Agenda item

Political Balance - Committee Membership / Cydbwysedd Gwleidyddol - Aelodaeth Pwyllgorau

Minutes:

18.1     The Deputy Leader, Councillor Richard Clark presented a report to inform members of the political balance requirements and seek an opportunity for non-group members to engage in Overview & Scrutiny, Democratic Services, Planning and Licensing Committees for the year ahead.

 

18.2     Council noted that the purpose of the report was to remove Majority Party Group members from committees to allow non-aligned independent members an opportunity to serve on committees.

 

18.3     The Deputy Leader explained that following discussion with one independent member he had proposed a third recommendation as follows:

 

Recommendation 3 - Council makes representations to the Welsh Government, directly and through the WLGA, to ask the Minister for Local Government to consider the representation of non-group members on Council committees in future Local Government reforms.

 

18.4     Councillor Robert Kemp read a statement he had prepared in respect of his position that as a sole non-group member, in accordance with political balance legislation he was not afforded any committee positions. He stated that he was aware that if changes were to be made this would be a long process and would require the support of the WLGA and other authorities. He commented on the increased workload of other councillors as a result of three other members declaring themselves as independent members and raised the question of the council’s position if more members declared themselves as independent members.

 

18.5     In order to consider Recommendation 3 – tabled at the meeting, Councillor Kemp asked for an adjournment in order to fully consider the proposal.

 

18.6     An adjournment was agreed at 11.12a.m.

 

18.7     Following the adjournment the meeting continued as follows:

 

18.8     The Chief Executive stated that having had the opportunity to have discussions with the non-aligned independent members, they had asked for an amendment to the recommendations which the Chief Executive read out as follows:

 

18.9     ‘This report be deferred to a future meeting of the Council so that further consideration can be given to incorporating alternative recommendations.’ This amendment was voted on and was not carried.

 

18.10   As the amendment fell, the original recommendations outlined in the report and recommendation 3 were voted on. A recorded vote was taken with 31 members voting for and 7 voting against as follows:

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAIN

 

 

 

 

Stuart Ashley

X

 

 

Huw Bevan

X

 

 

Ronald Burnett

X

 

 

Glyn Caron

X

 

 

Richard Clark

X

 

 

Leonard Constance

X

 

 

Veronica Crick

 

 

 

Fiona Cross

X

 

 

David Daniels

X

 

 

Giles Davies

 

 

 

Kathy Evans

 

 

 

Steven Evans

X

 

 

Stuart Evans

 

X

 

Joanne Gauden

X

 

 

Elizabeth Haynes

 

X

 

Jon Horlor

X

 

 

Anthony Hunt

X

 

 

Gaynor James

X

 

 

Gwyn Jenkins

X

 

 

Mike Jeremiah

 

 

 

Alan Jones

X

 

 

Fay Jones

X

 

 

Janet Jones

X

 

 

Nicholas Jones

 

X

 

Peter Jones

X

 

 

Robert Kemp

 

X

 

Sue Malson

X

 

 

Raymond Mills

X

 

 

Jason O’Connell

 

X

 

Richard Overton

 

 

 

Mandy Owen

X

 

 

Norma Parrish

X

 

 

Jessica Powell

X

 

 

Kelly Preston

X

 

 

Emma Rapier

X

 

 

Rose Seabourne

X

 

 

Louise Shepphard

 

 

 

Alan Slade

 

X

 

Christopher Tew

X

 

 

Colette Thomas

X

 

 

Dave Thomas

 

X

 

Neil Waite

X

 

 

Raymond Williams

X

 

 

David Yeowell

X

 

 

Totals

31

7

 

 

 

18.11   The following recommendations were AGREED;

 

i)              Council NOTED the changes to the membership of Overview & Scrutiny, Democratic Services, Planning and Licensing Committees outlined in the report, and

ii)             Council encourages non-group members to seek appointment to vacant committee seats;

iii)            Council makes representations to the Welsh Government, directly and through the WLGA, to ask the Minister for Local Government to consider the representation of non-group members on Council committees in future Local Government reforms.

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