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Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 6th April, 2011 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Governance Services Unit 

Items
No. Item

81.

Announcements

Minutes:

a)  The Lord Mayor welcomed Mr Bob Pritchard, the temporary City Solicitor, to his first meeting of Council in his new capacity and in doing so, thanked Nicolé Jackson who had recently left the City Council following 20 years of service.

 

b)  The Lord Mayor informed Council that he had recently attended the unveiling of the memorial plaque in honour of the late Danny Freeman.

 

c)  The Lord Mayor informed Council that on 11th March 2011, he had attended the decommissioning of HMS Ark Royal and asked Members for any comments they may have in respect of a proposal to rename the Blue Room to the Ark Royal Room.

 

d)  The Lord Mayor invited Members of Council to attend the Thanksgiving Service on 8th May 2011.

 

e)  The Lord Mayor informed Council that he had written to the Japanese Prime Minister expressing sympathy in respect of the recent disaster in that country.

 

f)  The Lord Mayor informed Council that Councillors Barker, Brett and Mrs Feldman would not be seeking re-election in the forthcoming local elections and thanked them for their work during the years they had served on the Council.

 

g)  The Lord Mayor reported that he had admitted to the agenda the following additional information:-

 

·  Report detailing amendments to the officer delegation scheme(Executive Functions) – Minute 86(a) refers.

 

·  Recommendations of the General Purposes Committee of the 30th March 2011 – Minute 88(b) refers.

 

·  Minutes of the Executive Board of the 30th March 2011 – Minute 89 refers.

 

·  Minutes of the General Purposes Committee meetings of the 23rd and 30th March 2011 – Minute 89 refers.

 

·  Minutes of the Employment Committee of the 31st March 2011 – Minute 89 refers.

 

82.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 318 KB

To confirm the minutes of the Council Meeting held on 23rd February 2011.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Gruen, seconded by Councillor Lobley and

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 23rd February 2011 be approved.

 

83.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest from Members

 

Minutes:

The Lord Mayor announced that a list of written declarations submitted by Members was on deposit in the public galleries and had been circulated to each Member’s place in the Chamber.

 

Following an invitation to declare further individual interests, declarations in accordance with the Council’s Member’s Code of Conduct were made as follows:- 

 

a)  Members declared personal interests in minute 87 of this meeting as follows:-

 

J Chapman

Member of Sinai Synagogue, Roman Avenue LS8

 

A Taylor

Member of St Aidan's Parochial Church Council - by virtue of employment

 

b)  Members declared personal interests in minute 91 of this meeting as follows:-

 

Judith Blake

Member of the PCT board

 

Angela Gabriel

Works for the NHS

 

Sharon Hamilton

Works for the NHS, based at the LGI

 

Alan Lamb

Member, Children’s Trust Board

 

Gerald Wilkinson

Member, Children’s Advisory Panel

 

 

c)  Members declared personal interests in minute 92 of this meeting as follows:-

 

Ronald Feldman

Member, Leeds Jewish Care Services

 

Bill Hyde

Chairman of Trustees, Leeds Convalescent Society

 

Matthew Robinson

Member, Anthony Nolan Trust

 

Clive Fox

Has a close relative in receipt of DLA

 

d)  Councillor A Carter declared a personal interest in minute 90 of this meeting as a member of the Leeds Initiative Skills and Economy Partnership.

 

e)  Councillor Nash declared a personal and prejudicial interest in minute 90 of this meeting as a member of the Co-op Leeds and Wakefield Area Committee which owns a number of post offices and for which Councillor Nash receives an honorarium.

 

f)  Members declared personal interests in minute 93 of this meeting as follows:-

 

Andrew Carter

Member, Assoc. of West Yorks. Authorities

 

Clive Fox

Member, WYPTA Passenger Transport Consultative Committee

 

g)  Members declared personal interests in minute 94 of this meeting as follows:-

 

Andrew Carter

Member, Assoc. of West Yorks. Authorities

 

John Procter

Member, LGA General Assembly

 

A Lamb

Member of Local Government Pension Scheme

 

B Anderson

Member of Local Government Pension Scheme

 

B Chastney

Member of Local Government Pension Scheme

 

R Brett

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

B Lancaster

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

S Smith

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

S Bentley

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

B Cleasby

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

Member of West Yorkshire Pension Fund Advisory Group

 

C Fox

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

Member of West Yorkshire Pension Fund Advisory Group

 

P Harrand

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

J Marjoram

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

R Wood

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

J Harper

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

R Grahame

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

P Gruen

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

K Wakefield

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

R Lewis

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

J Blake

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

T Hanley

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

J Chapman

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

R Gettings

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

S Varley

Member of West Yorkshire pension scheme

 

J Elliott

Member of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 83.

