Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Reading

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

Link: link to observe meeting

Media

Items
No. Item

48.

Mayor's Announcements

To receive Mayor’s Announcements.

Minutes:

(a)      Tributes to Retiring Councillors

As this was the last meeting prior to the Council elections on 2nd May 2024, the Mayor invited the Group Leaders to pay tribute to Councillors who would not be standing for re-election.  Councillor Brock spoke about Councillors Kitchingham and Challenger; Councillors Brock, Mitchell and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 48.

49.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 109 KB

The Mayor to sign the Minutes of the proceedings of the previous Council Meeting.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 27 February 2024 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Mayor.

50.

Petitions pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To receive petitions in accordance with Standing Order 8.

Minutes:

Mamuna Nazpresented a petition in the following terms:

Increase Community Activities at Dee Space Community Centre

We, the residents of Norcot ward and Dee Park, express our concern about the lack of activities at the new Dee Space Community Centre. This centre was built with a vision to serve  ...  view the full minutes text for item 50.

51.

Questions from Councillors pdf icon PDF 187 KB

Questions in accordance with Standing Order 10.

Minutes:

 

Questioner

Subject

Answer

1.

Cllr Moore

Landline Switchover

Cllr Gittings

2.

Cllr Keane

Preventative Measures to Tackle Graffiti

Cllr Rowland

3.

Cllr Williams

Council Support During Landline Switch Off

Cllr Gittings

(The full text of the questions and replies was made available on the Reading Borough Council website).

52.

Establishment of a Joint Committee - Berkshire Prosperity Board pdf icon PDF 151 KB

Report by Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Further to Minute 51 of the Policy Committee meeting held on 19 February 2024, the Chief Executive submitted a report seeking to establish a Joint Committee, to be known as the Berkshire Prosperity Board, to enable Berkshire’s local authorities to collaborate to take advantage of opportunities to deliver economic development  ...  view the full minutes text for item 52.

53.

Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places 2023-25 pdf icon PDF 199 KB

Report by Returning Officer

Additional documents:

Minutes:

54.

Suspension of Standing Order 7 - Motions which Need to be Submitted in Writing before the Meeting

Councillor Brock to move:

 

That pursuant to Standing Order 26, Standing Order 7 be suspended to remove the requirement for a councillor to submit a motion to the Assistant Director of Legal and Democratic Services at least six clear working days before the Council meeting in order to allow an emergency motion to be moved entitled ‘Solidarity with Black Women Councillors’.

Minutes:

Pursuant to Standing Order 26, the following motion was moved by Councillor Brock and seconded by Councillor Terry and CARRIED:

Resolved –

That pursuant to Standing Order 26, Standing Order 7 be suspended to remove the requirement for a councillor to submit a motion to the Assistant Director of Legal  ...  view the full minutes text for item 54.

55.

Solidarity with Black Women Councillors

Councillor Terry to move:

 

This Council supports the widespread condemnation of the racist and misogynistic statements made about Diane Abbott and all Black women.

 

The reference to shooting an MP has left all women in public life vulnerable to both verbal and physical attack. Given the murders of two MPs in recent years this is an abhorrent attack on all people in public life but particularly Black Women.

 

Racism, discrimination, and misogyny should not be tolerated in our society. We need more Black women and people from Black, Asian, and other minority communities in public life.

 

This council stand in solidarity with all Black women in public service, particularly the 3 Black women Reading Borough Councillors and will continue to speak out against racism and discrimination as it impacts our communities, people, and society.

Minutes:

The following motion was moved by Councillor Terry and seconded by Councillor Griffith and CARRIED:

Resolved –

This Council supports the widespread condemnation of the racist and misogynistic statements made about Diane Abbott and all Black women.

The reference to shooting an MP has left all women in public life  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55.