Agenda, decisions and minutes

Council - Wednesday 22nd July, 2020 7.00 pm

Venue: Zoom Virtual Meeting

Contact: Gayle Roach  01900 702502

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56.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To agree as a correct record the minutes of the Council meeting held on 4 March 2020.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 4 March 2020 were agreed as a correct record.

 

57.

Declaration of Interests

Councillors/Staff to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, other registrable interest or any other interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

12.  Reference from Chief Officers Employment Panel 13 July 2020 - Permanent Appointment of Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service.

  Andrew Seekings; Disclosable Pecuniary Interest; Due to proposed appointment of position of Chief Executive.

 

14.  Leader of the Council Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA).

  Councillor Mike Johnson; Disclosable Pecuniary Interest; Due to proposed award of the Leader of the Council's Special Responsibility Allowance.

 

58.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

To consider whether there are any items on the agenda for which the press and public should be excluded.

Minutes:

There were no items on the agenda for which the press and public should be excluded.

 

59.

Questions and Petitions

To answer questions under Procedural Rule No. 4.16 from members of the public and from Councillors under Procedural Rule No. 4.17.2 and to receive Petitions under Access to Information Rules.

 

Minutes:

Councillor E Lynch asked the following question to Councillor A Pitcher, Portfolio Holder for Customer Experience and Innovation;

 

‘Why are the Customer Service team still unable to provide a face to face service for customers when shops, banks, post offices and markets are open? I have had numerous enquiries and complaints from residents about the Links Office in Wigton Market Hall as to when it will reopen. It is a much used service especially for those who are not confident using online services and prefer to discuss important issues face to face.

Why is it not possible for the offices to reopen with the necessary precautions in place?’

 

Councillor A Pitcher responded as follows;

 

On 23 March in line with government guidance Allerdale, along with councils across the country closed all face to face customer access points across the borough and moved customer enquiries to telephone or on-line

Safety of our staff and customers is paramount and as the guidance has changed, a review of customer contact has been carried out and a plan for a Covid-19 safe phased reopening of offices is now being developed.

 

Each location requires a risk assessment to be carried out and any recommendations to working practice and building alterations completed before reopening to the public.

At the Market Hall in Wigton the risk assessment has been carried out, measurements for the alterations to the reception area, which include installation of perspex screens around the desk area, have been completed and the materials ordered. 

Our installer will be on-site week commencing 10 August and we will be looking to have Allerdale staff back in reception from Week commencing the 17 August.

To reduce the risk to customers and staff we encourage customers to continue to contact the Council by telephone or on-line wherever possible.

 

To protect the health and safety of our staff and customers we will have new Covid-19 secure measures in place and the service we offer our face to face customers will be slightly different and to help us maintain social distancing in the reception area we will be asking customers who do need to speak to us face to face to book an appointment to visit the office. Appointments are purely for customers with specific Allerdale Borough Council enquiries.

Visitors to the Market Hall for events, meetings or the cafe do not need to make appointments.

 

In response, Councillor Lynch enquired as to whether the opening date would be the same for the other Council area offices across the borough?

 

Councillor Pitcher explained the dates may be different for the other Council offices and agreed to provide those dates once confirmed to all councillors following the meeting.

 

60.

Notices of Motion

Councillor W Wilkinson submitted the following motion –

 

‘Due to the failure of the New Community Stadium last year, and more recently the Allerdale Sports Village project. WORKINGTON AFC are now in a perilous state.

Before Covid-19, the club were hitting all the highs of their league campaign and being ten points clear at the top of the league, looking virtually guaranteed to be promoted. Their promotion was thwarted due to the Football Association decision to ' null and void' the season, and kill off their on field success. Their season was prematurely halted and their income seriously affected. 

 

Over the last four months, the Reds have successfully raised over £40,000 through the enormous generosity of their supporters and the local community.  This will secure their future going forward. The club has a New ambitious and experienced board of directors who are striving to take Reds back to its glory days, potentially emulating the recent success of Barrow AFC, who have just returned to the Football league after 47 years.

