Agenda and minutes

Council
Thursday 13th September 2018 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber. Maldon District Council Offices, Princes Road, Maldon

Contact: Committee Services 

Items
No. Item

418.

Chairman's notices

Minutes:

The Chairman referred to the notices printed on the agenda.

419.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors A T Cain, Mrs P A Channer CC, M F L Durham CC, M S Heard and M R Pearlman.

420.

Declaration of Interest

To disclose the existence and nature of any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests, other Pecuniary Interests or Non-Pecuniary Interests relating to items of business on the agenda having regard to paragraphs 6 - 8 inclusive of the Code of Conduct for Members.

 

(Members are reminded that they are also required to disclose any such interests as soon as they become aware should the need arise throughout the meeting).

Minutes:

Councillor D M Sismey disclosed a pecuniary interest in relation to his employment with Goldman Sachs and specifically Minute 176 – Annual Treasury Outturn 2017 / 18 (Minutes of the Finance and Corporate Services Committee) and advised that he would leave the meeting for this item of business.

 

Councillor R Pratt disclosed a non-pecuniary interest as an Essex County Councillor, particularly in relation to Agenda Item 12 - Request for match funding to bring forward additional County Highways Projects.

421.

Minutes - 12 July 2018 pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the extraordinary Council meeting held on 12 July 2018 (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Council meeting held on 12 July 2018 be adopted.

422.

Minutes - 9 August 2018 pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the extraordinary Council meeting held on 9 August 2018 (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the extraordinary Council meeting held on 9 August 2018 be adopted.

423.

Minutes - 16 August 2018 pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the extraordinary Council meeting held on 16 August 2018 (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

(i)              that the Minutes of the extraordinary Council meeting held on 16 August 2018 be received.

 

Minute No. 354 – FUL/MAL/18/00414 Land West of Broad Street Green Road, Heybridge

It was noted that the last paragraph of this Minute should refer to Councillor B E Harker.

 

RESOLVED

 

(ii)            That subject to the above amendment, the Minutes of the extraordinary Council meeting held on 16 August 2018, be adopted.

424.

Public Questions

To receive questions from members of the public, of which prior notification in writing has been received (no later than noon on the Tuesday prior to the day of the meeting).

Minutes:

There were none.

425.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman referred to Ms Fiona Marshall recently leaving the Council and the roles she had undertaken since she joined in 2006.  He then presented Ms Marshall with some gifts from the Members as a token of their appreciation and thanked her for everything she had done for the Council.  In response, Ms Marshall thanked Members and referred to how Maldon was a special place and it had been a privilege to be part of.  Councillor B S Beale, Leader of the Opposition also thanked Ms Marshall at this time.

 

The Chairman referred to the recent death of former Councillor Nigel Butt and Members agreed that the Chairman would write to his widow.

 

The Chairman advised that he had attended a number of events (detailed below), and thanked the Vice-Chairman for also attending some events on his behalf.

 

30/06/2018

Armed Forces Day Reception, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

01/07/2018

Dengie Crops Limited 50th Anniversary Lunch

01/07/2018

Brentwood Civic Service (Vice-Chairman)

02/07/2018

Rural Housing Event

05/07/2018

Visit to PT Classics

05/07/2018

Four T's launch event, the Bell, Tolleshunt Major

05/07/2018

Citizens' Advice Bureau Annual General Meeting

06/07/2018

Visit by Lord Gardiner to Muckmurdo Place, Wickham Bishops

08/07/2018

Burnham on Crouch Civic Service and Dinner

08/07/2018

Rochford Garden Party (Vice-Chairman)

17/08/2018

Visit to Mangapps Railway Museum

20/07/2018

Essex County Council Civic Reception

27/07/2018

Maldon District Council Civic Tea Party

03/08/2018

Unveiling of Steel Soldiers to mark the '100 Days', Maldon

03/08/2018

Unveiling of Steel Soldiers to mark the '100 Days', Burnham-on-Crouch (Vice-Chairman)

04/08/2018

Maldon Carnival Lunch and Procession

24/08/2018

Burnham Week Cocktail Party (Vice-Chairman)

26/08/2018

Bell Meadow - 14th Annual Day

30/08/2018

Visit to Fiberweb Geosynthetics Ltd

05/09/2018

Visit to Brooks Bros

07/09/2018

High Sheriff Garden Party

08/09/2018

Visit to Maldon Masonic Hall

09/09/2018

Opening - Maldon Oyster and Seafood Festival

09/09/2018

HM Merchant Navy Commemoration Day, Maldon (Vice-Chairman)

11/09/2018

Maldon Society Edward Bright New Blue Plaque Celebration

 

At this point the Chairman highlighted to Members two points of conduct at meetings of the Council relating to criticism of Officers and talking when others were talking.

