Agenda and draft minutes

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1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 15 March 2021 and 21 May 2021 Annual General Meeting  as a correct record.

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Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 21 May 2021 were agreed as a true and accurate record.

 

2.

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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The following declarations of interest were made by councillors in accordance with the code of conduct in respect of items under consideration at the meeting -

 

Name

Minute Number

Reason

Interest

Councillor Glenn Jordan

 

 

 

Councillor Shannon Burden

 

 

 

Councillor Jemima Laing

9B

 

Personal

Councillor Andrea Johnson

 

 

 

Councillor Sue Dann

 

 

 

Councillor Rebecca Smith

 

 

 

Councillor Nigel Churchill 

 

 

 

Councillor Nick Kelly

 

 

 

Councillor Natalie Harrison 

 

 

 

 

3.

Appointments to Committees, Outside Bodies etc

The Monitoring Officer will submit a schedule of vacancies on committees, outside bodies etc and of changes notified to us.  

 

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Members noted the changes to political proportionality of the Council, Council membership and outside bodies.

 

4.

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 thanked South West Water for their substantial donations to Bowel Cancer South West and the NSPCC.

 

The Lord Mayor recognised:

 

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David Draffan, Service Director for Economic development for being awarded an MBE for services to local government.

 

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Professor Ray Jones, Professor of Health Informatics at the University of Plymouth had been awarded an MBE for services to digital health and social care.

 

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Alison Pessell, Company Secretary for Fish Markets had been awarded the MBE for services to the English fishing industry.

 

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Chris Robinson had been awarded the MBE for services to heritage, conservation, education, business and tourism in Plymouth.

 

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Mr Paul Morriss, Detachment Commander for Devon Army Cadet Force had been awarded the BEM for voluntary service to young people in Plymouth. 

 

 

The Lord Mayor proposed to suspend the rules of procedure to allow the Director of Public Health Ruth Harrell to provide an update on COVID-19 to Council and answer any questions that were submitted by Councillors to Ruth.

 

Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Maddi Bridgeman seconded the proposal and went to a vote.

 

Members voted unanimously in favour of the motion.

 

Ruth Harrell, Director of Public Health presented a video to Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

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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The following question was submitted by Mr Alan Ramage and answered by Councillor Nick Kelly (Leader of the Council).

 

Question: "Investing to Save the Planet" by Alice Ross of the Financial Times explains how investing in "best in class" companies transitioning to a low carbon future and researching into low carbon solutions enables our money to make a difference. Will PCC ask its pensions fund managers to do this?

 

Answer: Plymouth City Council is a member of the Devon Pension Fund. This is not the Plymouth City Council pension fund and as such Plymouth City Council are reliant upon Devon County Council to set their strategic decisions as we have no direct control over the fund or its administration. However, the Devon Pension Fund (DPF) has pledged its portfolio of investments will be net zero by 2050 at the latest.  The funds investments in companies classed as carbon intensive have fallen significantly over the last few years. When last measured in December 2019 it showed a 21.5% reduction when compared to 9 months previously. In the short term the fund has committed to invest £200 million into renewable energy infrastructure funds by the Brunel pension partnership. The DPF work with the Brunel Pension partnership will decarbonise all it’s current investments at a rate of 7% a year and to increase investments into carbon solutions.

The DPF committed to not only reducing the carbon footprint of current investments but to ensure that in the long term investments are carbon neutral.

There had been two questions submitted by the public. 

 

The following question was submitted by Mrs Sonia Hosking and answered by Councillor Nick Kelly (Leader of the Council).

 

Question: In light of the growing antisocial behaviour in Southway and particularly the recent constant vandalism to the fence on bond Street field, do the council have any intention or budget for considering CCTV for the safety and well-being of the residents and be a deterrent for the offenders?

 

Answer: Plymouth City Council remains committed to addressing matters relating to anti-social or criminal behaviour to minimise the impact this has on communities and victims.

Since being made aware of the emerging issues in Southway, Plymouth City Council have been working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police to develop an intelligence picture in the area to consider the tactical deployment of resources.

 

Reviewing information, we are currently not able to substantiate the deployment of a rapid CCTV solutions, however this information will continue to be reviewed by the multi-agency arrangements set up.

 

The partnership approach has resulted in the implementation of a localised problem-solving plan with the Community Connections Community Youth Pop Up team, carrying out 'feet on the street' patrols, engaging with those identified in order to direct them into alternative activities and offer support where required. Further to this the local policing team will be carrying out increased patrols throughout the area to develop intelligence, provide immediate interventions where required, engage with those concerned and offer reassurance to local residents.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Capital and Revenue Outturn Report 2020 - 21

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Councillor Nick Kelly, Leader of the Council, introduced the provisional Capital and Revenue report for the financial year 2020/21report this was seconded by Councillor Evans OBE (Leader of the opposition). 

 

Councillor Evans OBE (Leader of the Council) and Councillor Kelly (Leader of the Opposition) gave speeches on their perspectives regarding the report.

 

Following debate, with contributions from Councillors Dann and Nicholson Council:-

 

1.     

