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SEC 19/24

Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Steven Morgan.


SEC 19/25

Declarations of Interest


No declarations were made at this meeting.

SEC 19/26

Minutes of the Meeting held on 17 September 2019 pdf icon PDF 59 KB


RESOLVED:- that the minutes of the meeting held on 17 September 2019 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.


SEC 19/27

Constitution Changes pdf icon PDF 52 KB

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Committee received an introduction and overview of the proposed review of the Council’s constitution from the Director of Corporate Services and Commercial Strategy, before the Electoral and Democratic Services Manager took Members through the detail.


Members welcomed the review and the new format that made navigation easier.

A small number of minor amendments were suggested and would be incorporated before the document is presented to Council.


An update and amendment to the Scheme of Delegation was then considered which relates to delegation currently to Officers “to exercise the Council’s regulatory  and any associated management functions relating to: ( c ) Animal Welfare”


It was recommended that ‘( c ) Animal Welfare’ be removed from the current delegation and replaced with:-

“To grant, vary, enforce or suspend licences, registrations, authorisations and permits under the Animal Welfare Act 20069 and the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals)(England) Regulations 2018.”

And that the limitation on the exercise of the above reads:

“The power to refuse or revoke any licence, registration, authorisation or permit is delegated to the Licensing Committee.”

“A Matter may also be referred to the Committee where the delegated officer is minded to refer the decision for members’ consideration.”



a)      the Standards and Ethics Committee recommend to Council that the proposed Constitution layout be approved,

b)      the consequential changes made in Part 2- Articles 2, 9 and 11 and Part 3.10 be noted,

c)      the proposed changes in Articles 2, 3, 5, 7 and 13 be recommended to Council for approval,

d)      the Director of Corporate Services & Commercial Strategy receive delegated powers to be authorised to amend the Constitution accordingly to ensure regulatory compliance and process updates, including revisions for any necessary incidental or consequential changes be recommended to Council for approval.

e)      The proposed update and amendment to the Scheme of Delegation, as stated above, be recommended to Council for approval.

SEC 19/28

Constitution Changes - Planning pdf icon PDF 42 KB

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At the request of Council on 9 September 2019, Committee considered an amendment to the Planning section of the Council’s constitution.


A supplementary report, with a suggested protocol, was circulated to Members in advance of the meeting.


During the discussion that followed, minor amendments were suggested.



a)      the suggested protocol be accepted, subject to the minor amendments suggested,

b)      the amended protocol be referred to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on 21 November 2019, and then Council on 2 December 2019 with a recommendation that it be approved.


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