 

The club see it as a priority to build on their existing community success, which currently sees well over 400 residents of the borough, playing local football each week under the Reds banner. As well as the first team and reserve team, there are ladies teams and numerous junior boys and girls teams across all age groups. Workington AFC's ambitions are to re develop Borough Park, and establish a community sporting hub to embrace the sporting ambitions of local people across West Cumbria. This has massive potential to build on their current success and further improve the health and wellbeing of Allerdale, for further generations to come. But the problem that the new ambitious board of directors face is that they have under 5 years left on their existing lease and could actually become homeless when this expires in 2025. The reds have occupied this site continuously since the 1930's.

 

With such a short period of time remaining on the lease Reds are finding it impossible to access funding or Grant's of any description to carry out improvement plans or to implement any new infrastructure. As we all know Borough Park is now in a tired state and constantly needs ongoing repairs in order to maintain league and safety standards, to allow the paying public  to watch games, and this is the clubs main revenue source. I therefore table a Notice of Motion that the executive be requested to consider giving WORKINGTON AFC a new long term lease on Borough Park for a period of 75 years’.

 

 

Councillor A Semple submitted the following motion –

 

‘This council asks the Chief Executive to contact the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) about their decision to end the suspension of benefit sanctions. As we can see from the Council’s support for the summer foodbank, vulnerable people in our community must be protected as they face the most challenging circumstances outside war time. We must call on our MPs and government to do  ...  view the full agenda text for item 60.

Minutes:

Councillor W Wilkinson submitted the following motion –

 

‘Due to the failure of the New Community Stadium last year, and more recently the Allerdale Sports Village project. WORKINGTON AFC are now in a perilous state.

Before Covid-19, the club were hitting all the highs of their league campaign and being ten points clear at the top of the league, looking virtually guaranteed to be promoted. Their promotion was thwarted due to the Football Association decision to ' null and void' the season, and kill off their on field success. Their season was prematurely halted and their income seriously affected. 

 

Over the last four months, the Reds have successfully raised over £40,000 through the enormous generosity of their supporters and the local community.  This will secure their future going forward. The club has a New ambitious and experienced board of directors who are striving to take Reds back to its glory days, potentially emulating the recent success of Barrow AFC, who have just returned to the Football league after 47 years.

 

The club see it as a priority to build on their existing community success, which currently sees well over 400 residents of the borough, playing local football each week under the Reds banner. As well as the first team and reserve team, there are ladies teams and numerous junior boys and girls teams across all age groups. Workington AFC's ambitions are to re develop Borough Park, and establish a community sporting hub to embrace the sporting ambitions of local people across West Cumbria. This has massive potential to build on their current success and further improve the health and wellbeing of Allerdale, for further generations to come. But the problem that the new ambitious board of directors face is that they have under 5 years left on their existing lease and could actually become homeless when this expires in 2025. The reds have occupied this site continuously since the 1930's.

 

With such a short period of time remaining on the lease Reds are finding it impossible to access funding or Grant's of any description to carry out improvement plans or to implement any new infrastructure. As we all know Borough Park is now in a tired state and constantly needs ongoing repairs in order to maintain league and safety standards, to allow the paying public  to watch games, and this is the clubs main revenue source. I therefore table a Notice of Motion that the executive be requested to consider giving WORKINGTON AFC a new long term lease on Borough Park for a period of 75 years’.

 

In moving his motion Councillor Wilkinson requested a recorded vote.

 

Councillor H Briggs seconded the motion, and said as a secretary at a local football club, he understood how important it was for a club to get a long lease to move on and receive money from such as Sports England and the Lottery.

 

A vote was taken on the request for a recorded vote, which was approved.

 

Councillor A Smith said it was ironic that almost 12 months ago the then Executive, which had included three Allerdale Independent members, killed off a proposed new sports stadium for Workington which would have been half way to being built. He said during consultation with the Reds the last thing they had wanted was a full lease and repair, they had been hand to mouth with the current lease. Councillor Smith said he believed a 75 year lease would be an albatross around the clubs neck, he was not in support of the motion.

 

Councillor M Johnson said constructive dialogue was being held with Workington Reds which was going well and in line with the desire to support the clubs to take a more prominent role in developing their future plans. 

It was currently not appropriate to grant a lease because they were continuing to explore together what the future looked like, and the club may want to agree a different model. Councillor Johnson said regardless of the model, any agreement to grant a lease would be subject to the usual commercial considerations and negotiations. He did not support the motion. 

