Your Councillors


HERITAGE, CULTURE AND LEISURE COMMITTEE

5 January 2016

Is the final decision on the recommendations in this report to be made at this meeting?

Yes

 

Change to the Committee Cycle for Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee

 

Final Decision-Maker

Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee

Lead Head of Service

Paul Riley, Head of Finance and Resources

Lead Officer and Report Author

Caroline Matthews, Democratic Services Officer

Classification

Public

Wards affected

 

 

 

This report makes the following recommendations to this Committee:

That the Democracy Committee be recommended to revise the frequency of meetings of this Committee from bi-monthly to monthly as part of its review of the Constitution in view of the anticipated increase in workload of this Committee.

 

 

This report relates to the following corporate priorities:

·         Keeping Maidstone Borough an attractive place for all  

·         Securing a successful economy for Maidstone Borough

 

 

Timetable

Meeting

Date

Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee

5 January 2016

Democracy Committee

27 January 2016



Change to the Committee Cycle for Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee

 

 

1.        PURPOSE OF REPORT AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

1.1   To consider whether it would be appropriate to request a change to the frequency of this Committee’s meetings from bi-monthly to monthly.

 

 

2.        INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

 

2.1     When the new Constitution was originally adopted by Council last year it was envisaged that the Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee would not have as much business as the other three Service Committees so it should meet on a bi-monthly basis.

 

2.2     However, with major development planned for Mote Park, Maidstone Museum and the development of the Visitor Economy, all of which fall under the responsibility of this Committee, it is envisaged that the business for this Committee will increase.  A copy of the Committee’s work programme is attached as Appendix ‘A’.

2.3     In view of this, Councillors Newton, Pickett and Paterson have requested that this Committee considers making a recommendation to the Democracy Committee to change the frequency of meetings from bi-monthly to monthly when it carries out its review of the Constitution later this month.

 

 

3.       NEXT STEPS: COMMUNICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DECISION

 

3.1     If the recommendation is agreed, a Reference from this Committee will be presented to the Democracy Committee at its meeting on 27 January 2016 detailing the recommendation made by this Committee.

 

 

4.       CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES AND IMPLICATIONS

 

Issue

Implications

Sign-off

Impact on Corporate Priorities

Keeping Maidstone Borough an attractive place for all

 

Securing a successful economy for Maidstone Borough

Head of Finance and Resources

Risk Management

None identified

Head of Finance and Resources

 

Financial

There are many financial implications arising from a change in the frequency of meetings.

 

It is important to note that this may have a bearing on the remuneration of the Chairman and staffing costs which would impact on the Council’s budget.

Section 151 Officer

Staffing

Any changes to the Committee cycle may affect staffing resources.

Head of Finance and Resources

Legal

There are no legal implications.

Head of Finance and Resources

Equality Impact Needs Assessment

None identified

Head of Finance and Resources

Environmental/Sustainable Development

None identified

Head of Finance and Resources

Community Safety

None identified

Head of Finance and Resources

Human Rights Act

None identified

Head of Finance and Resources

Procurement

None identified

Head of Finance and Resources

Asset Management

None identified

Head of Finance and Resources

 

5.        REPORT APPENDICES

 

The following documents are to be published with this report and form part of the report:

·         Appendix A