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Items
No. Item

1.

Determination of urgent business

Minutes:

The Lord Provost advised that he would shortly be circulating a notice of motion in his own name as a matter of urgency in terms of Section 50(4)(b) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

 

The Council resolved:-

to note the position.

2.

Determination of exempt business

Minutes:

The Council was requested to determine that the following items of business, which contained exempt information as described in Schedule 7(A) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, be taken in private:-

          11.1    City Centre Masterplan Update - exempt appendices

          11.2    Beach Masterplan Progress Report - exempt appendix

 

The Council resolved:-

in terms of Section 50A(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, to exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of items 11.1 and 11.2 so as to avoid disclosure of exempt information of the classes described in paragraphs 6 and 8 of Schedule 7A of the Act.

3.

Declarations of Interest and Transparency Statements

Minutes:

Councillor Cooke advised that he had a connection in relation to agenda item 9.7 (Beach Masterplan Progress Report) as a Director of Sport Aberdeen, however having applied the objective test he did not consider that he had an interest and would not be withdrawing from the meeting for that item.

 

Councillor Yuill advised that he had a connection in relation to agenda item 9.6 (City Centre Masterplan Update) as a member of the Robert Gordon’s College Board of Governors, however having applied the objective test he did not consider that he had an interest and would not be withdrawing from the meeting for that item.

 

Councillor Reynolds advised that he had a connection in relation to agenda item 9.7 as a member of the Board of Transition Extreme, however having applied the objective test he did not consider that he had an interest and would not be withdrawing from the meeting for that item.

 

The Depute Provost advised that she had a connection in relation to agenda item 9.6 as a member of the Robert Gordon’s College Board of Governors, however having applied the objective test she did not consider that she had an interest and would not be withdrawing from the meeting for that item.

4.

Urgent Notice of Motion by the Lord Provost

Minutes:

The Council had before it the following urgent notice of motion by the Lord Provost in the following terms:-

 

“Agrees this Council confers unqualified support for Ukrainian Independence and its sovereign integrity, stands shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

 

Agrees Russia invasion of Ukraine was an unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine and our thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainian people right across the world at this time.

 

Agrees that the Ukrainian Flag should fly from the Town House and similarly Marischal College should light up in the Ukrainian colours for the next 7 days to show our solidarity with the people of Ukraine. 

 

Agrees that I, as Lord Provost should write on behalf of the people of Aberdeen to the Russian Ambassador in London condemning the actions of his government for its unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine.”

 

The Council resolved:-

to approve the urgent notice of motion.

5.

Deputations

·       Request received from Hussein Patwa in relation to item 9.6 - City Centre Masterplan Update - RES/22/057

 

The request is competent in terms of Standing Order 14

Minutes:

The Council was advised that a deputation request had been received in relation to the City Centre Masterplan Update report which was competent in terms of Standing Orders, however it would not be proceeding as outlined below.

 

The Council resolved:-

(i)             to note that a deputation request had been received from Mr Hussein Patwa in relation to the City Centre Masterplan Update report, however Mr Patwa was unable to make his deputation and therefore a written submission had been circulated; and

(ii)           to thank Mr Patwa for his submission and to wish him well.

6.

Minute of Meeting of Aberdeen City Council of 13 December 2021 pdf icon PDF 254 KB

Minutes:

The Council had before it the minute of Aberdeen City Council of 13 December 2021.

 

The Council resolved:-

to approve the minute.

7.

Minute of Special Meeting of Aberdeen City Council of 12 January 2022 pdf icon PDF 195 KB

Minutes:

The Council had before it the minute of the special meeting of Aberdeen City Council of 12 January 2022.

 

The Council resolved:-

to approve the minute.

8.

Minute of Special Meeting of Aberdeen City Council of 10 February 2022 pdf icon PDF 187 KB

Minutes:

The Council had before it the minute of the special meeting of Aberdeen City Council of 10 February 2022.

 

The Council resolved:-

to approve the minute.

9.

Guildry Funds - Review of Allowances - Minute of Meeting of Guildry and Mortification Funds Committee of 20 December 2021 pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Minutes:

With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of the Guildry and Mortification Funds Committee of 20 December 2021, the Council had before it, by way of remit, a recommendation that the allowances paid from the Guildry fund to Burgesses of Guild, widows and widowers of Burgesses and children of Burgesses be increased by 5% to be backdated from 1 May 2021.

