are not saying that we should forget Hawkins.  He was an important figure in our national history, and we can remember this in a way that tells a fuller story about his life and which doesn’t commemorate him in a way that gives offence.  When it opens, the Box will tell a much more rounded story about Hawkins and some of the city’s other famous historical figures.

 

As Councillor Penberthy, whose Ward contains the square has said, naming the square after Jack Leslie would be a wonderful way of recognising the big role he has not only in Plymouth Argyle’s heritage, but also in national football.  As the only black professional player at the time, he was a pioneer.  Unfortunately he also had to deal with discrimination which meant he was denied the opportunity to represent his country.  As a city we want to remember him and are very pleased that his family has agreed for the square to be named Jack Leslie Square.

 

The Council’s agreed process for naming the square has started.  A Public Health Act Street Renaming Notice will be displayed for a month.  If Mr Dolton or anyone else is aggrieved by the proposed Renaming Order he has the opportunity to lodge an appeal with the local Magistrates Court within 21 days of the posting of the notice.  If any appeals are lodged, the matter will be decided by the Magistrates. 

 

I hope that Mr Dolton is now less bewildered, particularly as the decision on this matter is actually for Councillor Lowry who is the relevant Cabinet Member in the Council’s procedure. I can confirm though that he has the support of the whole Cabinet  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

13.

Capital and Revenue Outturn Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 159 KB

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Councillor Mark Lowry (Cabinet Member for Finance) introduced the Capital and Revenue Outturn Report 2019/20. This was seconded by Councillor Tudor Evans OBE (Leader of the Council).

 

Following a discussion, Council agreed to note the Financial Outturn Report for 2019/20.

 

 

 

14.

Plymouth and South West Devon Supplementary Planning Document pdf icon PDF 162 KB

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Councillor Coker (Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure) introduced the Plymouth and South West Devon Supplementary Planning Document.

 

This was seconded by Councillor Sue Dann (Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene.

 

Following a discussion, Council agreed to:

 

1.     Adopt the Plymouth and South West Devon Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), and its two companion documents subject to South Hams and West Devon agreeing likewise.

 

For (53)

 

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Ball, Mrs Beer, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Mrs Bridgeman, Buchan, Corvid, Churchill, Coker, Dann, Darcy, Derrick, Davey, Deacon Downie, Drean, Evans OBE, Haydon, Goslin, Hendy, James, Jordan, Mrs Johnson, Kelly, Laing, Michael Leaves, Mrs Leaves, Lowry, McDonald, Morris, Murphy, Neil, Nicholson, Parker-Delaz-Ajete, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Singh, Pete Smith, Rebecca Smith, Stevens, Jon Taylor, Kate Taylor, Tuffin, Tuohy, Vincent, Ms Watkin, Wheeler, Wigens, Winter (Deputy Lord Mayor).

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain (0)

 

No vote (1) Councillor Loveridge and Councillor Mavin (Lord Mayor)

15.

Motions on notice

To consider motions from councillors in accordance with Part B, paragraph 14 of the Constitution.

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16.

Renaming of Sir John Hawkins Square pdf icon PDF 96 KB

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Councillor Kelly introduced the Motion on Renaming of Sir John Hawkins Square. This was seconded by Councillor Jordan.

 

Following a brief debate, a proposal was made by Councillor Mrs Aspinall to move to the vote, this was seconded by Councillor Parker-Delaz-Ajete.

 

For (31)

 

Councillors Allen, Aspinall, Buchan, Corvid, Coker, Dann, Derrick, Sam Davey, Evans OBE, Haydon, Goslin, Hendy, Laing, Lowry, McDonald, Morris, Murphy, Neil, Parker Delaz Ajete, Penberthy, Rennie, Singh, Peter Smith, Stevens, Jon Taylor, Kate Taylor, Tuffin, Tuohy, Vincent, Wheeler, Winter.

 

Against (24)

 

Councillors Ball, Mrs Beer, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Mrs Bridgeman, Carson, Churchill, Darcy, Deacon, Downie, Drean, James, Jordan, Mrs Johnson, Kelly, Mike Leaves, Sam Leaves, Loveridge, Nicholson, Mrs Pengelly , Riley, R Smith, Ms Watkin, Wigens,

 

Absent/ Did Not Vote (2)

 

Councillor Cook – absent

Lord Mayor – Councillor Mavin – did not vote

 

The proposal to move to the vote was carried.

 

Following a vote on the Renaming of Sir John Hawkins Square motion, the motion was lost:

 

For (24)

 

Councillors Ball, Mrs Beer, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Mrs Bridgeman, Carson, Churchill, Darcy, Deacon, Downie, Drean, James, Jordan, Mrs Johnson, Kelly, Mike Leaves, Sam Leaves, Loveridge, Nicholson, Mrs Pengelly, Riley, R Smith, Ms Watkin, Wigens.

