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To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 13th July 2023.
The minutes of the meeting held on 13 July 2023 were confirmed and signed.
Declarations of Interest
To disclose any pecuniary, other registrable or non-registrable interests as set out in the adopted Code of Conduct. In making their decision councillors are asked to state the agenda item, the nature of the interest and any action they propose to take as part of their declaration.
If required, further advice should be sought from the Monitoring Officer in advance of the meeting.
No declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests were made at the meeting.
To receive any announcements
from the Chairman of Council.
The Chairman reported the death of Honorary Alderman Della Jones MBE, who served as a Member of North Dorset District Council and Dorset County Council. She also reported on the death of Honorary Alderman Jeffrey Miller who also served as a member of North Dorset District Council. She paid tribute to both Honorary Alderman.
The Chairman took this opportunity, on behalf of the council and residents, to thank John Sellgren, Executive Director of Place, who had recently announced his retirement at the end of the year. She thanked him for his service and commitment to the Council over the last 5 years.
Finally, the Chairman shared that Councillor Spencer Flower, Leader of the Council since 2019, had been shortlisted for the Local Government Information Unit “Leader of the Year” Award. She wished him luck at the awards ceremony due to be held on 16 November 2023.
A period of 30 minutes is
allocated for the Public Participation Period.
Representatives of town or
parish councils and members of the public who live, work, or represent an
organisation within the Dorset Council area are welcome to submit either 1
question or 1 statement for each Full Council meeting. You are welcome to attend the meeting in person
or via Microsoft Teams to read out your question and to receive the
response. If you submit a statement for
the Full Council meeting this will be circulated to all members in advance of
the meeting as a supplement to the agenda and appended to the minutes of the
meeting for the formal record but will not be read out at the meeting. The first 8 questions and the first 8
statements received from members of the public or organisations for each
meeting will be accepted on a first come first served basis in accordance with
the deadline set out below.
Further information on the
Public Participation Period can be found in the Council’s Constitution Part 2 Rules of Procedure - Council and Committee Procedure
The full text of the question or statement must be
received by 8.30am on Monday 9 October 2023. All submissions must be emailed to email@example.com
When submitting your question
or statement please note that:
· You can submit 1 question or 1 statement to each meeting.
· A question may include a short pre-amble to set the
· It must be a single question,
any sub-divided questions will not be permitted.
· Each question will consist of no more than 450 words and you will be given up to 3 minutes to present your question.
· When submitting your question please indicate who the
question is for (e.g. the name of the Portfolio
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and contact details. Only your name will
be published but we may need your other details to contact you about your
question or statement in advance of the meeting.
· Questions and statements received in line with the council’s
rules for public participation will be published as a supplement to the agenda.
· All questions, statements and responses will be published
in full within the minutes of the meeting.
Public questions, statements and the responses from the Leader of the Council or the appropriate Portfolio Holder are set out in Appendix 1 to these minutes.
Public participation - petitions and deputations
A period of 15 minutes is allocated to receive and respond to petitions in accordance with the council’s petitions scheme.
A period of 15 minutes is allocated to receive and respond to deputations in accordance with the council’s constitution.
The petitions scheme and procedures relating to deputations can be viewed at:
There were no petitions or deputations to report.
Announcements and Reports from the Leader of Council and Cabinet Members
To receive any announcements and reports from the Leader of Council and members of the Cabinet.
The Leader of the Council advised members that his bulletin would be published at the conclusion of the meeting and some of the areas covered by the bulletin included:-
· Lobbying Government for a better deal for Dorset
· Congratulating officers of their recent success at the Highways Awards
· Congratulations to the Digital Champions scheme at the Connected Britain Awards
· Dorset Council was also shortlisted for Decarbonisation Work, and he also reported on the Community Safety Team’s recent visit to the Home Office.
To receive questions submitted by councillors. The deadline for receipt of questions is 8.30am on Monday 9 October 2023.
There were four questions received from councillors. A copy of the questions and the responses are attached at Appendix 2 to these minutes.
