To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance, (copy enclosed).
The Council considered the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance providing an update on the declaration of an AQMA along Market Hill, Maldon and the process for preparing an AQMP in accordance with the relevant guidance.
The report provided background information regarding the work undertaken by a Steering Group to engage with Members, residents and businesses. Following consideration of its work the Corporate Leadership Team had suggested that a technical group and Members’ panel be created. The proposed composition and terms of reference for these were attached as Appendices 1 and 2 to the report.
The Leader of the Council presented the report and advised Members that reference to the Director of Customers and Community on page 103 of the document pack should be replaced with Director of Service Delivery. This amendment was duly noted.
The Leader then proposed the following motion:
(i) That recommendation (i) as set out in the report be agreed;
(ii) That recommendation (ii) as set out in the report is not agreed;
(iii) That the following recommendations are agreed:
(i) That the two panels mentioned in the report are combined to provide a Member Officer Working Group;
(ii) That the Head of Paid Service considers appointing the Strategic Theme Lead – Place to the Working Group;
(iii) That the following Members be appointed to the new working Group:
· Councillors A S Fluker
· Councillor Mrs P A Channer CC
· Councillor Miss S White
· Councillor M F L Durham CC
· Councillor C P Morley
· Councillor B E Harker
(iv) That the Terms of Reference of the Working Group are agreed at its first meeting and thereafter reported back to the Council.
This proposal was duly seconded.
In response to a point of clarification, the Leader advised he was referring to Market Hill and the Fullbridge.
Concern was expressed by a number of Members regarding the Membership of the new Working Group as there were no Independent Members proposed. Maldon Ward Members also expressed their wish to be part of the Working Group. In response the Chairman reminded Members that the Council could only consider one motion at a time which could only be amended by addition or subtraction of words but that this could not negate the original purpose of the motion. He advised that Members who disagreed were able to vote against the motion.
The Chairman then put the Leader of the Council’s proposal to the Council. Upon a vote being taken there was an equality of votes and the Chairman exercised his casting vote in support of the proposal.
(i) that the contents of the report be noted;
(ii) that the two panels mentioned in the report be combined to provide a Member Officer Working Group;
(iii) That the Head of Paid Service considers appointing the Strategic Theme Lead – Place to the Air Quality Management (Market Hill) Member Officer Working Group (the Working Group);
(iv) That the following Members be appointed to the Working Group:
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