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84/20

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllrs Capon, Godesen, Golding, Grant and Keating.

85/20

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

Cllrs Eachus and Phillimore declared interests under agenda item 16 (Notice of Motion – Levelling up Sports Facilities in the Borough), Cllr Eachus due to her employment and Cllr Phillimore as a board member of Basingstoke Football Club.

 

Cllrs Wooldridge and Putty declared interests under agenda item 17 (Notice of Motion – Housing Green Conversion), Cllr Wooldridge as an employee of Sovereign, and Cllr Putty as a trustee for Sovereign.

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Minutes of the meeting held on 25 February 2021

The Chair will move that the minutes of the meeting be signed as a correct record. The only part of the minutes that can be discussed is their accuracy.

 

To Follow

Minutes:

Minutes of the meeting held on 25 February 2021, to be approved at the next meeting of Council on 27 May 2021.

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Announcements

Minutes:

The Mayor wished a warm farewell to all those members not returning to council following the forthcoming local elections.

 

The Leader of the Council reported that further to questions raised by Alex Lee at the previous meeting he had written to government ministers and was awaiting a response, which would be communicated once received.

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Questions from members of the public

To receive and answer any questions from the public.

(Questions must be received in writing by Democratic Services no later than noon on Tuesday 16 March 2021)

Minutes:

Question 1   Paul Beevers

 

Most Councillors will be aware of Basingstoke’s place in the Hampshire Downs and the environmental and ecological opportunity it presents, confirmed by Natural England. In order to protect and reconnect more of this landscape and restore nature, between the South Downs National Park (SDNP) and the North Wessex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NWAONB) will the relevant Portfolio Holder respond to, support and refer to Committee this request to explore further designation of the Hampshire Downs as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?

 

Answer:        Cabinet Member for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment

 

Can I thank Mr Beevers for his timely question. He and others have been requesting that we look at the status of the North Hampshire Downs and other areas in the borough for some significant time and his question is timely as we have a motion that looks at designation tonight. As Mr Beevers knows designation comes in different shapes and sizes and doesn’t necessarily have to be an AONB. It can be other forms as well, and the motion that the council will be discussing later will be to look at all the valued landscapes around the borough to the north and to the east as well as to the south, and whether they should be given some form of protection.

 

The aim is for that discussion to take place at EPH and I want EPH to discuss how we can support Neighbourhood Planning for our villages by giving a greater level of protection to the precious landscapes that lie beyond them.  This applies equally to Sherfield as it does to Sherborne St John, to Pamber just as much as it does to Preston Candover, to Bradley as it does to Bramley.

 

Can I thank Mr Beevers for his question and it is up to members tonight to decide if they wish that topic to be discussed further, whatever the outcome of the discussion, at EPH.

 

Supplementary question

 

Would the Portfolio Holder agree that the scope of the Nature recovery network included within the motion must include all of the Hampshire Downs, all of the borough especially south-west of Basingstoke, and urban as well as rural areas? 

 

Answer

 

I would like to answer that question by saying it is too difficult to answer. I believe it is in the ambit of the EPH committee to consider once it understands its full implications. But I am keen for the area of nature recovery areas to be defined, not to be nebulous, and for them to be large and not inconsequential.

 

They are probably the only two broad things I would like to say about it, other than saying I would like to see them all around the borough not just in one particular area, to the north, to the east and to the south, and bear in mind the excellent work that has already been done to the north-east by the AONB that is in place there.

 

Cllr P Frankum requested, and Cllr J  ...  view the full minutes text for item 88/20

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Petitions

To receive petitions.

(Notice of petitions must be received in writing by Democratic Services, no later than noon on Tuesday 16 March 2021)

 

A petition will be presented by Stand Up for the North Hampshire Downs

Minutes:

Stand Up for the North Hampshire Downs withdrew its petition from the agenda.

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Resignations and appointments pdf icon PDF 188 KB

a) to receive resignations from Committees and to make any necessary re-appointments

 

 

b) to receive resignations from Outside Bodies and to make any re-appointments and (ii) fill any existing vacancies.

