Agenda and decisions

Council - Thursday, 20 February 2020 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Council Chamber, First Floor, South Cambridgeshire Hall

Contact: Democratic Services  03450 450 500 Email: democratic.services@scambs.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES

To receive apologies for absence from Members.

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

3.

Register of Interests

Members are requested to inform Democratic Services of any changes in their Register of Members’ Financial and Other Interests form.

4.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 516 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 28 November 2019 as a correct record.

 

A confidential minute containing exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) has been circulated to Members only at item 19 on the agenda.

Additional documents:

5.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

To receive any announcements from the Chairman, Leader, the Executive or the Head of Paid Service.

6.

QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC

6a

From Dr Bryan Cameron

Under the Article 36 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2010, the Council is required to register all planning applications and is required to make the register available for public inspection.

 

However, since late last month, there have been no new planning applications recorded in the register.

 

Has the Council altogether ceased to function as the district's local planning authority or is the Council continuing to consider planning applications without disclosing them in the public planning register as is required by law?

 

(Note: Dr Bryan is unable to attend the meeting and has requested that his question be asked by Mr Daniel Fulton).

6b

From Mr Daniel Fulton

I was very pleased to learn recently that the Council has asked the Local Government Association’s Planning Advisory Service to conduct an independent review of the shared planning service.   Will the Leader of the Council agree to the report being made available to the public once it is issued?

 

7.

PETITIONS

To note that no petitions have been received since the last Council meeting.

8.

TO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS:

8a

Medium Term Financial Strategy (Cabinet - 4 December 2019) pdf icon PDF 714 KB

Cabinet

 

RECOMMENDED THAT COUNCIL

 

1.    Acknowledge the projected changes in service spending and the overall resources available to the Council over the medium term;

 

2.    Approve the Medium Term Financial Strategy at Appendix A and the updated financial forecast at Appendix B.

 

Decision:

Council

 

AGREED       to

 

(a)       Acknowledge the projected changes in service spending and the overall resources available to the Council over the medium term;

 

(b)       Approve the Medium Term Financial Strategy at Appendix A and the updated financial forecast at Appendix B.

 

8b

Annual Pay Policy Statement (Employment & Staffing Committee, 23 January 2020) pdf icon PDF 219 KB

The Employment and Staffing Committee

 

RECOMMENDED THAT COUNCIL

 

Approve the Pay Policy Statement for 2020.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council

 

AGREED       To approve the Pay Policy Statement for 2020.

8c

Appointment of Monitoring Officer (Employment & Staffing Committee, 23 January 2020) pdf icon PDF 230 KB

The Employment and Staffing Committee

 

RECOMMENDED THAT COUNCIL

 

Appoint  Rory McKenna as the Council’s Monitoring Officer.

Decision:

Council

 

AGREED        To appoint Rory McKenna as the Council’s Monitoring Officer.

8d

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy and Conditions (Licensing Committee - 10 February 2020) pdf icon PDF 178 KB

Licensing Committee

 

RECOMMENDED THAT COUNCIL 

 

Approve and adopt the revised Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy with effect from 1 April 2020.

 

 

Note: Members are reminded that at its meeting held on 28 November 2020, the Council received a petition and agreed to give it due consideration when considering the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy and Conditions.  The petition is referred to at Appendix B to the attached report.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council

 

NOTED          and gave full consideration to the petition presented to full Council on 28 November 2019.

 

Council AGREED   

 

1.    To approve and adopt the revised Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy with effect from 1 April 2020 as detailed in the agenda subject to:

 

A.     Inclusion of the following amendments to the Policy, as detailed in the supplement report:

·           Paragraph 3.16 (d) of the policy being amended to:

“New Hackney Carriage vehicles will need to comply with this immediately, and those vehicles currently licensed as a Hackney Carriage will have to comply by 1st December 2021 Failure to do so will result in the vehicle licence being revoked, or not renewed.”

 

·         Paragraph 3.16 (h) of the policy being amended to:

“All vehicles fitted with a tail lift for wheelchairs must provide a valid Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) certificate of compliance to prove that the tail lift has been tested and checked to the required standards. It must be retested every six months as per Health and Safety Executive (HSE) requirements.”

 

·         Replacement of the table at paragraph 3.27 (k) of the policy with the table set out in the supplement report.

 

2.     The inclusion of an extra paragraph in the Policy under the heading “Requests for Data”:

“iv) There will be a report to Licensing Committee at least once a year showing how many times a request for data has been received, granted access to, and for what purposes.”

