Agenda and minutes

County Council
Wednesday 26 June 2019 10.00 am

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

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37.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 230 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 15 May 2019.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 27 March 2019 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.

38.

Declarations of Interest

Please declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other interests that you may have relating to any relevant matters due to be discussed at the meeting.  You should do this by signing the form at the back of the Council Chamber and you may also make an oral declaration if you so wish.  If you become aware of an interest you have during the course of the meeting, you should declare it orally at the time you become aware of it and sign the form at the back of the Chamber at the end of the meeting.

 

Minutes:

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

39.

Announcements

a)    Honours

To congratulate the following people from Gloucestershire who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours:

·         Timothy Hutchinson (Newland, Coleford) – awarded a CBE for services to publishing and literature.

·         Professor John Latham (Chipping Camden) – awarded a CBE for services to higher education.

·         Former Superintendent Gavin Thomas (Gloucestershire Constabulary) – awarded an OBE for services to policing.

·         Tony Allcock MBE (formerly of Cheltenham) – awarded an OBE for services to lawn bowls.

·         Julie Dyer (Stonehouse) – awarded an MBE for services to young people with special needs.

·         Former District Councillor Jane Horne (Newent) – awarded an MBE for voluntary and charitable services to the community in the Forest of Dean.

·         Roger Maggs (Tetbury) – awarded an MBE for services to the economy in Wales.

·         Peter Pepys-Goodchild (Cheltenham) – awarded an MBE for public and political service.

·         Frances Watson (Painswick) – awarded an MBE for services to people with learning disabilities.

·         Dr Peter Whitehead (Priors Norton) – awarded an MBE for services to equestrian sport science and medicine.

·         Roger Beard (Newent) – awarded a BEM for services to the community in Newent.

·         Bren McInerney (Longford) – awarded a BEM for services to volunteering, the public sector and the community.

·         Simon Paul (Lechlade) – awarded a BEM for services to the community.

 

b)    Nelson Trust

To congratulate the Nelson Trust, a Stroud based charity, on their winning entry at the Charity Awards for the category covering social care, advice and support.  The project provides street sex workers in Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire with one-to-one support on overcoming addiction, protecting themselves against sexual violence, finding safe and stable homes and leaving sex work.

 

c)    Mental Health First Aid

To note that two sessions for members run by Richard Castle, Independent Mental Health and Trauma Rehabilitation Consultant, will be held on Wednesday, 2 October 2019 at 1pm and Thursday, 31 October at 1pm.  Richard is also a parent governor representative on the Children and Families Scrutiny Committee.  Democratic Services will be in touch with members to find out which session they prefer to attend. 

 

d)    ICT support

Staff from ICT will be on hand over the lunch break to provide advice to members.

 

Minutes:

a)    Honours

The Chairman congratulated the following people from Gloucestershire who had been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours:

·         Timothy Hutchinson (Newland, Coleford) – awarded a CBE for services to publishing and literature.

·         Professor John Latham (Chipping Camden) – awarded a CBE for services to higher education.

·         Former Superintendent Gavin Thomas (Gloucestershire Constabulary) – awarded an OBE for services to policing.

·         Tony Allcock MBE (formerly of Cheltenham) – awarded an OBE for services to lawn bowls.

·         Julie Dyer (Stonehouse) – awarded an MBE for services to young people with special needs.

·         Former District Councillor Jane Horne (Newent) – awarded an MBE for voluntary and charitable services to the community in the Forest of Dean.

·         Roger Maggs (Tetbury) – awarded an MBE for services to the economy in Wales.

·         Peter Pepys-Goodchild (Cheltenham) – awarded an MBE for public and political service.

·         Frances Watson (Painswick) – awarded an MBE for services to people with learning disabilities.

·         Dr Peter Whitehead (Priors Norton) – awarded an MBE for services to equestrian sport science and medicine.

·         Roger Beard (Newent) – awarded a BEM for services to the community in Newent.

·         Bren McInerney (Longford) – awarded a BEM for services to volunteering, the public sector and the community.

·         Simon Paul (Lechlade) – awarded a BEM for services to the community.

