Agenda and draft minutes

Council
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 6.30 p.m.

Venue: District Council Chamber, South Lakeland House, Kendal

Contact: Inge Booth 

Items
No. Item

C/22

Minutes pdf icon PDF 428 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 21 May 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

In response to a query relating to C/10 of the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 21 May 2019, the Legal, Governance and Democracy Interim Lead Specialist explained that the June and July 2019 meetings of both the Joint Consultative Panel and the Human Resources Committee had been cancelled due to a lack of detailed business and that an update on the Customer Connect Programme was scheduled to be presented to both the Joint Consultative Panel in August and the Human Resources Committee in September.

 

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 21 May 2019.

C/23

Public Participation

Any member of the public who wishes to ask a question, make representations or present a deputation or petition at this meeting should apply to do so by no later than 0:01am (one minute past midnight) two working days before the meeting.  Information on how to make the application can be obtained by viewing the Council’s Website www.southlakeland.gov.uk or by contacting the Committee Services Team on 01539 733333.

 

(1)        Questions and Representations

 

            To receive any questions or representations which have been received from members of the public.

 

(2)        Deputations and Petitions

 

            To receive any deputations or petitions which have been received from members of the public.

Minutes:

Grange Town Councillor Joanna Greenway addressed Members on behalf of Grange Town Council with regard to Agenda Item No.9, Community Governance Review – Stage 4.  The Town Council was concerned with regard to the recommendation for a reduction in the wards of Grange-over-Sands from three to two and felt that the District Council should be mindful of community identity and the potential impact of the changes.  She referred to the Neighbourhood Plan and to the fact that Kents Bank would grow in size in the future.  The Town Council firmly believed that Kents Bank should be a ward in its own right.  Councillor Greenway drew particular attention to the response to the Town Council’s submission and to the fact that it had been stated that a three ward solution would result in the need for a new polling station.  She pointed out that the three current wards had used the same polling station for the past 20 years, also suggesting that there would be a minimal increase in election costs should a new station be required.  Councillor Greenway urged the District Council to review the recommendations and to allow three wards in Grange-over-Sands.

 

Mrs Valerie Kennedy addressed Council with regard to the same item on behalf of a group of residents of Kents Bank in Grange-over-Sands.  The group also believed that Kents Bank should not become a ward of Grange-over-Sands Council due to the fact that Kents Bank had a longer history of settlement than Grange-over-Sands, had increased significantly in size due to land allocations for Grange-over-Sands in South Lakeland District Council’s Local Plan and included almost half of the population of Grange-over-Sands.  Mrs Kennedy stressed that three wards would create a fairer representation from communities within the Grange-over-Sands area, with town councillors representing Kents Bank having a better understanding of the infrastructure and community needs of Kents Bank, which were different from the needs of those living in the main town area of Grange-over-Sands.  Mrs Kennedy closed, pointing out that Kents Bank was already fighting for survival as a distinct community due to the Local Plan having reduced the green gap between Allithwaite and Kents Bank.  She enquired if, by allowing Kents Bank to be treated as a suburb of Grange-over-Sands, this would mean that Allithwaite would suffer the same fate after the next Local Plan was published.  She asked the District Council to help ensure that Kents Bank was allowed to survive as a distinct community with its own representatives on Grange-over-Sands Town Council.

C/24

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)

 

Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.

 

If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Interim Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

The Legal, Governance and Democracy Interim Lead Specialist advised that the interests of all Members’ who were Town or Parish Councillors and who had an interest by virtue of the fact that Agenda Item No.9 (Community Governance Review – Stage 4) related to a Town or Parish on which they were a councillor would be recorded.  She reminded Members that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they were required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which had not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  Members could decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare any such disclosable pecuniary interests already declared in the Register, as well as other registrable or other interests.  She thanked all Councillors who had been in contact directly regarding interests.

 

The Legal, Governance and Democracy Interim Lead Specialist further reminded Members that, if they were predetermined or biased, or apparently biased, with regard to any of the items on the Agenda, then the onus was on them to declare as such, and to not take part in the item under discussion.  She explained that simply having participated in meetings at town or parish level and having expressed a view would not bar them from participating, provided that they could demonstrate that they had an “open mind”.