 

The Council resolved:-

to approve the 5% increase in annual allowances to be backdated from 1 May 2021.  

10.

Council Business Planner pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Minutes:

The Council had before it the business planner as prepared by the Chief Officer - Governance.

 

The Council resolved:-

to note the business planner.

11.

Scheme of Governance Review - 2022 - COM/22/034 pdf icon PDF 221 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council had before it a report by the Chief Officer - Governance which met the Council’s instruction to report on the operation of the Scheme of Governance on an annual basis and made recommendations for improvement.

 

The report recommended:-

that the Council -

(a)           approve Appendix C, the Introduction to the Scheme of Governance, with effect from 1 April 2022;

(b)           approve Appendix D, Committee Terms of Reference, with effect from 1 April 2022;

(c)           approve Appendix E, Powers Delegated to Officers with effect from 1 April 2022, and delegate authority to the Chief Officer - Governance to make any further changes to Appendix 1 of that document necessary to reflect the Powers Delegated to Officers;

(d)           approve Appendix F, Standing Orders for Council, Committee and Sub Committee Meetings, with effect from 1 April 2022;

(e)           approve Appendix G, Financial Regulations, with effect from 1 April 2022;

(f)             approve Appendix H, Procurement Regulations, with effect from 1 April 2022;

(g)           approve Appendix I, Member - Officer Relations Protocol, with effect from 1 April 2022;

(h)           approve Appendix J, the Local Code of Corporate Governance, with effect from 1 April 2022;

(i)             note the draft minute of the Governance Reference Group of 20 January 2022, and that an updated committee report template would be implemented with effect from 1 April 2022; and

(j)             note the update with regard to the review of outside bodies and that no further changes were required at this stage.

 

Councillor Houghton moved, seconded by Councillor Malik:-

That the Council approve the recommendations contained within the report, subject to the following:

 

Appendix D - Powers Delegated to Officers:-

·         To not accept the amendments to Chief Officer - Governance power 21 in relation to emergencies; and

·         To not accept the proposed new power 12 for the Chief Officer - City Growth with regard to event capacities and pandemic related legislation.

 

Appendix F - Standing Orders:-

·         In relation to Standing Order 34.1 to delete the words “unless thereafter the Convener determines otherwise”; and

·         In relation to Standing Order 12.2, to delete the word “must” and replace it with “should”.

 

Councillor Alex Nicoll moved as an amendment, seconded by Councillor Greig:-

That the Council defer consideration of the report to the Council meeting scheduled for 29 June 2022 to allow the new Council to consider the matter, and agree that the existing Scheme of Governance remain in place meantime.

 

On a division, there voted:-

 

For the motion  (23)  -  Lord Provost; Depute Provost; and Councillors Allan, Bell, Boulton, Cross, Donnelly, Lesley Dunbar, Duncan, Graham, Grant, Houghton, Imrie, John, Laing, Lumsden MSP, Macdonald, MacKenzie, Malik, Mason, Reynolds, Sellar and Wheeler.

 

For the amendment  (22)  -  Councillors Al-Samarai, Allard, Alphonse, Cameron, Cooke, Copland, Cormie, Delaney, Jackie Dunbar MSP, Greig, Henrickson, Hutchison, MacGregor, McLellan, McRae, Mennie, Alex Nicoll, Audrey Nicoll MSP, Noble, Radley, Townson and Yuill.

 

The Council resolved:-

to adopt the motion.

12.

Standards Commission for Scotland - Written Decision - Councillor Alphonse - COM/22/050 pdf icon PDF 198 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council had before it a report by the Chief Officer - Governance which presented the written decision made by the Standards Commission for Scotland following a hearing held on 13 December 2021.

 

The report recommended:-

that the Council -

(a)           consider the content of the written decision; and

(b)           note that the Standards Commission for Scotland held that there had been no breach of the Code of Conduct by Councillor Alphonse.

 

The Council resolved:-

(i)             to note the content of the written decision; and

(ii)           to note that the Standards Commission for Scotland held that there had been no breach of the Code of Conduct by Councillor Alphonse.

