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Shropshire Council
Abbey Foregate


Thursday, 16th May, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND

Contact: Julie Fildes  Committee Officer

No. Item


Election of Speaker and Vice Chairman

To elect a Speaker and Vice Chairman for the ensuing year.


Apologies for Absence


Election of Chairman and Deputy Speaker

To elect a Chairman and Deputy Speaker for the ensuing year.


Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Members are reminded that they must not participate in the discussion or voting on any matter in which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest and should leave the room prior to the commencement of the debate.


Minutes - 28 February 2019 pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held on 28February 2019.


Contact: Julie Fildes            Tel 01743 257723



To receive such communications as the Chairman, Speaker, Leader and Head of Paid Service may desire to lay before the Council.


Public Questions

To receive any questions from the public, notice of which has been given in accordance with Procedure Rule 14.


1. A petition, bearing over 1000 signatures has been received from Joanna Blackman on behalf of the eXtinction Rebellion Shrewsbury campaign group, requesting a debate under the Council’s Petition Scheme. The petition requests that the Council:


i)     Declare a climate emergency and immediately halt any new policies and projects likely to make the situation worse.

ii)    Work together with other local authorities and government to agree and implement a UK-wide plan to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025.


2. A petition, bearing over 1000 signatures has been received from Kerry Owen, Area Manager of Hazles Farm Childcare, requesting a debate under the Council’s Petition Scheme on the Sunflower House Day Nursery Closure.


Each petitioner will be allowed 5 minutes to outline their case, after which there may be a debate of up to a maximum of 15 minutes.





Returning Officer's Report pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Report of the Returning Officer is ATTACHED.


Contact: Claire Porter   Returning Officer            Tel 01743 252763


Constitution of Committees and the Allocation of Seats to Political Groups pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To agree the constitution of Committees and the allocation of sears between political groups.


Report of Director of Legal and Democratic Services.  REPORT ATTACHED, Appendix 2 to the report TO FOLLOW


Contact:  Claire Porter   Director of Legal and Democratic Services  Tel: 01743 252763

Additional documents:


Scheme of Delegation

To resolve that the Responsibility for Functions, set out in Part 3 of the Constitution and the Scheme of Delegations, set out in Part 8 of the Constitutions be agreed.


Please copy and paste the links below into your browser bar to access Part 3 and 8 of the Constitution

Part 3:

Part 8:


Contact:  Claire Porter, Director of Legal and Democratic Services   Tel 01743 252763


Proposed Changes to the Number of Planning Committees pdf icon PDF 158 KB

To consider the number of Planning Committees for Shropshire Council.  REPORT ATTACHED


Contact: Mark Barrow    Director of Place           Tel 01743 258671


Shrewsbury North West Relief Road - DfT Programme Entry pdf icon PDF 372 KB

To receive an update on the progress towards a recently confirmed funding offer for the Shrewsbury North West Relief Road following submission of an outline business case under the Department of Transports Large Local Majors funding programme. REPORT TO FOLLOW


Contact:  Mark Barrow   Director of Place                       Tel. 01743 258671

Additional documents:


Dates of Council Meetings 2019/20

To agree that the meetings of Council in 2019/20 will be held on the following Thursdays, commencing at 10.00am:


25 July 2019

19 September 2019

12 December 2019

27 February 2020

14 May 2020




The following motions have been received in accordance with Procedure Rule 16:


Motion 1


The following motion has been received from Councillor Alan Mosley on behalf of the Labour Group.


“That this Council welcomes the setting up of a task and finish group to examine the Council’s response to Climate Change following the motion adopted by Council on 13th December and we also affirm our commitment to:


           Carbon Emission Appraisals being attached to all reports,

           The designation of a Director level Carbon Champion,

           The creation of a Climate Action Partnership of stakeholders and the wider community.


However, given the conclusions of the IPCC and more recent scientific research findings we believe that Shropshire Council should be more active in its role in providing local leadership and as an organisation meeting rigorous carbon reductions targets.


Therefore, this Council declares that there is a Climate Emergency and calls upon the Cabinet to bring forward proposals within the current calendar year to ensure that all operations within the Councils control are Carbon Neutral by 2030.


Furthermore, we resolve to provide advice, support and encouragement, however possible, to county-wide public, business and charitable organisations to adopt similar policies and practices.”


Motion 2


The following motion has been received from Councillor Julian Dean and supported by Councillors Pauline Dee, Roger Evans, Andy Boddington and David Vasmer.

Since our meeting in December the UK has seen two further periods of records temperatures, in February and over Easter; the Chancellor of the Exchequer has said he would adopt the Committee on Climate Change advice to end the use of fossil fuel heating systems in new homes from 2025; thousands have joined protests and school strikes to draw our attention to the nature of the crisis we face and the Environment Secretary Michael Gove has admitted that the Government has ‘not done nearly enough’ to tackle climate change.

In the light of these continuing developments, we agree that Shropshire Council should add its voice to those of Shrewsbury and Oswestry Town Councils - amongst the 87 local authorities in the UK alone (as of end of April) - by declaring a Climate Emergency.

We welcome the allocation of Climate Change to the portfolio of a Cabinet member.

It is with regret that we recognise that the task and finish group recommendations are not likely to reach cabinet before late September and that this means that subsequent policies are not likely to reach full council until December, a full year since we agreed to call for proposals on this matter.  Without pre-empting any recommendations from the carbon emissions task and finish group, we urge the Cabinet to make clear to senior staff that measures and policies should be developed that duly recognise the nature of the emergency. We call on senior officers to ensure that staff are enabled to work effectively and collaboratively and with due time allocated to develop such measures and policies.

We instruct Cabinet to come forward with recommendations and targets for Council,  ...  view the full agenda text for item 14.


Report of the Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To receive the report of the Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority arising from its meeting held on 24th April 2019.  REPORT ATTACHED


Questions from Members pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To receive any questions from Members, notice of which has been given in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2.


Exclusion of the Public and Press

To resolve that, in accordance with the provisions of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 and Paragraph 10.4 (3) of the Council’s Access to Information Rules, the public and press be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item.


Exempt Minutes

To approve as a correct record the exempt minutes of the previous meeting held on 28th February 2019 attached.


Contact Julie Fildes             Tel 01743 257720


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