Agenda item

Agenda item

Motions submitted under Council Procedure Rule 13.0

(1)       The following motion is being moved by Councillor Jeffree and seconded by Councillor Sharpe

 

“Council

 

Welcomes the recent Herts County scrutiny of 20mph speed limits and the public consultation on a revised draft Speed Management Strategy

 

Notes that adoption of the revised draft speed management strategy would align county policy with current Government guidance on local speed limits.

 

Reaffirms its belief that implementation of a town-wide speed limit of 20mph on all non-major residential roads, combined with a public information campaign would have an immediate and beneficial impact on accidents and fatalities in Watford.

 

Resolves

 

1. That the Mayor should invite Hertfordshire County Council to work with Watford Borough Council on the feasibility, consultation, planning and implementation of 20mph limits on all residential roads in Watford, excluding major roads.

 

2. That Hertfordshire County Council be informed of this motion as part of Watford’s response to the consultation.”

 

 

(2)       The following motion is being moved by Councillor Turmaine and         seconded by Councillor Connal.

 

“Motion to support the introduction of standardised packaging for tobacco products

This council notes that:

 

More than 200,000 children under the age of 16 take up smoking every year, around 570 every single day. Half of lifetime smokers will die from the habit and the proportion of smokers (adults and children) is higher in vulnerable groups. Smoking kills 100,000 people every year, the equivalent of nearly two full Airbus A320 planes every day.

The last Labour government implemented a very successful set of anti-smoking policies, including the banning of smoking in pubs, the ending of sports sponsorship, billboard advertising and raising the legal age at which people may purchase tobacco products. The result of this was that the proportion of children who smoked fell by half and adults by 25%.

Since 2010, fewer people are successfully quitting smoking and fewer people are making use of the NHS Stopping Smoking services.

Evidence is clear that among both children and adults, standardised, unbranded packaging makes tobacco products less attractive and will reduce smoking rates.

The current government’s approach has been to implement precisely what the tobacco lobby wants – a delay to ‘wait and see what happens in Australia’ (which has passed standardised packaging law). Waiting for the results of the implementation of the policy in Australia will mean that 500,000 under 16 year olds in the UK will have taken up smoking.

 

This council resolves to:

 

Write to the Secretary of State for Health to add its support to the drive to introduce standardised packaging.

 

Write to Watford’s MP to do the same.”

 

Minutes:

Council was informed that a motion had been received.

 

(1)     The following motion was proposed by Councillor Jeffree and seconded by Councillor Sharpe –

 

         Council

 

          Welcomes the recent Herts County scrutiny of 20mph speed limits and the public consultation on a revised draft Speed Management Strategy

 

          Notes that adoption of the revised draft speed management strategy would align county policy with current Government guidance on local speed limits.

 

          Reaffirms its belief that implementation of a town-wide speed limit of 20mph on all non-major residential roads, combined with a public information campaign would have an immediate and beneficial impact on accidents and fatalities in Watford.

 

          Resolves

 

          1.      That the Mayor should invite Hertfordshire County Council to work with Watford Borough Council on the feasibility, consultation, planning and implementation of 20mph limits on all residential roads in Watford, excluding major roads.

 

          2.      That Hertfordshire County Council be informed of this motion as part of Watford’s response to the consultation.

 

          Members debated the motion.

 

          On being put to Council the motion was agreed.

 

          RESOLVED –

 

          Council

 

          Welcomes the recent Herts County scrutiny of 20mph speed limits and the public consultation on a revised draft Speed Management Strategy

 

          Notes that adoption of the revised draft speed management strategy would align county policy with current Government guidance on local speed limits.

 

          Reaffirms its belief that implementation of a town-wide speed limit of 20mph on all non-major residential roads, combined with a public information campaign would have an immediate and beneficial impact on accidents and fatalities in Watford.

 

          Resolves

 

          1.      That the Mayor should invite Hertfordshire County Council to work with Watford Borough Council on the feasibility, consultation, planning and implementation of 20mph limits on all residential roads in Watford, excluding major roads.

 

          2.      That Hertfordshire County Council be informed of this motion as part of Watford’s response to the consultation.

 

(2)     The following motion, amended from that printed in the agenda, was proposed by Councillor Turmaine and seconded by Councillor Connal –

 

          “This council notes that:

 

          More than 200,000 children under the age of 16 take up smoking every year, around 570 every single day. Half of lifetime smokers will die from the habit and the proportion of smokers (adults and children) is higher in vulnerable groups. Smoking kills 100,000 people every year, the equivalent of nearly two full Airbus A320 planes every day.

 

          Notes that successive governments have implemented measures to encourage people to stop and discourage people from starting smoking, based on expert evidence and willingness of the public to support such measures.

 

          Evidence is clear that among both children and adults, standardised, unbranded packaging make tobacco products less attractive and will reduce smoking rates.

 

          The tobacco lobby wants to delay legislation, to ‘wait and see what happens in Australia’ (which has passed standardised packaging law).  Waiting for the results of the implementation of the policy in Australia will mean that 500,000 under 16 year olds in the UK will have taken up smoking.

 

          This council resolves to:

 

          Write to the Secretary of State for Health to add its support to the drive to introduce standardised packaging.

 

          Write to Watford’s MP to do the same.”

 

          Members debated the motion.

 

          On being put to Council the motion was AGREED.

 

          RESOLVED –

 

          This council notes that:

 

          More than 200,000 children under the age of 16 take up smoking every year, around 570 every single day. Half of lifetime smokers will die from the habit and the proportion of smokers (adults and children) is higher in vulnerable groups. Smoking kills 100,000 people every year, the equivalent of nearly two full Airbus A320 planes every day.

 

          Notes that successive governments have implemented measures to encourage people to stop and discourage people from starting smoking, based on expert evidence and willingness of the public to support such measures.

 

          Evidence is clear that among both children and adults, standardised, unbranded packaging make tobacco products less attractive and will reduce smoking rates.

 

          The tobacco lobby wants to delay legislation, to ‘wait and see what happens in Australia’ (which has passed standardised packaging law).  Waiting for the results of the implementation of the policy in Australia will mean that 500,000 under 16 year olds in the UK will have taken up smoking.

 

          This council resolves to:

 

          Write to the Secretary of State for Health to add its support to the drive to introduce standardised packaging.

 

          Write to Watford’s MP to do the same.

 

 

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