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Venue: Council Chamber, The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge, CB2 3QJ

Contact: Democratic Services  Committee Manager

Note: Please copy and paste the following web links to access supplementary documents: https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/media/10893/council-2022-05-26-information-pack.pdf and https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/media/10895/council-2022-05-26-decisions.docx 

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

To Elect a Mayor for the Municipal Year 2022/23

2.

To Elect a Deputy Mayor for the Municipal Year 2022/23

3.

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meetings held on the 24 February and 3 March 2022 pdf icon PDF 314 KB

Additional documents:

4.

To Note the Returning Officer's Report that the following have been Elected to the Office of Councillor

Abbey – Matt Howard

Arbury – Iva Divkovic

Arbury – Patrick Sheil

Castle – Simon Smith

Cherry Hinton – Russ McPherson

Coleridge – Anna Smith

East Chesterton – Baiju Thittala Varkey

King’s Hedges - Martin Smart

Market - Katie Porrer

Newnham – Cameron Holloway

Petersfield - Richard Robertson

Queen Edith’s - Daniel Lee

Romsey - Dinah Pounds

Trumpington - Olaf Hauk

West Chesterton – Sam Carling

West Chesterton – Richard Swift

5.

To Pass a Resolution of Thanks to the Outgoing Mayor

6.

Mayor's announcements

7.

To Elect from among the Members of the Council Four Bailiffs of the City for the Municipal Year 2022/23

8.

To consider the recommendations of Committees for adoption

8a

Civic Affairs Committee - Committee Appointments and Constitutional Changes pdf icon PDF 158 KB

Recommendations for committee sizes and chair/vice-chair appointments to follow.

Additional documents:

9.

Annual Statements

Group Leaders will each have the opportunity to speak for not more than 10 minutes on their Group’s priorities for action and objectives for the forthcoming municipal year in the following order:

 

Councillor Anna Smith

Councillor Bick

Councillor Bennett

10.

Public questions time

11.

To deal with oral questions

12.

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

12a

Councillor Copley - Plant-based food

Cambridge City Council declared climate and biodiversity emergencies in 2019, and shared a vision for Cambridge to be Net Zero by 2030. Furthermore, Cambridge City Council has developed a Sustainable Food Policy Statement (in response to an earlier motion by Cllr Oscar Gillespie), and Cambridge Sustainable Food, in which Cambridge City Council is a partner, has been awarded Silver status by Sustainable Food Places and recently announced it is working towards Gold status.

 

It is increasingly recognised that meat and dairy production is a significant contributor to climate breakdown, with the livestock sector accounting for 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions, as well as being a major contributor to global deforestation. The catastrophic effects of climate breakdown mean climate and risk experts predict a world with systemic cascading risks related to food insecurity including food shortages, societal tensions, hunger and malnutrition, unrest and conflict (according to a Chatham house report from 2021), which furthermore predicts a 50% chance of synchronous crop failure in the decade of the 2040s.

As well as a smaller carbon footprint, eating more plant-based foods also reduces the land footprint of our diets and would improve UK food security and self-sufficiency, thereby making our diets more local. We currently import much more food than we export. Meat and dairy is our second biggest food group trade deficit (£4.2 billion pounds a year); we also have a £1.3 billion pound trade deficit in animal feed. In the UK less than 40% of our cereals are eaten by people and almost 60% are fed to livestock: this is a huge food waste issue. East Anglia is predominantly arable farming and there are many local predominantly plant-based food businesses we could support.

 

The Government commissioned National Food Strategy (July 2021) recommended meat consumption should be reduced by 30% to help food security for future generations, and the Government's independent Climate Change Committee recommended that public bodies should lead the way by promoting plant-based food options. Over 40% of Britons are trying to reduce their meat consumption and 14% already follow a flexitarian diet, but plant-based food options are not consistently available at all events nor food venues. Other countries have taken a stance, for example in Portugal it is a legal requirement for all public catering – including local authority facilities – to provide plant-based food options, and other local authorities such as Oxfordshire County Council have decided to promote plant-based food via serving a fully plant-based menu at Council meetings and events. Locally, the University of Cambridge Catering Service reduced food-related greenhouse gas emissions by a third via replacing beef and lamb with plant-based products.

