Agenda

Venue: Council Chamber - County Hall

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 163 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 23rd May 2019.

3.

Announcements

4.

Items Requiring Urgent Attention

5.

Devon Youth Parliament

Members to receive a presentation on the role and activities of the Youth Parliament.

6.

Public Participation: Petitions, Questions and Representations

Petitions, Questions or Representations from Members of the public in line with the Council’s Petitions and Public Participation Schemes.

7.

Petitions from Members of the Council

8.

Questions from Members of the Council

Answers to questions from Members of the Council pursuant to Standing Order 17.

FRAMEWORK DECISION

 

NIL

OTHER MATTERS

9.

Cabinet Member Reports

To consider reports from Cabinet Members.

10.

Minutes

To receive and approve the Minutes of the under mentioned Committees

 

10a

Audit Committee - 21 May 2019 pdf icon PDF 73 KB

10b

Development Management Committee - 5 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 79 KB

10c

Standards Committee -10 June 2019 (Assessment Sub Committee) and 16 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 70 KB

The minutes of the Standards Meeting on 16th July 2019 will be published here shortly.

10d

Appeals Committee - 17 June 2019 and 15 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 53 KB

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 15 July 2019 will be published here shortly.

10e

Investment and Pension Fund Committee - 28 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 78 KB

10f

Public Rights of Way Committee - 4 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 64 KB

10g

Procedures Committee - 9 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 80 KB

10h

Children's Scrutiny Committee - 10 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 103 KB

10i

Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee - 18 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 96 KB

10j

Corporate Infrastructure and Regulatory Services Scrutiny Committee - 25 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 102 KB

NOTICES OF MOTION

11.

Free Personal Care (Minute 207 - 23 May 2019)

To receive and consider the recommendations of the Cabinet (Minute 360(a)) as an amendment to the following Notice of Motion submitted previously to the Council by Councillor Biederman and referred thereto in accordance with Standing Order 8(2), namely;

 

Devon County Council notes that over a million older people in England are struggling with unmet care needs and believes that in light of an ageing population we need bold changes to deliver a long term funding solution for social care.

 

Devon County Council believes that it is fundamentally unfair that to access basic care many older people face catastrophic costs that can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, wipe out a lifetime of savings, and force families to sell their homes.

 

Devon County Council also believes that England’s care system needs major reform to provide a long-term sustainable funding solution and to make care free at the point of use.

 

Devon County Council therefore supports Independent Age’s call for the introduction of free personal care for all older people in England, alongside a new social care contribution to fully fund the policy on a sustainable basis.

 

Devon County Council calls on the Government to take the necessary steps to implement this policy as swiftly as possible to end the care crisis and properly support older people in Devon.

 

Devon County Council also calls on our local MP(s) to support the campaign for free personal care, and to speak up in favour of the policy in the House of Commons and through their wider engagements.

 

Having had regard to the aforementioned, any factual briefing/position statement on the matter set out in Report CSO/19/14 and other suggestions or alternatives considered at that meeting the Cabinet subsequently resolved:

 

(a) that the Council urges the Government to publish the Adult Social Care Green Paper without further delay and, furthermore, responds to the proposals in that Green Paper when it is published and ensures that Members across the Council are engaged and can contribute to such an important issue; and

 

(b) that the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Services, continue his dialogue with Devon MPs to lobby central Government for the health and care arrangements, including the workforce requirements, that are in the best interests of all adults in Devon regardless of their age or specific health and care needs.

12.

10 Point Green Action Plan (Minute 208 - 23 May 2019)

To receive and consider the recommendations of the Cabinet (Minute 360(b)) as an amendment to the following Notice of Motion submitted previously to the Council by Councillor Wright and referred thereto in accordance with Standing Order 8(2), namely 

 

This council notes its resolution on declaring a climate emergency in Devon, in February.

 

This council notes also that officers launched the policy on wildflower verges earlier this month. Huge congratulations to the officers who helped bring this about.

 

The government has now declared a state of climate emergency across the UK, following the actions of Extinction Rebellion.

