To consider the review of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance (copy enclosed).
The Council considered the report of the Director of Resources presenting the outcome of a Community Governance Review (CGR) for determination following recent public consultation.
It was noted that in June 2018 a petition containing in excess of the requisite number of local government elector signatures was received by the Council seeking that the Basin Ward of the Parish of Heybridge become a separate civil Parish represented by a separate Parish Council. The Terms of Reference for the CGR were attached at Appendix 1 to the report and a map detailing the area the subject of the petition was attached as Annex A to Appendix 1. A public consultation had been undertaken and a summary of the issues raised through the consultation were set out in Appendix 2 to the report.
The report outlined the considerations the Council had to take into account when making a decision on the CGR. Members were informed that should they agree to proceed to make a Re-organisation Order to establish a separate civil parish and a separate Parish Council this would set out the necessary arrangements for bringing the proposals into effect, including transitional arrangements and consequential effects. This would include the setting of the initial precept, election arrangements etc. In addition, it was reported that if agreed the planned implementation should be for the start of the 2020 / 21 financial year.
Councillor A S Fluker declared an interest in this item of business as he had taken his yacht into Heybridge Basin.
Councillor Fluker proposed that the recommendations as set out in the report be agreed. This proposal was duly seconded.
Councillor I E Dobson agreed with the report and advised that he would be delighted to serve on the Steering Committee. He proposed that as recommendation (ii) would affect the whole of Heybridge that Heybridge Parish Council should be offered two positions on the steering group as well. This proposal was duly seconded.
In response to the proposal and some concern raised regarding it, the Director of Resources advised that the Council had not approached Heybridge Parish Council about becoming part of the steering group and this should be first step if Members were mindful to increase the membership of the steering group. It was suggested at this point that a nominated District Councillor who was not a Ward Member be added to the steering group, this was not agreed by the Council.
The Chairman then put the amendment in the name of Councillor Dobson and upon a vote being taken this was agreed.
Following further discussion, the Chairman put the proposal in the name of Councillor Fluker, as amended by Councillor Dobson to the Council. Upon a vote being take this was agreed.
(i) That as a result of the Community Governance Review under the Local Government and Involvement in Health Act 2007, it is determined that the Basin Ward of the Parish of Heybridge becoming a separate civil Parish represented by a separate Parish Council meets the law ... view the full minutes text for item 869