Agenda and minutes

Thursday, 2nd November, 2017 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX. View directions

Contact: Penny Milne  Democratic Services Team Leader - 023 9244 6234

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The Chairman opened the meeting with a short prayer.


Presentation - Pets As Therapy

To receive a presentation from Patricia Bland of Pets As Therapy on the work of this charitable organisation.  Councillors will be given an opportunity to meet informally with the PAT volunteers and their dogs in the Civic Offices Lobby prior to the meeting.


The Council received presentation from Patricia Bland, Voluntary Area Coordinator for Pets As Therapy, on the work of this charitable organisation.  Mrs Bland explained how the volunteers and their dogs provided much needed company for elderly people in daycare centres, nursing homes, hospitals and also ran a ‘read to dogs’ scheme in special and mainstream schools to help build confidence among pupils with learning difficulties. 


Mrs Bland also thanked the Council for its £1,000 award through the Councillors’ devolved grants scheme and advised that the funds would be used to purchase teardrop banners for display when attending fêtes and other community events.


The Chairman thanked Mrs Bland and her colleagues for taking the time to attend the Council meeting with their dogs and for their interesting and informative presentation.


Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements the Chairman wishes to make.


The Chairman reminded Councillors of the forthcoming external peer assessment in relation to the Council’s bid for Charter for Elected Member Development accreditation and encouraged Councillors to take part the members’ workshop on14 December.


Apologies for Absence

To receive and record any apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from Councillors Ayer, Bentley, Brandt, Costigan, Johnson, Kendall, Noble, Pienaar, Standish and Watts.


Declarations of Interest

To receive and record any declarations of interests.


There were no declarations of interest from any of the members present.


Confirmation of Previous Minutes

To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 21 September 2017, circulated separately


Proposed by Councillor Carew and seconded by Councillor Williams, it was


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 21 September 2017 be approved as a correct record.


Public Question Time (Standing Order 13.4(f)(i))

To deal with any public questions notified at least two clear working days before the meeting.


There were no public questions.


Appointment of Chief Finance Officer

RECOMMENDED to Council that, in accordance with Section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972, Lydia Morrison be appointed as the Council’s Interim Chief Finance Officer.


Proposed by Councillor Cowper and seconded by Councillor Millard, it was


RESOLVED that Lydia Morrison be appointed as the Council’s Chief Finance Officer in accordance with the requirements of section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972.


Questions under Procedural Order 23.4 (a)

(Notice of questions from Councillors must be given in writing at least 48 hours before the meeting)


There were no questions under Standing Order 23.


Questions under Procedural Order 23.4(b)

(Questions from Councillors relating to urgent business, of which notice has not been given under Procedural Order 23.4(a), to be received at least two hours prior to the start the meeting).


There were no urgent questions.


Committee Minutes

To receive the minutes of the following Committees (previously circulated):


Extraordinary Governance and Audit Committee – 25 September 2017

Licensing Committee – 29 September 2017

Community Forum (Petersfield, Liss and Surrounding Villages) – 10 October 2017

Cabinet – 12 October 2017

Community Forum (Whitehill and Bordon, Liphook, Headley, Grayshott, Lindford and Greatham) – 24 October 2017


The minutes of Committees held since the last meeting of the Council were received.