Agenda and draft minutes

Standards Panel
Tuesday, 29th September, 2015 6.30 pm

Venue: Meeting Room 1, Council Offices, Priory Road

Contact: Lynn Eldred  01775 764626

Items
No. Item

6)

Declarations of Interests

(Councillors are reminded that under the Code of Conduct they are not to participate in the whole of an agenda item to which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest.  In the interests of transparency, Councillors may also wish to declare any other interests that they have, in relation to an agenda item, that supports the Nolan principles detailed within the Code of Conduct.)

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

7)

Minutes pdf icon PDF 37 KB

To sign as a correct record the minutes of the following meetings:

Additional documents:

Minutes:

4 March 2015

 

The minutes of the meeting held on 4 March 2015 were agreed as a correct record and were signed by the Chairman.

 

20 May 2015

 

The minutes of the meeting held on 20 May 2015 were agreed as a correct record and were signed by the Chairman.

8)

Independent Person Protocol pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To consider a protocol for the Independent Person (report of the Executive Manager – Governance is enclosed).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel considered a report by the Executive Manager - Governance seeking comments on an Independent Person Protocol.

 

Councillors noted that the role of Independent Person was a key feature of

the standards framework for all local authorities under the Localism Act 2011, in terms of how allegations of Councillor misconduct were dealt with.

 

The draft protocol explained the role of the Independent Person and sought to identify a shared understanding of the relationship between the Independent Person and the Council and Parish Councillors.

 

It was noted that specific provisions around communication between the Independent Person and the subject member or complainant have been included following observations and suggestions made by Mr Wicks.

 

The protocol would be reported to Council for approval.

 

AGREED:

 

That the Standards Panel supports the publication of the Independent Person Protocol for circulation to all Councillors and Parish Councils.

 

9)

Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent

NOTE:            No other business is permitted unless by reason of special circumstances, which shall be specified in the minutes, and the Chairman is in agreement that the item should be considered as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.