13.

Treasury Management Policy - RES/22/033 pdf icon PDF 317 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council had before it a report by the Chief Officer - Finance which outlined the Council’s Treasury Management Policy for 2022/23 to 2024/25 for approval.

 

The report recommended:-

that the Council approve the Council’s Treasury Management Policy for 2022/23 to 2024/25 as detailed at Appendix 1, which included the Treasury Management Policy Statement, Borrowing Policy, Investment Policy and Counterparty list.

 

The Council resolved:-

to approve the recommendation.  

14.

Climate Change - Citywide Strategy and Council Carbon Budget - COM/22/054 pdf icon PDF 556 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council had before it a report by the Director of Commissioning which sought approval of the citywide approach to addressing climate change, as articulated through a Net Zero Aberdeen Routemap which set a net zero target for Aberdeen City by 2045 across six themes and the refreshed Aberdeen Adapts, which provided a climate adaptation framework for Aberdeen.

 

The report recommended:-

that the Council -

 

Citywide - Net Zero & Aberdeen Adapts

(a)           note that two significant local drivers behind Net Zero Aberdeen and Aberdeen Adapts are the Economic Policy Panel’s recommendations and Moodie’s credit rating, the recent assessment of which noted that for overall environmental risk, Aberdeen scored neutral to low (E-2), reflecting low exposure across all categories, but a moderately negative exposure to carbon transition risks given the significant dependence of the city on the oil and gas sector, an issue which this route map now sets out to address;

(b)           note the recommendation of the City Net Zero Leadership Board that Council should approve the Net Zero Aberdeen Routemap, including the six place-based strategies;

(c)           approve the Net Zero Aberdeen Routemap and associated place-based strategies in line with the Net Zero Vision to achieve the goal of a Net Zero Aberdeen by 2045 (Appendices 1 & 1A to 1F);

(d)           approve the updated Aberdeen Adapts Framework (Appendix 2);

(e)           note the severity of Storms Frank, Arwen, Malik and Corrie, their major impacts on the City and Northeast infrastructure, economy and communities and the list of first and second civil contingency responders to these events (Appendix 3 within Aberdeen Adapts Framework);

(f)            note the objectives already set out in Aberdeen Adapts and the Local Outcome Improvement Plan to focus on and advance community resilience planning and outcomes;

(g)           instruct the Chief Officer - Governance to ensure the cluster capitalises on recent learning and the strong desire to further develop community resilience by working alongside communities to develop and embed community resilience plans in line with the above objectives;

(h)           instruct the Chief Officer - Strategic Place Planning to report back to the City Growth and Resources Committee on an annual basis on progress towards the objectives of both Net Zero Aberdeen Routemap and Aberdeen Adapts and to revise them at least every five years, and sooner as may be necessary;

(i)             instruct the Chief Officer - Strategic Place Planning to engage with communities, business and third sector partners to develop and implement an engagement plan to support delivery of the objectives of the Routemap and Adaptation Framework, including:

(a)       The co-creation with Net Zero partners of a Net Zero Aberdeen microsite as a digital platform through which to promote the Routemap, Aberdeen Adapts and associated information, projects, etc. of the Council and partners (initial design concept provided in Appendix 3);

(b)       The development and promotion of a “Climate and Net Zero Aberdeen Pledge” (initial pledge concept outlined in Appendix 4) and agree that the Lord Provost sign the pledge on the Council’s behalf;

(j)             instruct the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

15.

ACC-bp Memorandum of Understanding - Progress Report - COM/22/051 pdf icon PDF 265 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council had before it a report by the Chief Officer - City Growth which provided an update on progress supporting the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Council and bp.

 

The report recommended:-

that the Council -

(a)           note the progress made since the MoU was launched in September 2020; and

(b)           agree the priorities for the next year of the MoU as outlined in Section 3.27 of the report.

 

The Council resolved:-

to approve the recommendations.  

16.

City Centre Masterplan Update - RES/22/057 pdf icon PDF 323 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

With reference to Article 4 of the minute of meeting of the City Growth and Resources Committee of 12 November 2021, the Council had before it a report by the Director of Resources which presented an update on a number of projects to be delivered through the City Centre Masterplan (CCMP) review and made recommendations on next steps to continue to support economic and place-based recovery within the city.

