Agenda and minutes

Venue: CONFERENCE ROOM 2. View directions

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Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence received from Councillor P Brown.


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.



No declarations of interest were made.


Request for Dispensation - Local Authority Champions pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To consider a report from the Chief Executive.


The Monitoring Officer led members through the report. 


Detailed discussion took place with regard to the dispensation request and the role of the Champions, and it was




The Committee grants the dispensation, as follows:


“All Councillors  -  that any Councillor who is nominated or appointed as the Authority Champion on a particular issue shall after declaring their interest be allowed to speak and vote on any matter relating to that issue except where financial/funding issues are being discussed where the Councillor will only have the right to speak (as granted by the code) but not the right to vote”.


Standards Conference - 19th April 2013 pdf icon PDF 84 KB

To receive a report from the Chief Executive.


The Monitoring Officer and Mr John Harvey gave an update on the Annual Standards Conference they attended in April 2013.


Following discussion, it was:




  • The report be received and note its contents.


  • The following item be agendered for the next Standards Committee meeting:


            “How to be more proactive as a Standards Committee?”.


Local Dispute Resolution Procedure pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To consider a report from the Chief Executive.

Additional documents:


Detailed discussion ensued in relation to the adoption of a Local Dispute Resolution Policy and it was:




  • The Monitoring Officer provides copies of Other Authorities’ Local Dispute Resolution Policies to members.


  • Members agree in principle to adopting a Local Dispute Resolution Procedure, however, a decision will be made at the next meeting following receipt of Other Authorities’ Local Dispute Policies/Procedures.


  • The following amendment be made to the Protocol document at Appendix A of the report::


Delete “a member of the Green Team” at paragraph 2.8.


  • The following amendments be made to the procedure document at Appendix B:


4.1. (i) should read that any Councillor who wishes to submit an allegation should send the complaint in writing to the Monitoring Officer…….”.


4.3. (i)  -  These papers, together with any additional written evidence that is submitted by either side, will be distributed to the members of          the Standards Committee.



To consider Membership of the Standards Committee


Mrs Yvonne Wood left the meeting at 6.00 pm.


The Monitoring Officer referred to legislation with regard to the term of office of the Standards Committee.


Following detailed discussion, it was:




The Monitoring Officer provides Members with their period of time spent on the Standards Committee and this will be discussed in detail at the next meeting.


Any other item deemed urgent by the Chair


  • Concern was expressed with regard to payments made to independent members of the Standards Committee.  


            Following discussion, it was


            RESOLVED that:


      Members provide Karen Vokes with details of payments they have      received to date.


      Karen Vokes to liaise with Helen Townsend of the Authority’s    Payments Section to resolve any queries.


      The Monitoring Officer to report back and agree a way forward at the   next meeting of the Standards Committee.


  • Councillor C Jones advised members of Professor Mansel Aylward’s forthcoming Freedom of the Borough.  


  • Next meeting of the Standards Committee to be held early July 2013.  Karen Vokes to liaise with members to confirm the date.


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