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To consider the following notices of motion, notice of which has been given by:


Councillor Martinelli: Proposed closure of Parkside Police station

Council notes the Police Constabulary’s intention to move its Southern Divisional HQ out of its current site in Parkside to a location in the outskirts of Cambridge.


It resolves to hold the Police & Crime Commissioner to his public statement that community policing and a Public Contact point will remain in the the city centre. In particular the council calls on:

1. The Commissioner and the Chief Constable for the proposed city centre public contact point to take the form of a desk staffed 24/7, recognising the very high footfall in Cambridge city centre, the size of the night economy, and the high concentration of incidents to be found in any vibrant urban centre;


2. The City Council Chief Executive to explore and if possible advance the opportunity for the Police Neighbourhood Policing team to share an office facility within the city with the city council’s Safer Communities team and potentially other enforcement officers of the city and county council, a model which has been pioneered in Peterborough, in order to further enhance joint working.



Councillor Cantrill: People's vote motion

In the 2016 Referendum on the European Union Cambridge voted over 73% in favour of remaining in the European Union.  The European elections on the 23 May, provides residents with an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to remaining in the European Union.

The Council believes that the interests of its residents would be best protected by a People’s Vote on Brexit with the option of revoking Article 50 and remaining in the EU.

The Council calls on all political parties to commit to give Cambridge residents (including resident European citizens) a vote on whether to accept whatever Brexit deal is agreed or to retain the many benefits local residents currently enjoy by staying in the European Union.

The Council should write to our two local MPs calling on them to lobby their parties to unequivocally support a People’s Vote.



Councillor Thornburrow: Declaration of a biodiversity emergency

This Council notes with concern recent reports from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) on global species and habitat loss, and also that  Cambridgeshire & Peterborough combined has one of the lowest percentages of land cover of priority habitats, natural green spaces and designated nature conservation sites in England, with only 6.5% of the land surface having statutory or non-statutory nature conservation designations and only approximately 8.5% being priority habitat.


We recognise the importance of a healthy and biodiverse environment that ensures our City’s future prosperity and supports the wellbeing of all who live, work and study here.


We therefore pledge to provide leadership and to ensure that we work with partners and our communities to reverse the decline in biodiversity and deliver measurable biodiversity net gain within Cambridge and the wider region.


Further to this, Council:


(1)  Declares its recognition of the global biodiversity emergency and the local impact this could have on the communities and businesses we serve

(2)  Pledges to act during the first year of Motion being accepted, to work towards future measurable biodiversity net gain for Cambridge, based on a full assessment of the scientific evidence on how best to achieve this

(3)  Pledges to develop plans for further action, in second year of Motion and beyond, to secure further biodiversity net gain.


In recognition of this biodiversity emergency, during first year of Motion being accepted Cambridge City Council will:


·  Make the Council estate more hospitable to a wide range of plants and animals, including on our parks and open spaces.

·  Publish a Parks Biodiversity Toolkit to encourage community engagement with habitat creation such as flowering meadows for pollinating insects.

·  Identify how the City’s open spaces function as part of a Cambridgeshire coherent ecological network and prioritise areas for protection and enhancement.

·  Set measurable targets and standards for biodiversity increase, seeking to increase community engagement with habitat creation such as bee banks and ponds.

·  Work to improve the City Council Nature Conservation Strategy, building on the significant work already delivered since its adoption in 2006, by embedding measurable biodiversity net gain across the authority.

·  Work in partnership with institutions, schools, businesses and community groups, to raise awareness and encourage wider biodiversity action across the City by:

o  Providing a range of public engagement and awareness campaigns to provide advice to residents and businesses on how to protect and enhance habitats within their neighbourhoods.

o  Promoting the adoption of the Local Nature Partnership ‘Developing with Nature Toolkit’ within all new major developments to ensure biodiversity best practice is implemented and recognised

o  Continuing to safeguard and enhance the trees of our urban forest to maximise their biodiversity benefits through the implementation of the adopted Tree Strategy (2016)

o  Encouraging and supporting urban agriculture as set out in the City Council Sustainable Food Policy,

o  Continuing to support the Local Wildlife Trust through a service level agreement (SLA) to ensure our designated Local Wildlife Sites reach and retain favourable conservation status

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Councillor Thittala: Supporting overseas nurses in developing their English proficiency

Along with other UK cities, Cambridge is suffering a severe shortage of trained nurses and nursing staff in the NHS, and of care staff locally. Problems of recruitment and retention are made far worse by the setting of English language standards not always appropriate to the roles, and inadequate supplementary English classes following the recruitment of staff from overseas, or for potential staff already in the UK.


The Council asks the Leader of the Council to write to:

1. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to step in and address this unfair practice. The NMC requires a score of 7 out of 9, which is about 78%, but requesting to conduct a consultation to reduce it to 6.5, which is still a 72% pass mark, for those nurses, worked and settled in the United Kingdom and worked in the health sector for more than 4 years;

2.  The NMC requesting they conduct an immediate consultation on improving recruitment and addressing the barriers to people where English is their second language; 

3.  CUHS and Addenbrookes asking them to review their overseas recruitment policy, including of staff where their English can be improved while in work;

4. The Secretary of State for Health calling for Government intervention to address the national shortage of nurses in our NHS, and in Cambridge. 



Written questions

No discussion will take place on this item. Members will be asked to note the written questions and answers document as circulated around the Chamber.