Agenda and draft minutes

Governance Committee - Monday, 10th June, 2024 7.00 pm

Venue: Committee Rooms A & B - Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services  Email: democratic.services@crawley.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Disclosures of Interest

In accordance with the Council's Code of Conduct, councillors are reminded that it is a requirement to declare interests where appropriate.

 

Minutes:

No disclosures of interests were made.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Governance Committee held on 5 March 2024.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Governance Committee held on 5 March 2024 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

3.

Public Question Time

To answer any questions asked by the public which relate to an item on this agenda and which are in line with the Council’s Constitution.

 

Public Question Time will be concluded by the Chair when all questions have been answered or on the expiry of a period of 15 minutes, whichever is the earlier.

Minutes:

No questions were asked by the public.

4.

Nominations for Appointment of Honorary Aldermen/Alderwomen and Honorary Freemen/Freewomen pdf icon PDF 106 KB

To consider report LDS/213 of the Head of Governance, People & Performance.

Minutes:

The Committee considered report LDS/213 of the Head of Governance, People & Performance which requested that it consider nominations received for the award of the courtesy titles of Honorary Alderman or Alderwoman and Honorary Freeman or Freewoman in accordance with the provisions of Section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972 (“the Act”).

 

Additionally, it was proposed that the Protocol on the Appointment of Honorary Aldermen/Alderwomen and Honorary Freemen/Freewomen be amended to reflect that an Honorary Alderman/Alderwoman, whilst serving as a Borough Councillor, would not be entitled to be addressed as Alderman/Alderwoman or attend or take part in any civic ceremonies of the Council in their capacity as an Alderman/Alderwoman.

 

The Committee expressed its support both for the nominations as set out in the report and the proposed change to the related Protocol.

 

 

RESOLVED

 

1.      That the Mayor be requested to convene an Extraordinary Meeting of the Full Council to bestow the title of Honorary Alderman/Alderwoman on the following former Councillors.

a)       Colin Lloyd

b)       Brian Quinn

c)        Brenda Smith

 

2.      That the Mayor be requested to convene an Extraordinary Meeting of the Full Council to bestow the title of Honorary Freeman/Freewoman on the following people.

a)       Richard Burrett

b)       Colin Lloyd

c)        Brian Quinn

d)       Brenda Smith

 

3.      That the Full Council be recommended to amend the Protocol on the Appointment of Honorary Aldermen/Alderwomen and Honorary Freemen/Freewomen to include the following additional sentence:

 

“Where an Honorary Alderman/Alderwoman is subsequently re-elected as a Councillor, that Honorary Alderman/Alderwoman shall, whilst serving as a Borough Councillor, not be entitled to be addressed as Alderman/Alderwoman or attend or take part in any civic ceremonies of the Council as an Alderman/Alderwoman”.

5.

Appointment of Independent Person pdf icon PDF 51 KB

To consider report LDS/221 of the Head of Governance, People & Performance.

Minutes:

The Committee considered report LDS/221 of the Head of Governance, People & Performance which proposed that Mr Peter Nicholson be appointed as an Independent Person for a further two years.

 

The Committee gave its full support to the recommendation, especially given the significant number of years Mr Nicolson had already dedicated as an Independent Person for the Council.

 

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Full Council be recommended to appoint Mr Peter Nicholson as an Independent Person for a further two years until the end of July 2026.