Agenda and decisions

(Annual Meeting), County Council
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: Mo Seedat - Tel: 0116 305 2583  Email: mo.seedat@leics.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

Webcast and Order Paper pdf icon PDF 296 KB

A webcast of the meeting can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWFpwBLs6MnUzG0WjejrQtQ

 

Additional documents:

1.

Election of Chairman.

Decision:

“That Mrs Pam Posnett be elected Chairman for the period until the next Annual Meeting of the Council.”

 

2.

Appointment of Vice-Chairman.

Decision:

“That Mr David Jennings be appointed Vice-Chairman for the period until the next Annual Meeting of the Council.”

 

3.

Chairman's Announcements.

4.

Minutes. pdf icon PDF 258 KB

Additional documents:

5.

Declarations of Interest.

7.

Position statements under Standing Order 8.

6.

Questions asked under Standing Order 7(1)(2) and (5).

8.

Report of the Cabinet.

8a

Dates of Council Meetings 2019/20 and 2020/21. pdf icon PDF 176 KB

Decision:

“That Council meetings in 2019/20 and 2020/21 be held on the following dates:-

 

Wednesday 10 July 2019

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Wednesday 4 December 2019

Wednesday 19 February 2020 (to consider the budget)

Wednesday 13 May 2020 (Annual Meeting)

Wednesday 8 July 2020

Wednesday 30 September 2020 

Wednesday 2 December 2020

Wednesday 17 February 2021 (to consider the budget)

Wednesday 19 May 2021 (Annual Meeting)”

 

9.

To make appointments in accordance with items 11 and 12 of Standing Order 4.

9a

To appoint the Leader;

Decision:

“That Mr N J Rushton be appointed Leader of the Council for the period until the next Annual Meeting of the Council.”

 

9b

To note any changes to the membership of the Cabinet made by the Leader;

Decision:

“That it be noted that the Leader proposes to appoint the members named on List ‘1’ attached to the Order Paper as members of the Cabinet.”

 

A copy of List ‘1’ is attached.

 

9c

To appoint Cabinet Support Members as the Council considers appropriate;

Decision:

“That the following members be appointed as Cabinet Support Members until the next Annual Meeting of the County Council, as provided for in Article 7 of the Council’s Constitution:-

 

Mr O O’Shea

Mr T J Pendleton

Mrs C M Radford

Mrs D Taylor.”

 

9d

To appoint members of the Scrutiny Commission, Boards and Committees (including the naming of Spokesmen/Spokespersons).

Decision:

“That the membership of the Scrutiny Commission, Boards and Committees as set out in List ‘2’ attached to the Order Paper be approved.”

 

A copy of List ‘2’ is attached.

 

Commissioners, Chairmen, Deputy Chairmen and Spokesmen

 

The members shown as Commissioners, Chairmen, Deputy Chairmen and Spokesmen as set out in List ‘S’ were named.

 

A copy of List ‘S’ is attached.

 

Substitutes

 

“That the Chief Executive be authorised to make and terminate appointments to the Commission, committees, boards and other County Council bodies (not including the Cabinet) in accordance with the wishes of the political groups to whom the seat in question has been allocated, subject in the case of those bodies set out in list ‘B’ to the Group giving one day’s notice to the Chief Executive of its wishes.”

10.

To consider the following notice/s of motion:

10a

Climate Emergency. pdf icon PDF 218 KB

(a)  That this Council notes:

 

(i)    The UK has, at international level,  signed into the Paris Accord 2015 and to the commitments agreed in 2018 at the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) which amongst other things recognise the need to limit by 2030 temperature rises to between 1.5° C and 2° C above the internationally recognised pre-industrial baseline;

 

(ii)   The UK has, at a national level, set targets into law under the Climate Change Act 2008 but the UK is not currently on track to meet its statutory carbon targets for mid-2020 and early 2030 (otherwise known as the 4th and 5th carbon targets);

 

(iii)  The County Council in July 2018 agreed a revised and dynamic Environment Strategy 2018-2030 which sets out various carbon reduction targets in line with national targets including a significant role to protect and enhance the wider county environment;

 

(iv) The County Council’s progress towards meeting our 2011-21 climate change targets has been highly laudable, particularly those internal to the Council such as the total emissions from County Council Operations (excluding external contractors) and total waste for County Council Sites but not recycling from County Council Sites;

 

(v)  The County Council has also signed up to the UK100 pledge acknowledging our responsibility to secure the future for our communities and for people around the world when faced with the challenge of a changing climate.

