Agenda and minutes

Items
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150.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor C Tovey, Yvonne Wood and Elizabeth Martin-Jones and the Chair advised that Elizabeth Martin-Jones had broken her hip.           

 

151.

Declarations of Interest

Members of the Standards Committee are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct.

 

Minutes:

Declarations of interest were received from Councillor C Jones and Councillor P Brown in respect of item 3  -  To reconsider previous Dispensations granted to Councillors.   Councillor P Brown declared an interest in item 7.

 

152.

To reconsider previous Dispensations granted to Councillors during their 2008 - 2012 term of office pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To consider a report from the Chief Executive.  

Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer led Standards Committee through the report.

 

Questions were raised and were answered by the Monitoring Officer.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

Councillor A Jones be entitled to speak and vote on any matter which may affect him as the General Secretary of the Merthyr Tydfil Association Football League except where any financial and/or funding matters are being discussed.

 

Councillor B Toomey be entitled to speak and vote on any matters which may affect the South Wales Fire Authority except where any financial and/or funding matters are being discussed.

 

Councillor C.J. Barry be entitled to speak and vote on any matter relating to  Merthyr Tydfil Football Club except where any financial and/or funding matters are being discussed.

 

Councillor C. Tovey be entitled to speak and vote on any matter relating to Cwm Taf Local Health Board except where any financial implications are being discussed.

 

Councillor C Jones be entitled to speak and vote on any matter relating to Merthyr Tydfil Football Club except where financial and/or funding matters are being discussed.

 

Councillor C Jones be entitled to speak and vote on any matter relating to Cwm Taf Local Health Board except where any financial and/or funding matters are being discussed.

 

Councillor L Elliott be entitled to speak and vote on any matter relating to Merthyr Village Ltd and the Local Development Plan

 

Councillor S.P. Brown be entitled to speak and vote on any matter relating to Merthyr Village Ltd. and the Local Development Plan.

 

Councillor S.P. Brown’s previously granted dispensation relating to the Planning Application for housing on Winchfawr Road, Heolgerrig be removed as it is no longer applicable.

 

Councillor G. Jones be entitled to speak and vote on any matter relating to Housing except where any financial and/or funding matters are being discussed.

 

Councillor Richard Thomas’ previously granted dispensation relating to the Planning Application at Ty Llwyd Farm, Quakers Yard, Treharris be removed as it is no longer applicable.

 

Councillor C.J. Barry be entitled to speak and vote on any matters which affect the Cwm Taf Local Health Board except when financial implications are being discussed.

 

Councillor C Jones be entitled to speak and vote on matters relating to Cwm Taf Crossroads for Carers and Merthyr and the Valley MIND (Mental Health Charity) except where any financial and/or funding matters are being discussed.

 

Councillor S.P. Brown’s previously granted dispensation relating to all highway and traffic matters within Cyfarthfa Electoral division be removed.

 

Councillor G. Jones be entitled to speak but not vote on any matter relating to the topic of “Sleeping Policemen/Speed Bumps” within the Bedlinog Electoral Divison subject to whether or not this matter has been resolved.

 

Councillor G Jones be entitled to speak but not vote on any matter relating to the Co-op Fields in the village of Bedlinog.

 

Councillor H. Barrett be entitled to speak and vote on matters relating to the new Community School to replace Ysgol-y-Graig, Cefn Coed, Merthyr Tydfil.

 

Councillor L. Mytton be entitled to speak and vote on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 152.

153.

Code of Conduct for Members and Co-opted Members - Request for Dispensation pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To consider a report from the Chief Executive. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer led Standard Committee through the report.

 

Questions were raised and were answered by the Monitoring Officer

 

RESOLVED that:

 

This matter be deferred to request further information and clarification of circumstances for dispensation from Councillor A Jones, and reconvene as soon as possible.

 

154.

Code of Conduct for Members and Co-opted Members - Request for Dispensation pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To consider a report from the Chief Executive. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer led Standard Committee through the report.

 

Questions were raised and were answered by the Monitoring Officer.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

This matter be deferred to request further information and clarification of circumstances for dispensation from Councillor G. Davies

 

It was noted from Councillor G Davies’ letter that his membership of the Cyfarthfa Museum and Heritage Group was not listed for dispensation.

155.

Code of Conduct for Members and Co-opted Members - Request for Dispensation pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To consider a report from the Chief Executive.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer led Standard Committee through the report.

 

Questions were raised and were answered by the Monitoring Officer.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

Councillor R Braithwaite’s request for dispensation not granted on a vote of 5 – 1.

 

156.

Code of Conduct for Members and Co-opted Members - Request for Dispensation pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To consider a report from the Chief Executive. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor P Brown left the meeting while this item was discussed. 

 

The Monitoring Officer led Standard Committee through the report.

 

Questions were raised and were answered by the Monitoring Officer.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

Councillor T Chaplin be granted dispensation to speak and vote:

 

  • on any housing matter except those pertaining to, impacting on or involving Wales and West Housing.           

 

  • on any matter relating to the natural heritage of Merthyr Tydfil.

 

  • on any matter relating to the historic environment of Merthyr Tydfil.

 

To seek further information and clarification in respect of his continued membership as a ‘lay person’ and company nominee on the Ffos-y-Fran Liaison Committee.

 

To seek further information and clarification in respect of the Merthyr Tydfil Local Access Forum.

 

157.

Any other item deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

Councillor P Brown returned to the meeting.  

 

a)         Questions were raised by Co-opted Members with regard to attendance allowance, expenses and NICs.  

 

            The Monitoring Officer will obtain the required information and write formally to Co-opted Members.

 

b)         The Chair requested an update on the disciplinary.   

 

            The Monitoring Officer advised that a Sanction was imposed that the member should be Censured and that this was reported to Full Council. 

 

c)         It was agreed to arrange a further meeting as soon as possible.

 

 

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