Council is asked to receive the Executive Reports 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 Monitoring Officer 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.
The Chairman thanked Members for having agreed to curtail verbal discussion on this item and for written responses to be provided to the written questions, with the deadline for written questions being extended to midday on the following day (Minute No.72 above refers).
Councillor Jonathan Brook, Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder, took the opportunity to express thanks to all Members and officers for their hard work during 2022 under difficult circumstances with Covid-19, Local Government Reorganisation, Storm Arwen and business as usual. He wished everyone well for Christmas and the New Year.
No questions were raised in respect of the composite report of the Cabinet.
The list of written questions which had been submitted in accordance with paragraphs 10.2 and 10.3 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure had been circulated to Members at the start of the meeting. Those questions were as follows:-
From Councillor Giles Archibald to Councillor Dyan Jones, Climate Action and Biodiversity Portfolio Holder - Recently the Countryside Climate Network released its “landscape of leadership” report with insights into ‘five of its most ambitious members’ - of which SLDC was one. This appropriately recognises the national role that we have established under your leadership. In this role, what do you see as the key climate emergency tasks and objectives for this authority during the period of reorganisation?
From Councillor Stephen Coleman to Councillor Dyan Jones, Climate Action and Biodiversity Portfolio Holder - I understand that the work CAfS have been doing on Zero Carbon Ambleside is drawing to close. Please can you outline some of the positive outcomes from this project?
Councillor Fiona Hanlon raised an additional question to Councillor Jonathan Brook, Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder - The Leader will be aware of the devastation caused by storm Arwen and the awful after effects that meant several communities across South Lakeland were without power for several days, some for over a week. Many are still on temporary power supplies, prone to fuel and technical failures. In addition hundreds of households suffered simultaneous telecommunications failures which meant contact and being contacted was impossible. Many homes still have no phone, signal or WiFi over a fortnight after the storm hit. What assurance can the Leader provide that lessons will be learnt and that Members of this authority will be able to contribute to any reviews into the response, so that any future disruption and suffering are kept to an absolute minimum?
Councillor Coleman posed a supplementary question to Councillor Dyan Jones, Climate Action and Biodiversity Portfolio Holder, in relation to his question on the work of CAfS – Are there any plans to use the outcome in other areas of South Lakeland?
Members were reminded that further written questions and/or supplementaries could be submitted until noon on the following day. The list of questions and responses would be sent out to Members as soon as possible and published on the Council’s Website alongside the agenda and minutes for the meeting.