Agenda and draft minutes

Annual Council
Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: committees Email: @midsussex.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Opening Prayer.

Minutes:

The Chairman read the opening prayer.

2.

To elect the Chairman of the Council.

Minutes:

Councillor Ash-Edwards nominated Councillor Trumble for Chairman of the Council. This was seconded by Councillor Llewellyn-Burke.  As there were no other nominations, this was agreed unanimously.

 

Councillor Ash-Edwards and Councillor Trumble thanked the outgoing Chairman for his service to the Council over the past 2 years.

           

RESOLVED

 

That Councillor Trumble be elected Chairman of the Council for the 2019/20 Council year.

3.

To appoint the Vice-Chairman of the Council.

Minutes:

Councillor Trumble nominated Councillor Margaret Belsey for Vice-Chairman of the Council. This was seconded by Councillor Marsh. As there were no other nominations, this was agreed unanimously.

           

RESOLVED

 

That Councillor Margaret Belsey be appointed Vice-Chairman of the Council for the 2019/20 Council year.

4.

To Receive the Report of the Returning Officer as to the Persons Elected to Serve as District Councillors for the District of Mid Sussex on 2 May 2019. pdf icon PDF 54 KB

Minutes:

The Returning Officer reported as to the persons elected as District Councillors for the District of Mid Sussex on 2nd May 2019.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the report be received.

5.

Chairman's Announcements.

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed all new Members and returning Members and thanked them for electing him as Chairman. He noted that his focus will be on ensuring that the business of Council is carried out effectively and efficiently and to ensure that all Councillors have the opportunity to hold the Cabinet to account, in the interests of the community. He noted that conventions are in place to ensure that this is possible. He also reminded Members of the dress code for Council meetings, which requires gentlemen to wear collars and jackets, though he wished to relax the convention that gentleman must wear a tie. He also asked that Members refrain from wearing political badges in the Chamber.

 

The Chairman invited all Members to join him for refreshments after this meeting, and confirmed that his nominated charity will be announced at the next Council meeting in June.

 

 

6.

To elect the Leader of the Council for a four year term.

Minutes:

Councillor Marsh nominated Councillor Ash-Edwards as Leader of the Council.  This was seconded by Councillor Bradbury. There were no other nominations.

 

RESOLVED

 

That Councillor Ash-Edwards be elected Leader of the Council for four years.

7.

To agree the number of Members to be appointed to the Cabinet by the Leader and to note those Members appointed and elect a Deputy Leader of the Council for four years from the appointed Cabinet.

Minutes:

The Leader thanked the Council for the confidence placed in him. He noted that whilst the recent election delivered a different composition for the Council, the way forward remained clear. He congratulated both re-elected and new Members and acknowledged that it is a privilege to serve the community and district. He confirmed that his role is to deliver the manifesto commitments made to the residents of Mid Sussex and as one of youngest Leaders in the Country, who has grown up in the District he is committed to working hard on behalf of residents.

 

In order to reflect the challenges anticipated over the next year, the Leader named Councillor Llewellyn-Burke as Deputy Leader and the five Cabinet Members. He announced that details of portfolio responsibilities would be shared after this meeting. 

 

            Deputy Leader of the Council – Councillor Llewellyn-Burke

            Cabinet Member for Community – Councillor Webster

            Cabinet Member for Customer Services – Councillor de Mierre

            Cabinet Member for Economic Growth – Councillor Hillier

            Cabinet Member for Environment & Service Delivery – Councillor John Belsey

            Cabinet Member for Housing & Planning – Councillor MacNaughton

 

RESOLVED

           

That Councillor Llewellyn-Burke be appointed as the Deputy Leader and that the Cabinet appointments for 2019/20 be noted.

8.

To Receive the Report of the Monitoring Officer: Political Balance: Section 15 Local Government and Housing Act 1989; The Local Government (Committees and Political groups) Regulations 1990 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Minutes:

Council received the report of the Monitoring Officer, setting out the political balance of the Council for the 2019/20 year and the recommended allocation of seats to committees.  It was noted that the political leaders have had the opportunity to review the details in advance.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the report be received and agreed.