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald said the wording of the motion seemed to be implying that the sports village had failed, and confirmed that was not the case. She said therefore the motion was premature in nature and she felt the request that was being made would be better placed as part of the negotiations that were taking place between the Council and the Reds.

 

Councillor P Kendall was not in favour of the motion.

 

Councillor A Semple said he was happy that the support for the Reds was being raised however, he was not in support of the motion.

 

Councillor M Campbell-Savours commented that the request for a recorded vote implied that members who were to vote against the motion had something to hide. He said it was the Labour group that brought the proposal for the new stadium, which was then stopped by the previous Executive consisting of Allerdale Independents and he felt it strange they were to be held up as people who didn’t have the Reds best interests at heart. Councillor Campbell-Savours continued however to say he saw some merit in the motion and said the message for Councillors Johnson and Fitzgerald needed to be the Reds were struggling and the Council needed to get a move on with the project.

 

Councillor A Pitcher said in principle he would like to support the motion to show support for the local clubs however as negotiations were ongoing and things were happening he said we need to let them get on with it. Councillor Pitcher continued he would not like to see anyone tied down to a 75 year lease without any agreements in place, he said you don’t see the bigger clubs with long leases and felt it would be a noose around their heads.

 

Councillor G Kemp said it was very difficult times for clubs who couldn’t access funding with such short leases and asked why was the Council not helping them. Councillor Kemp asked Council to support the small local teams to help them make good on their own.

 

Councillor J Sandwith said he was surprised that the comment had been made that the Reds had an option to play at Derwent Park if required. He said many discussions had taken place by Reds supporters, Directors and players who felt it would be the death of the Reds if that was to be the case.

 

Councillor W Wilkinson in his right of reply commented it was 6 times now in under 20 years that the club had been knocked back. He felt that the Council was not working together. Councillor Wilkinson said he had had extensive conversations with the Chairman of Workington Reds who he said was excited about the option of a 75 year lease and did not believe it to be a millstone around their neck.

 

A recorded vote was taken on the Motion, viz. –

 

In favour:

 

Councillors C Armstrong, H Briggs, N Cockburn, P Gaston, I Greaney, H Harrington, J Holliday, D Horsley, G Kemp, A Kirkbride, P Little, J Sandwith, B Sansom, P Scott, W Wilkinson and L Williams

 

Against:

 

Councillors T Annison, M Bainbridge, C Bell, M Campbell-Savours, J Cook, J Crouch, A Daniels, J Farebrother, M Fitzgerald, M Grainger, M Heaslip, A Hedworth, V Hodgson, M Johnson, P Kendall, S Lansbury, J Lister, E Lynch, L Maguire, T Markley, O Martin, C McCarron-Holmes, R Munby, A Pitcher, A Semple, A Smith and A Tyson

 

No abstentions.

 

The vote was 16 in favour, 27 against and 0 abstentions. The motion was lost.

 

 

Councillor A Semple submitted the following motion –

 

‘This council asks the Chief Executive to contact the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) about their decision to end the suspension of benefit sanctions. As we can see from the Council’s support for the summer foodbank, vulnerable people in our community must be protected as they face the most challenging circumstances outside war time. We must call on our MPs and government to do the right thing and suspend benefit sanctions until normality returns’.

 

In moving the motion Councillor A Semple said Councillors had to decide whether benefit sanctions were ending the ‘something for nothing’ culture or were they punishing the poor. He said the DWP Secretary of State said that even though sanctions had been reintroduced staff were expected to use their common sense. Councillor Semple commented that staff were not social workers and were under huge pressure. Benefit sanctions could be cruel and set off a chain of events impacting terribly on the lives of women and children who were the most vulnerable. Councillor Semple concluded we want to nurture and support families not to crush them.

 

 

In seconding the motion Councillor M Bainbridge said she was wholeheartedly in support. She said she saw vulnerable people on a daily basis whose lives had been turned upside down by coronavirus. People who were vulnerable before it started and were now being impacted hugely, themselves and their families. Councillor Bainbridge said the Council needed to help those people, there were hardly any support agencies out there as they have had to close themselves.

