Council - Wednesday, 11 January 2023 7.30 pm

Venue: Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JD

Contact: Harry Rigg  01344 352119


No. Item

The meeting will be opened with prayers by the Mayor's Chaplain


Apologies for Absence


Minutes of Previous Meetings pdf icon PDF 216 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meetings of the Council held on 30 November and 21 December 2022.

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Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary or affected interests in respect of any matter to be considered at this meeting.


Any Member with a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in a matter should withdraw from the meeting when the matter is under consideration and should notify the Democratic Services Officer in attendance that they are withdrawing as they have such an interest. If the Disclosable Pecuniary Interest is not entered on the register of Members interests the Monitoring Officer must be notified of the interest within 28 days.


Any Member with an affected Interest in a matter must disclose the interest to the meeting.  There is no requirement to withdraw from the meeting when the interest is only an affected interest, but the Monitoring Officer should be notified of the interest, if not previously notified of it, within 28 days of the meeting.


Mayor's Announcements


Police and Crime Commissioner's Presentation

Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber, alongside Chief Constable, John Campbell, and Superintendent Andrew Cranidge, to deliver a presentation on the work of Thames Valley Police over the last year.


Executive Report pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To receive the Leader’s report on the work of the Executive since the Council meeting held on 30 November 2022.


Council is asked to resolve a recommendation in respect of:

  • CEB Joint Minerals and Waste Plan



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Questions Submitted Under Council Procedure Rule 10

Councillor McLean to Councillor Turrell, Executive Member for Planning and Transport


Residents of Warfield, and surrounding areas, have suffered considerable inconvenience and disruption of late, as a result of unauthorised works encroaching Harvest Ride and adjacent roads.  What steps is the Executive Member for Planning and Transport taking to prevent re-occurrences of such unauthorised activities and can he make the fines applicable commensurate with the inconvenience they cause?


Councillor Temperton to Councillor Birch, Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing


Can the Council have an update on the numbers and wellbeing of the Refugees and Asylum seekers supported by Bracknell Forest?

Have any of the Refugees registered as homeless, and if so, what support is given to them?


Councillor McLean to Councillor Harrison, Executive Member for Culture, Delivery and Public Protection


Following the introduction of the Elections Act 2022, what steps will the Council be taking to prepare residents for the need to provide photo identity documents in order to be able to vote?  What system will be in place to allow those without suitable documents to apply for an 'electoral identity document'?


Councillor Brown to Councillor Harrison, Executive Member for Culture, Delivery and Public Protection


In the May 4th Local Elections, photo ID will be needed for the first time by all residents voting at the polling stations.

Will the Bracknell Forest e+ card be acceptable as an alternative to a driving licence or a passport?


Motion (or Motions) Submitted Under Council Procedure Rule 11

Motion 01/2023 moved by Councillor Temperton and seconded by Councillor Brown


“This Council asks the Executive to show their continued commitment to respond to climate change pressures by replacing the words ’ pressing matter’ by  the word ‘Emergency’ in the motion passed unanimously in July 2019”



(This Council strongly believes in the need to continue its work to address the impact of man-made Climate Change on our local communities. To this end, this Council asks the Executive to develop detailed action plans with measurable ambitious annual targets and an annual report to address this pressing matter to ensure that the Council meets the government target of eradicating its net contribution to climate change by 2050.)




Motion 02/2023 moved by Councillor Bettison OBE and seconded by Councillor Mrs Hayes MBE


This council, having given the battle against climate change its utmost priority since we first signed the Nottingham Declaration in January 2007, believes that the council's actions and initiatives since then, have put Bracknell Forest in the forefront of local authorities in working towards net zero carbon by the year 2050.

This council further believes that given the term 'climate emergency' is now the common parlance for central and local government action towards carbon reduction, this council officially recognises this term, and will in future use it to describe its on-going endeavours and projects towards net zero carbon, which will continue to be reported upon annually.