 

It is therefore important that Cambridge City Council builds on its achievements to date and leads by example to promote and normalise consumption of plant-based food, recognising that plant-based meals are frequently nutritious and low cost food options. This is in line with its vision for Cambridge City to be net-zero carbon by 2030.

 

Council therefore resolves to:

1.  Transition to fully plant-based  ...  view the full agenda text for item 12a

12b

Councillor Bennett - Abusive Practices Against the LGBTIQA+ Community Motion

Background

1  In October 2020, Cambridge City Council unanimously passed a comprehensive motion supporting trans rights (see notes section at end of motion)

2  That motion was brought because of the failure of the conservative government to keep its promises to reform the Gender Recognition Act to protect trans rights.

3  Once again, the conservative government is failing to keep its promises to the LGBTIQA+ community

4  In their 2018 manifesto, the conservatives promised to legislate to end the abusive practices popularly but incorrectly known as conversion therapy on LGBTIQA+ people.

5  Since then, there have been a number of U turns on this subject. The latest position as set out in the 10 May 2022 Queen’s Speech is an unsatisfactory proposal which excludes trans people completely and contains a number of provisions which would make it difficult and expensive to enforce.

6  In the circumstances, it seems fitting for this council to take a stand and re-affirm its support for trans rights and a full ban on the abusive practices commonly known as “conversion therapy”

7  It should be noted that the council’s support is not confined to words and it is proposed that we take a moment to record the actions taken by the council to support the LGBTIQA+ community since our October 2020 motion.

 

The Motion

1  This council continues to stand by its original 2020 declaration that trans rights are human rights.

2  It calls upon the government to restore its manifesto promise to introduce a full “conversion therapy” ban at the earliest possible opportunity and instructs the council to write to Elizabeth Truss, Equalities Minister to that effect

3  The council also wishes to list upon the public record the following steps that it has taken to promote fairness for the LGBTIQA+ community since October 2020:

a.  Annual briefings for staff and councillors on transgender awareness

b.  Financial support for charities and community organisations

c.  Participation in LGBTIQA+ community events such as LGBT+ history month

d.  Partnering with LGBTIQA+ community organisations such as Kite Trust and Encompass Network

 

The Notes

1  So called conversion “therapy” encompasses all attempts to change a person’s sexual/romantic orientation and/or gender identity or to change a person’s asexual or aromatic orientation or agender identity.

2  According to a 2009 Scientific American survey , "One in 25 British psychiatrists and psychologists say they would be willing to help homosexual and bisexual patients try to convert to heterosexuality, even though there is no compelling scientific evidence a person can willfully become straight", and explained that 17% of those surveyed said they had tried to help reduce or suppress homosexual feelings, and 4% said they would try to help homosexual people convert to heterosexuality in the future”

3  All major psychotherapy bodies have signed a 2018 NHS memorandum condemning conversion therapy. However, a 2018 government survey revealed that 1 in 20 LGBTIQA+ Britons had been offered conversion therapy and that 1 in 50 had been subjected to it. The figures for the  ...  view the full agenda text for item 12b

12c

Councillor Bick - Marketing of homes to international property investors

Council requests the Executive Councillor for Transformation, Finance & Resources by all feasible means to bring a rapid end to the practice of marketing new homes in which the council has a financial interest to overseas property investors; and replace it with an unlimited 100% local marketing strategy, focused on those wanting to live and/or work in Cambridge, regardless of country of origin.

13.

Written questions pdf icon PDF 125 KB

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.

 

14.

Decision Sheet pdf icon PDF 155 KB