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No. Item

91.

Prayers: Reverend Kenneth Clark

Minutes:

The Mayor’s Chaplain led the Council in prayer. Special mention was made of former Councillor Dilys Smith, the Mayor of Dartford in 1965-66 who had recently passed away.

92.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Lees, McLean, Page, Read, Denzil Reynolds, Lucas Reynolds, Sandhu and Shanks.

 

Apologies for lateness were submitted on behalf of Councillors Jarnell and Jones.

93.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interest from Members including the terms(s) of the Grant of Dispensation (if any) by the Audit Board or Managing Director.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest (Councillors Jarnell and Jones also confirmed that they had no interest to declare when they arrived during consideration of item 5, Draft Recommendations for New Electoral Arrangements for Dartford Borough Council – Consultation Response).

94.

Urgent Items

The Mayor will announce her decision as to whether there are any urgent items.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

95.

Council in Committee

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor R M Currans, seconded by Councillor J A Kite and

 

            RESOLVED:

 

That in accordance with Standing Order 11 (13) the General Assembly of the Council go into Committee and the rules of Procedures for Committees do apply.

 

THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL, COUNCILLOR J A KITE MBE, IN THE CHAIR

 

96.

Draft Recommendations for New Electoral Arrangements for Dartford Borough Council - Consultation Response pdf icon PDF 54 KB

This report presents the Council’s proposed response to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s draft recommendations for new electoral arrangements for the Borough.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The General Assembly of the Council considered the Council’s proposed response to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s (LGBCE) draft recommendations for new electoral arrangements for the Borough which was due to be submitted to the Commission by 9th April 2018. The LGBCE’s draft recommendations proposed seven three councillor wards, eight two councillor wards and five one councillor wards which largely followed the proposals contained in the Council’s own submission to the Commission but also reflected some recommendations contained in other submissions where the Commission felt that these provided stronger evidence of community links and locally recognised boundaries.

 

The Council’s response to the consultation provided comments against each of the proposed new wards and whilst accepting the majority of the LGBCE’s draft recommendations highlighted some areas where it considered that the recommendations either did not truly reflect local communities or where it considered that slight adjustments were required to reflect natural boundaries or road centre lines.

 

A Member proposed that the ward name of the proposed ‘Maypole’ ward should be amended to ‘Maypole and Leyton Cross’ to reflect the historic ties between the two areas, the fact that Leyton Cross was a name that local residents related to and that the two areas were of a similar size. He felt that this change would be supported by local residents. The motion was seconded and Members spoke in support of the name change. The motion was put to the vote and carried.

 

A Member challenged the proposals for Darenth Ward, suggesting that the Borough ward boundary did not align with the Parish Council boundary as suggested by Darenth Parish Council in its submission to the LGBCE. This was seconded. A short adjournment was proposed to allow officers to clarify the proposal and to consult more detailed maps.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7.15pm and reconvened at 7.25pm.

 

Officers explained that the LGBCE was unable to change parish boundaries and the suggested proposal would create a new and unviable polling district in another parish which the LGBCE could not do. A Community Governance Review was currently being carried out which would address any issues relating to Parish electoral arrangements arising from the LGBCE review.

 

With the agreement of the proposer and seconder the motion was amended so that officers would clarify the accuracy of the maps used by the LGBCE and would inform the LGBCE if the map was found to be inaccurate. The motion was carried.

 

The Shadow Leader of the Council said that his Group felt that the LGBCE’s draft recommendations were an improvement on the original starting point and were mostly correct. However his Group stood by the proposals contained in their own submission to the LGBCE and would not be supporting the recommendations contained in the report.

 

The recommendations contained in the report, as amended at the meeting, were put to the vote and carried.

 

 

            RESOLVED:

 

1.That the Council’s response to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s draft recommendations for new electoral arrangements for the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 96.

97.

Re-convening of the General Assembly of the Council and Close of Meeting

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite, seconded by Councillor C J Shippam, and

 

            RESOLVED:

 

That in accordance with Standing Order 11 (14) the General Assembly of the Council now re-convene.

 

THE MAYOR, COUNCILLOR R M CURRANS IN THE CHAIR

 

The Mayor declared the meeting closed.