Agenda and minutes

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Venue: Committee Room 1, Town Hall, Chorley

Contact: Cathryn Filbin  Email: cathryn.filbin@chorley.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Chairperson

Minutes:

AGREED unanimously – that Councillor Alistair Bradley be elected as Chair.

2.

Draft Council Size Submission pdf icon PDF 464 KB

Draft council proposal enclosed for discussion.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

In his opening statement, the Chair encouraged those members, not appointed to the Committee to attend its meetings as it was important that all members had the same opportunity to contribute to the future running of the council.  The Committee were reminded that voting rights would be limited to those appointed to the Committee or acting in the official capacity of a substitute member.   

 

The Committee was reminded that the Electoral Review would take place in two stages:

 

·                Stage 1 - Council size; before the LGBCE re-draws ward boundaries, it will come to a view on the total number of councillors to be elected to the council in future. A conclusion on council size will be drawn after hearing the council’s (and/or councillors’) views during the preliminary phase.

·                Stage 2 - Ward boundaries; the LGBCE will re-draw ward boundaries so that they meet their statutory criteria. The council will have the opportunity to put forward its ideas in two phases of public consultation.

 

The timetable for the review was confirmed as follows: -

 

Stage Starts

Description

Current stage until May 2018

Council to gather information for LGBCE included electoral forecast

June 2018

Number of councillors decided by LGBCE.

June 2018

Start consultation seeking views on new wards

September 2018

End of consultation; LGBCE analyse submission and form draft

Recommendations

November 2018

Publication of draft recommendations, start of second consultation

January 2019

End of consultation; LGBCE begin analysing submissions and forming final recommendations

 

March 2019

Publication of final recommendations

 

Ordinary day of elections 2020

Whole of council election on new electoral arrangement

 

Members of the Committee considered the draft council submission to be presented at the council meeting to be held on 10 April.  A recommendation to council was sought on the preferred council size and frequency of meetings.

 

In order that the council continued to elect by thirds the Committee was informed that the number of members per ward needed to consist of three to ensure electoral equality. 

 

The decision of council size would be the only stage of the review that would not be released for consultation by the LGBCE, although alternative council size submissions by interested parties would be considered by them.  Ultimately the decision for council size was the LGBCE. 

 

Results of member survey

 

To assist in the formation of the council’s submission, members had been encouraged to take part in a survey the aim of the survey was to –

·         find out how much time members spent on council duties,

·         what assistance they received,

·         how they communicated with constituents,

·         how the role of councillor had changed in recent years. 

 

A total of 22 members responded to the survey.  A copy of the results were summarised and presented to the Committee.  Key issues which arose from the summary included:

·         90% of respondents indicated that the time spent on council duties was as expected.

·         That the number of hours spent on council duties (not including the Leader of the Council or its Executive) broke down as follows: -  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.