General Purposes Committee

 

Minutes of the meeting held on 29 April 2014 at 6.00 pm in Austen Room, Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent.

 

 

Present:

 

Councillors Fenner (Chairman) S Tomlinson, Fenner, I Gregory, Marson, Poole, King, Wiltshire, Campbell, H Scobie and Bayford

 

In Attendance:

Juli Oliver-Smith - Head of EK Human Resources, Harvey Patterson – Corporate and Regulatory Services Manager, Alison Lowton – Independent Assessor and Nick Hughes – Committee Services Manager

 

 

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47.              Apologies for Absence

 

Apologies were received from Councillors Clive Hart, Rick Everitt and John Kirby. Councillor H Scobie was present as a substitute for Councillor Hart, Councillor Campbell was present as a substitute for Councillor Everitt and Councillor Bayford was present as a substitute for Councillor Kirby.

 

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48.              Declarations of Interest

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

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49.              Vote of Confidence in the Chairman

 

It was proposed by Councillor Bayford and seconded by Councillor Wiltshire and AGREED that:

 

“This committee has no confidence in Councillor Fenner as Chairman of the General Purposes Committee”

 

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50.              Minutes of Previous Meetings

 

The minutes of the meetings of the 26 March 2014 and the 1 April 2014 were approved and signed by the Chairman.

 

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51.              Exclusion of public and press

 

On the proposal of Councillor Fenner, seconded by Councillor Poole, it was AGREED:

 

“That the public and press be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the report relating to item number 5 on the agenda, “Appointment of Initial Assessor, on the grounds that the report contained exempt information by virtue of Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

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52.              Report of Initial Assessor

 

The Committee discussed the process for consideration of the confidential report.

 

The meeting was adjourned for 10 minutes.

 

The Committee then resumed and discussion continued, it was then proposed by Councillor Campbell and seconded by Councillor Bayford and AGREED that:

 

“The issue of Member attendance at General Purposes Committee when it sits as a Human Resources committee should be referred for consideration at the Constitutional Review Working Party.”

 

The Committee then resumed discussing the report.

 

It was then proposed by Councillor Bayford and seconded by Councillor Campbell and AGREED that:

 

“The General Purposes Committee appoint a Vice-Chairman of the Committee.”

 

It was then proposed by Councillor Bayford and seconded by Councillor Campbell and AGREED that:

 

“Councillor S Tomlinson be appointed as Vice-Chairman of the General Purposes Committee.”

 

Members considered the report and resolved to take further advice in relation to the issues raised.

 

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Meeting concluded: 8.50 pm

 

 

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