Agenda and draft minutes

Standards Committee
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Georgian Room, Kendal Town Hall

Contact: Paul Rogers 

Items
No. Item

S/14

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 134 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 22 September 2015 (copy attached).

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 22 September 2015.

S/15

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

To receive declarations by Members and/or co-optees of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable 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.)

 

Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.

 

If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that no declarations were made.

S/16

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 - EXCLUDED ITEMS

To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That it be noted that there are no items in Part II of the Agenda.

S/17

APPOINTMENT OF SECOND PARISH REPRESENTATIVE

For Members information, at its last meeting, the Committee agreed to invite South Lakeland District Association of Local Councils (SLDALC) to put forward a nominee for the remaining Parish co-optee vacancy. Following the invitation, Councillor Peter Smillie (Arndale Parish Council) has been put forward by SLDALC to become a co-optee and the Committee is requested to consider his nomination.

Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) advised the Committee that, at its last meeting, the Committee had agreed to invite the South Lakeland District Association of Local Councils (SLDALC) to put forward a nominee for the remaining Parish co-optee vacancy. Following the invitation, Peter Smillie (Arnside Parish Council) had been nominated by SLDALC to become a co-optee.

 

RESOLVED – That Peter Smillie be appointed as a co-opted Member of the Committee until September 2019, or for as long he is nominated by SLDALC, or for as long as he remains a member of Arnside Parish Council, if shorter.

S/18

CODE OF CONDUCT COMPLAINTS pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To consider a report with regards to complaints under the Council’s Standards Arrangements from September 2015.

Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented a report which informed the Committee of complaints received under the Council’s Standards Arrangements since September 2015.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

S/19

COMPLIMENTS, CUSTOMER FEEDBACK AND COMPLAINTS RECEIVED DURING 2015/2016 pdf icon PDF 142 KB

To receive an update on the number of complaints and compliments received to date during 2015/2016.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Assistant Director Performance and Innovation presented a report which gave an update to Members on the number of complaints and compliments received during 2015/16.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

S/20

REVIEW OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SCHEME pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To consider a report regarding dispensation for Members with a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest to utilise the General Public Participation Scheme and to recommend changes to Full Council.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Solicitor to the Council presented a report which recommended a dispensation for Members with a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in an Agenda item to utilise the Public Participation scheme to enable them to address a Committee on that Agenda item. He also requested that Council be recommended to approve consequential changes to the General Public Participation Scheme.

 

The Committee noted that each Parish Council adopted its own Public Participation Scheme and it was, therefore, open to each Parish Council to consider similar provisions for inclusion in their own schemes.

 

The Committee noted that the word “item” had been omitted after the word “agenda” in the final line in paragraph (t) of Appendix 1 to the report.

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)       a dispensation, with a period of two years, as set out in paragraph 3.3 of the report be approved; and

 

(2)       the changes to the General Public Participation Scheme as set out in Appendix 1 to the report be recommended to full Council for approval, subject the Director of Policy and Resources being given delegated authority to include appropriate wording in the Scheme to reflect the dispensation referred to in (1) above.

S/21

PLANNING CODE OF CONDUCT pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To consider the Planning Code of Conduct for recommendation to Full Council.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Solicitor to the Council presented a report which recommended changes to the Planning Code of Conduct to include a dispensation for Members with a disclosable pecuniary interest in an Agenda item so that Members could utilise the Public Participation scheme to enable them to address the Planning Committee.

 

Clarification was sought on the wording at para 14.2 which would be edited for the final report. Members considered that the document was more properly described as a Code of Practice.

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)       dispensation for all members and co-optees as set out in paragraph 3.7 of the report for a period of 2 years be approved; and

 

 (2)      subject to the amendment discussed at the meeting, full Council be recommended to approve the draft Planning Code of Practice as set out in Appendix 1 to the report.

S/22

STANDARDS ANNUAL REPORT 2015-16 pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To consider the draft Annual report for 2015-16.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented the Standards Committee Annual report for 2015/16.

 

Councillor Matt Severn, Chairman of the Committee, informed Members that he would be updating the wording in the Foreword of the Annual report to reflect the appointment to the Committee of the second Parish co-optee and the recommendations regarding the Independent Person.

 

RESOLVED – That the Standards Committee Annual Report 2015-16 be approved for referral to full Council.

S/23

INDEPENDENT PERSON APPOINTMENT pdf icon PDF 139 KB

To consider a report regarding the Independent Person appointment.

Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented a report which asked the Committee to consider the Independent Person appointment from July 2016. The report recommended the continuation of David Tweddle, the current Independent Person until July 2020.

 

RESOLVED – That full Council be recommended to approve that the appointment of David Tweddle as the Independent Person is continued with effect from 1 July 2016 to 1 July 2020.

S/24

STANDARDS COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To consider the Committee’s Work Programme.

Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented the Standards Committee Work Programme for May 2016 onwards. Members were informed that the Preparation of the Annual report and the Review of the Effectiveness of Standards Committee should be amended from “2016” to “2017”. She emphasised that following the forthcoming Elections in May 2016, District and Parish Councillors would be reminded to update the Register of Interests.

 

RESOLVED – That the Work Programme be noted.