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17.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meetings held on 24 November 22 as a correct record.

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Minutes:

The minutes of 22 November 2021 (EGM) were confirmed as a true and correct record.

 

The minutes of 22 November 2021 City Council meeting was a true and correct record subject to the amendment to show Councillor Dr Cree present for motions 11, 12, 13 and 14.

18.

Declarations of Interest

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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 Penberthy

Climate Emergency Action Plan Minute 25

Plymouth Energy Community CBS (Director)

 

Plymouth Energy Community Renewables (Director)

Ernesettle Community Solar Ltd (Director)

 

Plymouth Energy Community Homes (Director)

 

Shareholder in Plymouth Energy Community Renewables

 

Private

Councillor Stoneman

Pay Policy Statement 2022/23 Minute 30

 

Relative works for Plymouth City Council

Private

Councillor McDonald

Climate Emergency Action Plan Minute 25

 

Shareholder in Plymouth Energy Community Renewables

Private

Councillor Mrs Bridgeman

Climate Emergency Action Plan Minute 25

 

Plymouth Energy Community Board Trustee Plymouth Energy Community Trust (trading as Plymouth Energy Community) (Trustee)

Private

Councillor Dr Mahony

Climate Emergency Action Plan Minute 25

Shareholder in Plymouth Energy Community Renewables

Private

 

19.

Appointments to Committees, Outside Bodies etc pdf icon PDF 566 KB

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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Minutes:

Members were advised of the following changes -

 

Committee

Current

Proposed

Brexit infrastructure and Legislative Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Councillor Bill Wakeham

Councillor Margaret Corvid

Performance Finance and Customer Services Overview and Scrutiny committee

Conservative Vacant

Councillor Jemima Laing

Child Poverty Working Group

Cllr Charlotte Carlisle

Cllr Natalie Harrison

Child Poverty Working Group

Councillor Andrea Loveridge

Councillor Phillip Partridge

Lord Mayor Selection Committee

Cllr Evans

Cllr Vincent

 

The Council noted the update.

20.

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 were three questions submitted by members of the public.

 

The following question was submitted by Ricky Lowes and answered by Councillor Mrs Maddi Bridgeman (Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene) –

 

Question: Given the Council's ambition to achieve Net Zero for Plymouth by 2030, what method of carbon accounting does the Council use, does it employ a carbon accountant and does its accounting include scope 3 emissions - e.g. those from imported goods?

Answer: I would like to start by saying that this Administration has kept faith with the overall strategic approach that was put in place on the back of the Climate Emergency Declaration unanimously agreed at the City Council meeting held on 18 March 2019. Since May 2021, and as we said in our manifesto, we will ‘commit to improving the environment by creating innovative plans to make Plymouth carbon neutral by 2030’. As I have made clear at scrutiny committees on our climate action plans in July 2021 and December 2021, I am passionate about the strong monitoring of our actions. As well as developing future action plans to support our 2030 net zero target, a crucial part of responding to the Climate Emergency is the regular monitoring of emissions. So, I am pleased to say, your questions are very timely.

 

In relation to your question: What method of carbon accounting does the Council use? The scope of CO2 emissions is a well-researched area. The most widely used definitions are those set by the Green House Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol), which establishes comprehensive global standardised frameworks to measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions from private and public sector operations, value chains and mitigation actions. These well-defined areas of scope are:

 

Scope 1 - All Direct Emissions from the activities of an organisation or under their control, including fuel combustion on site such as gas boilers, fleet vehicles and air-conditioning leaks.

 

Scope 2 – Indirect Emissions from any electricity, heat and steam purchased and used by the organisation. Emissions are created during the production of the energy and eventually used by the organisation.

 

Scope 3 – All Other Indirect Emissions from activities of the organisation, occurring from sources that they do not own or control. These are usually the greatest share of the carbon footprint, covering emissions associated with business travel, procurement, waste and water. This methodology is used for both the Climate Emergency Action Plan and the Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan. The complexity of recording scope three emissions means it is not possible to monitor all of scope three emissions at this time. In relation to your question: Does it employ a carbon accountant in relation to the Climate Emergency Action Plan, the accounting and reporting of emissions is fully reliant on the Government’s national data provision. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy publishes several annual data sets in relation to the UK Local and Regional Carbon Dioxide Emissions Estimates. These data sets are interpreted by Exeter University who are commissioned annually by  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20.

21.

