Agenda and minutes

Council - Tuesday, 25th May, 2021 5.30 p.m.

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Items
No. Item

250.

Disclosures of Interests from Members

To receive disclosures of interests from Members (i.e. the existence and the nature of those interests in respect of items on this agenda).

Minutes:

No disclosures were received.

251.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 140 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 13 April 2021 (enclosed).

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 13 April 2021 as circulated, were approved as a correct record.

252.

Public Speaking Protocol

Requests received by the Protocol deadline to be reported by the Corporate  Services Group Manager with details of the Agenda Item to which they relate. (Such persons entitled to use the Protocol attend for the purpose of making representations, answering questions or giving evidence relating to the business of the meeting and the time allocated to each person is a maximum of three minutes unless extended at the discretion of the Chairman).

 

Minutes:

No requests were received.

253.

Questions from Members

Any Members wishing to submit questions must do so to the Corporate Services Group Manager no later than 5 working days before the meeting.

 

The Corporate Services Group Manager will report if any questions have been submitted.

Minutes:

No questions were raised.

254.

Leicester & Leicestershire Authorities - Statement of Common Ground relating to Housing and Employment Land Needs (February 2021) pdf icon PDF 240 KB

To consider the report of the Planning & Economic Development Group Manager (enclosed). 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered - Report of the Planning & Economic Development Group Manager, presented by Cllr. Ben Taylor, Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic Development Portfolio Holder. 

 

255.

Motion under Council Rules of Procedure

Cllr. Nick Brown to move the following motion, seconded by Cllr. Sam Maxwell:

 

Green spaces and biodiversity policy

 

While this Council notes and endorses the aims set out in the Climate Change Strategy 2020 – 2030 regarding protecting the environment, creating space for nature and improving biodiversity, it agrees that a comprehensive review of current underlying policy and practice is required to make these aims meaningful and effective.

 

This Council therefore asks that:

 

1.    Current grounds maintenance practice is reviewed to ensure that, unless necessary for safety reasons, tree and hedge trimming is done at times to minimise the impact on nesting birds and other wildlife.

2.    As far as possible, existing established trees and natural landscapes should be protected and maintained in their current state.

3.    The Council’s Parks and Open Spaces put improving biodiversity and protection of the natural environment at the heart of all its activities.

4.    The Cabinet brings a report to Council on the outcomes of its review of these policies.

Minutes:

Cllr. Les Phillimore and Cllr. Trevor Matthews arrived at the meeting during consideration of this item.

 

 

Cllr. Nick Brown moved the following motion which was seconded by Cllr. Sam Maxwell:

 

Green spaces and biodiversity policy.

 

While this Council notes and endorses the aims set out in the Climate Change Strategy 2020 – 2030 regarding protecting the environment, creating space for nature and improving biodiversity, it agrees that a comprehensive review of current underlying policy and practice is required to make these aims meaningful and effective.

 

This Council therefore asks that:

 

1.    Current grounds maintenance practice is reviewed to ensure that, unless necessary for safety reasons, tree and hedge trimming is done at times to minimize the impact on nesting birds and other wildlife.

2.    As far as possible, existing established trees and natural landscapes should be protected and maintained in their current state.

3.    The Council’s Parks and Open Spaces put improving biodiversity and protection of the natural environment at the heart of all its activities.

4.    The Cabinet brings a report to Council on the outcomes of its review of these policies.

 

The Chairman declared that the motion, having been put to the vote was lost.