Agenda and minutes
Referrals (Assessment) Sub Committee
Tuesday, 1 December 2009 10:00 am
Venue: Room D5, Pathfinder House, St. Mary's Street, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE29 3TN
Contact: Ms C Deller, Democratic Services Manager, Tel No 01480 388007/e-mail: Christine.Deller@huntsdc.gov.uk
To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 3rd September
and adjourned to
The Minutes of the meeting of the Sub-Committee held on 3rd
September and adjourned to
To receive from Members declarations as to personal and/or prejudicial interests and the nature of those interests in relation to any Agenda Item. Please See Notes 1 and 2 below.
No declarations were made.
¨ Local Assessment Case Handling Chart; and
received from the Standards Board for
The Guidance produced by Standards
EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC
that the public be excluded from the meeting because the business to be transacted contains exempt information under paragraph 7(c) relating to the deliberations of a Sub-Committee of the Standards Committee established under the provisions of Part 3 of the Local Government Act 2000.
that the public be excluded from the meeting because the business to be transacted contains exempt information under paragraph 7 (c) relating to the deliberations of the Sub-Committee of the Standards Committee established under provisions of Part 3 of the Local Government Act 2000.
PRE-ASSESSMENT REPORT AND ENQUIRIES - CASE NO. 24
Enclosed, pre-assessment report by the Monitoring Officer to which is attached various other correspondence/information to assist Members in assessing the case.
Members considered the following documents collated by the Monitoring Officer (copies of which are appended in the Minute Book) to assist the Sub-Committee in their deliberations in respect of a complaint received against a Councillor serving on St Neots Town Council:-
(a) e-mail exchange between Councillor D A Giles and the Monitoring Officer dated 5th – 7th November 2009;
and Annex – St Neots Town Council Planning Committee dated
(c) Registration of Interests Form – Councillor Mrs J Bird.
A copy of a letter received from Councillor
Mrs J Bird dated 25th November 2009 received after the despatch of the Agenda also
was circulated to Members together with a
INITIAL ASSESSMENT - CASE NO 24
The Sub-Committee considered the allegation made in the case against Councillor Mrs J Bird of St Neots Town Council seeking the advice of the Monitoring Officer as necessary.
Having regard to the evidence submitted, the Sub-Committee were of the view that it would be helpful to Councillor Mrs Bird if she was to receive training from the Monitoring Officer particularly given its importance in terms of her role as Chairman of the Town Council’s Planning Committee. It was also the Sub-Committee’s expectation that the Town Clerk (or Clerk to the Committee) had a role in advising Councillors who had declared a prejudicial interest that they must withdraw from the room or chamber where a meeting considering the business was being held. Whereupon, it was
that the allegation made against Councillor Mrs J Bird that she had failed to comply with paragraphs 9, 10 (1), 10 (2) and 12 of St Neots Town Council’s Code of Conduct be not referred for investigation and that no further action be taken in the case for the reasons set out in the “Decision Notice: No Further Action” appended to these Minutes.