Agenda and minutes

General Purposes Committee - Friday, 16th March, 2018 11.00 am

Venue: Business Suite, 1st Floor, Council Offices. View directions

Contact: Charles Hungwe 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from the following Members:


Councillor Taylor;

Councillor Bayford;

Councillor Lin Fairbrass, substituted by Councillor Stummer-Schmertzing.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.  Members are advised to consider the extract from the Standard Board Code of Conduct for Members, which forms part of the Declaration of Interest Form at the back of this Agenda.  If a Member declares an interest, they should complete that Form and hand it to the Officer clerking the meeting.


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To approve the Minutes of the meeting of the General Purposes Committee held on 17 January 2018, copy attached.


Councillor Crow-Brown proposed, Councillor Wells seconded and Members agreed the minutes as a correct record of the meeting that was held on 17 January 2018.


Exclusion of public and press pdf icon PDF 83 KB


Councillor Taylor-Smith proposed, Councillor Crow-Brown seconded and Members agreed that the public and press be excluded from the meeting for agenda item 5 as it contains exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 2,3 and 4 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).


Proposed deletion of a Chief Officer post


Madeline Homer, CEx introduced the item for discussion and said that the purpose of the meeting was for the committee to consider the proposals for a staff consultation on changes to the staff structure in view of the contract that was signed with CIVICA to take over a significant part of the work that used to be done by East Kent Services. Thanet District Council being the host for the employment function for East Kent Services staff would need to consider and acknowledge the process for any proposed changes to the staff structure.


Members queried the wording of the recommendation in the report and suggested that it be changed to reflect that the decision from the meeting would be to agree proposals for a consultation on the restructure which would include deleting the Chief Officer post.


Cllr Gregory proposed, Councillor Edwards seconded and Members agreed consultation on the proposal to delete a Chief Officer post from the East Kent Services staff structure.