8e

2020 - 2025 Business Plan (Cabinet - 5 February 2020) pdf icon PDF 233 KB

Cabinet

 

RECOMMENDED THAT COUNCL

 

1.    Adopt the 2020-25 Business Plan action grid at Appendix A to the report.

 

2.    Authorise the Chief Executive to make any minor wording changes required to final drafts, in consultation with the Deputy Leader.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council

 

AGREED        to

 

(a)      Adopt the proposed 2020-25 Business Plan action grid at Appendix A.

 

(b)      Authorise the Chief Executive to make any minor wording changes required to final drafts, in consultation with the Deputy Leader.

8f

Localised Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTS): 2020/21 (Cabinet - 5 February 2020) pdf icon PDF 167 KB

Cabinet

 

RECOMMENDED THAT COUNCIL

 

Approve

 

1.    The adoption of Option 1, comprising the Localised Council Tax Support (LCTS) Income Bands scheme currently in operation, with an uprating of calculation figures in line with the Consumer Price Index.

 

2.    The delegation of future annual inflation adjustments to scheme limits to the LCTS scheme limits to the Head of Finance in liaison with the Lead Cabinet Member for Finance.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council

 

AGREED       to

 

(a)       Approve the adoption of Option 1 in the report, comprising the LCTS Income Bands scheme currently in operation, with an uprating of calculation figures in line with the Consumer Price Index;

 

(b)       Approve the delegation of future annual inflation adjustments to the LCTS scheme limits to the Head of Finance in liaison with the Lead Cabinet Member for Finance.

8g

Review of Reserves and Provisions (Cabinet - 5 February 2020) pdf icon PDF 613 KB

Cabinet

 

RECOMMENDED TO COUNCIL    

 

 

1.    That the Reserves as summarised at paragraph 13 of the report be released and transferred to the General Reserve on 31 March 2020.

 

2.    That the Reserves proposed for replenishment or combination, and the outstanding balances at 31 March 2020 proposed for release, as detailed in Appendix A to the report, be approved.

 

3.    That the proposed new Reserves, as summarised at paragraph 16 of the report, be approved.

 

4.    That the movement in Reserves in 2019/20, as set out in Appendix A, and the estimated balance of Reserves of £41.763 million, be noted.

Decision:

Council

 

AGREED       

 

(a)       That the Reserves as summarised at paragraph 13 of the report be released and transferred to the General Reserve on 31 March 2020.

 

(b)       That the Reserves proposed for replenishment or combination, and the outstanding balances at 31 March 2020 proposed for release, as detailed in Appendix A to the report, be approved.

 

(c)       That the proposed new Reserves, as summarised at paragraph 16 of the report, be approved.

 

(d)       That the movement in Reserves in 2019/2020 as set out in Appendix A, and the estimated balance of Reserves of £41.763 million, be noted.

 

8h

Capital Strategy (Cabinet - 5 February 2020) pdf icon PDF 571 KB

Cabinet

 

RECOMMENDED THAT COUNCIL

 

Approve

 

1.    The updated Capital Strategy attached at Appendix A to the report which sets out the policy framework for the development, management and monitoring of capital investment; and

 

2.    The Prudential Indicators.

 

 

Decision:

Council

 

AGREED       to approve (i) the updated Capital Strategy attached at Appendix A to the report which sets the policy framework for the development, management and monitoring of capital investment, and (ii) Prudential Indicators.

 

8i

Capital Programme 2020/2021 to 2024/2025 (Cabinet - 5 February 2020) pdf icon PDF 300 KB

Cabinet

 

RECOMMENDED THAT COUNCIL 

 

Approve the revised Capital Programme outlined at Appendix A.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council 

 

AGREED        to approve the revised Capital Programme outlined at Appendix A.

8j

Treasury Management Strategy (Cabinet - 5 February 2020) pdf icon PDF 1000 KB

Cabinet

 

RECOMMENDED THAT COUNCIL  

 

Approve the updated Treasury Management Strategy attached at Appendix A to the report which sets the policy framework for the Council’s treasury management activity, including (i) the Treasury Management Policy Statement; (ii) Minimum Revenue Provision Policy and (iii) Treasury Indicators.