 

b)    Nelson Trust

The Chairman congratulated the Nelson Trust, a Stroud based charity, on their winning entry at the Charity Awards for the category covering social care, advice and support.  The project provided street sex workers in Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire with one-to-one support on overcoming addiction, protecting themselves against sexual violence, finding safe and stable homes and leaving sex work.

 

c)    Mental Health First Aid

It was noted that two sessions for members run by Richard Castle, Independent Mental Health and Trauma Rehabilitation Consultant, would be held on Wednesday, 2 October 2019 at 1pm and Thursday, 31 October at 1pm.  The Chairman asked members to inform Democratic Services of which session they preferred to attend. 

 

d)    Archives and Records Association Volunteer Award

The Chairman congratulated Gloucestershire Archives on winning the National Archives Volunteering Award 2019 for its pioneering work with 200 volunteers.  The panel was particularly impressed by the breadth of community partners, the vision and creativity, as well as the level of audience engagement and development achieved.

40.

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Up to 30 minutes is allowed for this item.

 

To answer any written public questions about matters which are within the powers and duties of the County Council.

 

The closing date for receipt of questions is 10am on Wednesday, 19 June 2019. Please send questions to the Chief Executive marked for the attention of Stephen Bace (email stephen.bace@gloucestershire.gov.uk).

 

Questions received and proposed responses do not accompany this agenda but will be available prior to the meeting.

Minutes:

Twenty-five questions had been received.  A copy of the answers was circulated and is attached to the signed copy of the minutes.

 

 

Question 3 – Steve Gower stated that at the last meeting the Cabinet Member had said in relation to his question on homelessness that there were some people she had come across who did not want housing. He provided details of figures around record numbers of deaths in supported living in 2018 and his concerns about a member of the public who had subsequently died. He asked whether the member felt that the homeless provision in Gloucester was fit for purpose and what would be done to change the previous nine years of provision that was not fit for purpose?

 

Cllr Kathy Williams replied that the question was not a supplementary for the previous question and invited the member of the public to submit it for a written response.

 

 

Question 6 – Vicki Hewer raised concerns about the removal of the Pulhams 801 bus service. She asked whether the Council would provide financial support to keep the service going? She stated that there needed to be a service that matches the morning travel and return in the evening for those attending school or college.

 

Cllr Nigel Moor replied that he would be happy to meet with Northleach Town Council to discuss what options were available. The Council had not received notice from the operator around any proposals for changes at this stage.

 

 

Question 10 – Gerald Hartley raised concerns regarding who would make a bid for monitoring equipment for local emissions from the residual waste plant for Hunts Grove School as Hunts Grove would not become a parish until May 2020. He also stated that the ‘well established advice’ detailed in Cllr Moor’s answer to his question had been revealed to have been given in advance of a study that had been commissioning by Public Health England on this matter. He asked for a clear commitment from the County Council that the monitoring of emissions would happen.

 

Cllr Nigel Moor replied that he would be happy to take the issue away to consider how to progress. He noted that emissions would be regularly monitored with work underway in conjunction with the Environment Agency.

 

 

Question 11 – Dr Richard House asked when the County Council would be informing Gloucestershire residents about 5G related risks to health and the environment. What risk assessments were the Council intending to carry out and what precautionary steps would be in place?

 

Cllr Patrick Molyneux replied that there was no 5G rollout at this stage and that the coordination would be through Central Government. It was too early to consider this in that level of detail.

 

 

Question 24 – Lorraine Du Feu stated that the current provision for cyclists was appalling, noting that a recent report had shown that white lines and symbols on busy roads was a pointless gesture. She asked what money was being spent on cycling and with regards to the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 40.

41.

Corporate Parenting pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Cllr Richard Boyles, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, to present the report.

Minutes:

Cllr Richard Boyles, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, presented the report which provided information on Gloucestershire’s Fostering Service.  He explained that the Fostering Service was a key part of the Gloucestershire Sufficiency Strategy including ‘Right Placement First Time’.  The strategy set a target of March 2022 to achieve 80% of children who were living with foster carers to be placed with Gloucestershire foster carers, with the remaining 20% placed with independent carers. He recognised that the recruitment and retention of foster carers was critical to the future approach.  He encouraged members to attend Fostering Support Groups in their areas to understand the issues that foster parents face.

