Agenda and minutes

County Council
Wednesday 17 May 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Contact: Simon Harper 01452 324202 

Items
No. Item

27.

Election of chairman

To elect the Chairman of the Council for the 2017-18 civic year.

 

Following the election, the Chairman will make the Declaration of Acceptance of Office and sign the Roll of Members as Chairman.

Minutes:

Cllr Colin Hay thanked members and officers for their support over the last year.  He made special mention of Michelle Pidgeon in Democratic Services, who had provided day-to-day support to him in his role as Chairman, and Cllr Shaun Parsons, Vice-chairman of the Council, for his support over the course of the year. 

 

He said that it had been a great honour to represent the Council at events across the county and events further afield.  He said that Gloucestershire was a great county and the role of the Chairman was important for residents and businesses in promoting the county.

 

Cllr Hay stated that just before the start of the meeting John Thurston had presented the Council with a Gloucestershire Flag on behalf of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire.  He explained that green represented the trees of the Forest of Dean, blue represented the three rivers in the county and yellow represented the colour of the Cotswold stone.  It was intended that the flag would be put up in the Council Chamber alongside the Union Jack.  All councillors have been given lapel badges of the flag to wear.

 

Members paid tribute to Cllr Hay for his even-handed and non-partisan approach to chairing Council meetings.

 

Cllr Hay invited nominations for the position of Chairman of Council for 2017-18. Cllr Shaun Parsons was proposed and seconded. 

 

There being no other nominations, it was:

 

RESOLVED that Cllr Shaun Parsons be elected as Chairman of Council for the 2017-18 civic year.

 

Cllr Parsons made the Declaration of Acceptance of Office and signed the Roll of Members as Chairman.

 

Cllr Parsons thanked members for their support.  He said that it was a tremendous honour to be elected as Chairman of the County Council and he would do his very best to serve members equally and fairly. 

28.

Election of vice-chairman

To elect the Vice-chairman of the Council for the 2017-18 civic year.

 

Following the election, the Vice-chairman will make the Declaration of Acceptance of Office and sign the Roll of Members as Vice-chairman.

Minutes:

The Chairman invited nominations for Vice-chairman of Council for the 2017-18 civic year.  Cllr Andrew Gravells and Cllr Colin Hay were proposed and seconded.

 

On being put to a vote, it was:

 

RESOLVED that Cllr Andrew Gravells be appointed as Vice-chairman of Council for the 2017-18 civic year.

 

Cllr Gravells made the Declaration of Acceptance of Office and signed the Roll of Members as Vice-chairman. 

 

Cllr Gravells thanked members for their support and said that he was looking forward to supporting Cllr Parsons as the Chairman of the Council. 

29.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 255 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 22 March 2017.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 22 March 2017 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.

30.

Declarations of Interest

Please see note (a) at the end of the agenda.

Minutes:

A copy of the declarations of interest is attached to the signed copy of the minutes.

31.

Leader of the Council

To elect the Leader of the Council.  In accordance with the Constitution this will be for the four year term of the Council.

Minutes:

The Chairman invited nominations for Leader of the Council. Cllr Mark Hawthorne was proposed and seconded.

 

There being no other nominations, it was:

 

RESOLVED that Cllr Mark Hawthorne be appointed as Leader of the Council for the four year term of the Council.

 

Cllr Hawthorne stated that it was a great privilege to be re-appointed as Leader of the Council and he said that he would serve the Council to the best of his ability.

32.

Cabinet Membership

The Leader of the Council to announce their appointments to the Cabinet.

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council announced that he had appointed the following Cabinet members:

 

Cllr Theodoulou - Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance and Change

Cllr Vernon Smith – Cabinet Member for Highways and Flood

Cllr Nigel Moor – Cabinet Member for Fire, Planning and Infrastructure

Cllr Lynden Stowe – Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Growth

Cllr Roger Wilson – Cabinet Member for Vulnerable Adults and Commissioning

Cllr Kathy Williams – Cabinet Member for Long-term Care

Cllr Richard Boyles – Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Cllr Tim Harman – Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities

 

Answering a question, the Leader of the Council explained that the special responsibility allowance for the new Cabinet position for Economy, Skills and Growth would be more than covered through the removal of the special responsibility allowances for the ‘Shadows’.  He said that the Shadow role had been necessary for the Council when there was no overall control but was not required for a majority administration.

33.

Announcements pdf icon PDF 383 KB

Please see the briefing note, which does not accompany this agenda but will be circulated prior to the meeting.

Minutes:

a)        New Council

          The Chairman welcomed newly elected members and congratulated returning members on their re-election to the County Council.