 

RESOLVED – That it be noted that the following councillors declared an interest in Minute No.C/27 below:-

 

·         Councillor Matt Severn;

·         Councillor Ian Mitchell;

·         Councillor Doug Rathbone;

·         Councillor Helen Chaffey;

·         Councillor Gill Gardner;

·         Councillor Hazel Hodgson;

·         Councillor Tracey Coward; and

·         Councillor Jonathan Brook.

C/25

Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that there are no excluded items on the Agenda.

C/26

Chairman's Announcements

To receive announcements by the Chairman.

Minutes:

A list of engagements which the Chairman or Vice-Chairman had attended since the last meeting had been circulated at the commencement of the meeting.  The Chairman thanked the Vice-Chairman for having participated in a number of events on his behalf.

C/27

Community Governance Review - Stage 4 pdf icon PDF 189 KB

To consider recommendations to amend parish governance arrangements in South Lakeland.

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Minutes:

Note – The following Councillors had declared non-pecuniary interests in this item of business by virtue of the fact that they were also members of town or parish councils regarding which recommendations had been made:-

 

·         Councillor Giles Archibald (Kendal Town Council)

·         Councillor Pat Bell (New Hutton Parish Council)

·         Councillor Jonathan Brook (Kendal Town Council)

·         Councillor Stephen Coleman (Kendal Town Council)

·         Councillor Gill Gardner (Lower Holker Parish Council)

·         Councillor Eamonn Hennessey (Kendal Town Council)

·         Councillor Hazel Hodgson (New Hutton Parish Council)

·         Councillor Helen Ladhams (Kendal Town Council)

·         Councillor Susanne Long (Kendal Town Council)

·         Councillor Ian Mitchell (Dent Parish Council)

·         Councillor Jon Owen (Kendal Town Council)

·         Councillor Matt Severn (Kendal Town Council)

 

They remained in the Council Chamber during the discussion and voting on the item.

 

Councillor Helen Chaffey declared a non-pecuniary interest as a Member of Arnside Parish Council regarding which a recommendation had been made, however, by virtue of the fact that she felt that she was pre-determined on the matter, left the Council Chamber during the discussion and voting on the item.

 

Councillor Doug Rathbone declared a disclosable pecuniary interest by virtue of the fact that he was in receipt of an allowance as Deputy Mayor of Kendal Town Council regarding which a recommendation had been made and left the Council Chamber during the discussion and voting on the item.

 

The Performance, Innovation and Commissioning Specialist presented a report on the final recommendations for the amendment of parish governance arrangements in South Lakeland arising from the responses received during the second consultation phase of the Community Governance Review and having regard to the South Lakeland Community Governance Review Terms of Reference as agreed by Council on 24 July 2018 (Minute C/20 (2018/19) refers).

 

At its meeting on 18 December 2019 (Minute C/59 (2018/19) refers), Council had approved a number of draft recommendations for the second consultation phase, details of which were provided within the report.  The second round of consultation had been based on the draft recommendations, and views had been welcomed from all stakeholders, whether for or against the proposals.  In line with the Terms of Reference, the Council had taken full account of views in regard to the draft recommendations, as well as potential changes or proposals other than those recommendations set out to Council on 18 December 2018.  The second consultation (Stage 3 of the Review) had ended on 26 May 2019, and the report set out the proposed changes at paragraphs 3.12 to 3.22, as well as details, recommendations and comments which were shown at Appendices 3 and 4 to the report.

 

Once the final recommendations had been made, there were a number of steps that the Council had to take in order to implement the decisions. The decisions had to be published, together with reasons being provided for the making of the decisions.  The Council also had to take steps to inform persons interested in the review of the decisions and reasons.  Referral was required to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England for  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/27

C/28

Revenue and Capital Outturn 2918/19 pdf icon PDF 165 KB

To consider the actual income and expenditure for 2018/19, budget variances, contributions to and from reserves and an update to the Capital Programme for carry forwards and other changes.

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Minutes:

Councillor Andrew Jarvis, Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder, presented the Revenue and Capital Outturn 2018/19 report which set out the Council’s financial performance for 2018/19 and the impact on reserves.

 

The report had been considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 12 July 2019 and by Cabinet on 17 July 2019.