 

Climate change and other human activity is now causing species to decline at a rate unprecedented in human history, with three-quarters of land-based environments and two-thirds of the marine environment significantly altered.

 

Devon County Council, with its positive record on the environment is well placed to work with others to help mitigate the catastrophe coming our way. 

 

Therefore, this council agrees to:

 

1. Call on the government to offer all pollinators full legal protection from harm

 

2. Write to all Devon outlets stocking bee harming pesticides, and urge them to permanently cancel their order with the suppliers

 

3. Take action to phase out all glyphosate pesticides used in council weed spraying or any other council related activity, by December 2019 (there may be exceptional circumstances such as dealing with specific non native species, such as Japanese knotweed)

 

4. Support Devon County Council tenant farmers in phasing out the use of inorganic fertilisers (such as nitrogen) by December 2023

 

5. Support Devon County Council tenant farmers in setting aside 10 per cent of their land for wildlife and/or wildflower mixes for pollinators

 

6. Work with community groups and non-government organisations such as Devon Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust to support Devon County Council tenant farmers to set aside five per cent of their land for tree planting

 

7. Work with community groups and non-government organisations such as Devon Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust on supporting town and parish councils, schools and community groups to set aside land for tree planting

 

8. Develop a policy on soil health good practice, with an emphasis on allowing land to recover and phasing out damaging chemicals, which are ultimately sterilising the land. This would include setting appropriate and reasonable targets for Devon County Council tenant farmers

 

9. Work with South West Water on a campaign to save water across the county, with an emphasis on education about future water scarcity. Specifically target town and parish councils, community groups and schools to raise awareness of the importance of good water practice

 

10. Support Devon Wildlife Trust’s campaign by calling on the Environment Secretary to allocate a further eight Marine Conservation Zones to Devon’s waters. Details can be found on the DWT website - https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/take-action/marine-conservation-zones

 

 

Having had regard to the aforementioned, any factual briefing/position statement on the matter set out in Report CSO/19/14 and other suggestions or alternatives considered at that meeting the Cabinet subsequently resolved:

 

(a) that  ...  view the full agenda text for item 12.

13.

Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Organisations (Minute 209 - 23 May 2019)

To receive and consider the recommendations of the Cabinet (Minute 360(c)) as an amendment to the following Notice of Motion submitted previously to the Council by Councillor Hodgson and referred thereto in accordance with Standing Order 8(2), namely 

 

Full Council recognises the valuable and considerable contribution community groups and associated enterprises make towards waste reduction and recycling.  To this end it commits to continued financial support where a waste project has proved successful in supporting the delivery of the Council’s waste services in line with its policies and priorities.  Full Council further recognises that continued financial support can be vital to the viability of such organisations

 

The recent public consultation on the Reuse Credit Scheme (RCS) demonstrated the success and popularity of the three main community organisations who deliver these services and divert an extensive tonnage of waste from landfill for less than £50,000 p.a.  These organisations have made a clear case that DCC financial support for their services is essential to their continued viability.

 

(when DCC ceased its funding of the large number of community composting groups, and reduced the landfill tax support it paid them for diverting waste - approximately 60 groups at the time- over half of them ceased to operate within 12 months; resulting in a major reduction in the volume of biodegradable waste being diverted from landfill)

 

Having had regard to the aforementioned, any factual briefing/position statement on the matter set out in Report CSO/16/14 and other suggestions or alternatives considered at that meeting the Cabinet subsequently resolved:

 

‘that the Council take no further action at this time, but that the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure Development and Waste considers the Notice of Motion alongside the results of the consultation and the priorities of Devon Authorities Strategic Waste Committee, when the matter is considered by that Committee’.

14.

