Agenda and minutes

County Council - Wednesday 19 May 2021 10.00 am

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Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chair

To elect the Chair of the Council for the 2021-22 Civic Year.

 

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

Minutes:

Cllr Ray Theodoulou thanked members and officers for their support and said that it had been a pleasure to serve the Council. In particular he thanked Michelle Pidgeon for her support and Cllr Alan Preest as his Vice Chair.

 

Members paid tribute to Cllr Theodoulou and the way in which he had chaired the Council during changing times including using new technology and holding meetings remotely.

 

Cllr Theodoulou invited nominations or the position of Chair of the Council for 2021/22.

 

Cllr Alan Preest was proposed and seconded.

 

There being no other nominations it was:

 

RESOLVED that Cllr Alan Preest be elected as Chair of Council for the 2021/22 civic year.

 

Cllr Alan Preest made the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

 

Cllr Preest thanked members for their support and specifically thanked Cllr Theodoulou wishing him all the best for the future. He stated that the Council represented a diverse and special county and asked that members embraced positivity regardless of political differences. He reminded members that they were here to serve the people of Gloucestershire.

 

2.

Election of the Vice-chair

To elect the Vice-chair of the Council for the 2021-22 Civic Year.

 

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

Minutes:

The Chair invited nominations for Vice-Chair of Council for the 2021/22 civic year.

 

There being no other nominations it was

 

RESOLVED that Cllr Stephen Hirst be appointed Vice-Chair of Council for the 2021/22 civic year.

 

Cllr Hirst made the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

 

Cllr Hirst thanked members for their support stating that he was humbled and that the County Council should be proud of its record of providing services to the great people of the County. He would do all he could to continue that record.

 

3.

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To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 17 March 2021.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 17 March 2021 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.

 

4.

Declarations of Interest

Please declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or personal interests that you may have relating to any specific matters which may be discussed at the meeting.

 

Minutes:

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

 

Cllr David Willingham declared a non-prejudicial interest as a member of Cheltenham Borough Council who would also be appointing to the bodies in item 10.

 

5.

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 Chair invited nominations for Leader of Council, Cllr Mark Hawthorne was proposed and seconded.

 

Members commended Cllr Hawthorne for his leadership during the difficult times during the pandemic and his work in helping the Council build back better.

 

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson spoke that the majority of residents had voted for change. He expressed his disappointment in the electoral system. He hoped that the Conservative leadership had listened to the residents of Gloucestershire and would share responsibility of leadership. He welcomed the 24 new faces to the Council.

 

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.

 

6.

Cabinet membership

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

Minutes:

Cllr Mark Hawthorne thanked members for their support in appointing him as Leader of Council. He thanked the residents of Gloucestershire for voting in huge numbers and he thanked those officers running the elections for their hard work. He congratulated the new members from all groups. He felt that all members would work together in the best interests of residents. He thanked those members who were not returning and thanked them for all they had done in the past.

 

He announced that he had appointed the following Cabinet Members:

 

Cllr Lynden Stowe – Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Finance and Change

Cllr Stephen Davies – Cabinet Member for Childrens Safeguarding and Early Years

Cllr Carole Allaway Martin – Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Commissioning

Cllr Kathy Williams – Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Delivery

Cllr David Gray – Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning

Cllr Dave Norman – Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Parking and Libraries

Cllr Phil Robinson – Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills

Cllr Vernon Smith – Cabinet Member for Highways and Flood

Cllr Tim Harman – Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities

 

7.

Announcements

Minutes:

A)        The meeting would be webcast. Members would be maintaining social distancing and wearing masks when circulating round the room.

 

B)        Information was provided on the fire and evacuation procedure

 

C)        The Chair welcomed the newly elected members and congratulated returning members on this re-election to the County Council.

 

D)        Wayne Bowcock, Chief Fire Officer, was leaving the Council to become Chief Executive and Fire Officer for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Cllr Dave Norman thanked him for his work and said that he was a very good Chief Fire Officer. He emphasised his professionalism in putting the Fire and Rescue Service back into order after challenging times in recent years.

