Full Council – 23rd July 2013

July’s full council meeting was a fairly short agenda (although due to long discussions took quite a long time!), which can be found on the Norwich City Council website here. My participation was as follows:

I heard the Lord Mayor’s Announcements, and voted to agree the minutes of the previous meeting.

I asked a supplementary question to the written answer I had received to my question on Train Wood. The question asked the cabinet member to clarify whether he supported the principle of keeping Train Wood in public hands, to which he re-iterated his previous response that Train Wood is the responsibility of the county council and that the city council’s responsibilities are to maintain its planning policy that affects the site, such as public access rights.

I voted in favour of “Allocation of funding for riverside walk”. This item was carried.

I seconded the motion on Funding Local Government and subsequently voted in favour it.  The motion was carried.

I voted in favour of “Declaration on racial discrimination”. The motion was carried.

The final motion on housing strategy was not moved.

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2 Comments

  1. Adam
    Posted 25 July, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    What was the declaration on racial descrimination?

  2. Posted 27 August, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Hi Adam, sorry for the delay, but I forgot that I don’t get notified if you’ve already had an approved comment published! So, in answer to your question, the declaration, which can be found on the agenda, was:

    Norwich City Council condemns extremism and racist behaviour in all its forms and –

    RESOLVES to ask the leaders of the three political groups to sign the following declaration, as community leaders:-
    We in Norwich are proud of our diverse and multi-racial heritage, which we regard as a source of cultural, social and economic strength. We will work vigorously to combat all forms of racism in Norwich and to enshrine the principle that individuality and universality are the foundations of justice and peace.

    We declare that:

    1) We value the contribution that all communities make to the quality of life in Norwich and recognise ethnic and cultural diversity as a source of cultural, social and economic enrichment.
    2) We endorse the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and are opposed to racism in all its forms. We will encourage a changing culture within the public services and the wider community that recognises the unacceptability of all forms of racism and take action to combat it.
    3) We acknowledge that progress towards a more just society may not always be smooth, but as partners we are committed to maintaining dialogue and resolving our differences.
    4) We believe that all citizens should have the right to expect equal protection and equal treatment from all public services in our city.
    5) We believe that our success will properly be measured not by our policies but by our actions in promoting equality for all the people of our city. We recognise the excellent work undertaken to develop our Equality Strategy and that collectively we do all we can to promote its values.
    6) We call upon the residents of Norwich to support us in this by respecting the dignity of all people and by constant vigilance for any expression of racism or racial discrimination.

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