 

The report recommended:-

that the Council -

 

Union Street Building Condition

(a)           note the content of the Building Condition Survey (Appendix A) and agree the identified priorities (Roof, Rainwater Goods, Shopfronts, Stonework), with Zone B (Market Street-Bridge Street) to be prioritised;

(b)           instruct the Chief Officer - Corporate Landlord to prepare:

a)      a plan for implementation of improvement works to buildings in Council ownership,

b)      a plan for implementation of works to buildings outwith Council ownership, to allow engagement with property owners,

with Zone B (Market Street-Bridge Street) to be prioritised in both circumstances and report progress in June 2022;

(c)           instruct the Chief Officer - Strategic Place Planning to:

a)    prepare a detailed specification for appropriate façade stone cleaning,

b)    investigate means to simplify procedures for statutory consents,

and report progress to Full Council in June 2022;

(d)           instruct the Chief Officer - Commercial and Procurement to develop a procurement and funding plan for building repair work as identified in Appendix A, including investigating a ‘One-stop’ service to cover professional services required to implement improvement works and report the results to Full Council by August 2022;

(e)           note Appendices F and G and instruct the Chief Officer - City Growth to advance the works to identify the full range of intervention measures to repopulate vacant units in Union Street to Full Business case including further assessment of potential non-retail uses and report outcomes in December 2022;

 

Belmont Street Café Culture

(f)             note the stakeholder engagement that has been undertaken, the preferred Option 3 identified, and approve the full business case as detailed in Appendix B;

(g)           instruct the Director of Resources to develop and implement a detailed design for Option 3 identified in the Business Case including operational plans in consultation with Belmont Quarter stakeholders and key stakeholders (including Disability Equity Partnership);

(h)           instruct the Chief Officer - Operations and Protective Services to progress with the necessary Traffic Regulation Orders and implement as part of the operational plan and associated delivery measures in the context of the wider traffic management plan;

(i)             note the ongoing engagement with the Disability Equity Partnership and at their request the following interim measures are being progressed:

a)    Introduction of accessible parking spaces in Back Wynd on a trial basis at the earliest opportunity the impact of which will be monitored,

b)    Introduction of temporary accessibility ramps to the south side of Union Street Central located opposite dropped kerb locations existing on the north side of the street;

 

Market to Guild Street Streetscape

(j)             note the design concept masterplan for public realm improvements for the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.

17.

Beach Masterplan Progress Report - COM/22/064 pdf icon PDF 252 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

With reference to Article 4 of the minute of meeting of the City Growth and Resources Committee of 12 November 2021, the Council had before it a report by the Director of Resources which detailed progress on the strategic work streams and set out the suite of further recommendations and programme of works going forward for the Council to consider, recognising the interdependencies and phasing required.

 

The report recommended:-

that the Council -

(a)           instruct the Director of Resources and Head of Commercial and Procurement to progress the undernoted listed items (1 to 5) to Full Business Case, and report back progress to the June 2022 meeting of Full Council:

(1)       New Play Park: Urban Park, Sports Area & Pump Track;

(2)       Events Park: New Amphitheatre, Events Field, Gateway Building & Hub Building;

(3)       Landscaping: Landscape Mounding;

(4)       Broadhill: Public Realm & Landscaping;

(5)       Reconfigured Beach Landscaping;

(b)           instruct the Director of Resources and the Head of Commercial and Procurement to progress the undernoted listed interventions (6 to 12) to Outline Business Case and report back progress to the June 2022 meeting of Full Council:

(6)           Beach Pavilion Building;

(7)           New Canopy Features;

(8)           Beach Ballroom Plaza;

(9)           Broadhill (Structures);

(10)        Pedestrian Spine;

(11)        Beach Boulevard;

(12)        Surf Village;

(c)           instruct the Director of Resources and the Head of Commercial and Procurement to progress the undernoted Long-Term items (13 to 18) to Outline Business Case and report progress to the June 2022 meeting of Full Council:

(13)        Beach Ballroom;

(14)        New Stadium;

(15)        New Leisure Facility;

(16)        Boardwalk;

(17)        New Slipway;

(18)        Energy Centre;

(d)           instruct the Head of Commercial and Procurement and the Chief Officer - Strategic Place Planning to develop an Outline Business Case to improve the connectivity between the city centre and report back progress to the June 2022 meeting of Full Council; and

(e)           instruct the Director of Resources and the Head of Commercial and Procurement to continue to engage with stakeholders across the city, including children and young people and the Disability Equity Partnership, in relation to the work packages contained herein.