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 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 –

 

(a)

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;

 

 

(b)

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;

 

 

(c)

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 -

 

(d)

National Marine Park Chief Executive Officer  -

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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;

 

 

 

 

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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;

 

 

 

(e)

Shekinah -

 

 

 

 

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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;

 

 

 

 

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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 -

 

 

 

 

 

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skills training;

 

 

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health promotion;

 

 

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education;

 

 

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employment services;

 

 

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housing advice;

 

 

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mental health support;

 

 

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counselling;

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

22.

Council Tax Base Setting 2022/23 and Council Tax Support Scheme 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 508 KB

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Councillor Nick Kelly (Leader of the Council) introduced the Council Tax Base Setting 2022/23 and Council Support Scheme 2022/23.  This was seconded by Councillor Mrs Vivienne Pengelly.

 

Following a discussion the Council agreed –

 

(1)

the Council Tax Base for 2022/23 of 73,830 equivalent Band D dwellings as set out in the report;

 

 

(2)

the continuation of the current Council Tax Support scheme and Exceptional Hardship Scheme for 2022/23 with no update.

 

For (46)

 

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

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain (1) Lord Mayor

23.

Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Future Financing pdf icon PDF 322 KB

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Councillor Jonathan Drean (Cabinet Member for Transport) introduced the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Future Financing report. This was seconded by Councillor Pat Patel.

 

Following a discussion the Council agreed –

 

(1)

the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee’s preferred option for toll revision of uniform 30% toll increased on both Tag and cash tolls for all user classes be approved; such approval to be subject to the Joint Committee making a decision whether or not to implement the preferred option following consideration of the public consultation responses; the Joint Committee being given the authority to make the implementation decision;

 

 

(2)

though the Portfolio Holders and Joint Chairs of the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee, continue to lobby Government and support a Users’ Campaign for a fair contribution towards maintaining the A38 across the Tamar Bridge to reduce the burden on the user.

 

Without intervention, the undertaking’s reserves would be fully depleted by the end of 2022/23 and the resulting deficit would fall on the parent authorities.  The income would allow the continued delivery of safe, reliable and efficient cross of the Tamar.

 

For (44)

 

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

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain (3) Councillors Hulme, Neil and Lord Mayor.

24.

Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry 2022-2023 Revenue and Capital Estimates pdf icon PDF 176 KB

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Councillor Jonathan Drean (Cabinet Member for Transport) introduced the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry 2022/23 Revenue and Capital Estimates.  This was seconded by Councillor Pat Patel.

 

Following a discussion the Council agreed –

 

(1)

the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee Annual Business Plan and the 2022/23 Revenue Estimates and Capital Programme.

 

For (46)

 

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

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain (1) Lord Mayor.

25.

Climate Emergency Action Plan 2022 pdf icon PDF 165 KB

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Councillor Mrs Maddi Bridgeman (Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene) introduced the Climate Emergency Action Plan 2022.  This was seconded by Councillor Sue Dann.

 

Following a discussion the Council agreed to support and endorse the Climate Emergency Action Plan 2022.

 

For (46)

 

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

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain (1) Lord Mayor.

26.

Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan 2022 pdf icon PDF 159 KB

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Councillor Mrs Maddi Bridgeman (Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene) introduced the Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan 2022.  This was seconded by Councillor Sue Dann.

 

Following a discussion the Council agreed to support and endorse the Corporate Carbon Reduction Action Plan 2022.

 

For (45)

 

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bingley, Mrs Bridgeman, Dr Buchan, Carlyle, Coker, Collins, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Derrick, Downie, Drean, Evans OBE, Goslin, Harrison, Hendy, Hulme, James, Jordan, Kelly, Laing, Loveridge, Dr Mahony, McDonald, Murphy, Neil, Nicolson, Partridge, Patel, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Salmon, Singh, Shayer, Smith, Stevens, Stoneman, Tuffin, Wakeham, Ms Watkin and Wheeler.

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain/Not present (2) the Lord Mayor and Councillor Churchill.

 

27.

Appointment of External Auditor pdf icon PDF 196 KB

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Councillor Nick Kelly (Leader of the Council) introduced the Appointment of the External Auditor. This was seconded by Councillor Dr John Mahony.

 

Following a discussion the Council agreed to accept the Public Sector Audit Appointments’ (PSAA) invitation to opt into the sector-led option for the appointment of external auditors to principal local government and police bodies for five financial years from 1 April 2023.

