26 November 2014
RESOLVED that this Council notes that Saturday, 6 December 2014 is Small Business Saturday, an opportunity for all councillors to celebrate and champion Gloucestershire's small businesses. The Council encourages all councillors to take part by shopping at local small businesses on 6 December. This Council resolves to promote Small Business Saturday on the Council's website and social media channels.
The Council notes that local pubs and restaurants are small businesses that are essential to the economic well being of many high streets and village centres in Gloucestershire. This Council recognises that nationally the pub industry is in crisis and this is bad news for the local economy. We note that nationally CAMRA estimates that 26 pubs close each week. We further note that between 2010 and 2012 over 200 pubs were converted into convenience stores owned by large supermarket chains.
While this Council notes that Gloucester's pubs have bucked the national trend, many of the county's pubs have closed in recent years. This Council supports campaigns by CAMRA to reverse the decline in the pub trade by:
a) Supporting community groups who wish to register their local pubs as assets of community value.
b) Requesting the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee to explore ways in which this Council can support local pubs and restaurants and consider how this Council can support the creation of pub hubs in our local communities to prevent pubs from closing in Gloucestershire. The committee will report its findings to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Gloucestershire's LEP and all relevant business organisations in Gloucestershire.
c) Requesting that the Chief Executive writes to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to ask that the Government help protect community pubs in England. Before community pubs are allowed to be converted to betting shops, supermarkets and pay-day loan stores or other uses, or are allowed to be demolished, the Government should ensure that full planning permission is granted and community consultation is undertaken.
Response provided by Kris Hopkins MP, Minister for Local Government:
RESOLVED that this Council notes with pleasure the decision of the people of Scotland to remain a part of the United Kingdom. This Council further notes that the debate around new powers for the Scottish parliament has prompted new debate about the constitution of England.
This Council believes that, in the light of proposed further devolution to the Scottish parliament, it can no longer be appropriate for Scottish Members of Parliament to decide on laws that do not affect their constituents.
This Council resolves to write to the Prime Minister, asking him to address this anomaly as an urgent priority.
Response to a question
22. Questioner's name: Cllr Steve Lydon. Respondent's name: Cllr Will Windsor-Clive
Can the cabinet member responsible for public transport in Gloucestershire provide councillors with complete details of bus
services that are currently being subsidised by the council and provide all councillors with the criteria that is used to determine
which services are subsidised and to what extent?
Response: A full list of council subsidised bus services is being published on Members Matter website.