 

b)        IDAHOBIT

          The Chairman advised that 17 May was International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, a worldwide celebration of identities relating to sexuality and gender.  The Council was marking the day by flying the rainbow pride flag above Shire Hall. Prism, the County Council's LGBT staff network, would be hosting a cake sale on the council chamber landing to raise money for two LGBT charities.

 

c)         Gloucestershire ‘One You’ Pledge

          The Chairman invited members and staff to take up a four week pledge to move more, eat well and stress less.  The campaign would start on Monday, 5 June for four weeks and encouraged everyone to make small behaviour changes to boost their health and wellbeing. More information would be provided in Members’ Matter.

 

d)        Member induction events

          The session on 18 May would cover post bag issues, schools, complaints, freedom of information and data protection, highways and local insight profiles.  The session on 19 May was on effective communication and handling the media.  Both newly elected and returning members were welcome to attend.

 

e)        Members’ Matter

        The Chairman reminded members to log into the Members’ Matter website (login dsu, password members17) every week to find out about member events, tips on using their iPads, briefings on key issues and press releases.  The Members’ Matter email was sent out every Friday.

 

f)          Members’ ICT

           Council officers would be available after the meeting to provide advice and assistance.

 

g)        Football

The Chairman congratulated Forest Green Rovers Football Club on their promotion to the Football League.

 

 

 

 

 

 

34.

Petitions

To receive petitions, if any, without discussion.

Minutes:

No petitions were presented.

35.

Political balance and appointment of members pdf icon PDF 121 KB

To make the following appointments:

 

a)     Committees, Pensions Board, Adoption Panel, Fostering Panel and Police and Crime Panel

b)     Chairs of the overview and scrutiny committees

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered appointments to committees, Pension Board, Adoption Panel, Fostering Panel and Police and Crime Panel. 

 

There was more than one nomination for the chairs of the following committees:

 

o   Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Cllr Brian Robinson and Cllr Joe Harris.

o   Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Cllr Carole Allaway Martin and Cllr Iain Dobie.

o   Audit and Governance Committee – Cllr Nigel Robbins and Cllr Brian Oosthuysen.

 

On being put to the vote, it was

 

RESOLVED that  

 

a)      Members be appointed to the committees, Pensions Board, Adoption Panel, Fostering Panel and Police and Crime Panel as indicated in Appendix 1 to the minutes.

 

b)      The following chairs of committees be appointed:

Overview and Scrutiny Management          Cllr Patrick Molyneux

Children and Families                                   Cllr Brian Robinson

Economic Growth                                           Cllr Dave Norman

Environment and Communities                   Cllr Rob Bird

Health and Care                                             Cllr Carole Allaway Martin

Audit and Governance                                   Cllr Brian Oosthuysen

 

36.

Independent Persons pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To consider the report of the Monitoring Officer and the Director of Strategy and Challenge.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Director of Strategy and Challenge and Monitoring Officer relating to the appointment of Independent Persons.  Independent Persons assisted the Monitoring Officer and the councillor-led Hearings Panel in determining if members or co-opted members who were subject to allegations of misconduct had broken the Council’s Code of Conduct.

 

The Chairman thanked Tim Mead, Independent Person from 2013, who had stepped down from the role.  He said that the Council would be writing to Tim formally to thank him.

 

A member requested that the vacant position be kept under review and that efforts be made to improve the gender balance when a new Independent Person was recruited.

 

RESOLVED to appoint Graham Baum and John Milner as Independent Persons for a further four years until May 2021.

 

 

37.

Political Assistants pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To consider the report of the Monitoring Officer and the Director of Strategy and Challenge.

Minutes:

Cllr Jeremy Hilton, having declared a disclosable pecuniary interest, left the meeting for this item.

 

Consideration was given to the report of the Director of Strategy and Challenge and Monitoring Officer setting out the legal position regarding the appointment of Political Assistants.

 

Referring to paragraph 1.4 of the report, the Chairman advised that the Political Assistants worked under the direction of their Political Group Leader but were line managed within Democratic Services.

 

Cllr Lesley Williams and Cllr Rachel Smith advised that the Labour and Green members had formed a political group called the Labour and Green Cooperative Alliance.  They explained that under the arrangement the Labour and Green members would work cooperatively but would continue to look at issues on an individual basis.

 

RESOLVED to appoint political assistants for the following qualifying groups for the term of the Council:

 

Conservative Group – 31 members

Liberal Democrat Group – 14 members

Labour and Green Cooperative Alliance – 7 members

 

38.

Calendar of meetings pdf icon PDF 42 KB

To approve the calendar of meetings for 2018.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED to approve the calendar of meetings for 2018 as shown at Appendix 2 to the minutes.