426.

Minute Book pdf icon PDF 242 KB

To consider the Minutes of the under mentioned Committees (copy enclosed).

 

* Please note that where Minutes contain recommendations to the Council the Minute references for these recommendations are listed below for Members’ information.

 

Finance and Corporate Services Committee *                                     12 June 2018

 

·                 Minute 170 – Chief Executive’s Performance Appraisal

·                 Minute 173 – HR Policies and Procedures

·                 Minute 176 – Annual Treasury Outturn 2017 / 18

·                 Minute 179 – Proposals to change to office opening time to public

Community Services Committee                                                          10 July 2018

Overview and Scrutiny Committee (special meeting)                          17 July 2018

 

Planning and Licensing Committee *                                                   19 July 2018

 

·       Minute 290 – Maldon District Specialist Needs Housing Supplementary Planning Document

 

Finance and Corporate Services Committee                                         31 July 2018

Community Services Committee                                                          28 August 2018

Overview and Scrutiny Committee                                                       29 August 2018

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(a)       MINUTES OF FINANCE AND CORPORATE SERVICES COMMITTEE
– 12 JUNE 2018

 

Minute 170 Chief Executive’s Performance Appraisal

 

RESOLVED

 

(i)        that the procedure rules be updated to set out the requirements (a) to (e), as detailed in section 3.8 of the report with the following amendments and additions:

·                 that point (c) be amended as follows:

·                 The appraisal will take place soon after the Statutory Annual meeting of the Council and before 30 June.

 

·                 that point (e) be amended as follows:

·                 Performance reviews against the agreed objectives will be undertaken at least every four months and an end of year review be undertaken prior to the Statutory Annual meeting of the Council.

 

·                 that the Director of Resources or an appropriate appointment of theirs in the HR department is required to:

·                 objectively ensure that the process for the Chief Executive’s appraisal is followed;

·                 report to the following meeting of the Finance and Corporate Services Committee immediately after the June deadline that the process has been followed and the appraisal has taken place.

 

Minute 173 – Human Resources Policies and Procedures

 

RESOLVED

 

(ii)       that the following two sections be added to the Code of Conduct:

 

24        Financial

 

24.1     All employees will ensure:

·                 they do not default on payments owed to the Council i.e. Council Tax.

·                 never make fraudulent claims for public money to gain a financial advantage i.e. housing benefit.

·                 to adhere to any agreements reached for the repayment of such debts.

 

24.2     Employees who are in debt or at risk to the Council or are concerned that missed payments may occur should discuss the matter as soon as is possible with a member of the Human Resources team. Failure to do so could lead to formal action being taken.

 

24.3     Employees in receipt of any allowances or rebates administered by the Council (e.g. council tax rebates) must notify the Council of any change in circumstance that affect the entitlement.

 

25        Accessing IT systems

 

25.1     Employees will at all times ensure that they comply with the Officer Conditions of Acceptable Use and Personal Commitment Statement policy relating to use of IT equipment.

 

25.2     It is recognised that staff can face a conflict of interest when undertaking their roles. To protect the interests of both the staff concerned and the Council against criticism or allegation of malpractice, as a 1matter of procedure no employee shall;

·                 amend or seek to influence the processing of any computer or other record concerning any matter in which they, a family member or friend have an interest;

·                 use the Councils IT systems or any other records held to view either their own data or that of records of family or friends

·                 use data obtained from any of the Councils IT systems or any other records to give themselves, family or friends any advantage.

·                 update any records that relate to themselves, family or friends.

