Agenda and draft minutes

Civic Affairs Committee - Wednesday, 15 June 2022 10.00 a.m.

Venue: Council Chamber - South Cambs Hall. View directions

Contact: Patrick Adams  01954 713000 Email:


No. Item


Election of Chair


It was noted that neither the Chair nor the Vice Chair were present in the Chamber. Councillor Judith Rippeth nominated and Councillor Tumi Hawkins seconded Councillor Aidan Van de Weyer as Chair for the meeting. There being no other nominations Councillor Van de Weyer was elected as Chair by affirmation.


Apologies for Absence

To receive Apologies for Absence from Committee members.


Apologies were received from Councillors Henry Batchelor and Anna Bradnam. Councillors Judith Rippeth substituted for Councillor Henry Batchelor and Councillor Tumi Hawkins substituted for Councillor Anna Bradnam.


Declarations of Interest


Councillor Mark Howell declared an interest in agenda item 5 in that it was possible that he knew the member of Cambourne Town Council who was the subject of a complaint mentioned in the report.


Councillors Judith Rippeth and Paul Bearpark both declared an interest in agenda item 5 as it was possible that they knew the members of Waterbeach Parish Council who were the subject of complaints mentioned in the report.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 106 KB

To authorise the Chair to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 7 December 2021 as a correct record.


The Minutes of the Meeting held on 7 December 2022 were agreed as a correct record.


Public Questions


The Committee had received one public speaking request ahead of the meeting from Mr. Daniel Fulton to make a statement but he did not attend the meeting.


Code of Conduct Update Report pdf icon PDF 450 KB

Additional documents:


The Monitoring Officer introduced this report which updated the Committee on complaints cases regarding alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct. He explained that the complainant who had alleged that two District Councillors (one now a former member) had breached the Code of Conduct at a Planning Committee meeting on 29 September 2021 had been contacted on 30 May for their view. The opinion of the Monitoring Officer and the Independent Person was that this matter was suitable for summary resolution. One of the Members under review had now retired and the other member had undergone Code of Conduct training last month. The Monitoring Officer now considered this matter to be closed.


The Monitoring Officer explained that following consultation with the Independent Person it had been agreed that neither the complaint about a Waterbeach Parish Councillor nor the complaints about Great Shelford Parish Councillors merited a formal investigation as there had not been a breach of the code. Complaints had been received about a Cambourne Town Councillor and three Waterbeach Parish Councillors and these investigations were ongoing.


The Chair thanked the Monitoring Officer for a thorough and detailed report. The Committee noted the report.


Date of the Next Meeting

Tuesday 13 September 2022 at 10 am


Tuesday 13 September at 10 am.