Agenda and minutes

Venue: The Guildhall, Worcester, WR1 2EY

Contact: Democratic Services Team Leader - Claire Chaplin Tel: 01905 722005 

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1.

ELECTION OF MAYOR

To elect a new Mayor for the Municipal Year 2014/15.

 

Minutes:

Nominations were sought for the position of Mayor. It was proposed by Councillor Gregson and seconded by Councillor Williams that Councillor Paul Denham be nominated for the position of Mayor.

 

The Mayor asked for any further nominations. It was then proposed by Councillor Roberts and seconded by Councillor Knight that Councillor Amos be nominated for the position of Mayor.

 

It was further proposed by Councillor Gregson and supported by four other Members that a named vote take place in accordance with the Council’s Constitution and on being put to the vote it was agreed and

 

RESOLVED:          That Councillor Amos be elected Mayor for the Municipal Year 2014/15.

 

Record of Voting

 

For:   Councillor Amos

For:   Councillor Paul Denham

 

Amos, Bayliss, Ditta, Geraghty, Mrs L. Hodgson, S. Hodgson, Johnson, Jones, Knight, Lacey, Mackay, Mitchell, Prodger,  Roberts, Rowden, Whitehouse, David Wilkinson, Douglas Wilkinson

 

Agar, Berry, Boorn, Cawthorne, Cronin, L. Denham, P. Denham, Gregson, Hodges, Lamb, Laurenson, Riaz, Mrs L. Smith, G. Squires, J. Squires, Udall, Williams

Total:          18 Votes

Total 17 Votes

 

Councillor Amos thereupon made the prescribed Declaration of Acceptance of Office and thanked the Council for having elected him as Mayor.

 

COUNCILLOR AMOS IN THE CHAIR

2.

PRESENTATION OF MAYORESS'S CHAIN

To inform the Council of the Mayoress/Consort for 2014/15 and to present the Mayoress/Consort’s Badge.

Minutes:

The Mayor informed the Council that his Mayoress would be Mrs Sue Amos. The Mayor presented her with the Mayoress’s Chain.

3.

VOTE OF THANKS TO RETIRING MAYOR

To give thanks to the Retiring Mayor.

Minutes:

Councillor Cronin proposed a vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor and Consort, Councillor Agar and Mr Philip Carney.  Councillor Agar responded by thanking the Council and summarising her year in Office. Councillor Agar gave thanks to Councillors and Officers who had supported her throughout her year in office.  She also thanked her Chaplain, the Reverend Canon John Everest.

4.

PRESENTATION OF PAST MAYOR'S BADGE

To present the Retiring Mayor with the Past Mayor’s Badge.

Minutes:

The Mayor presented Councillor Agar with the Past Mayor’s Badge.

5.

PRESENTATION OF PAST CONSORT'S BADGE

To present the Retiring Consort with the Past Consort’s Badge.

Minutes:

Councillor Agar and the Mayor called on the Past Consort, Mr Philip Carney, to step forward to receive the Past Consort’s Badge.

6.

ELECTION OF DEPUTY MAYOR

To elect a Deputy Mayor for the Municipal Year 2014/15.

Minutes:

Nominations were sought for the position of Deputy Mayor. It was proposed by Councillor Lynn Denham and seconded by Councillor Berry that Councillor Riaz be nominated for the position of Deputy Mayor.

 

The Mayor asked for any further nominations. It was then proposed by Councillor Rowden and seconded by Councillor Jones that Councillor Knight be nominated for the position of Deputy Mayor.

 

On being put to the vote it was agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That Councillor Knight be elected Deputy Mayor for the Municipal Year 2014/15.

7.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

The following declaration of interest was made:

 

Councillor Jones – As an employee of Worcestershire County Council

8.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Of the meeting held on 25th March 2014 to be approved and signed.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meetings held on 25th March 2014 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Mayor.

9.

MAYOR'S COMMUNICATIONS

To receive any communications the Mayor may wish to make.

Minutes:

1.        Dedication

The Mayor stated that his year would be dedicated to the memory of his late mother, who had recently passed away.