Future of the Post Office

Councillor Hannaford to move:

 

Council notes with concern that;

 

Britain’s 11,500 post office branches are facing mounting financial pressures. It is claimed financial pressures have already forced up to 1,000 out of business. More customers are now going online to buy stamps and parcels for postage. More people are also using the web to pay bills and to use government services. Government subsidies for remote post office branches have already fallen from £415million in 2013-14 to £99million in 2017-18. Under current plans this will fall further to £50million in 2020-21 before being stopped completely. At the moment Post Office Limited, which is owned by the Government, replaces branches when they shut, but campaigners have warned that the rate of closures in the coming years will make this impossible.

 

This Council believes that:

 

Our post offices are a key asset for the community, and the expertise and experience of staff there is invaluable. The relentless franchising and closure programme of the profit-making Crown post Offices, points to a lack of vision rather than the plan for growth and innovation that is needed. Government should therefore halt these closures and bring together stakeholders, including the CWU, industry experts, and business leaders, to develop a new strategy that safeguards the future of the Post office.

 

Therefore, Council resolves;

 

To formally write to the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and all our local Members of Parliament, calling on the Government to guarantee their future. We are calling for the network to be properly funded, with a full range of services over the counter for those who are not online, and better support for the development of community hub models.

15.

Boosting South West Railway Investment

Councillor Hannaford to move:

 

Council is concerned that the £56 billion HS2 rail scheme has little or no direct economic, social or infrastructure benefits for the South West region.

 

Council considers that the existing rail links between London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester are already good, if not excellent, and in stark comparison to the far South West, that has dated and frail rail connections, that badly need new substantial strategic investment.

 

Council notes the recent report by the New Economics Foundation “A Rail Network For Everyone – Probing HS2 And Its Alternatives”, that includes rerouting the current HS2 funding to other regional rail improvements to improve local connectivity across the UK.

 

Council further notes other recent professional reports, representations and cross party discussions at Parliament, that have also recommended this move to invest in alternative railway investment away from HS2.

 

As part of this process Council supports that reallocation of HS2 funds for the following local projects;

 

·         Improve connectivity to Bristol Temple Meads - to boost this transport hubs rail links - £125m

·         Rebuild Cullompton Station – lost since 1964, connecting the town to Exeter and Bristol, in tandem with the proposed 5,000 new homes at the garden village - £15m

·         Exeter to Plymouth via Okehampton - to improve sustainability, resilience, and green travel, in line with the ongoing substantial new housing developments - £500m

·         Cross Cornwall Rail Link – to improve links between East and West Cornwall - £125m.

·         Reopen the Bodmin to Wadebridge railway line – to convert the community line back into more active service - £125m.

 

And the national scheme to build cycle paths next to motorways and A roads, to create 7,600 miles of new routes to boost cycling - £1.82bn.

 

Council resolves to make formal representations to the Parliamentary Transport Committee, the Secretary of State for Transport, the Chancellor, the Prime Minister and all local Members of Parliament to support this reallocation of strategic infrastructure investment, and work with other key regional partners to move matters forward.

 

 

16.

Appledore Shipyard Renationalisation

Councillor Hannaford to move:

 

Council notes that Appledore Shipyard has a long and proud history of building and repairing vessels, and general engineering work since its founding in 1855.

 

Council is gravely concerned that despite having a highly skilled, dedicated and innovative local work force the shipyard remains closed.

 

Council reflects that this area of Devon has high levels of child poverty, poor infrastructure and very high rates of rural poverty generally, all of which require more public investment and intervention.

 

Council calls on the Government to renationalise Appledore Shipyard and fully integrate the site and its operations into the Ministry of Defence, to secure its long term future, ensure that defence capacity and resilience are maintained and provide employment and propriety to the local community and the widercounty of Devon.

17.

Veterans Pledge

Councillor Scott to move:

 

This Council supports and urges the Government and new Prime Minister to implement the Veterans Pledge and legislate to:

 

1) create an Office of Veterans Affairs within the Cabinet Office, with a Cabinet-level Minister, to ensure world-class care and support for former Armed Forces personnel;

 

2) enshrine the Military Covenant into law, so that no veteran or their family should ever face any disadvantage because of their service for this country; and

 

3) end vexatious investigations into historical allegations against our troops - including in Northern Ireland - to be passed before the next General Election.