Agenda item

Updates to the Council's Constitution

This report contains recommendations from this Council’s Standards and Constitution Committee following its review of the work that has taken place since August by the Monitoring Officer with the support of external Counsel in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of Standards and Constitution Committee and its Constitutional Working Group (‘CWG’) on updates to the Council’s Constitutional required to give effect to the changes adopted back in May 2023.


Council received a report containing recommendations from the Standards and Constitution Committee on updates to the Council’s Constitution.


Councillor Liz Frost MOVED the recommendation in the report.

An amendment to the recommendations was MOVED by Councillor Chris Ames and SECONDED by Councillor Kate Chinn.

The proposed amendment was as follows:

“Remove reference to annexe 4-2; and add (as additional recommendation):

‘Remit annexe 4-2 to the Constitution Working Group for redrafting, with the aim of producing a Protocol that facilitates and does not unnecessarily restrict the right of residents to take part in public meetings, or produce an undue administrative burden on officers.”

Councillor Liz Frost (as proposer of the original motion) did not accept the proposed amendment, and accordingly the amendment was debated by the Council.

Upon being put the amendment was LOST with 12 votes for, 13 votes against 4 abstentions and the Mayor not voting.

Following the resolution of the amendment, the substantive motion (which was the recommendations of the Standards and Constitution Committee) was debated and put to a vote.

Upon being put the recommendation was CARRIED with 20 votes for, 2 votes against, 7 abstentions and the Mayor not voting.

Accordingly, it was resolved to:

(1)       Approve the updated Appendices (1, 2, 3 and 4) and Annexes (2-4, 2-5, 3-3, 4-2, 4-7, 5-1, 5-2, 5-3 and 6-2).

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