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Mayor's Presentations and Announcement
The Mayor welcomed newly elected Councillors A Belben, Malik and Willcock to the Council.
The Mayor then made a short speech to the Council about his Mayoral year.
A copy of his speech is attached as Appendix A to these minutes.
Election of Mayor 2018/2019
To elect a Mayor for the Council year 2018/19.
It was proposed by Councillor P Smith, seconded by Councillor Lunnon, that Councillor Portal Castro be appointed as Mayor, whilst Councillor Crow, seconded by Councillor Burrett, proposed the appointment of Councillor R G Burgess. A vote was taken.
That Councillor Portal Castro be elected as Mayor for the Council year 2018/2019.
Councillor Quinn vacated the Chair.
The newly elected Mayor was invested with the chain, made the statutory Declaration of Acceptance of Office and took the Chair.
In response to the congratulations conveyed by Councillor Lamb on behalf of the Council, the new Mayor, Councillor Portal Castro, made a speech conveying his delight at being elected as Crawley’s Mayor. A copy of his speech is attached as Appendix B to these minutes.
Election of Deputy Mayor 2018/2019
To elect a Deputy Mayor for the Council year 2018/2019.
It was proposed by Councillor Lunnon, seconded by Councillor Sharma, that Councillor Rana be appointed as Deputy Mayor, whilst Councillor McCarthy, seconded by Councillor Vitler, proposed the appointment of Councillor Eade. A vote was taken.
That Councillor Rana be elected as Deputy Mayor for the Council year 2018/2019.
Election of Youth Mayor and Youth Deputy Mayor 2018/2019
The Mayor will call up the newly elected Youth Mayor to the top table to present the Chain of Office, and the newly elected Youth Deputy Mayor to present the Badge of Office. On behalf of the Council, the Mayor will convey his congratulations to both upon their election.
The Mayor called both Laiba Baig and Leon Mukazi up to the top table to present the Chain of Office to Laiba as the elected Youth Mayor, and the Badge of Office to Leon as the elected Youth Deputy Mayor. The Mayor conveyed his congratulations to Laiba and Leon upon their election and wished them both a very successful year. He also commented that he hoped to attend many events together with the Youth Mayor.
Vote of Thanks and Presentation of Badges to Retiring Mayor and Mayor's Escort
Vote of thanks to retiring Mayor and Mayor’s Escort.
The Mayor presented the retiring Mayor and Mayor’s Escort with a commemorative Past Mayor’s Badge and a Past Mayor’s Escort Badge. A photo album containing photographs commemorating their time in office was also presented.
Councillors of both political groups conveyed their thanks to the retiring Mayor and Mayor’s Escort for all their work during their year in office.
It was moved by Councillor Mullins, seconded by Councillor Irvine and
That the thanks and appreciation of the Council be accorded to Councillor Quinn, the retiring Mayor, for the manner in which he had carried out his duties during his year in office and for the support given to him during that time by the Mayor's Escort Sue Quinn.
Disclosures of Interest
In accordance with the Council's Code of Conduct, Councillors of the Council are reminded that it is a requirement to declare interests where appropriate.
No disclosures of interests were made by Councillors.
To receive any announcements from the newly elected Mayor or the Chief Executive.
No Announcements were made.
To approve as a correct recordthe minutesofthe meetingof the Full Council held on Wednesday 4 April 2018.
The minutes of the meeting of the Full Council held on 4 April 2018 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Mayor, subject to the following amendment: The removal of an additional letter ‘s’ on ‘Threes Bridges’, in minute 7, on page 10.
To receive the Returning Officer’s report on the results of the Borough elections held on 3 May 2017, LDS/138.
The Council received the Returning Officer’s report, on the results of the 2018 Borough Election, held on 3 May 2018.
Election of Leader of the Council
To elect the Leader of the Council on four year term of Office or until such time as their Term of Office expires.
It was proposed by Councillor P Smith, seconded by Councillor Malik, that Councillor Lamb be appointed as Leader of the Council.
That Councillor Lamb be elected as the Leader of the Council for a 4 year term of office.
To note the Cabinet and their Portfolio Holder responsibilities*
*The proposal is Councillor Lamb, should he be appointed as Leader of the Council.
Following his election as Leader of the Council, Councillor Lamb announced his Cabinet and the related Portfolio Holder responsibilities to the Council. It was noted that there were three key changes to the Cabinet with Councillor P Smith becoming Deputy Leader whilst remaining as Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Jones has moved to the Housing Portfolio and Councillor B Smith has joined the Cabinet as Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Community Engagement.
Councillors Crow and Burrett spoke on the item, and requested that when presenting the Portfolio Holder responsibilities in future, could the Leader pleased identify any changes clearly. It was noted that no changes to the responsibilities had been made, whilst the Leader indicated that he would be reviewing the responsibilities and how they were presented as part of the ongoing Constitution redesign process.
To consider the report of the Head of Legal and Democratic Services, LDS/139.
