General Purposes Committee

 

Minutes of the meeting held on 26 March 2014 at 5.30 pm in Austen Room, Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent.

 

 

Present:

 

Councillors Fenner (Chairman) Everitt, I Gregory, Kirby, Poole, King and Wiltshire

 

In Attendance:

Harvey Patterson - Monitoring Officer

Nick Hughes - Clerk

 

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39.              Apologies for Absence

 

Apologies of absence were received from Cllr Hart, who was substituted by Cllr H Scobie, Cllr S Tomlinson, who was substituted by Cllr M Tomlinson and from Cllr Marson.

 

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40.              Declarations of Interest

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

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41.              Minutes of Previous Meeting

 

The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 5 February 2014 were approved

and signed by the Chairman.

 

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42.              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 Paragraph 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

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43.              Appointment of Initial Assessor

 

Members discussed the report.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Fenner, seconded by Councillor M Tomlinson and AGREED that:

 

1)         That the report of the Monitoring Officer be received and noted.

 

2)         That Alison Lowton be appointed as a consultant to conduct an assessment of the complaints made by Councillor Driver in respect of a senior officer in order to determine whether or not in the opinion of the consultant there is a case to answer in respect of any of them that would warrant the appointment of a Designated Independent Person.

 

3)         That the Assessor reports her findings to a future meeting of the General Purposes Committee.

 

4)         That the reasonable costs and disbursements of the Assessor incurred in connection with her appointment be met by the Council.

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