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1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meetings as a correct record -

 

·         13 September 2021;

·         13 September 21 (EGM).

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2.

Declarations of Interest

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Minutes:

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

Item Number

Reason

Interest

Councillor Dr Buchan

11.b - Ocean Recovery Declaration - 'Motion for the Ocean'

Marine Scientist and Vice Chair on Devon and Severn IFCA

Private Interest

 

There was also a general dispensation authorised by the Interim Monitoring Officer in respect of item 11.e – Waspi.

3.

Appointments to Committees, Outside Bodies etc

The Assistant Chief Executive will submit a schedule of vacancies on committees, outside bodies etc and of changes notified to us.  

 

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Members were advised that Councillor Salmon would be the named substitute on Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee.

 

Council noted the update.

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 made the following announcements to members:

 

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Thanked Dave Walsh for his long service to the Council. Dave retired in September following 43 years and 3 months of service.

 

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Thanked Dave Milford who had also retired following 32 years of service with the Plymouth RNLI.

 

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Julian Mouland had won the Lifetime Champion Award at the Safeguarding Adults Board Excellence Awards.

 

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Plymouth City Council had won Local Authority of the Year award at the 2021 Municipal Journal awards.

 

 

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 Mrs 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.

 

Councillor Nick Kelly, Leader of the Council made the following announcements to Council:

 

a)     

Plymouth City Council had been working alongside other agencies in Recovery efforts across Keyham and more broadly across Plymouth. In the immediate aftermath of the shootings, partners from across all agencies had come together with Plymouth City Council, the OPCC and the Police to provide immediate support to all affected and start the long-term work to rebuild confidence of the community and its capacity to recover from this tragedy.

 

Collective efforts continued to focus on supporting the local community and ensuring that partners had been able to maximise services and opportunities for the Keyham community and asset victims’ families to recover from the violence and tragedy.

 

Community policing had been providing a visible neighbourhood presence to provide community reassurance.

Safer Keyham had been restoring a feeling of safety through physical prevention measures such as improved CCTV.

Victims support had been commissioning services to provide additional services to support the victims and witnesses and ensure that they received the specialised support required to recover.

b)     

Councillor Nick Kelly updated members of the media reach that The Box had garnered since Songlines.

 

The campaign had generated over 150 pieces of coverage to date and it is estimated that there had been an audience reach of 28 million people which would have an advertising value equivalent of £1.5 million. 

 

Plymouth had coverage in the US, Canada, Australia and Spain and had been extensively covered on the BBC including the BBC2 Culture show and BBC Radio 4 Front Row.

 

c)     

Plymouth had been awarded £1.2 million for two projects as part of the Creative Development Fund which was one of the biggest allocations in the UK. The National Marine Park had been awarded £655,000 to support businesses to make the journey to net zero. Stonehouse Union had been awarded £542,000 to bring the millennium back to life.

 

d)     

Plymouth City Council had secured a major new inward investment from Marks and Spencer on the Council’s land on the former Seaton Barracks site. The new Marks and Spencer foods store  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

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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Question submitted by Mr Rodger Gregg Black

 

Question: Residents of Yeo Close in Efford are experiencing a lot of Anti-Social Behaviour. Does the Council have any plans to tackle this?

 

Answer: Police have increased patrols in this area, additionally youth support teams have engaged in youth outreach in the locality. This engagement will continue at key times. We are also trying to increase the provision of our youth centres in efforts to engage young people, in the locality in more planned activities. Plymouth Argyle (PL Kicks) will also be starting a programme of works in the area. In response to the issues reported, an Environmental Visual Audit was conducted. This was to assess the area and to consider any practical steps to increase feelings of safety in this particular location. This led to the conclusion that CCTV could be used. It was determined that the area would be suitable and has passed the legality test that may enable CCTV to be placed in the area. Next steps will be a visit to ensure the infrastructure is able to support this recommendation. Local Cllrs have requested a meeting to discuss issues (25/10/21). This is being planned by Community Connections Officers and will involve CCTV, Community Connections Officers, Police partners, Youth Services and any other agency who can assist with this issue.

 

 

Question submitted by Alice Stephens.

 

Question: I'm Alice, I’m a youth worker for the Mutley/Greenbank Trust and I want to know what council-owned buildings in the Mutley/Greenbank area are available for youth provision and who do we contact about getting one.

