Agenda and minutes

EXTRAORDINARY, Council
Thursday 31st January 2019 7.30 pm

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

Contact: Committee Services 

Note: to commence immeidately following the extraordinary Council (Planning) meeting which starts at 7:30pm 

Items
No. Item

798.

Chairman's notices

Minutes:

The Chairman referred to the notices printed on the agenda.

799.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors H M Bass, E L Bamford, A T Cain, I E Dobson, M F L Durham, Mrs H E Elliott, M R Pearlman, D M Sismey and Miss S White.

800.

Disclosure 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 6-10 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 S J Savage declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 5 – Service Delivery Options having used the Citizens Advice Bureau in Chelmsford. 

 

Councillor R Pratt disclosed a non-pecuniary interest as a Member of Essex County Council.

 

Councillor Mrs P A Channer disclosed a non-pecuniary interest as a Member of Essex County Council.

801.

Exclusion of Public and Press

To resolve that under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act, and that this satisfies the public interest test.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act, and that this satisfies the public interest test.

802.

Service Delivery Options

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

Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Director of Service Delivery seeking Members’ consideration of the level of services to be provided going forward in relation to three areas.

 

It was noted that an addendum to the report was circulated prior to the meeting.

 

Citizens Advice Bureau:

Following the Officers’ presentation of the report, Members’ considered the options as set out in the report relating to the future amount of grant funding to be provided to the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), including the possible implications and risks to customers as set out in the report.

 

Councillor B E Harker proposed that the Council agree option three.  In seconding this proposal, Councillor A S Fluker, proposed a further amendment to it requesting that a review be undertaken in nine months.  This was duly seconded.

 

Members’ discussed the proposal and alternative options which were set out in the report.

 

Councillor S J Savage declared a further non-pecuniary interest in this item of business. 

 

A lengthy debate ensued.  A number of points both in favour and against the proposition were raised and the current work of the CAB highlighted.  During the discussion a point of order was raised by Councillor R G Boyce requesting that the question be put.

 

In accordance with Procedure Rule No. 13 (3) Councillor Miss M R Lewis requested a recorded vote. 

 

The Chairman put the amendment to Councillor Harker’s proposal by Councillor Fluker, to approve Option Three as set out in the report with a review in nine months, to the vote.  The voting was as follows:

 

For the recommendation:

Councillors Miss A M Beale, R G Boyce, Mrs P A Channer, R P F Dewick,
P G L Elliott, A S Fluker, Mrs B D Harker, B E Harker, M W Helm, J V Keyes,
R Pratt, A K M St. Joseph, S J Savage, Rev. A E J Shrimpton, Mrs M E Thompson.

 

Against the recommendation:

Councillor B S Beale, M S Heard, Miss M R Lewis and Mrs N G F Shaughnessy.

 

Abstention:

Councillors Mrs B F Acevedo and N R Pudney.

 

The Chairman then put the amended proposal, to approve Option Three as set out in the report with a review in nine months, to the vote.  The voting was as follows:

 

For the recommendation:

Councillors Miss A M Beale, R G Boyce, Mrs P A Channer, R P F Dewick,
P G L Elliott, A S Fluker, Mrs B D Harker, B E Harker, M W Helm, J V Keyes,
R Pratt, S J Savage, Rev. A E J Shrimpton, Mrs M E Thompson.

 

Against the recommendation:

Councillor B S Beale, M S Heard, Miss M R Lewis and Mrs N G F Shaughnessy.

 

Abstentions:

Councillors Mrs B F Acevedo, N R Pudney and A K M St. Joseph.

 

Tourism

Following the Officers’ presentation of the report, Members’ considered the options as set out in the report relating to the future provision of tourism related activity.

 

Councillor A S Fluker referred to delivery  ...  view the full minutes text for item 802.