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.





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


In Attendance:

Harvey Patterson - Monitoring Officer

Nick Hughes - Clerk



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.




40.              Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.




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.




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.




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.




Meeting concluded: 5.55 pm</TRAILER_SECTION>