 

Minute 179 – Proposals to Change Office Opening Times to Public

 

RESOLVED

 

(iii)     that on the last Wednesday of each month the Council Offices  ...  view the full minutes text for item 426.

427.

Minutes of Meetings of Committees

To note that since the last Council, up until Wednesday 5 September 2018 (Council agenda dispatch) the following Committees have met, and to receive any questions in accordance with Council and Committee Procedure Rule 6 (2).

 

Minutes published:

 

South Eastern Area Planning Committee

18 June 2018

Audit Committee (special meeting)

21 June 2018

Central Area Planning Committee

27 June 2018

North Western Area Planning Committee

9 July 2018

South Eastern Area Planning Committee

16 July 2018

Central Area Planning Committee

25 July 2018

Audit Committee

26 July 2018

North Western Area Planning Committee

6 August 2018

Appointments Committee

8 August 2018

South Eastern Area Planning Committee

13 August 2018

 

Minutes:

The Council noted the list of Committees that had met before and since the last meeting of the Council, up until Wednesday 5 September 2018 for which Minutes had been published.

428.

Questions in accordance with Procedure Rule 6(3) of which notice has been given

Minutes:

There were none.

429.

Request for match funding to bring forward additional County Highways Projects pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To consider the report of the Leader of the Council (copy enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Leader of the Council seeking Members’ consideration following receipt of a letter from Councillor Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for Infrastructure offering match funding of up to £100,000 to bring forward additional repairs to potholes in the District’s roads.

 

Councillor A S Fluker proposed that recommendation (i) be amended to delete all words following ‘County Council’.  This was duly seconded and agreed.

 

RESOLVED

 

(i)             That Maldon District Council rejects the offer of match funding by Essex County Council;

 

(ii)            That the Director of Service Delivery writes to Councillor Kevin Bentley to confirm the Council’s position.

430.

New Procedure and Authorisations for Sealing and Signing of Documents pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Resources, (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Director of Resources seeking Members’ approval of a new procedure for sealing and signing documents by the Council along with new authorisations.

 

Members were advised that the sealing process involved member involvement, but there was no legal requirement that a principal authority should have a member signature attesting to sealing of a document.  The report proposed a change to the current arrangements which would simplify and speed up the process of sealing and signing documents. 

 

RESOLVED

 

(i)              That the Committee Terms of Reference and Schemes of Delegation be amended at page 2 paragraph 6 to read:

 

“The Seal shall be attested by any two of the following: a director, any manager who reports directly to a director or any employed solicitor, barrister or legal executive. An entry of every sealing of a document shall be made and consecutively numbered in a book kept for the purpose and shall be signed by the two officers who have attested the seal”

 

(ii)            That the Committee Terms of Reference and Schemes of Delegation be amended at page 2 paragraph 7 to read:

 

“A director, any manager who reports directly to a director acting within his area of responsibility or any employed solicitor, barrister or legal executive shall be authorised to sign any contract, notice or other document which is not required to be sealed by the Council”

431.

Fees and Charges in Promenade Park pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Customers and Community, (copy enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Director of Service Delivery, seeking Members’ approval to allow Officers to negotiate realistic income arising from the use of Promenade Park by third parties based on the existing fees and charges structure.

 

Members were advised that paragraph 3.1.3 of the report should read “…the maximum charge the Council can levy is…”.

 

The report provided background information relating to the current fees and charges for events held on the Council’s land at Promenade Park.  It was noted that the maximum charge that could be levied was £222 as defined in the agreed Fees and Charges (attached as Appendix 1 to the report).

 

Councillor A S Fluker proposed that the recommendations in the report be agreed subject to an amendment to recommendation (ii) to include reference to this being in conjunction with the Chairman of the Community Services Committee.  This was duly seconded.

 

Councillor S J Savage referred the public interest regarding this item of business and those charities not registered under the Charities Commission.  He then proposed that recommendation (iv) be amended and either deferred for further investigation or amended to increase the number of attendees to 2,500, noting that this would not apply the Maldon Mud Race who saw a larger amount of attendees.

