considered the motions from councillors set out in the agenda in
Council Procedure Rule 38.
- Councillor Bethia Thomas moved, and Councillor Bob Johnston
seconded the motion
as set out in the agenda at agenda item 15:
After debate and
on being put to the vote the motion was agreed.
food is vital to us all and food production and farming is an
important economic and employment sector in our district, with
agriculture at the heart of many of our communities. However, the
rising costs of fuel and other supplies is creating increased
pressure on farmers across the district, whilst government policies
on international trade deals threaten to undermine UK food quality
standards and risk putting farmers out of business – as well
as exacerbating food insecurity in the UK. At the same time,
significant increases in the cost of living are putting pressure on
residents across the Vale, forcing them to make difficult choices
regarding their household budgets, including the amount spent on
food and heating.
district council has a number of powers and opportunities that can
help influence food production, support sustainable farming and
distribution, reduce food waste, and promote healthy eating for the
benefit of our residents and the environment, whilst supporting
action to address climate change.
1. To create
a Member Food and Farming Champion to promote local food production
and distribution, as well as healthy eating in the Vale.
2. To encourage farming
communities and agricultural businesses to respond to any
consultation on our new Joint Local Plan and Oxfordshire Plan
3. To encourage developers
to include community gardens and allotment provision within all new
4. To encourage and
promote high environmental health standards at all stages of food
production, distribution and redistribution, and continue to
support local businesses and ‘farm-door’ sales,
recognising their positive impact on reducing the carbon emissions
associated with food miles.
5. To maximise
opportunities to highlight the importance of food and farming in
our local economy via the press and through social
6. To continue to
investigate ways we can support food redistribution organisations
and food charities to address food poverty in the district, noting
the work that has already been done in this
7. To continue to promote
ways we can reduce food waste through our waste service and the use
of food recycling bins.
8. To continue to promote
the use of waste food and the highlight the climate benefits this
9. To minimise food waste
at any event that we may host that serves food, and to use such
occasions to highlight the use of waste food, low carbon options,
and locally sourced produce wherever possible.
B. Councillor Eric de la Harpe moved, and Councillor Samantha
Bowring seconded the motion as set out in the agenda at agenda item
After debate and
on being put to the vote the motion was agreed.
have been a number of fatal road accidents in Oxfordshire recently
involving cyclists. This is despite changes to the
highway code which came into force on the 29 January
2022. The aim of these
Council believes are
to be commended, is to
improve the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and horses on the
highway by assigning a hierarchy of responsibility such that the
heavier the mode of transport, the more responsibility the operator
carries for the safety of others using lighter modes of transport.
Motorists turning left, for example, must stop for cyclists behind
them in a cycle lane. Cyclists are now also advised to
ride in the centre of the lane and to ride
active travel is central to Council’s key themes of tackling
the Climate Emergency and Building Healthy Communities.
However, not all residents are aware of these new changes ?to
the Highway Code and any confusion arising from this could
lead to serious ?incidents, between motorists and cyclists and
discourage active travel.
regret for the recent loss of life on our
believes that the
changes to the Highway Code should be
commended as they
seek to mitigate any risk to safety.
s the Leader to write to Oxfordshire
County Council ?to
the County Council as the highways authority
publicises the changes to the Highway Code widely as part of its
highways safety messaging and requesting it ensures that all
future transport schemes in the Vale of White Horse reflect the
latest changes to the Highway Code and encourage Active Travel by
all cycle infrastructure should be delivered in
accordance with the standards set out in the Government's Cycle
infrastructure design (LTN 1/20) guidance
Ask the Cabinet member for Community Engagement to
officers to highlight government and county council communications
about the Highway Code changes via our media channels and signpost
(for example in Vale News) to the Government website and the latest
guidance where relevant.
Councillor Max Thompson moved, and Councillor Richard Webber
seconded the motion as set out in the agenda at agenda item
After debate and on being put to the vote the
motion was agreed.
Oxfordshire County Council has been undertaking
consultation on its new Oxfordshire Transport and Connectivity
Plan, which will support the County Council’s local transport
plan vision, which is to deliver a zero-carbon Oxfordshire
transport system that enables all parts of the county to thrive,
with the intention of supporting clean growth, tackling inequality
and protecting our natural and historic environment.
The County Council are seeking to reduce the need to
travel within the County and discouraging unnecessary individual
private vehicle use by individuals and wish to see walking,
cycling, public and shared transport become the natural first
choice for residents. These objectives are in line with
those that the district and city councils within the County have
already signed up to as part of the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 process
and also with the Government’s climate change and carbon
Council resolves to:
- Welcome Oxfordshire County Councils commitment to set out an
ambitious plan to reduce car journeys and reliance on private motor
- Support the commitment by the County Council to put climate
change action at the heart if its proposals.
- Continue to respond to consultations on the Oxfordshire
Transport and Connectivity Plan supporting the overarching
objectives but asks the cabinet member to work with Officers to
challenge the policies, as appropriate, in order to ensure they are
robust enough to achieve their aim.
the Cabinet member for Planning to work with officers to continue
to ensure that this council’s contributions to OxPlan2050 and
the forthcoming Joint Local Plan support these aspirations and work
to develop spatial planning and policies within those plans
reflects the need to reduce the number of avoidable journeys that
are currently undertaken by car, such as those required purely for
commuting or shopping.
the leader to write to the Leader of the county council encouraging
them to ensure that they reflect, as far as possible, their
aspirations when responding to planning consultations, not only
Vale, but across the County noting that they will need to comply