Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: The Ridgeway, The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BY

Contact: Steven Corrigan, Democratic Services Manager 01235 422526 Email: steven.corrigan@southandvale.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

To record apologies for absence.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 201 KB

To adopt and sign as a correct record the Council minutes of the annual meeting held on 15 May 2019. 

3.

Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting.  

4.

Urgent business and chair's announcements

To receive notification of any matters which the chair determines should be considered as urgent business and the special circumstances which have made the matters urgent, and to receive any announcements from the chair. 

5.

Public participation

To receive any questions or statements from members of the public that have registered to speak. 

6.

Petitions

To receive any petitions from the public. 

7.

Ashbury Neighbourhood Plan pdf icon PDF 119 KB

At its meeting on 12 July 2019, Cabinet will consider the head of planning’s report on the Ashbury Neighbourhood Development Plan.

 

A copy of the report is attached. Cabinet’s recommendations will be circulated to all councillors on Friday 12 July 2019.

 

 

8.

Uffington and Baulking Neighbourhood Plan pdf icon PDF 120 KB

At its meeting on Friday 12 July 2019, Cabinet will consider the head of planning’s report on the Uffington and Baulking Neighbourhood Development Plan.

 

A copy of the report is attached. Cabinet’s recommendations will be circulated to all councillors on Friday 12 July 2019.

 

 

9.

Establishment of a Climate Emergency Advisory Committee pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To consider the report of the head of legal and democratic on the establishment of a Climate Emergency Advisory Committee – report attached.

 

 

10.

Appointment of substitute members to the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel

At its annual meeting Council appointed Councillor Neil Fawcett as the council’s representative and Councillor Ruth Molyneaux as the observer substitute on the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel. At its annual meeting the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel agreed to change the membership rules of the panel to enable all 18 Thames Valley local authorities to appoint a named substitute member to the panel.

 

The appointed substitute will receive notification of meetings and agenda, and could attend meetings of the Panel, in the absence of the appointed member.

 

RECOMMENDATION: to appoint Councillor Ruth Molyneaux as the substitute   member on the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel.  

 

 

11.

Report of the leader of the council

To receive any updates from the leader of the council.

12.

Questions on notice pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To receive questions from councillors in accordance with Council procedure rule 33. 

 

Question 1:  Councillor Simon Howell to Councillor Emily Smith, Leader of the council

 

Officers put in place an excellent and detailed induction programme for new and returning councillors. Could the leader of the council summarise the level of attendance?

 

Question 2: Councillor Eric Batts to Councillor Catherine Webber, Cabinet member for planning

 

What is the new administration’s approach to the Local Plan Part 2 now that the inspector has found the plan to be sound?

 

Question 3: Councillor Elaine Ware to Councillor Emily Smith, Leader of the council

 

Following the appointment of Cabinet members at the annual meeting of Council, could the leader of the council share the rationale for an expanded Cabinet arrangement to the maximum size allowed by the constitution?

 

 

 

13.

Motions on notice

To consider motions from councillors in accordance with Council procedure rule 38. 

 

(1)      Motion to be proposed by Councillor Nathan Boyd, seconded by Councillor Simon Howell:

 

Council notes that other neighbouring councils are dealing with their own local plans that are at various stages of development, discussion and inspection.  Of particular note to residents in the Didcot area is the debate and discussion surrounding the South Oxfordshire District Council Local Plan.

 

This council is very concerned about the impact of decisions taken by South Oxfordshire District Council on residents in the Vale of White Horse. 

 

Council requests that the leader of the council urgently writes to the leader of South Oxfordshire District Council and all South Oxfordshire councillors before any vote is taken on their Local Plan proposals to state the views of this council and the impact on residents in the area, specifically:

·         This council opposes any withdrawal or major amendments to the South Oxfordshire District Council Local Plan that has the consequences of putting at risk the Vale of White Horse District Council delivery of the five year land supply, the loss of Housing Infrastructure funding for the area, and the loss of Growth Deal funding for the area.

·         This council urges South Oxfordshire District Council to work collaboratively with Vale of White Horse District Council and other stakeholders to ensure the infrastructure funding is not delayed.  Residents and visitors to the area desperately need this investment in infrastructure to be delivered.

 

(2)      Motion to be proposed by Councillor Alison Jenner, seconded by Councillor Andy Foulsham:

Council notes that, given all possible routes through the government’s chosen corridor, the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway will have a direct impact on communities, businesses, and the environment across the Vale of White Horse District. This council should therefore agree a position on this matter.

Council notes with concern the lack of public consultation and lack of clarity from Government on proposals about whether an Expressway is the most effective way to enhance connectivity within the Oxford to Cambridge Arc and before Corridor B was chosen.

Council notes that published evidence on similar road building schemes, such as widening the M25, led to increased car use without any benefit in terms of congestion or journey time after a few years.

Council notes that the increased carbon emissions, damage to our countryside and biodiversity associated with road building would be significant.

Council notes our recent declaration of a Climate Emergency and our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint through our polices, decisions and actions. The Expressway will have a serious negative impact on the achievement of climate change targets at a time when all public bodies are being actively encouraged to improve air quality and contribute to significant carbon reductions.

Therefore, Council resolves to oppose the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway as proposed.

Council requests that the leader of the council, and members of the Cabinet, make our opposition to the road building scheme clear at relevant partnership meetings.

Council requests that the leader  ...  view the full agenda text for item 13.