To consider a report by the Executive Director of Place.
The Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth and Levelling Up advised that at its meeting on 25 July 2023, Cabinet considered a report titled ‘A devolution deal for Dorset’. Set out in the context of a further announcement by Government about devolution deals being struck and against a commitment for all areas of England which wanted one, to have a devolution deal by 2030, Cabinet thought it appropriate to consider this proposal for Dorset Council.
He continued by reporting that work had commenced to progress a devolution deal for Dorset; but it was clear that such a deal would be finalised not in the current but under a future Parliament. However, for this to occur work needed to commence now. The Portfolio Holder reported that it was generally considered that English devolution had gained a strong foothold and therefore he considered it to be prudent for Dorset Council to prepare proactively in order to be able to secure the best outcome for Dorset in the future.
The report set out the potential wider policy implications of a devolution deal and sought council’s endorsement of the need to widen the scope of the Council Plan. The Portfolio Holder acknowledged that there was no appetite for a directly elected mayor model, however, there were other models to be considered and these were set out within the report.
Councillor N Ireland, Group Leader for the Liberal Democrats group indicated that the group would be supporting the recommendation, however he advised that he did find the report vague, which was indicative of the current situation around devolution in England. He saw no reason not to support the recommendation, but expressed concerns that it would not be the financial solution for properly funded local government going forward.
Other members expressed similar concerns and sought assurances around governance, a reduction in autonomy and the potential impact on council sovereignty.
In response to questions and concerns, the Leader of the Council agreed that Council needed more information to build on this proposal before any final decision was made. However, he sought support from members to continue conversations regarding a devolution deal for Dorset. He confirmed that this would not affect the sovereignty of individual councils and advised that the government had acknowledged that the mayoral model doesn’t work for all areas. In response to a question around which councils Dorset was in conversation with, the Leader of the Council indicated that he was in early negotiations with some local authorities and needed to respect the Leaders of those councils, who needed to have further discussions with their own councillors and Chief Executives before proceeding. He confirmed that all councillors would be kept fully informed of progress.
It was proposed by Cllr S Gibson and seconded by Cllr S Flower
That the pursuit of a Devolution Deal for
Dorset be added to all sections of the approved Council Plan, be agreed.
our natural environment, climate, and ecology
stronger, healthier communities
· Creating sustainable development and housing ... view the full minutes text for item 40.
To consider a recommendation by the Audit & Governance Committee.
The Chairman of the Audit and Governance Committee set out the committee’s recommendation to appoint 2 new co-opted members to the Audit and Governance Committee.
It was proposed by Cllr R Biggs seconded by Cllr S Cocking
That Mr S Roach and Mr R Ong be endorsed as co-opted members of the Audit and Governance Committee.
To approve the appointment of a co-optee to the Harbours Advisory Committee.
The Chairman of the Harbours Advisory Committee set out a report on the recruitment process and recommendation for a new co-opted member of the Harbours Advisory committee.
It was proposed by Cllr M Roberts and seconded by Cllr R Hughes
That the co-option of Mr Mark Saxby as a co-opted member of the Harbours Advisory Committee be endorsed.
To consider a report by the Democratic Services Team Leader.
Cllr S Flower, Leader of the Council introduced a report to approve a dispensation for Cllr P Wharf due to ill health.
It was proposed by Cllr S Flower and seconded by Cllr N Ireland
That a dispensation for Cllr P Wharf from attending meetings of the Council until 2 May 2024, by reason of ill health be approved.
To consider any items of
business which the Chairman has had prior notification and considers to be
urgent pursuant to section 100B (4) b) of the Local Government Act 1972. The
reason for the urgency shall be recorded in the minutes.
There were no urgent items to
To move the exclusion of the press and the public for the following item
in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information within the meaning of paragraph of schedule
12 A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).
The public and the press will be asked to leave the meeting whilst the
item of business is considered.
There is no exempt business scheduled for the meeting.
There was no exempt business to report.