• Calendar
  • Committees
  • Constitution
  • Decisions
  • Election results
  • ePetitions
  • Forthcoming Decisions
  • Forward Plans
  • Library
  • Meetings
  • Outside bodies
  • Search documents
  • Statistics
  • Subscribe to updates
  • Your councillors
  • Your MPs
  • Your MEPs
  • What's new
  • Work to do
  • Decision details

    Motions

    Decision Maker: Council

    Decision status: Recommendations Approved

    Is Key decision?: No

    Is subject to call in?: No

    Decisions:

    In accordance with Standing Order 17 the Council received five written Notices of Motions.

     

    Councillor I.T.E. Harvey moved and Councillor R.W. Sider BEM seconded the following Motion:

     

    “This Council supports the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of Anti-Semitism (decided on 26 May 2016 at Bucharest) and henceforward adopts this definition and the illustrative examples for all relevant aspects of Council policy particularly in the field of anti-discrimination and the promotion of human rights.”

     

    Councillor S.M. Doran, proposed the following amendment (additional words have been italicised) which was seconded by Councillor C.L. Bateson:

     

    “This council supports the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of Anti-Semitism (decided on 26 May 2016 at Bucharest) and henceforward adopts this definition and the illustrative examples for all relevant aspects of Council policy particularly in the field of anti-discrimination and the promotion of human rights.

     

    Additionally, Council welcomes, endorses and hereby adopts, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) definition of Islamophobia including all of its examples, again for all relevant aspect of Council policy particularly in the field of anti-discrimination and the promotion of human rights.

     

    Spelthorne is rightly proud of its diverse community and recognises the valuable part played by the communities of all faiths and beliefs.

     

    The amendment was not carried and the original Motion put to the vote.

     

    The original Motion was carried.

     

    Resolved that this Council supports the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of Anti-Semitism (decided on 26 May 2016 at Bucharest) and henceforward adopts this definition and the illustrative examples for all relevant aspects of Council policy particularly in the field of anti-discrimination and the promotion of human rights.

     

    The second Motion was moved by Councillor I.T.E. Harvey and seconded by Councillor A.C. Harman:

     

    “The Council is currently working on the development of its new Corporate Plan to cover the next three years of this administration.  In doing so it will be reaffirming its four Corporate Priorities of:

    1.         Housing

    2.         Economic Development

    3.         Clean and Safe Environment

    4.         Financial Sustainability

     

    This Council notes that many other Councils have recently declared a “climate emergency”. We understand that there is rightly much concern about climate change and that urgent action is needed.  This Council is committed to its priorities including a clean and safe environment.  It is the right thing to do to tackle climate change for future generations and to further community wellbeing. 

     

    Therefore, this Council commits to establishing a Leader’s task group to work towards delivering a strategy in 2020 that clearly outlines how we plan to deliver the target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.   We are also committed to delivering to our residents safe and secure homes, and secure employment, as sustainably as possible.”

     

    Councillor I.T.E. Harvey spoke and gave a commitment that the proposed task group would be a members’ cross-party group which would report back to Cabinet regularly on proposed actions on climate change, monitoring and delivering on carbon neutrality by 2050 in line with current Government policy.  The target date would be continually reviewed and amended in line with Government Policy changes.

     

    Councillor L.E. Nichols proposed and Councillor C.L. Bateson seconded the following amendment (additional words have been italicised and deleted words struck through):

     

    “The Council is currently working on the development of its new Corporate Plan to cover the next three years of this administration.  In doing so it will be adding a new priority of Environmental Sustainability and reaffirming its four existing Corporate Priorities.of The Corporate Priorities will be:

     

    1. Environmental Sustainability
    2. Housing
    3. Economic Development
    4. Clean and Safe Environment
    5. Financial Sustainability

     

    This Council notes that many other Councils have recently declared a “climate emergency”.  We understand that there is rightly much concern about climate change and that urgent action is needed and this is why Environmental Sustainability is to be added as a Corporate Priority.  This new priority will place emphasis on the need for carbon reduction, waste and recycling, sustainable housing and energy efficiency.  This Council is committed to its priorities including a clean and safe environment.  It is the right thing to do to tackle climate change for future generations and to further community wellbeing. commit to an increased and special emphasis on Environment Sustainability.

     

    Therefore, this Council commits to establishing a Leader’s task group to work towards delivering a strategy in 2020 that clearly outlines how we plan to deliver the target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.  We are also committed to delivering to our residents safe and secure homes, and secure employment, as sustainably as possible.”

     

    The amendment was not carried.

     

    Councillor L.E. Nichols proposed and Councillor C.L. Bateson seconded a second amendment to the Motion (additional words have been italicised and deleted words struck through):

     

    “The Council is currently working on the development of its new Corporate Plan to cover the next three years of this administration.  In doing so it will be reaffirming its four Corporate Priorities of:

     

    1.         Housing

    2.         Economic Development

    3.         Clean and Safe Environment

    4.         Financial Sustainability

     

    This Council notes that many other Councils have recently declared a “climate emergency”. We understand that there is rightly much concern about climate change and that urgent action is needed.  This Council is committed to its priorities including a clean and safe environment.  It is the right thing to do to tackle climate change for future generations and to further community wellbeing. 

