Agenda item

Disclosure of Interest

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

 

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

Minutes:

The following declarations of interest were made:

 

Agenda Item 8 – 15/01532/OUT Land North and West of Knowles Farm, Wycke Hill, Maldon, Essex

 

·                 Councillor A S Fluker advised that he had a perceived bias.

 

The following non-pecuniary interests in respect of this application were declared:

·                 Councillor S P Nunn had received correspondence from the developer.

·                 Councillor C Mayes knew the owner of some of the land and had received correspondence from the developer.

·                 Councillor K M H Lagan had received correspondence from the developer.

·                 Councillor N G F Shaughnessy was in receipt of correspondence from the developer and knew one of the objectors.

·                 Councillor M G Bassenger had received correspondence in relation to this item of business.

·                 Councillor M R Edwards advised that he had met the developer some years ago on Parish business and had received correspondence relating to the application.

·                 Councillor J Stilts had received correspondence and was a Maldon Town Councillor.

·                 Councillor M S Heard had received correspondence in relation to this application.

 

Agenda Item 9 – 20/000157/FUL Land East of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell-on-Sea

 

·                 Councillor Fluker advised he had missed part of the debate when this item had previously been considered and could therefore not take part.

·                 Councillor Mrs J L Fleming advised that she would not be able to take part in the debate or vote on this item of business as she had experienced connection problems when the item was last discussed.

 

The following non-pecuniary interests in respect of this application were declared:

·                 Councillor Nunn had received a number of emails from individual parties interested in Bradwell.

·                 Councillor Mayes sat on the Bradwell B Working Group and had received emails and letters regarding Bradwell B.

·                 Councillor Lagan had been in conversation with, had meetings and received a significant number of emails regarding this development.

·                 Councillor N J Skeens was in receipt of correspondence and part of the Bradwell B Working Group.

·                 Councillor N G F Shaughnessy had received many emails relating to this application.

·                 Councillor Bassenger was a member of the BrB Working Group.

·                 Councillor V J Bell had received correspondence in relation to this application.

·                 Councillor Stilts had received correspondence and was a Maldon Town Councillor.

·                 Councillor M W Helm was a Member of the Bradwell Working Group.

·                 Councillor M E Thompson advised that she had been a member of BrB Working Group, but was no longer.

·                 Councillor Helm had received correspondence in relation to this application.

 

In light of his earlier declarations, Councillor Fluker left the meeting at this point and did not return.

 

In response to a question regarding if there would be a vote when the Committee came to considering whether it would exclude the public and press in relation Agenda Items 5 and 6, the Chairman advised that there would be a vote.  In accordance with Procedure Rule no. 13(3) Councillor C Morris requested a recorded vote on Agenda Item 4 Exclusion of Public and Press.  This was duly seconded.

 

In response to a question from Councillor W Stamp regarding her participation in the debate and vote in relation to both items of business having not been in attendance at the meeting on 13 August 2020, the Lead Legal Specialist and Monitoring Officer advised that as this meeting had not discussed either matter she could participate when discussed at this meeting.

 

In response to a question regarding the necessity to declare non-pecuniary interests for matters such as being a Member of a Working Group or having received correspondence, the Lead Legal Specialist and Monitoring Officer advised that the Code of Conduct set out what a non-pecuniary interest was.  In respect of the two examples given, he advised that receiving correspondence from a developer did not give a non-pecuniary interest and likewise neither did being a member of an internal Working Group.  However, it was noted that if a Member of an External Working Group or Body then this would be an interest.

 

At this point Councillor Swain made reference to the following item of business (Exclusion of the Public and press), raising questions and in response the Chairman advised he wanted to go through the process before answering any questions.