Agenda

Full Council
Tuesday, 12th December, 2017 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - The Guildhall

Contact: Stewart Agland  Email: stewart.agland@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interests under Standing Order 13(2)(b)

2.

Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 14 November 2017 pdf icon PDF 238 KB

·         the ordinary council meeting held on 14 November.

3.

Communications and apologies for absence

4.

Deputations from the Public under Standing Order No 24

5.

Appointments

6.

Urgent Business under Standing Order No 26

7.

Minute 52 - Revenue Budget 2018/19 - Savings Proposals pdf icon PDF 581 KB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Cabinet held on 11 December 2017, the recommendations for which will follow.

Additional documents:

8.

Review of the political balance on committees and Panels pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To consider the Chief Executive's attached report.

Notices of Motion: Process information

Standing Order (32(d)) requires a vote by members before each motion to determine whether or not the motion is to be debated at the meeting or stand referred to the Cabinet or relevant Committee (including Scrutiny) to report back to a future meeting.

9.

Notices of Motion

9a

Notice of Motion (a) - Contamination of Oceans pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Proposed Councillor David Ashmore

Seconded Councillor Ben Dowling

 

As Portsmouth is the UK's only island city meaning we are surrounded by water, this Council is invested in ensuring we have safe, clean and environmentally friendly waters for the people, animals and plant life of Portsmouth.

 

Council notes the National Federation of Women’s Institutes’ new campaign concerning the contamination of the oceans from microplastic fibres, which passed with an overwhelming 98.9% majority at the 2017 WI Annual Meeting.

 

Microplastic fibres are small plastic fragments 5 mm or smaller that are shed from synthetic clothes when laundered and end up in the sea and wider environment. The scale of the problem is large; millions of people wash their clothes every week, shedding these tiny particles that are too small to be caught by the machine’s filters, flowing into the sewage system and eventually into the ocean. Due to their small size, microplastic fibres are readily ingested by aquatic life, filling up their stomachs which can eventually cause death. We also know that the plastic fibres attract toxins and harmful chemical pollutants which then end up in the food we eat, the long-term effects of which are not yet clear.

 

Given the scale of the problem, there is an urgent need for more research to identify and develop potential solutions. We need to better understand the long term impact of microplastic fibres on the marine environment, develop a deeper understanding about why different textiles perform differently when washed, and to identify ways to prevent fibres being released into the water supply.

 

Council notes the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP’s recent commitment that government will undertake work to identify ways to reduce the amount of plastic entering our seas. 

 

Council asks the Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety to write on behalf of the Council to the city’s two Members of Parliament, Stephen Morgan MP and Penny Mordaunt MP, and The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP asking for the issue of microplastic fibres to be fully considered in the government’s work to explore new methods of reducing plastic waste.

9b

Notice of Motion (b) - Government Funding for Cladding Council Buildings pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Proposed Councillor Tom Wood

Seconded Councillor Leo Madden

 

Council is very concerned by the events at Grenfell Tower and offers it condolences to those who lost family members and loved ones in the fire.

 

Council thanks Officers and the Hampshire Fire Service for their outstanding work to start to remove the cladding for Horatia House and Leamington House and put in place additional measures to ensure residents safety while the cladding is being removed.

 

Council notes that

 

1.            the Government initially promised to cover the costs of works necessary as a result of Grenfell, and particularly that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government promised on the 16th June that the government would do “whatever is required” to support works necessary as a result of the Grenfell disaster.

 

2.            That government has abandoned this commitment and intends only to provide Councils with “financial flexibilities” and not actual grants

 

3.         that whatever “financial flexibility” the government provides, that is not a government grant means that council tenants will be the ones who ultimately pay.

 

Council reaffirms that no matter what decisions the government makes the work to ensure Horatia House and Leamington House are as safe as possible must and will continue

 

Council condemns the decision by the Secretary of State to U-turn on his commitment

 

Council calls on the Leader of the Council to lead a cross party delegation to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government asking him to honour his commitment and provide funding to Portsmouth City Council for the works on Horatia and Leamington house.

10.

Questions from Members under Standing Order No 17