Agenda item

Appointments to committees of the Council

Report number LDS217 of the Chief Executive.                             (Enclosure)

Minutes:

Decision:

 

1.    That the Council approves the following changes to the membership of its Committees to achieve political balance

 

·         Councillor Dilks to replace Councillor Morgan on Development Management Committee

·         Councillor Woolley to replace Councillor Neilson as the Vice-Chairman of the Communities and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee

·         Councillor Cunningham to replace Councillor Morgan on the Communities and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee

·         Councillor Woolley to replace Councillor Neilson on the Rural Overview and Scrutiny Committee

·         Councillor Morgan to replace Councillor Dilks on the Rural Overview and Scrutiny Committee

·         Councillor Stephens to replace Councillor Neilson on the Governance and Audit Committee

·         Councillor Craft to replace Councillor Morgan on the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee

·         Councillor Cook to replace Councillor Dilks on the Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee

·         Councillor Stevens to replace Councillor Goral on the Appeals Panel

 

2.    To approve the appointment of the following Members to the Employment Committee:

 

·         Councillor Kelham Cooke (Vice-Chairman)

·         Councillor Nick Craft

·         Councillor Phil Dilks

·         Councillor Helen Goral

·         Councillor Graham Jeal (Chairman)

·         Councillor Matthew Lee

·         Councillor Paul Wood

 

Following the establishment of the SK Independents Group of Members since the Annual Council meeting, a schedule of the nominations of the SK Independents (including nominations for the seats that they had gifted to the Labour group) had been circulated prior to the meeting.

 

The Leader announced a change to the membership of the Cabinet: Councillor Nick Neilson would replace Councillor Rosemary Woolley as the Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing. As a result of the change to the membership of the Cabinet, he stated that Councillor Nick Neilson would be replaced on the Governance and Audit Committee by Councillor Stephens and on the Rural and Communities and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committees by Councillor Woolley (becoming the Vice-Chairman of the latter).

 

The membership of the Employment Committee was also proposed: Councillors Graham Jeal (Chairman), Kelham Cooke (Vice-Chairman), Helen Goral, Matthew Lee, Paul Wood, Nick Craft and Phil Dilks.

 

Additionally, Councillor Wood confirmed that the Independent Group’s appointment to the Appeals Panel would be Councillor Judy Stevens.

 

The nominations were proposed, seconded and, on being put to the vote, carried.

 

Council turned its attention to the Employment Committee. As the proposed membership of the Committee would not follow political balance requirements it would be necessary for any vote on its membership to be unanimous (whilst the proposition would fall if any Member voted against it, abstentions would not affect the outcome). If the vote was not unanimous, further nominations would need to be made that reflected the Council’s political balance.

 

The Leader urged Members to support the proposed composition of the Committee, citing the appointment of the Interim Chief Executive as an example about the importance and value of collaboration across the different groups. On being put to the vote, the membership of the Employment Committee was unanimously approved as proposed.

 

17:11 – as the meeting had been in progress for almost three hours, article 4.6.4 of the Council’s Constitution required that a vote be taken to extend the meeting. It was proposed, seconded and agreed that the meeting be extended by an additional 30 minutes.

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