 

(b)  That this Council further notes that in October 2018 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published scientific evidence and determined that any rise above 1.5° C would cause much more serious outcomes than Paris Accord envisaged, thereby having a more rapid adverse impact in the north and south polar regions and the Himalayan ‘third pole’ and in doing so recognises that the current efforts and targets towards reducing emissions and limiting temperature rises is clearly not enough.

 

(c)  That this Council therefore resolves to declare a Climate Emergency and in doing so will now seek to:

 

(i)      Update the Environment Strategy 2018-2030 to aspire to zero carbon by 2030;

 

(ii)     Re-evaluate the position with respect to:-

·       reducing emissions from Leicestershire road transport;

·       reducing emissions from waste disposal;

·       fossil fuel extraction including fracking;

·       procurement policies for external contractors;

 

(iii)    Call for the support of all parties to urge Government to:-

·       provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;

·       work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit global warming to less than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels;

 

(iv)   Work with partners and other public bodies across the county and region to deliver this ambitious goal through all relevant technologies, strategies and plans.

 

Decision:

“(a)     That this Council notes:

 

(i)              the UK has, at international level, signed into the Paris Accord 2015 and to the commitments agreed in 2018 at the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) which amongst other things recognise the need to limit by 2030 temperature rises to between 1.5° C and 2° C above the internationally recognised pre-industrial baseline;

 

(ii)      the UK has at a national level, set targets into law under the Climate Change Act 2008, but the UK is not currently on track to meet its statutory carbon targets set in the 4th and 5th carbon budgets for the period 2023-2027 and 2028-2032 respectively;

 

(ii)             the County Council in July 2018 agreed a revised and dynamic Environment Strategy 2018-2030 which sets out various carbon reduction targets in line with national targets including a significant role to protect and enhance the wider county environment;

 

(iv)     the County Council’s progress towards meeting our 2011-21 climate change targets has been highly laudable, particularly those internal to the Council such as the total emissions from LCC Operations (excluding external contractors) and total waste for LCC Sites but not recycling from LCC Sites;

 

(v)      the County Council has also signed up to the UK100 pledge acknowledging our responsibility to secure the future for our communities and for people around the world when faced with the challenge of a changing climate.

 

(b)      That this Council further notes that in October 2018 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published scientific evidence and determined that any rise above 1.5° C would cause much more serious outcomes than Paris Accord envisaged, thereby having a more rapid adverse impact in the north and south polar regions and the Himalayan ‘third pole’ and in doing so recognises that the current efforts and targets towards reducing emissions and limiting temperature rises is clearly not enough.

(c)      That this Council also notes that there are increasing calls for councils to declare a climate emergency and to commit to carbon neutrality by 2030 for their administrative areas.

 

(d)      That this Council notes that:-

 

(i)              it can only operate within its own scope of control and influence;

(ii)             there is a need to balance the competing demands on its decreasing resources and finances;

(iii)            not all the technological solutions nor the required powers and resources are currently in place.

 

(e)      That this Council declares a climate emergency and will aim to achieve carbon neutrality from its own operations by 2030 and accordingly requests officers to undertake a review of the aspects of the Environment Strategy 2018-30 necessary to achieve this aspiration together with an assessment of the cost and technology implications of so doing to enable the Cabinet and Council to take an informed decision on revising the ambitions of the Environment Strategy recognising that this will require the reallocation of resources by the Council.

 

(f)       That this Council, as a key place leader, also commits to work with business and other public bodies across the county and region to deliver this ambitious goal through all relevant technologies, strategies and plans.

 

(g)      That this Council recognises that there is an increasing urgency for action to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and in doing so calls for the support of all parties to urge the Government to:-

 

(i)       provide the powers and resources to local authorities and others to make the wider 2030 target more possible;

 

(ii)      work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit global warming to less than 1.5°C above pre-industrial  ...  view the full decision text for item 10a