 

Decision:

Council  

 

AGREED        to approve the updated Treasury Management Strategy attached at Appendix A to the report which sets the policy framework for the Council’s treasury management activity, including (i) the Treasury Management Policy Statement, (ii) Minimum Revenue Provision Policy and (iii) Treasury Indicators.

8k

Summary General Fund Revenue Budget 2020/21 (Cabinet - 5 February 2020) pdf icon PDF 488 KB

Cabinet

 

RECOMMENDED THAT COUNCIL 

 

1.    Approve the 2020/2021 General Fund Revenue Budget based on known commitments at this time and planned levels of service/functions resulting in a Budget Requirement of £24.329 million; and

 

2.    Approve the District Council Precept on the Collection Fund (Council Tax Requirement) of £9.562 million in 2020/2021 (based on the Government Settlement) and a Band D Council Tax of £150.31.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council 

 

AGREED        to

 

(a)       Approve the 2020/2021 General Fund Revenue Budget based on known commitments at this time and planned levels of Service/functions resulting in a Budget Requirement of £24.350 million; and

 

(b)       Approve the District Council Precept on the Collection Fund (Council Tax Requirement) of £9.562 million in 2020/2021 (based on the Government Settlement) and a Band D Council Tax of £150.31.

8l

Housing Revenue Account Revenue and Capital Budget 2020/2021 (Cabinet - 5 February 2020) pdf icon PDF 495 KB

Cabinet

 

RECOMMENDED THAT COUNCIL 

 

1.    Approve the HRA revenue budget for 2020/2021 as shown in the HRA Budget Summary as presented at Appendix A;

 

2.    Approve the HRA Medium Term Financial Strategy forecasts as shown in Appendix B;

 

3.    Approve the Housing Capital Programme as shown in Appendix C.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council 

 

AGREED       to

 

(a)       Approve the HRA revenue budget for 2020/2021 as shown in the HRA Budget Summary as presented at Appendix A;

 

(b)       Approve the HRA Medium Term Financial Strategy forecasts as shown in Appendix B;

 

(c)       Approve the Housing Capital Programme as shown in Appendix C;

 

(d)       Approve the Service Charges as shown in Appendix D.

9.

Council Tax Resolution pdf icon PDF 294 KB

To approve the formal Council Tax resolution for 2020/21 (Report to follow)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council 

 

AGREED        The Council Tax Resolution, as detailed at Appendix A.

10.

Swavesey Byeways Rate 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 133 KB

The Swavesey Byeways Advisory Committee

 

RECOMMENDED THAT COUNCIL  

 

Retains the level of the Swavesey Byeways rate at £1.20 per hectare for land within the charge paying area for the period 2020/21 in order to fund the required level of maintenance.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council  

 

AGREED        To retain the level of the Swavesey Byeways rate at £1.20 per hectare for land within the charge paying area for the period 2020/21 in order to fund the required level of maintenance.

11.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND PETERBOROUGH COMBINED AUTHORITY pdf icon PDF 344 KB

Attached are the reports summarising the work of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority in October and November 2019 and January 2020.  At the time of publication of this agenda, the Council had not received the decision summary for the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny  Committee held on 27 January 2020.

Additional documents:

12.

Report of the Independent Remuneration Panel pdf icon PDF 333 KB

To consider the recommendations of the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) in respect of a variation to the Scheme of Members’ Allowances.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council  

 

AGREED        to

 

(a)       The Independent Remuneration Panel’s recommendations on proposed revisions to the Scheme of Members’ Allowances 2019/20, as set out in Appendix A to the report.

 

(b)       To approve the implementation of the amendments to Special Responsibility Allowances from the date of adoption of the revised scheme (ie: 20 February 2020).

 

(c)       Authorise the Interim Director of Corporate Services to implement and advertise any revisions to the scheme and to make any consequential amendments required to the Scheme of Members’ Allowances in Part 6 of the Constitution.

13.

Membership of Committees and Outside Bodies

(a)  To note and endorse the following appointments to committees to fill the vacancies created by the resignation of Councillor Peter Topping:-

 

·         Audit and Corporate Governance Committee –  Councillor Mark Howell

·         Brexit Advisory Group – Councillor Heather Williams

·         Civic Affairs Committee – Councillor Heather Williams

·         Employment and Staffing Committee – Councillor Heather Williams

·         Planning Committee – Councillor Sue Ellington

 

(b)  To note and endorse the following substitute appointments to fill the vacancies created by the resignation of Councillor Peter Topping and changes in appointments at (a) above:-

 

Scrutiny and Overview Committee – Councillor Heather Williams

Audit and Corporate Governance Committee – Councillor Graham Cone

Grants Advisory Committee – Councillor Tom Bygott

Employment and Staffing Committee - Councillor Grenville Chamberlain

Climate and Environment Advisory Committee – Councillor Ruth Betson

 

(c)   To note and endorse the following change in membership of committees and substitute arrangements:-

 

Licensing Committee:

      Councillor Heather Williams replaced by Councillor Mark Howell as a member of the committee.

