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Minutes of the Staffing, Finance & General Purposes Committee


Minutes of the Extra-ordinary Staffing, Finance & General Purposes Committee held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Bideford on Wednesday 8 February 2012 at 5.30 pm

PRESENT:
North Ward: Councillor Mrs M P Fulford

South Ward: Councillor A T Inch
Councillor S G Inch
Councillor T J Johns (Town Mayor)
Councillor P J Pester

South Ward (Outer) Councillor A T Powell

East Ward:    Councillor S E L Clarke OBE  (Chairman)
Councillor R Vanstone

IN ATTENDANCE:    Mrs H J Blackburn (Town Clerk)
Councillor Mrs E A Brenton
Councillor D G Brenton
Councillor D C Fulford

109 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Councillor Mrs P Davies (East Ward – Illness).

110 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST ON ITEMS ON THE AGENDA

Councillor Mrs A Brenton and D Brenton declared a personal interest in agenda item 5.a.

111 MINUTES – STAFFING, FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE

The Minutes of the meeting held on 19 January 2012 were approved and signed as a correct record.

(Vote – For: 7 Against: 0, Abstention: 1)

112 CHAIRMAN

The Chairman/Town Clerk updated Members on the following issues:

Mrs Margaret Hales has written to the Town Council to advise that she has resigned as Chair of the Pollyfield Community Association.  She is concerned that the Town Council is aware of this as she came and put forward the funding bid for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Pollyfield.  Mrs Pat Ferguson has subsequently telephoned to ask if she may be invited to the next Diamond Jubilee meeting on behalf of Pollyfield.  The Town Clerk was asked to invite the new Chair of the Pollyfield Community Association or their representative to the next Diamond Jubilee meeting.

The Town Clerk disclosed to members the idea that had been put forward for the gift for the Manor Court speaker and this was met with approval.

113 CONFIDENTIAL ITEMS TO BE TAKEN IN PART II

Proposed by Councillor Pester, seconded and

RESOLVED:  That in view of the confidential nature of the business about to be discussed, it is advisable, in the public interest, that the public be excluded for the following two items.

(Vote – For: 8  Against: 0)

114 PART II SESSION

a.The decision of the Grievance Appeal Panel following the Meeting on Wednesday 1 February 2012 was received.

b.The details of an employment claim were received.  The details of three employment law specialists qualified to deal with the claim were provided.

a.Proposed by Councillor Powell, seconded and

RESOLVED:  That South West Provincial Employers be instructed to assist the Council to proceed to the next stage of countering the claim.  Following this stage it may be necessary to employ further Counsel, but this decision will be taken at the appropriate time.

(Vote – For: 8,  Against:  0)

The business of the meeting having been completed, the Chairman thanked the members for their attendance and the meeting concluded at 5.50 pm.

Signature of Town Mayor:  ………………………………….  Date:  ……………………........


Signature of Chairman:  ……………………………………..  Date:  ………………………....

 


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