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5.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members of the Council are asked to consider whether they have any disclosable pecuniary interests and/or any other relevant interest, in connection with any matter to be debated or determined at this meeting and, if so, to declare it and state the nature of such interest.

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The Members of the Council were invited to consider whether they had any disclosable pecuniary interests and / or any other relevant interest in connection with any matter to be debated or determined at this meeting and, if so, to declare it and state the nature of such interest.

 

Councillor Tony Norbury declared an interest in agenda item 8A ‘Appointment, Constitution and Chairs of Committees 2019/20’ by virtue of him being a Branch Secretary of a Trades Union connected to licensing.

 

Councillor Jo Bird, declared an interest in agenda item 8A ‘Appointment, Constitution and Chairs of Committees 2019/20’ by virtue of her being a member of a Trades Union connected to licensing.

 

 

 

6.

CIVIC MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

To receive the Civic Mayor's announcements and any apologies for absence.

 

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The Civic Mayor welcomed everyone to the meeting and gave apologies from his chaplain Father Lucas Ngwa, who had a prior engagement.

 

The Civic Mayor thanked the young people from Woodchurch High School drama and music department who had provided entertainment at the part 1 Annual Council meeting the previous evening and also the young people from the Wirral Metropolitan College for the catering.

 

The Civic Mayor welcomed all ten newly elected Members and the twelve Members re-elected.

 

Councillor Chris Blakeley then moved the suspension of Standing Order 18(3) and that all voting at this meeting be by show of hands. Having been seconded by Councillor Lesley Rennie, this was put to the vote and it was –

 

Resolved (unanimously) – That Standing Order 18(3)be suspended and voting at this meeting of the Council be by show of hands.

7.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 96 KB

To approve the accuracy of the minutes of the two meetings of the Council held on 18 March, 2019 (one extraordinary meeting and one ordinary meeting).

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The minutes of the meetings of the Council held on 18 March 2019 (one extraordinary and one ordinary) had been circulated to Members. On a motion by the Civic Mayor, seconded by Councillor Ian Lewis, it was –

 

Resolved (unanimously) – That the minutes of the meetings be approved and adopted as a correct record.

8.

PETITIONS

To receive petitions submitted in accordance with Standing Order 21.

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In accordance with Standing Order 21, the Mayor received a petition submitted by Councillor Tony Norbury on behalf of 277 signatories objecting to a proposed planning application at Prenton Golf Club.

 

Resolved – That the petition be noted and referred to the appropriate Chief Officer in accordance with Standing Order 34.

9.

ELECTION RESULTS - 2 MAY 2019 pdf icon PDF 48 KB

To receive and note the report of the Returning Officer on the results of the Local Government Election held on 2 May, 2019.

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The Chief Executive / Returning Officer  presented a summary of the results of the Local Government Elections held on 2 May, 2019.

 

Resolved – That the report be noted.

10.

LEADER OF THE COUNCIL

To elect a Leader of the executive, as required by Section 9C (3) (a) of the Local Government Act 2000.

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In accordance with section 9C(3)(a) of the Local Government Act 2000, the Council was invited to elect a Leader of the Executive.

 

The Civic Mayor referred to a note circulated by the Monitoring Officer explaining the default process for electing a Leader by direct election.

 

Councillor Phil Gilchrist then moved that the election take place using the method set out in Standing Order 18(6) ‘ Voting on Appointments’. Having been seconded by Councillor Pat Cleary, it was –

 

Resolved (65:0) (One abstention) – That the method of election be undertaken as set out in Standing Order 18(6).

 

It was moved by Councillor Anita Leech and seconded by Councillor Janette Williamson that –

 

“Councillor Pat Hackett be appointed as Leader of the Council”.

 

It was then moved by Councillor Jeff Green and seconded by Councillor David Burgess-Joyce that –

 

“Councillor Ian Lewis be appointed as Leader of the Council”.

 

At the invitation of the Civic Mayor, Councillor Pat Hackett addressed the Council.

 

Councillor Ian Lewis was then invited to address the Council.

 

Prior to the election a number of Members rose to request a ‘recorded vote’ in accordance with Standing Order 18(4).

