To consider the report of the Chief Operating Officer.
Consideration was given to the report of the Chief Operating Officer, as contained on pages 21 to 23 of the Book of Reports, which set out the appointment of Committees etc. and their terms of reference and allocation of seats thereon to the political groups for the Municipal Year 2022/23.
The political balance on Committees and the Labour nominations had been circulated prior to the meeting.
A Motion to approve recommendations 2.1 to 2.5 in the report were moved and seconded.
An Amendment containing proposals from the Conservative and Our West Lancashire Groups, in respect of the allocation on seats on Committees, circulated prior to the meeting, was moved and seconded.
A vote was taken on the Amendment, which was CARRIED.
Councillor Upjohn advised that he would not be able to sit on the Planning Committee.
A vote was taken on the Substantive Motion, with the removal of Councillor Upjohn from the Planning Committee, which was CARRIED.
RESOLVED: A. That, for the period ending with the next Annual Meeting of the Council, or such lesser period should the political balance or allocation to political groups change during the year requiring a review under the provisions of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, the Committees, Sub-Committees etc be appointed as detailed in the revised Labour Appendix circulated prior to the meeting and that the allocation of seats to the political groups be as indicated, with the following changes:
(i) Executive Overview & Scrutiny Committee
12 Members: 6 LAB 4 CON 2 OWL
(ii) Corporate & Environmental Overview & Scrutiny Committee
11 Members: 5 LAB 4 CON 1 OWL 1 IND (JU)
(iii) Planning Committee
14 Members: 6 LAB 5 CON 2 OWL 1 IND
(iv) Licensing & Appeals Committee
11 Members: 5 LAB 4 CON 1 OWL 1 IND (PO)
(v) Chief Officers Committee
7 Members: 3 LAB 3 CON 1 OWL
(vi) Audit & Governance Committee
12 Members: 6 LAB 4 CON 1 OWL 1 IND (PO)
(vii) CCTV Committee
6 Members: 3 LAB 2 CON 1 IND (PO)
(viii) Tawd Valley Developments Shareholders Committee
5 Members: 2 LAB 2 CON 1 OWL
(ix) Leisure Procurement Committee
5 Members: 2 LAB 2 CON 1 OWL
(x) Budget / Council Plan Committee
6 Members: 3 LAB 2 CON 1 OWL
B. That the representatives of the political groups on the Committees etc now appointed shall be as indicated on the attached Labour Appendix (Constitution 4.1A) and the appointment of the Independent Persons & the 2 Parish Council Representatives on the Standards Committee, be as detailed in the Labour proposals appendix and any changes or vacancies be notified to the Legal & Democratic Services Manager in accordance with the wishes of the group.
C. That the representatives of the political groups on Outside Bodies (Council appointments) be as indicated on the Appendix 2 circulated prior to the meeting, subject to the following changes:
Police & Crime Panel
Councillor G Johnson
Councillors K Juckes and J Thompson
West Lancashire Ageing Well
Councillor M Blake to replace either M Nixon or J Finch
D. That the terms of reference for the Committees etc now appointed be agreed as set out in the Constitution and the terms of reference of the Leisure Procurement Committee and the Budget / Council Plan Committee be drafted by the Legal & Member Services Manager in consultation with the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the Committees, for approval at the first meeting of those bodies.
E. That it be noted that the Leader has appointed Cabinet Working Groups as indicated on the Labour proposals Appendix to the report, circulated prior to the meeting, with the terms of reference included in the Constitution and appointed representatives to Outside Bodies (Cabinet appointments) and it be further noted that the West Lancashire Leisure Partnership Cabinet Working Group will no longer be required.