 

Councillor Jarvis informed Members that following the meeting of Cabinet, an amendment to the financial figures had come to light.  Since the preparation of the accounts the Government had been denied leave to appeal two court cases on the treatment of public sector pensions.  Although the original court cases related to judges’ pensions and fire fighter pensions, there was a similar, but much smaller, impact on local government pensions.  Along with all other Councils, South Lakeland had had to request revised pension figures and had had to amend the accounts to increase the pension charge to the General Fund by £608,000 for past pension service dating back to 2012.  There was an equal and opposite adjustment in the General Fund, as councils did not have to balance their pension costs in a single year.  The balance sheet now showed an increased pension liability of £608,000.

 

Although the absolute outturn figures would change, there would be no net impact on the general fund balance, usable reserves or variances for 2018/19 or 2019/20.

 

There was, however, a potential increase in pension contributions from April 2020.  There was a pension revaluation currently being undertaken which would change the Council’s contribution rates from April 2020.  On the current assumptions, this could be in the region of £123,000.  This was a very rough figure, as there was a lot of work to be carried out now at the nation level to ensure the local government pension scheme was fully compliant with equalities legislation.

 

In moving the recommendations contained within the report, Councillor Jarvis thanked the Finance Team for their work and, in particular, for highlighting the challenges in the budgets for the remainder of the year, thereby enabling the Management Team to take the necessary corrective actions and deliver without deficit.  Councillor Peter Thornton seconded the proposals, commending the Council’s financial contributions to, for example, car parks, caravan sites, Mintworks and investment in arts bringing income to the area.  He raised that this was due to a series of decisions made over the last ten to 15 years.  He further referred to a number of non-statutory services carried out by the Council, welcoming this powerful report.

 

During discussion, Members commended the report, highlighting the Council’s contribution to the community through sound management of finances, such as the enabling of play areas and affordable homes and the support offered through locality budgets.

 

The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder took the opportunity to inform Members about “Inside Out”, a new community centre in Kendal for young children which would not have happened without the Council’s moral, administrative and financial support.  He emphasised that this, as well as the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/28

C/29

2018 - 2019 Annual Treasury Management Report pdf icon PDF 220 KB

To consider the Treasury Management Annual Report 2018/19 and the 2019/20 Strategy Update.

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Minutes:

The Treasury Management Annual Report 2018/19 was presented by Councillor Andrew Jarvis, Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder.  The report reviewed the treasury activities and the actual prudential and treasury indicators for the 2018/19 financial year, meeting the requirement of the Local Government Act 2003, the CIPFA Code of Practice on Treasury Management and the CIPFA Code for Capital Finance in Local Authorities.

 

The level of external debt had not changed during the year, with borrowing remaining well below the Capital Financing Requirement.  Current debt stood at £12.8m.  Although at year end, the Council had cash and investments of £20.3m, further repayment of debt was not recommended given that current repayment premium would be circa 93%.  The Portfolio Holder highlighted the fact that the Council’s strong cash position was used to keep borrowing down and that it was currently £5.6m under-borrowed.  He drew attention to the significant fluctuations in the Council’s cash flow which emphasised the need for dynamic management of the portfolio, ensuring that cash that was temporarily surplus to requirements was invested for the benefit of South Lakeland.  He also informed Members that the Council’s cash investments had out-performed benchmark rates, generating £223,000 of income to support the core services of the Council.

 

The report had been considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 12 July 2019 and by Cabinet on 17 July 2019.

 

Councillor Jarvis moved the recommendation in the report, thanking officers for their work, and was seconded by Councillor Matt Severn who commended the Council’s safe lending pattern.

 

In response to a query, Councillor Jarvis agreed for the need to maintain liquidity.

 

RESOLVED – That the 2018/19 Treasury Management Report be approved.

C/30

Medium Term Financial Plan 2020/21 to 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 219 KB

To consider the draft Medium Term Financial Plan 2020/21 to 2024/25, incorporating the Financial Strategy and the Budget Strategy.

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Minutes:

The draft Medium Term Financial Plan, incorporating the Financial Strategy and the Budget Strategy (referred to collectively as the MTFP) was presented by the Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder, Councillor Andrew Jarvis. The Plan would ensure that the Council had a sound basis for allocating resources and effective financial management over the medium term.

