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Upon opening the meeting, the Chair advised that the meeting would be adjourned for 30 minutes. The meeting recommenced at 18:30.
Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from Councilors J Bayford, Keen, Ovenden, Rattigan and Shonk
To receive any declarations of interest. Members are advised to consider the advice contained within the Declaration of Interest advice attached to this Agenda. If a Member declares an interest, they should complete the Declaration of Interest Form
There were no declarations of interest.
The Chair proposed, the Vice-Chair seconded and Members agreed that the public and press be excluded from the meeting for agenda item four as it contained exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of part 1 of schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).
The Chair introduced those present for the benefit of the Members:
Mr Howes - Director of Corporate Governance and Monitoring Officer
MsThelen – Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers, to provide legal advice to the Council.
MrMant – Barrister, 39 Chambers, who provided legal advice to the Investigations and Disciplinary Sub-Committee (IDSC) and who would present the sub-committee’s findings.
The Chair outlined the order of proceedings, and Members agreed to suspend the rules of procedure to allow the meeting to be conducted in accordance with the special procedure as set out in Annex 2 of the report.
MsThelen provided some opening remarks.
The Leader introduced the report, and proposed that Council considered the report and approve the recommendation of the IDSC, namely; to dismiss Mr Howes. Councillor Everitt seconded the motion.
MrMant presented the decision of the IDSC
Mr Howes made his representations.
Members asked Mr Howes questions.
MsThelen presented the recommendations of the Independent Persons Panel and advised of the outcome of the executive objection procedure.
MrMant made his final comments.
Mr Howes made his final comments.
MrMant and Mr Howes left the meeting to allow Members to come to a decision.
Following the debate Members voted and approved the decision of the IDSC, namely; that Mr Howes be dismissed.