 

Minutes:

a)            There were no changes to Committees.

b)            No appointments were made to Outside Bodies.

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Notice of Motion deferred from the meeting held on 25 February 2021 - Building Fire Safety

Note: This motion has been amended since tabled in the agenda of 25 February 2021.

 

Proposer:       Councillor Frost

Seconder:      Councillor Miller

 

Council notes:

 

  • The recent concerns raised at Crown Heights, following an EWS1 survey showing that the building was not at an acceptable standard of fire safety.

 

  • That residents are understandably concerned by the safety implications this has on their homes. 

 

  • The high costs being incurred by residents for a 'Waking Watch' 24/7 fire service while the issues are resolved. 

 

Council Resolves

 

  • To work with the Fire Service to identify all tall buildings in the Borough, and to apply pressure on the owners of all tall buildings to undertake the relevant fire safety surveys.

 

  • To effectively communicate with freeholders of tall buildings, and make clear the Council's expectation that they publish a clear timetable for residents, detailing any remedial action necessary and associated issues. 

 

  • To make clear to freeholders, that it is the Council's view that the current situation is unacceptable and that the costs associated with remedial action for fire safety should not be met by residents. 

 

  • With the fall of the Smith McPartland amendment in The House,for the Cabinet Member to write to our local Members of Parliament, asking for their support in this matterlobbying the Government for asking them to support the 'Smith McPartland' amendment to the Fire Safety Bill, to ensure that the costs of remediation works are to be met by the building owner and not passed onto residents. 

 

  • For the Cabinet Member to write to HM Government and ask for clarity on the availability of building safety funding schemes for Crown Heights, and any other affected buildings in Basingstoke and Deane. 

 

·         That this motion is sent to the EPH committee to receive progress reports and task force updates.

 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Frost moved and Councillor Miller seconded the following motion, which had been amended since initially being tabled in the agenda of 25 February 2021.

 

Council notes:

 

  • The recent concerns raised at Crown Heights, following an EWS1 survey showing that the building was not at an acceptable standard of fire safety.

 

  • That residents are understandably concerned by the safety implications this has on their homes. 

 

  • The high costs being incurred by residents for a 'Waking Watch' 24/7 fire service while the issues are resolved. 

 

Council Resolves

 

  • To work with the Fire Service to identify all tall buildings in the Borough, and to apply pressure on the owners of all tall buildings to undertake the relevant fire safety surveys.

 

  • To effectively communicate with freeholders of tall buildings, and make clear the Council's expectation that they publish a clear timetable for residents, detailing any remedial action necessary and associated issues. 

 

  • To make clear to freeholders, that it is the Council's view that the current situation is unacceptable and that the costs associated with remedial action for fire safety should not be met by residents. 

 

  • With the fall of the Smith McPartland amendment in The House, for the Cabinet Member to write to our local Members of Parliament, asking for their support in this matterlobbying the Government for the costs of remediation works to be met by the building owner and not passed onto residents. 

 

  • For the Cabinet Member to write to HM Government and ask for clarity on the availability of building safety funding schemes for Crown Heights, and any other affected buildings in Basingstoke and Deane. 

 

·         That this motion is sent to the EPH committee to receive progress reports and task force updates.

 

The motion was unanimously agreed.

 

Resolved:     Council agrees

 

  • To work with the Fire Service to identify all tall buildings in the Borough, and to apply pressure on the owners of all tall buildings to undertake the relevant fire safety surveys;
  • To effectively communicate with freeholders of tall buildings, and make clear the Council's expectation that they publish a clear timetable for residents, detailing any remedial action necessary and associated issues;
  • To make clear to freeholders, that it is the Council's view that the current situation is unacceptable and that the costs associated with remedial action for fire safety should not be met by residents;
  • With the fall of the Smith McPartland amendment in The House, for the Cabinet Member to write to our local Members of Parliament, asking for their support in this matterlobbying the Government for the costs of remediation works to be met by the building owner and not passed onto residents;
  • For the Cabinet Member to write to HM Government and ask for clarity on the availability of building safety funding schemes for Crown Heights, and any other affected buildings in Basingstoke and Deane; and

·         That this motion is sent to the EPH committee to receive progress reports and task force updates.

