Agenda

Council
Tuesday, 9 July 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN

Contact: Amelia Christopher  020 8213 2838

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Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 106 KB

3.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

    All Members present are required to declare, at this point in the meeting or as soon as possible thereafter

    (i)            Any disclosable pecuniary interests and / or

    (ii)           Other interests arising under the Code of Conduct in respect of any item(s) of business being considered at this meeting

    NOTES:

    ·         Members are reminded that they must not participate in any item where they have a disclosable pecuniary interest

    ·         As well as an interest of the Member, this includes any interest, of which the Member is aware, that relates to the Member’s spouse or civil partner (or any person with whom the Member is living as a spouse or civil partner)

    ·         Members with a significant personal interest may participate in the discussion and vote on that matter unless that interest could be reasonably regarded as prejudicial.

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CHAIRMAN'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Over the past month or so I have been involved with Royal visits, Borough and District civic events and visits to schools and charities. 

     

    Some of the events I have attended include:

     

    ·         The Royal County of Berkshire and Surrey Armed Forces Briefing

    ·         AGM of the Surrey Staff Retirement Association

    ·         Horley Library opening

     

    Ø  In addition, in May we hosted the Long Service Awards, a ceremony to mark the completion of either 25 years or 40 years at Surrey County Council. It was a wonderful afternoon hearing the great achievements, commitment and loyalty the members of staff have to Surrey residents.

     

    Ø  The Surrey Civic Network took place in June, this provided the opportunity to welcome all the new Mayors and Chairmen of Surrey’s towns, districts and boroughs to their new role. Each Mayor and Chairmen spoke about their plans for the up and coming year and in addition guest speakers included: Bridget Biddell the High Sheriff of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey and Bill Biddell the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Surrey. We also had talks from Active Surrey and Surrey Chambers.

     

    Ø  The Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service were announced on the 2nd of June and a ‘Magnificent Seven’ voluntary groups in Surrey were recipients of the coveted Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, these groups are:

     

    ·         Dyscover- Leatherhead

    ·         Friday Swimmers- Guildford                              

    ·         Guildford Town Guides- Guildford                              

    ·         Patchworking Garden Project- Dorking     

    ·         Stripey Stork- Reigate and Redhill

    ·         Surrey Hills Society- countywide       

    ·         The Millennium Embroidery Group- Sunbury

    Ø  All of these groups have shown a deep-seated commitment either to supporting those individuals who are less fortunate than ourselves, or to delivering a valuable service for the people of Surrey. We are especially fortunate in this county to have so many volunteers who do such extraordinary, and often unpublicised, work in caring for our communities. They are an inspiration to us all.

    Ø  Finally I attended the Charterhouse open evening in Godalming, it was a wonderful celebration of local partnership working in education.

     

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LEADER'S STATEMENT

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MEMBERS' QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 82 KB

    1.    The Leader of the Council or the appropriate Member of the Cabinet or the Chairman of a Committee to answer any questions on any matter relating to the powers and duties of the County Council, or which affects the county.

     

    (Note:  Notice of questions in respect of the above item on the agenda must be given in writing, preferably by e-mail, to Democratic Services by 12 noon on Wednesday 3 July 2019).

     

    2.    Cabinet Member Briefings on their portfolios.

     

    These will be circulated by email to all Members prior to the County Council meeting, together with the Members’ questions and responses.

     

    There will be an opportunity for Members to ask questions.

     

     

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STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS

8.

ORIGINAL MOTIONS

    Item 8 (i)

     

    Mr Eber Kington (Ewell Court, Auriol & Cuddington) to move under standing order 11 as follows:

     

    This Council notes:

    ·         The importance of trees in slowing the pace of climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the air, as well as providing a habitat for wildlife

    ·         The contribution trees make to the environment in our towns including shading and cooling, pollution and noise mitigation, as well speeding up floodwater drainage and improving the quality of our street scene.

     

    This Council further notes:

    ·         The Government’s pledge in 2018 to plant 11 million new trees by 2050, including in towns and urban areas, and the appointment of a national Tree Champion with a remit to make this happen.

     

    In support of the national campaign to increase the number of trees being planted, particularly in our towns, this Council therefore:

                    I.        Calls for a review of Surrey County Council’s current policies on, and attitude towards, the planting of trees in urban areas with a view to introducing a more proactive policy, which looks to increase the number and regularity of trees planted;

     

                  II.        Calls for the new strategy to include providing opportunities to educate children in understanding the benefits of trees and to get involved in tree planting;

     

                 III.        Recommends closer partnership working with Borough and District Councils, and landowners seeking sites for new tree planting; and

     

                IV.        Recommends that Surrey Highways take advantage of any outside funding to assist with costs, including any Borough and District schemes that enable residents and community groups to fund the planting and future maintenance of trees.

     

     

    Item 8 (ii)

     

    Mr Mike Goodman (Bagshot, Windlesham and Chobham) to move under standing order 11 as follows:

     

    Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK will eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050:

    This council notes:

    • That as the first country in the G7 to legislate for long-term climate targets, the UK already leads the world in tackling climate change
    • This is not only the right thing to tackle the climate emergency for future generations but a significant opportunity to increase our energy efficiency, improve our resilience and deliver a greener, healthier society.

    This council welcomes:

    • The target of net zero emissions being enshrined in law as soon as possible
    • That in its report, the Committee on Climate Change forecast significant benefits to public health and savings to the NHS from better air quality and less noise pollution, as well as improved biodiversity
    • That the UK is on track to become the first G7 country to legislate for net zero emissions, with other major economies expected to follow suit
    • That for the first time, young people will have the chance to shape our future climate policy through the Youth Steering Group, set up by DCMS and led by the British Youth Council, who will advise Government on priorities for environmental action and give a view on progress to date against existing commitments on climate,  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.

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REVISED MEMBER/OFFICER PROTOCOL pdf icon PDF 72 KB

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ANNUAL REPORT OF THE SHAREHOLDER BOARD pdf icon PDF 80 KB

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APPOINTMENT OF MONITORING OFFICER pdf icon PDF 63 KB

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COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

    Recommendations:

     

    1.     That Bill Chapman is duly elected as the Chairman of the Adults and Health Select Committees for 2019/20.

     

    2.    That Bill Chapman is duly elected as Surrey County Council’s representative on the South West London and Surrey Joint Health Scrutiny Committee and sub-committee.

     

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REPORT OF THE CABINET pdf icon PDF 95 KB

    To receive the report of the meetings of the Cabinet held on 28 May 2019 and 25 June 2019; the report include details for information / discussion in respect of:

     

    a.    2018/19 Financial Outturn Report

     

    b.    Moving Closer to Residents

     

    c.    Quarterly Report on Decisions Taken Under Special Urgency Arrangements: 8 May – 28 June 2019.

     

     

     

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MINUTES OF CABINET MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 88 KB