Agenda and minutes

Venue: Anglia Room, The Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham

No. Item


Apologies (Agenda Item 1)

To receive apologies for absence. 


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Cowen.



Urgent Business (Agenda Item 2)

To note whether the Chairman proposes to accept any item as urgent business, pursuant to Section 100(B)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.





Declaration of Interests (Agenda Item 3)

The duties to register, disclose and not to participate for the entire consideration of the matter, in respect of any matter in which a Member has a disclosable pecuniary interest are set out in Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011.  Members are also required to withdraw from the meeting room as stated in the Standing Orders of this Council.



No declarations were made.



Non-Members Wishing to Address the Meeting (Agenda Item 4)

To note the names of any non-members who wish to address the meeting.


Councillors Gilbert, Hollis and Wilkinson were in attendance.



Chairman's Announcements (Agenda Item 5)





Devolution (Agenda Item 6)

Report of the Leader of the Council.

Additional documents:


The Chairman said that following on from Council the Cabinet had to make a decision.  It was clear what the views and feelings of the Council were and taking these into account along with all other relevant information he recommended that the Cabinet should not go forward with the document before them and not accept any of the recommendations.  His proposal was seconded by Councillor Bambridge and supported unanimously.


RESOLVED not to support the proposals set out in the report.


Councillor Dimoglou said there had been valid comments on both sides.  He saw Devolution as a longer term game, but the Council had given a clear indication of their views.


Councillor Turner had originally voted to carry on but, taking account of the overall view, she had changed her mind.

Councillor C Carter commended officers for the inordinate amount of work they had done.  It had been the best debate he had attended in his six years as a Councillor.  He thought that Devolution would continue but he was mindful of the strength of feeling of the Council.


Councillor Bambridge thought that if the legislation had been less hurried and better managed a workable solution might have been found.


Councillor Robinson had voted to carry on with the consultation and he felt an opportunity had been missed.  However, he agreed that the strength of feeling of the Council was an important consideration.


Councillor Dimoglou recognised the amount of work done by the current and previous Leaders of the Council and also the Chief Executive.  They had given Members enough information to take an informed view.  He thanked the Leader for allowing a free vote.


The Leader concluded by saying that it would be a problem going forward because the issues such as the Thetford Enterprise Park and the A11 Technology Corridor were not going away.  His concern was that in future it would cost more money and mean even harder work.  He would have to have separate conversations with the 15 other Leaders, as he would no longer be ‘in the room’ and able to talk to them all at once.



Next Meeting (Agenda Item 7)

To note that the date of the next meeting of Cabinet will be held on 13 July 2016.


The arrangements for the next meeting on 13 July 2016 were noted.