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Items
No. Item

46.

Prayers

Minutes:

Prayers were said by the Reverend Fiona Haskett of Headcorn and The Suttons, a Benefice serving the people of Headcorn, Chart Sutton,

East Sutton and Sutton Valence.

 

47.

Recording of Proceedings

Minutes:

Councillor McKay reserved his right to record the proceedings.

 

48.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

It was noted that apologies for absence had been received from Councillors Newton, M Rose, Trzebinski and de Wiggondene-Sheppard.

 

49.

Dispensations

Minutes:

There were no applications for dispensations.

 

50.

Disclosures by Members and Officers

Minutes:

There were no disclosures by Members or Officers.

 

51.

Disclosures of Lobbying

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of lobbying.

 

52.

Exempt Items

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the items on the agenda be taken in public as proposed.

 

53.

Petitions

Minutes:

There were no petitions.

 

54.

Question and Answer Session for Members of the Public

Minutes:

There were no questions from members of the public.

 

55.

Questions from Members of the Council to the Chairmen of Committees

Minutes:

There were no questions from Members to the Chairmen of Committees.

 

56.

Report of the Democracy and General Purposes Committee held on 8 September 2021 - Whole Council Elections - Decision Stage pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Purle, seconded by Councillor Burton, that the recommendation of the Democracy and General Purposes Committee relating to whole Council elections be approved.

 

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 23.4, five Members of the Council requested that a named vote be taken on the motion.  The voting was as follows:

 

FOR (29)

 

Councillors Mrs Blackmore, Brice, Brindle, Bryant, Burton, Cannon, Cooke, Cooper, Cuming, Eves, Forecast, Fort, Garten, Mrs Gooch, Hinder, Holmes, McKenna, Munford, Parfitt-Reid, Perry, Purle, Mrs Ring, D Rose, Round, Russell, Spooner, Springett, S Webb and Young

 

AGAINST (21)

 

Councillors Clark, Coates, Cox, Daley, English, Fissenden, Mrs Grigg, Harper, Harwood, Hastie, Mrs Joy, Khadka, Kimmance, McKay, Mortimer, Naghi, Mrs Robertson, J Sams, T Sams, R Webb and Wilby

 

ABSTENTIONS (0)

 

MOTION LOST

 

In order to adopt a scheme of whole Council elections, the legislation requires that the Council do so with a two thirds majority of those voting.  The motion was lost because it did not achieve the necessary two thirds majority of those voting.  The Democracy and General Purposes Committee previously agreed that, in the event of this happening, a report be submitted to a future meeting of the Committee on further options such as a referendum.

 

Note:  Councillors Forecast and McKenna joined the meeting during consideration of this item (6.40 p.m. and 6.49 p.m. respectively).

 

57.

Duration of Meeting

Minutes:

6.30 p.m. to 7.08 p.m.