 

For (45)

 

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bingley, Mrs Bridgeman, Dr Buchan, Carlyle, Coker, Collins, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Derrick, Downie, Drean, Evans OBE, Goslin, Harrison, Hendy, Hulme, James, Jordan, Kelly, Laing, Loveridge, Dr Mahony, McDonald, Murphy, Neil, Nicolson, Partridge, Patel, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Salmon, Singh, Shayer, Smith, Stevens, Stoneman, Tuffin, Wakeham, Ms Watkin and Wheeler.

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain /Not present (2) the Lord Mayor and Councillor Churchill.

28.

Audit and Governance Committee Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 318 KB

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Councillor Dr John Mahony (Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee) introduced the Audit and Governance Committee Terms of Reference.  This was seconded by Councillor John Riley.

 

Following a discussion the Council agreed to approve the adoption of the CIPFA model terms of reference outlined at appendix 1 with the inclusion of the overview of the Council’s family of companies (2.11) and the ethical framework (7).

 

For (45)

 

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bingley, Mrs Bridgeman, Dr Buchan, Carlyle, Coker, Collins, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Derrick, Downie, Drean, Evans OBE, Goslin, Harrison, Hendy, Hulme, James, Jordan, Kelly, Laing, Loveridge, Dr Mahony, McDonald, Murphy, Neil, Nicolson, Partridge, Patel, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Salmon, Singh, Shayer, Smith, Stevens, Stoneman, Tuffin, Wakeham, Ms Watkin and Wheeler.

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain/Not present (2) the Lord Mayor and Councillor Churchill.

29.

Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee - Change to the Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 179 KB

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Councillor Jonathan Drean (Cabinet Member for Transport) introduced the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee, change to Terms of Reference.  This was seconded by Councillor Pat Patel.

 

Following a discussion the Council agreed the changes to the Terms of Reference as agreed by the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee on the 1 October 2021 and Audit and Governance Committee on 29 November 2021.

 

For (45)

 

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bingley, Mrs Bridgeman, Dr Buchan, Carlyle, Coker, Collins, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Derrick, Downie, Drean, Evans OBE, Goslin, Harrison, Hendy, Hulme, James, Jordan, Kelly, Laing, Loveridge, Dr Mahony, McDonald, Murphy, Neil, Nicolson, Partridge, Patel, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Salmon, Singh, Shayer, Smith, Stevens, Stoneman, Tuffin, Wakeham, Ms Watkin and Wheeler.

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain/Not present (2) the Lord Mayor and Councillor Churchill.

30.

Pay Policy Statement 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 158 KB

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Councillor John Riley (Cabinet Member for Governance, HR, IT and Community Safety) introduced the Pay Policy Statement for 2022/23.  This was seconded by Councillor Patrick Nicholson.

 

Following a discussion the Council agreed to approve the Pay Policy Statement for 2022/23.  The policy sets out the Council’s policies in respect of remuneration and is a statutory requirement.

 

For (45)

 

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bingley, Mrs Bridgeman, Dr Buchan, Carlyle, Coker, Collins, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Derrick, Downie, Drean, Evans OBE, Goslin, Harrison, Hendy, Hulme, James, Jordan, Kelly, Laing, Loveridge, Dr Mahony, McDonald, Murphy, Neil, Nicolson, Partridge, Patel, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Salmon, Singh, Shayer, Smith, Stevens, Stoneman, Tuffin, Wakeham, Ms Watkin and Wheeler.

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain/Not present (2) the Lord Mayor and Councillor Churchill.

31.

Plympton St Mary Ward’s Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations Review 2021/2022

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Councillor John Riley (Cabinet Member for Governance, HR, IT and Community Safety) introduced the Plympton St Mary Ward’s Polling District, Polling Places and Polling Station Review 2021/22.  This was seconded by Councillor Patrick Nicholson.

 

Following a discussion the Council agreed to –

 

(1)

approve the proposed changes to polling districts set out in Plympton St Mary’s Ward, polling districts RB and RC only, set out in the Polling Districts and Polling Places Review (recommendations report at appendix A);

 

 

(2)

note the proposed changes to polling stations set out in the Polling Districts and Polling Places Review (recommendations report at appendix A).

