Agenda

Council - Tuesday, 12 October 2021 10.00 am

Venue: Woodhatch Place, Reigate, Surrey

Contact: Amelia Christopher  Email: amelia.christopher@surreycc.gov.uk

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1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

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    The Chairman to report apologies for absence.

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MINUTES pdf icon PDF 425 KB

3.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

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    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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CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

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    Welcome

    Welcome to today’s first Council meeting in the Council Chamber!

    I am sure you will agree it is a fantastic space and we are extremely lucky to have access to this state-of-the-art equipment, that will no doubt help in facilitating today’s meeting.

     

    Thank you to the Democratic Services Officers for having us set up and ready to go!  As always, we are all extremely grateful to you for ensuring the smooth running of Council.

     

    Farewell to Tom Sharp & Heather Hawker

    A moment of sadness now as we have recently said farewell to former Councillors Tom Sharp CBE and Heather Hawker MBE DL.

     

    Tom was a generous, compassionate and intelligent man who cared deeply for the people of Surrey serving them tirelessly, first as a Surrey County Councillor from 1989 to 2005 and then also as a Guildford Borough Councillor from 1991 to 1999.

     

    Heather was a committed and energetic County Councillor who was first elected to the county council in 1985, she became Chairman of the Libraries, Leisure and Countryside Committee in 1993 and finally she served as Chairman of the Council for three years before standing down in 2001.

     

    Please let us all take a moment to remember Tom and Heather.

     

    Awards

    I am over the moon to relay that Surrey County Council obtained for three projects, one Silver and two Bronze awards at the IESE Award Ceremony last month. This is a tremendous achievement and many congratulations to all Surrey staff involved. You have certainly done Surrey proud.

     

    Young Mayor of Surrey

    The Young Mayor, Natalie Winfield is studying hard at Boarding School but we are thrilled to have Tallulah flying the flag as Deputy, and we look forward to hearing about the work they are doing with Surrey’s young people in due course.

     

    Chair’s work in the County

    I have been exceedingly busy in my role as Chair across the county since the last council meeting and as some of you may have seen, I have been using my Facebook page to promote some of the engagements, meetings and visits I have made.

     

    Here are just a few highlights:

     

    ·         Wood Street Jaz Festival – All of the money raised went directly to Challengers, helping to break down the barriers to play, for local disabled children and their families.

    ·         Rededication of the SFRC – Memorial Dedication to the 100 Surrey firefighters who lost their lives in World Wars I and II.

    ·         Surrey Hill’s – Sharing experiences of how we can all help to promote better access for more people of all abilities to access and enjoy our beautiful countryside in a sustainable way for their health and well-being whilst reducing conflict. 

    ·         Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre – awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and a special commendation from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for outstanding service to our community during the early Covid lockdowns. The award was presented to the Museum by Sir Michael More-Molyneux, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey.

    ·         Surrey Civic Network Event  ...  view the full agenda text for item 4.

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LEADER'S STATEMENT

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    The Leader to make a statement.

     

    There will be an opportunity for Members to ask questions and/or make comments.

     

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MEMBERS' QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 528 KB

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    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 6 October 2021).

     

    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

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    Any Member may make a statement at the meeting on a local issue of current or future concern.

     

    (Note:  Notice of statements must be given in writing, preferably by e-mail, to Democratic Services by 12 noon on Monday 11 October 2021).

     

     

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ORIGINAL MOTIONS

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    Item 8 (i)

     

    Bernie Muir (Epsom West) to move under standing order 11 asfollows:

     

    This Council notes that:

     

    ·         Surrey County Council would like to thank all public transport staff, including the frontline staff, who have all worked extremely hard on a daily basis over the last eighteen months to maintain the vital rail network across Surrey during the pandemic, and in the face of such adversity.

     

    ·         It is crucial to review our public transport networks – both bus and rail – to ensure as far as we practicably can that these networks continue to support our economy and growth ambitions, meet the needs of our communities, and ensure we reach net zero in Surrey.

     

    This Council further notes that:

     

    ·         Any reduction in services across the network is contrary to national, regional and local strategies. Specifically, the County Council’s emerging Surrey Transport Plan, the Rail Strategy approved earlier this year and the Climate Change Strategy; all of which promote public transport ahead of car use, whilst providing a framework to promote the wider decarbonisation of transport.

     

    ·         This Government’s Bus back better Strategy, which in tandem with Surrey County Council’s Active Travel, will transform the way in services are planned and delivered and the way in which residents use public transport.

     

    This Council resolves to:

     

                 I.        Continue to engage a constructive dialogue with railway service providers and other partners in the rail industry to help inform and shape the detail of future timetables, and to include a restoration of service frequencies through our stations across Surrey.

     

                II.        Support the Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure in writing a letter to the Secretary of State outlining this Council’s concerns regarding the impact that new timetable proposals may have on Surrey residents and to ensure adequate funding is provided to support sustainable transport provision in Surrey.

     

     

    Item 8 (ii)

     

    Marisa Heath (Englefield Green) to move under standing order 11 as follows:

     

    This Council notes that:  

     

    • Surrey County Council is committed to becoming a net zero council by 2030.  

     

    • The Council has further committed to Surrey becoming a net zero county by 2050 at the latest to mitigate the impact of climate change on our residents, infrastructure, landscapes and biodiversity, and to play our part in preserving the vitality of our planet for future generations. 

     

    • Surrey County Council has a crucial role to play in delivering and driving this agenda by ensuring that resources and levers that are within its control and areas of influence are utilised to the maximum.

     

    • The ambitions of the Greener Futures Climate Change Strategy require a step change in how our communities live, work and play. 

     

    This Council further notes that the Council’s role in delivering the county’s net zero target requires us to:  

     

    • Lead by example with the ambition to reduce the carbon emissions of the Council’s own operations and services, recognising that elected members and officers have a significant role in leading by example in their actions and lifestyles  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.

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CHANGES TO CABINET PORTFOLIOS pdf icon PDF 368 KB

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    Recommendation:

     

    Council is asked to note the Leader's changes to Cabinet Portfolios.

     

    Report to follow

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ARRANGEMENTS FOR MEMBER MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 291 KB

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    County Council is asked to review and approve the proposed arrangements for member meetings for the remainder of the Council Year 2021/22, following the relaxation of the public health restrictions and the expiry of the Remote Meeting Regulations 2020.

     

     

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REPORT OF THE AUDIT AND GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE: RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGY pdf icon PDF 249 KB

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APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT MEMBER TO THE AUDIT AND GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 205 KB

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    For Council to agree in principle the appointment of an Independent Member to the Audit and Governance Committee, for recruitment and final approval by Council at its meeting on 14 December 2021.

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REPORT OF THE CABINET pdf icon PDF 367 KB

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    To receive the report of the meetings of the Cabinet held on 20 July 2021 and 28 September 2021.

     

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MINUTES OF CABINET MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 515 KB

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    Any matters within the minutes of the Cabinet’s meetings, and not otherwise brought to the Council’s attention in the Cabinet’s report, may be the subject of questions and statements by Members upon notice being given to Democratic Services by 12 noon on Monday 11 October 2021.

     

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