 

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Notice of Motion deferred from the meeting held on 25 February 2021- Support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

Proposer:       Councillor Konieczko

Seconder:      Councillor Hickling

 

As humans, we have already caused irreversible climate change, the impact of which are being felt in the UK and around the world.

 

Global temperatures have increased by 1°C from pre-industrial levels. Without more significant and sustained action, the world is set to exceed the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit between 2030 and 2040. Therefore, the current UK target of net zero by 2050 is not satisfactory.

 

The increase in harm caused by a rise of 2°C rather than 1.5°C is significant. This is described by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C published in October 2018.

 

According to the IPCC, limiting heating to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector and local communities. The costs of failing to address this crisis will far outstrip the investments required to prevent it. Investing now will bring many benefits in the form of good jobs, breathable cities and thriving communities.

 

Council notes that

  • This council has declared a climate emergency;
  • Many local authorities have established Citizens’ Assemblies that are playing an important role in assisting them in their plans to achieve net zero by 2030 or before; and that
  • There is a Bill before Parliament—the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (published as the “Climate and Ecology Bill”)—according to which the Government must develop an emergency strategy that:
    • requires that the UK plays its fair and proper role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with limiting global temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures;
    • ensures that all the UK’s consumption emissions are accounted for;
    • includes emissions from aviation and shipping;
    • protects and restores biodiverse habitats along overseas supply chains;
    • restores and regenerates the UK’s depleted soils, wildlife habitats and species populations to healthy and robust states, maximising their capacity to absorb CO2 and their resistance to climate heating;
    • sets up an independent Citizens’ Assembly, representative of the UK’s population, to engage with Parliament and Government and help develop the emergency strategy.

 

Council therefore resolves to:

  • Support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill
  • Inform the local media of this decision;
  • Write to local MPs, asking them to support the Bill; and
  • Write to the CEE Bill Alliance, the organisers of the campaign for the Bill, expressing its support.
  • Lobby the government not to permit the relaxation of policies that run contrary to the aims and spirit of the Bill and risk further damaging our environment - such as the withdrawal of the ban on neonicotinoid insecticides, which pose a grave threat to bees

 

Minutes:

Council considered the following motion moved by Cllr Konieczko and seconded by Cllr Hickling:-

Council resolves to:

  • Support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill
  • Inform the local media of this decision;
  • Write to local MPs, asking them to support the Bill; and
  • Write to the CEE Bill Alliance, the organisers of the campaign for the Bill, expressing its support.
  • Lobby the government not to permit the relaxation of policies that run contrary to the aims and spirit of the Bill and risk further damaging our environment - such as the withdrawal of the ban on neonicotinoid insecticides, which pose a grave threat to bees.

The motion was fully debated and a number of members spoke in support of the motion.

 

However, the Portfolio Member for Environment and Enforcement did not support the motion and suggested that it was unrealistic and would, if passed, restrict the work of the council.

 

Upon request from Cllr G James, a recorded vote was taken and the motion was carried with 32 votes in favour, 20 against and 1 abstention. (It should be noted that Cllr Cousens was not yet present at the meeting.) 

 

Resolved:    the motion be carried.

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    Notice of Motion deferred from the meeting held on 25 February 2021 - Eco Housing

    Proposer:       Councillor Mckay

    Seconder:      Councillor Tomblin

     

    Council notes:

     

    The declaration of a Climate Emergency in 2019 committed it to taking action to make the Borough carbon neutral by 2030.

     

    That over 25% of Borough carbon emission relate to the heating and powering of homes (BDBC Climate Change & Air quality Strategy draft).

     

    That the significant house building planned in the borough presents an additional challenge but also an opportunity to put climate emergency response at the forefront of new development. The Manydown development alone includes plans for 3,400 new homes.

     

    The Parc Eirin development in Wales is an actively managed development of 225 affordable eco-houses that are close to zero carbon. Each house has solar panels built in, hot water thermal storage, battery storage of electrical power, deep borehole ground source heating and 3 phase electrical power supplies for superfast electrical vehicle charging. These houses do not burn anything; they are houses for the 21st century.