 

Councillor Jarvis informed Members that the numbers within the MTFP were identical to those approved by Council in February 2019.  The key reason behind this was due to the very high level of uncertainty over the Council’s funding, with the timing of Government decisions around Spending Review 2019 and the proposed new local government funding system.  Given this uncertainty, the Council continued to assume that the Local Government Financial Settlement based on “fairer funding” would be implemented.  As part of this, the pooling arrangement for non-domestic rates would be expected to end, along with the New Homes Bonus.  The continuation of the Business Rate Pool was, however, a possibility if changes to local government funding were delayed.  Any previous applications had required a rapid response from all authorities about whether to join or remain in a pool.  The decision to join a pool had been delegated in both 2017 and 2018 and it was, therefore, requested that the same delegations continue for the current year.

 

Councillor Jarvis stressed the fact that, despite the high level of uncertainty, the Council was in a strong position compared to most local authorities, with adequate General Fund balances and reserves, robust financial management practices and an excellent track record in achieving efficiency savings.  He believed that the Council’s decision to pursue the Customer Connect Programme would make a substantial contribution to reducing the deficit over the next five years, however, that there was, in addition, still considerable work to be done, and key risks remained.

 

Councillor Jarvis added that, over the next four months, he would be working with Cabinet and the senior leadership team of the Council to focus on identifying options for closing the deficit in the short term and to develop a programme of options for the different scenarios faced by the Council, at the same time the priority remaining both on delivering high quality services whilst ensuring that the Council also acted to protect its long-term financial health for the benefit of residents.  The overall position would be constantly reviewed and reported over the rest of 2019 and early 2020 as part of the budget process and update reports.

 

The report had been considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 12 July 2019 and by Cabinet on 17 July 2019.

 

Councillor Jarvis moved the recommendation contained within the report and was seconded by Councillor Jonathan Brook, Deputy Leader and Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder who commended the positive and proactive approach of this ambitious report, the Council at the same time taking into consideration the vulnerable as well as the protection of the environment of South Lakeland.

 

Whilst concern was expressed at  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/30

C/31

South Cumbria Community Safety Partnership Plan 2019 - 20 pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To consider adoption of the South Cumbria Community Safety Partnership Plan (2019/20).

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Minutes:

The Health, Wellbeing and Financial Resilience Portfolio Holder, Councillor Suzie Pye, presented the new South Cumbria Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Plan 2019/20 which recognised and sought to continue the effective collaboration in place between South Lakeland District Council, Barrow Borough Council, Cumbria Police and partner agencies, including Safer Cumbria.  The Plan had been approved at a meeting of South Cumbria CSP on 9 April 2019 and formed part of South Lakeland District Council’s Budget and Policy Framework.  It aimed to reduce crime and enable local communities to remain safe and reassured, without fear, or threat, of crime.  The CSP had agreed five priorities – protecting vulnerable people; domestic abuse; substance abuse and drug supply; violent crime and anti-social behaviour, key deliverables for which had been agreed for completion throughout the year.

 

Members were informed that a report on the CSP was presented to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee twice annually, the last occasion having been on 26 April 2019 (O&S/77 (2018/19) refers).  The Plan had been recommended for adoption by Council by the Cabinet at its meeting on 5 June 2019 (CEX/11 (2019/20) refers).

 

In presenting the report, Councillor Pye stressed the fact that the key message was that prevention played a vital role in tackling these issues, for example by improving education alcohol misuse and working with licensees to reduce the likelihood of alcohol-related crimes.

 

Councillor Pye referred to crime statistics in South Lakeland and reported that, comparing April to June in the previous year with this year, all crime was up by 3%, violence against the person (mainly without injury) was up by 16% and sexual offences down by 7%.  The Police had stated that there were two significant contributory factors to rising reported crime. Firstly, the continued increase in confidence from members of the public in reporting crime and, secondly, statistics had been impacted by greater compliance by officers with crime recording practices, something which had been recognised nationally by the Office of National Statistics.

