Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Spiceball Leisure Centre, Banbury, Oxon

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Election of Chairman for the 2021/22 Council Year

Minutes:

Before inviting nominations for the office of Chair of the Council, Councillor Les Sibley (the retiring Chairman) took the opportunity to reflect on his year in office as Chairman of the Council, and in particular his civic duties promoting Oxfordshire County Council and meeting a broad spectrum of staff.  He thanked the Vice-Chairman (Councillor Howson), his Personal Assistant (Sara Lenihan) and Tim Stimpson for their support throughout the year. He then presented his wife and Consort with some flowers as a token of his appreciation for their help and support during the Year.

 

Councillors Leffman, Brighouse, Reeves and Sudbury and paid tribute to the outgoing Chairman thanking him for his fairness, hard work and effort over the year.

 

The Monitoring Officer, Anita Bradley then invited nominations for the office of Chair of the Council for the 2021/22 Council Year.

 

Councillor Leffman moved and Councillor Brighouse seconded that Councillor John Howson be elected as Chair of the Council for the 2021/22 Council Year.

 

There being no other nominations and no dissent, Councillor Howson was duly declared elected by a show of hands (nem con).  Upon election, Councillor Howson read out and signed the Statutory Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

 

RESOLVED:  (nem con) that Councillor John Howson be elected as Chair of the Council for the 2021/22 Council Year.

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Election of Vice-Chairman for the 2021/22 Council Year

Minutes:

The Chair called for nominations for the office of Vice-Chair. 

 

Councillor Brighouse moved and Councillor Leffman seconded that Councillor Susanna Pressel be elected as Vice-Chair of the Council for the 2021/22 Council Year.  There being no other nominations and no dissent, Councillor Susanna Pressel was duly declared elected by a show of hands (nem con) Vice-Chair of the Council for the 2021/22 Council Year.  She read out and signed the statutory Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

 

RESOLVED:  (nem con) that Councillor Susanna Pressel be elected Vice-Chair of the Council of the 2021/22 Council Year.

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 556 KB

To approve the minutes of the meetings held on 23 March 2021 and 7 April 2021 (CC5) and to receive information arising from them.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 23 March 2021 and 7 April 2021 were approved and signed as an accurate record.

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Constitution Changes To Reflect Return to Physical Meetings pdf icon PDF 207 KB

Report by the Director of Law & Governance (CC6)

 

The Government have confirmed that The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 have not been extended to apply to meetings from 7 May onwards. These regulations have allowed the virtual meetings held in the past 12 months.

 

This report sets out for information proposed temporary changes to the Constitution necessary for the effective running of physical  meetings during the restrictions brought about by the corona virus pandemic.

 

Council is RECOMMENDED to:

 

(a)       Note the amendments to the Constitution that the Monitoring Officer has made to ensure the safe return to physical meeting whilst covid restrictions remain;

(b)       Agree that the Director of Law and Governance in consultation with the Chairman of the Council be authorised to make changes to the meetings process and, as necessary, the Constitution in the light of practical experience of meetings during covid restrictions and in the light of changing circumstances; and

(c)       That the position be reviewed before the Council meeting on 14 September 2021.

Minutes:

The Government had confirmed that The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 had not been extended to apply to meetings from 7 May onwards. The regulations had allowed the virtual meetings held in the past 12 months.

 

Council had before it a report, which set out for information proposed temporary changes to the Constitution necessary for the effective running of physical  meetings during the restrictions brought about by the corona virus pandemic.

 

During debate, Members expressed concern regarding the proposed September Review Date.  In response, the Monitoring Officer undertook to bring a report back to the July Meeting of Council.

 

RESOLVED:(on a Motion by Councillor John Howson, seconded by Councillor Susanna Pressel and carried nem con) to:

 

(a)       note the amendments to the Constitution that the Monitoring Officer has made to ensure the safe return to physical meeting whilst covid restrictions remain;

(b)       agree that the Director of Law and Governance in consultation with the Chairman of the Council be authorised to make changes to the meetings process and, as necessary, the Constitution in the light of practical experience of meetings during covid restrictions and in the light of changing circumstances; and

(c)        that the position be reviewed before the Council meeting on 14 September 2021.

