One Planet York Scrutiny Review
report informs the Task Group of the information gathered to date
in support of their objective to examine how York might best
balance economic, social and environmental factors to realise its
goal of being a more sustainable and resilient “One
Members considered a report informing them of the information gathered to date in support of their objective to examine how York might best balance economic, social and environmental factors to realise its goal of being a more sustainable and resilient ‘One Planet’ city.
Officers gave a brief background to the report and in response to Member questions clarified:
· A report would be taken to Executive on 16 March providing an update on how the Council was working towards becoming a One Planet Council, including progress towards the new One Planet Council Policy, new One Planet Council Action Plan (Phase 1 and Phase 2) and delivery of the new Carbon and Resource Smart Management Plan.
· The Grant Thornton Vibrant Economy Index had been widely praised by the One Planet York Leadership Group as a way of measuring progress. Statistics were compiled from statutory responses and the information was meaningful and comparative.
· A ‘Better Decision Making Tool’ had been developed to encourage transparency and informed decision making. It was hoped this would be fully integrated into the Council’s decision making process and a plan would be developed in order to ensure that Officers and Members were fully trained in its use.
During discussion some of the following issues were raised:
· The importance of communicating the One Planet York vision across the Council through use of branding and logos, showing a commitment to our partners.
· It was vital that time and effort be put in to enabling people to use the framework effectively and allowing them to engage with the One Planet York principles.
· There was an awareness that leading sustainable cities balanced social, economic and environmental factors. It was important that economic factors did not always take precedence.
· Getting ward committee and public support was crucial to the vision being adopted. It was suggested that Members of the Task Group could roll the framework out in their wards as a pilot.
· Training materials, displays etc would be helpful for ward Members involved in this way.
· It was requested that Members receive an update on the Urban Living Pilot Project once work was complete.
Resolved: That the Task Group formulated its recommendations so that a Draft Final Report could be presented to CSMC.
That the Committee recognises the opportunities that
exist within the One Planet York framework and urges the Executive
to show its ambition to become a One Planet Council by playing a
leading role in further building the OPY network and maintaining a
strong focus on the OPY vision. CSMC is asked to endorse the
following recommendations in relation to the remit in paragraph 8
of the draft final report.
i. Review what leading sustainable cities and those similar to York are doing in seeking to balance economic, social and environmental needs.
The Council fully utilises the opportunities
presented by the One Planet York framework to drive organisational
efficiency and effectiveness through the principles of a One Planet
Council and further mobilise the wider city towards a more
sustainable and resilient One Planet York future.
Explore potential of the One Planet York framework
o Enable benchmarking with other cities through a new One Planet York ‘city scorecard’ (basket of measures)
Increase understanding and wider awareness about
what makes cities sustainable and resilient.
Communication of the One Planet York framework,
vision and 10 principles are sustained across all media platforms
and that widespread use of the One Planet York or One Planet
Council logos is encouraged to demonstrate a united commitment in
the One Planet York principles by City of York Council and our city
That progress towards the One Planet York vision is
measured via a new city scorecard and that the One Planet Council
objectives are measured via a new council scorecard.
As the city scorecard will be based on the Grant
Thornton Vibrant Economy Index, which includes a basket of measures
across a range of economic, social and environmental themes, this
scorecard is formally reported to CSMC on an annual basis to
coincide with the Grant Thornton refresh in November each
That the One Planet York Task Group is reconvened in
12 months’ time to review the impact of the Council’s
emerging service plans within the One Planet Council framework; how
Key Performance Indicators align to the One Planet principles and
to gauge the efficiency and effectiveness of internal
Review statutory and local
decision making tools, engagement and collaboration methods to help
cities best balance economic, social and environmental needs.
City of York Council supports the full integration
of the Better Decision Making Tool in the key decision making
Alongside the full integration of the BDMT, a plan
is developed to support officers in the understanding and use of
the tool to ensure its effectiveness.
CSMC review progress on embedding and implementing
the BDMT in 12 months’ time.
A specific heading relating to resilience and
sustainability is added to the risks and implications section of
CYC report templates.
The Council makes the BDMT available to partner
organisations aligned to the One Planet York framework and explores
whether a simplified version of the BDMT can be developed to assist
ward committees when they consider the allocation of devolved
One Planet York notice boards, literature and static
presentations are made available for ward committees interested in
utilising the framework to further mobilise neighbourhoods /
communities to get behind the OPY vision and to stimulate new
An elected member toolkit / resource pack is
developed to assist ward committees, and is made available to
community and voluntary groups to assist in making informed
decisions within the One Planet York framework.
The Council arranges training for ward teams /
committees to deliver One Planet York presentations to spread the
One Planet message at local level.
iv. Explore how the city’s Urban Living Pilot Project – ‘York City Environment Observatory’ – could bring new knowledge and insight regarding economic, social and environmental interdependencies.
n) That CSMC request a report on the Urban Living Pilot Project once this work has been completed.
Reason: To conclude the work on this scrutiny review.