Background
Background

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven. CA28 7SJ

Contact: Clive Willoughby  Tel: 01946 598328

Items
No. Item

SEC 19/9

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Joan Hully.

 

SEC 19/10

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillors Dave Banks, declared a non-pecuniary Interest in Agenda Items 5 and 6 due to knowing the complainant and subject Members.

 

Councillors Graham Calvin declared a non-pecuniary Interest in Agenda Item 6 due to knowing the complainant.

 

SEC 19/11

Minutes of the Meeting held on 31 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:- that the minutes of the meeting held on 31 July 2019 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

SEC 19/12

Exclusion of Press and Public

The Chair to move:

That under Section 100 (a) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item on the grounds that, if they were present, there could be disclosed to them exempt information as defined in the relevant paragraphs of Schedule 12A of the Act.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED – that the press and public be excluded for the remaining items of business in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

SEC 19/13

To consider Complaint 1 under the Council's Code of Conduct procedure

Minutes:

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

 

The Chair advised the Complainant and named Members that the meeting was in private and recording was strictly prohibited.  The named Member, 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 ‘led a campaign of constant harassment and bullying’ towards the complainant and that they ‘actively seek out opportunities to belittle or challenge the actions or advice provided’

 

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

 

The Complainant and 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 that the full evidence pack be provided to the subject Members, that their comments then be included in the agenda for the next meeting and that the hearing of the complaint be adjourned until 9:30am on Tuesday 17 September 2019 in the Bainbridge Room.

 

SEC 19/14

To consider Complaint 2 under the Council's Code of Conduct procedure

Minutes:

As a result of the adjournment of Agenda Item5, it was proposed and

 

RESOLVED – that the committee unanimously agreed that the hearing of this complaint be adjourned until 9:30am on Tuesday 17 September 2019 in the Bainbridge Room.

 

 

In Public

SEC 19/15

Bi-Annual Monitoring Officer Report pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the Bi-Annual Monitoring Officer report which provided an overview of Monitoring Officer issues and involvement since the Council’s Annual Meeting held in May 2019.

 

The report set out the Monitoring Officer’s statutory responsibilities and provided statistical details for the period May to July covering Agenda issue, Member attendances and Training.

 

Councillor Ged McGrath stated that the training provided for Members following the local Elections in May was excellent, but was disappointed that two Councillors had failed to attend any of the training sessions.

 

Councillor Steven Morgan stated that it was a good report and thanked the officers who had compiled it.

 

It was requested that the next report be provided for the period August 2019 to December 2019 and then reported half yearly.

 

Committee was advised that a report on the Contract Standing Orders section of the constitution had been put before Executive on 19 August 2019 and would be considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 22 August 2019. The report would be emailed to this Committee and any comments/feedback could be provided to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee or full Council.

 

RESOLVED:- that

 

a)      the Bi-Annual Monitoring Officer report be noted,

b)      the report be forwarded to full Council for information, and

c)      the next report be provided for the period August 2019 to December 2019 and then reported half yearly.

 

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