 

Councillor Pye commended a recent project which had already made an impact on young people in South Lakeland.  This was a Theatre in Education project tailored specifically to South Cumbria which had been taken to nine secondary schools across South Lakeland and Barrow, focussing on the day to day pressures faced by secondary-aged children and how they might build up a resilience to that pressure.  The performances had been supported by workshops which the schools had been able to further develop later in the classroom.  This year, the same group had been commissioned to write and perform another piece, this time tackling County Lines Drug Activity.  The performances and workshops had taken place in June and had been very well received.  Students had been engaged and enjoyed the performances, learning valuable lessons in a dynamic way.  Councillor Pye extended an invitation to Members to meet with her for further information.

 

Councillor Pye moved the recommendation contained within the report and was seconded by Councillor Dyan Jones, Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/31

C/32

Leader's Announcements and Cabinet Question Time, including the Composite Report of the Cabinet (1 Hour Maximum) pdf icon PDF 202 KB

Council is asked to receive the Executive Reports (Look Forward 2019/20) from the Leader and Cabinet and to deal with any questions raised by Members to the appropriate Cabinet Members on the contents of the reports.

 

To receive announcements from the Leader and, in accordance with Paragraphs 10.2 and 10.3 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, to deal with any questions to the Leader and/or Portfolio Holders on any topic which is within the jurisdiction or influence of the Council and is relevant to their Portfolio.  Any Member who poses a question will be entitled to ask one supplementary question on the same topic.

 

Members are encouraged to give 24 hours’ written notice of questions to the Legal, Governance and Democracy Interim Lead Specialist of questions to be raised under the Agenda Item.  If no notice is received, then the Portfolio Holder can reserve the right to give a written answer.  Where written notice of questions has been given, these will be taken first.  Should a Member wish to ask more than one question, questions should be listed in order of priority.  If more than one Member sends in a question, these will be taken in alphabetical order of Members’ names, alternated from meeting to meeting.  Each question and each response is restricted to three minutes.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Copies of an Addendum to Appendix 1 to the Deputy Leader and Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder’s Executive Report had been circulated prior to the commencement of the meeting.

 

Councillor Giles Archibald, Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder, introduced the Cabinet Members’ respective Look Forward 2019/20 Executive Reports.

 

In presenting the reports, Councillor Archibald reminded Members of the need for them to work together for the benefits of South Lakeland’s Communities, also reiterating the fact that his door was always open.

 

Councillor Archibald raised the issue of Climate Change and informed Members that Councillor Dyan Jones, Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder, would be responding affirmatively to the support being requested by Kendal Town Council for a Citizens’ Jury.  The business case indicated a total cost of £20,000 and the District Council’s contribution would be £5,000.  Councillor Archibald encouraged other key service areas and local service areas to monitor the pilot to establish if it had relevance for their communities; the Council would continue to support local initiatives, such as it had done significantly in Ambleside.

 

Councillor Archibald, due to the importance of security to economic prosperity, announced that he would be proposing to make available a fund from the pool reserves dedicated for economic purposes to part fund new CCTV cameras in conjunction with parish and town councils, and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).  The fund would initially be £12,000, but could be increased, depending on demand; more detail would be provided in due course.  Councillor Archibald believed that the PCC had written to parishes on the subject, however, asked councillors who were aware of a parish that may be interested to let him know; he was already aware of several such parishes.

 

Members raised queries in relation to the Executive reports.

 

Councillor David Webster referred to Councillor Archibald’s introduction and to his mention of financial contributions to both Kendal and Ambleside.  Councillor Webster informed Members that Ulverston Town Council had set up and had made £10,000 available for such a committee to address environmental issues and drew attention to an event scheduled to be held at the Coronation Hall in September.  He suggested that a contribution of £5,000 from the District Council towards the Ulverston fund would be greatly appreciated.  Councillor Webster also advised that discussions between Ulverston and the PCC were ongoing in relation to CCTV in the Town and further suggested that if the District Council was providing funding in this regard, then Ulverston would make an application.

 

Councillor Archibald welcomed the submission of a business case from Ulverston, also encouraging others to come forward.  The District Council was keen to partner with both Ulverston and other local service areas to tackle such issues.

