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Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor M J Greatorex. Councillor Sheree Peaple joined the meeting at 6.20pm
Declarations of Interest
To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (pecuniary and non-pecuniary) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.
When Members are declaring a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest. Members should leave the room if they have a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation.
There were no declarations of interest.
To receive any announcements from the Mayor, Leader, Members of the Cabinet or the Chief Executive
· To receive a nomination from the Leader of the Council to confer the title of Honorary Alderwoman to Maureen Gant;
· To receive a nomination from the Leader of the Council to confer the title of Honorary Alderman to Michael Greatorex
Announcement from the Mayor
I’m going to go straight into acknowledging exactly for those who were not present for prayers earlier on that we have sadly lost a current serving councillor Michael Greatorex and an ex-councillor, ex-Mayoress of the Borough Mrs. Mary Oates and before we move on to anything else, I think it would only be appropriate if we pause for a minutes silence for both of those two friends who we’ve sadly lost in the past couple of weeks.
So, if you’d like to be upstanding please.
Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen, please be seated.
I think given the huge respect that those of us who knew both Michael and Mary, it’s only appropriate that before we move on to any other items of business that we allow a few minutes to hear tributes from various Councillors about those dear departed friends. So I’m going to invite Councillor Jeremy Oates to speak about his mother for a few minutes. Over to you Jeremy.
Councillor Jeremy Oates:
Thank you Mr. Mayor. I’m very much aware that there aren’t many people left in the room now who served on the Council at the same time as Mary did. In fact she was elected in 2004 at the same time as those two fellows at the end. She stood as a paper candidate in 2005 and the irony of what I’m about to say, as she’s no longer with us, but the Council Chamber became a new lease of life to her. In the year 2000 she had breast cancer and had a lump removed, she was also was made redundant / took early retirement whilst she was off through ill health, so she was at quite a low point in her life at the time she was elected onto the Council. So Tamworth Borough Council gave her a new purpose and a new lease of life in her early retirement. I do wonder, and have said this before, something about ageing councillors, the Council keeps them going because they’ve got something to live for and something to do and that was certainly the case with Mary. It was a privilege to work with my parents on the Council and I know other councillors have worked with wives and sons and it’s often a different dynamic when you’re working with a family member. I was the Leader of the Council for a while, whilst she was on the Council and while she was a Cabinet member and to be honest I tended to treat her a little bit harder than the other Cabinet members because I could. And because of that relationship I was able to push a little bit harder and use her as an example and say something like, if this is how I treat my Mom imagine what I’m going to treat you like when you step out of line … Danny, Rob, etc. I appreciate many didn’t know her she was first elected in 2004. ... view the full minutes text for item 17.
Tamworth Borough Council declares a “Climate Emergency” that requires urgent action.
Further details are in the attached document.
The ‘Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C’, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in October 2018, (a) describes the enormous harm that a 2°C average rise in global temperatures is likely to cause compared with a 1.5°C rise, and (b) confirms that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society and the private sector.
It is noted that the impacts of climate breakdown are already causing serious damage around the world. It is also acknowledges that strong policies to cut emissions have associated health, wellbeing and economic benefits.
Amendment moved by Councillor J Faulkner and seconded by Councillor K Norchi to recommendation 2 of the motion:
Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030
On being put to the named vote the amendment was not carried.
Amendment moved by Councillor C Cooke and seconded by Councillor D Cook to recommendation 2 of the motion:
Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2050 with aspiration to achieve 2030 should the council be financially able to do so.
On being put to the named vote the amendment was declared carried.
(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Housing Services and Neighbourhoods)
The Portfolio Holder for Housing services and Neighbourhoods provided details of the full Allocations Policy 2020, shown at annex one, Summarised feedback from the detailed consultation exercise that ran from 7th May 2019 – 30th August 2019,reflected scrutiny committee observations (both IS&G and Health & Wellbeing) and also set out the implementation arrangements should Council approve the final scheme. She provided additional clarification as an alteration to recommendation 1 of the motion
Moved by Councillor M Cook, seconded by Councillor R Bilcliff