 

Councillor M Johnson thanked Councillor Semple for bringing the motion and said everyone would agree that we were in unchartered territory and whilst it was right that we sought some sort of normality we must be sure we were safe and inclusive on that journey. Covid-19 was having significant impact on our most vulnerable residents and communities and the Council would begin to understand just how much over the next few weeks and months. Councillor Johnson said the issue with benefits sanctions was a national issue but he accepted that the government and this Council were making the best decisions for our most vulnerable groups. He said tackling inequality was a key work stream in the Councils Strategy and we would be looking at how we could use this budget for the remainder of this year. Councillor Johnson was in support of the motion.

 

Councillor P Kendall said it was his experience that people out there were having to do without things that a lot of us take for granted just to make ends meet, people shouldn’t be put in a position that they had to go cap in hand to the government, it should be a fair world regardless of peoples position. Councillor Kendall was in full support for the motion.

 

Councillor W Wilkinson was in support of the motion.

 

Councillor P Scott said after volunteering during the pandemic and seeing the crisis first-hand he was 100% in support of the motion and said we need to challenge the government to make this happen.

 

Councillor A Smith spoke in support of the motion and said it was up to the government now to support those vulnerable people in dire straits and who had to go to food banks. He said the government had thrown billions of pounds at the Covid-19 crisis, some of it good some bad, and he couldn’t see why they couldn’t help those people.

 

Councillor J Farebrother said she felt astonished that someone at the DWP could decide to reinstate sanctions when everyone who was on benefits was suffering anyway, that they must be out of touch with the circumstances that people were having to manage in. Councillor Farebrother said she hoped the local MPs would listen and try and find out why this decision had been made.

 

Councillor S Lansbury spoke in support of the motion and said the Council needed to contact its three local MPs, and write to the Chancellor and the DWP Secretary, requesting a U-turn on the decision. She said this was very important and it needed to be proactive action not just passing the motion at the meeting tonight.

 

Councillor I Greaney proposed an amendment to the motion in respect of the final sentence to read;

‘We must call on our MPs and government to do the right thing and remove benefit sanctions’

Councillor Greaney said it was not just about people during this pandemic, the situation of poverty had gone on long enough and the Council needed to lobby its MPs to make the change and support the poorest people in our society.

 

This was seconded by Councillor P Scott.

 

 

A vote was taken on the amendment becoming the substantive motion; 30 in favour, 11 against and 1 abstention. The motion was carried.

 

Councillor D Horsley lost connection during the item and was not present for the vote.

 

The substantive motion was opened for debate.

 

Councillor A Semple thanked members and Councillor Greaney for the support however he said to ask the government to remove any sanction he felt would not happen therefore, he was not in favour of the motion.

 

Councillor M Johnson said it was a shame the amendment had become the substantive motion as the original motion was an excellent piece of work and something he could have supported. The amendment had made it unacceptable for him to support as he said, we would never get a government to remove sanctions in its entirety.

 

Councillor T Markley said the amendment was something that could never be achieved and therefore he was against the motion.

 

Councillor W Wilkinson commented he couldn’t understand the objectors to the motion when it was something for this Council to decide.

 

Councillor A Pitcher was in support of the original motion because it was achievable, he said to ask any government to remove any sanctions was not going to happen so could not support the amendment.

 

A vote was taken on the motion; 30 in favour, 1 against and 11 abstentions. The motion was carried.

 

Councillor D Horsley lost connection during the debate therefore was not present for the vote.

 

The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 8.27pm

The Mayor reconvened the meeting at 8.36pm

61.

Announcements from the Mayor, Leader or Head of Paid Service

Verbal update

Minutes:

The Mayor confirmed due to the Covid-19 pandemic she had attended one event since the previous meeting which was a flag raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day on 22 June 2020.

 

Councillor M Johnson, Deputy Leader of the Council thanked the staff at Allerdale for their hard work during the last few months, saying he was proud of the Council’s response to the pandemic whilst keeping a high standard of day to day services.

Councillor Johnson also thanked the government for the funding the Council had received over the past few months which went some way in recovering loses sustained by the Council during the pandemic.

 

62.

Councillor Speeches

To hear speeches (not exceeding 5 minutes each), for up to a specified period of 15 minutes, from individual members on a local issue in the Member’s Ward, of which 24 hours’ notice has been given to the Chief Executive.

Minutes:

No speeches were received.

 

63.

