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City Council
5 Mar 2019 - 18:45 to 21:47
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Agenda

Standard Items
3. Minutes
The Council will be asked to receive the Minutes of the meetings of the City Council held on 8 January and 5 February 2019.
Public Items
7. Pdf Council Tax 2019/20 (157Kb)
To consider a report of the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources regarding the setting of Council Tax for 2019/20.
(Copy Report RD.44/18 herewith)
8. Questions by Members of the Public

Any views or opinions expressed in the question set out in this Agenda paper are those of the person submitting the question and do not necessarily reflect the position, views or opinions of the Council.

 

Pursuant to Procedure Rule 10.1, the Corporate Director of Governance and Regulatory Services to report the receipt of the following question submitted on notice by a member of the public:

 

(a)  Climate Change

 

"I am 6 years old.  I am a school councillor at Brampton Primary School and I want to be a Carlisle City Councillor.

 

I want to be a councillor like you because then I could make the most important decision ever.  The decision that Carlisle will do its bit to stop climate change.

 

I feel like politicians are stealing my future from me by doing nothing.

 

We have 12 years left to stop making greenhouse gases if we want to stop climate change.

 

If you don't act now, in 12 years time, when I turn 18, when I am old enough to be a Councillor like you, it will be too late.

 

I will not get my chance to change things.

 

My future depends on the decisions you make in this room.  Please give me a chance to change the world too.

 

My question tonight is

"What are you going to do about climate change to make sure it is not too late when I am old enough to sit where you are sitting?""

9. Presentation of Petitions and Deputations
Pursuant to Procedure Rule 10.11, the Corporate Director of Governance and Regulatory Services to report that no petitions or deputations have been submitted by members of the public. 
10. Questions from Members of the Council

Any views or opinions expressed in the question set out in this Agenda paper are those of the person submitting the question and do not necessarily reflect the position, views or opinions of the Council.

 

Pursuant to Procedure Rule 11.2, the Corporate Director of Governance and Regulatory Services to report the receipt of the following question submitted on notice by Councillor Bainbridge:

 

"Following changes in legislation in April 2018 regarding littering from vehicles on the public highway, could I be advised how many penalties for this offence were issued by Carlisle City Council in the last year?"

11. Executive
(a) Minutes

The Council will be requested to receive the Minutes of the meetings of the Executive held on 16 January and 11 February 2019 and ask questions of the Leader and Portfolio Holders on those Minutes.
(b) Portfolio Holder Reports
The Council will be asked to receive reports from the following Portfolio Holders:
(i) Pdf Leader's Portfolio (199Kb)
 
 

and ask questions of the Leader and Portfolio Holders on those Reports.

(Copy Reports herewith)

12. Scrutiny
The Council will be asked to receive the Minutes from the following meetings of the Scrutiny Panels and to ask questions of the Chairmen; and receive reports from the Chairmen of the Scrutiny Panels:
(i) Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Panel
(a) Minutes of the meetings held on 10 January and 7 February 2019
(b) Chairman's Report *

(a) Minutes of the meeting held on 3 January 2019
(b) Chairman's Report

 

 

(a) Minutes of the meetings held on 22 November 2018 (amended) and 17 January 2019

(b) Chairman's Report

(Copy Reports herewith / *to follow)

13. Regulatory Panel
To receive the Minutes of the meeting of the Regulatory Panel held on 19 December 2018.
14. Development Control Committee
To receive the Minutes of the meetings of the Development Control Committee held on 21 and 23 November 2018; and 9 and 11 January 2019.
15. Audit Committee
To receive the Minutes of the meeting of the Audit Committee held on 17 December 2018.
16. Employment Panel
To receive the Minutes of the meeting of the Employment Panel held on 11 February 2019.
17. Notice of Motion

Pursuant to Procedure Rule 12, the Corporate Director of Governance and Regulatory Services to report the receipt of the following motion submitted on notice by Councillor Glover:

"Extreme weather events over the last few years have presented severe challenges to property, transport, agriculture and other services in the Carlisle area and have led to the deaths and displacement of thousands of people worldwide. The MET Office clearly states that these kind of extreme weather events are significantly more likely on a planet with human-caused climate change.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 1.5C report, published in October 2018, humanity has 11 years for “ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities” to deliver the “rapid and far-reaching transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities” needed to turn this around, so we can avoid reaching tipping points where we would no longer have the ability to avoid extreme weather events. Business as usual is clearly no longer an option.

Bold climate action can deliver economic benefits in terms of new jobs, economic savings and market opportunities, as well as improved well-being for people locally and worldwide.

A rapidly growing number of City & District Councils, together with the Mayor of London, have passed motions declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’. A number of Local Authorities have also signed up to the UK100 Agreement, pledging to achieve 100% ‘clean energy’ usage by 2050 in their region. But the recent IPCC report shows it is imperative that this target is reached much sooner.

Carlisle City Council is committed to reducing carbon emissions, both as an organisation and as the Local Planning Authority and resolves to go further than the UK100 Agreement and to act in line with the scientific consensus that we must reduce emissions to net zero by 2030, and therefore commits to:

  • Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action.

  • Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030

  • Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to zero carbon by 2030.

  • Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the Carlisle district Zero Carbon within the same timescale;

  • Achieve 100% clean energy across Carlisle City Council’s full range of functions by 2030

  • Convene a citizens assembly in 2019 to oversee and feed into the development of related action plans and budgets

    And to take the following actions:

  • Ensure that political and chief officer leadership teams embed this work in all areas of the Corporate Plan and take responsibility for reducing, as rapidly as possible, the carbon emissions resulting from the Council’s activities, ensuring that any recommendations are fully costed and that the Executive and Scrutiny functions review council activities taking account of production and consumption emissions and produce an action plan within 12 months, together with budget actions and a measured baseline;

  • Request that Council Scrutiny Panels consider the impact of climate change and the environment when reviewing Council policies and strategies;

  • Work with, influence and inspire partners across the district, county and region to help deliver this goal through all relevant strategies, plans and shared resources by developing a series of meetings, events and partner workshops;

  • Set up a Carlisle Partnership Climate Change group, drawing on expertise from Councillors, residents, young citizens, climate science and solutions experts, businesses, skills providers, Cumbria Action for Sustainability, Sustainable Carlisle, Citizens assembly representatives and other relevant parties. Over the following 12 months, the Group will consider strategies and actions being developed by the Council and other partner organisations and develop a city wide strategy in line with a target of net zero emissions by 2030, engaging other anchor institutions and SMEs. It will also recommend ways to maximise local benefits of these actions in other sectors such as employment, health, agriculture, transport and the economy;

  • Request that the Council and partners take steps to proactively include young people in the process, ensuring that they have a voice in shaping the future;

  • Request that the Executive Portfolio holder with responsibility for Climate Change convenes a Citizens’ Assembly in 2019 in order to involve the wider population in this process. This group would help develop their own role, identify how the Council’s activities might be made net-zero carbon by 2030, consider the latest climate science and expert advice on solutions and to consider systematically the climate change impact of each area of the Council’s activities;

  • Review the Council’s Investment Strategy to give due consideration to Climate Change targets in the Investment portfolio whilst also ensuring the security of principal, portfolio liquidity and return on investment. Request a report within 6 months from the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources on investment strategies of any financial institutions where council funds are or could be held;

  • Ensure that all reports in preparation for the 2020/21 budget cycle and Investment Strategy will take into account the actions the council will take to address this emergency;

  • Add the voice of Carlisle City Council to the calls on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and help with funding to make this possible;

  • In recognition of the seriousness of the financial constraints that the Council faces, and the expectation that both the development and implementation of many measures above are likely to be contingent on securing significant additional extra funding, that the District’s local MPs be called upon to ensure that Central government provides the powers, resources and funding to make this possible, and that Council writes to them to seek their commitments;

  • Consider other actions that could be recommended (but are not restricted to): low carbon energy production and storage, providing electric vehicle infrastructure and encouraging the use of electric vehicles within the fleet, workforce and wider community, integrating low carbon technologies into operational assets and projects, increasing the efficiency of buildings, prioritising these measures for housing to address fuel poverty; proactively using our local planning powers to accelerate the delivery of net carbon new developments and communities, coordinating a series of information and training events to raise awareness and share good practice; 

  • Where needed, officer reports to the Council Executive and Full Council contain impact assessments on Climate Change that include Carbon Emission Appraisals, including presenting alternative approaches which reduce carbon emissions where possible;

  • Note the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal which proposes strategic co-ordination using a whole systems approach to support and bring forward new energy projects across the area, to help Borderlands become the first carbon neutral region in the UK and that masterplanning work for St Cuthbert’s Garden Village is giving due consideration to sustainable design, construction and transport options."

     

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive, the purpose of which is to respond to the motion carried by Council on 6 November 2018 concerning the Sands Centre.

(Copy Report CS.11/19 herewith)

(i)     Capital Budget Overview and Monitoring Report - April to December 2018

Pursuant to Minute EX.15/19, to consider a recommendation from the Executive that the City Council approve reprofiling of £982,100 from 2018/19 into 2019/20 as detailed in paragraph 3.3 and Appendix A to Report RD.36/18.
(Copy Report RD.36/18 and Minute Extracts herewith)

Pursuant to Minute EMP.05/19, to consider a recommendation from the Employment Panel that the City Council approves the 2019/20 Policy Statement on Chief Officers' Pay.

(Copy Report RD.45/18 and Minute Extract herewith)

Pursuant to Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rule 15(i), the Corporate Director of Governance and Regulatory Services to report on decisions taken as urgent decisions and dealt with as a matter of urgency without the need for call-in.

 

It is a requirement under the above Procedure Rule 15(i) for decisions taken as a matter of urgency to be reported to the next available meeting of the City Council.

(Copy Report GD.09/19 herewith)

22. Communications
To receive and consider communications and to deal with such other business as may be brought forward by the Mayor as a matter of urgency, in accordance with Procedure Rule 2.1(xv) to pass such resolution or resolutions thereon as may be considered expedient or desirable.
Exempt Items

- NIL -

Meeting Documents

  1. Pdf Minutes - COUNCIL - 05 03 19 (153Kb)
  2. Pdf Minute C.46.19 - Written responses to Questions raised at Council - Private
  3. Pdf Correspondence - Motions submitted on notice - Private

Declarations of Interests

Visitors

Also in attendance at the above meeting were:


Town Clerk and Chief Executive

Corporate Director of Governance and Regulatory Services

_1__ Member of public expressed a desire to address the meeting.