Decision details

ASELA Governance

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet considered a report of the Chief Executive providing an update on developments in relation to ASELA and proposed that the Council becomes a member of a Joint Committee of constituent members to oversee ASELA and provide enhanced transparency and accountability in the new delivery stage of its work programme.


The Minutes of the ASELA and Local Government Reform Working Party held on 7th June 2021 were considered in conjunction with this matter.




1. That the updates provided in the submitted report, be noted.


2.That the Council formally becomes a member of the Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) Joint Committee in accordance with Section 101 of the Local Government Act 1972, to oversee ASELA and provide enhanced transparency and accountability in the new delivery stage of its work programmes.


3. That the governance arrangements of the Joint Committee set out in Appendix 1 to the report and the related Joint Committee Agreement and Terms of Reference, be approved.


4. That the Leader of the Council be appointed to represent the Council on the Joint Committee.


5. That Councillor Woodley be appointed as the deputy representative to substitute for the Leader, in line with Part 7 of the Constitution.


Reason for Decision:


To provide ASELA with the governance arrangements required to enable delivery of the Growth and Recovery Prospectus and ten delivery programmes and for Southend and its residents to be a direct and indirect beneficiary of the work.


Other options:


Do nothing.  Continuing with the existing informal arrangements does not support ASELA’s ability to secure large scale investment from Government and the private sector.  Nor does it provide transparency of decision making or accountability for delivery.


Note: This is a Council Function.

Eligible for call-in to: Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committee

Cabinet Member: Cllr Gilbert

Report author: Alison Griffin

Publication date: 18/06/2021

Date of decision: 15/06/2021

Decided at meeting: 15/06/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 26/06/2021

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