Agenda

Full Council - Wednesday, 30th September, 2020 10.00 am

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1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 220 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of Annual Council 28 July 2020 and the adjourned Annual Council 3 September 2020.  

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3.

Announcements (if any)

Announcements only from the Chair of Council, Leader, Members of the Executive or the Managing Director.

 

4.

Declarations of interest (if any)

5.

Public Questions (if any)

Members of the public may ask questions. A maximum period of 15 minutes will be allowed with a maximum period of three minutes per questioner.

 

The deadline for questions is no later than 12 noon two working days before the date of the meeting.

 

6.

Councillor Questions (if any)

Members of the Council may ask questions of the Council subject to procedural rules.

 

The deadline for questions is no later than three clear working days before the meeting.

 

7.

Budget Monitoring - Revenue & Capital, Realignment of Revenue Budget 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 266 KB

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8.

Notice of Motion

Notice of Motion’s shall be referred to the appropriate committee meeting (which would be Overview and Scrutiny 1).  The mover of the motion can outline the proposal and then it will stand adjourned.  The motion may be debated to assist debate later if agreed by two-thirds of Council Members.

 

The following motion on Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill has been presented by Cllr J Hook and supported by Cllrs Connett, Dewhirst, Evans, Foden, Hayes, G Hook, Jeffries, Jenks, Keeling, Nutley, Nuttall, Parker Rollason, Swain and Wrigley.

 

Background to the Motion provided by Cllr J Hook:

 

Humans have already caused harmful climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world.  Global temperatures have already increased by 1 degree Celsius from pre-industrial levels. The IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, published in October 2018, describes the enormous harm that a 2 degrees Celsius rise is likely to cause compared to a 1.5 degrees Celsius, and told us that limiting Global Warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius may still be possible with ambitious action from national and regional authorities, the private sector, and local communities.

 

Average temperatures for the five-year (2015-2019) and ten-year (2010-2019) periods are the highest on record. (WMO) 2019 was the second hottest year on record. (WMO). Based on today’s insufficient global commitments to reduce climate polluting emissions, emissions are on track to reach 56 Gt CO2e by 2030, over twice what they should be.

 

Individuals cannot be expected to make this reduction on their own but it is important that individuals do recognise and take responsibility for their own actions. Society needs to update its laws, taxation, infrastructure, etc. to make low carbon living easier and the new norm; and to restore nature, natural environments and biodiversity.

 

Carbon emissions result from both production and consumption.

 

Over-exploitation of the earth’s resources, coupled with poor land management and industrialised agriculture, are risking mass extinction of species and destruction of irreplaceable habitats.

 

We are dependent on the natural environment and ecosystems for clean water and air, food and protection, essential for our survival and the survival of our society and economy. This is a global and a local problem. 41% of UK wildlife species are in decline and 15% are at risk of extinction and species extinction is happening at 100 times the natural evolutionary rate.

 

The Council have already committed to action on the ecological emergency following our successful Tree Seminar, have a Green Infrastructure Plan and a draft Tree Strategy and ambitious policies in our draft Local Plan, and have begun an ambitious tree planting and promotion programme. Our official Ecological Emergency Declaration is recognition that we need to accelerate the pace of change. Urgent action is needed now by the Council, business, community organisations and individuals to stop habitat destruction, and create and link new wildlife-rich spaces.

 

The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill https://www.ceebill.uk/ is an alliance bill that has been written by scientists, lawyers and activists. The Bill was tabled in Parliament  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.

9.

Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 - Exclusion of Press and Public

RECOMMENDED that, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1072, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the relevant paragraphs of Part  3 of Schedule 12A of the Act.

 

Part II: Item suggested for discussion with the press and public excluded

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South West Exeter District Heating Support