     

    Therefore, this Council commits to establishing a Leader’s task group to report to the Cabinet and the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  This task group to comprise a minimum of 7 members drawn from all political groups.  The task group will work to towards delivering a strategy in 2020 that clearly outlines how we plan to deliver the target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.   We are also committed to delivering to our residents safe and secure homes, and secure employment, as sustainably as possible.”

     

    The amendment was not carried.

     

    A third amendment was proposed by Councillor L.E. Nichols and seconded by Councillor C.L. Bateson (additional words have been italicised and deleted words struck through):

     

    “The Council is currently working on the development of its new Corporate Plan to cover the next three years of this administration.  In doing so it will be reaffirming its four Corporate Priorities of:

    1.         Housing

    2.         Economic Development

    3.         Clean and Safe Environment

    4.         Financial Sustainability

     

    This Council notes that many other Councils have recently declared a “climate emergency”. We understand that there is rightly much concern about climate change and that urgent action is needed.  This Council is committed to its priorities including a clean and safe environment.  It is the right thing to do to tackle climate change for future generations and to further community wellbeing. 

     

    Therefore, this Council commits to establishing a Leader’s task group to work towards delivering a strategy in 2020 that clearly outlines how we plan to deliver the a target of net zero carbon emissions for Spelthorne Borough Council by 2050 2030.   We are also committed to delivering to our residents safe and secure homes, and secure employment, as sustainably as possible.”

     

    Councillor L.E. Nichols requested a recorded vote on the amendment.

     

    The voting on the amendment was as follows:

     

    FOR (14)

    Councillors: Bateson, Cornes, Doerfel, J. Doran, S. Doran,

    R. Dunn, S. Dunn, Fidler, Grant, Lagden, Nichols, Siva, Spoor and Vinson

    AGAINST (21)

    Councillors: I. Harvey, Harman, Attewell, Barnard, C. Barratt, R. Barratt, Boughtflower, Brar, Buttar, Chandler, Gibson, H. Harvey, Islam, Leighton, Madams, McIlroy, Mitchell, Noble, Sexton, Sider and Smith-Ainsley.

    ABSTAIN (1)

    Councillor Beardsmore

     

     

    The amendment was not carried.

     

    The original Motion was put to the vote and carried.

     

    Resolved that the Council is currently working on the development of its new Corporate Plan to cover the next three years of this administration.  In doing so it will be reaffirming its four Corporate Priorities of:

    1.         Housing

    2.         Economic Development

    3.         Clean and Safe Environment

    4.         Financial Sustainability

     

    This Council notes that many other Councils have recently declared a “climate emergency”. We understand that there is rightly much concern about climate change and that urgent action is needed.  This Council is committed to its priorities including a clean and safe environment.  It is the right thing to do to tackle climate change for future generations and to further community wellbeing. 

     

    Therefore, this Council commits to establishing a Leader’s task group to work towards delivering a strategy in 2020 that clearly outlines how we plan to deliver the target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.   We are also committed to delivering to our residents safe and secure homes, and secure employment, as sustainably as possible.

     

    Councillor N. Cornes left the meeting at this point.

     

    The third Motion was proposed by Councillor I.T.E. Harvey and seconded by Councillor J.R. Boughtflower:

     

    “This Council caveats its support for a third runway and appropriate and proportionate expansion, subject to Heathrow meeting:

    a)            the 16 requirements as recommended by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its extraordinary meeting on 3 September 2019; and

    b)            our demands that our impacted communities be properly compensated via the Wider Property Offer Zone scheme.”

     

    The Motion was carried.

     

    The fourth Motion was proposed by Councillor R.A. Smith-Ainsley and seconded by Councillor J.R. Boughtflower.  A request by Councillor R.A. Smith-Ainsley to alter his Motion was agreed.  The altered Motion was:

     

    “Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK will eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050 and in the light of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, declaring a climate emergency: This Council resolves to:

     

    1.    Commit to working closely with the Government, the Environment Agency, our County colleagues, local businesses, our residents and other partners in meeting this target;

    2.    Update our strategy in 2019/20 which clearly outlines how we plan to deliver the target; and

    This to be undertaken by a cross-party task group and their findings shall be presented to Cabinet.

    3.    Write to the Government asking them to confirm what support will be made available to local authorities to help achieve this goal.

    4.    Update our target date following the publication of the IPCC Synthesis Report, due in 2022.”

     

    An amendment to the Motion was proposed by Councillor I.J. Beardsmore and seconded by Councillor R.O. Barratt (additional words have been italicised):

     

    “Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK will eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050 and in the light of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, declaring a climate emergency: This Council resolves to:

     

    1.    Commit to working closely with the Government, the Environment Agency, our County colleagues, local businesses, our residents and other partners in meeting this target;

    2.    Update our strategy in 2019/20 which clearly outlines how we plan to deliver the target; and

    This to be undertaken by a cross-party task group and their findings shall be presented to Cabinet.

    3.    Write to the Government asking them to confirm what support will be made available to local authorities to help achieve this goal.

    4.    Update our target date following the publication of the IPCC Synthesis Report, due in 2022.

     

    Further, this Council requests that the Local Plan Working Party considers putting in a specific policy on this into the next draft of the Local Plan”

     

    The amendment was carried and the new substantive Motion put to the vote.

     

    The substantive Motion was carried.

     

    The fifth Motion was withdrawn by Councillor B.B. Spoor.

    Publication date: 01/11/2019

    Date of decision: 24/10/2019

    Decided at meeting: 24/10/2019 - Council