      Councillor Nigel Cathcart replaced by Cllr Gavin Clayton as a member of the committee.

      Councillor Mark Howell replaced by Councillor Heather Williams as a substitute member of the committee.

      Councillor Gavin Clayton replaced by Cllr Nigel Cathcart as a substitute member of the committee.

 

(d)  To note and endorse any other changes in the membership of committees which have been made in accordance with the wishes of the Leader of the political group to which the seat has been allocated.

 

(e)  To note and endorse the following appointments and substitute appointments to outside bodies to fill the vacancies created by the resignation of Councillor Peter Topping:

 

·         Greater Cambridge Partnership Combined Authority Joint Assembly – Councillor Heather Williams appointed as Conservative Group representative.

·         Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Scrutiny and Overview Committee – Councillor Heather Williams appointed as Conservative Group substitute.

 

(f)    To note and endorse any other changes required in membership of outside bodies.

 

 

14.

Calendar of Meetings 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 132 KB

To approve the Calendar of Meetings 2020/21.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council 

 

AGREED      The Calendar of meetings 2020/21 as set out at Appendix A, with the following amendments:

·       Council to meet on 15 April 2021, upgrading it from a reserve date.

·       The time of Planning Committee meetings was amended to 10am.

·       Officers to consider moving the Council meeting scheduled for 18 February 2021, as this was in half-term.

15.

QUESTIONS FROM COUNCILLORS

A period of 30 minutes will be allowed for this item to include those questions where notice has been provided (as set out on the agenda below) and questions which may be asked without notice.

 

Members wishing to ask a question without notice should indicate this intention to the Democratic Services Team Leader prior to commencement of the item.  Members’ names will be drawn at random by the Chairman until there are no further questions or until the expiration of the time period.

15a

From Councillor Dr. Ian Sollom

With the welcome announcement of a preferred route option for East West Rail that will connect Cambourne and surrounding communities, both existing and planned, to the national rail network, can the administration explain how they will ensure that communities along the route are properly engaged and heard in the next phase of developing a specific route alignment?

 

15b

From Councillor Sue Ellington

Can the lead member tell us how South Cambridgeshire District Council plans to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day?

15c

From Councillor Nigel Cathcart

Could the Leader of the Council please give an update regarding the development of Cambourne High Street?

 

15d

From Councillor Gavin Clayton

Please would the Leader undertake to request officers to bring forward a progress report to Cabinet on the action requested in my motion to Council on 18 July 2019, most notably to deliver a Single Equality Scheme and to join the Encompass Network's Safer Spaces Scheme so that there is a visible reassurance for LGBTQ+ residents of South Cambridgeshire District Council?

15e

From Councillor Nick Wright

15f

From Councillor Heather Williams

Will the administration consider allowing parishes to apply for the Three Free Trees and put them on district council land?

 

15g

From Councillor Ruth Betson

Does the leader approve of the GCP’s C2C route?

 

15h

From Councillor Graham Cone

Is the Leader accepting the removal of 1.7miles of trees for the C2C? 

 

16.

NOTICES OF MOTION

A period of 30 minutes will be allowed for each Motion to be moved, seconded and debated, including dealing with any amendments.  At the expiry of the 30 minute period, debate shall cease immediately, the mover of the original Motion, or if the original  Motion has been amended, the mover of that amendment now forming part of the substantive motion, will have the right of reply before it is put to the vote.

16a

Standing in the name of Councillor Peter Fane

This Council recognises the invaluable contribution of EU citizens working in jobs that provide Council services to residents and are crucial to key sectors of the economy in the City and South Cambs, including the health and care sectors, as well as their contribution to our society as a whole.

This Council therefore:

  • Pledges to support and protect all EU citizens who live or work in the District, throughout and after the Brexit process
  • Confirms that it believes that all EU citizens in the District should retain their right to vote in and be candidates in local elections;
  • Requests Cabinet to explore ways in which it can help EU citizens in the District apply for permanent residence and citizenship.

