Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Nathan Fear.
Councillor Clive Tovey did not attend as he is not required for the meeting. Councillor Tovey declared an interest in the previous meeting when this dispensation request was considered and he would therefore not be able to vote on this matter.
Declarations of Interest
Members 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 and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct
(a) Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest and
(b) Where Members withdraw from a Meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave
Councillor Julian Amos declared an interest on Councillor Barrett’s dispensation requests as he has publicly expressed support of his position in respect of the location of the Ysgol Y Graig School and may therefore be considered to be predetermined on the issue of whether dispensation should be granted.
To discuss issues arising from a dispensation granted on the 28th July 2017
Having declared an interest, Councillor Julian Amos left the meeting.
Carys Kennedy referred to Councillor Barrett’s original dispensation request considered at the Standards Committee on the 28th July 2017. She circulated Councillor Barrett’s dispensation application that was considered at the 28th July meeting where he confirmed that he is a Committee member of Cefn Coed RFC. However, it has been brought to her attention that Councillor Barrett is a Director of Cefn Coed RFC and not a Committee member as outlined in this application.
Following e-mails sent to members of the Committee making them aware of this information and seeking members’ views, it was agreed that this meeting be convened in order that Councillor Barrett’s dispensation request be re-considered in light of this new information.
Discussion ensued in relation to:
· The background of Councillor Barrett’s dispensation application.
· Cefn Coed RFC’s involvement with regard to the location of Ysgol Y Graig.
The Committee then invited Councillor Barrett to come into the meeting to explain the circumstances.
Councillor Barrett informed members that Cefn Coed RFC was advised by WRU to appoint Directors because this would assist if there were any claims made against them and liability for any harm suffered by anyone at the club.
He assured members that he did not consider that the title of Director made any difference to his position, which he always thinks of as being a member of the Committee, as stated in his form seeking dispensation.
He also advised the Committee that he did not receive any payments as a Director and is not aware of any formal response by the Rugby Club in respect of the location of Ysgol Y Graig School.
Questions were asked by the Committee in relation to the following:
· Concerns over the public perception of Councillor Barrett being a Director.
· Consultation process currently ongoing in relation to the location of Ysgol Y Graig.
· Impact on Cefn Coed RFC if this development goes ahead on the playing fields.
· The requirements of a Director at Cefn Coed RFC.
The Chair thanked Councillor Barrett for attending the meeting.
The Committee then re-considered Councillor Barrett’s application and, after consideration, it was RESOLVED that:
In light of the new information received, Councillor Howard Barrett be entitled to speak but not vote on matters relating to the New Build of Ysgol Y Graig, Cefn Coed.
Any other item deemed urgent by the Chair
The Committee were advised of the recent press interest in relation to an elected member of the Authority and it was agreed that the Committee would keep this under review.
Date of next meeting
It was agreed that the date of the next meeting will be Friday, 17th November 2017 at 2.00 pm.