 

The Chairman sought clarification of Councillor Savage’s amendment and in response Councillor Savage clarified that his proposal was, that where a charity registered with the Charity Commission, FCA or Mutual Society Act 1952[1] their registered address within the District Boundary requests to hold an event with less than 2,500 attendees the Director of Service Delivery in conjunction with the Chairman of Community Services Committee be authorised to negotiate a discount for use.  This proposal was duly seconded.

 

The Director of Service Delivery informed Members that the proposed change was to look at cost recovery following such events and not create additional income.

 

A debate ensued, during which some Members offered their support both for and against the amendment.

 

Councillor Savage provided some further clarification regarding the Mutual Society Act 1972 which issued bona fide certificates on the same grounds as the Charities Commission.  Following further discussion Councillor Savage amended his proposal to read “…that where a bona fide charity is registered with the Charity Commission…”.  This amendment was duly seconded. 

 

The Chairman then put the amendment to recommendation (iv) in the name of Councillor Savage and upon a vote being taken this was duly agreed.

 

The Leader of the Council reminded Members of his proposed amendment to recommendation (ii) and then proposed that recommendations (i) to (iii) with this amendment be agreed.  This proposal was duly seconded and agreed.

 

RESOLVED

 

(i)              that Members approve the insertion of the word ‘minimum’ before any fee and charge relating to use of land and equipment at Promenade Park (excluding car parking, sports pitches, memorial benches, Splash Park single use tickets and Beach Hut daily charges);

 

(ii)            that the Director of Service Delivery in conjunction with the Chairman of the Community Services  ...  view the full minutes text for item 431.

432.

Conclusions of the Strengthening Communities Task and Finish Working Group pdf icon PDF 111 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Service Delivery, (copy enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Director of Service Delivery updating Members on conclusions of the Strengthening Communities Task and Finish Working Group (the Working Group).

 

The report provided background information regarding the establishment of the Working Group and its original Terms of Reference were attached as Appendix 3 to the report.  The Working Group had recently considered an Audit of Strengthening Communities which showed that a strengthening communities approach underpinned most of the Council’s Health and Wellbeing activities (attached at Appendix 1 to the report).  Members were reminded of the Council’s health and Wellbeing Priorities for 2018 / 19.

 

A new Strengthening Communities vision had been development by the Working Group and was attached as Appendix 2 to the report.  Members were informed that this would help embed and underpin the Strengthening Communities approach across all of the Council’s services.

 

Members noted that the Working Group considered that its work was now completed and monitoring of progress would be through the regular reports on the Key Service Activities.  However, it was suggested that the current Membership of the Working Group be expanded and those Members be appointed as Member representatives on the Livewell Partnership Group.

 

Councillor A S Fluker proposed that the recommendations as set out in the report be agreed and that in relation to recommendation (vii) the following Councillors be appointed to the Livewell Partnership Group:

 

From the Community Services Committee........................ Councillors E L Bamford and Mrs B D Harker

From the Finance and Corporate Services Committee....... Councillors I E Dobson and B E Harker

From the Planning and Licensing Committee.................... Councillors Mrs P A Channer and A K M St. Joseph

 

This proposal was duly seconded and upon a vote being taken was agreed.

 

RESOLVED

 

(i)              that the significant work undertaken by the Strengthening Communities Task and Finish Group, be noted;

 

(ii)            that the wide range of activities and projects that are being undertaken to support the Councils Key Corporate Activity of Strengthening Communities (as set out in Appendix 1 to the report) be noted;

 

(iii)          that the Strengthening Communities Vision Statement (Appendix 2 to the report) be approved;

 

(iv)          that the main Strengthening Communities Projects be monitored and reported on as part of the Councils Key Service Activities;

 

(v)            that the alignment of  Strengthening Communities to Health and Wellbeing activities and Projects, and the proposal to expand the Terms of reference Maldon Livewell Partnership Group to include Strengthening communities, be noted;

 

(vi)          that the development of a joint Health and Wellbeing and Strengthening Communities Strategy during 20018 / 19, be approved;

 

(vii)        that the following Members be appointed to attend the Livewell Partnership Group:

 

From the Community Services Committee................... Councillors E L Bamford and Mrs B D Harker

From the Finance and Corporate Services Committee.. Councillors I E Dobson and
B E Harker

From the Planning and Licensing Committee............... Councillors Mrs P A Channer and A K M St. Joseph

 

(viii)      that the work of the Strengthening Communities  ...  view the full minutes text for item 432.