 

Councillor Laing moved, seconded by Councillor Boulton:-

That the Council approve the recommendations contained within the report.

 

Councillor Yuill moved as an amendment, seconded by Councillor Delaney:-

That the Council approve the recommendations contained within the report subject to removing “(14) New Stadium” from recommendation (c).

 

On a division, there voted:-

 

For the motion  (42)  -  Lord Provost; Depute Provost; and Councillors Al-Samarai, Allan, Allard, Alphonse, Bell, Boulton, Cameron, Cooke, Copland, Cormie, Cross, Donnelly, Jackie Dunbar MSP, Lesley Dunbar, Duncan, Graham, Grant, Henrickson, Houghton, Hutchison, Imrie, John, Laing, Lumsden MSP, Macdonald, MacGregor, MacKenzie, McLellan, McRae, Malik, Mason, Mennie, Alex Nicoll, Audrey Nicoll MSP, Noble, Radley, Reynolds, Sellar, Townson and Wheeler.

 

For the amendment  (3)  -  Councillors Delaney, Greig and Yuill.

 

The Council resolved:-

to adopt the motion.

18.

Notice of Motion by Councillor McLellan

That Council:-

 

(1)       cease the interim design works for public realm improvements on the mid section of Union Street (from Market Street to Bridge Street);

 

(2)       instruct the Chief Officer - Operations and Protective Services to reopen Union Street between its junctions with Union Terrace and Market Street to service buses, taxis, private hire vehicles and pedal cycles only, all as soon as is practicably possible, but not before any necessary investigatory or other required works are completed and not before any necessary statutory processes are completed: such work shall include the reopening of the temporarily closed bus stops and pedestrian crossings on this section of Union Street, where practicable;

 

(3)       retain the current timed delivery arrangements via Back Wynd/Belmont Street;

 

(4)       instruct the Chief Officer - Operations and Protective Services to remove the existing bus gate on Union Street, just East of Market Street and introduce new bus gates on Union Street between Bridge Street and Market Street;

 

The estimated cost of the works to be incurred is £10,000 and this expenditure will be met from existing operational budgets and the Spaces for People budget;

 

(5)       instruct the Chief Officer - Governance to initiate the consultation process to re-establish the taxi rank stances on Back Wynd and the night time taxi rank on Union Street at St Nicholas churchyard and report back to the Licensing Committee with the results of the consultation exercise;

 

(6)       instruct the Chief Officer - Operations and Protective Services to complete any necessary statutory processes to allow for waiting on Back Wynd by taxis; and

 

(7)       note the Director of Resources will continue to engage with stakeholders across the city, including children and young people and the Disability Equity Partnership, in relation to the work packages instructed through the City Growth and Resources Committee on 12 November 2021.

 

Minutes:

The Council had before it a notice of motion by Councillor McLellan in the following terms:-

 

“That Council:-

 

(1)       cease the interim design works for public realm improvements on the mid section of Union Street (from Market Street to Bridge Street);

 

(2)       instruct the Chief Officer - Operations and Protective Services to reopen Union Street between its junctions with Union Terrace and Market Street to service buses, taxis, private hire vehicles and pedal cycles only, all as soon as is practicably possible, but not before any necessary investigatory or other required works are completed and not before any necessary statutory processes are completed: such work shall include the reopening of the temporarily closed bus stops and pedestrian crossings on this section of Union Street, where practicable;

 

(3)       retain the current timed delivery arrangements via Back Wynd/Belmont Street;

 

(4)       instruct the Chief Officer - Operations and Protective Services to remove the existing bus gate on Union Street, just East of Market Street and introduce new bus gates on Union Street between Bridge Street and Market Street;

 