The Full Council considered the report of the Head of Legal and Democratic Services, LDS/139, noting the revised nominations as detailed in the Order of proceedings. The recommendations were considered, as follows:-
Recommendation 1 – Review of Political Proportionality and Appointments to Committees
In the process of Councillor Lamb moving and Councillor P Smith seconding Recommendation 1, a number of issues were raised:-
Recommendation 1 (2) (ii) – Chairs / Vice-Chairs
(a) Planning Committee – Vice-Chair
It was moved by Councillor Irvine, seconded by Councillor Willcock, that Councillor Fiveash be appointed as Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee, whilst
Councillor Crow, seconded by Councillor Jaggard, proposed the appointment of Councillor Tarrant. A vote was taken.
As a result of the vote, Councillor Fiveash was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee.
(b) Licensing Committee – Vice-Chair
It was moved by Councillor Jones, seconded by Councillor Pickett that Councillor Ayling be appointed as Vice-Chair of the Licensing Committee, whilst Councillor McCarthy, seconded by Councillor T Belben, proposed the appointment of Councillor Peck. A vote was taken.
As a result of the vote, Councillor Ayling was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Licensing Committee.
(c) Overview and Scrutiny Commission – Chair
It was moved by Councillor Thomas, seconded by Councillor Ayling, that Councillor Cheshire be appointed as Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission, whilst Councillor Pendlington, seconded by Councillor R G Burgess, proposed the appointment of Councillor T Belben. A vote was taken.
As a result of the vote, Councillor Cheshire was appointed as Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission and that Councillor T Belben was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Commission.
It was noted that opposition Councillors referred to the fact that whilst it was the Group in Opposition, the Conservative Group did hold a large proportion of seats on the Council, that should entitle them to have the Vice Chairs of all major Committees, and in line with good practice, the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission.
Moved by Councillor Lamb, seconded by Councillor P Smith and
1) That the number of Councillors to serve on the Council’s Committees (taking into account political proportionality) for the municipal year 2018/19 be as set out in report LDS/139, and Appendix C to these minutes.
2) That, on the nomination of the Political Groups, and subject to the changes set out above, Councillors be appointed to the Committees of the Council and Chairs and Vice-Chairs be appointed to the respective Committees, as indicated in the report and as set out in Appendix C to these minutes.
Recommendation 2 – Appointments to outside organisations to which the Council was invited to make nominations.
The Full Council considered the appointments of persons on outside organisations to which the Council was invited to make nominations.
There was two outside organisation for which there were more nominations than places available. The Council determined who should be appointed by voting as follows:-
Item 7 (Crawley Open House Management Committee – (COHMC))
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Councillor Brian Quinn farewell Mayoral speech
Good evening fellow Councillors, friends and family and my grandchildren are here somewhere, I will recognise them tomorrow when I see them I will be with you again. Also, a very special evening as we have representatives here tonight from the Portuguese Embassy in London. Ola
I stand here tonight to say that I have been very honoured and very proud to represent the residents of Crawley and also this Council as well for the last twelve months it has been an absolute honour and what a year it has been. Sue and I probably had 238 invitations up to now, I am not going to name them all, only about the first 200, OK is that alright? Fine. But we have had a fantastic year and invitations started last year with the 70th anniversary of Crawley and what a year that was for the 70th year of Crawley as a New Town. Don’t forget, Crawley has been here for many, many years, we are talking about the New Town. We had a lovely evening at The Hawth to celebrate India/Pakistan 70 years of independence. That was a lovely evening, thank you Councillor Sharma. Thank you very much for all you have done. We visited a large number of schools, charities, care homes, we also invited many charities here in these Chambers, the Scouts, the Beavers and the Cubs and I said to him last year, it’s a shame, look around the Chambers because it won’t be here next year. So what a shame but it’s all memories and it’s all progress I suppose? The Chambers is going to be knocked down in a few months’ time.
We had on one occasion 148 children from Maidenbower School. I said 148 it should have been 150 as two couldn’t come. But that was an absolutely wonderful evening.
We have been all around Sussex, all around Crawley, all different places but also out of town as well, we have had some lovely invitations. Building and Civil, Manor Royal have been here for many years they were celebrating 75th years anniversary, 68 years in Crawley and 7 /8 years in London previously. But that was fantastic they were celebrating in the Sky Garden in London and that was absolutely brilliant to see all round London at night-time.
Went to Canterbury Cricket Ground. Home of Kent County Cricket. It was Princess Diana’s Regiment celebration and because of Princess Diana’s Regiment a lot of people and soldiers came from Crawley and that’s why we were invited down to Canterbury.
I can’t miss out this one. I was invited once or twice by the Irish Embassy which we also had some fellow Councillors from both sides of the Chamber and I think we had a lovely evening.
Right the last two weeks. Let’s get down to the last two weeks. We have had two days off during this time. We celebrated 30 years of The Hawth which was fantastic. We attended the inaugural Run Gatwick on Sunday. When I said attend, I did only attend I did not run, that was fantastic. We were in the company of Colin Jackson, Iwan Thomas and Sally Gunnell. That was a lovely day. Wednesday, we attended 75 businesses from Manor Royal, at the ‘meet a neighbour event’. Last night we enjoyed a lovely evening at The Hawth Theatre where six schools in Crawley were raising money for St Catherine’s Hospice and the total altogether was £21,000. So I think these boys and girls at the schools are doing a fantastic job.
