Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1RS

Contact: Mark O'Callaghan  Democratic Services Officer

Note: The public proceedings of the meeting will be recorded and made available for playback on the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council website 

Items
No. Item

FC1/19

Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Atkins, Chapelard and Mrs Soyke.

FC2/19

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To receive any declarations of interest by members in items on the agenda. For any advice on declarations of interest; please contact the Monitoring Officer before the meeting.

Minutes:

No declarations of disclosable pecuniary or other significant interests were made.

FC3/19

Election of Mayor for the Ensuing Municipal Year pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To elect the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for the municipal year 2019/20.

Minutes:

The Chief Executive took the chair for the election of the Mayor.

 

Councillor Horwood moved, and Councillor Mrs Thomas seconded, that Councillor Scholes be elected Mayor.

 

The Chief Executive took a vote on the motion by affirmation.

 

RESOLVED – That Councillor Scholes be elected Mayor of the Borough for the municipal year from 22 May 2019 to the date of the Annual Meeting 2020.

 

Councillor Scholes made the declaration of acceptance of office.

 

Following the declaration, the meeting adjourned whilst the Mayor was robed and received the chain of office.

 

On the resumption of the meeting Councillor Scholes returned thanks for his election and announced that the Mayor’s Charity would be Compaid which offered computer training to disadvantaged people. The Reverend Lawrence Powell of King Charles the Martyr Church would be the Mayor’s Chaplain.

 

The Mayor thanked Deputy Lieutenant Peter Blackwell for his service as this would be his final Mayor Making ceremony before retirement.

 

The Mayoress, Mrs Jane Scholes, received her badge of office.

FC4/19

Presentation of Badge to the Immediate Past Mayor pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To present a badge to the immediate past Mayor in recognition of valued service and the appreciation of the Borough Council.

Minutes:

Badges were presented to the immediate past Mayor, Councillor Horwood, and the past Mayoress, Mrs Judy Horwood, in recognition of their service. In addition, a photo album was presented to them both containing memories of their year in office.

 

Councillor Horwood returned thanks and presented gifts to the Mayor’s Office for their support. He announced that over £25,000 had been raised so far in support of his charity Mental Health Resource.

FC5/19

Appointment of Deputy Mayor for the Ensuing Municipal Year pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To appoint the Deputy Mayor of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for the municipal year 2019/20.

Minutes:

Councillor Scholes moved, and Councillor McDermott seconded, that Councillor Podbury be appointed Deputy Mayor.

 

The Mayor took a vote on the motion by affirmation.

 

RESOLVED – That Councillor Podbury be appointed Deputy Mayor of the Borough for the municipal year from 22 May 2019 to the date of the Annual Meeting 2020.

 

Councillor Podbury made the declaration of acceptance of office.

 

Following the declaration, the Deputy Mayor was robed and received the chain of office.

 

The Deputy Mayor’s Escort, Mr Bob Podbury, received his badge of office.

 

Councillor Podbury returned thanks for her appointment.

FC6/19

Announcements from the Mayor and Chief Executive pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To receive any announcements from the Mayor and / or the Chief Executive.

Minutes:

There were no announcements.

FC7/19

Return of Persons Elected to the Borough Council pdf icon PDF 167 KB

To note the names of each of the persons elected Borough Councillor as set out in the report.

Minutes:

The Chief Executive, as Returning Officer for the 2 May 2019 Borough Elections, submitted the return of persons elected to the Borough Council as set out in the agenda report.

FC8/19

Election of Leader of the Council pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To elect the Leader of the Council in accordance with the requirements of the Constitution.

Minutes:

Councillor Scott moved, and Councillor Stanyer seconded, that Councillor McDermott be elected Leader of the Council.

 

Councillor March requested a recorded vote.

 

Members who voted in favour of the motion: The Mayor Councillor Scholes, The Deputy Mayor Councillor Podbury, Councillors Backhouse, Bailey, Dr Basu, Bland, Mrs Cobbold, Dawlings, Fairweather, Dr Hall, Hamilton, Holden, Horwood, Mackonochie, March, McDermott, Noakes, Ms Palmer, Scott, Simmons, Stanyer, Mrs Thomas, Thomson, Williams and Woodward. (25)

 

Members who voted against the motion: Councillors Atwood, Bruneau, Ellis, Everitt, Funnell, Hayward, Hickey, Hill, Lewis, Lidstone, Morton, Poile, Pope, Pound, Warne and Willis. (16)

 

Members who abstained from voting: Councillors Barrington-King, Neve, Rands and Reilly. (4)

 

RESOLVED – That Councillor McDermott be elected as Leader of the Council from 22 May 2019 to the date of the Annual Meeting 2023.

FC9/19

Appointments to Committees 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 124 KB

To consider and, if thought fit, to approve the recommendations set out in the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor McDermott moved, and Councillor March seconded, the recommendations set out in the report.

 

Councillor McDermott advised members that there had been some changes to the appointments to committees since the publication of the document but these would be given effect after the meeting through the normal process.

 

The Mayor took a vote on the motion by affirmation.

 

RESOLVED –

 

1.    That the allocation of seats to committees, as set out at paragraph 2.9 of the report, be approved;

 

2.    That the appointments to the committees, as set out at Appendix A to the report, be approved; and

 

3.    That the appointments made by the Leader of the Council to the Cabinet portfolio holder positions, as set out at Appendix B to the report, be noted.

FC10/19

Common Seal of the Council pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To authorise the Common Seal of the Council to be affixed to any contract, minute, notice or other document arising out of the minutes, or pursuant to any delegation, authority or power conferred by the Council.

Minutes:

RESOLVED That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to any contract, minute, notice or other document arising out of the minutes or pursuant to any delegation, authority or power conferred by the Council.

 

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