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  • Agenda and draft minutes

    Extraordinary, Council
    Thursday, 10 September 2020 6.00 pm

    Venue: Skype video conference call

    Contact: Gill Scott  Email: g.scott@spelthorne.gov.uk

    Link: Members of the public may hear the proceedings by tuning into the Council's YouTube channel

    Items
    No. Item

    191/20

    Disclosures of Interest

    To receive any disclosures of interest from Councillors in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct for Members.

    Minutes:

    There were no disclosures of interest.

    192/20

    Motion

    To consider the following motion submitted in accordance with Standing Order 7.1 (d):

    This council is deeply concerned that the tragic events surrounding the death of 7 year old Zane Gbangbola, and the paralysing of his father have not been adequately dealt with. The tragedy occurred during the floods of 2014 when an old waste site behind the family’s house was inundated with water. We believe crucial evidence on the potentially toxic nature of the site has been ignored. The recent claims of the dumping of toxic waste behind the house by a nearby military institution, only serves to make it more important that the truth behind this terrible incident be uncovered.

    To this end within 14 working days this Council resolves to:

    1) Write to the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the strongest possible terms expressing its deep unease and anger at the way this issue has been dealt with so far and

    2) Call for an immediate, full Independent Panel Inquiry (similar to Hillsborough) into this tragedy and all the events surrounding it.

    That

    3) this letter to the Secretary of State is open to be signed by the leaders of all political groups on Spelthorne Council and

    4) the letter is featured prominently on Spelthorne Council’s web site and in attendant Council publicity.

     

    Proposed by Cllr Ian Beardsmore

    Seconded by Cllr Chris Bateson

     

    Supported by Councillors S. Dunn, J. Sexton, V. Siva

     

     

    Minutes:

    In accordance with Standing Order 7.1 (d) the Council received a Notice of Motion signed by the following five councillors: I.J. Beardsmore, C. Bateson, S.A. Dunn, J. Sexton and V. Siva.

     

    Councillor I.J. Beardsmore moved and Councillor C. Bateson seconded the motion:

    This Council is deeply concerned that the tragic events surrounding the death of 7 year old Zane Gbangbola, and the paralysing of his father have not been adequately dealt with. The tragedy occurred during the floods of 2014 when an old waste site behind the family’s house was inundated with water. We believe crucial evidence on the potentially toxic nature of the site has been ignored. The recent claims of the dumping of toxic waste behind the house by a nearby military institution, only serves to make it more important that the truth behind this terrible incident be uncovered.

    To this end within 14 working days this Council resolves to:

    1) Write to the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the strongest possible terms expressing its deep unease and anger at the way this issue has been dealt with so far and

    2) Call for an immediate, full Independent Panel Inquiry (similar to Hillsborough) into this tragedy and all the events surrounding it.

    That

    3) this letter to the Secretary of State is open to be signed by the leaders of all political groups on Spelthorne Council and

    4) the letter is featured prominently on Spelthorne Council’s web site and in attendant Council publicity.

    Councillor I.J. Beardsmore called for a recorded vote on the motion.

     

    The voting was as follows:

     

    FOR (31)

    J.R. Boughtflower, M.M. Attewell, C. Barnard, C. Barratt, R.O. Barratt, C. Bateson, I.J. Beardsmore, A. Brar, R. Chandler, J.H. Doerfel, J.T. Doran, S.M. Doran, R.D. Dunn, S.A. Dunn, T. Fidler, N.J. Gething, M. Gibson, K. Grant, A.C. Harman, I.T. Harvey, N. Islam, T. Lagden, V.J. Leighton, M.J. Madams, L.E. Nichols, O. Rybinski, D. Saliagopoulos, J.R. Sexton, R.W. Sider, V. Siva, J. Vinson.

    AGAINST

    None

    ABSTAIN

    None

     

    The motion was carried.

     

     

    Resolved that the Council will:

    1) Write to the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the strongest possible terms expressing its deep unease and anger at the way this issue has been dealt with so far and

    2) Call for an immediate, full Independent Panel Inquiry (similar to Hillsborough) into this tragedy and all the events surrounding it.

    That

    3) this letter to the Secretary of State is open to be signed by the leaders of all political groups on Spelthorne Council and

    4) the letter is featured prominently on Spelthorne Council’s web site and in attendant Council publicity.