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Shropshire Council
Abbey Foregate


Thursday, 19th December, 2019 10.00 am

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

Contact: Julie Fildes  Committee Officer

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


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 pdf icon PDF 140 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held on 19 September 2019.



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.


A petition, bearing over 1,000 signatures, has been received from Mr Frank Oldaker on behalf of Shrewsbury Friends of the Earth, requesting a debate under the Council’s Petition Scheme.  Mr Oldaker will be in attendance to present the petition.


The wording of the petition reads: We the undersigned petition the Council to agree a target date of 2030 for achieving ‘net carbon zero’ emissions from the council’s activities, and to design an action plan in accordance with this target.  We welcome the council’s declaration of a climate emergency and commitment to work towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions for the council’s activities and for the county.  But time is short.


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



Climate Change Strategy Framework pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Report of the Director of Place is attached.


Contact: Mark Barrow     Tel 01743 258671

Additional documents:


Setting the Council Tax Taxbase for 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 277 KB

Report of the Director of Finance, Governance and Assurance is attached.


Contact:  James Walton    Tel 01743 258915






County Wide Street Lighting LED Lantern Replacement Project. (Carbon Reduction Programme) pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Report of the Director of Place is attached.


Contact:  Mark Barrow     Tel 01743 258671

Additional documents:


Local Government Act 1972, Section 101 Proposed definitive Map Modification Order to Upgrade Footpath 18, 18Y & 18Z to Bridleway Status and the Addition of Three Bridleways in the Parish of Wroxeter and Uppington. Acceptance of the Delegation to Telford and Wrekin Council to Investigate and make the Order on Our Behalf
pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Report of the Director of Place is attached.


Contact:  Mark Barrow     Tel 01743 258671

Additional documents:


Proposed Removal of Licensing Act Hearing Procedure from the Council's Constitution pdf icon PDF 117 KB

Director of Public Health’s report is attached.


Contact:  Rachel Robinson     Tel 01743 252003


Portfolio Holder Report for Housing and Strategic Planning pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Report of the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Strategic Planning is to follow.


Portfolio Holder:  Councillor Robert Macey


Report of the Portfolio Holder Finance and Corporate Support pdf icon PDF 160 KB

Report of the Portfolio Holder for Finance and Corporate Support is attached.


Portfolio Holder:  Councillor David Minnery


Annual Report 2018/19 - Place Overview Committee pdf icon PDF 80 KB

The annual report of the Chair of the Place Overview Committee is attached.


Place Overview Committee Chair:  Councillor Joyce Barrow


Annual Report 2018/2019 - Performance Management Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 70 KB

The annual report of the Chair of the Performance Management Scrutiny Committee is attached.


Performance Management Scrutiny Committee Chair:  Councillor Claire Wild








Appointments to Committees

To confirm the following changes of membership:


Northern Planning Committee

Cllr Roger Evans to replace Cllr Hannah Fraser as a substitute member of the Northern Planning Committee.



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


1  The following motion has been received from Councillor Dan Morris and supported by the Conservative Group:


This Council supports the principle of a 20 mph speed limit outside all schools in the county and asks officers to bring a report to Council within 6 months to consider how this could be implemented.



2.  The following motion has been received from Councillor Karen Calder and is supported by the Conservative Group


The RBL is encouraging councils across the country to adopt the practice of offering all ex service men and women the opportunity of an interview for jobs becoming available within the authority, of course they have to have meet the basic criteria. Kirklees is the latest council to adopt this and was agreed cross party. The motion would be something in line with below.


“This Council recognises the invaluable contribution made to our community and country by members of the Armed services, the life and professional skills they gain through military service and our debt to them in perpetuity.


This Council also recognises that their service whilst equipping them with many practical skills does not always equip them with administrative and literary skills needed to satisfy some of today’s initial employment application questionnaires and procedures.


This Council therefore commits to offering all former service personnel a guaranteed interview for any vacancy applied for where they meet the essential criteria and will encourage our arm’s length partner organisations and the wider Shropshire business community to also offer interviews.”



3   The following motion has been received from Councillor Andy Boddington and supported by Councillors Julian Dean, Heather Kidd, Nigel Hartin and Chris Mellings


In July, the Committee on Climate Change recommended that the UK plants 30,000 hectares of trees a year. The committee warned that if carbon reduction measures are not delivered rapidly, we will need to plant 50,000 hectares a year. In November, the UN Environment Programme called for a faster reduction in greenhouse gases. There is a consensus that planting trees can help us achieve the UK's goal of net zero by 2050 at the latest.


Woodlands have many benefits. They create a carbon reservoir that helps slow climate change. They boost wildlife and help promote public health. Woodlands are a major economic resource, providing material for construction and power. Woodlands support jobs.


Well managed broadleaf woodlands promote biodiversity. They boost tourism. They are a public good.


No one doubts that doubling woodland cover will be a major challenge. Introducing a public money for public goods system to support farmers and landowners requires national legislation. Local authorities have limited resources and expertise is thinly spread. But there is potential for groups of local authorities to work together, supported by wildlife charities and experts, to develop regional policies for increasing woodland cover. Councils either side of Offa’s Dyke through the Marches would be ideal partners.


This council requests its leader and the portfolio holder for climate change to  ...  view the full agenda text for item 16.


Questions from Members pdf icon PDF 136 KB

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


Exclusion of Press and Public

To resolve 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 Procedure Rules, the public and press be excluded during consideration of the following items.


Exempt Minutes of 19th September 2019

To approve as a correct record the exempt minutes of the Council meeting held on 19th September 2019.


Shrewsbury Shopping Centres - Pride Hill Repurposing

Exempt report of the Director of Place will follow.


Contact:  Mark Barrow  Tel: 01743 258919


Shopping Centres Holding Structures Review

Exempt report of the Director of Finance, Governance and Assurance [Section 151 Officer] attached.


Contact:  James Walton    Tel:  01743 258915


Strategic Property Acquisition - Oswestry Central

Exempt report of the Director of Place is attached.


Contact:  Mark Barrow    Tel 01743 258919







Shrewsbury Schools Place Planning

Report of Director of Children’s Services is to follow.


Contact:  Karen Bradshaw    Tel:  01743 254201


Ludlow Assembly Rooms Budget

Exempt report of Director of Place is to follow.


Contact:  Mark Barrow    Tel: 01743 258671


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