     

    Council requests Cabinet to commit:

    To undertake a detailed study of the Parc Eirin development and other exemplar schemes and to report with recommendations as to how a similar or larger scale eco-house project could be realised within the developments now planned in the Borough.

     

    https://fullycharged.show/episodes/affordable-eco-housing-is-this-what-we-should-be-building/

     

    Minutes:

    Council considered the following motion proposed by Cllr McKay and seconded by Cllr Tomblin:-

     

    Council notes:

    The declaration of a Climate Emergency in 2019 committed it to taking action to make the Borough carbon neutral by 2030.

    That over 25% of Borough carbon emission relate to the heating and powering of homes (BDBC Climate Change & Air quality Strategy draft).

    That the significant house building planned in the borough presents an additional challenge but also an opportunity to put climate emergency response at the forefront of new development. The Manydown development alone includes plans for 3,400 new homes.

    The Parc Eirin development in Wales is an actively managed development of 225 affordable eco-houses that are close to zero carbon. Each house has solar panels built in, hot water thermal storage, battery storage of electrical power, deep borehole ground source heating and 3 phase electrical power supplies for superfast electrical vehicle charging. These houses do not burn anything; they are houses for the 21st century.

    Council requests Cabinet to commit:

    To undertake a detailed study of the Parc Eirin development and other exemplar schemes and to report with recommendations as to how a similar or larger scale eco-house project could be realised within the developments now planned in the Borough.

    https://fullycharged.show/episodes/affordable-eco-housing-is-this-what-we-should-be-building/

    Members expressed widespread support for the motion, but it was noted that some of the standards would be easier to achieve with new builds than existing housing stock.

     

    The Portfolio Holder for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment spoke in support of the motion and drew members’ attention to the work of the Climate Change MAP which was working to introduce new standards within the local plan update.

     

    There were requests to apply the standards of the Parc Eirin development to the forthcoming Manydown and Leisure park developments.

     

    The motion was unanimously agreed.

     

    Resolved:     the motion be carried.

     

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    Adoption of the Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy pdf icon PDF 590 KB

    Recommendation from the Cabinet meeting held on 9 February 2021

     

    That Council adopt the Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy and the 20/21 Action Plan.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement introduced the report which set out a new strategy and principles for action to enable the council to meet its targets agreed in the 2019 Declaration of Climate Emergency and to ultimately achieve carbon neutrality for the borough by 2030.

     

    The Portfolio Holder commented that there had been significant work undertaken to date but that the report signified the start of work going forward, and was very much a living document.

     

    It was recognised that the targets were ambitious which would require behaviour changes by all. However, it was noted that response to the report consultation indicated that local residents were supportive and that the issue was of particular importance to them.

     

    The Portfolio Holder proposed that the report be amended with the following addition:-

     

     ‘Portfolio Holder for Environment and Enforcement is to attend CEP committee once a year to provide a verbal update to the committee in relation to progress made against the action plan, to include confirmation that the MAP is still meeting and what has been discussed, agreed actions being undertaken by the officer delivery group and any other relevant information about ongoing projects and work in progress.’

     

    Cllr Mahaffey seconded the amendment which was unanimously agreed.

     

    Resolved:    that Council

     

    ·         Adopt the Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy and the 2020/21 Action Plan.

     

     

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    Pay Policy Statement 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 289 KB

    Recommendation from the Human Resources Committee held on 1 March 2021

     

    To approve the Pay Policy statement 2021/2022.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Mayor proposed and Deputy Mayor seconded the recommendation from the Human Resources Committee to approve the Pay Policy Statement 2021/22. 

    Resolved:    that Council approve the Pay Policy Statement 2021/22.

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    Quarter 3 Revenue Monitoring Report and Covid-19 Financial Impact Update 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

    Recommendation from the Cabinet meeting held on 9 March 2021

     

    That council approve recommendations numbered 9 to 12 as set out in the report.

