Agenda

Venue: Council Chamber, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford

Contact: Ian Cockill  Democratic Services Officer

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Items
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1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Extraordinary and Ordinary Meetings of the Council held on 28 November 2018 for signature by the Mayor as Chair of the Council.

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Announcements

To receive any announcements from the Mayor, Leader of the Council, Members of the Executive, Chairs of Scrutiny Committees and the Head of Paid Service.

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Questions By Members pdf icon PDF 90 KB

This is an opportunity for Members of Council to ask the Mayor, Members of the Executive or the Chairs of any Committee or Sub-Committee a question on notice under Procedure Rule 10.2.

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Membership of Committees

To note that Councillors Sean Anstee and Laurence Walsh have been appointed as Substitute Members on Employment Committee for the remainder of the Municipal Year.

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Appointment of Independent Member of the Accounts and Audit Committee pdf icon PDF 153 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director of Governance and Community Strategy.

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Investments in Fossil Fuel Industry pdf icon PDF 364 KB

To consider a report of the Executive Member for Finance and the Corporate Director of Finance and Systems, further to the Council resolution of 28 November 2018 (Minute No. 56 refers).

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6-month Corporate Report on Health and Safety - 1 April to 30 September 2018 pdf icon PDF 324 KB

To consider a report of the Executive Member for Equalities and Partnerships.

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Motions

To consider the following motions submitted in accordance with Procedure Rule 11:

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8a

Motion Submitted by the Labour Group - Dignity in Social Care: Improving Social Care Services and Jobs

 

This Council recognises growing concern over the continuing crisis of social care.

 

This Council notes with alarm the continuing crisis of social care underfunding nationally that doesn’t support the councils drive to ensure decent jobs and quality services.

 

This Council is committed to working towards the principles of the UNISON’s Ethical Care and Residential Care Charters. The Council intend to take steps to work towards implementation of the charter over the coming years.

 

This Council welcomes the additional short term funding that the government pledged for social care in the 2018 budget but notes that this does not go far enough and does not represent a sustainable solution.

 

This Council undertakes to work with and encourage care providers that we currently commission from to:-

 

  Respect the right of care staff to engage with a union in their workplace and do nothing to undermine the reasonable efforts of staff to engage with a union.

  Pursue a partnership approach to employment relations.

  To engage constructively with the union including a recognition and facilities agreement to underpin collective working.

 

This Council is committed to an ongoing journey to drive up standards and quality across the homecare and residential care sector. By pledging our support to the principals of the Ethical Care Charters we are signing up to the overriding objective of the Charter which is to establish a minimum baseline for safety, quality and dignity in care.

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8b

Motion Submitted by the Labour Group - "Tyred" Campaign

 

Council notes that Frances Molloy has launched “Tyred” - the official campaign to pressure Government - to change the law to ban the use of tyres older than ten years on commercial vehicles.

Council wholeheartedly supports “Tyred” and instructs the Leader of the Council to write to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition to call together cross-party support for a change in the law.

Council further resolves to support the “Tyred” campaign until such a change in the law is achieved and to draw the attention of the Local Government Association, especially its Environment and Transport Board, to this Council’s view that the concerns should be fully addressed.

Finally, Council asks the Chief Executive to write to all schools in the Borough asking them to require coach and bus operators they use for school trips etc. to adhere to the provisions set out in the Tyred campaign. Council should also ask officers to look at our own procurement procedures with a view to inserting an appropriate clause in any contracts with commercial operators and to also ensure that this standard applies to our own vehicle fleet.

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8c

Motion Submitted by the Labour Group - The Windrush Generation

 

Last year saw commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks carrying the first of thousands of people from the Caribbean who went on to make the UK their permanent home. The ‘Windrush Generation’ played a lasting and significant role in rebuilding the UK after two world wars and did so with a sense of loyalty, dedication and commitment. In 2018, after decades of living, working and raising families in this country, a number of those dutiful citizens were confronted with the outrageous, wrongful accusation of being illegal immigrants.

 

Many Windrush Generation migrants settled and made a life here in Trafford and there are now many generations of Windrush descendants residing here.  For this we are thankful and celebrate the diversity and cultural enrichment they have brought and continue to bring their communities.

 

The Windrush scandal is not over yet and following this shameful episode in the UK’s history we call upon this Council to undertake the following:

 

1.  Challenge the criminalisation of Windrush families.

2.  To lobby the government to abolish prejudiced, discriminatory immigration policies which resulted in the 2018 Windrush Scandal.

3.  To support Trafford residents who continue to be affected by these policies and uphold their right to full UK citizenship and leave to remain in the UK.

4.  To lead the way in eradicating hate crime and its attendant ills.

5.   Encourage communities to celebrate Windrush Day on 22 June annually to recognise and uphold the valuable contributions of those who came to the UK between 1948 and 1971.

6.   To ensure the Prime Minister makes good on all the promises to apologise to and compensate those who have been affected by the Windrush Scandal in a timely manner.

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8d

Motion Submitted by the Green Party Group with the support of a Liberal Democratic Member - Trees

 

The City of Trees i-Tree survey of 2018 declared that Greater Manchester’s 11.3 million trees provide an annual environmental and economic benefit of £33 million. This motion will help to ensure that Trafford aims to build on these numbers by providing increased tree cover to urban streets. Trafford’s streets currently number 18,000 trees. This motion will look to a net increase of 20% - approximately 3,600 – but will also ensure that trees are disease-free, bought from traceable UK sources, increase biodiversity and bring environmental and health benefits to residents.

 

Trafford Council notes:

 

    Trees are still the cheapest way to absorb and sequester carbon from the atmosphere which contributes to limiting the harmful effects of climate change.

 

        Trees remove pollutants from the air which improves air quality. There is up to a 60% reduction in street level particulates for instance. They also play a role in reducing ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxides, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

 

        Trees create ecosystems that provide increased biodiversity for birds, bats, insects and provides food for a host of other animals.

 

        Trees help control intense rain run-off and many of the pollutants it contains, helping to improve water quality and reduce flooding.

 

        Trees have many benefits for residents: they are the most recognised indicator of attractiveness and they provide a proven sense of wellbeing.

 

Trafford Council will:

 

    Increase our urban street trees by 20% net by 2035 and the Council will look for partners to help fund this scheme starting by no later than June 2020.

 

    UKSG (Woodland Trust Sourcing and Traceability Scheme) – The Council to work with the Woodlands Trust to move away from foreign suppliers over the next 5 years to exclusively UK-sourced trees that are disease-free and fully traceable.

 

    Street Trees in Trafford – tree replacement uses small garden varieties that are mainly non-native. This motion asks the council to introduce 50% native varieties to this mix and to use species that are proven to mitigate noise, road pollution and offer greater biodiversity (to implement where appropriate and with nearby resident consent).

 

    Greater promotion of the Adopt-a-Tree scheme – The Council will send a letter to each household that has less than 3 trees on their road, advertising the scheme and encouraging participation (if the road has potential to increase the number of trees on it). It will also promote the scheme to relevant community groups, nurseries and schools. These trees will contribute to the 20% net increase by 2035.

 

    Tree Register - Champion Trees – Trafford Council will help to celebrate the trees of Champion by signing up to this free register and pinpointing Trafford's trees of note via its website https://www.treeregister.org/aboutus.shtml it will also promote and display http://www.cityoftrees.org.uk/volunteer - Trafford Council will encourage staff, Councillors and members of the public to volunteer with City of Trees.

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