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Motions on Notice

The following motions have been placed on the agenda in the order received; up to 60 minutes shall be allowed for debates on motions on notice:

 

1.    From Councillor Miss Susan Carey, Conservative Group

 

This Council welcomes the progress made locally in many areas on environmental issues –

-          the ambitions for Otterpool Park to be a sustainable development with 20% Biodiversity net gain.

-          the many years of pollinator friendly planting in the council’s parks.

-          the increase in tree planting.

-          the commitment to review its present carbon intensive office accommodation.

-          the commitment to an accelerated Net Zero target of 2030.

-          the 47% recycling of waste from kerbside collections.

 

We ask that the Carbon Action Plan include commitments to adopt the following policies:

-          the Kent & Medway Energy & Low Emissions Strategy.

-          the Kent Biodiversity Strategy.

-          Kent’s Plan Bee; and

-          an improved recycling target to benefit from the incentives in the new waste contract.

-          More opportunity for those in flats and houses in multiple occupation to recycle.

 

We also ask that the plan considers:

-          a district version of the Climate Change Risk Assessment using the Climate Change Committee’s methodology.

-          an Adaptation Plan to address the identified risks.

-          a 20% Biodiversity Net Gain policy for all new development in the district.

-          a 25% Biodiversity Net Gain policy for Otterpool Park.

-          Options for where the district can improve natural capital such as wildlife corridors, tiny forests, pocket parks etc.

-          Options for investment in renewable energy within the district.

-          Switching the council’s vehicles to Low Emission Vehicles.

-          Increased enforcement against flytipping with more Op Assist interventions with Kent Police.

 

Bearing in mind the District Councils specific responsibilities in the key areas of housing, development control and environmental health we also ask that the council’s action plan for Net Zero pays particular attention to how best to retrofit existing housing stock, that new housing is bult to standards that do not require retrofitting to be carbon neutral and that ways are examined to improve air quality including an examination of the effects of bonfires and how these can be minimised.

 

2.    From Councillor Miss Susan Carey, Conservative Group

 

We propose that this Council reviews its current policies regarding the naming of new streets to allow more input from the local community and more discretion to be applied to the use of street, lane, way etc.

 

This review is needed in the light of recent experience in Stelling Minnis where the developer, the parish council, the district councillors and County Councillor all support the new road being called Rose Lane as it is next to both the Rose and Crown public house and Crown Lane. Folkestone & Hythe’s policy will not allow a no through road to be called a Lane (although the existing Crown Lane is a no through road).

 

It is also timely to review the policy in advance of major developments such as Otterpool Park where many names will be needed.

 

Minutes:

1.         Councillor Miss Susan Carey, Conservative Group, set out her motion, which related to the council’s Carbon Action Plan, as set out in the agenda.

 

            Proposed by Councillor Miss Carey,

Seconded by Councillor Hills;

 

That the Council takes the following action:

 

·         That the Carbon Action Plan include commitments to adopt the following policies:

-          the Kent & Medway Energy & Low Emissions Strategy.

-          the Kent Biodiversity Strategy.

-          Kent’s Plan Bee; and

-          an improved recycling target to benefit from the incentives in the new waste contract.

-          More opportunity for those in flats and houses in multiple occupation to recycle.

 

·         That the plan considers:

-          a district version of the Climate Change Risk Assessment using the Climate Change Committee’s methodology.

-          an Adaptation Plan to address the identified risks.

-          a 20% Biodiversity Net Gain policy for all new development in the district.

-          a 25% Biodiversity Net Gain policy for Otterpool Park.

-          Options for where the district can improve natural capital such as wildlife corridors, tiny forests, pocket parks etc.

-          Options for investment in renewable energy within the district.

-          Switching the council’s vehicles to Low Emission Vehicles.

-          Increased enforcement against flytipping with more Op Assist interventions with Kent Police.

 

·         That the council’s action plan for Net Zero pays particular attention to how best to retrofit existing housing stock, that new housing is built to standards that do not require retrofitting to be carbon neutral and that ways are examined to improve air quality including an examination of the effects of bonfires and how these can be minimised.

 

Proposed by Councillor Whybrow,

Seconded by Councillor Treloar; and

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the motion on notice be amended as follows:

 

That these suggestions be referred to the next meeting of the Climate and Ecological Emergency  Working Group  so that the Working Group can consider them and make recommendations to Cabinet.

 

Councillor Miss Carey, with the consent of Councillor Hills and the meeting, agreed to accept the amendment to form the substantive motion which was then open to debate and put to the vote.

 

(Voting figures: 29 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions).

 

2.         Councillor Mrs Hollingsbee, Conservative Group, set out her motion, which proposed a review of the council’s Street Naming and Numbering Policy, as set out in the agenda.

 

            During the consideration of the motion, a Member lost connection, and the meeting was paused for three minutes to allow the Member to re-connect to the meeting.

 

            Proposed by Councillor Mrs Hollingsbee

Seconded by Councillor Miss Carey; and

 

RESOLVED:

That this Council reviews its current policies regarding the naming of new streets to allow more input from the local community and more discretion to be applied to the use of street, lane, way etc.

 

(Voting figures: 19 for, 0 against, 10 abstentions).