 

Against (30)

 

Councillor Allen, Aspinall, Buchan, Corvid, Coker, Dann, Derrick, Sam Davey, Evans OBE, Haydon, Goslin, Hendy, Laing, Lowry, McDonald, Morris, Murphy, Neil, Parker Delaz Ajete, Penberthy, Rennie,Peter Smith, Stevens, Jon Taylor, Kate Taylor, Tuffin, Tuohy, Vincent, Wheeler, Winter.

 

Absent/ Did Not Vote/ Abstain (3)

 

Councillor Cook – absent

Lord Mayor – Councillor Mavin – did not vote

Councillor Singh - abstain

 

 

 

17.

Cashless Car Parking Payment in Plymouth pdf icon PDF 107 KB

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Councillor Ball introduced the Motion on Cashless Car Parking Payment in Plymouth. This was seconded by Councillor Drean.

 

Following a debate, the motion was lost:

 

For (25)

 

Councillors Ball, Mrs Beer, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Mrs Bridgeman, Carson, Churchill, Darcy, Deacon, Downie, Drean, James, Jordan, Mrs Johnson, Kelly, Mike Leaves, Sam Leaves, Loveridge, Nicholson, Mrs Pengelly, Riley, Singh, R Smith, Ms Watkin, Wigens.

 

Against (30)

 

Councillors Allen, Aspinall, Buchan, Corvid, Coker, Dann, Derrick, Sam Davey, Evans OBE, Haydon, Goslin, Hendy, Laing, Lowry, McDonald, Morris, Murphy, Neil, Parker Delaz Ajete, Penberthy, Rennie, Peter Smith, Stevens, Jon Taylor, Kate Taylor, Tuffin, Tuohy, Vincent, Wheeler, Winter.

 

Absent/ Did Not Vote (2)

 

Councillor Cook – absent

Lord Mayor – Councillor Mavin – did not vote

 

18.

Garden Waste pdf icon PDF 118 KB

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Councillor Mrs Bridgeman introduced the Motion on Garden Waste. This was seconded by Councillor Carson.

 

Following a debate, the motion was lost:

 

For (25)

 

Councillors Ball, Mrs Beer, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Mrs Bridgeman, Carson, Churchill, Darcy, Deacon, Downie, Drean, James, Jordan, Mrs Johnson, Kelly, Mike Leaves, Sam Leaves, Loveridge, Nicholson, Mrs Pengelly, Riley, Singh, R Smith, Ms Watkin, Wigens.

 

Against (30)

 

Councillors Allen, Aspinall, Buchan, Corvid, Coker, Dann, Derrick, Sam Davey, Evans OBE, Haydon, Goslin, Hendy, Laing, Lowry, McDonald, Morris, Murphy, Neil, Parker Delaz Ajete, Penberthy, Rennie, Peter Smith, Stevens, Jon Taylor, Kate Taylor, Tuffin, Tuohy, Vincent, Wheeler, Winter.

 

Absent/ Did Not Vote (2)

 

Councillor Cook – absent

Lord Mayor – Councillor Mavin – did not vote

 

19.

Combatting Racism and Discrimination in Plymouth pdf icon PDF 96 KB

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This motion was withdrawn.

20.

Free School Meals pdf icon PDF 105 KB

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This motion was withdrawn.

21.

Encampments pdf icon PDF 107 KB

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Councillor Sam Leaves introduced the Motion Encampments. This was seconded by Councillor Downie.

 

Following a brief debate, a proposal was made by Councillor Parker-Delaz-Ajete to move to the vote, this was seconded by Councillor Pete Smith.

 

For (30)

 

Councillors Allen, Aspinall, Buchan, Corvid, Coker, Dann, Derrick, Sam Davey, Evans OBE, Haydon, Goslin, Hendy, Laing, Lowry, McDonald, Morris, Murphy, Neil, Parker Delaz Ajete, Penberthy, Rennie, Peter Smith, Stevens, Jon Taylor, Kate Taylor, Tuffin, Tuohy, Vincent, Wheeler, Winter.

 

Against (22)

 

Councillors Mrs Beer, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Mrs Bridgeman, Carson, Churchill, Darcy, Deacon, Downie, Drean, James, Jordan, Mrs Johnson, Kelly, Mike Leaves, Sam Leaves, Loveridge, Nicholson, Mrs Pengelly, Riley, R Smith, Ms Watkin.

 

Absent/ Did Not Vote (5)

 

Councillor Ball – absent

Councillor Cook – absent

Councillor Singh – abstain

Councillor Wigens - absent

Lord Mayor – Councillor Mavin – did not vote

 

The proposal to move to the vote was carried.