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Officer Scheme of Delegation pdf icon PDF 332 KB

Report by the Monitoring Officer (CC7)

 

At its Annual Meeting, Council is required to agree the officer scheme of delegation within the Council's Constitution.  The Scheme of Officer Delegation is contained in Part 7.1 of the Council’s Constitution.  The Scheme itself gives delegated authority to the Head of Paid Service, directors and other chief officers whose titles and/or areas of responsibility are set out in Part 2, Article 13 of the Constitution. 

 

Councilis RECOMMENDEDto approvetheOfficerSchemeof Delegation

(Part 7.1of theConstitution) as in theAnnex 2 to thisreport.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

At its Annual Meeting, Council was required to agree the officer scheme of delegation within the Council's Constitution.  The Scheme of Officer Delegation was contained in Part 7.1 of the Council’s Constitution.  The Scheme itself gave delegated authority to the Head of Paid Service, directors and other chief officers whose titles and/or areas of responsibility are set out in Part 2, Article 13 of the Constitution.  The Council had before them a report by the Monitoring Officer (CC7) which set out the proposed changes to the Council’s Officer Scheme of Delegation set out in the Constitution.

 

The Monitoring Officer reported that new urgency provision had been included for the Head of Paid Service and the emergency powers to the Head of Paid Service and that the Head of Paid Service, in so acting, would be guided by budget and the policy framework, would consult the other Statutory Officers before acting and would report, in writing, as soon as practicable to the body which would otherwise have been required to give the necessary authority to act.

 

RESOLVED:  (on a Motion by Councillor John Howson, seconded by Councillor Susanna Pressel and carried nem con) to approve the Officer Scheme of Delegation (Part 7.1 of the Constitution) as in Annex 2 to the report.

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Appointments

Members are asked to:

 

(a)       elect the Leader of the Council;

(b)       note the names, addresses and electoral divisions of the people appointed to the Cabinet by the Leader of the Council for the coming year and their respective portfolios;

(c)        note the Office of the Leader of the Opposition.

 

At the conclusion of the Council’s proceedings all members are asked to remain in their seats in the Council chamber while committees meet for the purpose of electing Chairman and Deputy Chairman.

 

Minutes:

Council had before it the following appointments for Consideration:

 

(1)       The Office of Leader of the Council

 

Councillor Brighouse moved and Councillor Pressel seconded Councillor Liz Leffman for the Office of Leader of the Council.

 

Councillor Arash Fatemian made a statement paying tribute to the past Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Hudspeth.

 

The Motion was put to the vote and was carried nem con.

 

RESOLVED: (nem con)to elect Councillor Liz Leffman as Leader of the Council.

 

(2)       to note the following appointments to the Cabinet by the Leader of the Council for the coming year and their respective portfolios as follows;

 

Leader – Cllr Liz Leffman

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Education & Young People’s Services – Liz Brighouse

Cabinet Member for:

Corporate Services – Glynis Phillips

Community Services and Safety – Neil Fawcett

Climate Change Delivery and Environment – Pete Sudbury

Travel and Development Strategy – Duncan Enright

Highway Management – Tim Bearder

Finance – Calum Miller

Adult Social Care – Jenny Hannaby

Public Health & Equality – Damian Haywood

 

(3)       The Office of Leader of the Opposition

 

RESOLVED: to note Councillor Eddie Reeves to the position as the Leader of the Opposition.

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Review of Political Balance pdf icon PDF 335 KB

Report by the Director of Law & Governance (CC9)

 

The report reviews the political balance on committees and appoints members to them. (ANNEXES TO FOLLOW).

 

Council is RECOMMENDED to:

 

(a)       to confirm the political balance on committees shown in Annex 2 to the report;

(b)       to appoint to committees the councillors and co-opted members shown in Annex 3, subject to any changes reported at the meeting.

Minutes:

The Council had before it a report (CC10) which summarised the rules for the political balance on Scrutiny and other committees, together with Annex 2 confirming the political balance on the committees and Annex 3, showing the membership of all committees.

 

To enable the groups to report on Political Balance and Membership of the Committees (Annex 3 (including Annex 2)), the Meeting was adjourned from 11.18 am to 12.21 pm.  Following the adjournment, the Council confirmed the political balance of the Council and appointed to the formal Meetings of the Council (Annex 3), as set out in Annex 1 to the Minutes.