 

Answer: The Council does not have any suitable premises available in the Mutley/Greenbank area foryouth provision, however it may be possible to co-locate with other community and voluntary sector organisation in this locality and would suggest that contact be made through Plymouth Octopus Project Children and Young Peoples Network for further discussion with partners.

 

 

 

 

6.

Gambling Statement of Principles (Gambling Policy) pdf icon PDF 198 KB

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Councillor John Riley introduced the Gambling Statement of Principles (Gambling Policy). This was seconded by Councillor Glenn Jordan.

 

Council agreed to adopt the proposed Gambling Act Statement of Principles contained in Appendix B with effect from 31 January 2022.

 

For (52)

 

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bingley, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Mrs Bridgeman (DLM), Dr Buchan, Burden, Carlyle, Churchill, Coker, Collins, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Deacon, Derrick, Downie, Drean, Evans OBE, Goslin, Harrison, Haydon, Hulme, James, Mrs Johnson, Jordan, Kelly, Laing, Dr Mahony, McDonald, Morris, Murphy, Nicholson, Partridge, Patel, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Salmon, Shayer, Singh, Smith, Stevens, Stoneman, Tuffin, Vincent, Wakeham, Mrs Watkin, Wheeler and Councillor Mrs Beer (LM).

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain/Not present (5)

Councillor Dr Cree, Hendy, Loveridge, Lowry and Neil.

 

 

7.

City Council meeting dates 2022 - 23 pdf icon PDF 163 KB

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Councillor John Riley introduced the City Council meeting dates 2022 – 23. This was seconded by XXXXX there was no seconder

 

Following debate, Council noted City Council meeting dates 2022 - 23

8.

Finance and Capital Monitoring Report September 2021 pdf icon PDF 587 KB

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Councillor Nick Kelly (Leader of the Council) introduced the Finance and Capital Monitoring Report September 2021. This was seconded by Councillor Patrick Nicholson.

 

Following debate, with contributions from Councillors Dann and Mrs Aspinall, Council agreed to:

 

1.     Note the current revenue monitoring position;

 

2.     Approve the revision of the Capital Budget 2021-2026 to £647.591m (as shown in Section C Table 1).

 

For (52)

 

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bingley, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Mrs Bridgeman (DLM), Dr Buchan, Burden, Carlyle, Churchill, Coker, Collins, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Deacon, Derrick, Downie, Drean, Evans OBE, Goslin, Harrison, Haydon, Hulme, James, Mrs Johnson, Jordan, Kelly, Laing, Dr Mahony, McDonald, Morris, Murphy, Nicholson, Partridge, Patel, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Salmon, Shayer, Singh, Smith, Stevens, Stoneman, Tuffin, Vincent, Wakeham, Mrs Watkin, Wheeler and Councillor Mrs Beer (LM).

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain/Not present (5)

 

Councillor Dr Cree, Hendy, Loveridge, Lowry and Neil.

 

9.

Appointment of the Monitoring Officer (Head of Legal Services)

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Councillor Nick Kelly (Leader of the Council) introduced the Appointment of the Monitoring Officer (Head of Legal Services) report. This was seconded by Councillor Mrs Aspinall.

 

Following debate, Council agreed that Emma Jackman was confirmed as the Council’s Monitoring Officer with effect from the date she commences employment with the Council.

 

For (52)

 

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bingley, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Mrs Bridgeman (DLM), Dr Buchan, Burden, Carlyle, Churchill, Coker, Collins, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Deacon, Derrick, Downie, Drean, Evans OBE, Goslin, Harrison, Haydon, Hulme, James, Mrs Johnson, Jordan, Kelly, Laing, Dr Mahony, McDonald, Morris, Murphy, Nicholson, Partridge, Patel, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Salmon, Shayer, Singh, Smith, Stevens, Stoneman, Tuffin, Vincent, Wakeham, Mrs Watkin, Wheeler and Councillor Mrs Beer (LM).

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain/Not present (5)

 

Councillor Dr Cree, Hendy, Loveridge, Lowry and Neil.

 

 

10.

Motions on notice

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

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11.

Addressing the Ecological Crisis in line with the Climate Crisis pdf icon PDF 103 KB

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Councillor Dann introduced the cross party motion on notice on addressing the Ecological Crisis in line with the Climate Crisis. This was seconded by Councillor Mrs Bridgeman.

