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Motions on Notice

To consider the following Motions on Notice under Standing Order 22:

 

Motions submitted for consideration directly by Council, in accordance with Standing Order 22.1

 

 

(i)           From Councillor Doughty

 

Green Waste Collection

 

“Council:

 

Recognises residents do not expect to pay additional charges, over and above their council tax, for green waste collection and that they are right in this;

 

acknowledges that the separation of green (garden) waste into a separate bin plays a well-established role in helping the environment;

 

believes it was right for the coalition's emergency budget to guarantee that there is no additional charge for the collection of the first household green bin for the duration of the administration; 

 

Therefore pledges its support to ensuring that for the years ahead the first green bin collection remains free and that this desire should be at the forefront of budget planning.’’

 

 

(ii)          From Councillor Mason

 

Police & Fire services in York

 

Council acknowledges and commends the hard work of the North Yorkshire Police Force and North Yorkshire Fire Service in difficult times.

 

Council notes:

 

·        That the North Yorkshire Police budgets have remained exactly the same as last year, which taking into account inflation, means that North Yorkshire Police have incurred real-terms cuts of £1.27 million.

·        That in 6 months, between March 2017 and September 2017, there were 58 fewer North Yorkshire Police officers.

·        That the UK’s Senior National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism highlighted that neighbourhood policing was now at risk and that withdrawing police on the ground could mean losing the relationships and trust within communities.

·        That violent crime in York and North Yorkshire rose by 10% and total recorded crime by 5% in 2016-17.

·        That the North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service faces significant and on-going financial pressures nearing £1million per annum.

·        That vital and valuable policing and fire services across North Yorkshire need additional resources to cope with additional pressures on the respective services.

                                                

Council therefore thanks North Yorkshire Police Force and North Yorkshire Fire Service in appreciation of their services to York, particularly against the backdrop of increasing demand on their services.

 

Council resolves:

 

That the Chief Executive writes to the Police & Crime Commissioner for York and North Yorkshire, copied to the City’s Members of Parliament and Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, requesting that:

 

·        North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire Service are funded properly in order to do their jobs effectively.

·        That additional resources are provided to Neighbourhood Policing Teams in order to strengthen the working relationships between the Force and local communities in the city.

·        That there should be no cuts to frontline fire & rescue services in the City of York.’’

 

 

(iii)        From Councillor Crawshaw

 

Micklegate Bar

 

“Council notes that Micklegate Bar:

 

·        is one of the jewels in York’s heritage crown;

·        is a site of cultural and historic significance for York, Yorkshire and the entire country;

·        Is the last of York’s four historic gateways to have unrestricted traffic access through it.

Council believes that recent works to secure Micklegate Bar for future generations could be undermined by the continued impact of motorised vehicles passing beneath the gateway.

 

Council resolves:

 

·        To request Executive bring forward options for the closure of Micklegate Bar to outbound motorised vehicles at the earliest possible opportunity;

·        That in the short to medium term Executive gives consideration to full closure of the gateway to motorised vehicles.’’

 

(iv)        From Councillor Craghill

 

Food Poverty

 

Council notes:

·        The End Hunger UK campaign supported by Oxfam, Child Poverty Action Group, UK churches, and the Trussell Trust amongst many others.

·        Growing cross party support for the campaign to require the Government to measure food insecurity in the UK.

·        The 2014 United Nations study that indicated that as many as 17 times the number of people using Trussell Trust foodbanks are food insecure.

·        The 2018 report by the Children’s Society and the Church of England that concludes that local welfare schemes are failing to reach many people in crisis.

·        York’s status as a member of the Sustainable Food Cities Network and ongoing work by the Good Food York partnership and York Food Poverty Alliance to promote access for all to healthy food in York.

 

Council further notes that:

·        According to York’s Joint Heath and Well Being Strategy 11.7% of children in York were living in poverty in 2015.

·        The Trussell Trust experienced a 13% increase in the number of 3-day emergency food supplies distributed by its food banks during the last financial year; York Food Bank alone distributed 3,379 parcels last year.

