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Apologies and substitutions
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Boothby, Nickerson and O’Shea, with the following substitutions authorised in accordance with council procedure rule 10:
Councillor Wallace for Councillor Boothby
Councillor Ward for Councillor Nickerson
Councillor Cook for Councillor O’Shea.
To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting.
It was moved by Councillor Crooks, seconded by Councillor Ward and
RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 16 August be confirmed and signed by the chairman.
Declarations of interest
To receive verbally from members any disclosures which they are required to make in accordance with the Council’s code of conduct or in pursuance of Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. This is in addition to the need for such disclosure to be also given when the relevant matter is reached on the agenda.
No interests were declared at this stage.
Minutes of the meeting held on 30 October 2017.
Members received the minutes of the Statutory Safety Committee. A member asked whether other partners in the Hub were involved in the meeting. In response it was noted that it was a statutory responsibility as an employer, so it would be for the employers of the other partners to hold their own meetings. It was, however, noted that there was a Hub Operational Group which included partners and considered all aspects of the Hub, including health and safety.
Matters from which the public may be excluded
To consider the passing of a resolution under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 excluding the public from the undermentioned item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1 and 10 of Schedule 12A of the 1972 Act.
On the motion of Councillor Allen seconded by Councillor Crooks, it was
RESOLVED – in accordance with section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1 and 10 of Part I of Schedule 12A of that Act.
Report of the investigator attached, along with appendices.
The committee gave consideration to the report of an independent investigator into allegations of a breach of the code of conduct. The options available to the committee were outlined and it was noted that if it was felt that the councillor had not breached the code, a decision of no action would be appropriate, but if it was felt that there was a case to answer, a hearing would be necessary. The option of taking ‘other action’ was also discussed.
The Independent Person, present at the meeting, commended the comprehensive and thorough report and supported the recommendation of the independent investigator that a hearing be held.
It was moved by Councillor Cartwright and seconded by Councillor Camamile that there was a case to answer and a hearing should be held which would allow all parties to put their case forward. Upon being put to the vote, the motion was carried and it was unanimously
RESOLVED – the matter be referred for a determination hearing of the Ethical Governance & Personnel Committee.