Meeting Details

Council
2 Dec 2021 - 18:00 to 21:00
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Agenda

Part A
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1 Welcome and Announcements (Council)
The Mayor will welcome members of the public and Councillors and will ask the Chaplain to say a prayer. The Mayor will explain the procedures to be followed at the meeting including a reminder everyone to use microphones at all times when they are speaking, but otherwise keep microphones muted.
2 Have Your Say! (Hybrid meetings)

Members of the public may make representations to the meeting.  This can be made either in person at the meeting  or by joining the meeting remotely and addressing the Council via Zoom. Each representation may be no longer than three minutes.  Members of the public wishing to address the Council remotely may register their wish to address the meeting by e-mailing democratic.services@colchester.gov.uk by 12.00 noon on the working day before the meeting date.  In addition a written copy of the representation will need to be supplied for use in the event of unforeseen technical difficulties preventing participation at the meeting itself.

 

There is no requirement to pre register for those attending the meeting in person.

489

William Sunnucks addressed the Council pursuant to the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 6(1) in respect of the motion on climate change.  He hoped the Council would reject the motion. The Council should concentrate on what it could control rather than talking about matters it could not. The Council had real responsibilities which required real action.  For example it needed to understand 1000 homes in the Council’s estate did not have an EPC certificate let alone proper insulation or heat pump technology.  A plan to insulate local homes should be supported. The incentives which made it cheaper to drive than use public transport needed to be addressed and the Council should be examining which buildings could be renovated rather than rebuilt.  Impractical promises also needed to be avoided such as building 920 more houses per year without the supporting infrastructure.  The Council should concentrate on what it could actually influence rather than grandstanding.  The motion should be rejected or heavily amended.

 

3 Declarations of Interest
Councillors will be asked to say if there are any items on the agenda about which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest which would prevent them from participating in any discussion of the item or participating in any vote upon the item, or any other pecuniary interest or non-pecuniary interest.
4 Minutes of the Previous Meeting (Council)
A... Motion that the minutes of the meeting held on 15 September 2021 and 20 October 2021 be confirmed as a correct record.
491

The minutes of the meetings held on 15 September 2021 and 20 October 2021 were confirmed as a correct record.

 

5 Mayor's Announcements
The Mayor to make announcements.
492

The Mayor indicated that he had represented the Council at the funeral of Sir David Ames MP.  The family’s message was the need for people to show respect and kindness to each other. 

The Mayor noted the recent death of former Councillor Ray Cole who had served as Councillor for West Bergholt between 1984-90 and 1995-99. 

The Mayor announced the following events:-

A reading of “A Christmas Carol” by Anthony Roberts, Old Library, 16 December 2021;

Mayoral Carol Service, Lion Walk Church, 19 December 2021

 

 
6 Items (if any) referred under the Call-in Procedure (Council)
The Council consider any items referred by the Scrutiny Panel under the Call-in Procedure because they are considered to be contrary to the policy framework of the Council or contrary to, or not wholly in accordance with, the budget.
7 Recommendations of the Cabinet, Panels and Committees
Council will consider the following recommendations:-

B... Motion that the recommendation contained in draft minute 605 of the Cabinet meeting of 17 November 2021 be approved and adopted.

 

493

Councillor Bentley (in respect of his position as Leader of Essex County Council) declared a non-pecuniary interest in the following item pursuant to the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 11(5) 


A statement from Councillor Luxford Vaughan was read to the meeting by the Democratic Services Officer expressing concerns about the establishment of a Joint Committee.  Supporters of the garden community concept had insisted that the way to deliver them was though a development corporation. A traditional development model and the existing planning system would not deliver a garden community.  This would be watered down further with the involvement of two other authorities with different priorities.  It was unclear how a Joint Committee could balance the burden on Colchester’s Infrastructure with Tendring’s desire to generate a rate income and secure all the affordable housing for its residents.  Essex County Council representation would be predetermined by the legally binding HIF agreement.  Whilst Greenstead ward councillors were claiming they should have a seat on the Joint Committee, the development was planned within the ward boundaries of Elmstead, Ardleigh and Wivenhoe, with the masterplan documents showing development less than 1000 yards from Wivenhoe.  Tendring were adamant that only 1250 homes would be allocated to Colchester through the lifetime of this project and there was no agreement in place to contradict this.  The Council should not agree to the Joint Committee or invest in the DPD until such an agreement was in place.  A Joint Committee with authorities motivated by anything but the principles of a garden community would not produce one.

