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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Standards Committee: 11th April, 2014

 

Report of the Monitoring Officer

 

Applications for Dispensation

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To consider an application to speak / speak and vote received from:

  • Town Councillor J.R. Harris - To speak and vote at Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council during discussions on matters involving the draft LDP, save for the Evan Jenkins Charity Candidate site.
  • Town Councillor Ms. M. Arnold - To speak and vote at Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council during discussions in connection with the LDP, save for the Evan Jenkins Charity Candidate site.
  • Town Councillor G.A. Cox - To speak and vote in any Town Council meetings / discussions in connection with the LDP, save for the Evan Jenkins Charity Candidate Site in view of Councillor Cox being Clerk to the Charity.
  • Town Councillor Mrs. S.M. Cox - To speak and vote in any Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council meetings / discussions concerning matters involving the Draft Local Development Plan save for the Evan Jenkins Charity Candidate Site in view of Councillor Mrs. Cox's husband being Clerk to the Trustees of the Evan Jenkins Charity.
  • Town Councillor Mrs. S.M. Cox - To speak and vote in any Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council meetings / discussions in connection with the LDP, save for the Evan Jenkins Charity Candidate Site as a result of her being a sub-warden of Llanblethian Church and as such an ex-officio Trustee of the Evan Jenkins Charity which has a candidate site included within the Vale of Glamorgan Draft LDP.
  • Town Councillor Mrs. G. Baty - To speak and vote on the LDP. in view of Councillor Baty being a Trustee of the Evan Jenkins Charity and having a relative living near Darren Farm, Cowbridge.
  • Community Councillor Ms. J. Simpson - To speak and vote at Llanmaes Community Council on the Local Development Plan, in particular its proposals for Llanmaes Community Council area.
  • Community Councillor T. Fowler - To speak and vote at Llanmaes Community Council on the Local Development Plan, in particular its proposals for Llanmaes Community Council area.

Recommendation

That the Standards Committee consider the applications received to speak / speak and vote on the matters set out in the completed proformas attached.

Reason for the Recommendation

To comply with regulations on applications for the grant of dispensations to speak / speak and vote.

 

Background

2.         The Standards Committee (Grant of Dispensations) (Wales) Regulations 2001 permits Members to apply to the Standards Committee to speak and, if appropriate, vote on issues which, due to a prejudicial interest, they may not otherwise be able to speak or vote or remain in the room.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.         In order to deal with the applications as quickly as possible it is necessary for the Standards Committee to receive full information of the interests involved and why in the Members' opinion dispensation should be given.  Copies of the relevant applications are attached.

4.         In order to assist Committee in its deliberations, attached at Appendix B is correspondence between the Monitoring Officer and the Clerk of Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council.

5.         Attached at Appendix C is a copy of an e-mail sent to the Clerk of Llanmaes Community Council.  At the time of writing this report, no response has been received.  In the event of a reply, I will bring it to the attention of the Standards Committee.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

6.         None.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

7.         None.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

8.         The Council is required to comply with the Standards Committee (Grant of Dispensations) (Wales) Regulations 2001.

Crime and Disorder Implications

9.         None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

10.      None.

Corporate/Service Objectives

11.      None.

Policy Framework and Budget

12.      This report does not affect the Council's Policy Framework and Budget.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

13.      The report does not involve any consultation with other parties.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

14.      None.

Background Papers

The Standards Committee (Grant of Dispensation) (Wales) Regulations 2001.

 

Contact Officer

Mr. C. Hope, tel: (01446) 709855, e-mail: democratic@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

 

Officers Consulted

None.

 

Responsible Officer:

Ms. D. Marles, Monitoring Officer.

 

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