Glasgow City Council Agenda - 02 April 2009, 13:30 Help

A meeting to be held at at 13:30 on 02 April 2009.

Number Item
1892Minutes of Council meetings of 12th and 19th February 2009 (Print 7, pages 655 to 668). View Papers
2Print 7 - Committees' minutes - Consideration of paragraphs marked "C", remaining paragraphs being submitted for information only (page 669 onwards).
3Consideration of minutes previously objected to.
4Changes to committees etc.
5Representation on outside bodies - Licensing Board - Remove James McNally and James Scanlon.
6Correspondence.
7Questions.
8Notices of motion:-
(a)by Councillor Alex Dingwall

"Post Office Privatisation - Council notes Early Day Motion 428 ROYAL MAIL submitted in the name of Labour MP Geraldine Smith, backed by the Communication Workers Union and signed by all of Scotland's SNP MPs.

'That this House notes that the Labour Party Conference 2008, with the backing of Ministers, supported a vision of a wholly publicly-owned, integrated Royal Mail Group: welcomes the conclusion of the Hooper Report that the current universal service obligation offered by Royal Mail, including six days a week delivery, must be protected and that the primary duty of a new regulator should be to maintain it; further welcomes the recommendations in the Report that the Government should take responsibility for the pensions deficit which followed an extended contributions holiday; endorses the call for a new relationship between management and postal unions and welcomes the commitment of the Communication Workers Union to negotiate an agreement which would support the modernisation of the industry; observes that in 2007 the Government agreed to a 1.2 billion loan facility on commercial terms to modernise Royal Mail operations; rejects the recommendation of the Hooper Report to sell a minority stake in Royal Mail which would risk fracturing one of Britain's greatest public services: further notes that the Government is currently advertising for a new Chair of Royal Mail; and urges the Secretary of State to appoint a Chair and management team who are committed to the principles of a modern public service.'

Council fully endorses the terms of this motion and supports the work of the CWU, the wider Trade Union Movement, Community Groups and others in opposing these privatisation proposals and agrees that the Chief Executive write to the Westminster Government opposing any moves to privatise Royal Mail."
(b)By Councillor Paul Coleshill

"Given the Council's explicit commitment - made in the 2008 annual report by the city on Scotland's climate change declaration - to:

'Assess the risks and opportunities for our services and our communities of predicted climate change scenarios and impacts, and take action to adapt accordingly and in line with sustainable development principles.'

(1) The Council recognises the probability that climate change will alter the physical and economic geography of the city, and that to prosper in the medium and long term Glasgow will have to adopt trades and lifestyles appropriate to a climate changed and carbon neutral world.

(2) The Council therefore calls for the setting up of an elected member working group to examine what impact climate change driven sustainable development would have on the economy (not just the energy use) of the city and prepare a strategy accordingly."
(c)By Bailie Dr Nina Baker

"Council notes the excessive packaging used by supermarkets is undermining consumers efforts to recycle and adding to landfill costs and Council Tax bills.

Council supports less packaging as it would cut costs and lead to lower prices. When it is sent to Landfill it is expensive for taxpayers and damaging for the environment.

Council will work with retailers to press the supplier chain to take responsibility for reducing packaging and replacing unrecyclable packaging with biodegradable or returnable packaging."