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Agenda and decisions

Venue: Council Chamber - Town House. View directions

Contact: Martyn Orchard, tel. 01224 523097 or email  morchard@aberdeencity.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1(a)

Admission of Burgesses

Decision:

Not applicable

2(a)

Determination of urgent business

Decision:

to note that the Lord Provost had accepted a notice of motion by Councillors Laing and Lumsden as a matter of urgency in terms of Section 50B(4)(b) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, which would be considered as the last item of business on the agenda.

4(a)

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Decision:

to note the declarations of interest which will be recorded in the minute.

6(a)

Minute of Meeting of Aberdeen City Council of 24 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 189 KB

Decision:

to approve the minute subject to the removal of MEP after Councillor Allard’s name as he had not been sworn in as an MEP at that point.

8(a)

Business Planner pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Decision:

to note the business planner.

9(a)

Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places - GOV/19/323 pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(i)           to approve the recommended changes to polling districts as outlined in section 3.8 of the report and in Appendix 1 and note that the changes would come into effect when the Boundary Commission for Scotland’s final report and recommendations for the 2018 Review of UK Parliament Constituencies was approved by the Westminster Parliament; and

(ii)          to approve the recommended changes to polling places as outlined in section 3.9 of the report and in Appendix 2 and note where these were dependent on the Boundary Commission for Scotland’s final report and recommendations for the 2018 Review of UK Parliament Constituencies being approved by the Westminster Parliament.

9(b)

External Funding Update (Smart HyAware and Fuel Cell Cargo Pedelecs) - PLA/19/355 pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Decision:

(i)           to note the successful application and award for the Interreg Europe ‘Smart Hy-Aware’ (Smart solutions for HYdrogen potential AWAReness Enhancing) project for €217,000, and match funding from ONE and Scottish Enterprise;

(ii)          to approve total project costs for Smart HyAware as detailed in the report;

(iii)         to delegate authority to the Chief Officer - City Growth to procure the appropriate goods and services necessary to undertake the Smart Hy-Aware project, including appropriate travel and associated spend for up to two officers to attend partner meetings and annual conferences connected with the project;

(iv)         to note the successful application and award of grant for the Interreg North West Europe (NWE) Fuel Cell Cargo Pedelecs (FCCP) project for €458,392, and match funding from Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government;

(v)          to approve total project costs for the FCCP project as detailed in the report;

(vi)         to delegate authority to the Chief Officer - City Growth to procure the appropriate goods and services necessary to undertake the FCCP project, including appropriate travel and associated spend for up to two officers to attend partner meetings and annual conferences connected with the project; and

(vii)       to congratulate officers for their work in securing funding for the projects.

10(a)

Councillor Duncan

Fast Track Cities

 

“Council notes that Fast Track Cities is a global partnership and initiative, focusing on developing a network of cities pledged to achieve the commitments in the Paris Declaration on HIV prevention, diagnosis and treatment; that Glasgow City Council signed up to be a fast track city at the end of 2018 and the aim is to have all 7 Scottish cities signed up, making Scotland the first country in the world to have all cities signed up to the Fast Track Cities initiative by signing the Paris Declaration. 

 

The Paris Declaration commitments are:

 

(a)   90-90-90 targets:

- To ensure that 90% of people living with HIV know their status

- To improve access to antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV to 90%

- To increase the proportion of people living with HIV on ART with an undetectable viral load to at least 90%; and

 

(b)   To reduce stigma and discrimination related to HIV to zero with long term goals by 2030:

- Zero new HIV transmissions

- Zero HIV-related deaths

- Zero HIV-related stigma

 

Council welcomes the fact Aberdeen City meets the 90-90-90 targets already but acknowledges that there is more work to do to reach the 2030 goals and reduce stigma and notes that there are issues in Aberdeen in particular with reducing the incidence of late diagnosis of HIV, maintaining the number of people who are on treatment with antiretroviral treatment, which is a particular challenge in our city due to a transient population, and ensuring that ‘harder to reach’ groups are engaging with treatment and support.

 

Council agrees that tackling HIV stigma and maintaining and improving the treatment rates in Aberdeen meets the aims of the Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership’s Strategic Plan 2019 - 2022 which promotes person-centred care and peer support and also the Resilient, Supported and Included aims of the Local Outcome Improvement Plan. 

 

Council therefore recommends that the Lord Provost signs the Paris Declaration on behalf of the Council and instructs the Chief Officer of the Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership to work with Community Planning partners to produce an action plan which will improve performance on the 90-90-90 targets and make progress towards the 2030 goals and report back to Community Planning Aberdeen and the Integration Joint Board on implementation of the Action Plan and work done as part of the Fast Track Cities initiative.”

Decision:

to approve the notice of motion.