 

For the year 2019/20:

 

i.          The three Scrutiny Committees each comprise of 15 members,  consisting of  9 Conservative, 4 Liberal Democrat, 1 from the Green and Burgess Hill Independent Group and 1 from the Independent Councillors;

 

ii.          Two Planning Committees each comprise 12 members, consisting of 8 Conservative on each of the 2 committees,  3 Liberal Democrat on each of the 2 committees, 1 from the Independent Councillors for the Planning Committee and 1 from the Green and Burgess Hill Independent Group for the District Planning Committee;

 

iii.         The Licensing Committee comprises 15 members, consisting of 10 Conservative, 3 Liberal Democrat, 1 from the Green and Burgess Hill Independent Group and 1 from the Independent Councillors;

 

iv.        The Standards Committee comprises 6 Council members consisting of 4 Conservative (other than the Leader), 1 Liberal Democrat and 1 from the Green and Burgess Hill Independent Group and 4 representatives of town/parish councils.

 

v.         The Audit Committee comprises 7 members consisting of 4 Conservative, 1 Liberal Democrat, 1 from the Green and Burgess Hill Independent Group and 1 from the Independent Councillors.

 

 

 

9.

To receive and note the nominations to the following Committees for 2019/20. (To Be Tabled)

 

Audit Committee

Licensing Committee

Licensing Sub-Committee A

Scrutiny Committee for Housing, Planning and Economic Growth

Scrutiny Committee for Community, Customer Services and Service Delivery

Scrutiny Committee for Leader, Finance and Performance

District Planning Committee

Planning Committee

Standards Committee

 

Minutes:

The Chairman introduced the report and referred Members to the tabled nominations to committees.

 

As there were no questions, the Chairman took Members to the recommendations in the report which were agreed unanimously.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the appointment of Members to Committees as set out below be noted:

 

 

AuditCommittee(7 Members)

 

Anne Boutrup

Chris Phillips

Matthew Cornish

Mike Pulfer

Rachel Cromie

Lin Stockwell

Simon Hicks

 

 

 

Licensing Committee (15 Members)

 

Graham Allen

Anthea Lea

Peter Chapman

Clive Laband

Rachel Cromie

  Gary Marsh

 

Lee Gibbs

Samantha Smith

Ian Gibson

Neville Walker

Janice Henwood

Roger Webb

John Dabell

 

Norman Webster

Jim Knight

 

 

 

LicensingSub CommitteeA (5 Members)

Graham Allen

Anthea Lea

Janice Henwood

Gary Marsh

Jim Knight

 

 

 

ScrutinyCommitteefor Housing and Planning and Economic Growth (15Members)

Richard Bates

Sue Hatton

Margaret Belsey

Simon Hicks

Paul Budgen

Clive Laband

Paul Brown

Julie Mockford

Rod Clarke

Adam Peacock

Emma Coe-Gunnell White

Neville Walker

Rachel Cromie

Roger Webb

Robert Eggleston

 

 

ScrutinyCommitteefor Community, Customer Services and Service Delivery(15 Members)

 

Liz Bennett

Anthea Lea

Anne Boutrup

Gary Marsh

Peter Chapman

Julie Mockford

Benedict Dempsey

Mike Pulfer

Sandy Ellis 

Samantha Smith

Ian Gibson

Alex Sparasci

Janice Henwood

Dick Sweatman

TofojjulHussain

 

 

 

ScrutinyCommitteefor Leader, Finance and Performance (15Members)

 

Graham Allen

Jim Knight

Alison Bennett

Andrew Lea

Heidi Brunsdon

Chris Phillips

Roger Cartwright

Mike Pulfer

Phillip Coote

Lin Stockwell

Rachel Cromie

Colin Trumble

Anne Eves

Rex Whittaker

Rodney Jackson

 

 

District Planning Committee(12Members)

 

Richard Bates

Adam Peacock

Peter Chapman

Robert Salisbury

Emma Coe-Gunnell White

Dick Sweatman

Sue Hatton

Neville Walker

Rodney Jackson

Roger Webb

Clive Laband

Rex Whittaker

 

Planning Committee(12Members)

Graham Allen

Robert Eggleston

Paul Budgen

Andrew MacNaughton

Roger Cartwright

Gary Marsh

Emma Coe-Gunnell White

Mike Pulfer

Phillip Coote

Dick Sweatman

John Dabell

Neville Walker

 

 

Standards Committee (6 MSDCMembers)

Alison Bennett

Heidi Brunsdon

Liz Bennett

Rod Clarke  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

Programme of Meetings 2019/20. pdf icon PDF 50 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman introduced the report and referred Members to the tabled nominations to committees.

The Solicitor to the Council introduced the report. In response to a query on the date of the Licensing Committee in February 2020, he confirmed that the correct date will be confirmed following the meeting and an updated programme circulated.

 

As there were no further questions, the Chairman took Members to the recommendation which was agreed unanimously.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Revised Programme of Meetings for 2019/20 (with the February amendment) be approved.