Agenda item

ORIGINAL MOTIONS

Item 8 (i)

 

Mr David Hodge (Warlingham) to move under Standing Order 11 as follows:

 

This Council recognises Surrey residents’ concerns about the condition of the county’s roads and the need to ensure they are well-maintained and fit for purpose.

In order to draw Parliament’s attention to the unfair formula applied by Government to the funding of road maintenance and improvement, county councillor Edward Hawkins earlier this year launched the following petition:

We call upon the Government to reform the Fairer Funding Formula to ensure there is enough money for road repair and up-keep. The current method for calculating the grant for such work unfairly penalises Surrey. The calculation should give more weight to traffic flow and level of usage.

Surrey has almost 3,500 miles of roads with over 4.8 million miles travelled on those roads per year. The grant received by Surrey from the Government is about £4,000 per million vehicle miles travelled. A Neighbouring county has a figure of £5,500 per million vehicle miles travelled.

The recent Pothole Fund announced by the Government which uses the same formula saw Surrey get £1.8m, whereas one of our neighbouring counties received £2.9m, and a quiet west country area was given £4.4m.”

I call upon all Members of this Council to support the petition and do all within their power to help it reach 100,000 signatures, thus enabling this vital issue to be debated in Parliament.

Item 8 (ii)

 

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

 

Government has set out – in the Airports National Policy Statement - the policy framework and specific principles that will be used to assess any application to construct a northwest runway at Heathrow.  In the light of these developments it is timely for this Council to reaffirm its position on airport expansion set out in the resolution agreed in December 2016 and to make clear its position on Heathrow’s expansion.   

 

This Council :

 

1.     Recognises the crucial role of Heathrow in supporting employment for Surrey residents, generating investment for the Surrey economy and attracting major businesses.

2.     Urges that the environmental and infrastructure issues associated with expansion are satisfactorily addressed.

3.     Continues to engage with Heathrow management, alongside other local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and other organisations as part of the Heathrow Strategic Planning Group, on its expansion plans in order to protect and promote the interests of Surrey, its residents and businesses.

4.     Continues to press for proper compensation for residents who are affected by the expansion plans.

5.     Emphasises that the necessary  infrastructure should be in place before any new runway comes into operation together with appropriate mitigation measures and commitments to address environmental impacts. 

6.     Calls on the Government to prioritise a southern rail access scheme, which supports strategic transport and economic objectives and contributes to addressing environmental impacts, to be in operation before any new runway comes into service.

 

Item 8 (iii)

 

Mr Robert Evans (Stanwell and Stanwell Moor) to move under Standing Order 11 as follows:

 

Since 1 November 2015, when the Conservative Government’s Modern Slavery Act came into force, Surrey County Council has a duty to notify the Secretary of State of any individual encountered in Surrey who they believe is a suspected victim of slavery or human trafficking. 

 

The government states this duty is intended to gather statistics and help build a more comprehensive picture of the nature and scale of modern slavery.

 

Council welcomes the recent decision by Surrey Police to crack down on such offences and notes that the force secured their first modern slavery conviction in April 2018, with arrests in Elmbridge, Spelthorne and Tandridge amongst the 49 offences reported in 2017.

 

Modern Slavery occurs across Surrey’s towns and villages. From nail bars in our towns, to car washes, farms, factories and restaurants up and down the county, thousands of people in Surrey could be victims.

 

Council notes that the annual reports of the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board, considered and noted by the cabinet at their meetings in June 2017 and July 2018 both draw attention to this issue.

 

Surrey Adult Safeguarding Board observes that the term ‘modern slavery’ captures a whole range of types of exploitation, many of which could occur together in Surrey and elsewhere. These include:

 

  • Human trafficking
  • sexual exploitation
  • forced labour and domestic servitude
  • criminal exploitation
  • other forms of exploitation include:  forced begging; forced benefit fraud; forced marriage and illegal adoption.

 

Mindful of its legal responsibilities and moral duties, Surrey County therefore agrees to:

 

  1. Ensure its corporate procurement team have appropriate training to understand modern slavery.
  2. Require its contractors to comply fully with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, wherever it applies, with contract termination as a potential sanction for non-compliance.
  3. Highlight to its suppliers that contracted workers are free to join a trade union and are not to be treated unfairly for belonging to one.
  4. Publicise its whistle-blowing system for staff to blow the whistle on any suspected examples of modern slavery.
  5. Require its tendered contractors to adopt a whistle-blowing policy which enables their staff to blow the whistle on any suspected examples of modern slavery.
  6. Review its contractual spending regularly to identify any potential issues with modern slavery.
  7. Highlight for its suppliers any risks identified concerning modern slavery and refer them to the relevant agencies to be addressed.
  8. Refer for investigation via the National Crime Agency’s national referral mechanism any of its contractors identified as a cause for concern regarding modern slavery.
  9. Report publicly on the implementation of this policy annually.

 

Item 8 (iv)

 

Mr Jonathan Essex (Redhill East) to move under Standing Order 11 as follows:

 

This Council notes that the government is proposing, via a Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) to allow the exploration phase of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to be allowed under Permitted Development (PD), therefore requiring no planning permission. They also propose to bring the production phase of fracking under Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP), to be decided centrally by government and the planning inspectorate, thus taking decisions away from local councils. If approved, this could be extended to include other types of oil and gas exploration such as we have here in Surrey through secondary legislation.

 

This Council believes that local plans, local planning and local democratic decisions should retain control of all local mineral and fossil fuel development. 

?

Therefore, this Council instructs our planning officers to respond to the government consultation accordingly, by rejecting the changes proposed for PD and NSIP as inappropriate and with the view that local Minerals Planning Authorities retain local control and primacy for all planning decisions at all stages for all types of oil and gas exploration.