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An apology for absence from the meeting was received from Barbara Berkhauer and Councillor Langmead had apologised that he might be late.
Confirmation of the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 December 2016.
Confirmation of the Minutes of the extraordinary meeting held on 30 January 2017.
The minutes of the meeting held on 21 December 2016 were presented and confirmation was given by the Senior Solicitor that a paper regarding Standard’s Committee substitutions would be going to Full Council’ Annual General meeting on 15 May.
It was proposed by Councillor Dezart, seconded by Mr Martin and –
That the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 December 2016 be agreed and signed as a correct record.
(Vote: For 4, 3 Abstentions)
Prior to the minutes of the meeting held on 30 January 2017 being presented, the question was asked why Councillor Brenton was still sitting on the Committee when the outcome of the Standards Committee Hearing had been quite clear in that Councillor Brenton had breached the Code of Conduct and it had been recommended that he be removed from the Committee.
Councillor Langmead advised that he would refrain from commenting on the matter as he had been Chair of the Full Council meeting at which Councillor Brenton had been asked to leave the chamber. He took no further part in the debate.
The Senior Solicitor advised that the Standards Committee’s recommendation to remove Councillor Brenton from the Committee had been referred to Councillor Brenton’s Group Leader for action. It had to be assumed that no action had been taken in light of the recommendation; therefore, Councillor Brenton remained a Member of the Committee.
The Chair gave all Committee Members an opportunity to express their opinions.
It was proposed by Councillor Boundy, seconded by Councillor Brown and –
That the meeting be adjourned until such a date as the matter could be resolved.
(Vote: For 3, Against 2, Abstention 1)