84.

Communications

To receive such communications as the Lord Mayor, the Leader,  Members of the Executive Board or the Chief Executive consider appropriate

Minutes:

The Chief Executive referred to the circulation in the Chamber of correspondence to all Members detailing senior management arrangements within the Council following recent retirements and thanked those who had retired for their services to Leeds.

 

85.

Deputations

To receive deputations in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10

Minutes:

Five deputations were admitted to the meeting and addressed Council, as follows:-

 

1)  West Park Residents Association regarding the future use of the West Park Centre.

 

2)  Friends of Bramley Baths regarding the reduction of hours at Bramley Baths.

 

3)  Danoptra Ltd regarding the draft Horsforth and Cragg Hill Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan.

 

4)  Leeds Student Unions regarding the proposed Article 4 Direction affecting HMOs.

 

5)  West Riding Track League highlighting its success over the last 65 years and seeking Council support for the future of league and grass track racing on the historic track at Roundhay Park

 

RESOLVED – That the subject matter in respect of the deputations be referred to the Executive Board for consideration.

 

86.

Reports pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To consider reports as follows (the Chief Executive considers that these reports are appropriate to be received at this meeting in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.2(f))

 

 

a)  That the report of the Chief Executive on amendments to the officer delegation scheme (executive functions) in accordance with Executive Procedure Rule 1.4 and other consequential amendments be noted.

 

  ( Report to follow)

 

 

  K WAKEFIELD

 

 

b)  That the report of the Chief Executive on a nomination for receipt of the Leeds Award be approved:-

 

 

Freda Matthews

 

 

  K WAKEFIELD

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

a)  Amendments to the Officer Delegation Scheme (Executive Functions)

 

It was moved by Councillor Wakefield, seconded by Councillor Gruen and

 

RESOLVED – That the report of the Chief Executive on amendments to the Officer Delegation Scheme (Executive Functions) and other consequential amendments to the Constitution, as detailed in the report, be noted.

 

b)  Leeds Award

 

It was moved by Councillor Wakefield, seconded by Councillor Gruen, and

 

RESOLVED – That the nomination for the receipt of the Leeds Award be approved, and that the Lord Mayor be requested to undertake an appropriate ceremony.

 

·  Freda Matthews

 

87.

Questions

To deal with questions in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11

Minutes:

Q1  Councillor A Carter to the Leader of Council:-

 

Will the Leader of Council explain why he signed the Fairer Fares campaign letter, sent to the Secretary of State for Transport, which referred to the free city bus service in Leeds, when his administration is the only one in West Yorkshire to have voted to cancel funding for this popular free bus service, despite a robust alternative proposal to save the service from the Conservative Group?

 

The Leader of Council replied.

 

Q2  Councillor to Pryke to the Executive Member (Environmental Services):-

 

Can the Executive Member for Environmental Services please give Council details of the remit, cost, progress and level of consultation of his review into the waste PFI project, which he said was taking place in the full council meeting of 19th July 2010?

 

The Executive Member (Environmental Services) replied.

 

Q3  Councillor to Hanley to the Leader of Council:-

 

Could the Leader of Council confirm how much this Council spent on external venue hire in 2009/10 and 2010/11?

 

The Leader of Council replied.

 

Q4  Councillor Grayshon to the Executive Member (Development and Regeneration:-

 

Following the tragic accident at the Junction of Water Lane and Victoria Road Leeds, in which a lorry was blown over, killing one pedestrian and seriously injuring another, can the Executive Board Member give an update regarding the unacceptably high winds in that area and tell us what progress is being made to deal with the problem.

 

The Executive Member (Development and Regeneration) replied.

 

Q5  Councillor Dobson to the Executive Member (Development and Regeneration):-

 

Would the Executive Member for Development and Regeneration comment on the planning reforms announced in the recent budget?

