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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS BY COUNCILLORS
MOTIONS ON NOTICE
TO CONSIDER THE MOTION ON NOTICE RECEIVED FROM COUNCILLOR PRATT
Mid Suffolk recognises that street-lighting is a significant aspect of our climate change and biodiversity action plans, and that lighting can be adapted and controlled to reduce energy use and impacts on human health and wildlife – particularly bats and nocturnal insect populations which are declining, . Council also notes that many communities and campaign groups are calling on local councils to protect dark skies.
The Council recognises that light pollution is increasing and that it causes harm to wildlife and insects and can increase health risks in people. The Council therefore will seek to reduce the intensity and extent of outdoor lighting within its own public realm and housing assets and other lighting schemes where it has influence, to the extent practical. The Council will also include guidance in its Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document to protect and enhance dark skies for the benefit of wildlife and human health and wellbeing.
Proposer: Cllr Pratt
Seconder: Cllr Fleming
To achieve these objectives the Council will include lighting control within the Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which it has committed to preparing, and work with the planning team and partner organisations such as Suffolk County Council and its suppliers to reduce light pollution to the extent practical. The Council recognises the sometimes conflicting roles that artificial lighting plays both positively in making people feel safer and signage, but also negatively in terms of harm to biodiversity, health and wellbeing, and visual resources. In line with current standards and evidence the Council will ensure that new or replacement artificial lighting whether in the form of street lighting, commercial and residential lighting or advertising signage is installed to meet the lowest possible level of intensity and visual intrusion.
TO CONSIDER THE MOTION ON NOTICE RECEIVED FROM COUNCILLOR MELLEN
This Council notes:
Councils are responsible for organising all elections in England.
The government is currently proposing an Elections Bill to require people to show identification including a photograph in order to vote in a General Election.
Allegations of electoral registration or voter fraud are very rare in Mid Suffolk.
This Council believes:
Voting at elections is the cornerstone of democracy at both local and national level.
Participation in elections should be encouraged in all those who are qualified regardless of age, ethnicity or income.
Unnecessary barriers to voting are likely to reduce voter participation in elections, proper representation of all parts of the community and so legitimacy of those elected to office.
Voter ID is a solution without a problem and as such insinuates barriers to voting which should be of great concern to anyone who supports an open and effective democratic system of government.
This Council Resolves:
To oppose the introduction of photo ID as a requirement to vote at polling stations.
To request the Leader to write to the relevant minister indicating this opposition and the reasons why and requesting this measure should be excluded from the Elections Bill.
That should mandatory photo ID be passed into law, this council will investigate low-cost and no-cost options for residents, bearing in mind the barriers outlined and focus efforts to promote the ID to those who are most likely to need it.
Proposer: Cllr Mellen
Seconder: Cllr Scarff