Agenda and decisions

Standards Committee - Wednesday, 22nd June, 2022 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, District Council Offices, Letchworth Garden City

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Members are required to notify any substitutions by midday on the day of the meeting.

 

Late substitutions will not be accepted and Members attending as a substitute without having given the due notice will not be able to take part in the meeting.

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Simon Bloxham, James Denselow, Mandi Tandi and Sean Prendergast.

 

Apologies for absence were also received from Parish Councillor Rebecca Elliot.

 

Having given due notice, Councillor George Davies substituted for Councillor Simon Bloxham.

 

Councillor Clare Billing was absent.

 

2.

MINUTES - 19 OCTOBER 2021 pdf icon PDF 308 KB

To take as read and approve as a true record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on the 19 October 2021.

Decision:

RESOLVED:That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 19 October 2021 be approved as a true record of the proceedings and be signed by the Chair.

3.

NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS

Members should notify the Chair of other business which they wish to be discussed at the end of either Part I or Part II business set out in the agenda. They must state the circumstances which they consider justify the business being considered as a matter of urgency.

 

The Chair will decide whether any item(s) raised will be considered.

Decision:

There was no other business notified.

4.

CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Members are reminded that any declarations of interest in respect of any business set out in the agenda, should be declared as either a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest or Declarable Interest and are required to notify the Chair of the nature of any interest declared at the commencement of the relevant item on the agenda.  Members declaring a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest must withdraw from the meeting for the duration of the item. Members declaring a Declarable Interest, wishing to exercise a ‘Councillor Speaking Right’, must declare this at the same time as the interest, move to the public area before speaking to the item and then must leave the room before the debate and vote.

Decision:

(1)  The Chair welcomed new Members of the Standards Committee.

 

(2)  The Chair made a statement regarding the passing of the former Executive Member for Housing and Environmental Health Councillor Gary Grindal, following his funeral which had taken place earlier in the day.

5.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

To receive petitions, comments and questions from the public.

Decision:

There was no public participation at this meeting.

6.

STANDARDS MATTERS REPORT pdf icon PDF 429 KB

REPORT OF THE MONITORING OFFICER

 

To update the Committee on standards issues.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1)  That the Committee noted the content of the report.

 

(2)  That the Committee considered the points made at 8.3-8.6 and will review the Complaints Handling Procedure at its meeting on 23 March 2023.

 

(3)  That the Committee considered/noted the Government’s response to the Committee on Standards in Public Life on Local Government Ethical Standards (Appendix A).

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To ensure good governance within the Council.