Agenda and minutes

Councillor Conduct Committee
Wednesday, 9 January 2019 6.00pm

Venue: Meeting Room 9 - Level 3, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4TR. View directions

Contact: Teri Reynolds, Democratic Services Officer 

Items
No. Item

679.

Election of Chairman

Minutes:

Councillor Wildey was elected as Chairman for the meeting.

680.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies of absence were received from Councillors Carr, Mrs Chambers, Godwin, Kemp and Wicks.

681.

Record of meeting pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To approve the record of the meeting held on 12 December 2018. 

Minutes:

The record of the meeting was agreed and signed by the Chairman as correct, subject to the word ‘beached’ being replaced with the word ‘breached’ within the decision of minute number 622.

682.

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.

683.

Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Other Significant Interests pdf icon PDF 211 KB

Members are invited to disclose any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Significant Interests in accordance with the Member Code of Conduct.  Guidance on this is set out in agenda item 4.

 

Minutes:

Disclosable pecuniary interests

 

There were none.

 

Other significant interests (OSIs)

 

There were none.

 

Other interests

 

There were none.

684.

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:

The Committee considered whether or not to exclude the press and public for consideration of item 6 (CCC/2018/007).  The Committee noted that item 6 (CCC/2018/007) contained exempt 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.

 

However, the committee noted that the complaint related to the outcome of sanctions applied to a Councillor by the Councillor Conduct Committee, the detail of which was already in the public domain.  The Committee therefore decided not to exclude the press and public for the discussion on this item.

685.

Screening of Complaint CCC/2018/007

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

Minutes:

Discussion:

 

The Committee considered a new complaint (CCC/2018/007) relating to the conduct of a Councillor who had been required to provide an apology as an outcome of the investigation of an earlier complaint (CCC/2018/001).  The Committee considered the new complaint in line with the Council’s screening process and concluded that, on the face of it, the Councillor who was the subject of the complaint ( the subject member) was acting in his capacity as a Councillor and that his conduct could potentially represent a breach of Section 2.1 (i) of the Member Code of Conduct. The Committee also concluded that the complaint was not capable of being resolved by an investigation and that no further action should be taken in this regard.

 

Decision:

 

The Committee agreed to review the procedures for dealing with complaints about Councillor conduct in the new Municipal Year with a view to the inclusion of provisions requiring timely and adequate implementation of any sanctions or actions required by the Committee after consideration of a complaint and to convey its concerns with reference to CCC/2018/007 to the subject member by letter with a copy to the complainant and other Members of the Council for information.