Agenda item

Annual Appointment of Committees, Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen 2021-2022 (Agenda item 11)

Report of Maxine O’Mahony, Executive Director of Strategy & Governance.


(the appendix to this report shows the current membership and could be subject to change)


Maxine O’Mahony, the Executive Director for Governance congratulated Councillor Brame on his appointment and wished him all the best for his term in office this year.


In accordance with the Constitution, the report sought Members’ agreement to approve the annual appointments of Councillors to Committees and to appoint the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen for the ensuing year.


Councillor Claussen the Deputy Leader nominated the following Conservative Members to the new Shared Memorandum of Agreement Committee.  The nominations were duly seconded.


Councillor Sam Chapman-Allen (Con)

Councillor Paul Claussen (Con)

Councillor Sarah Suggitt (Con) (sub)

Councillor Ian Sherwood (Con (sub)


Councillor Jermy, the Leader of the Labour Group nominated the following Labour Members to the new Shared Memorandum of Agreement Committee.  All other Committee seats would remain the same.


Councillor Jermy (Lab)

Councillor Clarke (Lab) (sub)


Councillor Birt was content with the appointments to the various Committee as obviously this was just a procedural matter, but the recommendations came in two forms and asked if the recommendations could be taken separately as although he was content as to who had been appointed, he was less happy about the appointment of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen for all of the Committees.  He felt that perhaps this could be an aspect that had not been discussed previously and therefore did not support the second recommendation.


The Chairman explained that as far as he was aware the Constitution stated that the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of all Committees were either appointed by the Leader or each Committee could vote for their own.


Councillor Atterwill was happy to confirm that the Independent Members nominated for Committees still stood as per the report.  He also asked that when the vote was taken would Members be voting on a ‘Committee by Committee’ basis as it could be that most were happy with the makeup of some Committees and not others.  With this in mind, he felt that Members should be able to vote accordingly and asked for advice from the Monitoring Officer, Maxine O’Mahony.


The Chairman agreed to this request as in his opinion this was just about recommending that the Committees have Chairman and Vice-Chairmen.


The Executive Director for Strategy & Governance and Monitoring Officer advised that the recommendations should be taken enbloc as each Committee was able to make their own decisions going forward. Members were asked to vote for the changes or against them.


The recommendations were then taken enbloc as advised but any Member who wished to vote against a particular Committee were asked to indicate as such.


RESOLVED that, subject to the above appointments:


1.     the Council appoints for 2021-2022 the Committees and Panels as set out in Appendix A of the report; and


2.     the Council approves the re-appointment of the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of those Committees and Panels as set out in Appendix A of the report.


Councillors Birt, Jermy, Morton, Atterwill, Clarke and Gilbert voted against the first recommendation in respect of the composition of the Local Plan Working Group but agreed all other appointments.


Councillor Birt also voted against the second recommendation.

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