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37.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURE

The Chairman will draw attention to the emergency evacuation procedure as set out under Note 5.

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Minutes:

The Chair drew attention to the emergency evacuation procedure, as set out on the agenda.

38.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

At this point in the meeting declarations of interest are received from Members in any of the agenda items under consideration at the meeting. Members are asked to complete the green interest forms circulated to groups in their pre-meetings (which will be announced at the Council Meeting) to indicate:

(a) The agenda item number in which they have an interest to declare.

(b) The nature of their interest.

(c) Whether their interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an other interest,  (as defined in Part 2, A and B of the Code of Conduct and Rules for Registration of Interests)

Any Member who needs to clarify any matters relating to the declaration of interests is recommended to seek advice from the Council’s Monitoring Officeror a member of his staff before the meeting to expedite dealing with the item during the meeting.

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Minutes:

Personal (‘other’) interests were noted for item 41 from the Members of the Restructuring Implementation Committee who had taken part in the recruitment process; Councillors Dine Romero, Paul Myers, Karen Walker and Robin Moss.  The Monitoring Officer confirmed that they could take part in the debate and vote.

39.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE CHAIR OF THE COUNCIL OR FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE

These are matters of information for Members of the Council. No decisions will be required arising from the announcements.

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Minutes:

The Chair made the customary announcement regarding telephones and electronic devices.

 

She thanked those who made the Civic service on 21st July 2019 possible. The hard hitting sermon by Revd Dr Keith Clements, entitled ‘Are we still of any use?’ is available from the Chair.  She announced that the collection for the Swallows charity for those with learning difficulties amounted to £193.

 

The Chair was privileged to attend the 75th Double Hills Arnhem glider disaster anniversary on 1st September, and laid a floral tribute.

 

The Chair drew Councillors’ attention to the Chair’s Awards, which have just been launched.  There are new categories this year including for those who go ‘above and beyond’ their duties.  She hoped to see nominations from across Bath and North East Somerset.

 

She concluded by giving apologies for the next Full Council meeting as it coincides with a family wedding.

40.

TO ANNOUNCE ANY URGENT BUSINESS AGREED BY THE CHAIR

If there is any urgent business arising since the formal agenda was published, the Chair will announce this and give reasons why she has agreed to consider it at this meeting. In making her decision, the Chair will, where practicable, have consulted with the Leaders of the Political Groups. Any documentation on urgent business will be circulated at the meeting, if not made available previously.

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Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

41.

APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND DESIGNATION AS HEAD OF PAID SERVICE AND RETURNING OFFICER pdf icon PDF 75 KB

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Minutes:

The Council considered a report recommending appointment of a new Chief Executive.

 

In moving the recommendations, Councillor Dine Romero informed Council of the rigorous recruitment process they had undertaken and outlined some of the key strengths Mr Godfrey would bring to the role.  This was followed by further positive endorsements from Councillors Paul Myers, Karen Walker and Robin Moss in their capacity as Group Leaders and Spokespersons.

 

All Group Leaders also took the opportunity to thank Ashley Ayre for his exemplary leadership of the Council since September 2016 and wished him well for the future.

 

On a motion from Councillor Dine Romero, seconded by Councillor Paul Myers, it was

 

RESOLVED unanimously, on a recommendation from the Restructuring Implementation Committee, that Council approves;

 

1.  The appointment of Chief Executive to Mr Will Godfrey on a salary of £147,000 per annum within the approved range with a start date of 7 October 2019.

 

2.  The designation of the postholder as Head of Paid Service under section 4 of the Local Government & Housing Act 1989 with effect from 7 October 2019; and

 

3.  The designation of the postholder as Returning Officer for all elections and Electoral Registration Officer with effect from 7 October 2019.