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Notice of Meeting COUNCIL
Date and time
of Meeting MONDAY, 26TH JULY, 2021 AT 6.05 P.M.
Venue REMOTE MEETING
MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO NOTE THE TIME OF THE MEETING.
PRAYERS WILL BE SAID AT 6.00 P.M.
1. Apologies for absence.
2. (a) To hear the roll call of Members.
(b) To receive declarations of interest under the Council’s Code of Conduct.
(Note: Members seeking advice on this item are asked to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 48 hours before the meeting.)
3. To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 26th April, 2021.
4. To receive any announcements from the Mayor, Leader, Members of the Cabinet and the Head of Paid Service and to receive any petitions submitted by Members.
5. To consider the following Notices of Motion [submitted by Councillors K.P. Mahoney and R.A. Penrose] –
That all substantive votes carried out in full Vale of Glamorgan Council meetings be automatically recorded by name and the result including names, displayed clearly in the subsequent minutes of that meeting.
(ii) Transparency 2
That all substantive votes carried out in Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet meetings be automatically recorded by name and the result including names, displayed clearly in the subsequent minutes of that meeting.
(iii) Transparency 3
That all substantive votes carried out in Vale of Glamorgan Council Scrutiny Committee meetings be automatically recorded by name and the result including names, displayed clearly in the subsequent minutes of that meeting.
(iv) Transparency 4
That all Councillors’ contributions to Vale of Glamorgan Council, Full, Cabinet and Scrutiny meetings are identified by name and those contributions including names, be clearly displayed in the subsequent minutes of that meeting.
6. To consider the following Notice of Motion [submitted by Councillors L. Burnett and N.C. Thomas] –
Declaration of Nature Emergency
This Council Notes
The ‘Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’, (October 2018), which found that:
- At a 1.5ºC warmer world, 6% of insects 8% of plants and 8% of vertebrates would be lost; increasing to 18%, 16% and 8% respectively at 2ºC warmer.
- Approximately 4% of the global terrestrial land area is projected to undergo a transformation of ecosystems from one type to another at 1°C of global warming, with 13% at 2°C.
- Biodiversity-related factors such as forest fires, extreme weather events and the spread of invasive species, pests and diseases also need to be considered.
This Council also notes
The ‘State of Nature 2019’ National Biodiversity Network (NBN) found that:
- Of the 6,500 species found in Wales that have been assessed using the IUCN Regional Red List criteria, and for which sufficient data were available, 523 (8%) are currently threatened with extinction from Great Britain.
- In addition, assessments of extinction risk within Wales have been made for 3,902 species for which sufficient data were available. Of these 666 (17%) are threatened with extinction from Wales and that 73 have gone extinct already.
This Council further notes:
- The commitment of this administration to deliver its Well-being Objectives as set out in the Corporate Plan ‘Working together for a Brighter Future’ and which support Well-being Goals for Wales as set out in the Well-being of Future Generations Act.
- The demonstrable action being delivered across a range of initiatives in support of the existing Biodiversity Action Plan.
- That Biodiversity was raised as an issue within the Council’s Project Zero draft Climate Change challenge plan consultation.
- That bold action to protect and enhance the biodiversity of the Vale of Glamorgan can not only deliver benefits in terms of wellbeing, but also in new jobs, economic savings and market opportunities.
This Council therefore resolves to:
1. Declare a nature emergency, in response to the findings of the IPCC and NBN reports and in recognition of the inextricable link between climate change and the loss of biodiversity.
2. Place biodiversity alongside climate change at the heart of decision making in the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
3. Welcome Welsh Government’s support for the Convention on Biological Diversity post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
4. Engage with the anticipated Global Biodiversity Framework with clear goals and targets, following the convention in October, with an aim of achieving no net loss of biodiversity.
5. Make representations to the Welsh and UK Governments, as appropriate, to provide the necessary powers, resources and technical support to local authorities in Wales to help them successfully achieve this aim.
6. Continue to work with partners across the county, region and nationally to develop and implement best practice methods that can protect Wales’ biodiversity.
7. Work with local stakeholders including Councillors, residents, young people, businesses and other relevant parties, to develop a strategy aligned with Project Zero with a target of no net loss of biodiversity that will also explore ways to maximise the local benefits of these actions in other sectors such as employment, health, agriculture, transport and the economy.
7. To consider the following Notice of Motion [submitted by Councillors G.D.D. Carroll and L.O. Rowlands] –
The Vale of Glamorgan Council:
- Regrets the Administration's decision to reintroduce fees for businesses placing tables and chairs on the highway outside their premises;
- Appreciates the unprecedented impacts the Coronavirus pandemic had caused local cafes, bars and restaurants, who have been unable to operate at full capacity;
- Recognises that outdoor dining has provided businesses with much needed relief and has enabled them to mitigate some of the losses they have suffered during the pandemic;
- Calls on the Administration to reverse its decision to introduce the charges at least until the pandemic is over.
Reports of the Managing Director –
8. Use of the Managing Director’s Emergency Powers.
9. Review of the Constitution.
10. Guide to Public Speaking at Planning Committee Review – Planning Committee: 24th March, 2021.
11. To consider the following proposal(s) from the Executive in relation to the Council’s Policy Framework and Budget
N.B. The reports which are the subject of the references in respect of Agenda Item 11(a) to (e) above have already been circulated to Members with the Cabinet agendas for 12th May, 5th July and 19th July, 2021.
**Further copies are available from the Democratic Services Office if required**.
12. To inform the Council of the Use of the Urgent Decision Procedure under Article 14.14 of the Constitution.
13. To receive questions and answers pursuant to Section 4.18.2 – 4.18.7 of the Council’s Constitution (i.e. questions on any matter in relation to which the Council has powers or duties or which affects the Vale of Glamorgan).
14. Questions from the public.
19 questions have been received.
15. Any items which the Mayor has decided are urgent (Part I).
THE PUBLIC AND PRESS MAY BE EXCLUDED FROM THE MEETING DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE FOLLOWING ITEM(S) IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 100A(4) OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972.
16. Any items which the Mayor has decided are urgent (Part II).
20th July, 2021
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