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Meeting of the Council held on 12/12/2006
Minutes of the Meeting of the Standards Committee 6th November 2006




Standards 11
06.11.06
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE –
6TH NOVEMBER 2006
SUBMITTED TO THE COUNCIL MEETING – 12TH DECEMBER 2006
(To be read in conjunction with the Agenda for the Meeting)
*Mr F N J Davies (Chairman)*Mr A Rayner
Mr L C Bate (Vice-Chairman)*Mr C C E Slyfield
Capt P G Burden*Mr P Scattergood
*Mr M R Goodridge*Mr R C Terry
Miss K E Heenan*Mr D F Wheatley
*Dr M-G Lane
*Present

10. MINUTES (Agenda Item 1)
11. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE (Agenda Item 2)

12. DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS (Agenda Item 3)
Part II – Matters reported in detail for the information of the Council

13. CHAIRMAN/MONITORING OFFICER UPDATE (Agenda Item 5)

13.1 Monitoring Officer.
(a) Staff had been advised about the Code of Conduct and Register of Gifts and Hospitality through the electronic bulletin board. (b) In light of the increasing importance being attached to ethical governance, the Monitoring Officers had organised two Ethical Governance Training sessions for Members. These would take place on 22nd November and cover a range of ethical standards issues. (c) A visit had been undertaken to sample the Surrey Police electronic training programme with the view of possibly introducing a similar service to Waverley. Mr Slyfield confirmed that the test was very easy to use and inexpensive. The Committee agreed that the Monitoring Officer should ask a representative to come to its next meeting and provide more information about how the test is carried out.

(d) The Council had considered the issue of declaring related party transactions at length on 17th October 2006. The Director of Finance had recently received a proposal from the Member who had declined to sign the original form, with additional wording for this condition. The District Auditor had considered this additional wording as acceptable. This wording was as follows:

(e) There was an investigation being undertaken following a member’s concern regarding planning processes and conflicts of interests with reference to a particular planning application. This investigation was on-going, and because of the possibility that the Standards Committee may become involved, the Monitoring Officer did not wish to disclose any further information at this stage. 13.2 Chairman

(a) The Chairman had reported to the Council on the outcome of the decision in relation to Related Party Transactions and advised it that further information on this issue would be reported at a later stage. (b) The Standards Board conference had taken place recently and there had been a large amount of discussion on the White Paper and its imminent arrival. 1. The Chairman’s oral report and Monitoring Officer’s written report be noted; and 2. A representative from Surrey Police be invited to the Committee to outline more information about the electronic training programme.

14. ETHICAL STANDARDS AGENDA (Agenda Item 6)
15. DISPENSATION – BRAMLEY PARISH COUNCIL (Agenda Item 7)
1. Dispensation be granted for members of Bramley Parish Council, under Regulation 3 of the Relevant Authorities (Standards Committee) (Dispensations) Regulations 2002, to consider traffic issues and other issues of a general nature in relation to the development of Dunsfold Park. Any interest above that of a general nature shall not be covered by this dispensation; and 2. The dispensation be reviewed in three months time.

Part III – Brief summaries of other matters dealt with

There were no matters falling within this category.
The meeting commenced at 5.30 p.m. and concluded at 7.27 pm.



Chairman

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