Agenda

Council - Thursday, 2nd December, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Ruscliffe Arena, Rugby Road, West Bridgford

Contact: Helen Tambini  0115 9148320

Items
No. Item

Moment of Reflection

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

3.

Minutes of the meeting held on 30 September 2021 pdf icon PDF 525 KB

To receive as a correct record the minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 30 September 2021.

4.

Mayor's Announcements

5.

Leader's Announcements

6.

Chief Executive's Announcements

7.

Petitions

To receive any petitions in accordance with Standing Order No.10 and the Council’s Petitions Scheme.

8.

Citizens' Questions

To answer questions submitted by Citizens on the Council or its services.

9.

Local Government Boundary Commission for England Draft Proposals for Rushcliffe pdf icon PDF 329 KB

The report of the Chief Executive is attached.

Additional documents:

10.

Community Infrastructure Levy Allocation and Spend Process pdf icon PDF 327 KB

The report of the Director of Development and Economic Growth is attached.

Additional documents:

11.

Gambling Act 2005 - Draft Statement of Licensing Principles 2022-2025 pdf icon PDF 303 KB

The report of the Director of Neighbourhoods is attached.

Additional documents:

12.

PSAA External Audit Contract 2023/24 Re-Tender 2023/24 to 2027/28 pdf icon PDF 322 KB

The report of the Director of Finance and Corporate Services is attached.

13.

Bingham Improvement Board pdf icon PDF 277 KB

The report of the Chief Executive is attached.

14.

Committees Membership Update pdf icon PDF 464 KB

The report of the Director – Finance and Corporate Services is attached.

15.

Notices of Motion

To receive Notices of Motion submitted under Standing Order No.12

 

a)               Two years ago, this Council recognised the Climate Crisis and put in place measures, and finance, to help address this. The Ecological Crisis is the other side of the same coin.

 

Ecosystems are the Earth’s ‘life support system’: they provide the oxygen we breathe; they are a crucial part of the carbon cycle and they help maintain a stable climate.  Climate change is the consequence of humans exceeding the capacity of the planet’s ecosystems to take in CO2.

 

The UK Government’s Environment Act 2021 recognises the need to reconstruct ecosystems and gives Councils the legal responsibility to maintain a Nature Recovery Strategy. 

 

The majority of Council activities affect natural systems at some level and therefore we need to review our activities to identify and end or minimise any negative impact upon ecosystems, and to bring about a ‘net gain’ in biodiversity. 

 

This motion proposes that Council adopts a parallel approach to addressing the ecological emergency to that we adopted to address the climate emergency.

 

Full Council agrees to:

 

1.                Declare an ‘Ecological Emergency’.

2.               Conduct a cross service review to identify opportunities for service modernisation that will benefit biodiversity.

3.               Work with partners and stakeholders to identify opportunities to benefit biodiversity.

4.               Report to Communities Scrutiny Group within six months with details of potential actions the Council may implement considering their costs and broader implications associated with implementation.

5.               Present an Ecological Emergency Response Plan to Cabinet within one year.

 

Councillor R Mallender

 

b)       Threats from avoidable Climate Change to the future are all too real and Council has a leadership role in promoting action to reduce the local carbon footprint. Council believes that the voice of young people in Rushcliffe should be enhanced through the implementation of a structure for considering and advocating carbon reducing behaviour within Rushcliffe. This will be best achieved by establishing a 'Rushcliffe Youth Council for Action on Climate Change’ involving representatives of young people in Secondary Schools. This Council commits to investigating the establishment of a youth council through engagement with each of the eight local schools and YOUNG with a view to implementing this Rushcliffe initiative in early 2022. The Communities Scrutiny Group will consider progress to achieve Youth Council, its remit and the interaction with the Council and the Community.

 

Councillor R Jones

16.

Questions from Councillors

To answer questions submitted by Councillors under Standing Order No. 11(2)