The estimated cost of the works to be incurred is £10,000 and this expenditure will be met from existing operational budgets and the Spaces for People budget;

 

(5)       instruct the Chief Officer - Governance to initiate the consultation process to re-establish the taxi rank stances on Back Wynd and the night time taxi rank on Union Street at St Nicholas churchyard and report back to the Licensing Committee with the results of the consultation exercise;

 

(6)       instruct the Chief Officer - Operations and Protective Services to complete any necessary statutory processes to allow for waiting on Back Wynd by taxis; and

 

(7)       note the Director of Resources will continue to engage with stakeholders across the city, including children and young people and the Disability Equity Partnership, in relation to the work packages instructed through the City Growth and Resources Committee on 12 November 2021.”

 

Councillor McLellan moved, seconded by Councillor Radley:-

          That the Council -

(1)       cease the interim design works for public realm improvements on the mid-section of Union Street (from Market Street to Bridge Street);

(2)       instruct the Chief Officer - Operations and Protective Services to reopen Union Street between its junctions with Union Terrace and Market Street to service buses, taxis, private hire vehicles and pedal cycles only, all as soon as is practicably possible, but not before any necessary investigatory or other required works are completed and not before any necessary statutory processes are completed: such work shall include the reopening of the temporarily closed bus stops and pedestrian crossings on this section of Union Street, where practicable;

(3)       instruct Chief Officer - Strategic Place Planning to work with bus operators to aim to move to ultra-low emission vehicles on the Market-Bridge Street section with geo-fenced buses travelling at 7mph as soon as practically possible;

(4)       retain the current timed delivery arrangements via Back Wynd/Belmont Street;

(5)       instruct the Chief Officer - Operations and Protective Services to remove the existing bus  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.

19.

Notice of Motion by Councillor Malik

That Council

 

  1. Agrees the tremendous success of the 2021 Summer of Play programme, the huge benefits it provided to children and young people in the city, and the positive evaluations of the programme from participants;

 

  1. Agrees in respect of mental and physical wellbeing our children and young people have faced considerable challenges over the last two years;

 

3.    Notes prior to the pandemic children and young people used school time as an opportunity to connect and socialise with peers but the restrictions put in place in schools in order to mitigate the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted on their ability to do this;

 

4.    Notes the inability to interact with peers freely, build relationships with others and pupil concern for the wellbeing of their own families has impacted on pupil wellbeing;

 

  1. Notes the Council has been given national funding to deliver a reduced summer programme over summer 2022 with no money for an Easter programme;

 

  1. Notes with disappointment that only £10m is being made available nationally compared to the £20m made available for summer 2021;

 

  1. Notes the grant conditions for 2022 are to be changed from last year meaning  the grant offered by the Scottish Government fails to address the very real risks to our young people over 14 and families with very young children who may not be old enough to access Early Learning and Childcare;

 

  1. Agrees this approach from the Scottish Government leaves an important gap in provision and puts considerable constraints on our approach to developing a summer programme;

 

  1. Agrees this reduction in funding will impact on our summer programme for 2022;

 

  1. Therefore instructs the Chief Officer - Education to work with relevant officers and partner organisations to develop similar Easter and Summer of Play programmes for 2022; and

 

  1. Instructs the Chief Officer - Education to prepare cost estimates for the provision of these Easter and Summer of Play programmes, and submit this to the budget process for 2022/23.

Minutes:

The Council had before it a notice of motion by Councillor Malik in the following terms:-

 

“That Council

 

  1. Agrees the tremendous success of the 2021 Summer of Play programme, the huge benefits it provided to children and young people in the city, and the positive evaluations of the programme from participants;

 

  1. Agrees in respect of mental and physical wellbeing our children and young people have faced considerable challenges over the last two years;

 

  1. Notes prior to the pandemic children and young people used school time as an opportunity to connect and socialise with peers but the restrictions put in place in schools in order to mitigate the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted on their ability to do this;

 

  1. Notes the inability to interact with peers freely, build relationships with others and pupil concern for the wellbeing of their own families has impacted on pupil wellbeing;

 

  1. Notes the Council has been given national funding to deliver a reduced summer programme over summer 2022 with no money for an Easter programme;