 

Members acknowledged the quality of the service offered by the Council’s Fostering Service with an increasing number of foster carers returning to the Council from agencies due to the better level of support.  The Chairman asked that staff be thanked for their outstanding work.

 

Some concern was expressed that the number of children in care continued to rise with a current figure of 717.  Members were anxious to better understand why this was happening and they asked for more information on the action that was being taken.  They enquired how many of the children in care were under Section 20 voluntary arrangements with families. 

 

Cllr Boyles explained that it was a complex situation that local authorities across the county were facing and there was no easy fix.  He said that neglect in early years was a key issue.  He undertook to circulate an action plan that had been developed.  He noted that around 30% of children in care fell into the Section 20 category. As a result of the poor service in the past more children were coming into care later than they should have.  Criminal activity around ‘county lines’ was also a significant factor.

 

Cllr Boyles noted that the new Corporate Parenting Pledge had been drawn up by the Corporate Parenting Group after a lot of discussion.  It had been drafted in such a way that all councillors should be able sign it.  He assured members that officers would in future be emailing them to raise awareness of events, both in their own area and across the county.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

42.

Petitions

To receive petitions presented by members without discussion.

Minutes:

No petitions were presented by members.

43.

Motions

The Council’s Constitution provides for a maximum of two hours for debate on motions.  At the end of the two hour period, those members who have already indicated their intention to speak on the motion being debated at that time will be allowed to speak, the mover of the motion will be asked to sum-up and the vote will be taken.

 

The time limit for member speeches is three minutes and the time limit for proposing a motion is five minutes.

 

The following motions were received by the closing date of 10am on 18 June 2019: 

 

Motion 839 – Every Child Matters

Proposed by Cllr Lesley Williams

Seconded by Cllr Brian Oosthuysen

 

This Council recognises that every child in Gloucestershire deserves the best education possible.

 

This Council recognises that the county has some schools that do give children  an education that equips them for the best possible start in life. However this Council  should also recognise that some schools do not meet the required standard to deliver a high quality  education.

 

Gloucestershire County Council continues to play an important part in the education of all young people in the County.

 

This Council also recognises that it is Central Government’s intention that all school should become academies or part of a multi academy trust.

 

I propose and request, therefore, that in preparation for any changes in status to schools in the County that there is a thorough study which would provide an analysis, district by district, of the attainment and achievement of students attending schools in the County. Ideally this study would be done as a peer review. 

 

Motion 840 – Terminally ill employees

Proposed by Cllr Kate Haigh

Seconded by Cllr Lesley Williams

 

This Council notes that terminally ill employees are not currently protected under national disability legislation and can therefore be dismissed if they are no longer able to conduct their role with reasonable adjustments. This can mean that terminally ill people can be subjected to stressful assessments, subsequent dismissal and the loss of death in service benefits – all following the diagnosis of a terminal illness. 

 

This Council believes that those receiving a terminal diagnosis are entitled to dignity at work.

 

This Council resolves to:

·      Review sick pay and sickness absence procedures, with specific reference to those with a terminal diagnosis.

·      Make a commitment not to dismiss a member of staff with a terminal illness, due to their condition.

·      Ensure that the Council has a competent programme with the capacity to provide support to any person with a terminal diagnosis.

·      Provide staff training on dealing with terminal illnesses

·      Ensure that Human Resources have procedures in place to make necessary adaptations to work arrangements for staff with a terminal illness.

·      Sign and adopt the TUC’s dying to work charter 

 

Motion 841 – Gloucestershire Youth Council

Proposed by Cllr Paul Hodgkinson

Seconded by Cllr Jeremy Hilton

 

This Council notes that:

·         There are nearly 40,000 young people, aged 11-18 in Gloucestershire, representing a significant proportion of the county’s population.

·         Youth councils  ...  view the full agenda text for item 43.

Minutes:

Motion 839 – Every Child Matters

Having declared a disclosable pecuniary interest, Cllr Ben Evans left the chamber for this item.

 

The proposer Cllr Lesley Williams and seconder Cllr Brian Oosthuysen indicated that they wished to make an amendment to their motion (see the highlighted text).

 

This Council recognises that every child in Gloucestershire deserves the best education possible.

 

This Council recognises that the county has some schools that do give children  an education that equips them for the best possible start in life. However this Council  should also recognise that some schools do not meet the required standard to deliver a high quality  education.