 

2.        Welcome to New Councillors

        The Mayor welcomed newly elected Councillors Johnson, Lacey and Mackay.

         

3.     Mayor’s Charities

        The Mayor informed the Council that he would be announcing shortly which charities he would be supporting during his Mayoral year.He hoped to be able to support a charity for elderly people, a veterans’ organisation and a project at Worcester Cathedral.

 

4.     Mayor’s Chaplain

        The Mayor announced that Dr Christopher Stuart of St. John-in-Bedwardine Parish Church would be his Chaplain.

10.

REPORT OF RETURNING OFFICER pdf icon PDF 51 KB

To receive the report of the Returning Officer on the election of City Councillors on 22nd May 2014.

Minutes:

The Council received the report of the Returning Officer that summarised the results of the City Council Elections held on 22nd May 2014.

 

RESOLVED: That the Council note the results of the City Council Elections held on 22nd May 2014.

11.

NOTICE OF MOTION RELATING TO THE LEADERSHIP OF THE COUNCIL IF ANY

Minutes:

The following Notice of Motion submitted in accordance with Council procedure Rule 8 was proposed by Councillor Bayliss and seconded by Councillor Mrs Hodgson:

 

It is resolved that:

 

The Council remove the leader and elect a new one.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Gregson and supported by four other Members that a named vote take place in accordance with the Council’s Constitution and on being put to the vote the motion was agreed and it was

 

RESOLVED:  That this Council removes the Leader and elects a new one.

 

Record of Voting

 

For:  

Against:     

 

Amos, Bayliss, Ditta, Geraghty, Mrs L. Hodgson, S. Hodgson, Johnson, Jones, Knight, Lacey, Mackay, Mitchell, Prodger,  Roberts, Rowden, Whitehouse, David Wilkinson, Douglas Wilkinson

 

Agar, Berry, Boorn, Cawthorne, Cronin, L. Denham, P. Denham, Gregson, Hodges, Lamb, Laurenson, Riaz, Mrs L. Smith, G. Squires, J. Squires, Udall, Williams

Total:          18 Votes

Total 17 Votes

 

The Mayor then sought nominations for the position of Leader of the Council. It was proposed by Councillor Bayliss and seconded by Councillor Mitchell that Councillor Geraghty be nominated for the position of Leader of the Council.

 

On being put to the vote it was agreed and

 

RESOLVED:          That Councillor Geraghty be elected to the position of Leader of the Council.

12.

POLITICAL BALANCE ON COMMITTEES pdf icon PDF 32 KB

To consider the options and agree Option One or Option Two as detailed in the report for the distribution of seats between political groups that should be applied for the Municipal Year 2014/15.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council received the report of the Managing Director that advised the Council of two options for the distribution of seats between political groups that should be applied for the Municipal Year 2014/15.

 

Option One complied as far as is reasonably possible with the rules of political balance.  Under this option, all single Members had also been allocated a seat on an Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Group Leaders had been consulted on Option One and, following the consultation process and in accordance with the view of both Group Leaders, the number of seats on Planning Committee and Licensing and Environmental Health Committee were increased from 10 to 12. 

 

Option Two provided a closer match on Gateways 2 and 3.  However to achieve a closer match, in addition to the allocation of seats on an Overview and Scrutiny Committee, a seat on another committee had been allocated to single Members.    

 

It was explained that in order for Option Two to be agreed by the Council, no Member must vote against the proposal. 

 

It was proposed by Councillor Geraghty and seconded by Councillor Bayliss that Option Two be agreed by the Council.  Upon being put to the vote there were 23 votes for the proposal and 12 against.  As some Members had voted against, the motion was therefore lost.

 

It was then proposed by Councillor Geraghty and seconded by Councillor Bayliss that Option One be agreed by the Council.  Upon being put to the vote it was unanimously agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That the Council agree the allocation of seats between political groups for the Municipal Year 2014/15 in accordance with Option One, as set out in Appendix 1 of the minutes.

13.

MEMBERS OF THE CABINET AND ALLOCATION OF AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

To note Members of the Cabinet and the allocation of areas of responsibility for 2014/15 as set out in Schedule 1 (Schedule to follow).

