Meeting Details

Council
25 May 2022 - 10:30 to 13:00
Occurred
  • Documents
  • Attendance
  • Visitors
  • Declarations of Interests

Documents

Agenda

Part A

 

Motion A

 

Motion to elect Councillor Tim Young as Mayor of the Borough of Colchester for the ensuing municipal year.

 

The Mayor to make the declaration and take the customary oath.

 

The Mayor to return thanks.

 

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It was PROPOSED by Councillor Harris, seconded by Councillor Chapman and supported by Councillors Cory and Nissen and:-

 

RESOLVED that Councillor T. Young be elected as Mayor of the Borough of Colchester for the ensuing municipal year.

 

Councillor T. Young took the customary oath and signed the declaration of acceptance of office.

 

Councillor T. Young then took the Chair and returned thanks for his election.

 

 

2 Minutes of the Previous Meeting (Council)

Motion B

 

Motion that the minutes of the meeting held on 23 February 2022 be confirmed as a correct record.

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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting on 23 February 2022 be confirmed as a correct record.

 

Motion C

 

Motion that Councillor John Jowers be elected as Deputy Mayor for the Borough of Colchester for the ensuing municipal year.

 

The Deputy Mayor to make the declaration and return thanks.

 

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It was PROPOSED by Councillor Moore and seconded and supported by Councillors Cory, Fox and Nissen and:

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY that Councillors Jowers be appointed as Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Colchester for the ensuing municipal year.

 

Councillor Jowers then signed the declaration of acceptance of office and returned thanks for his election.

 

Motion C

 

Motion of thanks to the Retiring Mayor, Councillor Robert Davidson.

 

The Retiring Mayor to make an acknowledgement.

 

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It was PROPOSED by Councillor Laws and seconded and supported by Councillors Cory, Fox and Nissen and:

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY that the best thanks of the Council are due and are hereby accorded to Councillor Robert Davidson for the admirable manner in which he has discharged the responsible duties of the Mayoralty during his period of office and that a transcript of this resolution under the Common Seal be furnished to him.

 

The Mayor to announce the appointment of the Mayor's Chaplain and make other announcements.

 

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The Mayor announced that the theme of his Mayoralty would be Celebrating Diversity, Challenging Prejudice.

 

The Mayor announced that he would be supporting the following charities:-

 

  • African Families in the UK
  • Colchester Arts Centre
  • Colchester Korban Project
  • Next Chapter
  • The Outhouse

 

The Mayor announced that he had appointed Reverend Sue Howlett as his Chaplain.

 

Motion E

 

Motion to Adjourn

 

National Anthem (members of the public are asked to remain standing after the National Anthem whilst the Council Procession leaves the Moot Hall).

 

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RESOLVED that the meeting be adjourned until 11.45 am in the Council Chamber.

 

7 Have Your Say

The Mayor will invite members of the public to indicate if they wish to speak or present a petition on any item included on the agenda or any other matter relating to the business of the Council.  Please indicate if you wish to speak at this point if your name has not been noted by Council staff.

 

 

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Sir Bob Russell addressed Council pursuant to  the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 5(1) and offered his congratulations to the Mayor on his election.  He would be the last Mayor of the Borough of Colchester and the first Mayor of the City of Colchester.

 

He expressed his opposition to the Cabinet system of Council governance.  All 51 Councillors were elected with an equal mandate and should be involved in decision making. It was not right that the largest group on the Council who had polled the most votes on the recent election was now excluded from the Cabinet whilst a group of three members had a seat. Concern was also expressed that not all groups put up candidates in all seats, and some groups had not actively campaigned in certain wards, which was against democratic principles.

 

Sir Bob also expressed his support for Councillor Mick Spindler who had been subject to a slanderous and unjustified campaign.

 

The Mayor thanked Sir Bob for his comments.

 

 

8 Declarations of Interest
Councillors will be asked to say if there are any items on the agenda about which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest which would prevent them from participating in any discussion of the item or participating in any vote upon the item, or any other pecuniary interest or non-pecuniary interest.

Motion F

 

Motion to appoint the Leader of the Council for the remainder of their term of office.

 

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RESOLVED that Councillor King be appointed as the Leader of the Council for the remainder of his period of office.

