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Agenda Item No. 4

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Standards Committee: 16th December, 2014

 

Report of the Monitoring Officer

 

Applications for Dispensation

 

Purpose of the Report

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

·           Cowbridge Town Councillor Mrs. N.C. Thomas - to speak and vote at meetings of Cowbridge Town Council during discussions involving the Local Development Plan with the exception of one piece of land, namely MG2(19), land adjoining St. Athan Road, Cowbridge.

·           Colwinston Community Councillors G.W. Bates, E.H. Lewis, Ms. C. Roach, Ms. H. Maclehose and Ms. J. Horton - to speak and vote at meetings of Colwinston Community Council when matters relating to a planning application submitted by Redrow Plc for housing in the village is considered.

(Note: Copy of Location Plan showing proposed development as submitted by the Applicant is attached for the assistance of the Committee.)

 

·           Vale of Glamorgan Councillor N. Moore - to speak and vote at meetings of the Council, when matters relating to the Council's "Reshaping Strategy" are considered in view of his daughter being an employee of the Council.

·           Vale of Glamorgan Councillor S.C. Egan - to speak and vote at meetings of the Council when matters relating to the Council's "Reshaping Strategy" are considered in view of his wife being an employee of the Council.

·           Vale of Glamorgan Councillors S.C. Egan, Ms. B.E. Brooks, L. Burnett, R.F.Curtis and G. John - to speak and vote at meetings of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the respective Town / Community Councils to which they have been elected, when discussing matters relating to the "Reshaping Strategy".

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 and vote.

 

Background

2.         The Standards Committees (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.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

4.         None.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

5.         None.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

6.         The Council is required to comply with The Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations) (Wales) Regulations 2001.

Crime and Disorder Implications

7.         None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

8.         None.

Corporate/Service Objectives

9.         None.

Policy Framework and Budget

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

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

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

12.      None.

Background Papers

The Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations) (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