Agenda item

Notice of Motion

It will be moved by Cllr John Burden and seconded by Cllr Sarah Gow that:-

 

Gravesham Borough Council with this motion declares we have a climate emergency and we will begin to take action to prepare for the borough to become carbon neutral by 2030.

 

This may be a tiny step in the context of the long term global problem of climate change, but we believe the council should take a lead; taking action to reduce carbon emissions will also help make Gravesham a cleaner and more pleasant place to live in the short term.

 

This motion calls on the full council to:

Declare a climate emergency;

Pledge to do what is within its powers and resources to make Gravesham Borough Council carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;

Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;

Continue to work with partners across the county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies;

Investigate all possible sources of external funding and match-funding to support this commitment;

Complete a Green audit of all council services to ensure that weight is given to the environmental and sustainability impact as well as cost;

The Council will encourage plastic-free initiatives and support events intended to promote plastic reduction in the Borough

Set up a working group to report back within six months with the actions the council will take to address this emergency

Notice of Motion

Celebrating 30 Years of Town Twinning between Gravesham Borough Council and Cambrai, France.

 

It will be moved by Cllr Shane Mochrie-Cox and seconded by Cllr John Burden that:-

This Council expresses its gratitude for the reciprocal and enduring links of friendship between the peoples of the BOROUGH OF GRAVESHAM and the TOWN OF CAMBRAI since official twinning was approved by our elected bodies in 1989.

This Council:

·         Commends the benefits to our respective local communities that twinning has had in encouraging dialogue, tolerance, openness respect and the deepening of understanding of each other and of the way of life of our two peoples;

·         Recognises and celebrates the unique contribution that representatives of our citizens and members of our respective Town Twinning Associations have made to sustain and develop close and friendly relations;

·         Pays tribute to the many long-lasting friendships that have been forged through the frequent exchanges that have taken place between our citizens; and

·         Looks forward to a strengthening and growth of this partnership and mutual friendship and pledges to work together in co-operation in the years to come, to ensure the benefit of town twinning is secured for future generations.

 

Minutes:

Motion One

 

It was moved by Cllr John Burden and seconded by Cllr Sarah Gow that:-

 

Gravesham Borough Council with this motion declares we have a climate emergency and we will begin to take action to prepare for the borough to become carbon neutral by 2030.

 

This may be a tiny step in the context of the long term global problem of climate change, but we believe the council should take a lead; taking action to reduce carbon emissions will also help make Gravesham a cleaner and more pleasant place to live in the short term.

 

This motion calls on the Full Council to:

 

Declare a climate emergency;

 

Pledge to do what is within its powers and resources to make Gravesham Borough Council carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;

 

Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;

 

Continue to work with partners across the county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies;

 

Investigate all possible sources of external funding and match-funding to support this commitment; Complete a Green audit of all council services to ensure that weight is given to the environmental and sustainability impact as well as cost;

 

The Council will encourage plastic-free initiatives and support events intended to promote plastic reduction in the Borough;

 

Set up a working group to report back within six months with the actions the council will take to address this emergency.

 

An amendment was moved by Cllr Jordan Meade and seconded by Cllr Ejaz Aslam that (the text in bold shows the proposed amendment to the original motion):-

 

Gravesham Borough Council with this motion declares we have a climate emergency and we will begin to take action to prepare for the borough to become carbon neutral by 2030.

 

This may be a tiny step in the context of the long-term global problem of climate change, but we believe the council should take a lead; taking action to reduce carbon emissions will also help make Gravesham a cleaner and more pleasant place to live in the short term.

 

This motion calls on the Full Council to:

 

Declare a climate emergency;

 

Pledge to do what is within its powers and resources to make Gravesham Borough Council carbon neutral as-soon-as-possible by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;

 

Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 this target the Council’s plans possible;

 

Continue to work with partners across the county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies;

 

Investigate all possible sources of external funding and match-funding to support this commitment;

 

Complete a Green audit of all council services to ensure that weight is given to the environmental and sustainability impact as well as cost;

 

The Council, where possible, commits to protecting and enhancing the borough’s green and open spaces and in doing so acknowledges that such spaces are of fundamental importance to the local environment as well as the health and wellbeing of our residents;

 

The Council will encourage plastic-free initiatives and support events intended to promote plastic reduction in the Borough; and

 

Set up a Cross-Party working group to report back within six months, the fully costed actions the Council will take to address this emergency, with a quantifiable target date for implementation of the actions proposed.

 

The amendment was declared to be lost by 24 votes to 18.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9.00pm and reconvened at 9.15pm in order to provide the Palantypist with an appropriate break.

 

The substantive motion was put to the meeting and in accordance with paragraph 20.4 of Annex 2.1 of the Council Procedure Rules, five Members demanded that a recorded vote be taken:-

 

For the motion

Against the motion

Abstain

The Worshipful the Mayor

Cllrs: Burden, C Caller, J Caller, Craske, Croxton, Francis, Gow, Hayre, Khabra, L Milner, Mochrie-Cox, Morley, Mulheran, Pearton, Rana, C Rolles, L Rolles, Sangha, Scollard, Singh, Sullivan, Thandi, Thompson  and Wallace.

None.

Cllrs: Ashenden, Aslam, Bains, Broadley, Dibben, A Elliott, E Elliott, Harding, Hills, Hoskins, Lane, Marsh, Meade, Pritchard, Rice, Ridgers, Tiran and Wardle.

 

It was therefore resolved that –

 

Gravesham Borough Council with this motion declares we have a climate emergency and we will begin to take action to prepare for the borough to become carbon neutral by 2030.

 

This may be a tiny step in the context of the long term global problem of climate change, but we believe the council should take a lead; taking action to reduce carbon emissions will also help make Gravesham a cleaner and more pleasant place to live in the short term.

 

This motion calls on the Full Council to:

 

Declare a climate emergency;

 

Pledge to do what is within its powers and resources to make Gravesham Borough Council carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;

 

Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;

 

Continue to work with partners across the county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies;

 

Investigate all possible sources of external funding and match-funding to support this commitment; Complete a Green audit of all council services to ensure that weight is given to the environmental and sustainability impact as well as cost;

 

The Council will encourage plastic-free initiatives and support events intended to promote plastic reduction in the Borough; and

 

Set up a working group to report back within six months with the actions the council will take to address this emergency.

 

Motion Two

 

Celebrating 30 Years of Town Twinning between Gravesham Borough Council and Cambrai, France.

 

It was be moved by Cllr Shane Mochrie-Cox and seconded by Cllr John Burden that:-

 

This Council expresses its gratitude for the reciprocal and enduring links of friendship between the peoples of the BOROUGH OF GRAVESHAM and the TOWN OF CAMBRAI since official twinning was approved by our elected bodies in 1989.

 

This Council:

 

Commends the benefits to our respective local communities that twinning has had in encouraging dialogue, tolerance, openness respect and the deepening of understanding of each other and of the way of life of our two peoples;

 

Recognises and celebrates the unique contribution that representatives of our citizens and members of our respective Town Twinning Associations have made to sustain and develop close and friendly relations;

 

Pays tribute to the many long-lasting friendships that have been forged through the frequent exchanges that have taken place between our citizens; and

 

Looks forward to a strengthening and growth of this partnership and mutual friendship and pledges to work together in cooperation in the years to come, to ensure the benefit of town twinning is secured for future generations.

 

The motion was declared to be carried unanimously.