Portfolio Holder Updates pdf icon PDF 492 KB

Minutes:

Councillor M Johnson, Deputy Leader of the Council, presented the Portfolio Holders’ update report.

 

Questions were asked on housing enforcement, the proposed Workington community stadium, the pressures around tourism returning to local areas following Covid-19, travellers in Harrington and Keswick open market.

 

Councillor J Farebrother asked Councillor M Johnson for details of the new legislation introduced recently for landlords, mentioned in the last paragraph at 2.7, and could it be confirmed that landlords and estate agents were being made aware that, after a recent ruling, it was now illegal to discriminate against potential tenants who were in receipt of housing benefit. (The term usually used is “no DHSS”).

Councillor Johnson said that many of the recent legislative changes were reflected in the recently agreed Housing Strategy but agreed to ask the relevant Officer to contact Councillor Farebrother to provide more detail on the legislation requirements.

 

With regards to testing and Tracing Councillor M Heaslip asked Councillor J Lister, was the Council satisfied that it was now getting accurate data from the national Covid 19 testing scheme (pillar 2) sufficient for it to be able to carry out its statutory functions for the control of infectious diseases under the Public Health Acts?.

 

Councillor Lister replied to say yes, the Pillar 1 and 2 were reported by Cumbria County Council and were picked up by the Public Health Team who co-ordinate the test and trace for Cumbria. Details of all positive cases were entered in to a purpose built data system reviewed daily by a Cumbria wide group chaired by Colin Cox Director of Public Health. A present the 6 districts had been targeting complex cases with a focus on infection, prevention and control, arranging testing and community tracing where necessary.

 

Councillor P Scott raised standards and social distancing for the waste and refuse crews. He said the Governments advice was that those shopping or working in confined spaces that cannot socially distance, should wear face masks. As of this morning we still had waste crews riding 3 or 4 deep in the crew cabs, with no masks on, and he had genuine concern for their health. Councillor Scott asked whether there was any option in the future to maybe introduce masks or face protection whilst they were working on the crews.

 

Councillor M Johnson agreed to discuss with the Director of Allerdale Waste Services to ascertain what recent government advice had been received and how it impacted on the Risk Assessment and respond to Councillor Scott.

 

Councillor P Gaston highlighted that local residents had identified local pieces of land experiencing problems with vermin and had requested Environmental Health Officers to visit to enforce on the land owner(s) to clean it up, however due to Covid-19 this did not happen. Councillor Gaston asked the PH in conjunction with officers to address the residents’ concerns.

It was agreed Councillor T Markley as PH would provide a written response.

 

64.

Executive Minutes pdf icon PDF 135 KB

To note the contents of the minutes of the meetings of the Executive held on 19 February and 18 March 2020.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the Executive meetings held on 19 February and 18 March 2020 were noted.

 

65.

Reference from Executive 18 March 2020 - Local Plan (part 2) pdf icon PDF 100 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Strategy, Policy and Performance submitted a report which sought members to consider and approve the Local Plan (part 2) in line with the recommendations made by the independent examiners report.

 

The report had been considered by Executive on 18 March 2020. Executive had recommended that Council be requested to approve the recommendations within the report.

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald introduced the report and moved the recommendations.

Councillor M Johnson seconded the motion.

 

A vote was taken on the motion; 40 in favour, 2 against and 1 abstention. The motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

That –

 

a)  The modified Local Plan (part 2) as set out in appendix 2 of the report, be adopted as part of the statutory development plan for the area of the Borough outside the Lake District National Park

b)  The Policies Maps, including modifications, as set out in appendix 3 of the report be adopted.

 

The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 9.34pm.

The Mayor reconvened the meeting at 9.40pm

Mr A Seekings left the meeting for the following item

66.

Reference from Chief Officers Employment Panel 13 July 2020 - Permanent Appointment of Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Human Resources Manager submitted a report which sought member’s approval to appoint Andrew Seekings as Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service of Allerdale Borough Council.

 

The report had been considered by the Chief Officers Employment Panel on 13 July 2020. The Chief Officers Employment Panel had recommended that Council be requested to approve the recommendation within the report.

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald introduced the report and moved the recommendation.

Councillor M Johnson seconded the motion.