Manda O’Connell addressed the Council pursuant to the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 6(1) as a resident of Greenstead and Chair of the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community (TCBGC) Liaison Group.  She hoped that the interest of east Colchester would be served by full Colchester Borough Council participation in the Joint Committee. This would help continue the encouraging community engagement achieved so far.  This was a shared development that would benefit both Tendring and Colchester.  Involvement in the Joint Committee would enable the Council to influence the layout of the development. This was an opportunity to showcase an innovative and sustainable development that would meet housing needs for the next thirty years.  The Council should not be obstructive or seek to undermine this initiative, which would secure much needed housing, particularly affordable housing. The Council should put party politics aside and support the proposal for Joint Committee which would address the real need of the community and its residents.

James Marchant addressed the Council pursuant to the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 6(1) representing Colchester East Action Group to express his view that the Garden Community should proceed with a large green buffer between it and the existing communities in east Colchester.  This would prevent speculative development in the area such as the recent development near Bromley Road and Salary Brook.

RESOLVED (MAJORITY voted FOR) that the recommendation contained in draft minute 605 of the Cabinet meeting of 17 November 2021 be approved and adopted.

 

 

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

 

494

RESOLVED (UNANIMOUS) that the recommendation contained in draft minute 608 of the Cabinet meeting of 17 November 2021 be approved and adopted.

 

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

 

495

RESOLVED (UNANIMOUS) that the recommendation contained in draft minute 609 of the Cabinet meeting of 17 November 2021 be approved and adopted.

 

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

 

496

RESOLVED (UNANIMOUS) that the recommendation contained in draft minute 614 of the Cabinet meeting of 17 November 2021 be approved and adopted and that Councillor Jowers be nominated for appointment as Deputy Mayor for the borough of Colchester for the 2022-23 municipal year.

 

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

 

497

RESOLVED (UNANIMOUS) that the recommendation contained in draft minute 143 of the Licensing Committee meeting of 10 November 2021 be approved and adopted.

 

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.

498

RESOLVED (UNANIMOUS) that the recommendation contained in draft minute 290 of the Governance and Audit Committee meeting of 23 November 2021 be approved and adopted.

 

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.

 

499

RESOLVED (UNANIMOUS) that the recommendation contained in draft minute 291 of the Governance and Audit Committee meeting of 23 November 2021 be approved and adopted.

 

8 Notices of Motion pursuant to the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 11

Council will consider the following Motions:-

(Note: The maximum length of time for the consideration of all such motions shall be 80 minutes. In the event that a motion is still being debated when the 80 minutes have elapsed the Mayor shall invite the proposer of the motion to respond to the debate and the move straight to the vote. )

 

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.

 

 
501

It was proposed by Councillor J. Young, also on behalf of Councillor Cory, that:-

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 & 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. 

A main amendment was proposed by Councillor Barber as follows:-

That the motion on Insulating Homes be approved and adopted subject to:

In the second sentence the deletion of the words “The biggest carbon impact locally is” and the insertion of the words “A key contributor to climate change locally are”.
The deletion of all wording from “As energy prices skyrocket..” onwards and the insertion of the following wording:
“This Council recognises that poorly insulated homes also contribute to increased energy costs, which disproportionately impacts lower income households.

This Council therefore welcomes the Green Homes Grant funded by the Government, which is an example of policy that tackles climate change, assists households financially and supports local jobs. The Green Homes Grant provides funding for up to £10,000 to install energy efficient measures for homeowners across Essex with a household income below £30,000 and/or in receipt of an eligible benefit and an Energy Performance Certificate rating of D, E, F or G. The Green Homes Grant is also available for private rented homes. The Council further welcomes the national target of EPC rating C for all private rented homes by 2030 and the recommendations on energy efficiency in Essex’s Net Zero: Making Essex Carbon Neutral report, which we resolve to support to deliver where we have a role.

