Decision details

NOTICE OF MOTIONS

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decision:

(i)         Town & Country Planning

 

Councillor John Gardner moved and Councillor Sharon Taylor seconded a motion in respect of Town & Country Planning.  Following debate and upon being put to the vote, it was RESOLVED that:

 

“This Council believes that planning works best when the local community, councillors and developers work together to shape local areas and deliver the new homes that are necessary and therefore calls on the government to protect the right of communities to object to individual planning applications.  We demand that the Secretary of State urgently re-thinks these ill-conceived planning reforms.

 

Council requires that our Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration write to the Secretary of State setting out our concerns about all local democratic input being stripped from the planning system.

 

Council also pledges to lobby the Government to reconsider the extension to the permitted development regime.  Every local development should have the benefit of community input and for both objectors and supporters to be able to express their view to decision-makers in public through the democratic process.”

 

(ii)        Electric Bus Link

 

Councillor Sharon Taylor moved and Councillor Lloyd Briscoe seconded a motion with regard to an Electric Bus Link.  Following debate and upon being put to the vote, it was RESOLVED that:

 

“This Council asks that every effort now be made to carry out a feasibility study on this initiative complete with costings.  This work should explore the possibility of delivering this service with partners, the highway authority (Hertfordshire County Council), the Local Enterprise Partnership, the Town Development Board and Hertfordshire Growth Board and explore all options for funding the project including use of grants, government initiatives, community infrastructure levy and section 106 funding and specific funds for sustainable transport initiatives. 

 

That a report be brought before the Council’s Executive setting out the options as quickly as possible and no later than the first quarter of 2022.”

 

(iii)       Supporting tougher action on pet thefts

 

The following motion was moved by Councillor Alex Farquharson and seconded by Councillor Jody Hanafin:

 

“That this Council notes:

§  Hertfordshire Constabulary data shows a 54% increase in dog thefts in the county during 2019/20 compared to the previous year.

§  Data for England and Wales shows an 11% increase in dog thefts nationally during 2020/21 compared to the previous year.

§  There are currently discussions in central government and parliament about increasing penalties for pet theft, which could potentially include custodial sentences.

That this Council resolves:

§  To encourage residents to ensure their pets, especially cats and dogs, are microchipped and that their microchip information is up to date. This is the best precaution to hinder the sale of stolen pets as well as identifying them once recovered by police.

§  To request that the Chief Executive of the Council writes to the Home Secretary to express this Council’s support for tougher pet theft penalties.

§  To request that the Chief Executive of the Council writes to Stephen McPartland MP to thank him for signing a parliamentary amendment calling for tougher action on pet theft and to request that the MP continues pursuing this issue.”

The following amendment to the motion was moved by Councillor Jackie Hollywell and seconded by Councillor Loraine Rossati:

 

‘At the first bullet point beginning “Hertfordshire Constabulary data show[s]…” insert after the word “year” the words “, although Council notes that there have been no reported pet thefts in Stevenage.”; and

 

Replace the final bullet point under “That this Council resolves:” with “To thank Stevenage Police for their proactive approach, as there have been no reported pet thefts in the Borough (as confirmed by Chief Inspector Simon Tabert).  However, this Council recognises that media attention (including social media) has raised residents’ concerns about the risks of pet theft, and we call on Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner to raise these concerns with the Chief Constable and to include measures to combat pet theft as part of his crime action plan.”’

 

Following debate, and upon being out to the debate, this amendment was carried.

 

Further debate ensued on the substantive motion, and following it being put to the vote, it was RESOLVED:

 

“That this Council notes:

§  Hertfordshire Constabulary data shows a 54% increase in dog thefts in the county during 2019/20 compared to the previous year, although Council notes that there have been no reported pet thefts in Stevenage.

§  Data for England and Wales shows an 11% increase in dog thefts nationally during 2020/21 compared to the previous year.

§  There are currently discussions in central government and parliament about increasing penalties for pet theft, which could potentially include custodial sentences.

That this Council resolves:

§  To encourage residents to ensure their pets, especially cats and dogs, are microchipped and that their microchip information is up to date. This is the best precaution to hinder the sale of stolen pets as well as identifying them once recovered by police.

§  To request that the Chief Executive of the Council writes to the Home Secretary to express this Council’s support for tougher pet theft penalties.

§  To thank Stevenage Police for their proactive approach, as there have been no reported pet thefts in the Borough (as confirmed by Chief Inspector Simon Tabert).  However, this Council recognises that media attention (including social media) has raised residents’ concerns about the risks of pet theft, and we call on Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner to raise these concerns with the Chief Constable and to include measures to combat pet theft as part of his crime action plan.”

 

(iv)       Achievements of England Football Team at European Championships

 

Councillor Simon Speller moved and Councillor Richard Henry seconded a motion with regard to the achievements of the England Football Team at the recent European Championships.  Following debate and upon being put to the vote, it was RESOLVED that:

 

“This Council wishes to express its grateful thanks and best wishes to the England Football Team, their manager Gareth Southgate and his staff for their performances in the recent Euro 2020 Football Tournament; and commends them for their conduct throughout.

 

They have lifted our spirits, and inspired and unified our country and communities; and we utterly condemn the abuse on social media directed at certain players immediately after the Final versus Italy.”

Publication date: 28/07/2021

Date of decision: 21/07/2021

Decided at meeting: 21/07/2021 - Council

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