Agenda and minutes

Council Business Committee
Thursday, 22nd February 2018 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Morecambe Town Hall

Contact: Tessa Mott, Democratic Services - 01524 582074 or email  tmott@lancaster.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

46.

Minutes

Minutes of meeting held on 2 November, 2017 (previously circulated).

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of 2 November 2017 (previously circulated) were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

47.

Items of Urgent Business Authorised by the Chairman

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

48.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda. 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting). 

Whilst not a legal requirement, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9 and in the interests of clarity and transparency, Members should declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, at this point in the meeting. 

In accordance with Part B Section 2 of the Code Of Conduct, Members are required to declare the existence and nature of any other interests as defined in paragraphs 8(1) or 9(2) of the Code of Conduct. 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Ian Clift declared a personal interest in agenda item 5 ‘Community Governance Review of the District’ as he was a member of Heaton-with-Oxcliffe Parish Council.

49.

Community Governance Review of the District Responses to the First Stage of Consultation pdf icon PDF 314 KB

Report of the Democratic Services Manager.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Democratic Services Manager to deliberate the responses received from the first stage of the consultation process and agree what would be included in the Terms of Reference document.

 

The Elections Manager presented the report and explained that this was the first stage of the full Community Governance Review and the aim was primarily to ascertain the way forward and highlight any existing issues within the District.

 

The Elections Manager described exactly what a Terms of Reference document encompasses and how it binds the process of a Community Governance Review. Reference was made to the previous Community Governance Review that Members considered, regarding the creation of Aldcliffe-with-Stodday Parish Council and the Terms of Reference which was created as a result.

 

Members discussed the consultation responses in turn and discussed various ways in which the Community Governance Review could be utilised and be most effective. It was agreed that a door to door method of consultation was preferable and would be more effective than a poll (if one was required).

 

Concern was raised regarding the struggle that some Parish Councils seem to have in recruiting/maintaining Parish Councillors and also the lack of understanding for some regarding the election and democratic process. The Democratic Services Manager explained that there will soon be methods put in place, so that Parish Councils can have a first point of call for the City Council to assist with such matters. The Elections Manager emphasised the importance of educating Parish Councils, particularly prior to the next election period in May 2019.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Ian Clift and seconded by Councillor Abi Mills:

 

‘That recommendations (1) and (2) as set out in the report be approved, as discussed throughout the meeting.’

 

Upon being put to the vote, Members voted unanimously in favour of the proposition.

 

The Chairman reminded Members that there was another meeting of Council Business Committee scheduled for 8th March 2018, however it was felt that with regard to recommendation (3) in the report, the draft Terms of Reference document could be circulated via email for the Committee to agree, and unless there was no business scheduled for the 8th March 2018 meeting, this meeting would be cancelled.

 

It was then proposed by Councillor Janet Hall and seconded by Councillor Joan Jackson:

 

‘That recommendation (3) as set out in the report be approved.’

 

Upon being put to the vote, Members voted unanimously in favour of the proposition.

 

Resolved:

 

(1)    That, the Elections Manager take forward the issues discussed at the meeting when drafting the Terms of Reference document for the Community Governance Review of the District.

 

(2)    That, the preferred ‘door to door’ method of consultation be used if appropriate and taken forward for inclusion in the Terms of Reference.

 

(3)    That, the draft Terms of Reference document be circulated via email for the Committee to agree.

 

(4)    That, as there was no business scheduled for the 8th March 2018 meeting, the meeting be cancelled.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 49.

50.

Appointments to Committees and Changes to Membership

Minutes:

There were no appointments to committees or changes to membership.