Policy Council - Thursday, 30th November, 2023 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chambers - OTH. View directions

Contact: Phil Llewellyn 

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Prayers by the Mayor’s Chaplain, followed by Welcome & Apologies


Minutes of the Council Forum Meeting held on 5th October 2023 pdf icon PDF 125 KB


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 71 KB


Devolution to Lancashire - Proposal and Consultation pdf icon PDF 133 KB

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To consider any Motions received under Procedure Rule 12



Motion on the situation in Gaza


This Council notes with horror, the increasing number of deaths in Gaza as a result of the Israeli response to the Hamas attack on Israel of the 7th October.


The Council condemns Hamas for its unprovoked attack on Israel, and in taking over 200 hostages – many being civilians, including innocent women and children.


Israel’s response to the attack has, however, been utterly out of proportion, with over 12,000 innocent Gazan citizens killed at the time of writing.  In addition to those killed, over 2 million Gazans have been impacted either through the loss of their homes, loss of family members, lack of food, water, energy or medicine supplies – all of which have been stopped by Israel.  This Council believes such measures which amount to collective punishment to be in breach of international humanitarian law.


This Council also recognises that there will inevitably be large numbers of orphaned children as a result of the continuing violence and calls upon the government to put in place a scheme whereby such orphans can be adopted by families in the UK – this would be similar to the schemes introduced for Ukrainian orphans.    


The only sustainable solution to the dispute in Palestine and Israel is for peaceful negotiations to take place with the ultimate aim of a two state solution where both Palestinians and Israelis can exist independently in autonomous states.


This Council therefore calls for an immediate ceasefire; the release of the hostages taken by Hamas and a resumption of all humanitarian aid including food, water, sanitary products and fuel to the population of Gaza.  We call on our national leaders of all political parties to support the calls for a ceasefire, following which we ask our Prime Minister to work with other world leaders to facilitate peace talks.


This Council calls on our Chief Executive to write to the Prime Minister, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Secretary, and our Members of Parliament, to seek the implementation of these requests.



Moved by: Cllr Shaukat Hussain


Seconded by: Cllr Sabahat Imtiaz


Council Appointments 2023/24 Update pdf icon PDF 100 KB

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Polling Districts Review pdf icon PDF 169 KB

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Draft Year Planner 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 142 KB

To receive the draft Year Planner for 2024/25, ahead of submission of the final version to the Council Forum Meeting on 25th January 2024.


National Policy Reflections and Delivering on our Corporate Plan Core Missions pdf icon PDF 242 KB

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