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Standards Committee - 10 October 2007

Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House10th October 2007

NOTICE AND AGENDA

For a meeting to be held in the Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth on Wednesday, 10 October 2007 at 10.00am.

Members of the Committee:-

Independent Members: Valerie Kleanthous, Michael Baker, Nigel Gates, Brian Sainsbury and Malcolm Sniders.

Councillors: Tony Barton, Paul Goggins and Ron Spellen.

Parish Council's representative: Parish Councillor John Gell (Sarratt Parish Council)

Tony Beirne, Director of Strategic Services
27 September 2007

The Committee welcomes contributions from members of the public to its discussion on agenda items. Contributions will be limited to one person speaking for and one against each item for not more than three minutes. Details of the procedure and the list for registering the wish to speak will be available for a short period before the meeting.

1.

ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN

2.

APPOINTMENT OF VICE-CHAIRMAN

3.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

4.

MINUTES

 

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 2 May 2007 (copy enclosed for Members of the Committee).

07 05 02 ST mins (doc)

5.

NOTICE OF OTHER BUSINESS

 

Items of other business notified under Council Procedure Rule 31 to be announced, together with the special circumstances, which justify their consideration as a matter of urgency. The Chairman to rule on the admission of such items.

6.

DECLARATION OF INTEREST

 

To receive any declarations of interest.

7.

CODE OF CONDUCT

 
  • To receive an oral update on adoption of the new Code of Conduct by Three Rivers District Council and Parish Councils in the District.
 
  • To receive feedback on training on the new Code.
 
  • To view DVD produced by the Standards Board for England.

8.

ASSESSMENT OF STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

 

To receive a report on complaints against breaches of the Code that involved Councillors both District and Parish.

07 10 10 ST i - (08) assess stds conduct (doc)

9.

EXTERNAL AUDIT RECOMMENDATIONS

 

To comment on External Audit recommendation concerning probity and the action taken by the Council.

07 10 10 ST i - (09) ext audit recs (doc)

10.

ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT MEMBERS OF STANDARDS COMMITTEES IN ENGLAND

 

To consider a request for information from the Chairman of this Association concerning Independent Members.

07 10 10 ST i - (10) assoc of ind members of stds cttees in eng-letter (pdf)

11.

LOCAL FILTERING FOR CODE OF CONDUCT COMPLAINTS - IMPACT FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES

 

To discuss the implications of local Standards Committees dealing with the sieving of member conduct complaints with effect from May 2008.

07 10 10 ST i - (11) local filtering code of conduct (doc)

12.

FEEDBACK FROM CHAIRMAN

 

The Chairman to report on Mediation Training and other matters.

13.

STANDARDS BOARD FOR ENGLAND - NEWLETTERS 34 AND 35

 

To note the content of this Newsletter.

07 10 10 ST i - (13) stds board-bulletin 34 (pdf)

07 10 10 ST i - (13) stds board-bulletin 35 (pdf)

14.

COMPLAINTS - LOCAL GOVERNMENT OMBUDSMAN

 

To receive information concerning complaints made to the Ombudsman concerning this Council.

07 10 10 ST i - (14) ombudsman report (doc)

07 10 10 ST i - (14) ombudsman report-annual letter (pdf)

07 10 10 ST i - (14) ombudsman report-notes on stats (doc)

15.

WORK PROGRAMME

 

To agree the Committee's work programme.

07 10 10 ST i - (15) work prog (doc)

16.

OTHER BUSINESS - if approved under item 5 above.

17.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

 

If any confidential business is approved under Item 2, it will also be necessary to specify the class of exempt or confidential information in the additional item(s) and a resolution to be passed in the following terms:-

 

"that under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined under the respective paragraphs of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Act."

1.

OTHER BUSINESS - if approved under item 5 above.