I would like to thank Ann-Maria, and Chris and Natalie for all their support over the last twelve months and I thank also all sides of the Chamber, I hope I treated you fairly as well. You’re a challenge but I won.
But the more important thing I go onto now my two charities Alzheimer’s and the Band of Brothers, Crawley. Sue and I were delighted to accept your offer to assist you with sponsoring your Charities. It was fantastic but Paul Shortall took me to all the pubs not specially to drink Guinness but to put boxes in all the pubs to raise money. Paul and Claire his daughter I think between us, we raised nearly £1,000 and also the other kind hearted person in Crawley was Tanya from the White Hart. Tanya thank you very much for nearly raising £1,000 as well. It’s fantastic. Thank you very much.
Also we had some businesses sending us money as well. But on the Band of Brothers side, Sean thank you very much and your boss from Smart Aviation for a very generous cheque and Metro Bus also a very large donation and so they should after 47 years’ service I should think so. So altogether I think we probably raised about £9,500 - £10,000. For Band of Brothers it was getting the name known more than raising the money.
Now I am nearly there. Don’t worry. Behind every man there is always a great woman but in my case two great women. One who has helped me and supported me in the last 12 months my wife Sue who has always been at my side supporting me and always looking lovely on all occasions. And the other woman in my life who has been a fantastic PA not just to me but for many, many, years and Hayley thank you so much for your support you have been fantastic.
And to dear Bob our driver. He has been so patient on many occasions and Sue and I were having our last glass of wine or Guinness before we left the place he would come and say are you nearly ready. I would say Bob hold on I am still having half a Guinness served. Thank you Bob thank you very much. And last of all I would like to say a very, very thank you to the Facilities Officers for all of your assistance over the last twelve months and also when we left the Mayor’s Parlour at night and I left all the glasses there who washed them all up? The Facilities Officers thank you.
Councillor Carlos Portal-Castro inaugural Mayoral speech
Thank you Peter for those kind words.
Before I start my speech I would also like to welcome the newly elected Councillors. Good evening colleagues, guests, families and friends. I am extremely humbled and honoured to stand before you as your new Mayor of Crawley, a vibrant and diverse place I now call home.
I would like to thank my fellow Councillors for electing and trusting me to lead Crawley Borough Council for the year 2018 to you I express my deepest gratitude - thank you.
I would also like to thank the presiding Mayor Brian Quinn for his mayoral year and his great achievement.
As your new Mayor I am determined and proud to serve the people of Crawley with passion, energy and to the best of my ability and I ask you to believe that together, together we can achieve the aspirations of our community. To my beautiful family and respective colleagues thank you for your support. I am extremely lucky to be able to pursue this chance of a lifetime which without your love and support this could never be.
In the role of Deputy Mayor I was fortunate to attend social and multi-cultural events, charitable activities and this is where I met Forget-me-Nots. I will speak to you about the support they provide in the community later. The reason I chose them was because their cause is very close to my heart, I lost my grandmother 12 year ago to Alzheimer's and I can say I felt alone having to deal with the pain of seeing her in that awful and invasive condition the Forget-me-Nots would have made a huge difference in helping me and my family in coping. Now I hope I can bring awareness to others in that they don’t feel alone too.
Ten years ago I moved to the UK from Portugal where my family hoped to have a better future and a better choice for my beautiful children. Five years ago, that’s five years ago, Crawley found this place in our hearts and this is where we decided to make it our home. So naturally I became involved in the community and made friends, some are here today and it wasn’t until the role of Councillor that I truly became aware of what Crawley truly has to offer. This town has excellent transport links, a massive economically skilled workforce, like the Manor Royal Business District and we have our own Airport. All the reasons why I chose to live and raise my family in this town.
Social and cultural diversity is one of the strongest characteristics that finds this town. Our residents, our past Mayors, Councillors and my own background reflect this and I am privileged to be part of this community. But with success comes challenges, increased pressure for better structure, for housing, public services. Many face uncertainty of belonging and younger families move here, whilst others never leave because of what Crawley has to offer. I hope together we can face these challenges and continue to work hard like previous Mayors and Councils have and as a humble immigrant representing the Council, I wish to give hope to those who fear uncertainty. In the next twelve months I will devote to a vision and mission of this Council. Thank you.
Committees Membership and Chairs and Vice-Chairs 2018/19
Crawley Borough Council
Outside Organisations to which the Council is invited to
Nominations to Outside Bodies which no long require or have ceased since appointments made in May 2017:
· Crawley Community and Voluntary Service Trustee Board
· Crawley Town FC Travel Plan Steering Group
· Crawley & Ifield Education Foundation
· West Sussex Joint Scrutiny Housing Provision for Care Leavers Task and Finish Group
· General Council of Broadfield Youth and Community Centre (BYCC)