Agenda and minutes

Extraordinary Meeting, Council
Tuesday, 17th February, 2015 6.30 pm

Venue: The Milton Rooms, Market Place, Malton, YO17 7LX

Contact: Simon Copley  277

Recording: Listen to the recording

Items
No. Item

78.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Raper, Fraser and Legard.

79.

Declarations of Interest

Members to indicate whether they will be declaring any interests under the Code of Conduct.

 

Members making a declaration of interest at a meeting of a Committee or Council are required to disclose the existence and nature of that interest.  This requirement is not discharged by merely declaring a personal interest without further explanation.

Minutes:

The following interests were declared:

 

Councillor Paul Andrews declared a personal non-pecuniary but not prejudicial interest as he is in the anti-fracking camp.

 

Councillor Mrs Burr declared a personal non-pecuniary but not prejudicial interest as she is a Member of the NYCC.

 

Councillor Clark declared a personal non-pecuniary but not prejudicial interest as he is a Member of the NYCC.

 

Councillor Mrs Keal declared a personal non-pecuniary but not prejudicial interest.

 

Councillor Mrs Sanderson declared a personal non-pecuniary but not prejudicial interest as she is Member of the NYCC and also sits on its the Planning Committee. [As amended at the meeting on 24/2/15]

 

Councillor Mrs Shields declared a personal non-pecuniary but not prejudicial interest as she is Member of the NYCC.

 

 

80.

Fracking in Ryedale

80a

To Receive Information from the Public Meeting on Fracking Held on 4 February 2015 (to follow)

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Council received the information from the public meeting on fracking which was held on 4 February 2015.

 

Councillor Mrs Cowling moved and Councillor Arnold seconded that this information be noted.

 

On being put to the vote, this motion was carried.

 

Voting Record

 

27 For

0 Against

0 Abstentions

 

Resolved     

 

That the information from the public meeting on fracking which was held on 4 February 2015 be noted.

80b

To Receive a Petition Relating to Fracking in Ryedale

Minutes:

The Chairman reported the receipt of an ordinary petition on 19 January 2015 with 1017 signatures, stating:

 

We, the undersigned, demand that Ryedale District Council publicly oppose fracking and all other forms of unconventional fossil fuel extraction in the District of Ryedale, and that this anti-fracking position should be reflected in all consultations with the North Yorkshire County Council and the North York Moors National Park Authority.

 

Mr David Davis, the petition organiser, then addressed, under the provisions of the Council’s Petitions Scheme.

80c

To Consider the Monitoring Officer's Report Under Section 5 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 Relating to Item (iv) on the Agenda

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer presented his report under Section 5 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1998 relating to item (iv) on the agenda.

 

The Monitoring Officer presented his report under Section 5 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1998 relating to item (iv) on the agenda.

 

Members of Council were  asked to consider the  Monitoring Officer’s report in relation to the Motion on Notice received on Friday 21 November 2014 which was  Item 4 (iv) on the agenda  and part of which was  as follows:

 

“ 1. Ryedale District Council completely opposes all Fracking in Ryedale”

 

Council was advised that the contents of the  report should not be interpreted as favouring any side in the fracking debate. The central focus of the report was  on the legal constraints that the Council must comply with in its decision making process.

 

The Monitoring Officer advised Members of Council that  the proposed motion would be unlawful for the following  two reasons:

 

  1. It commits the Council to a rigid policy in areas where the Council is required to take into account a number of factors, of which policy may be

one but cannot dictate the result to the exclusion of all other factors, before coming to a decision. Most notable is that of planning both in its role as statutory consultee on County and Park applications for minerals and waste, and as local planning authority where it has to determine applications itself. In all such cases, it must take its decision having had regard to all material considerations, and cannot decide them simply on the basis of policy.

 

b. It is so absolute that it unreasonably fetters the Council's discretion when it comes to deal with any matter related to fracking.

 

The Monitoring Officer also advised Members of Council that in his professional opinion  the adoption of an unlawful blanket  policy   in relation to fracking had potentially serious legal implications  for both the District Council and Members of the District Council  personally which were set out in the report .

 

The Monitoring Officer further advised Members of Council that  they had a statutory duty under section 5 (5) of the  Local Government and Housing Act 1989 to consider the contents of the report before  voting on Councillor Clark’s motion.

 

Councillor Mrs Cowling moved and Councillor Arnold seconded the following motion:

 

“That Council receives the Monitoring Officer’s report and notes the recommendations”

 

Councillor Clark moved and Councillor Woodward seconded the following amendment:

 

“That Council receives the Monitoring Officer’s report and notes the recommendations and refers the report back to the Monitoring Officer to consider amendment/deletion to those parts of his report that do not comply with the business of tonights meeting”

 

On being put to the vote, this amendment was lost.