    Minutes:

    The Leader of the Council proposed, and Cllr Izett seconded recommendations from the Cabinet meeting held on 9 March 2021. The Leader of the Council highlighted that outturn had been more than anticipated earlier in the financial year which had allowed for allocation of an extra £1 million directly to the Climate Change Reserve. Further it was noted that £1 million had also been allocated to the economic recovery framework to assist local business’ with growth and recovery.

     

    Resolved:     that Council

     

    ·         Approve a contribution to the Manydown Housing Reserve of £0.42M to be released in 2021/22 and future years to provide provision for further activities that maybe required in bringing the land into use at Manydown South, any activities in relation to J7 and to support activities in relation to a new Hospital provision;

    ·         The transfer of £0.54M back into the MTFS Risk Reserve in 2020/21 to be utilised in 2021/22 in relation to the slippage on the Manydown Capacity funding activity as detailed in paragraphs 5.56 to 5.58;

    ·         A contribution to the Climate Change Reserve of £1.00M to be released in 2021/22 and future years to provide further provision of funding to support the Climate Change agenda; and

    ·         The creation of an Economic Recovery Fund Reserve of £1.00M to be released in 2021/22 and future years to support the Economic Recovery Framework action plan. Approval is also sought to delegate authority to the Executive Director of Borough Development, in consultation with the Executive Director of Corporate Services (S151 Officer) and the Leader of the Council (the portfolio holder) to agree the Economic Recovery Fund spending plan.

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    Members Allowances 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 406 KB

    Report of the Head of Law and Governance (Monitoring Officer)

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The recommendation was moved by the Mayor and seconded by the Deputy Mayor.

     

    A number of members expressed concern at any increase to allowances given the general widespread hardship suffered by residents as a result of the Covid pandemic.

     

    The Head of Law and Governance clarified that the index mirrored the award agreed for officers and that government had already indicated that there would be a pay freeze.

     

    At the request of Cllr Phillimore, a recorded vote was taken and the recommendation was approved with 49 votes in favour, 2 against and 3 abstentions.  

     

    Resolved:     that Council

     

    ·         Adopt the scheme of allowances as set out Appendix 1 for the municipal year 2021/22, effective from 1 April 2021

    ·         Apply the index, which is the pay award agreed for officers on the National Joint Council for Local Government Services terms and conditions, to 1 above from 1 April 2021; and

    ·         Delegates authority to the Head of Law and Governance in consultation with the Executive Director of Corporate Services to:

    (i) take all necessary action to implement 1 and 2 above,

    (ii) undertake the necessary publicity requirements in relation to the scheme adopted,

    (iii) update the constitution; and

    (iv) to establish an Independent Remuneration Panel to review the scheme of allowances for implementation of the revised scheme from April 2022.

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    Notice of Motion - Protection and enhancement of the North Hampshire Downs

    Proposer:       Councillor Ruffell

    Seconder:      Councillor McCormick

     

    The North Hampshire Downs need to have a protected designation to conserve and enhance its natural beauty for the benefit of the natural environment, its residents and the surrounding communities. The North Hampshire Downs stretches from Dummer in the West to Ewshot in the east. It is rich in ancient woodland and provides undisturbed habitats for wildlife and fauna and has 4 SSSI’s. It is the source of tributaries that feed the rivers Itchen, Hart, Loddon, Lyde, Wey and Whitewater. Its landscape value has being recognised in part by the designation of Grade 1 parkland at Hackwood and the protection of trees at Queen’s View in Ewshot. It remains remote in terms of having dark skies, lack of connection to mains gas and drainage, and landscapes where no buildings or roads can be seen. The landscape is enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and horse riders from those who live in and near to the North Hampshire Downs. It is regarded as a green lung for the residents of Basingstoke. The North Wessex Downs AONB has reached out to the North Hampshire Downs with a view to exploring designation so that the chalk landscapes can become connected to those of the South Downs National Park. The beautiful landscape of the North Hampshire Downs and the natural environment that it sustains is under threat from expanding populations around its edges. The natural environment within the North Hampshire Downs is in urgent need of protection and restoration. Therefore, this Council requests:

     

    1.    That the Council urgently asks Officers and the EPH Committee to examine working with residents, neighbouring designated areas, neighbouring district and county councils and other interested bodies to seek designation from Natural England for the North Hampshire Downs as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

     

    2.    That the Council asks Officers and the EPH Committee to examine working with residents, neighbouring designated areas, neighbouring district and county councils, Natural England and other interested bodies to establish a nature recovery network for the North Hampshire Downs area.

