Local democracy during coronavirus

During coronavirus, we've made some changes to how we're running council meetings. See our coronavirus updates for more information on meetings and decisions.

Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Remote Meeting

Contact: Robert Flintoft  Democracy Officer

Webcast: Watch or listen to the meeting online

Items
No. Item

15.

Declarations of Interest

At this point in the meeting, the Executive Member is asked to

declare:

·        any personal interests not included on the Register of

Interests

·        any prejudicial interests or

·        any disclosable pecuniary interests

which he might have in respect of business on this agenda.

Minutes:

 

At this point in the meeting, the Executive Member was asked

to declare any personal interests not included on the Register of

Interests, or any prejudicial or discloseable pecuniary interests

she may have in respect of business on the agenda. None were

declared.

16.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the Decision Session held on 16 December 2020.

Minutes:

Resolved:  That the minutes of the Decision Session held on 16 December 2020 be approved and signed by the Executive Member as a correct record.

17.

Public Participation

 

At this point in the meeting members of the public who have registered to speak can do so. Members of the public may speak on agenda items or on matters within the remit of the committee.

 

Please note that our registration deadlines have changed to 2 working days before the meeting, in order to facilitate the management of public participation at remote meetings. The deadline for registering at this meeting is Monday 4 January 2021.

 

To register to speak please visit

www.york.gov.uk/AttendCouncilMeetings to fill out an online registration form. If you have any questions about the registration form or the meeting please contact the Democracy Officer for the meeting whose details can be found at the foot of the agenda.

 

Webcasting of Remote Public Meetings Please note that, subject to available resources, this remote public meeting will be webcast including any registered public speakers who have given their permission. The remote public meeting can be viewed live and on demand at www.york.gov.uk/webcasts. During coronavirus, we've made some changes to how we're running council meetings. See our coronavirus updates

(www.york.gov.uk/COVIDDemocracy) for more information on meetings and decisions.

 

Minutes:

It was reported that there had been one registrations to speak at the session under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme.

 

David Merrett spoke of behalf of Clean Air York in relation to air quality in the city. He noted the Councils 2015 to 2020 Air Quality Action Plan had seen NO2 emissions fall year on year however, the majority of this decrease happened at the start of the plan. He noted that while COVID-19 lockdown had lowered emissions, by October 2020 emissions in cities across the UK were back to similar levels in 2019. He therefore requested that as the last Air Quality Action Plan ran until 2020, that the Council develop a new plan.

 

18.

York 5 Year Flood Plan Update pdf icon PDF 145 KB

This report provides the Executive Member with an update on the York 5 year flood plan.  

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved:

 

                      i.         Noted the updated report and the evidence presented by the Environment Agency in the session.

 

Reason:     To ensure that the Executive Member remains updated on the York 5 Year Flood Plan.

Minutes:

Officers were joined by Ben Hughes of the Environment Agency to introduce the quarterly report on the York 5 Year Flood Plan. Discussion noted that the new York flood defences design capacity had successfully dealt with flooding from Storm Bella. It was also noted that work to complete the new defences should not be delayed by lockdown, however, this would be dependent on supply chains and that the Council and the Environment Agency were working with suppliers to avoid unexpected delays.

 

The installation of the new Fossgate barrier was discussed. It was confirmed that the stop blocks had been installed and the new gate was scheduled to be installed the week commencing 18 January 2021, however, in the event of a storm delaying this the pumping station would still be in operation.

 

Resolved:

 

                      i.         Noted the updated report and the evidence presented by the Environment Agency in the session.

 

Reason:     To ensure that the Executive Member remains updated on the York 5 Year Flood Plan.

19.

Urgent Business

Minutes:

Officers raised the DEFRA Flood Resilience Innovation Programme and sought the support of the Executive Member for the City of York Council’s emerging bid. It was noted the bid required one lead authority but that City of York Council would work with North Yorkshire County Council and other partners in the area as part of the bid, The Executive Member requested that the Northern Forest be involved by officers in the bid. The objective of the bid if successful would be to reduce flood risk downstream. Details of the City of York Council’s plans would be brought to a future decision session for Environment and Climate Change if successful.

 

Resolved:

 

                      i.         Noted that City of York Council Supported the emerging bid for DEFRA Flood Resilience Innovation Programme.

 

Reason:     To ensure the York and the region continue to access funding to improve flood defences and mitigation.

 

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