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council informed the Council on the allocation of Cabinet positions as follows:

         

CABINET MEMBER

 

PORTFOLIO

 

Councillor Geraghty

Leader of the Council

 

Councillor Bayliss

Deputy Leader of the Council

 

Councillor Roberts

Cleaner and Greener City

 

Councillor David Wilkinson

Safer and Stronger Communities

 

Councillor Bayliss

Economic Prosperity

 

Councillor Mitchell

Delivering Value for Money

 

Councillor Mrs Lucy Hodgson

Customer Service and Communications

 

 

 

14.

APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS TO OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEES AND APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRS AND VICE-CHAIRS

To consider the recommendations of the Leaders of the Political Groups as set out in Schedule 2 (Schedule to follow).

Minutes:

The Council received details of nominations from Group Leaders for the appointment of Members to Overview and Scrutiny Committees.  The Council also considered the appointment of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen to those Committees.

 

RESOLVED: That the Council approve the appointment of Members to Overview and Scrutiny Committees and appointment of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen as set out in Appendix 2 of the minutes.

15.

APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS TO REGULATORY AND OTHER COMMITTEES AND APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRS AND VICE-CHAIRS

To consider the recommendations of the Leaders of the Political groups as set out in Schedule 3 (Schedule to follow).

Minutes:

The Council received details of nominations from Group Leaders for the appointment of Members to Regulatory and Other Committees.  The Council also considered the appointment of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen to those Committees.

 

Standards Committee

It was proposed by Councillor Geraghty and seconded by Councillor Bayliss that Councillor Rowden be appointed Chairman of Standards Committee.

 

It was further proposed by Councillor Gregson and seconded by Councillor Williams that Councillor Hodges be appointed Chairman of Standards Committee.

 

On being put to the vote it was agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That the Council agree to appoint Councillor Rowden as Chairman of Standards Committee.

 

Licensing and Environmental Health Committee

It was proposed by Councillor Geraghty and seconded by Councillor Bayliss that Councillor Ditta be appointed Chairman of Licensing and Environmental Health Committee.

 

It was further proposed by Councillor Gregson and seconded by Councillor Williams that Councillor Paul Denham be appointed Chairman of Licensing and Environmental Health Committee.

 

On being put to the vote it was agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That the Council agree to appoint Councillor Ditta as  Chairman of Licensing and Environmental Health Committee.

 

Hopmarket Sub-Committee

It was proposed by Councillor Geraghty and seconded by Councillor Bayliss that Councillor Jones be appointed Chairman of Hopmarket Sub-Committee.

 

It was further proposed by Councillor Gregson and seconded by Councillor Williams that Councillor George Squires be appointed Chairman of Hopmarket sub-Committee.

 

On being put to the vote it was agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That the Council agree to appoint Councillor Jones as  Chairman of Hopmarket Sub-Committee.

 

RESOLVED: That the Council approve the appointment of Members to Regulatory and Other Committees and appointment of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen as set out in Appendix 3 of the minutes.

16.

REPORT ON COUNCILLORS' ALLOWANCES pdf icon PDF 50 KB

To receive a report on allowances made to Councillors in the financial year 2013/14 as required by the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) Regulations 2003.

Minutes:

In accordance with the Local Authority (Members Allowances) Regulations, the Council received a report on allowances paid to Members in the financial year 2013/14.

 

RESOLVED: That the Council note that allowances paid to Members in the financial year 2013/14.

17.

PROGRAMME OF MEETINGS OF THE COUNCIL

To note the following dates for Council meetings to May 2015:

 

Wednesday, 2nd July 2014

Tuesday, 30th September 2014

Tuesday, 18th November 2014

Tuesday, 24th February 2015

Tuesday, 31st March 2015

Tuesday, 19th May 2015

Minutes:

The Council received the dates for Council meetings for 2014/15.

 

RESOLVED: That the Council note the following dates for Council meetings to May 2015:

 

Wednesday, 2nd July 2014

Tuesday, 30th September 2014

Tuesday, 18th November 2014

Tuesday, 24th February 2015

Tuesday, 31st March 2015

Tuesday, 19th May 2015