The Council further resolves to continue to promote the Green Homes Grant to help achieve our climate goals and assist lower income households, as well as support other schemes such as Colchester Borough Home’s ambition on insulation and energy efficiency. Finally, this Council resolves to work with housing associations, private landlords and homeowners to achieve the Government’s welcome target of all private rented homes being EPC band C by 2030.”


Councillor J. Young indicated that the main amendment was not accepted.

On being put to the vote the main amendment was approved (TWENTY ONE voted FOR and SEVENTEEN voted AGAINST) and the motion was deemed amended accordingly. The amended wording of the motion was as follows:-

Climate change is the biggest single threat that Colchester residents face. A key contributor to climate change locally are poorly insulated homes. This Council recognises that poorly insulated homes also contribute to increased energy costs, which disproportionately impacts lower income households.

This Council therefore welcomes the Green Homes Grant funded by the Government, which is an example of policy that tackles climate change, assists households financially and supports local jobs. The Green Homes Grant provides funding for up to £10,000 to install energy efficient measures for homeowners across Essex with a household income below £30,000 and/or in receipt of an eligible benefit and an Energy Performance Certificate rating of D, E, F or G. The Green Homes Grant is also available for private rented homes. The Council further welcomes the national target of EPC rating C for all private rented homes by 2030 and the recommendations on energy efficiency in Essex’s Net Zero: Making Essex Carbon Neutral report, which we resolve to support to deliver where we have a role.

The Council further resolves to continue to promote the Green Homes Grant to help achieve our climate goals and assist lower income households, as well as support other schemes such as Colchester Borough Home’s ambition on insulation and energy efficiency. Finally, this Council resolves to work with housing associations, private landlords and homeowners to achieve the Government’s welcome target of all private rented homes being EPC band C by 2030.

The amended motion was then put to the vote and was approved and adopted (MAJORITY voted FOR).

 

 
8(ii) Standards

Motion J

Proposer: Cllr King and Cllr Fox

Confidence in politics has been further damaged by recent parliamentary lobbying, misconduct and the second jobs controversy. 
 
This Council welcomes the Government’s withdrawal of their proposals, and the Prime Minister’s apology. And their restated support for an independent Standards Commissioner and process, as this helps ensure our Members of Parliament act in the interest of their constituents and our nation, uninfluenced by what they can earn by lobbying.

This Council believes the great majority of elected members, including this Council, are motivated by public service alone. We commit ourselves to ensure our conduct is beyond reproach, to continue to declare any conflicts of interest, to not accept payments from any who seek to improperly influence what we as individuals or a local authority might do. And to work to the highest standards of public service. To put the interests of our residents and the wider public first in all we do.


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

 
502

It was proposed by Councillor King, also on behalf of Councillor Fox, that:-

Confidence in politics has been further damaged by recent parliamentary lobbying, misconduct and the second jobs controversy.   

This Council welcomes the Government’s withdrawal of their proposals, and the Prime Minister’s apology. And their restated support for an independent Standards Commissioner and process, as this helps ensure our Members of Parliament act in the interest of their constituents and our nation, uninfluenced by what they can earn by lobbying.

This Council believes the great majority of elected members, including this Council, are motivated by public service alone. We commit ourselves to ensure our conduct is beyond reproach, to continue to declare any conflicts of interest, to not accept payments from any who seek to improperly influence what we as individuals or a local authority might do. And to work to the highest standards of public service. To put the interests of our residents and the wider public first in all we do.

A main amendment was proposed by Councillor Dundas, as follows:-

That the motion on Standards be approved and adopted subject to:

In the third paragraph after the words “or  local authority might do” the insertion of a new paragraph as follows:-

We further commit to treat each other with the respect and the behavioural standards our residents expect. To not use derogatory language or act in a disrespectful manner in person, in print, in social media and any other forums about each other or organisations – political or otherwise - we are affiliated with. We also call on anyone who is associated with us including MPs, candidates, party political activists and supporters to do likewise and we commit to taking whatever action we can against any of those who do. 

In the penultimate sentence the deletion of the words “And to” and the insertion of word “We”. 

Councillor King indicated that the main amendment was not accepted.  