 

A recorded vote was then taken and the Council divided as follows:

 

Councillor Pat Hackett

 

(31) Councillors Jo Bird, Kate Cannon, Tony Cottier, George Davies, Steve Foulkes, Samantha Frost, Karl Greaney, Elizabeth Grey, Pat Hackett, Adrian Jones, Chris Jones, Sharon Jones, Tony Jones, Brian Kenny, Anita Leech, Julie McManus, Christina Muspratt, Yvonne Nolan, Tony Norbury, Jean Robinson, Sarah Spoor, Christine Spriggs, Jean Stapleton, Paul Stuart, Tom Usher, Joe Walsh, Stuart Whittingham, Irene Williams, Jerry Williams, Janette Williamson and Gillian Wood.

 

Councillor Ian Lewis

 

(25) Councillors Tom Anderson, Bruce Berry, Chris Blakeley, David Burgess-Joyce, Helen Cameron, Wendy Clements, Mike Collins, Tony Cox, Bill Davies, Andrew Gardner, Jeff Green, Paul Hayes, Andrew Hodson, Kathy Hodson, Jenny Johnson, Mary Jordan, Ian Lewis, Moira McLaughlin, Cherry Povall, Lesley Rennie, Les Rowlands, Mike Sullivan, Geoffrey Watt, Steve Williams and Alison Wright.

 

Not Voting

 

(10) Allan Brame, Chris Carubia, Pat Cleary, Chris Cooke, Andy Corkhill, Phil Gilchrist, Steve Hayes, Stuart Kelly, Dave Mitchell and Tony Smith.

 

The Civic Mayor declared that –

 

Councillor Pat Hackett had been duly elected Leader of the Council.

11.

LEADER'S ANNOUNCEMENTS - APPOINTMENT OF CABINET AND APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY LEADER

The Leader to confirm their appointments of no less than two and no more than nine Members to their executive Cabinet and their Cabinet Portfolios (or otherwise confirm to Council that such details shall be communicated to all Members as soon as practicably possible after the meeting).

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Councillor Pat Hackett, having been elected Leader of the Council, gave an acceptance speech and announced his Cabinet as follows:

 

Councillor Anita Leech – Deputy Leader of the Council and The Local Plan

Councillor Janette Williamson – Finance and Resources

Councillor Elizabeth Grey – Environment and Climate Change

Councillor Chris Jones – Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing

Councillor Tony Jones – Regeneration and Growth

Councillor Julie McManus – Community Services

Councillor Christine Spriggs – Culture and Tourism

Councillor Tom Usher – Children, Families and Education

Councillor Stuart Whittingham – Housing and Planning

12.

MATTERS REQUIRING APPROVAL OR CONSIDERATION BY THE COUNCIL

To consider the reports of the Director of Governance and Assurance (Monitoring Officer) on the following matters:

 

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Prior to consideration of the next items of business the Civic Mayor agreed to an adjournment for 10 minutes at 6.45pm. The Council resumed at 6.55pm to consider the following three matters (see minutes 13 to 15 post).

13.

APPOINTMENT, CONSTITUTION AND CHAIRS OF COMMITTEES 2019 / 20 pdf icon PDF 66 KB

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The Council was requested to consider the report of the Director of Governance and Assurance on the appointment and constitution of the Council’s committees, including the appointment of Chairs to such committees.

 

It was then moved by Councillor Pat Hackett and seconded by Councillor Phil Gilchrist, that –

 

“ (i) That the Standards and Constitutional Oversight Committee:

 

(a) be treated as not needing to comply with the Political Balance Regulations; and

(b) be appointed as a ratio of Labour: 3, Conservative: 2, Liberal Democrat: 1, Green: 1 and Independent: 1

(c) Chaired by Cllr Tony Cox

 

(ii) That Council determines the number of Members and Membership to form the Committees, in accordance with the political proportionality rules and shared with Members, as:

 

Audit and Risk Management (5:4:1:1(Ind.)) – chaired by Cllr Jeff Green;

Employment and Appointments (5:4:1:1(Ind.))  - chair to be appointed by the Committee;

