Agenda item

Notice of Motion

To consider any Notices of Motion submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 8.

 

Thanks to West Mercia Police

 

The violence and mayhem caused by a few thugs and hooligans in nearby Bristol has once again shown how important the police are in defending communities like ours in Worcester. They deserve our admiration and respect for the role they play in preserving a decent and civil society.  This Council therefore asks the Managing Director to write to the Chief Constable of West Mercia thanking him and his officers for all their efforts during the pandemic in keeping law and order and protecting us from those who seek to disrupt our work and progress. ?

 

Proposed by: Councillor Mitchell

 

Proposed Changes to the Legislative Regime Around Drugs

 

Hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and GHB are a scourge on our society across the UK, including here in Worcester.  They create terrible life consequences for those who use  them, those whose neighbourhoods are blighted by them and for society as a whole.  We must do all we can to eliminate them from our society and support the criminal justice system in their work in supporting that aim.  Moves to loosen the legislative regime around drugs such as GHB (also known as the date rape drug) are completely wrong and must be resisted.  To this end, Council calls upon the Managing Director to write to the Home Secretary to ask her to reject any suggestions of decriminalising these substances. ?

 

Proposed by: Councillor Mackay

 

 

Minutes:

The Council considered the following Notices of Motion, which had been submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 8:

 

Abolish Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988

 

This Council believes strongly that a secure home is at the heart of all our lives. It gives security, enables aspiration and gives children a stable home in which to grow-up.

 

This Council believes that residents living in the private rented sector should have the security to  build their lives and futures, and to become an active part of the community, just as residents in other housing tenures. We note that the largest reason for homelessness is eviction from the private rented sector.

 

We therefore mandate Managing Director to write to the Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government to call on Government to abolish S21 of the Housing Act 1988, which allows eviction without the landlord having to establish fault on the part of the tenant. Removing this unfair clause would help make renting more secure, improve standards, increase tenant confidence and ultimately contribute to making renting a viable long term alternative to home ownership or social rent for the millions who currently cannot access either.

 

The proposer, Councillor Berry and the seconder, Councillor Denham, both spoke in support of the Motion.

 

Other Members spoke on the Motion, following which the Motion was put to the vote. The Motion was agreed and it was

 

RESOLVED: That the Council mandates the Managing Director to write to the Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government to call on Government to abolish S21 of the Housing Act 1988.

 

Twinning Between Worcester and Gouzeaucourt

 

This Council will make the temporary Friendship Pact created in 2014 with Gouzeaucourt a small town in Northern France, into a permanent twinning arrangement between Worcester Council and Gouzeaucourt. The Twinning Association have considered this request and are confident that all the criteria to decide on the suitability of a relationship have been met and that this twinning relationship would benefit the City of Worcester.

 

The proposer, Councillor Hodges and the seconder, Councillor Gregson, both spoke in support of the Motion. Other Members spoke on the Motion, following which the Motion was put to the vote. The Motion was agreed and it was

 

RESOLVED: That the Council agrees to make a permanent twinning arrangement between Worcester and Gouzeaucourt.

 

Thanks to West Mercia Police

 

The violence and mayhem caused by a few thugs and hooligans in nearby Bristol has once again shown how important the police are in defending communities like ours in Worcester. They deserve our admiration and respect for the role they play in preserving a decent and civil society.  This Council therefore asks the Managing Director to write to the Chief Constable of West Mercia thanking him and his officers for all their efforts during the pandemic in keeping law and order and protecting us from those who seek to disrupt our work and progress.

 

The proposer, Councillor Mitchell and the seconder, Councillor Alan Amos, both spoke in support of the Motion.

 

In accordance with the rules set out in the Constitution, Councillor Collins proposed an amendment to the Motion, as follows:

 

Delete the words: “The violence and mayhem caused by a few thugs and hooligans in nearby Bristol has once again shown how important the police are in defending” and replace with the words: “We are reminded how vitally important the Police are in protecting…”

 

The proposed amendment was seconded by Councillor Gregson.

 

The proposer of the original Motion, Councillor Mitchell, stated that he did not accept the amendment.

 

Members entered into a debate on the Amendment to the Motion, following which the Amendment was put to the vote. In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 7.2 a named vote was requested and supported by four Members. On being put to the vote the Amendment was lost.

 

For:

Councillors

Against:

Councillors

Councillors Agar, Allcott, Barnes, Berry, Biggs, Bisset, Cawthorne, Collins, Cronin, Denham, Gregson, Hodges, Lamb, Riaz, Squires, Stalker, and Udall

Altaf, A. Amos, B. Amos, Bayliss, Ditta, Geraghty, Griffiths, Hassan, Mrs L. Hodgson, S. Hodgson, Johnson, Laurenson, Mackay, Mitchell, Roberts, Stafford, Stanley, Stephen

Total: 17

Total: 18

 

Members then entered into a debate on the original Motion, following which the Motion was put to the vote. The Motion was agreed and it was

 

RESOLVED: That the Council asks the Managing Director to write to the Chief Constable of West Mercia thanking him and his officers for all their efforts during the pandemic in keeping law and order and protecting us from those who seek to disrupt our work and progress.

 

Proposed Changes to the Legislative Regime Around Drugs

 

Hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and GHB are a scourge on our society across the UK, including here in Worcester.  They create terrible life consequences for those who use  them, those whose neighbourhoods are blighted by them and for society as a whole.  We must do all we can to eliminate them from our society and support the criminal justice system in their work in supporting that aim.  Moves to loosen the legislative regime around drugs such as GHB (also known as the date rape drug) are completely wrong and must be resisted.  To this end, Council calls upon the Managing Director to write to the Home Secretary to ask her to reject any suggestions of decriminalising these substances.

 

The proposer, Councillor Mackay and the seconder, Councillor Stanley, both spoke in support of the Motion. Other Members spoke on the Motion, following which the Motion was put to the vote.

 

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 7.2 a named vote was requested and supported by four Members. On being put to the vote the Motion was agreed and it was

 

RESOLVED: That the Council requests the Managing Director to write to the Home Secretary to ask her to reject any suggestions of decriminalising these substances.

 

For:

Councillors

Against:

Councillors

Abstain:

Councillors

Councillors Agar, Allcott, Altaf, A. Amos, B. Amos, Barnes, Bayliss, Berry, Biggs, Cawthorne, Collins, Cronin, Denham, Ditta, Geraghty, Gregson, Griffiths, Hassan, Hodges, Mrs L. Hodgson, S. Hodgson, Johnson, Lamb, , Mackay, Mitchell, Riaz, Roberts, Squires, Stafford, Stalker, Stanley and Udall

 

Bisset, Laurenson, Stephen

Total: 32

Total: 0

Total: 3