 

The Executive Member (Development and Regeneration) replied.

 

Q6  Councillor Robinson to the Executive Member (Leisure):-

 

Would the Executive Board Member for Leisure agree with me that all public consultations initiated by the Council should be both fair and transparent? 

 

The Executive Member (Leisure) replied.

 

Q7  Councillor Downes to the Executive Member (Development and Regeneration):-

 

Can the Executive Member for Development tell Council which of Leeds’ bus services run directly from the station to the LGI?

 

The Executive Member (Development and Regeneration) replied.

 

Q8  Councillor Ogilvie to the Executive Member (Neighbourhoods and Housing):-

 

Could the Executive Board Member for Neighbourhoods and Housing update Members on the latest position regarding the Little London, Beeston Hill & Holbeck PFI scheme?

 

The Executive Member (Neighbourhoods and Housing) replied.

 

Q9  Councillor Dunn to the Executive Member (Development and Regeneration):-

 

Does the Executive Member for Development and Regeneration join me in welcoming the recent update on the development of Eastgate Quarter in Leeds?

 

The Executive Member (Development and Regeneration) replied.

 

Q10  Councillor Wadsworth to the Executive Member (Neighbourhoods and Housing):-

 

Will the Executive Board Member for Neighbourhoods & Housing confirm that under the new locality working arrangements each area committee will receive the same amount of resources as in financial year 2010/11?

 

The Executive Member (Neighbourhoods and Housing) replied.

 

Q11  Councillor Pryke to the Executive Member (Leisure):-

 

Could the Executive Member  ...  view the full minutes text for item 87.

88.

Recommendations of the General Purposes Committee pdf icon PDF 75 KB

(a)  That the recommendations of the General Purposes Committee of the 23rd March 2011 as contained in the report of the Chief Executive be approved.(report attached).

(b)  That the recommendations of the General Purposes Committee of the 30th March 2011 as contained in the report of the Chief Executive be approved. (report to follow).

 

 

  K WAKEFIELD

Additional documents:

Minutes:

a)  Budget and Policy Framework

 

It was moved by Councillor Wakefield, seconded by Councillor Gruen and

 

RESOLVED – That the recommendations of the General Purposes Committee to amend the Policy Framework (Article 4 of the Constitution) as detailed in the report and other consequential amendments, as detailed in the report, be approved.

 

b)  Reallocation of Senior Management Responsibilities

 

It was moved by Councillor Wakefield, seconded by Councillor Gruen and

 

RESOLVED

 

i)  That the delegations to the Assistant Chief Executive (Corporate Governance) under the Officer Delegation Scheme (Council Functions) be withdrawn.

ii)   That the delegation to the Chief Executive, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report be amended.

iii)   That the delegation to the Director of Resources, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report be amended.

iv)   That the City Solicitor be designated as Monitoring Officer.

v)   That the City Solicitor and the Head of Licensing and Registration be appointed as Deputy Electoral Registration Officers.

vi)   That the proposed appointment by the Chief Executive of the City Solicitor and Head of Licensing and Registration as Deputy Returning Officers be noted.

vii)   That the constitution be amended, as set out in appendix 3 to the report.

 

89.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 44 KB

To receive the minutes in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.2(o)

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Wakefield, seconded by Councillor Gruen and

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes be received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.2(i).

 

Council Procedure Rule 4, providing for the winding up of business, was applied prior to all notified comments on the minutes having been debated.

 

(The meeting was suspended at 4.55 pm and resumed at 5.25 pm.)

 

90.

White Paper - Sub-Post Offices and Council Services

This council believes there are many potential benefits to local communities from delivering council services through sub post offices including saving taxpayers money, improving access to local services for residents and assisting in the revival of our sub post offices by improving the revenues that flow through them.

 

Council therefore calls on the chief executive to contact the senior management of Post Office Limited (POL) with a formal request to enter into discussions with a view to establishing a new partnership with POL, that aims to use the network of local sub post offices across our community to deliver council services where that is in the best interests of the citizens of Leeds and to report back regularly to the council so we can monitor progress. Council further requests that a report is presented to Executive Board updating members on the outcome of this request and any subsequent discussions with POL.

