Agenda

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Reading

Contact: Michael Popham - Democratic Services Manager  Email: michael.popham@reading.gov.uk

Link: webcast of meeting

Items
No. Item

1.

Mayor's Announcements

To receive Mayor’s Announcements.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 45 KB

The Mayor to sign the Minutes of the proceedings of the Council Meeting held on 22 January 2019.

4.

Petitions

To receive petitions in accordance with Standing Order 8.

5.

Questions from Members of the Public

Questions in accordance with Standing Order 9.

6.

Questions from Councillors

Questions in accordance with Standing Order 10.

REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM COMMITTEES

7.

Chief Finance Officer's Report on the Robustness of the Council's 2019/20 Budget pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Report by Director of Resources

Additional documents:

8.

2019/20 Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy pdf icon PDF 351 KB

Report by Director of Resources

Additional documents:

9.

Council Tax Setting pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Report by Director of Resources

10.

Treasury Management Strategy pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Report by Director of Resources

Additional documents:

MOTIONS

11.

Climate Emergency - Towards a Zero Carbon Reading

Councillor Page to move:

 

Reading Borough Council (RBC) believes the world is now clearly in the midst of a climate emergency and that more concerted and urgent action is needed at local, national and international level to protect our planet for future generations.

 

RBC has a long standing commitment to action on climate change.  A signatory of the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change in 2006, the Council was one of the first authorities to produce a detailed Climate Action Plan. 

 

We note that CO2 emissions in the Borough have fallen by 41% since 2005, which is greater than all but 19 of the 405 authorities in Great Britain, and that Reading Borough Council has reduced its own emissions by 53% since 2008. 

 

Reading is urban in nature and the majority of emissions are from the use of fossil fuels and energy to run buildings and transport.  Methane is also harmful to the climate.  In Reading, these emissions are primarily from food, human waste and landfill.  Gases from the latter two are captured and used to generate energy.

 

Despite good progress at local level, new evidence continues to emerge about the scale of the likely impacts of climate change.  We are now aware through the launch of the Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in October 2018 that, in order to reduce the risks of severe climate change, all countries must act much more quickly. 

 

This Council was proud to host the Model Climate Conference in December 2018 in this Chamber attended by students from local secondary schools, which coincided with the Katowice Climate Conference (COP24), and resulted in all the participating students stressing the urgency of climate action and pressing the Council, Government and others to act quickly.

 

RBC notes that we have already set out a number of ambitious policies and actions which will help to pave the way for the delivery of a Zero Carbon future such as: 

 

Ø     ‘Zero Carbon Standards’ within its draft Local Plan,

Ø     The RBC Carbon Plan

Ø     The forthcoming consultation on options, such as a Clean Air Zone, for improving local air quality and reducing congestion prior to publishing our draft Fourth Local Transport Plan

Ø     The Reading Climate Change Partnership and Strategy - Reading Means Business on Climate Change

Ø     The Launch of Reading Community Energy Society

 

This Council therefore instructs officers to report to the SEPT and Policy Committees on further potential measures that could accelerate the timescale for reducing carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2030, but recognises that this date can only be achieved with substantial policy changes from national government.

 

The Council also calls on the Government to follow the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change and radically improve the policy framework including, for example:

 

Ø     detailed and practical proposals for retrofitting private and public housing stock, where the Green Deal failed.

Ø     upgrade social housing energy efficiency to higher standards

Ø     more support for renewable electricity and heat (and not taxing  ...  view the full agenda text for item 11.