Agenda and minutes

Councillor Conduct Committee
Wednesday, 8 November 2017 6.00pm

Venue: Meeting Room 2 - Level 3, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4TR

Contact: Wayne Hemingway, Democratic Services Officer 

Items
No. Item

478.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Carr, Kemp and Wicks.

479.

Record of meeting pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To approve the record of the meeting held on 13 September 2017.

Minutes:

The record of the meeting held on 13 September 2017 was agreed and signed by the Chairman as correct.

480.

Urgent matters by reason of special circumstances

The Chairman will announce any late items which do not appear on the main agenda but which he/she has agreed should be considered by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the report. 

Minutes:

There were none.

481.

Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and other interests

A member need only disclose at any meeting the existence of a disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI) in a matter to be considered at that meeting if that DPI has not been entered on the disclosable pecuniary interests register maintained by the Monitoring Officer.

 

A member disclosing a DPI at a meeting must thereafter notify the Monitoring Officer in writing of that interest within 28 days from the date of disclosure at the meeting.

 

A member may not participate in a discussion of or vote on any matter in which he or she has a DPI (both those already registered and those disclosed at the meeting) and must withdraw from the room during such discussion/vote.

 

Members may choose to voluntarily disclose a DPI at a meeting even if it is registered on the council’s register of disclosable pecuniary interests but there is no legal requirement to do so.

 

Members should also ensure they disclose any other interests which may give rise to a conflict under the council’s code of conduct.

 

In line with the training provided to members by the Monitoring Officer members will also need to consider bias and pre-determination in certain circumstances and whether they have a conflict of interest or should otherwise leave the room for Code reasons. 

Minutes:

Disclosable pecuniary interests

 

There were none.

 

Other interests

 

There were none.

482.

Exclusion of the press and public pdf icon PDF 78 KB

This report summarises the content of agenda item 6, which, in the opinion of the proper officer, contains exempt information within one of the categories in Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972. It is a matter for the Committee to determine whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of document. 

Minutes:

Decision:

 

That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the exempt material relating to agenda item 6 because consideration of these matters in public would disclose information falling within paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 as specified in agenda item 6,and, in all the circumstances of the case, the Committee considers that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. 

483.

Screening of Complaint CCC 2017/001

The committee is requested to consider a complaint relating to Councillor conduct.

Minutes:

Discussion:

 

The Deputy Monitoring Officer introduced a report which detailed a complaint received by the Monitoring Officer on 17 October 2017 relating to a Medway Councillor. The complaint was split into three allegations and the Committee considered each allegation individually, as set out in paragraphs 2.9.1, 2.9.2 and 2.9.3 of the report.

 

Decision:

 

The Committee agreed to take no further action in relation to complaint CCC 2017/001, as having completed the Medway Council screening process test, the Committee considered that there was insufficient evidence, on the face of the complaint, to demonstrate a potential breach of the Member Code of Conduct.