On being the put to the vote the main amendment was approved (TWENTY THREE voted FOR and ONE voted AGAINST) and the motion was deemed amended accordingly.  The amended wording of the motion was as follows:-

Confidence in politics has been further damaged by recent parliamentary lobbying, misconduct and the second jobs controversy. 
   
This Council welcomes the Government’s withdrawal of their proposals, and the Prime Minister’s apology. And their restated support for an independent Standards Commissioner and process, as this helps ensure our Members of Parliament act in the interest of their constituents and our nation, uninfluenced by what they can earn by lobbying. 
 
This Council believes the great majority of elected members, including this Council, are motivated by public service alone. We commit ourselves to ensure our conduct is beyond reproach, to continue to declare any conflicts of interest, to not accept payments from any who seek to improperly influence what we as individuals or a local authority might do.  
 
We further commit to treat each other with the respect and the behavioural standards our residents expect. To not use derogatory language or act in a disrespectful manner in person, in print, in social media and any other forums about each other or organisations – political or otherwise - we are affiliated with. We also call on anyone who is associated with us including MPs, candidates, party political activists and supporters to do likewise and we commit to taking whatever action we can against any of those who do. 
 
We to work to the highest standards of public service. To put the interests of our residents and the wider public first in all we do.


The amended motion was put to the vote and was approved and adopted (UNANIMOUS).

 

 

 

Motion K

Proposer: Cllr Crow

This Council wishes all Colchester Borough residents a great Festive Season and would like this Council to take this opportunity to promote our local businesses of all sizes who are creators of jobs and prosperity.  We implore local residents to shop local and support all our businesses that have been through so much in the last 18 months including supporting “Small Business Saturday” this weekend. This Council would like to thank the BID, Lion Walk and Culver Square shopping centres, COLBEA and all other organisations that have helped our businesses during the pandemic and hope our local businesses have a prosperous Christmas.


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

 

 

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.

 
9 Questions to Cabinet Members and Chairmen pursuant to Council Procedure Rule 10

Cabinet members and Chairmen will receive and answer pre-notified questions in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10(1) followed by any oral questions (not submitted in advance) in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10(3).

(Note: a period of up to 60 minutes is available for pre-notified questions and oral questions by Members of the Council to Cabinet Members and Chairmen (or in their absence Deputy Chairmen)).

 

At the time of the publication of the Summons, no pre-notified questions had been received.

 

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

 

503
RESOLVED that the recommended decision in the report from the Assistant Director, Corporate and Improvement Services, be approved and adopted and accordingly the absence of Councillor Coleman from attendance at Council and Committee meetings be authorised for a period of six months from 10 December 2021, pursuant to the provisions of section 85 of the Local Government Act 1972.

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

 

504

RESOLVED that the schedule of Portfolio Holder decisions covering the period 9 October 2021 to 19 November 2021 be noted.

 

12 Urgent Items (Council)
Council will consider any business not specified in the Summons which by reason of special circumstances the Mayor determines should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.
13 Reports Referred to in Recommendations
The reports specified below are submitted for information and referred to in the recommendations specified in item 7 of the agenda:
14 Exclusion of the Public (not Scrutiny or Executive)
In accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 to exclude the public, including the press, from the meeting so that any items containing exempt information (for example confidential personal, financial or legal advice), in Part B of this agenda (printed on yellow paper) can be decided. (Exempt information is defined in Section 100I and Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972).
Prayers
487
The meeting was opened with prayers from the Reverend Dr Amanda Elmes.
Apologies
488

Apologies were received from Councillors Coleman, Leatherdale, Lilley and Luxford Vaughan.

 

One Minute Silence
490

The Mayor invited Council to stand for a minute’s silence in tribute to David Amess MP. 

 

Suspension of Procedure Rules
500

RESOLVED that Council Procedure Rule 11(2) be suspended to allow the motion on  Insulating Homes to be debated and determined at the meeting.

 

Closure of Meeting
505

In view of the late hour and the conditions in the meeting room, the Mayor closed the meeting and directed that  a written response be provided to the pre-notified question to the Leader of the Council that had been submitted.  The outstanding motions on Support to Local Business and Climate Change were not debated and determined.

 

Part B

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
No declarations of interest have been entered for this meeting.

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