Agenda

Council
Thursday, 19th September, 2019 7.00 pm

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

Contact: Helen Tambini  0115 9148320

Items
No. Item

Opening Prayer

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

3.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on Thursday, 11 July 2019. pdf icon PDF 356 KB

To receive as a correct record the minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on Thursday, 11 July 2019.

4.

Mayor's Announcements

5.

Leader's Announcements

6.

Chief Executive's Announcements

7.

Citizens' Questions

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

8.

Corporate Strategy 2019-2023 pdf icon PDF 148 KB

The report of the Chief Executive is attached.

Additional documents:

9.

Community Infrastructure Levy pdf icon PDF 225 KB

The report of the Executive Manager – Communities is attached.

 

Additional documents:

10.

Gotham Neighbourhood Plan pdf icon PDF 238 KB

The report of the Executive Manager – Communities is attached.

 

Additional documents:

11.

Polling Places Review pdf icon PDF 384 KB

The report of the Chief Executive is attached.

 

12.

Notices of Motion

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

 

A climate emergency has been declared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Action is required at all levels of government and at Rushcliffe Borough Council, we now aim to consider climate breakdown in all our activities, showing our commitment to the future quality of life of our residents and their children.

 

There has been a call nationally and locally for us to divest from fossil fuels.  This is not a risky strategy since as decarbonisation efforts intensify, fossil fuel stocks are expected to reduce in value, meaning that the relative performance of standard investment portfolios will decline further. Fossil free investment portfolios already outperform standard investment portfolios1 and this suggests that fossil fuel based investments are an increasing risk to the council.

 

We note that Nottingham County Council’s Investment Strategy Statement states that “Diversification is a key technique available to institutional investors for improving risk-adjusted returns.”  

 

This Council agrees to:

(1)  Conduct an immediate audit of all its investments to ascertain the current level of fossil fuel equity investments.

(2)  Conduct an immediate audit of the carbon footprint of its operational assets through its Carbon Reduction Work Programme.

(3)  Divest from fossil fuel as a way of ensuring a better world for the people of Rushcliffe and as a way of ensuring a better return for RBC's investments.

(4)  Lobby Nottinghamshire Pension Fund to follow the same course of action.

 

1 For example see:

https://research.ftserussell.com/Analytics/FactSheets/temp/f498a8f2-d390-4779-919c-28bc07f033e1.pdf

 

 

Councillor J Walker

13.

Questions from Councillors

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