Decisions

This is where you can find the reports for decisions made by the Council. To view the minutes of meetings please go to the relevant meeting page by navigating from the Meeting Calendar tab or the Committees tab.

This includes decisions taken at Committee meetings as well as decisions taken by individual Portfolio Holders from May 2014 onwards.

For individual Portfolio Holder decisions before 2014, please use the connected sub tab labelled Portfolio Holder Decisions before 2014

Structure of the Council

 

Following the introduction of the Local Government Act 2000 a new political structure was adopted in Colchester. The old Committee system was replaced by a new system . Under this system, a Council leader is appointed who is responsible for forming a Cabinet. The Cabinet is responsible for most decision making on day to day matters, although it must operate within the policy framework set by the full Council.

 

A number of Panels are in place to scrutinise decisions and review and develop policy. The Planning and Licensing Committees and the Governance and Audit Committee are responsible for the regulatory functions of the Council.

 

The Leader of the Council and the Cabinet

 

The Leader of the Council is elected at the Council’s Annual meeting. The Council is currently run by a joint administration consisting of the Conservative Group and the Highwoods Group. The Council Leader is Councillor Paul Dundas (Conservative).

The Cabinet is made up of six Councillors, each of whom is responsible for a specific area, known as a Portfolio. The political composition of the Cabinet is 5 Conservative members and 1 Highwoods member. Further information about the membership of the Cabinet is available from the Committees tab in the list on the right of the screen.

 

Decisions

 
TitleDetailsDecision TypeDecision MakerImplementation DateStatus
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Insulating Homes

 

Motion I

Proposer: Cllr J. Young, Cllr Cory

Climate change is the biggest single threat that Colchester residents face. The biggest carbon impact locally is poorly insulated homes. As energy prices skyrocket local families are spending hard earned incomes on heat that leaks from their homes. Colchester needs a plan to retrofit local homes, that provides new jobs, reduces heating bills and ensures people are warm in their homes over winter periods. This council calls on the Cabinet members for the Environment , Housing and Planning to develop a plan to work with Colchester Borough Homes, housing associations, private landlords and homeowners to retrofit homes and tackle the climate emergency. This plan must include calling on Government to provide additional funding to support this vital work which will be good for residents and climate change. 

As the motion relates to an executive function, it will stand referred to direct to Cabinet unless Procedure 11(2) is suspended.

 

 
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Review of Local Code of Corporate Governance

H...Motion that the recommendation contained in draft minute 292 from the Governance and Audit Committee meeting of 23 November 2021 be approved and adopted.

 

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Review of the Ethical Governance Policies

G... Motion that the recommendations contained in draft minute 290 of the Governance and Audit Committee meeting of 23 November 2021 be approved and adopted.

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Nomination for Deputy Mayor 2022-23

E... Motion that the recommendation contained in draft minute 614 of the Cabinet meeting of 17 November 2021 be approved and adopted.

 

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Officer Pay Policy Statement 2022-23

D... Motion that the recommendation contained in draft minute 609 of the Cabinet meeting of 17 November 2021 be approved and adopted.

 

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Local Council Tax Support Scheme 2022-23

C... Motion that the recommendation contained in draft minute 608 of the Cabinet meeting of 17 November 2021 be approved and adopted.

 

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Authorisation of Absence from Council and Committee meetings

M...Motion that the recommended decision in the report from the Assistant Director, Corporate and Improvement Services, be approved and adopted.

 

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Gambling Act 2005 Policy

F... Motion that the recommendation contained in draft minute 143 of the Licensing Committee meeting of 10 November 2021 be approved and adopted.

 

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Schedule of Portfolio Holder Decisions

Council is invited to note the Schedule of Portfolio Holder decisions for the period 9 October 2021 - 19 November 2021.

 

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Climate Change

Motion L

Proposer: Cllr Nissen

This Council notes:

The Glasgow Pact is a significant deal signalling the end of coal, oil and gas - and it's wide agreement by leaders to "keep 1.5C alive".
The moral authority shown by climate activists, based on climate science, has been clear in setting this higher ambition.
The Glasgow Pact did not secure National Determined Contributions (NDCs) to stay within 1.5C so will be only a game changer if we get our act together over the coming year, which depends on what the UK does with its continued presidency of COP, and the wider actions and leadership across the UK.

 This Council further notes:
The most climate vulnerable countries are calling for natural justice, for the rich countries to pay for current losses and damages based on historic greenhouse gas emissions; and
That the world's government's must now accept we are now in climate emergency mode and have to come back next year with plans and pledges that at least halve carbon emissions this decade and set carbon budgets that stay well within the 1.5C limit.

Therefore this Council calls on the UK government to:
1. Reverse Official Development Assistance (ODA, "aid") budget cuts
2. Conduct an independent review into UK fossil fuel subsidies and set out a plan and timetable to phase these out.
3. Put climate change at the heart of all future trade deals, and call for an end to the investor-state dispute settlement (so called "corporate courts") that allow companies to sue governments for taking climate action (see www.globaljustice.org.uk).
4. Commit to no more coal, oil (je or gas) extraction in the UK, or through UK investments overseas.
5. Commit to no airport expansion across the UK, and for international aviation and shipping decarbonisation to be included in NDCs, and in future trade deals.
6. Cancel the UK's current road building programme and divert spending to local council zero carbon transport plans.
7. Commit that UK international climate finance is provided in addition to existing official development assistance (ODA) as agreed at the Copenhagen and Paris climate summits and for this to include funds for climate mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage payments.


As the motion relates to a non-executive function, it will be debated and determined at the meeting.

 
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