Note the provisional revenue outturn position as at 31 March 2021

 

2.     

Note the Capital Outturn Report including the Capital Financing Requirement of £105.741m.

 

3.     

Reverse the September 2020 Cabinet decision to approve the creation of a Covid Reserve to fund the additional costs and lost income arising from the Pandemic.

 

4.     

Approve the carry forward of COVID-19 grants received in advance for draw down in 2021/22 in line with Government guidelines

 

5.     

Approve the carry forward of a contingency sum of £3.526m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.

Corporate Plan 2021 - 25

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Councillor Kelly introduced the motion on the Corporate Plan for 2021-2025.

 

The revised Corporate Plan 2021-2025 aimed to reflect the new Administration’s vision for the city and the Council, and to reframe the Council’s mission, values and priorities to support this.

 

In addition, following fifteen months of unprecedented challenges created both nationally and locally by the COVID-19 pandemic there had been an opportunity to reintegrate response and recovery activities into the Corporate Plan and the Council’s associated delivery plans. The report described the revisions that have been made to the Corporate Plan, and asked the Council to adopt it.

 

Following debate, with contributions from Councillors Dr Buchan, Dann, Evans OBE, Nicholsons, Wheeler, Mrs Aspinall and Kelly. 

 

Council voted to:

 

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Adopts the Corporate Plan 2021-25 at Appendix B of the report

 

Votes For: (27) Councillors Bingley, Mrs Bridgeman, Burden, Carlyle, Collins, Dwacon, Downie, Drean, Harrison, Hulme, James, Mrs Johnson, Jordan, Kelly, Loveridge, Dr Mahony, Nicholson, Partridge, Patel, Mrs Pengelly, Riley, Salmon, Shayer, Smith, Stoneman, Wakeham and Singh.

 

Votes Against: (0)

 

Abstentions: (24)Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Buchan, Churchill, Coker, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Derrick, Evans OBE, Haydon, Goslin, Hendy, Laing, Murphy, Penberthy, Rennie, Stevens, Vincent, Mrs Watkin, Wheeler and Neil.

 

Did not vote/absent: (6) Councillors Mrs Beer (Lord Mayor), Dr Cree, Lowry, McDonald, Morris, Tuffin,

 

The motion was carried. 

 

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8.

Motions on notice

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

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9.

NHS Dental Waiting Lists pdf icon PDF 97 KB

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Councillor Mrs Aspinall introduced the motion on NHS Dental Waiting Lists. This was seconded by Councillor Laing.

 

After a debate this motion was passed to:

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Council requests that the Chief Executive urgently writes to the Secretary of State for Health and to the Children’s Commissioner asking for immediate action to address the dental health needs of all Plymouth residents.

 

Votes for: (45) Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Dr Buchan, Coker, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Derrick, Haydon, Goslin, Hendy, Laing, Murphy, Penberthy, Rennie, Stevens, Vincent, Churchill, Wheeler, Neil, Bingley, Mrs Bridgeman, Burden, Carlyle, Collins, Deacon, Downie, Drean, Harrison, Hulme, James, Jordan, Kelly, Loveridge, Nicholson, Partridge, Patel, Mrs Pengelly, Riley, Salmon, Shayer, Smith, Stoneman, Wakeham, Singh.

 

Votes Against: (0)

 

Abstentions: (0)

 

Absent/Did not vote: (11) Councillors Mrs Bowyer, Bowyer, Ms Watkin, Dr Mahony, Mrs Johnson, Tuffin, Morris, McDonald, Lowry, Dr Cree and Mrs Beer. 

 

10.

Education Recovery Plan pdf icon PDF 100 KB

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Councillor Sally Cresswell prosed this Motion on Notice for the Education Recovery Plan which had been seconded by Councillor Sarah Allen. 

 

Councillor Sally Cresswell presented the motion on notice to council which requested Council to:

 

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To lobby the Government to value and invest in all our children, so they are supported to learn, succeed, and go on to have bright futures. 

 

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To write to the Prime Minister and call on the Government to scale up its ambition for our children and young people and give our education system the resources it needs to ensure that no child is left behind. The Government should show it is serious about levelling up by putting in the investment called for by its own former Education Recovery Commissioner.

 

Following a debate the motion was carried.

 

Votes for: (49) Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Dr Buchan, Coker, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Derrick, Evans OBE, Haydon, Goslin, Hendy, Laing, Murphy, Penberthy, Rennie, Stevens, Vincent, Churchill, Mrs Johnson, Wheeler, Neil, Bingley, Mrs Bridgeman, Burden, Carlyle, Collins, Deacon, Downie, Drean, Harrison, Hulme, James, Jordan, Kelly, Loveridge, Nicholson, Partridge, Patel, Mrs Pengelly, Riley Salmon, Shayer, Smith, Stoneman, Wakeham, Singh, Mrs Bowyer, and Bowyer.

 

Votes Against: (0)

 

Abstentions: (0)

 

Absent/Did not vote: (8) Councillors Mrs Beer, Dr Cree, Lowry, McDonald, Morris, Tuffin, Mrs Watkin and Dr Mahony.

 

 

11.

