Issue - meetings


Meeting: 24/01/2022 - City Council (Item 21)


(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 proposed to suspend the rules of procedure to allow the Director of Public Health, to provide an update on COVID-19 to Council and answer any questions that were submitted from Councillors.


Councillor Mrs Maddi Bridgeman (Deputy Lord Mayor) seconded the proposal and went to a vote.


Members voted unanimously in favour of the motion.


Ruth Harrell Director of Public Health attended the meeting virtually and provided an update.


The Lord Mayor made the following announcements to Members –



it was with sadness that she had to report to Council the death of former Councillor Brian Rider, who served in the Ham Ward for two terms in 1987 to 1995; he would be sadly missed and always warmly remembered by those that knew him;




Catherine Biscombe was presented with the Lord Mayor’s Special Award following her completion of seven marathons in seven countries in seven days; she raised a total of £4,700 for the Royal Marines Charity;




the Plymouth and District Bowel Cancer support group helped people suffering or recovering from bowel cancer or stoma; working with partners they had provided kits, including a change of clothes which would help those that found themselves in need of immediate assistance; Plymouth Railway Station was the first to provide these kits along with a private room.


Councillor Nick Kelly (Leader of the Council) made the following announcements to Council -



National Marine Park Chief Executive Officer  -




an interim Chief Executive for the City’s National Marine Park had been appointed;





Elaine Hayes was an environmentalist with a brilliant track record of leading nature and conservation organisations and brought with her a vast wealth of knowledge and experience;






the Council had some really exciting times ahead with a lot of different ambitions and projects to deliver in this sector; the Council wanted to plan for a more sustainable future but also inspire and enthuse its residents;





Shekinah -






the Council had been working closely with Shekinah which was a charity organisation in Plymouth, that provided opportunities for people, who were experiencing all forms of homelessness and other challenges; they helped people to make meaningful changes in their lives with specialist support to address health issues, getting a home and learning new skills to lead to employment;






with Shekinah, the Council was hoping to turn the empty Stonehouse Community Centre at Stonehouse Creek into a new type of community centre which would bring all types of services into one safe space; the new venture would offer -







skills training;




health promotion;








employment services;




housing advice;




mental health support;











Shekinah had an incredible track record of changing lives of many Plymouth people and were keen to support them in any way that the Council could; this move would bring a new lease of life to a current vacant building but also meant that the Council could continue with its long term goal to regenerate Millbay; the new boulevard had really opened up the area and with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21