 

RESOLVED: (nem con)

 

(a)       to confirm the political balance on committees shown in Annex 2 to the report;

(b)       to appoint to committees the councillors and co-opted members shown in Annex 3, subject to any changes reported at the meeting.

Annex 2 and Annex 3

Liberal Democrat Green Alliance: 24; Conservative Independent Alliance: 23; Labour and Co-Operative Party Group 15;  plus 1 Independent

 

Main Committees

LiDemGnAl

CIA

Lab & Co-Op

 

Audit & Governance Committee(9)

4

3

 

2

 

 

 

Roz Smith Ch

Jane Murphy

Brad Baines D-Ch

 

 

Dan Levy

Donna Ford

Michael O’Connor

 

 

Judy Roberts

Nick Leverton

 

 

 

Ian Middleton

 

 

 

Pension Fund Committee (5)

2

2

1

 

 

 

Bob Johnston

Nick Field Johnson

 

Name to be supplied

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Richard Webber

Kevin Bulmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning & Regulation Committee (12)

4

4

 

3

 

 

Richard Webber D-Ch

Les Sibley

Geoff Saul Ch

 

 

Judy Roberts

Felix Bloomfield

Mohamed Fadlalla

 

 

David Rouane

Ian Snowdon

Imade Edosomwan

 

 

Robin Bennett

Yvonne Constance

 

 

1 unallocated seat to be offered to the Independent Member

 

 

 

 

Remuneration Committee  (6)

2

2

 

1

 

 

1

 

Liz Leffman Ch

Eddie Reeves

Liz Brighouse D-Ch

 

 

Alison Rooke

Jane Murphy

 

 

1 unallocated seat to be offered to the Independent Member

 

 

 

 

Education Scrutiny (7)

3

2

 

2

 

 

 

 

Kate Gregory D-Ch

Michael Waine Ch

Charlie Hicks

 

 

Andy Graham

Nigel Simpson

 

Susanna Pressel

 

 

Bethia Thomas

 

 

 

HOSC (7)

3

2

 

2

 

 

 

 

Jane Hanna

Arash Fatemian

Imade Edosomwan

 

 

Freddie Van Miero

Nigel Champken Woods

Charlie Hicks

 

 

Nathan Ley

 

 

 

Horton HOSC (8)

2

4

 

2

 

 

Freddie Van Mierlo

Arash Fatemian

Geoff Saul

 

 

Jane Hanna

Nigel Champken Woods

Hannah Banfield

 

 

 

Kieron Mallon

 

 

 

 

Eddie Reeves

 

 

Performance Scrutiny (10)

4

4

 

2

 

 

Dan Levy

Eddie Reeves Ch

B

Brad Baines

 

 

Andrew Gant

Juliette Ash

Michael O’Connor D-Ch

 

 

Ian Middleton

Liam Walker

 

 

 

Sally Povolotsky

Name to be supplied

 

 

Joint Shared Services & Personnel Committee (5)

2

2

 

 

1

 

 

Liz Leffman

Nick Leverton

Liz Brighouse

 

 

Andrew Gant

Eddie Reeves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Appointments - Proportionality is not mandatory but is usually applied where representation is 3 and over. The balance below sets out the arithmatic calculation.

These appointments delegated to MO in consultation with Group Leaders

Joint Partnership Working Group

5

2

2

1

5

0

OCC and Teachers Joint Consultative Committee

5

2

2

1

5

0

OCC and Employees Joint Consultative Committee

7

3

3

2

8

Decision required on the distribution of the 7 seats

OCC Joint Consultative Committee for Uniformed Members of the Fire Service

7

3

3

2

8

Decision required on the distribution of the 7 seats

Thames Valley

Police and Crime Panel

1

 

 

 

 

 

Oxfordshire Growth Board (OGB) Scrutiny Panel

3

1

1

1

 

Should not be a member of the Executive

OGB JSSP Sub Group 

1(and substitute)

 

 

 

 

To be notified by Leader

OGB Infrastructure Sub-Group

1(and substitute)

 

 

 

 

To be notified by Leader

OGB Housing Sub-Group

1(and substitute)

 

 

 

 

To be notified by Leader

OGB Environment

Sub-Group

1(and substitute)

 

 

 

 

Cabinet Member with responsibility for Environment