Mental Health Services pdf icon PDF 95 KB

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Councillor Mrs Aspinall introduced the motion on Mental Health Services. This was seconded by Councillor Haydon.

 

Following a debate the motion was carried.

 

Votes for (46):

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bingley, Mrs Bridgeman, Dr Buchan, Burden, Carlyle, Collins, Churchill, Coker, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Deacon, Derrick, Downie, Drean, Evans OBE, Goslin, Harrison, Haydon, Hendy, Hulme, James, Jordan, Kelly, Laing, Loveridge, Murphy, Neil, Nicholson, Partridge, Patel, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Salmon, Shayer, Singh, Smith, Stevens, Stoneman, Vincent, Wakeham and Wheeler.

 

Votes Against (0):

 

Did not vote/Absent (11):

Councillors Mrs Beer, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Dr Cree, Johnson, Lowry, Dr Mahony, McDonald, Morris, Tuffin and Ms Watkin.

12.

Opting Out of NHS Patient Data sharing with the Private Sector pdf icon PDF 102 KB

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Councillor Evans OBE introduced the motion on Opting Out of NHS Patient Data sharing with the Private Sector and moved an amendment to include a date change. This was seconded by Councillor Corvid.

 

Following a debate the motion was carried.

 

Votes for (46):

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bingley, Mrs Bridgeman, Dr Buchan, Burden, Carlyle, Collins, Churchill, Coker, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Deacon, Derrick, Downie, Drean, Evans OBE, Goslin, Harrison, Haydon, Hendy, Hulme, James, Jordan, Kelly, Laing, Loveridge, Murphy, Neil, Nicholson, Partridge, Patel, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Salmon, Shayer, Singh, Smith, Stevens, Stoneman, Vincent, Wakeham and Wheeler.

 

Votes Against (0):

 

Did not vote/Absent (11):

Councillors Mrs Beer, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Dr Cree, Johnson, Lowry, Dr Mahony, McDonald, Morris, Tuffin and Ms Watkin.

13.

Urgent Key Decisions to be Reported

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Councillor Nicholson (Deputy Leader) gave a brief update on an urgent key decisions taken since the last meeting. The update was seconded by Councillor Evans OBE.

 

·       Development of a Plymouth Short Term Care Centre

 

Council noted the urgent key decision taken by Councillor Tudor Evans OBE, and published on the 15 March 2021.

14.

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 Dann

Councillor Mrs Bridgeman

A commitment to reopen the airport and PCC leading on the climate change? Councillor Nicholson reported that Councillor Mrs Bridgeman not responsible for the airport. 

Response: There are clean green technologies in aviation now as well as drone technology.

Supplementary Question:  The conservatives closed the airport.  There is a need to drastically reduce carbon in the city.  How do persuade cabinet colleagues to re-open airport?

Response:  All discussed within the manifesto regardless of history.

2

Councillor Stevens

Councillor Mrs Pengelly

Lat52 flats and the safety of the building, emergency work and the concern for residents.  Can you assure that local councillors are briefed in good time and in a language we can understand?

 

Response:  Apologies that you have not received the information and I will ensure that this is addressed.

 

Supplementary question:   A briefing scheduled later this month and residents need the information now and not in a couple of weeks. 

 

Response:  Will get back to you as quickly as possible.

3

Councillor Churchill

Councillor Mrs Bridgeman

South Hams undertaking the bin collection at Sherford and PCC taxpayers are being refuses bin collections from South Hams and PCC – what is going on?

 

Response: Please forward this as case work and this is not acceptable.

4

Councillor Hulme

Councillor Mrs Bridgeman

Timeframe for when Weston Mill tip to be open 7 days? 

 

Response:  Waiting for staff to comeback and priority has been grass cutting.

5

Councillor Singh

Councillor Mrs Bridgeman

The renaming of Sir John Hawkins Square and the road sign not been replaced.  If there was an emergency tomorrow who would be responsible? 

 

Response:  Forward this question to me and I will address this.

 

Supplementary question:  Road name missing and no name attached if someone dying on a road who would be accountable?

 

Response:  I do not have a response at this time.

6

Councillor Haydon

Councillor Deacon

Update on how many people we have helped so far on the EU settlement scheme.  This scheme ends on 30 June?

 

 

Response:  Will have to get back to you with a response.

 

Supplementary question:  Could he please explain to these citizens where they need to go for help?  But understand that Councillor Deacon is new in post.

7

Councillor Dr Buchan

Councillor Mrs Bridgeman

When would the schedule be published regarding the neighbourhood sweep?

 

Response:  They were still working on the schedules for back lane cleaning and will answer this in an email.

 

Supplementary question:  Can you clarify in Honicknowle Ward actions have not been seen and timescale that residents and councillors to check?

 

Response: They are looking to update the website and to make more user friendly.

8

Councillor Dann

Councillor Mrs Bridgeman

Grass maintenance digital map, grass to cut and where to be cut taken to scrutiny in March.  Were you aware this was publicly available? 

 

Response:  When I first undertook this role I checked the website, there was no clear detail and this will be addressed and website  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.