 

Decision:

Following the agreement of the mover of the motion to an alternative to remove the words “and protect” from the first bullet point of his motion:-

 

Council AGREED the following motion:-

 

This Council recognises the invaluable contribution of EU citizens working in jobs that provide Council services to residents and are crucial to key sectors of the economy in the City and South Cambs, including the health and care sectors, as well as their contribution to our society as a whole.

 

This Council therefore:

  • Pledges to support all EU citizens who live or work in the District, throughout and after the Brexit process
  • Confirms that it believes that all EU citizens in the District should retain their right to vote in and be candidates in local elections;
  • Requests Cabinet to explore ways in which it can help EU citizens in the District apply for permanent residence and citizenship.

16b

Standing in the name of Councillor Geoff Harvey

With reference to the Future Homes Standard 2019 Consultation on changes to Part L (conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) of the Building Regulations for new dwellings (consultation closed 7th Feb 2020):-

This Council deplores:-

1.    That the Government wishes to take away from local government and planning authorities their already very limited powers to require energy efficiency standards higher than national minimum standards embodied in Part L of Building Regulations (now subject to revision).

2.    That following revision, the proposed new Future Homes Standard will not be in force until 2025

3.    That regarding transitional arrangements, of the two options consulted upon, this Government is promoting the option with the least focus on raising the insulation standards of building fabric.

4.    That transitional arrangements will allow these already limited building fabric requirements to be side-stepped by the installation of green energy add-ons such as heat pumps and solar PV, masking a poor standard of insulation.

 

This Council urges Government to listen to and act upon the concerns raised nationally by professional planners, architects and engineers and by responsible developers alike; concerns being articulated, for example, by the London Energy Transition Initiative (LETI), representing the views of over 1000 built environment professionals.

When the Government scrapped the Zero Carbon Homes policy in 2015 it not only delivered a huge windfall to developers but also set back progress towards a low carbon future by many years. This Government is doubling down on that error by proposing a new standard that will not come into force until 2025. Transitional arrangements will allow developers to largely escape building to higher standard of fabric until that date so that 10 critical years will have been lost. Insulation standards proposed beyond 2025 are inadequate. At the same time, local planning authorities will be prevented from intervening. This policy direction will simply add to our stock of poorly insulated homes needing to be expensively upgraded in future with retrofit insulation.

The ‘fabric first’ approach to reducing emissions from dwellings is a central plank of the Greater Cambridge Sustainable Design and Construction SPD, adopted by SCDC 8th Jan 2020. Whilst green energy add-ons are to be encouraged, their operational lifetime is perhaps 25 years and they are more readily retrofitted. High quality building fabric would deliver its benefits for 100 years or more but is extremely costly when installed as a retrofit upgrade. The most effective way to reduce carbon emissions is to reduce heat loss at source as the first priority. 

It is a national scandal that the Government, having announced a 2050 zero carbon target, is now consulting on plans effectively allowing poorly insulated homes to be built for another five years at least whilst further limiting the ability of local authorities to intervene. If building regulations are to have primacy in setting sustainability standards, these must encourage a ‘fabric first’ approach and the highest possible standards of insulation.

 

This Council authorises officers to write to the Ministry for Housing,  ...  view the full agenda text for item 16b

Decision:

Council AGREED the following motion:-

 

With reference to the Future Homes Standard 2019 Consultation on changes to Part L (conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) of the Building Regulations for new dwellings (consultation closed 7th Feb 2020):-

This Council deplores:-

1.    That the Government wishes to take away from local government and planning authorities their already very limited powers to require energy efficiency standards higher than national minimum standards embodied in Part L of Building Regulations (now subject to revision).

2.    That following revision, the proposed new Future Homes Standard will not be in force until 2025

3.    That regarding transitional arrangements, of the two options consulted upon, this Government is promoting the option with the least focus on raising the insulation standards of building fabric.

4.    That transitional arrangements will allow these already limited building fabric requirements to be side-stepped by the installation of green energy add-ons such as heat pumps and solar PV, masking a poor standard of insulation.

 

This Council urges Government to listen to and act upon the concerns raised nationally by professional planners, architects and engineers and by responsible developers alike; concerns being articulated, for example, by the London Energy Transition Initiative (LETI), representing the views of over 1000 built environment professionals.