 

Council therefore resolves:

·        To request the Chief Executive to write to both York MPs urging them to support Emma Lewell-Buck MP’s Private Members Bill coming up in the Autumn to require the Government to measure food poverty in the UK

·        To request a report to Executive setting out:

-         the background to food poverty in York including any available local statistics and how local measurement might be improved;

-         the current role of crisis support in York in mitigating food poverty;

-         and a range of options for the Council and its partners to improve the city wide response to food poverty in York.’’

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

Motions submitted for consideration directly by Council, in accordance with Standing Order 22.1.

 

(i)           Green Waste Collection

(Proposed by Councillor Doughty, seconded by Councillor K Myers)

 

In moving his motion, Councillor Doughty indicated he was minded to  accept the amendment to be proposed by Councillor Reid, which was as follows:

 

At the end of the last paragraph, add the words “As a result, it resolves:

 

That in response to recently missed green waste collections; a report is prepared for the Executive at the earliest opportunity to examine options for building further resilience into the service.

 

That Council officers produce a report, to be brought back for consideration of the Executive, to identify options for the delivery of a new green waste ‘bring site’.

 

Upon being formally asked, Council then agreed to accept the motion as altered above for debate, so that it now read:

 

“Council:

 

·        Recognises residents do not expect to pay additional charges, over and above their council tax, for green waste collection and that they are right in this;

 

·        acknowledges that the separation of green (garden) waste into a separate bin plays a well-established role in helping the environment;

 

·        believes it was right for the coalition's emergency budget to guarantee that there is no additional charge for the collection of the first household green bin for the duration of the administration;

 

Therefore pledges its support to ensuring that for the years ahead the first green bin collection remains free and that this desire should be at the forefront of budget planning.

 

As a result, it resolves:

 

·        That in response to recently missed green waste collections; a report is prepared for the Executive at the earliest opportunity to examine options for building further resilience into the service.

 

·        That Council officers produce a report, to be brought back for consideration of the Executive, to identify options for the delivery of a new green waste ‘bring site’”.

 

Following debate, a vote was then taken on the motion, as altered above by Cllr Reid’s amendment, being declared CARRIED, it was:

 

Resolved:  That the motion, as altered and set out above, be approved.

 

(ii)         Police & Fire services in York

(Proposed by Councillor Mason, seconded by Councillor Aspden)

 

“Council acknowledges and commends the hard work of the North

Yorkshire Police Force and North Yorkshire Fire Service in difficult

times.

 

Council notes:

 

·        That the North Yorkshire Police budgets have remained exactly the same as last year, which taking into account inflation, means that North Yorkshire Police have incurred real-terms cuts of £1.27 million.

·        That in 6 months, between March 2017 and September 2017, there were 58 fewer North Yorkshire Police officers.

·        That the UK’s Senior National Coordinator for Counter- Terrorism highlighted that neighbourhood policing was now at risk and that withdrawing police on the ground could mean losing the relationships and trust within communities.

·        That violent crime in York and North Yorkshire rose by 10% and total recorded crime by 5% in 2016-17.

·        That the North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service faces significant and on-going financial pressures nearing £1million per annum.

·        That vital and valuable policing and fire services across North Yorkshire need additional resources to cope with additional pressures on the respective services.

 

Council therefore thanks North Yorkshire Police Force and North

Yorkshire Fire Service in appreciation of their services to York, particularly against the backdrop of increasing demand on their services.

 

Council resolves:

 

That the Chief Executive writes to the Police & Crime

Commissioner for York and North Yorkshire, copied to the City’s

Members of Parliament and Minister of State for Policing and the

Fire Service, requesting that:

 

·        North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire Service are funded properly in order to do their jobs effectively.

·        That additional resources are provided to Neighbourhood Policing Teams in order to strengthen the working relationships between the Force and local communities in the city.

·        That there should be no cuts to frontline fire & rescue services in the City of York.’’

 

A vote was then taken on the motion, which was declared CARRIED and it was:

 

Resolved:  That the motion, as set out above, be approved.

 

(iii)       Micklegate Bar

(Proposed by Councillor Crawshaw, seconded by Councillor Looker)

 

“Council notes that Micklegate Bar:

·        is one of the jewels in York’s heritage crown;

·        is a site of cultural and historic significance for York, Yorkshire and the entire country;

·        Is the last of York’s four historic gateways to have unrestricted traffic access through it.

