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Minutes of the Town Council Meeting held on Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 7.30pm via Zoom.

PRESENT:

Councillor Eames-Petersen – Mayor

Councillor Linda Mendez - Deputy Mayor

Councillor Mark Bolitho                   Councillor Caron Juggins

Councillor Jackie Brennan              Councillor Hazel Laming

Councillor Richard Brisbin               Councillor Angus Mackay

Councillor Rory Craig                      Councillor John Percival

Councillor Richard Griffiths             Councillor Tristan Wiltshire

OFFICERS:

Carrie Lloyd (Town Clerk)

Sam Frake (Head of Operations)

47.            APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Lenny Brandon (busy), Councillor Lee Newman (work), and Councillor Bhumi Zhaveri (work).

 

Members were advised that Councillor Newman had not attended any meetings for a 6 month period and were requested to approve, or otherwise, his absence for work related reasons.

 

Proposed by Cllr Brennan and seconded by Councillor Brisbin that Councillor Newman’s persistence absence from Council meetings for more that 6 months’ due to work be not accepted as a reasonable excuse for non-attendance.

 

A recorded vote was requested.

FOR THE MOTION;

Councillor Mark Bolitho                      Councillor Caron Juggins

Councillor Jackie Brennan                 Councillor Hazel Laming

Councillor Richard Brisbin                 Councillor Angus Mackay

Councillor Rory Craig                        Councillor Tristan Wiltshire

Councillor Richard Griffiths

AGAINST THE MOTION;

Councillor Eames-Petersen

Councillor Linda Mendez

Councillor Percival

 

The motion was CARRIED.

48.            DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were none.

49.            QUESTION TIME

There were none.

 

50.            RESPECT

Members noted the specific Standing Orders and the Civic Protocol relating to respect within the Council Chamber and understood that they will try to apply it to zoom meetings.

51.            CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Members noted the report on dealing with Conflicts of Interest.

52.            AMENDMENT TO STANDING ORDER 19(C)

Members noted the suggested amendment to;

 

c             Any two Members of Establishment Sub Committee shall upon a resolution and appropriate training conduct a review of the performance and annual appraisal of the work of the Town Clerk.  The reviews and appraisal shall be reported in writing and are subject to approval by resolution of the Establishment Sub Committee.

There was some concern at the ambiguity in terminology of the Standing Order.  Members were advised that the original Standing Order was a NALC suggested one.

A recorded vote was requested.

FOR THE MOTION;

Councillor Mark Bolitho                      Councillor Caron Juggins

Councillor Jackie Brennan                 Councillor Hazel Laming

Councillor Rory Craig                        Councillor Angus Mackay

Councillor Eames-Petersen               Councillor Tristan Wiltshire

Councillor Percival                             Councillor Linda Mendez

ABSTAIN;

Councillor Richard Griffiths

Councillor Richard Brisbin

 

The motion was CARRIED.

 

(Action: Head of Operations)

 

Town Clerk left the meeting.

53.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Noted that the next ordinary meeting would be 11th November 2020. 

54.            EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

RESOLVED that the press and public be excluded for the following items as their presence would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted

 

(i)               Legal and staffing Matters

55.            STANDARDS SUB COMMITTEE DECISION NOTICE

Members consider Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s Standard’s Sub Committee’s Decision made on 29th September 2020.

 

At 20:14 Lee Newman entered the meeting via Zoom.

 

At 20:16 Lee Newman left the meeting.

 

Proposed by Councillor Margaret Eames-Petersen and seconded by Councillor Linda Mendez that the recommendations of the Standards Sub Committee be accepted and the training available and cost implications be reported to a future meeting of the Resources and Policy Committee.

 

RESOLVED nem com.

 

 

Closure: 8.40pm

 

Mayor