To consider recommendations to amend parish governance arrangements in South Lakeland.
Note – The following Councillors had declared non-pecuniary interests in this item of business by virtue of the fact that they were also members of town or parish councils regarding which recommendations had been made:-
· Councillor Giles Archibald (Kendal Town Council)
· Councillor Pat Bell (New Hutton Parish Council)
· Councillor Jonathan Brook (Kendal Town Council)
· Councillor Stephen Coleman (Kendal Town Council)
· Councillor Gill Gardner (Lower Holker Parish Council)
· Councillor Eamonn Hennessey (Kendal Town Council)
· Councillor Hazel Hodgson (New Hutton Parish Council)
· Councillor Helen Ladhams (Kendal Town Council)
· Councillor Susanne Long (Kendal Town Council)
· Councillor Ian Mitchell (Dent Parish Council)
· Councillor Jon Owen (Kendal Town Council)
· Councillor Matt Severn (Kendal Town Council)
They remained in the Council Chamber during the discussion and voting on the item.
Councillor Helen Chaffey declared a non-pecuniary interest as a Member of Arnside Parish Council regarding which a recommendation had been made, however, by virtue of the fact that she felt that she was pre-determined on the matter, left the Council Chamber during the discussion and voting on the item.
Councillor Doug Rathbone declared a disclosable pecuniary interest by virtue of the fact that he was in receipt of an allowance as Deputy Mayor of Kendal Town Council regarding which a recommendation had been made and left the Council Chamber during the discussion and voting on the item.
The Performance, Innovation and Commissioning Specialist presented a report on the final recommendations for the amendment of parish governance arrangements in South Lakeland arising from the responses received during the second consultation phase of the Community Governance Review and having regard to the South Lakeland Community Governance Review Terms of Reference as agreed by Council on 24 July 2018 (Minute C/20 (2018/19) refers).
At its meeting on 18 December 2019 (Minute C/59 (2018/19) refers), Council had approved a number of draft recommendations for the second consultation phase, details of which were provided within the report. The second round of consultation had been based on the draft recommendations, and views had been welcomed from all stakeholders, whether for or against the proposals. In line with the Terms of Reference, the Council had taken full account of views in regard to the draft recommendations, as well as potential changes or proposals other than those recommendations set out to Council on 18 December 2018. The second consultation (Stage 3 of the Review) had ended on 26 May 2019, and the report set out the proposed changes at paragraphs 3.12 to 3.22, as well as details, recommendations and comments which were shown at Appendices 3 and 4 to the report.
Once the final recommendations had been made, there were a number of steps that the Council had to take in order to implement the decisions. The decisions had to be published, together with reasons being provided for the making of the decisions. The Council also had to take steps to inform persons interested in the review of the decisions and reasons. Referral was required to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England for ... view the full minutes text for item 27