 

Gloucestershire County Council continues to play an important part in the education of all young people in the County.

 

This Council also recognises that it is Central Government’s intention that all school should become academies or part of a multi academy trust.

 

That this Council call upon the Cabinet Member to provide a report to Council on the attainment and achievement of students living and educated in the County and providing an analysis by home district and division.  This report to form the basis of the County Council’s response to changing need for schools across the county. 

 

Cllr Williams stated that, although some schools were performing well, there were too many schools rated by Ofsted as poor or inadequate.  She referred to the scrutiny reviews of school exclusions and secondary school performance in the Forest of Dean which identified a number of serious concerns.  At the last Children and Families Scrutiny Committee, the Regional Schools Commissioner highlighted that Gloucestershire historically had a high rate of exclusions and the Council had taken a neutral position in terms of the action it had taken. 

 

Cllr Oosthuysen noted that local authorities had a long and proud history of involvement in schools.  He said that too many schools were in desperate need of support and guidance.  A detailed analysis of the attainment and achievement of students across the county was needed to assess the position properly.  He was anxious that the Council did whatever it could to ensure that every child in Gloucestershire got the best opportunity.

 

A member referred to the poor state of some school buildings and he feared that unless urgent action was taken some schools might be forced to close.

 

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, the Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Growth, recognised that a good education in the county was essential for a good start in life.  He proposed an amendment that the report be presented to the Children and Families Scrutiny Committee so that members could look at the issues in greater depth.  He said that he was aware of the difficulties suffered by some schools including a number of secondary schools in the Forest of Dean. 

 

In seconding the amendment, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of the Council, noted that Gloucestershire had been leading the F40 campaign for fairer funding for schools. He was concerned that despite extensive lobbying children in the county received  ...  view the full minutes text for item 43.

44.

Member Questions pdf icon PDF 149 KB

Up to 30 minutes is allowed for this item.

 

To answer any written member questions about matters which are within the powers and duties of the County Council.

 

The closing date for receipt of questions is 10am on Wednesday, 19 June 2019. Please send questions to the Chief Executive marked for the attention of Stephen Bace (email stephen.bace@gloucestershire.gov.uk).

 

Questions received and proposed responses do not accompany this agenda but will be available prior to the meeting.

Minutes:

Thirty questions had been received.  A copy of the answers was circulated and is attached to the signed copy of the minutes.

 

Question 1 – Cllr Klara Sudbury asked whether the Cabinet Member would support the suggestion for an increase in investment for road safety in the 2020/21 budget with a dedicated budget to use in divisions for traffic calming measures.

 

Cllr Dave Norman replied that he could not make that commitment today but that he would speak to Cabinet colleagues about how to take things forward.

 

 

Question 2 – Cllr Klara Sudbury asked what the specific barriers were that were preventing members getting traffic calming schemes up and running.

 

In response, Cllr Dave Norman replied that often there were delays due to needing to put Traffic Regulation Orders in place. He would be happy to discuss any particularly issues with the member outside of the meeting.

 

 

Question 3 –  Cllr Klara Sudbury asked if the policy to support traffic calming could be reviewed to help empower members to make the changes needed.

 

Cllr Dave Norman stated he would be happy to discuss this with the member.

 

 

Question 4 –  Cllr Klara Sudbury asked how the member would look to support investment for walking, cycling and public transport going forward.

 

Cllr Nigel Moor replied that there would be consultation on the strategy later in the year.

 

 

Question 5 – Cllr Klara Sudbury asked that the County Council issue a media release to clarify the situation regarding the Experimental Traffic Regulation order as part of the Cheltenham transport Plan Phase 4. She also asked that the website show the correct information.

 

Cllr Nigel Moor stated he had approved a press release which would be released.

 

 

Question 6 – Cllr Klara Sudbury asked for the representations that had been made with regards to Phase 4 be published immediately on the website.

 

Cllr Nigel Moor replied that a summary had been published on the website and that the detailed report would go to the Traffic Regulation Order Committee.

 

 

Question 7 – Cllr Klara Sudbury asked if the Cabinet Member would meet with herself and highways officers during rush hour to examine the displacement of traffic as a result of the work at Boots Corner.

