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Note: The time of this meeting on the agenda was incorrectly published as 6:00pm as a result of an administrative error. This has since been corrected to 7:00 pm as shown on this page.
To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Standards Committee meeting held on 25 June 2018.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 25 June 2018 be approved as a correct record.
Apologies for absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Baird (Horley Town Council) and Caroline Waterworth (Head of Legal and Governance – Monitoring Officer).
Declaration of Interest
To receive any declarations of interest.
Councillor Harrison declared that he had professional (and not personal) working relations with two of the candidates (Liz Lawrence and John Smith) in relation to his activities as a Surrey County Councillor.
Any other urgent business
To consider any item(s) which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be considered as a matter of urgency – Local Government Act 1972, Section 100B (4) (b),
(Note: Urgent business must be submitted in writing but may be supplemented by an oral update).
To appoint Independent Persons for a four-year term of office May 2019 – 2023.
The Standards Committee received a report in relation to the appointment of Independent Persons as required by the Localism Act 2011.
The Council was required to seek the views of an Independent Person before it took a decision on an allegation of misconduct by a councillor which it had decided to investigate.
The Monitoring Officer would decide, after consultation with the Independent Person, whether a complaint merited a formal investigation. The Independent Person’s views may also be sought by the Council at any other stage in a misconduct complaint, or by a councillor against whom an allegation had been made.
Full Council in July 2015 appointed the Independent Persons for a four year period with their period of office ending in May 2019 and delegated the making of future appointments to the Committee.
A local arrangement with a number of neighbouring councils had allowed for joint appointments of Independent Persons to be made in the form of a pool to call upon as required.
Following joint recruitment activity four existing Independent Persons had confirmed their wish to continue and three new applications were received with those candidates being interviewed by a panel of Monitoring Officers who recommended them for appointment to the participating Councils. The candidates’ CVs were provided in the Exempt part of the Committee’s agenda.
RESOLVED that the following be appointed as Independent Persons for a four-year term of office May 2019 - 2023:
· Vivienne Cameron
· Bill Donnelly
· Paul Eaves
· Liz Lawrence
· Roger Pett
· Bernard Quoroll
· John Smith
Reason for decision
To enable the Council to comply with its obligations under Section 28 (7) of the Localism Act 2011.
RECOMMENED that members of the Press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business under Section 100 (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that:
(i) It involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act; and
(ii) the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
RESOLVED that members of the Press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that:
(i) it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act; and
(ii) the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.
Appointment of Independent Persons (Exempt)
To consider exempt information in relation to this item.
RESOLVED that the Exempt report relating to the Appointment of Independent Persons be noted.