 

Following a discussion, with contributions from Councillor Wheeler, Smith, Bingley, Penberthy and Mrs Aspinall.

 

For (52)

 

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bingley, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Mrs Bridgeman (DLM), Dr Buchan, Burden, Carlyle, Churchill, Coker, Collins, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Deacon, Derrick, Downie, Drean, Evans OBE, Goslin, Harrison, Haydon, Hulme, James, Mrs Johnson, Jordan, Kelly, Laing, Dr Mahony, McDonald, Morris, Murphy, Nicholson, Partridge, Patel, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Salmon, Shayer, Singh, Smith, Stevens, Stoneman, Tuffin, Vincent, Wakeham, Mrs Watkin, Wheeler and Councillor Mrs Beer (LM).

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain/Not present (5)

 

Councillor Dr Cree, Hendy, Loveridge, Lowry and Neil.

 

 

 

12.

Ocean Recovery Declaration - 'Motion for the Ocean' pdf icon PDF 110 KB

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Councillor Dr Buchan introduced the motion on Ocean Recovery Declaration – ‘Motion for the Ocean’. This was seconded by Councillor Evans OBE.

 

An amendment to the motion was moved by Councillor Kelly (The Leader), and seconded by Councillor Mrs Bridgeman (Deputy Lord Mayor).

 

The amendment was proposed as follows:

Ocean Recovery Declaration –  ‘Motion for the Ocean’

Plymouth City Council is leading the way in connecting people to the ocean through the development of the UK’s first National Marine Park, in Plymouth Sound, champions of sustainable fishing industry and advocates for good marine management. In 2019 we unanimously declared a climate emergency. This Council recognises the role of the ocean in climate regulation.

2021 is the first year of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The UK has just hosted COP26 in Glasgow and in the summer the G7 came to Cornwall. The UK Government has publicly declared its ambition to be a global leader in marine conservation. All eyes are on the ocean.

There is national and global recognition that the world ocean is in crisis. The impact of the climate crisis on the ocean is profound, including in our local waters. Raised atmospheric carbon dissolves in the seawater and causes ocean acidification, dissolving the shells, reefs and other hard parts of marine animals. The heating of the climate causes ocean heating too, which makes some parts of the ocean intolerable for life and is changing what lives and is caught locally. It also increases the volume of the ocean, causing sea level rise, added to by ice melt at the poles. Thanks to a more turbulent climate, increased storminess and sea level rise is a serious threat to all coastal communities, economies and infrastructure in the world, including Plymouth. Marine microplastics have been found in all marine environments and in the bodies of many species, including humans. Fish stocks collapse from permitted and illegal overfishing. Poor water quality impacts seafood and prevents safe bathing.

And yet the ocean is a place of incredible importance for people, providing food, energy, connections from one nation to another, and regulating the climate system which is so threatened by human activity. We must play our part in securing the sustainability and health of the ocean.

Plymouth Sound is at the heart of our economy, and the health, wellbeing and prosperity of our community. Urgent action is needed to recover the health of our ocean to enable it to deliver the full range of benefits, including capturing and storing carbon through coastal salt marshes and seagrass beds, regulating our climate, supporting a sustainable and equitable blue economy, with equitable access to clean, safe recreation and nature experience for happy, healthy communities. Action is needed at all levels, from national and local government, down to individuals developing their ocean literacy (understanding of the relationship between people and the ocean), and individual and collective marine citizenship (promoting and demanding a relationship with the ocean that is healthy for people and nature).

This  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

13.

Opposing Routine Discharges of Raw Sewage in Plymouth's rivers and marine habitats pdf icon PDF 102 KB

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Councillor Dann introduced the motion on Opposing Routine Discharges of Raw Sewage in Plymouth’s rivers and marine habitats. This was seconded by Councillor Evans OBE.  

 

Following a debate with contributions from Councillors Dr Buchan, Drean, Smith, Kelly, Nicholson, Mrs Aspinall and Evans OBE the motion was carried.

 

Votes for (51) Councillors

 

Votes against (0)

 

Abstain (0)

 

(Absent/ did not vote (6) Councillors Hendy, Neil, Loveridge, Lowry, Wakeham and the Lord Mayor

 

 

 

 

14.

Traffic Speed on the A38 Parkway pdf icon PDF 118 KB

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Councillor Mrs Johnson introduced the Traffic Speed on the A38 Parkway motion. This was seconded by Councillor Churchill.