433.

Draft Maldon District Housing Strategy: Stakeholder and Public Consultation pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance, (copy enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance seeking Members approval for the draft Housing Strategy (attached as Appendix 1 to the report) to go out for public consultation.

 

The draft Housing Strategy set out the Council’s approach to securing housing supply and dealing with homelessness within the District.  Members were advised that the consultation would be for six weeks and the results reported to a future meeting of the Council.

 

RESOLVED that the draft Housing Strategy be approved for stakeholder and public consultation.

434.

Little Totham Parish Council - Community Governance Review pdf icon PDF 107 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Resources, (copy enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Director of Resources seeking Members’ consideration and determination of the outcome of the Community Governance Review of Electoral Arrangements for Little Totham Parish Council, in light of the recent public consultation.

 

Members were reminded that following a request by the Parish Council to increase its membership from five to seven, the Council at its meeting on 8 February 2018 resolved to instigate a Community Governance Review.  The Community Governance Review document published for consultation was attached at Appendix 1 and details of the review set out in the report.

 

The report advised that provided the Council was satisfied that the Parish Council’s request was sound in the context of the law and associated guidance on this subject as set out in the report, it may agree to proceed to make a Reorganisation Order to increase the membership of the Parish Council with a view to this becoming effective at the next ordinary elections in May 2019.

 

Councillor A S Fluker proposed that the recommendations set out in the report be agreed.  This was duly seconded and agreed.

 

RESOLVED

 

(i)              That the outcome of this Community Governance Review be noted;

 

(ii)            That being satisfied that the request meets the law and associated Guidance with respect to the object of achieving effective and convenient community governance, the Council authorises the making of a Re-organisation of Community Governance Order under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 to increase the membership of Little Totham Parish Council from five to seven Councillors, to be effective from the next ordinary elections in May 2019.

435.

Restructure of Planning Committees pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance, (copy enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance seeking Members’ consideration of the future operation of Area Planning Committees.  It was noted that this report followed on from Council meeting on 17 May 2018 when a report on the restructure of planning Committees was considered.  The Council at that time agreed that a further review of data would be undertaken in September 2018 and consideration then given regarding the continuation of Area Planning Committees (APCs) or changing to a single Planning Committee.

 

This report provided the updated data (Appendix 1 to the report) and feedback on changes to the demands on the three APCs as the Local Development Plan (LDP) was embedded.  Members were advised that analysis of the data demonstrated that the Council had become significantly more efficient in relation to Planning decisions following adoption of the LDP and changes following the recent Committee structure review.  It was therefore felt possible to condense Members’ determination of planning applications into a single Planning Committee for the whole District and the report set out a proposal for the implementation of this. 

 

In his presentation of the report the Leader of the Council referred to the importance of Member involvement in planning applications and how if the Council moved to a single committee there would not be any disenfranchising of Members and planning policies would be consistently applied.  The Leader of the Council proposed that:

(a)             recommendation (i) as set out in the report be agreed;

(b)            recommendation (ii) a and b not be agreed as further information was required in order for Members to make an informed decision;

(c)             in order for the Council to make an informed decision to proceed to a single planning Committee a report providing detailed options including constitutional options be presented to the Council;

(d)            a politically balanced Working Group consisting of the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council along with two Members from each of the APCs be set up to consider the options and report back to the Council for decision in February 2019.

 

This proposal was duly seconded.

 

A lengthy debate ensued, a few Members supported the proposal of Councillor Fluker but a number of Members raised concern regarding the proposed change, making particular reference to:

·                 how the change would remove a level of democracy;

·                 the amount of public interest and correspondence received by Members from local residents in respect of Area Planning Committees and planning applications for consideration;

·                 capacity of the Council Chamber especially in light of the amount of public interest that planning applications could generate;

·                 Ward Members understanding and representing both the local area and needs of the local residents and it was felt that this could be lost if the Council agreed to move to one single committee.