 

8.

Petitions

To receive petitions, if any, without discussion.

Minutes:

No petitions were presented.

 

9.

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To consider the report of the Head of Democratic Services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered appointments to committees and Police and Crime Panel.

 

In addition consideration was given to increasing the size of the Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee, Appointments Committee and Pension Committee, and establishing a new scrutiny committee for seven members for the Fire and Rescue Service.

 

Considering the chairs of the committees, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson outlined that he felt scrutiny committees should be chaired by an opposition member and so had made proposals on that basis. Cllr Mark Hawthorne outlined the success of the current scrutiny process and reiterated his confidence in the Conservative nominations.

 

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

 

Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Cllr Phil Awford and Cllr John Bloxsom

Children and Families Committee – Cllr Andrew Miller and Cllr Ben Evans

Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee – Cllr Matt Babbage and Cllr Paul Baker

Environment Scrutiny Committee – Cllr Dominic Morris and Cllr Chris McFarling

Health Scrutiny Committee – Cllr Andrew Gravells and Cllr David Drew

Adult Social Care and Communities Scrutiny Committee – Cllr Stephen Hirst and Cllr Lisa Spivey

 

 

On being put to the vote, it was

 

RESOLVED

 

a)      To increase the size of the Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee, Appointments Committee and Pension Committee from six to seven members to reflect the requirements of Section 15(5) of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

 

b)      To establish a new scrutiny committee of seven members for the Fire and

          Rescue Service.

 

c)      That members to be appointed to the committees and Police and Crime Panel as indicated in Appendix 1 of the minutes.

 

d)      The following chairs of committees appointed:

 

 

Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee –Cllr Phil Awford

Children and Families Scrutiny Committee – Cllr Andrew Miller

Environment Scrutiny Committee – Cllr Dom Morris

Adult Social Care and Communities Scrutiny Committee – Cllr Stephen Hirst

Health Scrutiny Committee – Cllr Andrew Gravells

Economic Growth Scrutiny – Cllr Matt Babbage

Fire and Rescue – Cllr Jeremy Hilton

Audit and Governance Committee – Cllr Colin Hay

 

 

10.

Appointment of an Independent Member to the Audit and Governance Committee pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Democratic Services.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Head of Democratic Services which recommended the appointed of the Independent Member of the Audit and Governance Committee until the next County Council election in May 2025.

 

RESOLVED to appoint David Clowes as the Independent Member to the Audit and Governance Committee until May 2025.

 

11.

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To consider the report of the Director of Policy, Performance and Governance and Monitoring Officer.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Director of Policy, Performance and Governance relating to the appointment of Independent Persons. Two Independent Persons had been appointed and had served the County Council extremely well but their term had now come to an end. Rob Ayliffe  wished to extend his thanks to Graham Baum and John Milner.

 

One member raised his concern that there was an under-representation of women and suggested there was an unconscious bias. In response, it was explained there were three applicants and there had been two rounds of recruitment. Reassurance was given that candidates were appointed on the basis of their suitability and skills for the role.

 

 

RESOLVED to appoint Bernard Barton-Ancliffe and Stephen Pearman as Independent Persons for a four year term until May 2025. Their appointments would be subject to review before May 2025 and they be allowed to serve for a maximum of a further four years.

 

 

12.

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To consider the report of the Head of Democratic Services.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Head of Democratic Services setting out the legal position regarding the appointment of Political Assistants. It was outlined that Political Assistants worked under the direction of their Political Group Leader but were line managed within Democratic Services.

 

The Leader of the Council thanked the Conservative Group’s former political researcher Richard Coates for his work at the Council.

 

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

 

13.

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To approve the calendar of meetings for 2022.

Minutes:

RESOLVED to approve the calendar of meetings for 2022 as shown at Appendix 2 of the minutes.