Scottish Borders Council

Agenda

Venue: To be conducted by Microsoft Teams

Contact: Louise McGeoch Tel 01835 825005  email  lmcgeoch@scotborders.gov.uk

Link: link to live meeting

Items
Note No. Item

1.

Convener's Remarks.

2.

Apologies for Absence.

3.

Order of Business.

4.

Declarations of Interest.

2 mins

5.

Minute pdf icon PDF 181 KB

Consider Minute of Scottish Borders Council held on 27 August 2020 for approval and signing by the Convener.  (Copy attached.)

 

5 mins

6.

Committee Minutes pdf icon PDF 27 KB

Consider Minutes of the following Committees:-

 

(a)     Local Review Body                                            17 August 2020

(b)     Civic Government Licensing                              21 August 2020

(c)     Police, Fire & Rescue and Safer

          Communities Board                                           28 August 2020

(d)     Selkirk Common Good Fund                             2 September 2020

(e)     Duns Common Good Fund                                3 September 2020

(f)      Sustainable Development                                  4 September 2020

(g)     Planning & Building Standards                           7 September 2020

(h)     Galashiels Common Good Fund                       10 September 2020

 

(Please see separate Supplement containing the public Committee Minutes.)

 

Additional documents:

15 mins

7.

Scottish Borders Local Police Plan pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Consider:-

 

(a)     Report by Executive Director, Corporate Improvement and Economy (Copy attached.);

 

(b)     Presentation by Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent John McKenzie; and. 

 

(b)     Recommendation made by the Police, Fire & Rescue and Safer Communities Board held on 28 August relating to the Local Police Plan. (Copy attached.)

Additional documents:

15 mins

8.

Making Offices COVID Safe pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Consider joint report by Executive Director, Corporate Improvement & Economy and Service Director HR & Communications.  (Copy attached.)

20 mins

9.

Responding to the Climate Emergency pdf icon PDF 212 KB

Consider report by Executive Director, Corporate Improvement & Economy.  (Copy attached.)

20 mins

10.

Local Development Plan pdf icon PDF 206 KB

Consider report by Executive Director, Corporate Improvement & Economy.  (Copy attached.)

Additional documents:

20 mins

11.

Indicative Regional Spatial Strategies for South of Scotland and South East Scotland pdf icon PDF 142 KB

Consider report by Executive Director, Corporate Improvement & Economy. (Copy attached.)

Additional documents:

10 mins

12.

Chief Social Work Officer Annual Report pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Consider report by Chief Social Work & Public Protection Officer.  (Copy attached.)

Additional documents:

5 mins

13.

Motion by Councillor Mountford

Consider Amended Motion by Councillor Mountford in the following terms:-

 

That Scottish Borders Council

(i)      Acknowledges the efforts that this council has made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable energy;  

(ii)      Recognises that councils can play an important role in creating sustainable communities, particularly by encouraging the provision of locally-generated renewable electricity;

(iii)     Further recognises 

·       that very large financial setup and running costs involved in selling locally generated renewable electricity to local customers result in it being impossible for local renewable electricity generators to do so, and

·       That making these financial costs proportionate to the scale of a renewable electricity supplier’s operation would create significant opportunities for communities to become providers of locally-generated renewable electricity directly to local people, businesses and organisations.

(iv)    Accordingly resolves to support the Local Electricity Bill, currently supported by a cross-party group of 150 MPs, and which, if made law, would make the setup and running costs of selling renewable electricity to local customers proportionate by establishing a Right to Local Supply; and  

(v)     Further resolves to  

·           inform the local media of this decision,

·           write to local MPs, asking them to support the Bill, and

·           write to the organisers of the campaign for the Bill, Power for People, (at 8 Delancey Passage, Camden, London NW1 7NN or info@powerforpeole.org.uk) expressing its support.

 

5 mins

14.

Motion by Councillor Tatler

Consider Motion by Councillor Tatler in the following terms:-

 

“Poverty exists in the Scottish Borders and has done for some time.  There is evidence that there may be increased levels of poverty as a result of the Covid19 pandemic.  Scottish Borders Council through a number of initiatives and programmes continues to provide support and assistance to combat the effects of poverty on individuals and families in our local communities.  Much of this work is carried out in partnership with the Scottish Government, the Community Planning Partnership and a range of Third-Sector organisations.

 

In collaboration with its partners and involving those with lived experience of poverty, Scottish Borders Council will develop and implement a comprehensive Anti-Poverty Strategy – building on current work, identifying new areas where support is needed and campaigning for additional resources to tackle poverty.  A Short Term Working Group of three Councillors will work with officers, Third Sector representatives and local people to prepare a Draft Anti-Poverty Strategy that will be considered for approval by the Council at its February 2021 meeting.”

 

5 mins

15.

Motion by Councillor H. Scott

Consider Motion by Councillor H. Scott in the following terms:-

“That Scottish Borders Council endorses and fully supports Chief Constable Iain Livingston’s announcement of the Police Scotland Assault Pledge, which is a campaign to tackle the increasing number of assaults, violence and abusive behaviour directed towards police officers and police staff, and his commitment to reduce the impact violence has on them, including measures to improve their safety.

Ref: https://www.scotland.police.uk/what-s-happening/news/2020/august/chief-constable-s-pledge-to-tackle-assaults-on-police-officers-and-staff/

15 mins

16.

Scheme of Administration and Appointments to Committees pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Consider:-

 

(a)      Report by Service Director Customer & Communities on amendments to Scheme to take account of changes to Executive portfolios and Pension Scheme accounts review.  (Copy attached.); and

 

(b)      Appointments to Committees and other positions:

 

(i)      a member of the Administration, not on the Executive Committee, to the Audit & Scrutiny Committee to replace Councillor Scott Hamilton;

(ii)      a member of the Administration on the Audit & Scrutiny Committee to replace Councillor Scott Hamilton as Vice-Chair;

(iii)     a member of the Opposition to the Audit & Scrutiny Committee to replace Councillor Chapman;

(iv)    a member of the Opposition to the Sustainable Development Committee to replace Councillor Robson;

(v)     a member on the Planning & Building Standards Committee and Local Review Body to replace Councillor Miers;

(vi)    a member on the Scottish Borders Living Wage Working Group to replace Councillor Robson; and

(vii)    to replace Councillor Aitchison with Councillor Tatler as one of the Administration members of the Community Planning Strategic Board.

 

Additional documents:

15 mins

17.

Open Questions

18.

Any Other Items Previously Circulated

19.

Any Other Items Which the Convener Decides Are Urgent

20.

Private Business

Before proceeding with the private business, the following motion should be approved:-

 

“That under Section 50A(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the relevant paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the aforementioned Act.”

1 mins

21.

Minute

Consider private Section of Minute of Scottish Borders Council held on 27 August 2020.  (Copy attached.)

1 mins

22.

Committee Minutes

Consider private Sections of the Minutes of the following Committees:-

 

(a)     Civic Government Licensing                              21 August 2020

(b)     Selkirk Common Good Fund                             2 September 2020

(c)     Galashiels Common Good Fund                       10 September 2020

 

(Please see separate Supplement containing private Committee Minutes.)

20 mins

23.

CGI Contract

Consider report by Executive Director, Finance & Regulatory.  (Copy to follow.)

 

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