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Agenda and draft minutes

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Items
No. Item

318.

Prayers

Prayers will be said by the Mayor’s Chaplain, the Reverend Canon Charles Stewart.

Minutes:

Prayers were led by the Mayor’s Chaplain, the Reverend Canon Charles Stewart.

 

319.

Declarations of Interest by Members

Members are reminded that any disclosable pecuniary interests must be declared including any issues which may arise through pre-determination or bias.

Pro forma for this purpose are available from the Members' Room.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest received on this occasion.

 

320.

Local Government Reorganisation on Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole pdf icon PDF 106 KB

    To consider the announcement of the Secretary of State on 26 February 2018 in respect of local government reorganisation and for the Council to consider its stance in light of it.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Leader of the Council submitted a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix 'A' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

    Members were requested to consider the Councils stance in light of the announcement of the Secretary of State on 26 February 2018 in respect of local government reorganisation.

    The recommendations as set out on the agenda were proposed and seconded, following which an amendment was proposed in relation to recommendation c to include the following wording ‘without prejudice to its decision on 8 August 2017 as recorded in Minute No. 105(a)…….’ the amendment was supported by the proposer and seconder of the original proposition.

    Comprehensive debate took place with Members both for and against the recommendations highlighting the importance of securing the best deal for the residents of Christchurch.

    A proposition was made by Cllr Mrs L Smith to suspend standing orders to allow Members to speak more than once on the item, this was seconded by Cllr C Bath but fell upon being put to the vote with voting 6:15.

    Following debate the below amendment was proposed by Cllr Mrs L Smith and seconded by Cllr C Bath:-

    It is RECOMMENDED that:

    (a)            Christchurch Council reluctantly accepts the decision of the Secretary of State despite this Councils opposition to the future Dorset proposals and the Leader write to the Secretary of State in response to the letter of 26 February;

    (b)            the content of the legal opinion be noted;

    (c)            Christchurch Council will now work actively in partnership with Bournemouth and Poole Council to ensure the best interests of Christchurch residents, its businesses and heritage are protected and preserved by being full participants in the creation of the new structure, its policies and strategic direction.  

    A recorded vote was requested in respect of the proposed amendment the result of which was as follows:-

    For

    Against

    Cllr C Bath

    Cllr J Abbott

    Cllr T Fox

    Cllr C Bungey

    Cllr W Grace

    Cllr L Dedman

    Cllr R Nottage

    Cllr Mrs S Derham Wilkes

    Cllr Mrs L Smith

    Cllr D Flagg

    Cllr Mrs S Spittle

    Cllr N Geary

    Cllr T Watts

    Cllr P Hall

     

    Cllr P Hilliard

     

    Cllr Mrs T Jamieson

     

    Cllr Mrs D Jones

     

    Cllr D Jones

     

    Cllr J Lofts

     

    Cllr F Neale

     

    Cllr Mrs M Phipps

    The amendment fell with voting 7:14 (there were no abstentions).

    A recorded vote was then requested in respect of the substantive motion the result of which is set out below.

    RESOLVED that:-

    (a)            the announcement of the secretary of state be noted and the Leader write to the Secretary of State in response to the letter of 26 February 2018;

    (b)            the content of the legal opinion be noted and the Leader and Deputy Leader meet with counsel to seek further clarification and advice;

    (c)            without prejudice to its decision on 8 August 2017 as recorded in Minute No. 105(a) the council continues to work as part of the Bournemouth  ...  view the full minutes text for item 320.

 

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