 

For (45)

 

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bingley, Mrs Bridgeman, Dr Buchan, Carlyle, Coker, Collins, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Derrick, Downie, Drean, Evans OBE, Goslin, Harrison, Hendy, Hulme, James, Jordan, Kelly, Laing, Loveridge, Dr Mahony, McDonald, Murphy, Neil, Nicolson, Partridge, Patel, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Salmon, Singh, Shayer, Smith, Stevens, Stoneman, Tuffin, Wakeham, Ms Watkin and Wheeler.

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain/Not present: (2) the Lord Mayor and Councillor Churchill.

 

32.

Calendar of Meetings 2022/23

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Councillor John Riley (Cabinet Member for Governance, HR, IT and Community Safety) introduced the Plymouth City Council Committee Meeting Dates 2022/23.  This was seconded by Councillor

 

Following a discussion the Council agreed to note the dates for meetings to be held in 2022 and 2023.

Motions on Notice

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33.

Violence Against Women and Girls Commission pdf icon PDF 141 KB

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Councillor Mrs Vivienne Pengelly (Cabinet for Member Homes and Communities) introduced the cross party motion on notice on Violence Against Women and Girls Commission.  This was seconded by Councillor Jemima Laing.

 

Following a discussion with contributions from Councillors Kevin Neil, James Stoneman, Rebecca Smith, Dr Pam Buchan, Jeremy Goslin, Charlotte Carlyle, Chaz Singh, David James, Bill Wakeham, Sue Dann, Natalie Harrison, Glen Jordan, Margaret Corvid and Jemima Laing.

 

For (45)

 

Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bingley, Mrs Bridgeman, Dr Buchan, Carlyle, Coker, Collins, Corvid, Cresswell, Dann, Derrick, Downie, Drean, Evans OBE, Goslin, Harrison, Hendy, Hulme, James, Jordan, Kelly, Laing, Loveridge, Dr Mahony, McDonald, Murphy, Neil, Nicolson, Partridge, Patel, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Salmon, Singh, Shayer, Smith, Stevens, Stoneman, Tuffin, Wakeham, Ms Watkin, Wheeler and Mrs Beer (Lord Mayor).

 

Against (0)

 

Abstain/Not present: (1) Councillor Churchill.

34.

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

Andrea

Loveridge

Councillor Mrs Maddi

Bridgeman

As restrictions are being lifted on Thursday, could an update be given on whether staff at Chelson Meadow can assist the general public with heavy bulky waste?

Response: Members of staff at Chelson Meadow had helped members of the public that were struggling to dispose of their bulky waste at the facility.  A risk assessment was currently being undertaken and an email would be sent to Councillor Loveridge providing an update.

 

2

Councillor

Pat Patel

Councillor Mark Deacon

What plans do the Council have going forward to return to a full library service from next year?

Response:  The Customer Service Team had been asked how much it would cost to restore the libraries to their full opening hours. It would cost £457k to restore the library opening hours. Efficiency savings would need to be made in the future, as had been done in previous years.  The continued restrictions that Covid had placed upon the service had been awful and that was why the library service had not fully opened.

 

Due to social distancing, only a proportion of personal computers could be open.  Meeting rooms could not be opened due to the lack of ventilation. The library staff had reconfigured the layout of the libraries.  Customers were encouraged not to stay too long due to the Covid rules.  Covid grants had been received from the Government.

 

At the start of Councillor Deacon’s tenure, he had been asked to protect the library service which had been done whilst struggling with the lack of resources that had been inherited and the continuing demands that Covid brought.  However, despite this, the opening hours of the Southway Library had increased.

 

Supplementary: exactly when did Councillor Deacon envisage a progression to a return to a fuller library service and the reinstatement of such things as holiday activity clubs, story-telling and job clubs?

 

Supplementary response: It was clear that libraries all over the country were in a state of flux and libraries in Plymouth were no different.  There were not many cities of Plymouth’s size that had 11 libraries located throughout the city and the suburbs. Most councils had drastically cut back on their library services.  They had also combined them with different Council services to make their customer services more efficient, responsive to customer needs and environmentally greener. This was something that Councillor Deacon was keen to bring to Plymouth but this had been delayed.

 

In future the way the Council operated its library model may have to be looked at. After this had been done, Councillor Deacon envisaged a library model that would be different but more comprehensive offering holiday clubs, story-telling and memory cafes.  Libraries would open after March 2022.

 

3

Councillor

Glen Jordan

Councillor

Jonathan

Drean

A number of taxi drivers had contacted Councillor Jordan raising concerns at the number of cars that were parked in taxi ranks. Could an explanation be given as to what was going on and what the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.