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Proposal to improve council transparency backed unanimously at Annual Council meeting

12 May 2022

Cambridgeshire councillors unanimously backed a proposal at their annual meeting (Tuesday, May 10th) aimed at improving accountability and keeping the public aware of progress on actions decided by Full Council.

The motion, proposed by Cllr Mark Goldsack, aimed to make sure that Full Council is regularly updated on progress of any motion it agrees, until that issue is completed.

Cllr Goldsack told members at the Council’s Annual Meeting that his motion was borne from a need to improve public visibility of what’s happening within the council – after people from his own constituency regularly asked him for progress updates on issues which had been agreed.

Among those speaking in support of the motion, Cllr Hilary Cox Condron agreed a regular progress update it would help ‘bring council motions to life’.

Other motions to receive support from Full Council included one asking the Children and Young People’s Committee on May 17th, where it will consider funding arrangement for transport to and from after school clubs for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), as well as considering changing the school transport policy to offer different, travel to school times – more reasonable for this group than the current 45 to 75 minute average.

The motion, moved by Cllr Sam Hoy and unanimously supported, also requested that Children and Young People’s Committee should receive a report with the costs of transporting children with SEND to schools other than their local school, and consider committing to build a new special school in Fenland - which has almost double the number of children with SEND than other districts in the county.

Also unanimously supported was a motion from Cllr Ros Hathorn for the council to develop and publicise guidance for local communities on how to introduce green bus stops and street planters across the county.

A further motion from Council Leader Cllr Lucy Nethsingha on ways to improve recycling rates across Cambridgeshire was approved. These currently stand at 53.9% putting the county at the top half of local authority league tables, but with some way to go to exceed the current league leader at 61.1%

You can view the full Annual Meeting of Council and follow the debates on all motions here