 

When the Government scrapped the Zero Carbon Homes policy in 2015 it not only delivered a huge windfall to developers but also set back progress towards a low carbon future by many years. This Government is doubling down on that error by proposing a new standard that will not come into force until 2025. Transitional arrangements will allow developers to largely escape building to higher standard of fabric until that date so that 10 critical years will have been lost. Insulation standards proposed beyond 2025 are inadequate. At the same time, local planning authorities will be prevented from intervening. This policy direction will simply add to our stock of poorly insulated homes needing to be expensively upgraded in future with retrofit insulation.

 

The ‘fabric first’ approach to reducing emissions from dwellings is a central plank of the Greater Cambridge Sustainable Design and Construction SPD, adopted by SCDC 8th Jan 2020. Whilst green energy add-ons are to be encouraged, their operational lifetime is perhaps 25 years and they are more readily retrofitted. High quality building fabric would deliver its benefits for 100 years or more but is extremely costly when installed as a retrofit upgrade. The most effective way to reduce carbon emissions is to reduce heat loss at source as the first priority.

 

It is a national scandal that the Government, having announced a 2050 zero carbon target, is now consulting on plans effectively allowing poorly insulated homes to be built for another five years at least whilst further limiting the ability of local authorities to intervene. If building regulations are to have primacy in setting sustainability standards, these must encourage a ‘fabric first’ approach and the highest possible standards of insulation.

 

This Council authorises officers  ...  view the full decision text for item 16b

16c

Standing in the name of Councillor Dr. Ian Sollom

South Cambridgeshire District Council is proud of its efforts to tackle discrimination in all its forms and we condemn racism and antisemitism of any form.  Following the Council’s very moving ceremony led by Cllr Cahn on Holocaust Memorial Day, and as part of the Council’s ongoing equalities work we resolve to adopt the internationally recognised International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) guidelines on antisemitism, which define antisemitism as:-

 

‘a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred towards Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.’

 

The guidelines highlight various manifestations and are accessible at:-

 

https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/working-definition-antisemitism

 

This Council underlines its condemnation of all forms of racism and religious discrimination in all its manifestations and adopts the IHRA definition of antisemitism as the working model for challenging and confronting incidents of this form of discrimination.

 

Decision:

Council AGREED the following motion:-

 

South Cambridgeshire District Council is proud of its efforts to tackle discrimination in all its forms and we condemn racism and antisemitism of any form.  Following the Council’s very moving ceremony led by Cllr Cahn on Holocaust Memorial Day, and as part of the Council’s ongoing equalities work we resolve to adopt the internationally recognised International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) guidelines on antisemitism, which define antisemitism as:-

 

‘a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred towards Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.’

 

The guidelines highlight various manifestations and are accessible at:-

 

https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/working-definition-antisemitism

 

This Council underlines its condemnation of all forms of racism and religious discrimination in all its manifestations and adopts the IHRA definition of antisemitism as the working model for challenging and confronting incidents of this form of discrimination.

16d

Standing in the name of Councillor Dr. Martin Cahn

South Cambridgeshire District Council has no close links to other local authorities in Europe, either through membership of European local authority networks or through twinning arrangements. The Government insists that we are leaving the European Union, but not Europe, and it would seem an appropriate moment to emphasise that in South Cambridgeshire, at least, the desire for close links to Europe remains. The adjoining districts of both Fenland and Cambridge are twinned with European local authorities, as are Bourn, Comberton, the Fen Edge villages, Foxton, the Shelfords/Stapleford and Sawston as well as Huntingdon, St Ives, Ely and Soham Town Councils and Burwell Parish Council in adjoining districts.

 

Withdrawal from the EU also does not mean that we are necessarily withdrawing from all European programmes. The EU’s Interreg programmes promote interaction with local authorities across borders, including its external borders, and the North Sea, North West Europe and UK?Northern France programmes are currently open to Cambridgeshire. One can anticipate that the UK Government, if it is to keep to its promises, will continue to fund participation in these, but for South Cambridgeshire to do this it is necessary to build links with local authorities in Europe.

 

The development of such twinning links is generally done through the establishment of a twinning association. The twinning budget of Cambridge, which is twinned with both Heidelberg and Szeged, is £8140 including grants to the two twinning associations. Membership of international networks is generally more expensive than this, but may allow the development of more connections.

 

This Council notes the lack of international links in South Cambridgeshire and proposes that this Council:

 

1)    emphasises our commitment to pan?European activity by European local authorities.