 

A vote was taken on the motion; 27 in favour, 11 against and 4 abstentions. The motion was carried.

 

As Councillor R Munby lost connection during the debate he did not take part in this vote.

 

Resolved

 

That –

 

a)  Andrew Seekings be appointed as Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service with immediate effect from 23 July 2020

b)  The amendments to the Pay Policy Statement as attached as Appendix 1 of the report be approved

c)  Authority be delegated to the Human Resources Manager to take any further action necessary to give effect to the contents of the report.

 

Mr A Seekings returned to the meeting

67.

Annual Overview and Scrutiny Committee Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 222 KB

Minutes:

Councillor I Greaney, Co-Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee moved the annual report for 2019/20.

 

It was noted some memberships set out in the report were incorrect, Councillors A Tyson and E Lynch to be removed from the Procurement Task & Finish Group list.

The report would be amended to reflect the above.

 

Councillor J Farebrother enquired about the recommendations made by the Climate Change Task and Finish Group, agreed by Council in March, in particular the option to set up a stand-alone Climate Change Group reporting to the Executive and asked that this be picked up by the Constitution Working Group.

It was agreed Councillor M Fitzgerald would provide a written response.

 

Resolved

 

That the report be Agreed.

 

Councillor M Johnson left the meeting for the following item

68.

Leader of the Council Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) pdf icon PDF 230 KB

Minutes:

The Head of Governance and Regulatory Services submitted a report which asked Council to consider whether Councillor Mike Johnson be remunerated for the additional responsibilities he had been undertaking and receive the Leader of the Council Special Responsibility Allowance effective from 20 May 2020.

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald moved the report and the recommendation.

Councillor T Markley seconded the motion and moved an amendment to the motion.

He said following the resignation of Councillor Fitzgerald in February as Leader Councillor Johnson took up the additional duties and had continued to serve our communities through these difficult and unprecedented times. Councillor Markley said he had done a fantastic job therefore moved that the full remuneration be paid for the leadership position starting from 21 February 2020.

This was seconded by Councillor A Pitcher

 

Councillor W Wilkinson requested a recorded vote.

A vote was taken on the request for a recorded vote, which was approved.

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald was in support of the amendment and therefore withdrew her original motion.

 

A recorded vote was taken on the Motion, viz. –

 

In favour:

 

Councillors T Annison, M Bainbridge, M Campbell-Savours, J Cook, J Crouch, A Daniels, J Farebrother, M Fitzgerald, M Grainger, M Heaslip, A Hedworth, V Hodgson, P Kendall, S Lansbury, J Lister, E Lynch, L Maguire, T Markley, O Martin, C McCarron-Holmes, R Munby, A Pitcher, A Semple, A Smith and A Tyson

 

Against:

 

Councillors H Briggs, N Cockburn, P Gaston, I Greaney, H Harrington, J Holliday, G Kemp, A Kirkbride, P Little, J Sandwith, B Sansom, P Scott, W Wilkinson and L Williams

 

Abstentions:

 

Councillors C Armstrong and D Horsley

 

The vote was 25 in favour, 14 against and 2 abstentions. The motion was carried.

 

Councillor C Bell lost connection during the debate and therefore did not take part in the vote.

 

Resolved

 

That Councillor Mike Johnson be remunerated for the additional responsibilities he had been undertaking and that he receives the Leader of the Council Special Responsibility Allowance effective from 21 February 2020.

 

Councillor M Johnson returned to the meeting

69.

Governance Updates pdf icon PDF 229 KB

Minutes:

The Head of Governance and Regulatory Services submitted a report which sought to update members on all Special Urgency Executive decisions and CEO Urgent Action decisions taken during the Covid-19 pandemic, in line with the Constitution, and to seek a nomination for a co-chair for the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Councillor M Fitzgerald moved the report and the recommendations. This was seconded by Councillor J Cook.

 

Councillor A Smith nominated Councillor Michael Heaslip for co-chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. This was seconded by Councillor M Johnson.

 

A vote was taken, 41 in favour, 0 against and 2 abstentions. The motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

That –

 

1.  Councillor Michael Heaslip be appointed as co-chair for the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to replace Councillor Alan Pitcher

2.  The summary of all Special Urgency Executive decisions and CEO Urgent Action decisions taken during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown be noted.