     

     

    Minutes:

    The following motion was proposed by Cllr Ruffell and seconded by Cllr McCormick:-

     

    The North Hampshire Downs need to have a protected designation to conserve and enhance its natural beauty for the benefit of the natural environment, its residents and the surrounding communities. The North Hampshire Downs stretches from Dummer in the West to Ewshot in the east. It is rich in ancient woodland and provides undisturbed habitats for wildlife and fauna and has 4 SSSI’s. It is the source of tributaries that feed the rivers Itchen, Hart, Loddon, Lyde, Wey and Whitewater. Its landscape value has being recognised in part by the designation of Grade 1 parkland at Hackwood and the protection of trees at Queen’s View in Ewshot. It remains remote in terms of having dark skies, lack of connection to mains gas and drainage, and landscapes where no buildings or roads can be seen. The landscape is enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and horse riders from those who live in and near to the North Hampshire Downs. It is regarded as a green lung for the residents of Basingstoke. The North Wessex Downs AONB has reached out to the North Hampshire Downs with a view to exploring designation so that the chalk landscapes can become connected to those of the South Downs National Park. The beautiful landscape of the North Hampshire Downs and the natural environment that it sustains is under threat from expanding populations around its edges. The natural environment within the North Hampshire Downs is in urgent need of protection and restoration. Therefore, this Council requests:

     

    1.    That the Council urgently asks Officers and the EPH Committee to examine working with residents, neighbouring designated areas, neighbouring district and county councils and Natural England and other interested bodies to seek designation for the North Hampshire Downs as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and to examine whether other areas of the Borough should also seek designation in order to protect our historic villages and landscapes.

     

    2.    That the Council asks Officers and the EPH Committee to examine working with residents, neighbouring designated areas, neighbouring district and county councils, Natural England and other interested bodies to establish a nature recovery network for the North Hampshire Downs area and to examine whether other areas of the Borough should also establish nature recovery areas in order to protect our historic villages and landscapes.

     

    Members debated the motion.

     

    Whilst there was widespread support for the general tone of the motion, a number of members requested that reference to only the North Hampshire Downs be removed.

     

    There was concern that the motion appeared to be favouring and acting to save one area to the detriment of the whole borough. Members urged for a more comprehensive coverage and those in rural wards particularly disputed the sole focus on the North Hampshire Downs.  

     

    It was suggested that the motion be amended to remove reference to the North Hampshire Downs and instead refer to protecting the borough’s historic villages and landscapes.

     

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    Notice of Motion - Levelling up Sports Facilities in the Borough

    Proposer:       Councillor Cousens

    Seconder:      Councillor T Robinson

     

    Council notes;

     

    1. The desire for improved sports facilities across the Borough including the ice rink and Basingstoke Town FC

     

    2. In the National Budget announced on 3 March 2021, the Chancellor unveiled the Levelling Up Fund, which encourages local authorities to apply for up to £20m for important community projects, including sport facilities.

     

    Council requests;

     

    3. The Cabinet and officers work with a range of grassroots sports clubs and facility providers across the Borough to submit an application to the Levelling Up Fund to help improve sports facilities and accessibility within Basingstoke & Deane.

     

    Minutes:

    Councillor Cousens proposed and Councillor T Robinson seconded the below motion:-

     

    Council notes;

     

    1. The desire for improved sports facilities across the Borough including the ice rink and Basingstoke Town FC

     

    2. In the National Budget announced on 3 March 2021, the Chancellor unveiled the Levelling Up Fund, which encourages local authorities to apply for up to £20m for important community projects, including sport facilities.

     

    Council requests;

     

    3. The Cabinet and officers work with a range of grassroots sports clubs and facility providers across the Borough to submit an application to the Levelling Up Fund to help improve sports facilities and accessibility within Basingstoke & Deane.

