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Notice of Motion by Lord Provost Barney Crockett

“That Council:-

(1)      Notes that in 1319 King Robert the Bruce granted Aberdeen the ‘Stocket’ Charter.

(2)      Notes that under the terms of the charter, King Robert the Bruce granted Aberdeen the Forest of Stocket and as a result of the finances generated from the forest, the Common Good Fund was created to benefit the people of Aberdeen.

(3)      Notes the Common Good Fund helped to fund, amongst other things, Marischal College, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Central Library, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Hazlehead Park.  

(4)      Agrees that the Lord Provost should mark the 700th anniversary of the Stocket Charter by holding a dinner in 2019. Invitees would include citizens from all 13 wards in Aberdeen.

(5)      Agrees that holding the dinner be subject to suitable funding being identified and approved through the 2019/20 budget process.”

Minutes:

The Council had before it the following notice of motion by Lord Provost Barney Crockett:-

 

“That Council:-

(1)      Notes that in 1319 King Robert the Bruce granted Aberdeen the ‘Stocket’ Charter.

(2)      Notes that under the terms of the charter, King Robert the Bruce granted Aberdeen the Forest of Stocket and as a result of the finances generated from the forest, the Common Good Fund was created to benefit the people of Aberdeen.

(3)      Notes the Common Good Fund helped to fund, amongst other things, Marischal College, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Central Library, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Hazlehead Park.  

(4)      Agrees that the Lord Provost should mark the 700th anniversary of the Stocket Charter by holding a dinner in 2019. Invitees would include citizens from all 13 wards in Aberdeen.

(5)      Agrees that holding the dinner be subject to suitable funding being identified and approved through the 2019/20 budget process.”

 

The Lord Provost moved, seconded by Councillor Houghton:-

            That the Council approve the notice of motion.

 

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

That the Council approve parts (1), (2) and (3) of the notice of motion; and (4) agree that the 700th anniversary of the Stocket Charter should be appropriately marked and instruct the Chief Officer - Governance to report to the Council meeting in December 2018 on how this could be achieved in a way that delivers a direct benefit to citizens in Aberdeen.

 

Councillor Flynn moved as a further amendment, seconded by Councillor Jackie Dunbar:-

That the Council approve parts (1), (2) and (3) of the notice of motion, remove parts (4) and (5) and replace with - instruct the Chief Officer - Governance to report to the next meeting of Full Council with an options appraisal on an event(s) which could be held to mark the occasion, with this event(s) being freely accessible to all. This report will identify cost and funding options.

 

There being a motion and two amendments, the Council first divided between the two amendments.

 

On a division, there voted:-

 

For the amendment by Councillor Yuill  (4)  -  Councillors Delaney, Greig, John and Yuill.

 

For the amendment by Councillor Flynn  (19)  -  Councillors Allard, Alphonse, Cameron, Cooke, Copland, Cormie, Jackie Dunbar, Flynn, Henrickson, Hutchison, MacGregor, Catriona MacKenzie, McLellan, McRae, Nicoll, Noble, Samarai, Sandy Stuart and Townson.

 

Declined to vote  (20)  -  Depute Provost; and Councillors Allan, Bell, Boulton, Lesley Dunbar, Duncan, Graham, Grant, Houghton, Hunt, Imrie, Laing, Lumsden, Macdonald, Avril MacKenzie, Malik, Mason MSP, Reynolds, Sellar and Jennifer Stewart.

 

Absent from the division  (1)  -  Councillor Wheeler.

 

The Council then divided between the motion and the amendment by Councillor Flynn.

 

On a division, there voted:-

 

For the motion  (22)  -  Lord Provost; Depute Provost; and Councillors Allan, Bell, Boulton, Lesley Dunbar, Duncan, Graham, Grant, Houghton, Hunt, Imrie, John, Laing, Lumsden, Macdonald, Avril MacKenzie, Malik, Mason MSP, Reynolds, Sellar and Jennifer Stewart.

 

For the amendment by Councillor Flynn  (22)  -  Councillors Allard, Alphonse, Cameron, Cooke, Copland, Cormie, Delaney, Jackie Dunbar, Flynn, Greig, Henrickson, Hutchison, MacGregor, Catriona MacKenzie, McLellan, McRae, Nicoll, Noble, Samarai, Sandy Stuart, Townson and Yuill.

 

Absent from the division  (1)  -  Councillor Wheeler.

 

There being a tied vote, in terms of Standing Order 31.6, the Lord Provost exercised his casting vote for the motion.

 

The Council resolved:-

to adopt the motion and thereby approve the notice of motion.