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Council meeting, Wednesday 22 March

by Laura Johnston

Knowsley’s full council met this week. Here is a summary of the decisions made:

The meeting recognised those responsible for community achievements, including Knowsley’s Adult Disability Service which successfully gained accreditation from the National Autism Society.

Merseyside Chief Constable Andy Cooke and Superintendent Nick Gunatilleke provided members with an update on policing in Knowsley.

Members confirmed the appointment of Chief Executive, Mike Harden as the council’s Returning Officer for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Mayoral Elections, on Thursday 4 May 2017.

A number of Notices of Motion were tabled:

Housing ground rents

Councillors agreed a notice of motion urging the Government to look again at the regulation of housing ground rents, to ensure that charges are not unfair or unreasonable for local householders.

Reducing the environmental impact of plastic bottles

Members supported a notice of motion calling on the Government to acknowledge the importance of maximising plastic bottle recycling and tackle the ‘throw away’ culture associated with single use plastic bottles. This would include considering research commissioned by the Scottish Government on “Deposit Return Schemes”.

TUC “Dying to Work” Campaign

Also agreed was a Notice of Motion around the Trade Union Congress’ national campaign ‘Dying to Work’.  The campaign aims to introduce legislation to ensure that employees who are diagnosed with terminal illnesses benefit from a protected period whereby they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition. Knowsley Council is already meeting the requirements of the “Dying to Work” campaign.

You can read the full agenda and papers on the council’s website.