Agenda and draft minutes

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41.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

No apologies were received.

42.

Minutes of the Standards Committee meeting held on 28 June 2023 pdf icon PDF 122 KB

Confirmation of the minutes of the Standards Committee held on Wednesday 28 June 2023.

Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor James, seconded by Councillor Gubb and –

 

Resolved:

That the Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 28 June 2023 be agreed as a correct record.

 

(Vote:  For 4, Abstentions 2)

 

43.

Declarations of Interest

Members with interests to declare should refer to the agenda item and describe the nature of their interest when the item is being considered.

Minutes:

The Chair asked that declarations of interest be made as and when the specific agenda item to which they related was under discussion.

 

44.

Agreement of Agenda between Parts I and II (if applicable)

Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor James, seconded by Councillor Gibson and

 

Resolved:                                                   

That the agenda, as circulated, be agreed.

 

(Vote:  For Unanimous)

45.

Urgent Matters of Information to be brought forward with the permission of the Chair and the Committee

Minutes:

Chair raised the current vacancy for Parish Representatives on the Committee.  It was arranged for an advertisement to be sent to the Parish Clerks.

46.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 47 KB

To review the forward plan.

Minutes:

Members discussed the forward plan. It was agreed that members would review a report regarding East Devon District Council and this would be added to the agenda for the next Committee meeting.

 

Councillor Annie Brenton joined the meeting at 10:05.

 

During discussions Members raised the current situation in relation to Standards and questioned the effectiveness of sanctions and their use. A brief update provided the National context on the issue.

47.

Exclusion of Members of the Public

The Chair to move :

 

That the public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting because of the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in )Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act.

Minutes:

Members were advised that the meeting would move to Part II to enable full and frank discussion during the Standards training session.

 

 It was proposed by Councillor James, seconded by Councillor Gibson and

 

Resolved:

That the public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting because of the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in) Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act.

 

48.

Part II (Closed Session)

49.

Standards Training provided by Beth Evans

A training session for Members, provided by Beth Evans.

Minutes:

Chair welcomed Beth Evans to the meeting, who went on to deliver a detailed training session regarding the role of Standards Committee in upholding high standards of conduct. 

 

It was agreed that the presentation slides from the meeting would be shared with members and the Councillor Complaints Procedure Flowchart would be passed to Councillor Annie Brenton.

 

Chair and members thanked Beth Evans for the training provided.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Gibson, seconded by Councillor Hawkins and

 

Resolved:

That the meeting leave Part II and close.