Agenda, decisions and minutes

Extraordinary Meeting, Council
Friday, 2 February 2007 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Council Chamber - South Cambs Hall. View directions

Contact: Richard May  01954 713016

Items
No. Item

1.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest. 

2.

CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION pdf icon PDF 235 KB

In accordance with Standing Order 3.1, five Members of the Council requested that the Chief Executive call an Extraordinary Meeting of Council to consider changes to the Constitution, including the procedure for the appointment of Cabinet Members. The Chief Executive has been asked to prepare a report setting out detailed matters for consideration. This report will be prepared and published in accordance with the Access to Information Procedure Rules.  

Decision:

Council RESOLVED

 

(1)               That Article 7.02 be amended as follows:

 

“The executive will consist of the executive Leader with a Cabinet of at least 2, but not more than 9, other Members appointed to the executive by the executive Leader. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Council may not be appointed to the Executive.”

 

(2)               That a new Article 7.03(ii) be added to the Constitution as follows:

 

“The Leader shall be responsible for aggregating and allocating service responsibilities as he/she thinks fit, grouping those responsibilities into portfolios and allocating them to an appropriate portfolio holder.  Any such allocations can be adjusted by the Leader as and when he/she thinks necessary.”

 

(3)               That the current Article 7.03(ii) be amended to a new Article 7.03(iii) as follows:

 

“The Leader shall appoint one member of the Cabinet to be the Deputy Leader.”

 

(4)               That the current Article 7.03(iii) be amended to a new Article 7.03(iv) as follows:

 

“The Leader shall hold office until:

 

(a)               he/she resigns from office; or

(b)               he/she is suspended from being a councillor under Part III of the Local  Government Act 2000 (although he/she may resume office at the end of that period of suspension); or

(c)               he/she is no longer a councillor; or

(d)               he/she is removed from office by resolution of the Council in accordance with the procedure set out in Section 12.1 (b) of Council Standing Orders.

(e)               the annual meeting of the Council following his/her appointment unless previously removed by resolution of the Council in accordance with the Rules.  He/she shall be eligible for re-election annually, unless removed from office under (d) above.  In these circumstances a period of at least 12 months from the date of the council resolution must have passed before he/she can be nominated for re-election.”

 

(5)               That Article 7.04 be amended as follows:

 

“Other Cabinet Members shall hold office until:

 

(a)               they resign from office; or

(b)               they are suspended from being councillors; or

(c)               they are no longer councillors; or

(d)               they are removed from office by the leader who must give written notice of any removal to the proper officer (the removal will take effect two working days after receipt of the notice by the proper officer); or.

(e)               they are removed from office following a vote of no confidence by Full Council following the procedure set out in Section 12.1 (b) of Council Standing Orders (as amended – see below); or

(f)                 they are removed from office en bloc by resolution of the Council in accordance with the Rules.

 

Cabinet members who are removed from office under (d) to (f) above will not be eligible for re-appointment to the Cabinet until the next Annual Meeting of Council.”

 

(6)               That the Principles of Proportionality be amended to remove the requirement for Cabinet to be politically balanced.

 

(7)               That the following paragraph be incorporated into the Constitution as Council Standing Order 2.2:

 

“The Council reserves the right to remove any councillor from a Council Committee or Sub-Committee if  ...  view the full decision text for item 2.

Minutes:

Council considered a report setting out further proposals to revise the Constitution in order to achieve the following:

 

(a)               The delegation of authority to make appointments to Cabinet and to allocate executive responsibilities to the Leader of the Council.

(b)               To allow the Leader to appoint a minimum of two and a maximum of 9 Members to the Cabinet.

(c)               To allow the Leader to appoint the Deputy Leader.

(d)               To remove the requirement for Cabinet to be politically balanced.

(e)               To allow for the removal of the Leader, a member of the Cabinet or the entire Cabinet if two-thirds of the Council agree, following a vote of no confidence.

(f)                 To allow for the removal of a councillor from a Council Committee or Sub-Committee.

 

The Chief Executive drew Members’ attention to a number of changes to the report since its publication, apologising that these had become necessary due to the short timescale in which the report had been produced. The changes were as follows:

 

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATION

 

“That authority be delegated to the Chief Executive to make any further minor amendments to the Constitution arising from the recommendations, any amendments to be notified to the next meeting of the Constitution Review Working Party.”

 

(In accordance with paragraph 2).

 

Paragraph 8 Appointments to Cabinet

 

Re-word as follows:

 

“The executive will consist of the executive Leader together with a Cabinet of at least 2, but not more than 9, councillors APPOINTED TO THE EXECUTIVE BY THE EXECUTIVE LEADER. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Council may not be appointed to the Executive.”

 

Paragraph 1(b) Revise wording for clarification:

 

“To allow the Leader to appoint a minimum of two and a maximum of 9 Members to the Cabinet.”

 

Paragraph 5(iii) b

 

Reference should be to Part III of the Local Government Act 2000, not 111.

 

Paragraph 5(iii)e

 

“under” not “until” in line 4.

 

Paragraph 5(iv) Last paragraph

 

“Cabinet members who are removed from office under (d) to (f) above will not be eligible for re-appointment to the Cabinet until the next Annual Meeting of Council.”

 

Paragraph 11

 

“Written notice of motion signed by 5 councillors must be delivered to the proper officer not later than 7 working days before the date of the council meeting.”

 

Paragraph 13(i)

 

“Delete Standing Orders 1.1viii and 2v...”

 

Councillor MJ Mason raised objection to Council’s consideration of the proposed changes on the basis that the Access to Information Procedure Rules had not been complied with insofar as Members had not received five clear days notice of the report.

 

Councillor RMA Manning moved and Councillor DSK Spink MBE seconded a Motion that, in accordance with Standing Order 22.1, Council Standing Orders be suspended for the duration of the meeting.

 

The Motion, on being put, was declared carried with the necessary two thirds majority of Members present and voting.

 

Council RESOLVED that, in accordance with Standing Order 22.1, Council Standing Orders be suspended for the duration of the meeting.

 

Councillor MJ Mason moved and Councillor Mrs SJO Doggett seconded a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.