Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 27th March, 2019 1.00 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Kevin Tomkinson, Governance & Scrutiny Support Unit 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes of the last Meeting pdf icon PDF 237 KB

To approve the minutes of the Council Meeting held on 27th February 2019.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest from Members

 

3.

Communications

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

4.

Deputations

To receive deputations in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10.

5.

Recommendations of the Executive Board - Local Flood Risk Management Strategy pdf icon PDF 41 KB

To consider the report of the Director of City Development setting out recommendations from the Executive Board on 13 February 2019 to Full Council to approve and adopt the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy, in line with the Council’s Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules.

 

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6.

Report on Appointments pdf icon PDF 26 KB

To consider the report of the City Solicitor in respect of proposed appointments regarding the Health and Wellbeing Board.

7.

Licensing Annual Report pdf icon PDF 26 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory Services presenting to Council the Annual Report on Entertainment Licensing and Taxi and Private Hire Licensing for Members’ information and consideration, in line with Council Procedure Rule 2.2(f).

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8.

Annual Report of the Standards and Conduct Committee pdf icon PDF 20 KB

To consider the report of the City Solicitor presenting to Full Council the annual report relating to matters within the Standards and Conduct Committee’s terms of reference.  Council Procedure Rule 2.2 (f) stipulates that the annual report of the committee must be referred to full Council for consideration; this being to support the duty of the Authority to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by Members and co-opted Members of the Council.

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9.

Corporate Governance and Audit Committee Annual Report pdf icon PDF 20 KB

To consider the report of the City Solicitor presenting to Full Council the annual report of the Corporate Governance and Audit Committee, which reflects upon the work of the Committee in the 2018/19 Municipal year.

 

(Please note that the Annual Report will be provided to Members of Council following the meeting of the Corporate Governance & Audit Committee scheduled for the 22nd March 2019)

10.

Report on the Leeds Award pdf icon PDF 21 KB

To consider a report of the City Solicitor regarding a recommendation of the Leeds Award Panel which notifies, and seeks Council’s formal approval of a nomination for the award.

11.

Executive Questions

To deal with executive questions in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.

12.

Minutes of the Health and Wellbeing Board and the Executive Board pdf icon PDF 236 KB

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

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13.

Report on Devolution pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To consider a report of the Chief Executive updating Members on matters related to the progress of Devolution and matters regarding the Leeds City Region LEP and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

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14.

White Paper Motion (in the name of Councillor B Anderson) - Extra Care and Specialist Housing for Older People pdf icon PDF 13 KB

This Council believes that more could be done to deliver additional extra care and specialist housing for older people in Leeds.

 

Council notes the work done in recent years to deliver extra care housing schemes through the HRA but believes that through better use of council assets and public sector owned land and by giving more priority to older people’s housing schemes more of this type of housing could be delivered to communities in Leeds. This is a particular concern in outer areas and in towns such as Wetherby, Pudsey, Horsforth, Guiseley and Otley.

 

Council believes that by providing more specialist homes of this nature family homes and homes for first time buyers would organically come onto the housing market which would provide much needed ownership opportunities for families and younger people seeking to buy either their first home or their first family home.

 

Council regrets the complete absence of administration councillors speaking on the accessibility requirements on new housing developments at the Core Strategy Selective Review.

 

This Council calls for a new approach to this agenda to start with a report to be brought to Executive Board examining how the delivery of extra care and specialist housing for older people could be enhanced and accelerated and how this approach could free up other homes to address housing need across the city.

15.

White Paper Motion (in the name of Councillor J Blake) - Climate Emergency pdf icon PDF 56 KB

This Council notes that many Leeds residents are demanding action on climate change as demonstrated through actions such as the recent ‘Youth Strike.’

 

Council accepts that in order to limit the effects of global warming it is necessary for the world population to reduce its annual carbon emissions from the current 6.5 tonnes per person to less than 2 tonnes as soon as possible.

 

Council recognises that individuals cannot be expected to make this reduction on their own. Society needs leadership at international, national and local level. Council is aware that current plans and actions are not enough. The world is on track to overshoot the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit before 2050.

 

All governments nationally and locally have a duty to limit the negative impacts of global warming. Local councils should not wait for their national governments to change their policies. It is important for the residents of Leeds and the UK that cities commit to carbon neutrality as quickly as possible.

 

Council notes through collaboration with the Leeds Climate Commission how it is now one of the leading local authorities in the country in this area. This is underlined by the unprecedented scale of investment prioritised by this Council towards carbon reduction measures. This includes our innovative Leeds PIPES district heating scheme, our investment to improve the energy performance of council housing and in area based regeneration schemes to support both private and council housing improvements, and our investment to become the leading authority in the country for changing our fleet to Electric Vehicles.

 

Council therefore resolves to:

1. Declare a 'Climate Emergency'.

2. Sign up to a science based carbon reduction target that is consistent with achieving the Paris Agreement of no more than 1.5°C global temperature increase.

3. Work to make Leeds Carbon neutral by 2030 and call on central government to provide the funding and powers to make this possible.

4. Work with other organisations and governments within the UK and internationally to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C.

5. Bring a report to April Executive Board setting out how we can work with the Leeds Climate Commission to run a conversation with residents, Trade Unions, public sector organisations, businesses and the third sector on developing a plan with the actions and milestones required to reach this target, and report the outcome to Executive Board by the end of 2019.

16.

White Paper Motion (in the name of Councillor C Harrison) - HS2 pdf icon PDF 14 KB

This Council notes the publication of the Draft Environmental Statement of HS2 Phase 2b. In particular, it recognises the significant impact that construction activity associated with the project will have on the communities of Woodlesford, Oulton, Rothwell, Swillington and Methley between 2024 to 2032. This will involve considerable restriction of liberty, highway closure and reconstruction, disruption to bus and rail services, prohibition of access to parks and green spaces, congestion and severe trading conditions for local businesses.

 

This Council does not believe that the above potentially disastrous effects of sustained disruption on workers, students and families in these communities is a “price worth paying” for the regeneration of the Leeds South Bank that the Council hopes to achieve through investment related to the proposed HS2 terminus.

 

Council also notes the already escalating cost of the HS2 project, almost doubling to current estimates of £56 billion, and the resulting pressure to limit compensation and mitigation costs en route.

 

This Council therefore calls on all Leeds MPs to support Ed Milliband MP’s call for a “proper examination and inquiry” into HS2, including a Select Committee hearing.

 

This Council further calls on the ruling administration to carry out an economic and social impact forecast study on the communities affected by proposed HS2 construction, with published recommendations as to what it considers would be the appropriate type, level and quality of mitigation that this Council would expect HS2 to deliver for those communities, in anticipation of the Environmental Statement which accompanies the future Hybrid Bill.