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The minutes of the meeting held on 25th February 2020 were approved and signed as a correct record.
(Moved by Councillor D Cook and seconded by Councillor Dr S Peaple )
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 present the following awards which were agreed to be awarded at a meeting of Tamworth Borough Council held on 19th November 2019:
(a) The Title of Honorary Alderwoman upon Maureen Gant; and
(b) The Title of Honorary Alderman upon Michael Greatorex.
Mayor R Kingstone announced the following;
“This is a really enjoyable part of the evening but in one sense its tinged with great sadness but it gives me great pleasure to present to somebody who can’t be with us tonight for obvious reasons but somebody who I was proud to serve with as ward Councillor for Mercian Ward the late and much respected Councillor Michael Greatorex, it is time to present Moira with Michaels Honorary Alderman certificate so if you would like to come forward Moira
We were also this evening due to bestow the title of Honorary Alderwoman to Maureen Gant who many of us remember from her years of service to this Council.
Maureen and Ken emailed me this morning to say that given medical advice and Ken’s health at this moment they have decided to self-isolate, not that they are suffering with any symptoms but they will join us at a future Council meeting to receive the certificate so we will present that one later on in the year.
Presentation takes place
Councillor Brindley has informed us with regards to Aethelflaed. Did you want to say anything Councillor Brindley at this point, it’s unusual but it’s about the recent acknowledgment that Aethelflaed has been polled as the most influential woman in British history.
Councillor P Brindley announced the following
“Thank you Mr Mayor it was merely acknowledgment of the recent poll win for Aethelflaed and just to make everybody aware and see whether the Cabinet member had any questions or responses to her win.”
Mayor R Kingstone announced the following;
“Thank you Councillor Brindley just for clarity I’ve got it written down here, she won the history channel poll to find the most influential woman in British History. Now I thought that was my wife because she certainly has an influence on me but it was real great acknowledgment for our town to hear that one of our great citizens of 1000 plus years gone by has received such an honour. Thank you for that Cllr Brindley.”
Council Dr S Peaple announced the following;
“Thank you Mr Mayor I was trying to get your attention with regards to the last matter but perhaps you will indulge me in that regard as we all know former Councillor Freeman of the Borough Ken Gant has not been well for some considerable time given the circumstances of not being able to make the presentation to Maureen tonight could I just ask that you as the Mayor keep an eye on the situation and I don’t mean just because of Covid 19, but with his general poor health if there was any sense that he was less than well that maybe you could arrange the presentation all be it privately with the current circumstances but I know it would mean an enormous amount to him to see it presented I would just ask that in the special circumstances you keep an eye on that one between you and the Chief ... view the full minutes text for item 43.
(i) To answer questions from members of the public pursuant to Procedure Rule No. 10.
(ii) To answer questions from members of the Council pursuant to Procedure Rule No. 11
The Mayor proposed that the all answers be forwarded on block in writing to all Councillors and any supplementary questions will be answered by email.
(Moved by Councillor Dr. S Peaple and seconded by Councillor D Cook)
QUESTIONS FROM A MEMBER OF EXTINTCTION REBELLION NO. 1
Under Procedure Rule No 11, a Member of Extinction Rebellion will ask the Leader of the Council Councillor D Cook the following question:-
"Will the Council consider forming a Citizen Assembly regarding the issues involved by the climate crisis?"
Councillor D Cook gave the following answer;
“The Council declared a climate emergency last year and is committed to ensuring its own operations are net carbon zero by 2050 or earlier should it be able to do so.
To facilitate this, and to demonstrate our clear commitment to this very real issue, in next year’s budget there is a sizable contingency budget set aside for us to undertake a carbon baseline study so we know the size of the problem we need to deal with.
Alongside this we are looking at carbon across the borough as a supporting document for our local plan refresh which is due to be completed by June 2020.
This will again inform us as to what interventions the Council is able to make.
We currently have not considered a citizens assembly, but will take account of this when our own baseline study is completed.
Basically, watch this space.”
QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL NO. 1
Under Procedure Rule No 11, Councillor P Standen will ask the Portfolio Holder for Culture and Operational Service, Councillor J Chesworth, the following question:-
“On the 3rd March a press release was issued regarding Belgrave Lakes to be desilted as part of flood prevention work. Could the Cabinet member please advise what plans and dates the Council has to desilt the pond connected to dam on the Kettlebrooke within Wilnecote?”
Councillor J Chesworth gave the following answer;
“Stoneydelph dam does not form part of the A5 mitigation funding for flooding and as such is not included in the APEM report from 2012 which produced our current management plan for the balancing ponds.
It does however form part of the watercourses network in Tamworth and as such is regularly monitored and inspected, with routine maintenance undertaken to ensure the water flow is maintained.
Our inspections of the site have informed the decision that the Falcon dam holding pond would be next in line for desilting. However we do not have a specific date for this as funding need to be secured before we can commence the tender process.
The plan is to assess and desilt the Falcon site over the next 18 months depending on available funding and successful permissions, funding and tenders. The site is extremely challenging due to the geographical layout so the process is going to be both expensive and difficult to carry out.”
QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL NO. 2
Under Procedure Rule No 11, Councillor P Standen will ask ... view the full minutes text for item 44.