 

The Retiring Mayor, Councillor Davidson, presented Councillor King with the Leader's Badge of Office.

 

To note the appointments of the Deputy Leader of the Council, the appointment of Cabinet members and the allocation of responsibility for portfolios as determined by the Leader of the Council (to follow).
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RESOLVED that the Deputy Leader of the Council, the appointment of Cabinet members and the allocation of responsibility for Portfolios, as determined by the Leader of the Council and as set out in the Supplementary Information, be noted.

 

Motion G

 

(i) in accordance with the provisions of section 15 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 the number of seats, Group representation and membership of the Environment and Sustainability Panel, Governance and Audit Committee, Licensing Committee, Local Plan Committee, Planning Committee, Policy Panel and Scrutiny Panel (including the Crime and Disorder Committee) be as circulated at this meeting (to follow).

 

(ii) that the membership of the Independent Remuneration Panel be as circulated at this meeting (to follow).

 

(iii) that the terms of reference of the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Joint Committee be amended to remove the requirement that one of the members appointed by Colchester Borough Council must be the Chairman of the Local Plan Committee.  Therefore Colchester Borough Council's membership of the Joint Committee be 3 members, one of whom must be a member of the Cabinet, all to be appointed by the Leader. 

 

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RESOLVED that:-

 

(i) in accordance with the provisions of section 15 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 the number of seats, Group representation and membership of the Environment and Sustainability Panel, Governance and Audit Committee, Planning Committee, Policy Panel and Scrutiny Panel (including the Crime and Disorder Committee) for the ensuing municipal year be as set out in the Supplementary Information for the meeting, subject to the substitution of Councillor Nissen for Councillor Kirkby-Taylor on the Planning Committee.

(ii) in accordance with the provisions of Section 17 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 the appointments to the Licensing Committee and Local Plan Committee for the ensuing municipal year shall not be on a Group basis and membership shall be as set out in the Supplementary Information for the meeting

(iii) that the membership of the Independent Remuneration Panel be as set out in the Supplementary Information for the meeting. 

(iv) that the terms of reference of the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Joint Committee be amended to remove the requirement that one of the members appointed by Colchester Borough Council must be the Chairman of the Local Plan Committee.  Therefore Colchester Borough Council’s membership of the Joint Committee be three members, one of whom must be a member of Cabinet, all to be appointed by the Leader.

 

 
Council is invited to note the decisions taken under Council Procedure Rule 18 (Matters of Urgency) to make the Neighbourhood Plans for Marks Tey and West Mersea.
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Councillor Sunnucks declared a non pecuniary interest in the following item pursuant to the provisions of Council Procedure Rules 9(5) and did not vote on the item.

RESOLVED that the decisions taken under the Council Procedure Rule 18 to make the Neighbourhood Plans for Marks Tey and West Mersea be noted.

 

Motion H

 

Motion of Thanks

 

Motion of Thanks to former Councillors Bourne, Chillingworth, Cope, Crow, Dundas, Hayter, Hazell, Loveland, P. Oxford and Whitehead.

 

The Mayor to welcome new Councillors Arnold, Bloomfield, Kirkby-Taylor, Law, Mclean, Rippingale, Smith, Smithson, Spindler and Sunnucks and to invite them to briefly introduce themselves to Council.

 

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RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY that Council records its grateful thanks  to former Councillors Bourne, Chillingworth, Cope, Crow, Dundas, Hayter, Hazell, Loveland, P Oxford and Whitehead for the public service rendered by them to the Borough during their period of office as a Councillor and instructs that a transcript of this resolution be furnished to them  under the Common Seal of the Borough as a permanent record of the appreciation of the Council.

 

The Mayor invited newly elected Councillors Arnold, Bloomfield, Kirkby-Taylor, Law, McLean, Rippingale, Smith, Smithson, Spindler and Sunnucks to introduce themselves to Council.

14 Exclusion of the Public (not Scrutiny or Executive)
In accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 to exclude the public, including the press, from the meeting so that any items containing exempt information (for example confidential personal, financial or legal advice), in Part B of this agenda (printed on yellow paper) can be decided. (Exempt information is defined in Section 100I and Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972).
Part B

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
No declarations of interest have been entered for this meeting.

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