 

Councillor Janette Jenkinson, who was a member of the Committee referred to by Councillor Webster, referred to a time when the County Council had attached stickers to refuse bins in order to promote the message, twenty’s plenty.  She suggested that practical messages regarding environmental issues could be dealt with  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/32

C/33

Minutes of Meetings

To receive Chairmen’s comments (if any notified) in respect of the minutes of the Committee meetings held between 22 April and 31 May 2019.

Minutes:

No comments or questions had been received in respect of the minutes of committee meetings between 22 April and 31 May 2019.

C/34

Questions to Chairman of the Council or Chairman of any Committee or Sub-Committee

To deal with any questions under Rule 10.6 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, of which due notice has been given and/or the Chairman allows as a matter of urgent business and which are in relation to any matter over which the Council has powers or duties or which affect the area.

Minutes:

No questions had been received.

C/35

Urgent Decisions

In accordance with Paragraph 17.3 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules, to receive details of any urgent Executive Decisions, if any, taken since the last scheduled meeting of Council on 21 May 2019.

Minutes:

No urgent Executive Decisions had been taken since the last meeting of Council on 21 May 2019.

C/36

Notice of Motion

The following Notice of Motion has been given in accordance with Paragraph 11.1 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure:-

 

“This council notes in the recent report from the UN intergovernmental panel on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The report outlines the deterioration in biodiversity globally and the serious consequences of a further decline in biodiversity.

 

This council further notes the UK government’s failure to achieve agreed targets on biodiversity (the Aichi targets).

 

Council therefore

 

1. Calls on the government to urgently take action to achieve the Aichi targets;

 

2. Commits to a review of how this council’s activities can ensure biodiversity protection while at the same time delivering services, housing and climate change protection to the residents of the district; and

 

3. Calls on our local authorities in the county to jointly address the highly serious issue of the future deterioration in biodiversity.”

 

(signed by Councillor Giles Archibald)

Minutes:

In accordance with Paragraph 11.1 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, the following notice of motion had been put to Council by Councillor Giles Archibald, Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder:-

 

 “This council notes in the recent report from the UN intergovernmental panel on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The report outlines the deterioration in biodiversity globally and the serious consequences of a further decline in biodiversity.

 

This council further notes the UK government’s failure to achieve agreed targets on biodiversity (the Aichi targets).

 

Council therefore

 

1. Calls on the government to urgently take action to achieve the Aichi targets;

 

2. Commits to a review of how this council’s activities can ensure biodiversity protection while at the same time delivering services, housing and climate change protection to the residents of the district; and

 

3. Calls on our local authorities in the county to jointly address the highly serious issue of the future deterioration in biodiversity.”

 

In moving the motion, Councillor Archibald stressed the importance and seriousness of the issue.  He referred to the recent report produced by a global panel of scientists, the conclusions of which were not encouraging.  Councillor Archibald explained that biodiversity covered many dimensions.  It was not purely about ecosystems but also covered the number of species that existed, the population and size of that species and, critically, the genetic variation within the species.  Genetic variety within a species was critical to ensure the resilience of that species.  Human resistance to certain diseases relied, in part, on genetic diversity.

 

Councillor Archibald informed Members that the biodiversity of the world mattered because it provided a lot of services which tended to be taken for granted.  For example, most of the clean water in the world was provided through the ecosystem service and most of the fresh air resulted from natural carbon sinks.  Much of the climate was regulated through the ecosystem.  The ecosystem provided a huge amount of medicines, for example, 70% of medicines for cancer depended on nature.  The ecosystem provided the livelihoods for billions and it furnished the pollination system, which as a vital natural process that was critically important to the food supply.

 

Councillor Archibald explained that more ecosystem services were used up than were generated.  He referred to the “Earth overshoot day” which last year had been 1 August.  This was the day the earth used ecosystem services that could be regenerated in a twelve month period.  For Britain, it had been17 May.  Human existence was threatened if this continued.

 

Councillor Archibald informed Members that the report to which he had earlier referred indicated that about 1m species were currently at risk.  There was genetic narrowing that was of concern and a reduction in genetic diversity could threaten human existence.

 

There were considered to be several causes of biodiversity loss, of which climate change was one.  Others were land use change, pollution and invasive species, for example Himalayan Balsam.

 

Councillor Archibald talked about what could be done, advising that the Government had made some  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/36