2)    supports the development of links with European local authorities in order to maintain our links with our counterparts in Europe following withdrawal from the European Union.

3)    calls upon the Cabinet to:

a.    examine in more detail potential means of increasing our own links with European local authorities and localities, examining the costs and the benefits, and report back.

b.    examine means of supporting and promoting the development of European links by the parish and town councils in the District.

 

Decision:

Council AGREED the following motion:-

 

South Cambridgeshire District Council has no close links to other local authorities in Europe, either through membership of European local authority networks or through twinning arrangements. The Government insists that we are leaving the European Union, but not Europe, and it would seem an appropriate moment to emphasise that in South Cambridgeshire, at least, the desire for close links to Europe remains. The adjoining districts of both Fenland and Cambridge are twinned with European local authorities, as are Bourn, Comberton, the Fen Edge villages, Foxton, the Shelfords/Stapleford and Sawston as well as Huntingdon, St Ives, Ely and Soham Town Councils and Burwell Parish Council in adjoining districts.

 

Withdrawal from the EU also does not mean that we are necessarily withdrawing from all European programmes. The EU’s Interreg programmes promote interaction with local authorities across borders, including its external borders, and the North Sea, North West Europe and UK?Northern France programmes are currently open to Cambridgeshire. One can anticipate that the UK Government, if it is to keep to its promises, will continue to fund participation in these, but for South Cambridgeshire to do this it is necessary to build links with local authorities in Europe.

 

The development of such twinning links is generally done through the establishment of a twinning association. The twinning budget of Cambridge, which is twinned with both Heidelberg and Szeged, is £8140 including grants to the two twinning associations. Membership of international networks is generally more expensive than this, but may allow the development of more connections.

 

This Council notes the lack of international links in South Cambridgeshire and proposes that this Council:

 

1)    emphasises our commitment to pan?European activity by European local authorities.

2)    supports the development of links with European local authorities in order to maintain our links with our counterparts in Europe following withdrawal from the European Union.

3)    calls upon the Cabinet to:

a.    examine in more detail potential means of increasing our own links with European local authorities and localities, examining the costs and the benefits, and report back.

b.    examine means of supporting and promoting the development of European links by the parish and town councils in the District.

16e

Standing in the name of Councillor Heather Williams

That this council opposes congestion charging in Cambridge.

 

Decision:

The following motion was LOST:

 

That this Council opposes congestion charging in Cambridge.

17.

CHAIRMAN'S ENGAGEMENTS

To note the Chairman’s engagements since the last Council meeting:

 

 

Date

Venue/Event

Attending

 

 

 

November

 

 

 

 

 

Sun 17

A Service of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge

Vice-Chairman

 

 

 

Mon 25

Service of Thanksgiving and Pie Social, hosted by the Chaplain, 501st Combat Support Wing, Base Chapel at RAF Alconbury

Vice-Chairman

 

 

 

December

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tues 10

 

King's College Schools Carol Service, King's Chapel

 

Cogwheel Trust Carol Service, Magdalene College Chapel, Cambridge

 

 

Chairman

 

 

 

Vice-Chairman

 

 

 

 

Fri 19

South Cambs District Council Chairman’s Reception

Chairman/Vice-Chairman

 

 

 

Fri 20

Huntingdonshire District Council Carol Service, St Mary’s Church, Huntingdon

 

Vice-Chairman

 

 

 

January

 

 

 

 

 

Mon 27

SCDC Holocaust Memorial Day, South Cambs Hall

 

Chairman/Vice-Chairman

 

18.

Exclusion of Press and Public

The press and public are likely to be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business in accordance with the provisions of Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of the Act).

 

Paragraph 3 refers to information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

19.

Minutes (Exempt)

A minute containing exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) has been circulated to Members of the Council only.  The press and public are likely to be excluded from the meeting during any discussion on the accuracy of the exempt minute.

20.

THIRD PARTY LOAN

Decision:

Council 

 

AGREED       to

 

(a)    Approve an investment of up to the sum stated in the exempt report by way of a 3rd party loan on the basis of the terms referred to in that exempt report.

 

(b)    Approve the requirement for a formal legal agreement between the Council and the third party as laid out in the exempt report.

 

(c)    Agree that the Council will not seek to make profit on the community scheme, thus any profit made via interest after costs, will be given back to the third party to better youth provision.