10(b)

Councillor Yuill pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Please see the enclosed paper for details

Decision:

(i)           to agree that human activity has caused a world temperature increase of an average of 1degC since pre-industrialisation;

(ii)          to note that the IPCC’s special report SR15, published on 8 October 2018, notes the +1.5degC global warming target in the Paris Accord is possible but would require ‘deep emissions reductions’ and ‘rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society’. The SR15 modelling shows that global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide would need to fall by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050;

(iii)         to note that the UK Government greenhouse gas emissions tables show that road transport accounts for over 30% of CO2 emissions, whilst residential heating accounts for over 17% of CO2 emissions;

(iv)         to press ahead with all forms of carbon emission reductions which include:-

(a)   improving the energy efficiency of existing and new housing by providing high levels of insulation;

(b)   continuing the deployment of low carbon vehicles and associated infrastructure to deliver economic and environmental benefits to the city;

(c)    working with Government, industry and other relevant bodies to secure funding focusing on the economic opportunities associated with the wider energy transition priority actions in the Regional Economic Strategy, including hydrogen, renewable energy and carbon capture utilisation and storage;

(d)   continuing to engage with the Oil and Gas industry and local supply chain to meet well documented city carbon reduction targets; and

(e)   supporting the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) recent report to the City Region Deal Committee noting that it has developed proposals for the creation of a Net Zero Solution Centre. The overall objective of that additional proposal is that the UK Continental Shelf becomes the first net zero hydrocarbon basin.

10(c)

Councillor Yuill

“That this Council has no confidence in the new UK Prime Minister and Government to act in the best interests of the citizens of Aberdeen, Scotland and the UK and instructs the Chief Executive to write to Aberdeen’s MPs urging them to support any no confidence motion in the UK Government that is tabled in the House of Commons.”

Decision:

(i)           to condemn the decision by the Conservative Government to use royal prerogative powers to suspend Parliament;

(ii)          to believe the action taken by the Conservative Government supports the proposition that there is a danger that the royal prerogative is being set directly against the wishes of a majority within the House of Commons;

(iii)         to support the attempts being made by Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrat, Plaid Cymru, Green, Change UK, Independent MPs and others to ensure our Parliament has enough time to discuss Brexit and the implications a no deal Brexit will have on the UK and our economy;

(iv)         to note the Supreme Court decision that it is in the interest of justice and the public interest that Scotland’s highest Court should determine a position on any abuse of power orchestrated by the Prime Minister and/or the Conservative Government; and

(v)          to instruct the Chief Executive to write to Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition; Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister; Ian Blackford, Leader of the SNP at Westminster; Jo Swinson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats; Liz Saville Roberts, Leader of Plaid Cymru; and the city’s three MPs urging them to support any motion tabled by the Leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition and others to stop this blatant abuse of power.

 

10(d)

Councillors Laing and Lumsden

“This Council notes -

 

(1)  That the proposed sale of First Bus Aberdeen is imminent;

(2)  That First Bus Aberdeen has recently started a one-week consultation on axing some of its services; and

(3)  That many in our communities rely on a quality bus service to get to work, doctors’ appointments etc.

 

This Council agrees to -

 

(a)  Instruct the Chief Executive to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, highlighting the present situation with First Bus Aberdeen and urging him to use any power at his disposal to stop First Bus Aberdeen putting profit before passengers by cutting the bus services on which the public of Aberdeen rely;

(b)  Instruct the Chief Executive to meet with the management of First Bus Aberdeen, and at which meeting to urge them to maintain the same level of service until the sale of the First Bus Aberdeen business and to then report to Group Leaders with the details of the discussion and result of that meeting; and

(c)  Instruct the Chief Executive to write to the 3 constituency MSPs and 7 Regional List MSPs urging them to lobby the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity to use any power at his disposal to stop First Bus Aberdeen cutting the bus services on which the public of Aberdeen rely whilst the business is up for sale.” 

Decision:

to approve the amended notice of motion in the following terms:-

 

“This Council notes -

 

(1)      That the proposed sale of First Bus Aberdeen is imminent;

(2)      That First Bus Aberdeen has recently started a one-week consultation on axing some of its services; and

(3)      That many in our communities rely on a quality bus service to get to work, doctors’ appointments etc.

 

This Council agrees to -

 

(a)      Instruct the Chief Executive to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, highlighting the present situation with First Bus Aberdeen and urging him to use any power at his disposal to stop First Bus Aberdeen putting profit before passengers by cutting the bus services on which the public of Aberdeen rely;

(b)      Instruct the Chief Executive to meet with the management of First Bus Aberdeen along with Group Leaders, and at which meeting:

(i)        To urge them to maintain the same level of service until the sale of the First Bus Aberdeen business; and

(ii)       To urge them to hold public meetings in the communities affected by the proposed changes to allow residents to express directly to First Bus Aberdeen their views and concerns about the proposed changes to services; and

(c)      Instruct the Chief Executive to write to the 3 constituency MSPs and 7 Regional List MSPs urging them to lobby the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity to use any power at his disposal to stop First Bus Aberdeen cutting the bus services on which the public of Aberdeen rely whilst the business is up for sale.