Agenda

County Council - Wednesday, 16th November, 2022 10.30 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Northallerton

Contact: Daniel Harry 

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes of the Council meeting held on 20 July 2022 and Minutes of the Extraordinary meeting held on 17 August 2022 pdf icon PDF 458 KB

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2.

Apologies for absence

3.

Declarations of Interest

4.

Chairman's Announcements

Any correspondence, communication or other business brought forward by the direction of the Chairman of the Council.

5.

Statement by the Leader of the Council pdf icon PDF 331 KB

6.

Public Questions or Statements

Members of the public may ask questions or make statements at this meeting if they have given notice and provided the text to Barry Khan, Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic Services) – email: barry.khan@northyorks.gov.uk or in writing to Barry Khan, Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic Services), County Hall, Northallerton DL7 8AD by midday on Friday, 11 November 2022.  Each speaker should limit themselves to 3 minutes on any item.

 

If you are exercising your right to speak at this meeting, but do not wish to be recorded, please inform the Chairman who will instruct anyone who may be taking a recording to cease while you speak.

 

7.

To consider the report and recommendations of the Executive and make decisions on them pdf icon PDF 171 KB

·                     Q1 Budget Report

·                     North Yorkshire Council Flood Risk Management Strategy

·                     Council Tax Premiums on Second Homes and Empty Properties

·                     Consideration of proposed amendments to the Council’s Constitution

·                     Council Tax Reduction Scheme

·                     Council Tax Harmonisation

·                     Discretionary Council Tax Relief - Section 13A Policy

 

8.

To consider the report and recommendations of the Audit Committee pdf icon PDF 348 KB

·                     Annual Report

9.

To consider the report and recommendations of the Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 404 KB

·                     Annual Report

10.

To consider the report and recommendations of the Pension Board pdf icon PDF 2 MB

·                     Annual Report

 

11.

Appointments to Committees and Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 267 KB

12.

Statements of Executive Members, in the order set out below, followed by the Statements of the Chairmen of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees

Executive Members:

12a

Executive Member for Open to Business - County Councillor Derek Bastiman pdf icon PDF 407 KB

12b

Executive Member for Corporate Services - County Councillor David Chance pdf icon PDF 278 KB

12c

Executive Members for Highways and Transportation - County Councillor Keane Duncan pdf icon PDF 206 KB

12d

Executive Member for Health and Adult Services - County Councillor Michael Harrison pdf icon PDF 222 KB

12e

Executive Member for Planning for Growth - County Councillor Simon Myers pdf icon PDF 243 KB

12f

Executive Member for Children and Young People's Services - County Councillor Janet Sanderson pdf icon PDF 218 KB

12g

Executive Member for Working in Localities - County Councillor Greg White pdf icon PDF 375 KB

12h

Executive Member for Education, Learning and Skills - County Councillor Annabel Wilkinson pdf icon PDF 122 KB

12i

Executive Member for Finance, Assets and Resources and Special Projects - County Councillor Gareth Dadd pdf icon PDF 250 KB

Overview and Scrutiny Chairmen:

12j

Scrutiny Board (Chairman: County Councillor Karin Sedgwick) pdf icon PDF 266 KB

12k

Corporate and Partnerships Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Chairman: County Councillor David Ireton) pdf icon PDF 261 KB

12l

Scrutiny of Health (Chairman: County Councillor Andrew Lee) pdf icon PDF 115 KB

12m

Transport, Economy and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Chairman: County Councillor David Staveley) pdf icon PDF 26 KB

12n

Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Chairman: County Councillor Barbara Brodigan) pdf icon PDF 133 KB

12o

Transition Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Chairman: County Councillor Malcolm Taylor) pdf icon PDF 117 KB

12p

Care and Independence Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Chairman: County Councillor Karin Sedgwick) pdf icon PDF 129 KB

13.

Executive Recommendations on Motion regarding Climate Change and Environmental/Biodiversity Action referred from the County Council on 20 July 2022 pdf icon PDF 811 KB

14.

Notices of Motion

1)         Proportional representation

 

Proposer – Cllr Chris Aldred

Seconder – Cllr Andy Brown

 

“Council resolves to write to H.M. Government calling for a change in our outdated electoral laws to enable Proportional Representation to be used for General, Local and Mayoral elections

 

First Past the Post (FPTP) originated when land-owning aristocrats dominated parliament and voting was restricted to property-owning men.

 

In Europe, only the UK and authoritarian Belarus still use archaic single round FPTP for general elections. Meanwhile, internationally, Proportional Representation (PR) is used to elect parliaments in more than 80 countries. Those countries tend to be more equal, freer and greener.

 

PR ensures all votes count, have equal value, and those seats won, match votes cast. Under PR, MPs and Parliaments better reflect the age, gender and protected characteristics of local communities and the nation. MPs & Councillors better reflecting their communities leads to improved decision-making, wider participation and increased levels of ownership of decisions taken.

 

PR would also end minority rule. In 2019, 43.6% of the vote produced a government with 56.2% of the seats and 100% of the power. PR also prevents ‘wrong winner’ elections such as occurred in 1951 and February 1974.

 

PR is already used to elect the parliaments and assemblies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. So why not Westminster & Local Government here in North Yorkshire.”

 

2)         Fracking

 

Proposer Cllr.Bryn Griffiths

Seconder Cllr Joy Andrews

 

“That this Council:

 

1.         Agrees that fracking activities in North Yorkshire are inappropriate for an area where the Council has declared a Climate Emergency and

2.         In light of the Government’s statement that it will only frack where there is support, Council therefore wishes to ensure the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Minister for State (Minister for Climate) are fully aware of the opposition to fracking in North Yorkshire and letters are sent to them to reinforce this Council’s opposition to fracking.”

 

3)         Fracking

 

Proposer Cllr Arnold Warneken

Seconder Cllr Kevin Foster

 

“This council believes that there is firm scientific evidence that fracking for oil and gas is incompatible with the need to achieve net zero carbon emissions sufficiently rapidly to avoid climate breakdown, furthermore it is in direct conflict with the Councils Carbon Reduction Plan and the emerging Climate Change Strategy, therefore North Yorkshire County Council in line with the current Governments policy is opposed to Fracking in North Yorkshire.”

 

Note the reasons for the matter being considered at the Council meeting itself have been given as:

 

1.         It is bad practice to delay decision making unnecessarily and members will have had more than adequate time to form a judgement on the motion

2.         North Yorkshire County Council has declared that it recognises there is a climate emergency and so issues relating to climate change need addressing with urgency

3.         Since the last full council meeting there have been national government policy changes which brought the possibility of fracking back onto the agenda and it is important for the Council  ...  view the full agenda text for item 14.

15.

Use of special urgency procedures since the last meeting of County Council - Report of the Leader of the Council pdf icon PDF 266 KB

16.

Council Procedure Rule 10 Questions

Evacuation Procedures pdf icon PDF 104 KB

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