Agenda item

Motions on Notice / Cynigion â rhybudd

Minutes:

19.1     Councillor Huw Bevan proposed the following motion:

 

            Motion

 

ADOPTION OF UNADOPTED HIGWAYS IN TORFAEN

This Council agrees to commence a programme to start works on the un-adopted streets throughout the Borough to bring them up to Council standard to enable them to become adopted.

 

RATIONALE

 

Since the Local Government reorganisation in 1996 Torfaen County Borough Council does not appear to have adopted any streets (other than those on new build developments).

 

Residents on un-adopted streets are having to pay themselves for road repairs, drainage issues etc. but receive no rebate on their Council Tax.

 

I would like to propose that Torfaen commences a programme to start works on the streets throughout the borough to address this issue using the formal un-adopted streets list.

 

This works programme can be scheduled for a number of years but should commence immediately and should be funded from Torfaen’s reserves along with any grant funding or borrowing available from the Welsh Government.

 

The Council’s Highways Officers Team should determine the order in which the streets are adopted and brought up to Council standards.

 

19.2     Members debated the motion. In summary the majority of members recognised the need for a programme of work on un-adopted roads however felt unable to support the motion because of the financial implications on the Council’s budget and this work is not a corporate priority.

 

19.3 A recorded vote was taken with members voting as shown in the table below – 13 members voting for the motion and 25 members voting against the motion.

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAIN

 

 

 

 

Stuart Ashley

 

X

 

Huw Bevan

X

 

 

Ronald Burnett

X

 

 

Glyn Caron

 

X

 

Richard Clark

 

X

 

Leonard Constance

 

X

 

Veronica Crick

 

 

 

Fiona Cross

 

X

 

David Daniels

 

X

 

Giles Davies

 

 

 

Kathy Evans

 

 

 

Steven Evans

 

X

 

Stuart Evans

X

 

 

Joanne Gauden

 

X

 

Elizabeth Haynes

X

 

 

Jon Horlor

 

X

 

Anthony Hunt

 

X

 

Gaynor James

 

X

 

Gwyn Jenkins

X

 

 

Mike Jeremiah

 

 

 

Alan Jones

 

X

 

Fay Jones

 

X

 

Janet Jones

X

 

 

Nicholas Jones

X

 

 

Peter Jones

 

X

 

Robert Kemp

X

 

 

Sue Malson

 

X

 

Raymond Mills

X

 

 

Jason O’Connell

X

 

 

Richard Overton

 

 

 

Mandy Owen

 

X

 

Norma Parrish

 

X

 

Jessica Powell

 

X

 

Kelly Preston

 

X

 

Emma Rapier

 

X

 

Rose Seabourne

 

X

 

Louise Shepphard

 

 

 

Alan Slade

X

 

 

Christopher Tew

X

 

 

Colette Thomas

 

X

 

Dave Thomas

 

X

 

Neil Waite

 

X

 

Raymond Williams

X

 

 

David Yeowell

 

X

 

 

13

25

 

 

 

 

19.3     Council AGREED to reject the motion.

 

19.4     Councillor Stuart Ashley proposed the following motion:

 

Motion

 

CLIMATE EMERGENCY

This Council should consider the need to declare a climate emergency.  This consideration should be undertaken by the Resources and Cross Cutting Scrutiny Committee to undertake a full and proper review of whether a declaration is needed, what we are doing now to mitigate a climate emergency, what we need to do and to develop a meaningful, strategic and impactful action plan. On completion of the Scrutiny Review to report back to Cabinet with its findings and recommendations.

 

RATIONALE

 

As many fellow Councillors will be aware there is an international social movement gaining momentum calling on public bodies to declare a climate change emergency and make commitments to do more to tackle the most serious risk facing future generations. 

 

We only have to look at the news to see rivers and oceans filled with plastics and job losses even within our region as industry adapts to a new world and new low carbon technologies resulting in global industrial shifts of a like we haven’t seen before.  Welsh Government has set targets of reducing emissions by 80% by 2030 with 5 year carbon budgets.

 

We must and need to participate in this agenda.  We need to know what we are doing now and we need to have a plan for the future.  I am fully supportive of us making a declaration of a climate change emergency.  However I also want it to be meaningful and I want it to be done in an inclusive, cross party fashion and any output we produce inform existing and future work programmes, strategies and potentially even budgets.

 

 So I therefore propose that today Council adopt my motion that we review the need to declare a climate change emergency and task the Resources and Cross-Cutting Overview and Scrutiny Committee, which I Chair, to undertake a full and proper review of what we are doing now, what do we need to do and then we can develop a meaningful, strategic and impactful action plan to determine the need for such an important declaration.

 

19.5     In summary, the majority of members supported the motion to declare a climate emergency but wanted to be clear on a meaningful action plan and way forward.

 

19.6     The Executive Member for Adult Services and Housing proposed an amendment to the motion. A short adjournment was taken to prepare the written amendment.

 

19.7     Following the adjournment, the Chief Executive read the proposed amendment as follows:

 

 

1.            This Council declares a climate emergency.

 

2.            This tasks the Cross Cutting Resources & Business Overview & Scrutiny Committee to undertake a full and proper review of the measures we’re currently taking in respect of what we are doing now to mitigate a climate emergency, what we need to do and to develop a meaningful, strategic and impactful action plan. On completion of the Scrutiny Review to report back to Cabinet with its findings and recommendations.

 

19.8     The amended motion was seconded. The motion became the substantive motion and was agreed be members.

 

19.9     Councillor Ashley thanked members for the support and stated he considered the substantive motion had strengthened his original motion, making it more meaningful.

 

19.10   Council AGREED the substantive motion.

 

 

 

 

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