Agenda and minutes
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Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Diane Fielding, Melissa Fisher, Marlene Haworth and Stephanie Haworth.
Declarations of Interest and Dispensations
Councillor Judith Addison declared a personal interest in the following matters:
There were no dispensations notified.
1) Recent Events
The Mayor reported that she and the Mayoress had recently been to a lovely event celebrating the community work which had been done to improve the three main entrances of the Woodnook Nature Reserve, at Royds Street, Perth Street and Miller Fold, in Accrington.
They had also attended an Accrington Pals educational session arranged by North Lancs Training Group, which had included remembrance activities in St James Square.
November was a month of commemoration, with Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day providing an opportunity for all to pay their respects to all those brave soldiers who fought for us, so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.
Along with many others who gathered to commemorate all those who made the ultimate sacrifice, the Mayor and Mayoress attended the Remembrance Services in Oakhill Park, Accrington and St John’s Church in Baxenden, as well as a commemoration event at St John Ambulance in Accrington, and the Armistice Day Service at the Accrington Pals Memorial.
The Mayor indicated that it had been an honour and a privilege to represent Hyndburn at these poignant and moving commemorations and noted, from talking to her colleagues, that all the Remembrance events and parades across the Borough had been well attended too. She thanked all who had attended and the Royal British Legion and other agencies for all their hard work in co-ordinating the events.
Councillor Miles Parkinson, Leader of the Council, added his acknowledgment of the success of the many service across Hyndburn and appreciation for the service of our armed forces both in the past and present. He confirmed that a letter of thanks would be sent from the Council to the Royal British Legion and all those who had contributed to making the events such a success.
2) Accrington Market Hall
The Leader of the Council reported that, yesterday, the Cabinet had agreed to a 30% reduction in rental charges for the indoor Market Hall. The reduction reflected the difficulties faced by the retail trade and also linked to the wider ambitions to rejuvenate and attract people into the town centre. Part of that process was to create a sustainable vision for the market stall traders. The Council hoped that all local traders would have a successful Christmas period and it was committed to supporting them.
3) Climate Emergency Update
The Leader of the Council reminded councillors that, at its last meeting, the Council had signed up to the ‘Climate Emergency’ declaration. In view of this the authority intended to work with One Carbon World, a delivery partner for the UN’s ‘Carbon Neutral Now’ programme. The group had been awarded some £65M by the UN to work with organisations to help them reduce their carbon footprint. The cost of engaging One Carbon World was approximately £3k. However, the Chief Executive had been able to negotiate a grant of 80% of that cost, which would also be available to other Lancashire authorities. The £600 cost would be met from the ... view the full minutes text for item 183.
To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Council meeting held on 19th September 2019 (attached).
The minutes of the Council meeting held on 19th September 2019 were submitted for approval as a correct record.
Councillor Judith Addison commented that, in relation to Minute 132(2) Notice Submitted on Motion – Climate Emergency, there had been a notable increase in the use of domestic wood burners in recent years, which was creating pollution from domestic properties not seen since the era of coal fires. She had been surprised not to see this mentioned within the Motion submitted.
Resolved - That the Minutes of the Council meeting held on 19th September 2019 be approved as a correct record.
To deal with any questions submitted under Council Procedure Rule 2.2(vi).
The Mayor reported that no questions had been submitted under this Agenda Item.
To receive the Minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 12th September 2019 (attached).
Rules of Debate
· The Leader of the Council will move the Minutes, the Deputy Leader of the Council will second the Minutes.
· Non-executive Members will be invited to make comment or ask questions on the Minutes (5 Minutes).
· Cabinet Members will be invited to make comments and respond to any points raised (5 Minutes).
· The Leader of the Council will be given up to 15 Minutes to respond and to answer any questions raised.
The minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 12th September 2019 were submitted.
Resolved - That the Minutes be received and noted.
To receive the Minutes of committees, as set out below:
Rules of Debate
· The Leader of the Council will introduce the Minutes as a whole.
· Any Member may raise any issue from the Minutes; the Chair of the relevant Committee may respond (5 Minutes).
· The Leader of the Council will close the debate (5 Minutes).
The Minutes of the following meetings were submitted:
Councillor Dave Parkins, Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee, highlighted from the Minutes of the Planning Committee meeting on 9th October 2019, that the Chief Planning and Transportation Officer had reported that the authority had lost only one appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, out of eight, in the period December to July 2019. This outcome demonstrated the effective working relationship between councillors and officers and that the Committee’s approach to decision-making was sound.
Resolved - That the Minutes be received and noted.
To consider any Motions for debate in accordance with Council Procedure Rule A9.
1) Notice Submitted on Motion – Speeding in Knudzen / Stanhill
The following motion was moved by Councillor Glen Harrison and seconded by Councillor Chris Knight under Council Procedure Rule A9:-
“Since my time as St Oswalds Ward Councillor I have received repeated complaints regarding speeding vehicles on Mount St James Knuzden and Stanhill Road finishing on Stanhill Lane.
There has been some intervention in Stanhill, but in no way enough by way of alleviating the problem.
However in Knuzden, I do not believe there has been any meaningful intervention, despite repeated calls for action from myself, other residents and also the Stanhill Residents Committee.
This Council resolves to write to Lancashire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, County Councillor Keith Iddon, for him to answer directly as to what plans are intended for measures that will satisfy both Knuzden and Stanhill Residents on this very dangerous stretch of road.”
After a debate, during which other councillors raised similar concerns and general issues regarding highway safety, the motion was put to the vote and declared carried.
Resolved - That this Council resolves to write to Lancashire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, County Councillor Keith Iddon, for him to answer directly as to what plans are intended for measures that will satisfy both Knuzden and Stanhill Residents on this very dangerous stretch of road.
2) Notice Submitted on Motion – Air Quality Monitoring Outside Primary Schools
The following motion was moved by Councillor Glen Harrison and seconded by Councillor Loraine Cox under Council Procedure Rule A9:-
“Poor air quality is a deadly symptom of climate change, which is largely made by human activity and disproportionately affects vulnerable people and those living in urban areas. It is causing an environmental and public health crisis
Air pollution is a health issue: it harms the health of the nation. For each of us, our health is unavoidably shaped by the environment we live in. Environmental factors determine around 30% of our healthy life expectancy. Air pollution poses the single greatest environmental threat to human health.
Breathing dirty air is associated with a host of health problems, and all too often it is the most vulnerable – children, older people and those from poorer backgrounds – who are hit hardest. In short: clean air helps you live longer.
Toxic chemicals found in the air pose a growing concern for scientists studying brain health, especially among adolescents. Experts call them neurotoxicants, and they’ve been linked with a higher risk of suicide, autism, and the myriad of direct physical effects of breathing in harmful air, such as asthma and diseases of the lungs.
“From animal studies we know that ultrafine particles cross the blood brain barrier, interact with the microglial cells, which in turn affects neurons,” said Dr. Jordi Sunyer, lead author of the recent study from the University of Barcelona. This can result in chronic low-grade brain inflammation, he added, which delays brain maturation.