 

 

  M HAMILTON

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Hamilton, seconded by Councillor Lamb that this Council believes there are many potential benefits to local communities from delivering Council services through sub post offices including saving taxpayers money, improving access to local services for residents and assisting in the revival of our sub post offices by improving the revenues that flow through them.

 

Council therefore calls on the Chief Executive to contact the senior management of Post Office Limited (POL) with a formal request to enter into discussions with a view to establishing a new partnership with POL, that aims to use the network of local sub post offices across our community to deliver Council services where that is in the best interests of the citizens of Leeds and to report back regularly to the Council so we can monitor progress. Council further requests that a report is presented to Executive Board updating members on the outcome of this request and any subsequent discussions with POL.

 

An amendment was moved by Councillor Gruen, seconded by Councillor Dunn to delete all after ‘This Council believes’ and replace with

 

‘that post offices are an important part of the fabric of local communities. Council notes the extensive work that has already taken place between the Council and the Post Office and we continue to be supportive of the Post Office providing relevant services on our behalf. 

 

We note with regret that the Post Office was recently unsuccessful in its bid to provide benefit payment services on behalf of the Government’s Department of Work and Pensions.  Council notes that the Government is considering the role of Post Offices in relation to providing a verification service for people claiming the new Universal Credit.

 

Council therefore reaffirms its support for post offices and resolves that the Chief Executive should write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions expressing our support for Posts Offices undertaking a verification service for customers applying for Universal Credit.’

 

The amendment was carried and upon being put as the substantive motion it was

 

RESOLVED – That this Council believes that post offices are an important part of the fabric of local communities. Council notes the extensive work that has already taken place between the Council and the Post Office and we continue to be supportive of the Post Office providing relevant services on our behalf. 

 

We note with regret that the Post Office was recently unsuccessful in its bid to provide benefit payment services on behalf of the Government’s Department of Work and Pensions.  Council notes that the Government is considering the role of Post Offices in relation to providing a verification service for people claiming the new Universal Credit.

 

Council therefore reaffirms its support for post offices and resolves that the Chief Executive should write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions expressing our support for Posts Offices undertaking a verification service for customers applying for Universal Credit.

 

At the request of the Lord Mayor, the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 90.

91.

White Paper - Yorkshire Heart Centre at the Leeds General Infirmary

This Council supports the excellent work of the Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds General Infirmary, and notes with concern the unit’s limited inclusion in NHS proposals for the national reconfiguration of children’s cardiac surgery services.

 

This Council requests that the Chief Executive write to the Secretary of State for Health in order to call for the retention of these vitally important surgical services in Leeds. It also recognises the ongoing efforts of Leeds MPs to lobby the Secretary of State to the same effect.

 

 

      M DOBSON

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Dobson, seconded by Councillor Lobley and

 

RESOLVED – That this Council supports the excellent work of the Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds General Infirmary, and notes with concern the unit’s limited inclusion in NHS proposals for the national reconfiguration of children’s cardiac surgery services.

 

This Council requests that the Chief Executive write to the Secretary of State for Health in order to call for the retention of these vitally important surgical services in Leeds. It also recognises the ongoing efforts of Leeds MPs to lobby the Secretary of State to the same effect.

 

92.

White Paper - Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance

This council is deeply concerned by the proposal in the Welfare Reform Bill to remove the mobility component from Disability Living Allowance for people living in registered care homes.

 

The mobility component provides essential support for many vulnerable people living in care homes.  It helps people with disabilities live independent lives by taking part in every day activities that require them to spend more money on mobility costs.  Removing the benefit will cut this vital avenue for inclusion and empowerment, which is something that should be protected.

 

Council asks the Chief Executive to write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to urge that the proposal to remove the mobility component from Disability Living Allowance for people living in registered care homes be withdrawn from the Welfare Reform Bill.

 

 

      L YEADON

 

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Yeadon, seconded by Councillor Selby that this Council is deeply concerned by the proposal in the Welfare Reform Bill to remove the mobility component from Disability Living Allowance for people living in registered care homes.

 

The mobility component provides essential support for many vulnerable people living in care homes.  It helps people with disabilities live independent lives by taking part in every day activities that require them to spend more money on mobility costs.  Removing the benefit will cut this vital avenue for inclusion and empowerment, which is something that should be protected.

 

Council asks the Chief Executive to write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to urge that the proposal to remove the mobility component from Disability Living Allowance for people living in registered care homes be withdrawn from the Welfare Reform Bill.