 

Recorded Vote

For

Councillors Joy Andrews, Paul Andrews, Mrs Burr, Clark, Collinson, Mrs Keal, Richardson, Walker, Ward, Woodward.

 

Against

Councillors Acomb, Arnold, Bailey, Mrs Cowling, Cussons, Mrs Frank, Mrs Goodrick, Hawkins, Hicks, Hope, Ives, Maud, Mrs Sanderson, Wainwright, Windress.

 

Abstentions

Councillors Mrs  ...  view the full minutes text for item 80c

80d

Notice on Motion

Proposed by Councillor Clark and seconded by Councillor Woodward

 

In view of the following facts:-

·        The statutory authorities have neither the people, expertise or the independently verified data to safely control fracking

·        As a result, risk and prevention of dangers will depend on industry self regulation

·        The worldwide evidence to date is that fracking is an unacceptably high risk strategy

·        Ryedale District Council can only condone or oppose fracking

It follows that:-

i.      Ryedale District Council completely opposes all fracking in Ryedale

ii.    Ryedale District Council calls upon all Thirsk, Malton and Filey parliamentary candidates for the forthcoming general election to state clearly if they oppose or support fracking

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Clark and seconded by Councillor Woodward

 

In view of the following facts:-

  • The statutory authorities have neither the people, expertise or the independently verified data to safely control fracking
  • As a result, risk and prevention of dangers will depend on industry self regulation
  • The worldwide evidence to date is that fracking is an unacceptably high risk strategy
  • Ryedale District Council can only condone or oppose fracking

 

It follows that:-

  1. Ryedale District Council completely opposes all fracking in Ryedale
  2. Ryedale District Council calls upon all Thirsk, Malton and Filey parliamentary candidates for the forthcoming general election to state clearly if they oppose or support fracking

 

An amendment was moved by Councillor Mrs Cowling and seconded by Councillor Windress:

 

            Delete paragraph i

 

            Replace with the following text :

 

That the District Council notes the extent of public concern about the potential damage to the environment which may be caused by fracking.  The Council will only support applications for fracking or exploration preparatory to fracking if it is satisfied that all such concerns have been resolved satisfactorily.  It will discharge its functions as local planning authority on the merits of each planning application when it is asked to respond as a consultee.  It will need to be satisfied that risks posed by any application are outweighed by any benefits which the proposed development would bring.

 

Upon being put to the vote the amendment was carried and became the substantive motion.

 

Recorded Vote

For

Councillors Acomb, Arnold, Bailey, Mrs Cowling, Cussons, Mrs Frank, Mrs Goodrick, Hawkins, Hicks, Hope, Ives, Maud, Mrs Sanderson, Wainwright, Windress

 

Against

Councillors Joy Andrews, Paul Andrews, Mrs Burr, Clark, Collinson, Mrs Keal, Richardson, Mrs Shields, Walker, Ward, Woodward

 

Abstentions

Councillor Mrs Hopkinson

 

Councillor Richardson then moved and Councillor Collinson seconded a further amendment, as follows:

           

1.This Council therefore resolves to oppose all fracking in Ryedale until it is satisfied :

                                      I.        90% of medical opinion worldwide believes that fracking is safe.

                                     II.        90% of all climate scientists worldwide believe that the burning gas from IPCC fracking will not harm the planet.

                                    III.        90% of scientific opinion believes there will be no loss to agriculture or tourism as a result of environmental damage due to fracking.

Public papers – academic and evidence based papers – peer view journals will be used to judge this criteria.

 

 

Upon being put to the vote, the amendment was lost.

 

Recorded Vote

For

Councillors Joy Andrews, Paul Andrews, Mrs Burr, Clark, Collinson, Mrs Keal, Maud, Richardson, Mrs Shields, Walker, Ward, Woodward.

 

Against

Councillors Acomb, Arnold, Bailey, Mrs Cowling, Cussons, Mrs Frank, Mrs Goodrick, Hawkins, Hicks, Hope, Ives, Mrs Sanderson, Wainwright, Windress.

 

Abstentions

None

 

Councillor Woodward then moved and Councillor Joy Andrews seconded a further amendment, as follows:

 

2.  This Council therefore resolves to oppose all fracking for the next 5     years until the science is much clearer.

 

i.e “A five year fracking freeze”

 

Upon being put to the vote, the amendment was lost.

 

Recorded Vote

For

Councillors Joy Andrews, Paul  ...  view the full minutes text for item 80d