 

Cllr Vernon Smith replied that he would be happy to do this.

 

 

Question 8 – Cllr Klara Sudbury referred to the design of  the junction at St George’s Place and asked if the Cabinet member would support her request to make this ‘two-way’ in order to make the route safer and more accessible.

 

Cllr Vernon Smith replied that best practice was being followed but that he would be happy to discuss this when they met and go into more detail.

 

 

Question 9 – Cllr Klara Sudbury asked if the Cabinet Member would consider making St James’ Square a School Street?

 

Cllr Dave Norman replied that he had provided a response and that he was happy to have a wider discussion around road safety with the member outside of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 44.

45.

Independent Remuneration Panel pdf icon PDF 113 KB

Richard Blamey, Chair of the Independent Remuneration Panel, to present the panel’s recommendations for the 2019-20 financial year.

 

Minutes:

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of the Council, left the Council Chamber for the consideration of this item.

 

The Chairman invited Richard Blamey, Chair of the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP), to present the panel’s recommendations for the 2019-20 financial year.

 

Mr Blamey advised that the IRP was  independent of the Council and undertook a series of interviews with members each year. He explained that the IRP report had been presented to the Constitution Committee earlier in the year but it had not been brought forward to Council to allow the IRP to consider the outcome of the scrutiny review. The scrutiny chairs and vice-chairs would be interviewed during the Autumn to better understand how the new scrutiny arrangements were working and to consider whether any changes to special responsibility allowances were necessary.  The panel had been concerned for some time that the Special Responsibility Allowance for the Leader of the Council was far too low in comparison with other county councils.  A recommendation was therefore made that it should be increased to £33,500. 

 

Members indicated support for the recommendations and thanked Mr Blamey and his fellow IRP members for the work they had undertaken.  They recognised that it was important to evaluate the role and not the person when assessing allowances. They noted that it was important that allowances were set at a level which did not discourage people from putting themselves forward.  It was evident that some people, who chose to become a councillor, were left significantly out of pocket.  A suggestion was made that the annual increase in allowances be linked directly to the pay award for staff to prevent the necessity for councillors to approve increases each year.

 

On being put to a recorded vote, it was

 

RESOLVED

 

a)    To increase the Basic Allowance to £10,300, in line with the national staff pay award of 2%, for the 2019-20 financial year.

 

b)    To increase the Special Responsibility Allowance for the Leader of the Council to £33,500.

 

c)    To increase all other Special Responsibility Allowances in line with the national staff pay award of 2%.

 

d)    To note the revised Members’ Allowances Scheme for 2019-20 at Appendix B to the report.

 

The voting was as follows:

 

For (42) – Carole Allaway Martin, Philip Awford, Matt Babbage, Rob Bird, Richard Boyles, John Cordwell, Kevin Cromwell, Iain Dobie, Ben Evans, Bernard Fisher, Andrew Gravells, Kate Haigh, Terry Hale, Tim Harman, Colin Hay, Jeremy Hilton, Stephen Hirst, Andrew Miller, Patrick Molyneux, Graham Morgan, Dave Norman, Brian Oosthuysen, Shaun Parsons, Sajid Patel, Loraine Patrick, John Payne, Keith Rippington, Brian Robinson, Steve Robinson, Rachel Smith, Vernon Smith, Lynden Stowe, Klara Sudbury, Brian Tipper, Robert Vines, Eva Ward, Simon Wheeler, Kathy Williams, Lesley Williams, Suzanne Williams, Roger Wilson and Will Windsor-Clive

 

Against (2) – Cllrs Nigel Moore and Pam Tracey

 

Abstentions (5) – Cllrs Chris Coleman, Joe Harris, Paul Hodgkinson, Alan Preest and Ray Theodoulou

 

46.

Audit and Governance pdf icon PDF 67 KB

Cllr Nigel Robbins, Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee, to present the annual report summarising activities of the committee over the last 12 months.

Minutes:

In the absence of Cllr Nigel Robbins, Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee, Cllr Brian Oosthuysen, vice-chair of the committee, presented the annual report summarising activities of the committee.

 

In answer to a question relating to the Grant Thornton value-for-money report, Cllr Oosthuysen advised that it was not yet available although he understood that work was ongoing.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

47.