 

An amendment was moved by Councillor Golton, seconded by Councillor G Latty in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 4.2 to replace the words:-

 

This Council is deeply concerned by the proposal in the Welfare Reform Bill’

 

With:-

 

‘This Council welcomes the government’s recognition of the widespread concern raised by the proposal’

 

Following words ‘registered care homes.’, insert words:

 

‘This Council therefore further welcomes the government’s decision to leave this measure out of the Welfare Reform Bill.’

 

Delete all from words ‘The mobility component provides’ to the end of the motion and replace with:-

 

‘This Council acknowledges the need to reform welfare as part of a number of difficult funding decisions required in order for the country’s economy to return to sustained growth, following a disastrous period of economic boom and bust under the previous government and welcomes the government’s decision to look at this measure as part of the introduction of a new Personal Independence Payment which will ensure the mobility needs of people in residential care are guaranteed in the most appropriate way.

 

This Council resolves to participate fully in any consultation on this issue and ensure that the voices of Leeds residents are clearly heard by the government.’

 

The amended motion would then read:-

 

‘This Council welcomes the government’s recognition of the widespread concern raised by the proposed removal of the mobility component from the Disability Living Allowance. This Council therefore further welcomes the government’s decision to leave this measure out of the Welfare Reform Bill.

 

This Council acknowledges the need to reform welfare as part of a number of difficult funding decisions required in order for the country’s economy to return to sustained growth, following a disastrous period of economic boom and bust under the previous government and welcomes the government’s decision to look at this measure as part of the introduction of a new Personal Independence Payment which will ensure the mobility needs of people in residential care are guaranteed in the most appropriate way.

 

This Council resolves to participate fully in any consultation on this issue and ensure that the voices of Leeds residents are clearly heard by the government.’  ...  view the full minutes text for item 92.

93.

White Paper Submitted Under the Provisions of Council Procedure Rule 12.2 (b)(c) - Frontline Services

Given the strong public opposition to the cuts to frontline services proposed by the Labour led administration at the Council’s budget meeting in February, this council believes that the ruling administration should give further consideration to the unnecessary decisions to cut popular frontline services, namely Bramley Baths, the Leeds Crisis Centre, the Mental Health Day Centres, the free City Centre Bus, East Leeds Leisure Centre, Garforth Leisure Centre and the plans to close 20 of the city’s much valued libraries.

 

Council further believes that these frontline savings could be achieved by re-examining the decisions taken to reject proposed savings in IT, Trade Unions expenditure, Office furniture expenditure, the publication of brochures, the use of non-council venues for meetings and for publications and advertising.

 

 

 

         A CARTER

Minutes:

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.3(b), Councillor Lobley sought leave of Council to introduce the following motion in the name of Councillor A Carter in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.2(b):-

 

Given the strong public opposition to the cuts to frontline services proposed by the Labour led administration at the Council’s budget meeting in February, this Council believes that the ruling administration should give further consideration to the unnecessary decisions to cut popular frontline services, namely Bramley Baths, the Leeds Crisis Centre, the Mental Health Day Centres, the free City Centre Bus, East Leeds Leisure Centre, Garforth Leisure Centre and the plans to close 20 of the city’s much valued libraries.

 

Council further believes that these frontline savings could be achieved by re-examining the decisions taken to reject proposed savings in IT, Trade Unions expenditure, Office furniture expenditure, the publication of brochures, the use of non-Council venues for meetings and for publications and advertising.

 

Upon being put to the vote, leave of Council was not given to introduce the motion in the name of Councillor A Carter.

 

94.

White Paper Submitted Under the Provisions of Council Procedure Rule 3.1(d) - Proposed Reform of the Local Government Pension Scheme

This Council recognises the cross party concerns relating to the proposed reform of the Local Government Pension Scheme as expressed by LGA representatives Baroness Eaton and Sir Steve Bullock in their co-signed letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the 16th of February.

 

This Council therefore requests that the Chief Executive writes to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in support of these views.

 

 

 

    J  LEWIS

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor J Lewis, seconded by Councillor Mulherin that this Council recognises the cross party concerns relating to the proposed reform of the Local Government Pension Scheme as expressed by LGA representatives Baroness Eaton and Sir Steve Bullock in their co-signed letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the 16th of February.