 

During the debate Councillor D M Sismey proposed an amendment to the proposal, requesting that the Council consider the future of Area Planning Committees at this meeting and that it should agree that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 435.

436.

Naming of Respondents in Planning Reports pdf icon PDF 106 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance, (copy enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance seeking Members’ views on the appropriate process to be adopted by Maldon District Council.  In response to Members concerns raised regarding the issue of anonymising comments in July 2018 the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance had reviewed the practice and his report was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.

 

It was noted that there was no clear best practice published regarding the inclusion of respondent details within Planning reports.  The professional view of Officers was that this information was not necessary to inform a balanced decision and detailed consideration of the planning merit of comments and the weight then applied to them.

 

Councillor A S Fluker proposed that the Council adept recommendation D as set out in the report, to include the personal details of respondents commenting on Planning Applications.  This proposal was duly seconded and upon a vote being taken agreed.

 

RESOLVED that the personal details of respondents commenting on Planning Applications, be included in Officer reports, subject to the addition of suitable guidance to respondents to the letters to neighbours and on the Council website, ensuring compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

437.

Petitions Scheme Update pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Resources, (copy enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Director of Resources presenting an updated Petitions Scheme (attached as Appendix 1 to the report) for Members’ review and approval.

 

It was noted that the current Petitions Scheme had been reviewed and updated.  The key changes were set out in the report.

 

The Leader of the Council, when presenting the report, referred to some concerns raised regarding the layout of the ‘suggested petition format’ (contained within the Petitions Scheme) and advised that these had been addressed.

 

RESOLVED that subject to amendment, the updated Petitions Scheme be approved and adopted.

438.

Questions to the Leader of the Council in accordance with Procedure Rule 1 (3) (m)

Minutes:

Councillor Miss M R Lewis asked the Leader of the Council if he could explain how the Maldon District Council Scheme of Delegation was applied resulting in the removal of the Heybridge Flood Alleviation Scheme from the North Heybridge Garden Suburb and Officers accepting the same as an amendment rather than a new application without input or discussion from Members.  She also asked if the Leader would agree that in the benefit of public interest a new application could have been a more open and transparent approach?  Councillor Miss Lewis further questioned whether the decision had been made with the Leaders’ agreement.

 

In response the Leader of the Council referred to a presentation to the Council from the Director of Planning and Senior Solicitor regarding the planning application where it was explained how it would be dealt with as an amended application as opposed to a variation.  The Leader provided further information regarding this and proposed that Councillor Miss Lewis and himself met with the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance and Senior Solicitor to go over what had been discussed at that presentation as Councillor Miss Lewis had been unable to attend.

 

Following further discussion the Chairman clarified the proposal from the Leader of the Council.

 

 

Councillor M W Helm asked if the Leader of the Council would agree with him that as the Council was trying to make savings that Members should as well by reducing their allowance and special allowances.

 

In response the Leader advised Councillor Helm that he was welcome to make a proposal or present a motion regarding this.  He further reminded Members that a meeting of the Council’s Independent Remuneration Panel was due to take place shortly and the Panel would be making a recommendation to the Council regarding Area Planning Committee Chairmen and other Member allowances. 

 

The Chairman of the Council advised Members that no Member was required to draw their expenses if they did not want to.

 

 

Councillor R Pratt asked the Leader of the Council if he agreed that as a District Council we should congratulate Maldon in Bloom in gaining gold.

 

The Leader of the Council agreed that the Council should pay tribute to the enormous hard work and referred to this being the fourth or fifth time Maldon in Bloom had been awarded gold.

 

 

Councillor Mrs M E Thompson asked the Leader of the Council for any information or update he could provide regarding the planning application at the Blackwater Leisure Centre featured in the local paper.

 

The Leader of Council advised Members that this was a serious issue which the Council and Senior Officers had not been aware of.  He referred to meeting with the Section 151 Officer and that a report would be brought to a future meeting of the Council in respect of this.

439.

Business by reason of special circumstances considered by the Chairman to be urgent

Minutes:

The Chairman advised that there was a matter to be considered under this item of business and deferred to the Vice-Chairman.  Councillor N R Pudney, Vice-Chairman provided Members with a brief update following the last meeting of the Council.