Appointment of Chairman.
Mr Sheldrake was unanimously elected as Chairman.
Appointment of Vice Chairman
Rev Burdett was unanimously elected as Vice-Chairman.
Declarations of interest.
There were no declarations of interest.
Review of Terms of Reference of the Standards Committee.
1. That the Council be recommended to add an additional provision to the Committee's terms of reference to deal with complaints against Members which do not involve a breach of the Members' Code of Conduct. 2. That the Council be recommended to amend the terms of reference to make it clear that the Committee exercise the matters referred to in Article 9.03(m) and (n) with regard to Leigh-on-Sea Town Council. 3. That the Deputy Town Clerk and Monitoring Officer be instructed to write to Leigh-on-Sea Town Council asking them to nominate a substitute for Councillor Johnson in case he is unable to attend at any time.
The Granting of Dispensations to Members with a Prejudicial Personal Interest
1. That the statutory provisions re granting dispensations to Members of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Leigh-on-Sea Town Council who have a prejudicial personal interest in a matter, be noted. 2. That any Member who wishes to apply for a dispensation shall submit an application in the prescribed form. Such applications should normally be submitted to the Monitoring Officer at least 10 days prior to the despatch of the agenda of a scheduled meeting of the Standards Committee.
Consultation Paper: Local Investigation and Determination of Misconduct Allegations.
That the Deputy Town Clerk and Monitoring Officer's response be noted, and that a report be prepared for the Committee when Regulations are issued.
The Members Code of Conduct.
That the contents of the Members' Code of Conduct be noted.
Informal Planning Code.
That the position be noted.
That the Deputy Town Clerk and Monitoring Officer should prepare reports for the next meeting of the Committee on relevant issues, including an overview of complaints handling and hopefully the details of new S.66 Regulations.
Training for Members of the Standards Committee and Members Generally.
That the Deputy Town Clerk and Monitoring Officer investigate training for Members of the Committee and report back.
Date of Next Meeting.
It was agreed that the provisional date of the next meeting should be Thursday, 17th October 2002.