 

Council believes that recent works to secure Micklegate Bar for

future generations could be undermined by the continued

impact of motorised vehicles passing beneath the gateway.

 

Council resolves:

 

·        To request Executive bring forward options for the closure of Micklegate Bar to outbound motorised vehicles at the earliest possible opportunity;

·        That in the short to medium term Executive gives consideration to full closure of the gateway to motorised vehicles.’’

 

Councillor Dew then moved, and Councillor Galvin seconded, an amendment to the motion, which was as follows:

 

At the beginning of the first bullet point following ‘Council resolves:’ add:

 

Following a consultation exercise taking into account the views of

residents and traders...”

 

On being put to the vote this amendment was CARRIED.

 

Councillor Fenton then moved, and Councillor Cuthbertson seconded, a further amendment as follows:

 

Insert a third bullet point under ‘Council resolves’:

 

·        That the Council, through a report to the Executive, launches a My Future York style consultation to open a discussion with key stakeholders (residents, businesses, cycle/pedestrian groups and groups who represent people that have special access requirements) on the future of accessibility, safety and traffic management in the city centre.

 

On being put to the vote this amendment was also CARRIED.

 

A vote was then taken on the original motion, as altered by both Councillor Dew and Councillor Fenton’s amendments, which was then CARRIED. It was therefore

 

Resolved:  That the original motion, as altered by both Councillor Dew and Councillor Fenton’s amendments, be approved as set out below:

 

 “Council notes that Micklegate Bar:

·        is one of the jewels in York’s heritage crown;

·        is a site of cultural and historic significance for York, Yorkshire and the entire country;

·        Is the last of York’s four historic gateways to have unrestricted traffic access through it.

 

Council believes that recent works to secure Micklegate Bar for

future generations could be undermined by the continued

impact of motorised vehicles passing beneath the gateway.

 

Council resolves:

 

·        Following a consultation exercise taking into account the views of residents and traders, to request Executive bring forward options for the closure of Micklegate Bar to outbound motorised vehicles at the earliest possible opportunity;

·        That in the short to medium term Executive gives consideration to full closure of the gateway to motorised vehicles.’’

·        That the Council, through a report to the Executive, launches a My Future York style consultation to open a discussion with key stakeholders (residents, businesses, cycle/pedestrian groups and groups who represent people that have special access requirements) on the future of accessibility, safety and traffic management in the city centre.

 

(iv)       Food Poverty

(Proposed by Councillor Craghill, seconded by Councillor Kramm)

 

“Council notes:

 

·        The End Hunger UK campaign supported by Oxfam, Child Poverty Action Group, UK churches, and the Trussell Trust amongst many others.

·        Growing cross party support for the campaign to require the Government to measure food insecurity in the UK.

·        The 2014 United Nations study that indicated that as many as 17 times the number of people using Trussell Trust foodbanks are food insecure.

·        The 2018 report by the Children’s Society and the Church of England that concludes that local welfare schemes are failing to reach many people in crisis.

·        York’s status as a member of the Sustainable Food Cities Network and ongoing work by the Good Food York partnership and York Food Poverty Alliance to promote access for all to healthy food in York.

 

Council further notes that:

·        According to York’s Joint Heath and Well Being Strategy 11.7% of children in York were living in poverty in 2015.

·        The Trussell Trust experienced a 13% increase in the number of 3-day emergency food supplies distributed by its food banks during the last financial year; York Food Bank alone distributed 3,379 parcels last year.

 

Council therefore resolves:

 

·        To request the Chief Executive to write to both York MPs urging them to support Emma Lewell-Buck MP’s Private Members Bill coming up in the Autumn to require the Government to measure food poverty in the UK

·        To request a report to Executive setting out:

 

- the background to food poverty in York including any available local statistics and how local measurement might be improved;

- the current role of crisis support in York in mitigating food poverty;

- and a range of options for the Council and its partners to improve the city wide response to food poverty in York.’’

 

A vote was then taken on the motion, which was declared CARRIED and it was:

 

Resolved:  That the motion, as set out above, be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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