Licensing, Health & Safety and General Purposes (7:4:2:1:1) – chair to be appointed by the Committee;

Pensions (4:3:1:1(G)) - chaired by Cllr Pat Cleary;

Planning (7:4:2:1(G)) – chaired by Cllr Stuart Kelly;

Overview & Scrutiny: Business (7:5:1:1(Ind)) – chaired by Cllr Dave Mitchell; 

Overview & Scrutiny: Environment (7:5:1:1(G)) – chaired by Cllr Chris Blakeley; 

Overview & Scrutiny: Adult Social Care (7:5:1:1(Ind)) –

chaired by Cllr Moira McLaughlin;   

Overview & Scrutiny: Children and Families (7:5:1:1(G)) –

chaired by Cllr Wendy Clements; 

 

(iii) That this is subject to the Council charging the:

 

(a)  Standards and Constitutional Oversight Committee to conduct a review of the governance arrangements of the Council, with the objective to produce, in September 2019, an interim report on options and preferred outline for further consideration; and

 

(b)  Business Overview & Scrutiny Committee conducting a review of the Council’s overview and scrutiny committee arrangements, in consultation with the Committee Chairs and group representatives, to consider the number of committees and their respective terms of reference to report back on suggested steps to improve the arrangement in sufficient time for them to be received and considered by the Standards and Constitutional Oversight Committee at its meeting in September.’

 

The Director of Governance and Assurance, in response to a Member’s question clarified that, in accordance with the Constitution, the appointment of Chairs to Committees could be undertaken by a committee at its first meeting, if it had not been done by the Council.

 

It was agreed that two separate votes would be taken on parts (i) and then on parts (ii) and (iii) of the motion.

 

A.Resolved (unanimously) –

 

(1)  That the Standards and Constitutional Oversight Committee:

 

(a) be treated as not needing to comply with the Political Balance Regulations; and

(b) be appointed as a ratio of Labour: 3, Conservative: 2, Liberal Democrat: 1, Green: 1 and Independent: 1

(c) Chaired by Cllr Tony Cox

 

B.Resolved (60:2) (Four abstentions) –

 

(2)  That Council determines the number of Members and Membership to form the Committees, in accordance with the political proportionality rules and shared with Members, as:

 

Audit and Risk Management (5:4:1:1(Ind.)) –

chaired by Cllr Jeff  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.

14.

APPOINTMENT OF PANELS, STATUTORY / ADVISORY COMMITTEES AND WORKING PARTIES; AND MISCELLANEOUS APPOINTMENTS 2019 / 2020 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

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The Council was requested to consider the report of the Director of Governance and Assurance on appointments to Statutory and Advisory Committees, Working Parties and Panels.

 

It was moved by Councillor Pat Hackett, seconded by Councillor Ian Lewis, and –

 

Resolved (65:0) (One abstention) – That the numbers be agreed for each appointment to Statutory and Advisory Committees, Working Parties and Panels for the 2019/2020 municipal year, including the proportional split where appropriate, and the nominations be submitted by the respective Political Group Leaders to the Director of Governance and Assurance and be as set out in Appendix B to the minutes of this meeting.

15.

APPOINTMENTS TO OUTSIDE ORGANISATIONS 2019 / 2020 pdf icon PDF 55 KB

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The Council was requested to consider the report of the Director of Governance and Assurance on the appointment of Members (and/or other individuals) to Outside Bodies and Organisations.

 

It was moved by Councillor Pat Cleary, seconded by Councillor Chris Carubia and –

 

Resolved (64:0) (Two abstentions) - That the numbers be agreed for each appointment of Members (and/or other individuals) to all Outside Bodies for the 2019/2020 municipal year, including the proportional split, where appropriate, and the nominations be submitted by the respective Political Group Leaders (and Chief Executive in respect of Council Officer nominations) to the Director of Governance and Assurance and be as set out in Appendix C to the minutes of this meeting.

Appendix A - Committee Membership 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

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Appendix B - Statutory and Advisory Committees 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 60 KB

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Appendix C(1) - Outside Bodies 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 87 KB

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Appendix C(2) - Appointments made by the Executive pdf icon PDF 47 KB

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