Background
Background

Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

STA 18/27

Appointment of Chair for the Meeting

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Joan Hully duly seconded and

 

RESOLVED – That Councillor Alistair Norwood be appointed Chair for the meeting.

 

STA 18/28

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillors Alistair Norwood, Gwynneth Everett, Joan Hully and Gillian Troughton declared interest in Agenda item 4 due to knowing the complainants and Members involved.

 

Councillor Gillian Troughton declared an interest in Complaint No 4 relating to St Nicholas Gardens due to being a member of the Church of England Finance Board. Councillor Troughton left the room when this complaint was considered.

STA 18/29

Exclusion of Press and Public

Minutes:

It was in the opinion of Members that it was not in the public interest to consider any of the complaints as set out in Agenda item 4 in public. It was therefore moved duly seconded and

 

RESOLVED – That the press and Public be excluded for the remaining items of business in view of likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

 

STA 18/30

To consider Complaints under the Council's Code of Conduct procedure

Minutes:

Due to the availability of Complainants and subject Members, the complaints were taken in the following order.

STA 18/31

Complaint 5

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee was advised that a request had been received from the Complainant asking for a deferment due to health reasons.

 

RESOLVED: that the complaint be deferred.

STA 18/32

Complaint 1

Minutes:

Prior to the commencement of the consideration of this complaint Members introduced themselves to the named member and complainant.  Mr Henry Holmes confirmed that he was an independent member who was attending to observe, challenge and advise.

 

The Chair advised the named Member and complainant that the meeting was in private and recording was strictly prohibited.  The named member, complainant, Members of the Committee, independent person and officers all confirmed that they were not recording the proceedings.

 

Consideration was then given to an allegation that the named Members had continued to carry on a meeting of the Whitehaven Town Council even though they were not quorate.

 

The committee received representations from the Council’s Solicitor and the Chair invited comments from the complainant and the subject Member.

 

A full questioning and open debate then took place, before both parties were provided with an opportunity to sum up.

 

The complainant and the subject Member left the room whilst the committee deliberated and considered their decision.

 

At the conclusion of the deliberation it was

 

RESOLVED – that the committee unanimously agreed there was no breach of the Code of Conduct on this occasion.

STA 18/33

Complaint 2

Minutes:

Prior to the commencement of the consideration of this complaint Members introduced themselves to the named member and complainant.  Mr Henry Holmes confirmed that he was an independent member who was attending to observe, challenge and advise.

 

The Chair advised the named Member and complainant that the meeting was in private and recording was strictly prohibited.  The named member, complainant, Members of the Committee, independent person and officers all confirmed that they were not recording the proceedings.

 

Consideration was then given to an allegation that the named Member was derelict in his duty as Chairman of Whitehaven Town Council in relation to a decision to contribute £10,000 per annum to decorate St Nicholas Gardens, Whitehaven.

 

The committee received representations from the Council’s Solicitor and the Chair invited comments from the complainant and the subject Member.

 

A full questioning and open debate then took place, before both parties were provided with an opportunity to sum up.

 

The complainant and the subject Member left the room whilst the committee deliberated and considered their decision.

 

At the conclusion of the deliberation it was

 

RESOLVED – that the committee unanimously agreed there was no breach of the Code of Conduct on this occasion.

 

STA 18/34

Complaint 4

Minutes:

Prior to the commencement of the consideration of this complaint Members introduced themselves to the named member and complainant.  Mr Henry Holmes confirmed that he was an independent member who was attending to observe, challenge and advise.

 

The Chair advised the named Member and complainant that the meeting was in private and recording was strictly prohibited.  The named member, complainant, Members of the Committee, independent person and officers all confirmed that they were not recording the proceedings.

 

Consideration was then given to an allegation that the named Member had disregarded the six month rule as set out in the Whitehaven Town Council’s Standing Orders.

 

The committee received representations from the Council’s Solicitor and the Chair invited comments from the complainant and the subject Member.

 

A full questioning and open debate then took place, before both parties were provided with an opportunity to sum up.

 

The complainant and the subject Member left the room whilst the committee deliberated and considered their decision.

 

At the conclusion of the deliberation it was

 

RESOLVED – that the committee unanimously agreed there was no breach of the Code of Conduct on this occasion.

 

STA 18/35

Complaint 7

Minutes:

Prior to the commencement of the consideration of this complaint Members introduced themselves to the named member and complainant.  Mr Henry Holmes confirmed that he was an independent member who was attending to observe, challenge and advise.

 

The Chair advised the named Member and complainant that the meeting was in private and recording was strictly prohibited.  The named member, complainant, Members of the Committee, independent person and officers all confirmed that they were not recording the proceedings.

 

Consideration was then given to an allegation that the named Member had behaved badly towards members of the public, fellow Councillors on the planning committee and his admission that he votes on planning applications based on the professional’s advice.

 

The committee received representations from the Council’s Solicitor and the Chair invited comments from the complainant and the subject Member.

 

A full questioning and open debate then took place, before both parties were provided with an opportunity to sum up.

 

The complainant and the subject Member left the room whilst the committee deliberated and considered their decision.

 

At the conclusion of the deliberation it was

 

RESOLVED – that the committee agreed there was no breach of the Code of Conduct on this occasion.

 

STA 18/36

Complaint 3

Minutes:

Due to the meeting over-running, it was suggested that this complaint be deferred.

 

RESOLVED: that the complaint be deferred.

 

STA 18/37

Complaint 6

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee was advised that due to the meeting over-running, the named Member was no longer available to attend this meeting. It was therefore suggested that this complaint be deferred.

 

RESOLVED: that the complaint be deferred.

 

 

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