 

Following a debate with contributions from Councillors Drean, Nicholson, Ian Bowyer, Coker, Kelly, Haydon, Bingley, Singh Corvid and Laing the motion was carried.

 

Votes for (27)

 

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Dr Buchan, Churchill, Coker, Corvid, Dr Cree, Cresswell, Dann, Derrick, Evans OBE, Goslin, Haydon, Mrs Johnson, Laing, McDonald, Morris, Murphy, Penberthy, Rennie, Stevens, Tuffin, Vincent, Ms Watkin and Wheeler.

 

Abstain (24)

 

Councillors Mrs Bridgeman, Bingley, Burden, Carlyle, Collins, Deacon, Downie, Drean, Harrison, Hulme, James, Jordan, Kelly, Dr Mahony, Nicholson, Partridge, Patel, Mrs Pengelly, Riley, Salmon, Shayer, Singh, Smith and Stoneman.

 

Absent/ did not vote (6)

Councillors Hendy, Loveridge, Lowry, Neil, Wakeham, the Lord Mayor.

 

15.

Waspi pdf icon PDF 95 KB

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Councillor Laing introduced the Waspi motion on notice. This was seconded by Councillor Cresswell.

 

Following a debate with contributions from Councillors Tuffin, Dr Mahony and Singh the motion was carried.

 

For (49)

 

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bingley, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Mrs Bridgeman (DLM), Dr Buchan, Burden, Carlyle, Churchill, Coker, Collins, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Deacon, Derrick, Downie, Drean, Evans OBE, Goslin, Harrison, Haydon, Hulme, Mrs Johnson, Jordan, Kelly, Laing, Dr Mahony, Morris, McDonald, Murphy, Nicholson, Partridge, Patel, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Salmon, Shayer, Singh, Smith, Stevens, Stoneman, Tuffin, Vincent, Wheeler and Councillor Mrs Beer (LM).

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain/Not present (8)

Councillor Dr Cree, Hendy, James, Loveridge, Lowry, Neil, Mrs Watkin and Wakeham

 

 

 

16.

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 Corvid

The Leader

The Leader invited people to send in pictures of leaves on the pavements which would be dangerous and slippery. I have sent pictures in, but they have still not been picked up. Kingsley road, Central Park and Ford Park Avenue in particular had been reported. When are the leaves going to be removed to make it safe?

Response: Leaves would be picked up in line with normal casework. I had forwarded on your email to the councillor casework team and it was stated they could be swept as soon as possible.

 

Supplementary: There had been an increase in the area of people being injured, can the leader reassure that this would be addressed as a priority.

 

Leader: The Facebook post that I created asking for people to contact me was aimed at Compton ward residents, however the post went on to say, or contact Plymouth city council directly.

2

Councillor Patel

Councillor Drean

I am pleased to report that flood sites within my ward have been resolved or are in the process of being resolved.  Some sites have been flooded for many years and people are frustrated with the lack of long term positive action.

 

I myself have reported one site within my ward three times in a month and was told three times it had been fixed, only for it to flood next time it rained.

 

Can I ask for a process to be put in place for a robust monitoring plan so that areas consistently reported are looked at in greater detail?

Response: Councillor Drean requested further details of that particular casework in order to look more in depth at what actions took place. Please provide further detail. Hotspots are regularly checked to see if it is going to be a problem. Councillor Drean will check to see if that particular spot is on the hotspot list.

3

Councillor Murphy

Councillor Deacon

Once again, I have to question the lack of respect this administration has shown to our armed forces community. At the last full Council meeting I asked why the Belvedere Memorial Garden was used as a bar. Why have no poppies been put in place across the city to remember our fallen armed forces servicemen and women? This year would mark the 100th anniversary of Royal British Legion and the 80 anniversary of the Plymouth Blitz.

Response: Councillor Deacon requested Councillor Murphy to send an email and the points raised would be looked into.

4

Councillor Derrick

The Leader

Councillor Rodger Croad had made some highly insensitive comments in his role as Chair of The Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel. Councillor Croad made an ill judged comment on the use of firearms in the city. Many people are suffering from this tragedy and I ask if you would stand with the people of Plymouth and call out those remarks as senseless and harmful. I also ask that our representatives on the Panel pass our comments  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.