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Standards Committee - 28 June 2012

Dickinson Room, Three Rivers House27th June 2012

NOTICE AND AGENDA

For a meeting to be held in the  Dickinson Room, Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth, on Thursday 28 June 2012 at 11.30am (or at the conclusion of the Standards Hearing if that is later).

Members of the Committee:-

Independent Members: Nigel Gates, (Chairman), Malcolm Sniders, (Vice-Chairman) Stephanie Caplan, Haydn Illingworth and Peter Ratcliffe.

Councillors: Paul Gordon, Amrit Mediratta and Peter Wakeling.

Parish Councils’ representatives: Parish Councillor John Gell (Sarratt Parish Council).

David Gardner , Director of Corporate Resources and Governance
19 June 2012

 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.  Please note that in the event of registering your interest to speak on an agenda item but not taking up that right because the item is deferred, you will automatically be given the right to speak on that item at the next meeting of the Committee.  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

 

To elect a Chairman for the remainder of the current term of office of the Committee from amongst the Independent Members.

2.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

3.

MINUTES

 

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 9 March 2012.

12 03 09 ST mins (doc)

4.

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.

5.

DECLARATION OF INTEREST

 

To receive any declarations of interest.

6.

THE LOCALISM ACT 2011 – THE AMENDED STANDARDS REGIME

 

To make recommendations to Council on 10 July 2012 to ratify the decisions taken by Annual Council on 22 May to:

  • adopt the Local Government Association (LGA) code of conduct for Members
  • agree the “arrangements” put in place to oversee the new regime
  • agree the appointment of the Independent Person.

12 06 28 ST i - (06) the localism act 2011 (doc)

12 06 28 ST i - (06) the localism act 2011-app 1 (pdf)

12 06 28 ST i - (06) the localism act 2011-app 2 (registration form) (doc)

12 06 28 ST i - (06) the localism act 2011-app 3 (trdc code of conduct) (doc)

12 06 28 ST i - (06) the localism act 2011-app 4 (local arrangements) (doc)

12 06 28 ST i - (06) the localism act 2011-app 5 (nalc) (pdf)

7.

STANDARDS COMMITTEE HEARING PANEL

 

To receive the decision of the Hearing Panel held immediately before this Committee into a complaint concerning a breach of the current Code of Conduct by a District Councillor.

8.

STANDARDS COMMITTEE ASSESSMENT SUB-COMMITTEE

 

To receive the decision of the Assessment Sub-Committee held on 21 June 2012 into a complaint concerning a breach of the current Code of Conduct by a District Councillor.

9.

ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE

 

To note the contents of the annual report by the Chairman of this Committee to the Annual Council meeting on 22 May 2012.

12 06 28 ST i - (09) report from chairman of standards committee (doc)

10.

OTHER BUSINESS - if approved under item 3.

11.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

 

If any confidential business is approved under Item 3, 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 of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined under Paragraphs 1 to 7 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Act.  It has been decided by the Council that in all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”


 

(Note:  If other confidential business is approved under item 3, it will also be necessary to specify the class of exempt or confidential information in the additional items).

1.

OTHER BUSINESS - if approved under item 3.