Decisions made at SHBC’s Full Council meeting held on 20 April 2022

Date: 

Wednesday, 18 May, 2022

Decisions made the at Full Council meeting in April included: 

Mayor’s Announcements

The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Sarah Jane Croke shared a video of her recent engagements which can be viewed here. (Link is external)

Cllr Croke also paid tribute to everyone in Surrey Heath who had been helping the people of Ukraine. 

Leader’s Announcements 

The Leader, Cllr Alan McClafferty, reflected on the Council’s achievements during the previous 12 months, thanked Councillors and Officers and highlighted the Council's priorities for the coming year. 

Fairtrade Motion 

A motion was approved including the following: 

- The Council believes Fairtrade is an important value within its community and that it should take positive action towards achieving Fairtrade status across the Borough. 

- It was resolved that the application for formal Fairtrade status for the Borough of Surrey Heath is submitted by 31 March 2023 and a steering group will be set up to assist progress with the development of receiving Fair Trade status. 

Committee Memberships 

The Council is required by law to allocate seats in proportion to the political composition of the Council and the membership of all the committees also being proportionate.   

The Council received a report setting out a proposed revised scheme of proportionality following the Bisley & West End ward by-election on 14 April 2022. Members also noted revised memberships proposed by the respective Group Leaders to the Planning Applications Committee and the Performance & Finance Scrutiny Committee. 

It was resolved that the revised scheme of proportionality, as set out at Annex A to the agenda report, be adopted for the remainder of the 2021/22 municipal year. 

Leader's Question Time 

The Leader of the Council confirmed to Cllr Morgan Rise that he would be happy to meet with Mytchett & Deepcut ward councillors to discuss the problem of fly tipping in Bellew Road. 

Following a question from Cllr Mark Gordon on the reintroduction of the Green Waste Service, the Council was informed that two collection cycles would be completed for existing customers before the scheme was opened to new customers at the end of May 2022. 

The Leader and the Portfolio Holder for Support & Safeguarding, Cllr Shaun Garrett, updated Members on the current position on Ukrainian refugees in the Borough, in response to questions from Cllr Rodney Bates and Cllr Sashi Mylvaganam. The Leader also undertook to seek further clarity from Michael Gove MP on the Government’s proposals on the removal of asylum seekers to Rwanda, including confirmation that Ukrainian refugees would not be affected by this policy.  

Read more about this meeting on our website.