Agenda and minutes
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Note: This hearing stands adjourned to a date to be confirmed
Appointment of Chair
To appoint a member to chair the meeting.
Resolved: That Cllr Douglas be appointed to act as Chair of the hearing.
Declarations of Interest
Members are asked to declare:
· Any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests
· Any prejudicial interests or
· Any disclosable pecuniary interests
which they may have in respect of business on this agenda.
Members were invited to declare at this point in the meeting any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests, any prejudicial interests, or any disclosable pecuniary interests, that they might have in the business on the agenda. No interests were declared.
Exclusion of Press and Public
To consider whether to exclude the Press and Public at any point in the hearing when there is a possibility that exempt information under Paragraph 1 of Schedule 12A to Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as revised by The Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006) may be disclosed; namely, the identity of any of the witnesses called to give evidence.
This item was not considered, as some of the participants indicated at this point that they had not received the agenda papers and a short adjournment was called to make further enquiries.
Complaint against a Member of a Council covered by the Joint Standards Committee
To consider a complaint made against Cllr Hardcastle, a Member of Deighton Parish Council, which has been referred to the Hearings Sub-Committee for determination following an investigation.
Details of the procedure to be followed at the hearing can be found at pages 19-23 of the agenda papers.
Following the adjournment, it was ascertained that the Subject Member had not received the agenda papers.
A further adjournment was called at 10:30 am to enable the Subject Member to consider whether he was in a position to proceed. The meeting re-convened at 10:48 am and both the Subject Member and the Complainant stated that they would like the hearing to go ahead, although both indicated that they were uncertain of the procedures. The meeting was then adjourned for the Sub-Committee to determine whether to continue with the hearing or adjourn it to a future date.
The meeting re-convened at 10:56 am and it was
Resolved: That the hearing be adjourned to a date to be confirmed.
Reason: To give the parties the opportunity to receive and consider all the case papers and familiarise themselves with the hearing procedure.