Cabinet Member Decision Statements pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To consider the Cabinet Member Decision Statements for the period 1 March to 31 May 2019.

 

Minutes:

Consideration was given to theCabinet Member Decision Statements for the period 1 March to 31 May 2019.

 

Cllr Iain Dobie, the member for Leckhampton and Warden Hill, expressed concern regarding the decision of the Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Growth to delay a decision on the expansion of Warden Hill Primary School until March 2020.  He noted that the buildings at the school were in a desperately poor condition and he asked the Cabinet Member to visit the school with him.

 

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Growth, regretted that it was necessary to delay the decision but the Council was governed by strict rules on how it spent money on repairs and refurbishment of schools.  He said that he would be prepared to visit the school with Cllr Dobie.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

48.

Scrutiny pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To receive a report on the activities of the scrutiny committees since the Annual Meeting of the Council.

 

Cllr Shaun Parsons, Chair of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to present a recommendation from the meeting held on 12 June 2019 that there should be six ordinary meetings of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee each municipal year (in line with the other scrutiny committees). 

 

The changes to the Constitution that will be reported as part of the Constitution Committee report (agenda item 12) indicate that there should be a minimum of four ordinary meetings of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee in each municipal year.  

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report on the activities of the scrutiny committees since the Annual Meeting of the Council.

 

Cllr Shaun Parsons, Chair of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, stated that the first round of meetings under the new scrutiny structure had been held and the feedback from members was generally positive.  He noted that a number of scrutiny task groups were underway covering a range of areas including youth strategy, single-use plastics, public participation and taxi licensing.

 

He presented a recommendation from the meeting held on 12 June 2019 that there should be six ordinary meetings of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee each municipal year (in line with the other scrutiny committees).  He noted that this would be considered as part of the next agenda item (item 14) which related to changes to the Constitution.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

49.

Constitution Committee pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chair of the Constitution Committee, to present the recommendations from the meeting held on 29 May 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chair of the Constitution Committee, presented the recommendations from the meeting held on 29 May 2019.  These related to the employee code of conduct, Monitoring Officer changes to the Constitution and a tidying up exercise to reflect the new scrutiny arrangements.

 

A member referred to the election of scrutiny chairs and content of the new National Scrutiny Guidance around their appointment by secret ballot.

 

Cllr Hawthorne stated that the appointment of scrutiny chairs had been considered in some detail during the review and a position had been reached.

 

Cllr Kate Haigh moved an amendment to the Constitution for six meetings of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee to be held each year and removing references to a minimum of four ordinary meetings each year.  She noted that this would bring the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee in line with the meeting schedule for the other scrutiny committees.  She said that the committee fulfilled a critical role in helping to develop policies, considering cross-cutting issues and following the council taxpayers’ pound in Gloucestershire. 

 

The amendment was seconded by Cllr Joe Harris.

 

Cllr Hawthorne did not support the amendment as he felt that it was wrong to make changes to the Constitution without giving proper notice.  He said that one of the main findings of the scrutiny review was that the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee should not duplicate the activities of the other scrutiny committees.  It was expected that it would have less business and hold fewer meetings.  He believed that the matter should be referred back to the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee. 

 

Cllr Shaun Parsons, Chair of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, advised that the Constitution stated that there should be a minimum of four meetings each year.  He believed that it is important that individual committees were empowered to look at issues themselves and there was not duplication.  He noted that the committee was in the process of developing a work plan and this would provide an opportunity to consider the number of meetings required.

 

Cllr Haigh advised that the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee had already held a discussion regarding this issue and made a recommendation that the number of ordinary meetings should be increased to six each year. She said that she could not see any reason why it needed to be referred back to the committee for discussion again.

 

A member stated that it was a simple change which had already been supported by the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

On being put to the vote, the amendment was lost.

 

RESOLVED

 

a)    To ratify the changes to the Constitution made by the Monitoring Officer relating to the Employee Code of Conduct (please refer to Appendix 1 of the report).

 

b)    To ratify the changes to the Constitution made by the Monitoring Officer relating to Cabinet Member responsibilities and friendly amendments (please refer to Appendices 2 and 3 of the report).

 

c)      To ratify the changes to the Constitution in respect of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 49.