 

  1. Notes with disappointment that only £10m is being made available nationally compared to the £20m made available for summer 2021;

 

  1. Notes the grant conditions for 2022 are to be changed from last year meaning  the grant offered by the Scottish Government fails to address the very real risks to our young people over 14 and families with very young children who may not be old enough to access Early Learning and Childcare;

 

  1. Agrees this approach from the Scottish Government leaves an important gap in provision and puts considerable constraints on our approach to developing a summer programme;

 

  1. Agrees this reduction in funding will impact on our summer programme for 2022;

 

  1. Therefore instructs the Chief Officer - Education to work with relevant officers and partner organisations to develop similar Easter and Summer of Play programmes for 2022; and

 

  1. Instructs the Chief Officer - Education to prepare cost estimates for the provision of these Easter and Summer of Play programmes, and submit this to the budget process for 2022/23.

 

Councillor Malik moved, seconded by Councillor Imrie:-

          That the Council approve the notice of motion.

 

Councillor Alex Nicoll moved as an amendment, seconded by Councillor Greig:-

          That the Council -

(a)       approve 1 to 10 as per the notice of motion;

(b)       congratulates Aberdeen City Libraries, Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust, Aberdeen Lads Club, Aberdeen Play Forum, Aberdeen Science Centre, Aberlour Options, ACC Music Service, Adventure Aberdeen, Balnagask Community Centre, Barnardo’s Aberdeen Young Carers, Citymoves, Countesswells Holiday Club, Countryside Ranger, Creative Learning, Cultivate Aberdeen, Cummings Park Community Centre, Duthie Park Rangers, Family Learning, Fit Like Hubs, Grampian Autistic Society, Jesus House-Torry, Kings Church Foundation, Mastrick Community Centre, NESCol, Northfield Community Centre, Northfield Congregational Church, Orchard Brae Specialist Playscheme and Holiday Fun Club, Sport Aberdeen, Techfest, Tesco Hub Project, We Too and the  officers strategic group for their hard work and dedication in the successful delivery of the 2021, Summer of Play Programme, which was delivered within a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.

20.

Notice of Motion by the Depute Provost

That this Council instructs the Chief Officer - Operations and Protective Services to submit a report to the next appropriate meeting of the Operational Delivery Committee (or equivalent) outlining the options for installing a pedestrian crossing on Springfield Road in the area/vicinity of the petrol station and of Craigiebuckler Avenue.

 

This notice of motion?is made on?pedestrian safety?grounds, addressing the needs of local people, young and those less mobile and for families, living within the area, wanting to walk to the local neighbourhood shops, schools,  Johnstone Gardens and the wider Hazlehead / Craigiebuckler area. Residents believe a traffic island is insufficient to operate as a pedestrian crossing and are unable to stand on it safely with prams and wheelchairs.

Minutes:

The Council had before it a notice of motion by the Depute Provost in the following terms:-

 

“That this Council instructs the Chief Officer - Operations and Protective Services to submit a report to the next appropriate meeting of the Operational Delivery Committee (or equivalent) outlining the options for installing a pedestrian crossing on Springfield in the area/vicinity of the petrol station and of Craigiebuckler Avenue.

 

This notice of motion is made on pedestrian safety grounds addressing the needs of local people, young and those less mobile and for families, living within the area, wanting to walk to the local neighbourhood shops, schools, Johnstone Gardens and the wider Hazlehead/Craigiebuckler area. Residents believe a traffic island is insufficient to operate as a pedestrian crossing and are unable to stand on it safely with prams and wheelchairs.”

 

The Council resolved:-

to approve the notice of motion.

In accordance with Article 2 of this minute, the following items of business were considered with the press and public excluded.

21.

City Centre Masterplan Update - exempt appendices

Minutes:

With reference to Article 16 of this minute, the Council had before it exempt appendices for the City Centre Masterplan Update report.

 

The Council resolved:-

to note the appendices.

22.

Beach Masterplan Progress Report - exempt appendix

Minutes:

With reference to Article 17 of this minute, the Council had before it an exempt appendix for the Beach Masterplan Progress Report.

 

The Council resolved:-

to note the appendix.

- BARNEY CROCKETT, Lord Provost.