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Minutes of the Decarbonisation and Environment Committee Meeting held in the Council Chamber on Tuesday 2 July 2023 at 6.30 pm

PRESENT:

East Ward:

Councillor J Craigie
Councillor K Hind
Councillor J Gubb
Councillor J Gordon (Chairman)

North Ward:

Councillor K Bines

South Ward

Councillor R Clarke

IN ATTENDANCE:

Mr P Swan (Town Clerk)

1. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN

Councillor Gordon was proposed by Councillor Bines and seconded by Councillor Clarke.

RESOLVED: That Councillor Gordon is appointed as Chairman of the Committee for the coming year.

(Vote: For: 6, Against: 0)

(Councillor Gordon assumed the Chair and thanked the Members for their vote.)

2. ELECTION OF A DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

Councillor Bines was proposed by Councillor Gubb and seconded by Councillor Clarke.

RESOLVED: That Councillor Bines is appointed as Deputy Chairman of the Committee for the coming year.

(Vote: For: 5, Against: 0, Abstention: 1)

3. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Councillor J McKenzie.


4. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST ON ITEMS ON THE AGENDA

There were no Declarations of Interest.


5. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD

1 member of the public present.

The member of the public explained their view on the importance of moving away from a meat based farming production system and the pressure this puts on the farming community. They then explained about moving towards a plant based agricultural system and the benefits of doing so in terms of the vast amounts of land this would release.

6. MINUTES

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 15 August 2023 were approved and signed as a correct record.

(Vote – For: 2, Abstention: 4)


7. TO SUBMIT IDEAS VIA PROJECT INITIATION FORMS FOR NEXT MEETING

The Town Clerk updated the Committee on the budget and that the 2% of precept will be restored for 2025/26.

The Chair advised that the Committee should put together an action plan and he would take the lead on this.

Councillor Bines recommended to that the Town Council consider a 25% plant based offering on all council held events.

The Committee wanted to strongly promote the uptake of a paperless system for all councillors.


8. TO RECOMMEND TO THE STAFFING FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSE COMMITTEE UPON THE CARBON FREE MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT

It was recommended to full council that they accept and resolve upon the quotation for the carbon free maintenance equipment to be funded by the 24/25 environmental budget.

Proposed by Councillor Craigie Seconded by Councillor Hind.


9. NEXT MEETING DATE

The next meeting will be held on 6 August 2024.

The Committee advised that a regular 5 weekly meeting be added to the Council Schedule when issued next year.

The Chairman thanked the Members for their attendance and support. He concluded the Meeting at 19:00 pm.

 


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