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25 June 2014

Badger Cull Task Group

RESOLVED to adopt the recommendations from the task group and inform the relevant organisations

The task group report  can be viewed at:


Responses from the organisations receiving recommendations will be added below:

Motion 717 - Firefighters' terms and conditions


The Council notes that firefighters across Gloucestershire do a brave and heroic job, often risking their own lives on behalf of our residents.  The Council further notes that firefighters should be rewarded for this service to the public with a  fair pension settlement upon retirement.

This Council notes that the Fire Brigades Union's (FBU) 24 hour strike that took place in Gloucestershire on Thursday, 12 June 2014 and further recognises that there was another strike from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, 21 June 2014. 

This Council believes that any strike is a sign of failure and calls for both the Government and the FBU to redouble efforts to find a resolution to the current dispute.  Meanwhile the FBU should suspend further industrial action.


Response from Penny Mordaunt MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State:


To provide Cllr Hilton with a list of schools who had taken up the opportunity to visit Skillzone and those who had put in an application.

Please find attached, detail as requested regarding schools visiting SkillZONE. The first spreadsheet relates to those schools who are taking up the offer of funded placements. The second spreadsheet shows all schools who have attended SkillZONE this financial year (if the school is shown more than once it is because the number of students required more than one visit).

Maria Boon

Head of Prevention and the Road Safety Partnership Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service

To send Cllr Coleman a response providing details of the meeting attendance protocol for Local Planning Authorities.

We have been operating this protocol since July 2012 is:-


·         LPA give notice of the potential need for GCC officer attendance and the specific reasons why (i.e. concern raised at SIP which had not been addressed in the LHA substantive response or other late new material consideration raised by local Member, Parish Council or residents not addressed in the LHA substantive response. We often find that late representations are simply repeats of earlier objections already considered and addressed in our original substantive response);


·         If not covered by the LHA's original substantive response, we submit an additional written response to address the concerns prior to the committee meeting


·         If there are residual concerns and the development is particularly large and / or complex and is likely to have a significant impact on the highway / transport network, then every attempt will be made to provide an officer at Committee.


As background:-


Each year the Council processes around 2000 requests for highways and transport advice from the 6 Local Planning Authorities (LPA). This typically involves providing a substantive and detailed written response to the LPA on the planning application they are considering.


Attending a Committee (3 LPAs have day time meetings and 3 evenings) will take a minimum of 3-4hrs officer time and on many occasions, no questions are directed to the Officer even when they do attend.  The protocol was brought in to maximise GCC officer flexibility and minimise lost hours. It is also very rare for any other external statutory consultee (EA, HA etc) to ever attend a planning committee. Ultimately it is the LPAs who make the decision - we simply provide advice.

Mark Power I. Eng MCIHT

Area Manager (Cheltenham, Cotswold, Tewkesbury)

Highways Development Management

Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall, Gloucester GL1 2TH

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