 

This Council therefore requests that the Chief Executive writes to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in support of these views.

 

An amendment was moved by Councillor Fox, seconded by Councillor Lobley that this Council recognises that there is increased public interest in the level to which public sector pension schemes are subsidised through tax revenue. This Council sympathises with pension scheme members who have planned their retirement based on the terms of a scheme which is no longer affordable and believes that reforms are necessary to ensure that public sector pensions are viable, fair and offer appropriate recognition for public service both now and into the future.

 

Council acknowledges that the last Government further exacerbated the problems by dropping similar reforms at the first signs of opposition from pension scheme members. Council further recognises that the need to reform the Local Government Pension Scheme, while inevitable in the long run, has been brought into sharp focus by the economic mismanagement of the last government including the removal of tax relief on pension investment dividends by former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, which has left an entire generation with inadequate pension funds.

 

The amendment was lost and upon the motion being put to the vote it was

 

RESOLVED

 

That this Council recognises the cross party concerns relating to the proposed reform of the Local Government Pension Scheme as expressed by LGA representatives Baroness Eaton and Sir Steve Bullock in their co-signed letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the 16th of February.

 

This Council therefore requests that the Chief Executive writes to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in support of these views.

 

95.

White Paper Submitted Under the Provisions of Council Procedure Rule 3.1(d) - High Speed Rail

This Council expresses concern that the Government’s proposed hybrid bill relating to High Speed Rail will only adopt legal and planning powers for a route from London to the West Midlands.

 

This Council therefore calls on the Government to reaffirm its commitment to bringing the social, economic and environmental benefits of High Speed Rail to Leeds by expanding the detail of the upcoming hybrid bill to include a framework for the north of England.

 

This Council requests that the Chief Executive write to the Secretary of State for Transport in support of expanding the scope of the initial bill.

 

 

 

    R LEWIS

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor R Lewis, seconded by Councillor Lobley and

 

RESOLVED – That this Council expresses concern that the Government’s proposed hybrid bill relating to High Speed Rail will only adopt legal and planning powers for a route from London to the West Midlands.

 

This Council therefore calls on the Government to reaffirm its commitment to bringing the social, economic and environmental benefits of High Speed Rail to Leeds by expanding the detail of the upcoming hybrid bill to include a framework for the north of England.

 

This Council requests that the Chief Executive write to the Secretary of State for Transport in support of expanding the scope of the initial bill.

 

96.

White Paper Submitted Under the Provisions of Council Procedure Rule 3.1(d) - Low Emission Zones

This Council recognises the health and environmental benefits of reduced air pollution to Leeds communities, especially those in inner city areas, and notes the success of the Low Emissions Zones in London and Oxford which prevents the most polluting vehicles from entering the city.

 

Council therefore requests the Executive Board to undertake a feasibility study with a view to implementing a similar scheme in Leeds.

 

 

 

        J MONAGHAN

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Monaghan, seconded by Councillor A Blackburn and

 

RESOLVED – That this Council recognises the health and environmental benefits of reduced air pollution to Leeds communities, especially those in inner city areas, and notes the success of the Low Emissions Zones in London and Oxford which prevents the most polluting vehicles from entering the city.

 

Council therefore requests the Executive Board to undertake a feasibility study with a view to implementing a similar scheme in Leeds.

 

97.

White Paper Submitted Under the Provisions of Council Procedure Rule 3.1(d) - Highway Planning Issues

This Council requests the Executive Board to instruct the Council’s Highways Department to ensure that consultation with ward members takes place with regard to Planning Applications’ highways matters before the Highways Department passes formal comment to Planning Officers.  This will ensure that ward members’ and residents’ views on highways issues are properly reflected in Planning Department reports.

 

 

 

        A CARTER

Minutes:

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.3(b), Councillor Lobley moved the White Paper in the name of Councillor A Carter, seconded by Councillor Cleasby and

 

RESOLVED – That this Council requests the Executive Board to instruct the Council’s Highways Department to ensure that consultation with Ward Members takes place with regard to Planning Applications’ highways matters before the Highways Department passes formal comment to Planning Officers.  This will ensure that Ward Members’ and residents’ views on highways issues are properly reflected in Planning Department reports.

 

 

Council rose at 7.10 pm.