 

Following a vote on the Encampments motion, the motion was lost:

 

For (23)

 

Councillors Ball, Mrs Beer, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Mrs Bridgeman, Carson, Churchill, Darcy, Deacon, Downie, Drean, James, Jordan, Mrs Johnson, Kelly, Mike Leaves, Sam Leaves, Loveridge, Nicholson, Mrs Pengelly, Riley, R Smith, Ms Watkin.

 

Against (29)

 

Councillor Allen, Aspinall, Buchan, Corvid, Coker, Dann, Derrick, Sam Davey, Evans OBE, Haydon, Goslin, Hendy, Laing, Lowry, McDonald, Murphy, Neil, Parker Delaz Ajete, Penberthy, Rennie, Peter Smith, Stevens, Jon Taylor, Kate Taylor, Tuffin, Tuohy, Vincent, Wheeler, Winter.

 

Absent/ Did Not Vote/ Abstain (5)

Councillor Singh – abstain

Councillor Wigens - absent

Councillor Morris - absent

Councillor Cook – absent

Lord Mayor – Councillor Mavin – did not vote

22.

Urgent Key Decisions to be Reported

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Councillor Evans OBE gave a brief update on two urgent key decisions taken since the last meeting. The update was seconded by Councillor Pete Smith.

 

·       Covid 19 - Local Council Tax Support Hardship Fund

·       Covid 19 - Resilience Mortuary Contract Award

·       Covid 19 - Suspension of Tolling on Tamar Crossing

·       Covid 19 - Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

·       Covid 19 - Discretionary Grant Fund for Business

 

Council noted the urgent key decisions taken by the Leader in line with due process and published on 25 March 2020, 27 March 2020, 16 April 2020, 7 May 2020 and 29 May 2020.

23.

Questions by Councillors

Questions to the Leader, Cabinet Members and Committee Chairs covering aspects for their areas of responsibility or concern by councillors in accordance with Part B, paragraph 12 of the constitution.

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From

To

Subject

1

Councillor Nicholson

Councillor Kate Taylor

Lessons learned from the Covid pandemic to improve healthcare provision in the city moving forward.

Response: Conversations were being had, with regards to lessons learned, as part of the Reset agenda. It was highlighted that we were not through the pandemic and needed to strike a delicate balance with what happens next and what was still ongoing. The importance of the Caring for Plymouth Programme and strong partnership working was emphasised.

2

Councillor Buchan

Councillor Kate Taylor

Guidance on those shielding from Covid 19

 

Response: The huge sacrifices of those shielding (in terms of their wellbeing, mental health and finances) was recognised. The Cabinet Member had recently written to Matt Hancock asking him to issue urgent guidance to give clarity to those affected, as well as the Local Authority in their supportive role.  

3

Councillor Goslin

Councillor Coker

Improvements in cycling provision in the city.

Response: The Council had applied for a £249,000 grant from Government in order to help with cycling provision however had not yet heard if they had been successful. There was approximately £5.1m in the budget to deliver further 126km of new and improved traffic free facilities on the cycle network, paths and green spaces, building on the £9.5m already invested in walking and cycling infrastructure in the city.

4

Councillor Drean

Councillor Coker

Transforming City’s Future Bid.

Response: The Council had applied for several bids including the Transforming City’s Future Bid however had not yet heard if they had been successful – an announcement was expected and this would be shared with all members.

Councillor Mrs Bridgeman

Councillor Dann

Reconsideration of motion to extend garden waste collection to November – this had been done – thanks offered.

Response: No response required.

6

Councillor Mrs Beer

Councillor Dann

Grass cutting and vegetation growing over signs on the highway.

Response: Grass cutting in the city had started up again – this had been affected by the low numbers of staff members during the pandemic. A decision was made to prioritise domestic waste collection however certain initiatives like ‘No Mow May’ were encouraging wild flower growth and biodiversity as a result of letting the grass grow. The Highways Team checked the vegetation growing on signs on a regular basis and members were encouraged to contact the team to report problems to avoid health and safety issues. The Council had reduced staffing in March, April and May as a result of the pandemic therefore the Council was now in a position of playing catch up.

7

Councillor Ian Bowyer

Councillor Pete Smith

Manadon Sports Centre – boundary extension.

Response: The Deputy Leader was aware of the boundary extension and action had been taken to rectify the situation. He would advise Councillor Ian Bowyer of progress and when the walkway would be reinstated.

8

Councillor Kelly

Councillor Coker

Disabled parking on the Hoe.

Response: The disabled parking on the main parade ground of the Hoe had been restricted during the ongoing  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.