     

    The Portfolio Holder for Borough Development and Improvement spoke in favour of the motion.

     

    However a number of members expressed doubt that the funds could be applied to grassroots sports clubs, and that supporting the motion would give sports clubs within the borough false hope. There was concern that expectation raised could not then be delivered due to ultimate government constraints. 

     

    As seconder, the Portfolio Holder for Homes and Families urged councillors to support the motion on the basis that nothing would be achieved if the council did not at least try to secure the funding for sports within the borough.

     

    Upon the request of Cllr Cousens, a recorded vote was taken and the motion was carried with 43 votes in favour, 8 abstentions and 2 no votes.

     

    Resolved:     the motion be carried.

     

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    Notice of Motion - Housing Green Conversion

    Proposer:       Councillor McCormick

    Seconder:      Councillor McKay

     

    Council notes:

     

    1.    That if we are to succeed in making the Borough climate neutral by 2030, we need to make sure all the existing homes in the Borough become zero net carbon, as well as any new builds.

     

    2.    That massive changes are required to several tens of thousands of homes, with a multitude of owners from private individuals to housing associations.

     

    3.    That if we are to see the successful implementation of such changes in just eight years, an early start is required, and that we will need to be proactive in engaging with residents, housing associations, companies, other councils, and central government in achieving this.

     

    Council resolves:

     

    1.    To work with Vivid and Sovereign Housing Associations to identify pilot estates for conversion of housing to low-carbon energy sources, with reduced energy and water consumption, improved insulation, use of solar panels and home batteries, and other measures to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy performance. 

     

    2.    To work with other councils and partner agencies in promoting initiatives such as Solar Together Hampshire to help facilitate home conversions, and use the lessons from the pilot estates to help speed up the wider roll-out.

     

    3.    That this issue is referred to the EPH committee for oversight, and the relevant portfolio-holder is tasked with drawing up an action plan.

     

    4.    That regular reports go to the Climate Emergency MAP who are ideally placed for more detailed discussions on this issue.

     

    Minutes:

    Councillor McCormick proposed and Cllr McKay seconded the following motion:-

     

    Council notes:

     

    1.    That if we are to succeed in making the Borough climate neutral by 2030, we need to make sure all the existing homes in the Borough become zero net carbon, as well as any new builds.

     

    2.    That massive changes are required to several tens of thousands of homes, with a multitude of owners from private individuals to housing associations.

     

    3.    That if we are to see the successful implementation of such changes in just eight years, an early start is required, and that we will need to be proactive in engaging with residents, housing associations, companies, other councils, and central government in achieving this.

     

    A number of Members spoke in favour of the proposal and the motion was carried unanimously.

     

    Resolved:     the motion be carried and Council agrees

     

    ·         To work with Vivid and Sovereign Housing Associations to identify pilot estates for conversion of housing to low-carbon energy sources, with reduced energy and water consumption, improved insulation, use of solar panels and home batteries, and other measures to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy performance;

    ·         To work with other councils and partner agencies in promoting initiatives such as Solar Together Hampshire to help facilitate home conversions, and use the lessons from the pilot estates to help speed up the wider roll-out;

    ·         That this issue is referred to the EPH committee for oversight, and the relevant portfolio-holder is tasked with drawing up an action plan; and

    ·         That regular reports go to the Climate Emergency MAP who are ideally placed for more detailed discussions on this issue.

     

    101/20

    Questions from Members of the Council on notice

    Minutes:

    There were no questions.

    102/20

    To receive the minutes of the following meetings

    Can Members refer to the page number of the minute book when asking questions on the en-bloc minutes at the Council Meeting.

     

    Committee

    Meeting Date

    Cabinet

    9 February 2021

    Development Control

    10 February 2021

    Council

    25 February 2021

     

    Minutes:

    Referring to the Cabinet meeting on 9 February 2021, Councillor McCormick requested an update in relation to a written response promised further to queries raised under item 5.

    The Cabinet Member for Homes and Families agreed to send the information immediately following conclusion of the meeting.