Agenda and minutes

Venue: The Guildhall, St Peter's Place, Canterbury

Contact: Josie Newman  01227 862 009 Email: democracy@canterbury.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

189.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies had been received from Councillors Todd and Wilson-Hamilton and apologies for lateness had been received from Councillors L Jones-Roberts and M Jones-Roberts.

190.

Substitute Councillors

Minutes:

Councillor Watkins was present as a substitute for Councillor Todd. Councillor M Jones-Roberts was present as a substitute for Councillor Wilson-Hamilton. Councillor J Councillor Harvey-Quirke was also present as a substitute.

191.

Declaration of any interests

TO RECEIVE any declarations for the following in so far as they relate to the business for the meeting:-

 

  1. Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
  2. Other Significant Interests (what were previously thought of as non-pecuniary Prejudicial interests)
  3. Voluntary Announcements of Other Interests

 

Voluntary Announcements of Other Interests not required to be disclosed as DPI’s or OSI’s, ie announcements made for transparency reasons alone, such as:

·         Membership of outside bodies that have made representations on agenda items, or

·         Where a Councillor knows a person involved, but does not have a close association with that person, or

·         Where an item would affect the well-being of a Member, relative, close associate, employer, etc but not his/her financial position.

 

[Note: an effect on the financial position of a Councillor, relative, close associate, employer, etc; OR an application made by a Councillor, relative, close associate, employer, etc, would both probably constitute either an OSI or in some cases a DPI].

 

 

Minutes:

Councillor R Thomas made a voluntary announcement that he lived close to an air quality action area and knew one of the public speakers.

192.

Public participation

Members of the public may speak on any item on the agenda, for a maximum of three minutes, provided that notification has been given to Democratic Services by 12.30pm on the working day before the meeting.

Minutes:

There were eleven public speakers for the meeting, they were heard directly prior to the relevant agenda items.

193.

Notice of Motion: Reducing carbon emissions (Climate Change) pdf icon PDF 512 KB

TO CONSIDER the report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

Minutes:

(Prior to the consideration of the item the following members of the public spoke: Peter Styles, William Rawlinson, Henry Stanton, Fred McCormack, Pascal Sleigh, Bernadette Fisher, Martin Vye, Diane Hunt, Clement Thurston and Jo Barker.)

 

The Deputy Chief Executive introduced the report which had been produced on the recommendations of the Policy Resources Committee meeting of April 2019. The report set out a council wide approach to reducing carbon emissions by setting out:  

  • a summary of current understanding of global warming;  
  • action already taken by the Council that has contributed to reducing carbon emissions and how it has responded to the impact of climate change on the District; 
  • and proposed future actions by the Council to reduce carbon emissions.

 

The Head of Sustainable Business and Communities from Kent County Council (KCC) updated the meeting on the work that the county council was undertaking in regards to climate change and air quality. This included producing the draft Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy to work across all levels of local government and across other sectors, this was out to public consultation. 

 

The Committee debated the report and the Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive, Head of Planning, Head of Transportation and Environment and the Head of Sustainable Business and Communities (KCC) gave points of clarification where necessary. They debated matters including the following:

 

  1. With clear cross party support the council could make a difference and act as community leaders.
  2. It was important to include the local community in generating ideas.
  3. The local plan process.
  4. The need to assess the impact on the environment when taking decisions.
  5. The usefulness of independent reviews in to progress toward the council’s aims.
  6. The potential impact of transport infrastructure and facilities.
  7. Plastic free initiatives and possibility for other areas to start their own.
  8. The potential for trees and green spaces to help in the reduction of carbon emissions.

 

A number of amendments were suggested to the recommendations in the report these are set out below. These were proposed, seconded and vote put to a vote AGREED:

 

  1. Recommendation 2 - add to the end ‘... in its corporate plan and set annual targets to meet this commitment ensuing robust, transparent monitoring is in place.’
  2. New point added - That all future reports to council include an Environmental Impact Assessment.
  3. Recommendation 6 - Insert after ‘the council works with” “...all stakeholders including housing developers and builders and…”
  4. Recommendation 7 - amend to  ‘...it at least carbon neutral’

 

Record of the voting

For the proposal: Baldock, Cook, Dekker, Dixey, Edwards, Glover, Harvey-Quirke, L Jones-Roberts, Kenny, Ricketts, R Thomas and Watkins (12)

Against or abstaining from the proposal: None

Did not vote: M Jones-Roberts (1)

 

The amended recommendations were then proposed, seconded and when put to a vote unanimously AGREED.

 

RESOLVED: 

 

(a)   That a climate change emergency be declared by Canterbury City Council; 

 

(b)   That in response to this emergency the Council sets a target to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 193.

194.

Draft Air Quality Action Plan 2018 - 2023 monitoring report pdf icon PDF 59 KB

TO NOTE the report of the Director of Community Services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Prior to the consideration of the item a member of the public, Henry Stanton spoke).

 

The Director of Community Services explained that although new ambitions have overtaken the plan which was adopted in November 2018, the report summarised air quality monitoring data from 2018 and provides an update on the actions within the Air Quality Action Plan, covering the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. The committee were asked to note the report. The Council will continue to take opportunities to implement the action plan as they arise.

 

The Committee discussed the matter and the Director of Community Services and the Air Quality Officer gave points of clarification where necessary. Matters including the following were discussed: 

 

  1. Issues caused with idling vehicles.
  2. The potential for education campaigns to improve behaviour
  3. Details around monitoring points, methods and equipment and the importance of good data.
  4. That the plan might need to be updated in light of the new work around the reduction of carbon emissions.
  5. The effect of vegetation on air quality.
  6. The need to improve opportunities for safe walking and cycling routes.

 

Committee agreed to NOTE the report.

 

(Councillors L Jones-Robert, Butcher, Flack and Wilson left during this item.)

195.

Any other urgent business to be dealt with in public

Minutes:

There was no urgent business for the meeting.

196.

Any other urgent business which falls under the exempt provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 or the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or both

Minutes:

There was no urgent business for the meeting.