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1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence

2.

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.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 297 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting of the General Assembly of the Council held on 27 July 2020 as an accurate record.

4.

Mayor's Announcements

To receive announcements from the Mayor.

5.

Leader's Announcements

To receive announcements from the Leader of the Council

6.

Questions from Political Group Leaders

To consider any questions (from the Political Group Leaders) to the Leader/Cabinet submitted in accordance with Standing Order 14.

7.

Motions

To consider the following motions submitted in accordance with Standing Order 10:

 

(1)  Motion submitted by the Deputy Shadow Leader of the Council, Councillor K J Grehan:

 

‘This Council recognises that:

 

As an employer, Dartford Borough Council wishes to employ the very best people.

 

Even the most accepting people can be influenced by thoughts and feelings they’re not aware they have.

 

We all wish to prevent discrimination and unconscious bias during each stage of recruitment.

 

Name-anonymous application processes are a proven method for preventing employment discrimination in the early stages of recruitment

 

Name anonymous recruitment assists in reducing both gender and racial bias in initial recruitment stages and has been effectively implemented in numerous organisations, including the UK Civil Service and UCAS.

 

This Council resolves:

 

To adopt a name anonymous recruitment policy in order to reduce unconscious

bias during the recruitment process.’

 

 

(2)  Motion submitted by the Shadow Leader of the Council, Councillor S Gosine

 

‘This council is very disappointed to note that Ebbsfleet, Dartford is included in a list of 28 areas where the Government have legislated to give permission for a lorry park to be built, without any consultation with either our council or our community.

 

That this Council resolves:

 

To write to the relevant Secretaries of State to make clear that to have legislated in this way is unacceptable and shows complete disregard for local government and local communities.’

 

(3)  Motion submitted by Councillor A J Oakley-Dow

 

The pandemic emergency and even the recent economic recession can make it harder to think beyond the present or immediate future, as we cope as best we can for ourselves and our neighbours in these unpredictable circumstances.

However, it is a recognised fact that increasingly severe weather events now occur throughout the seasons across this country – 2020 in the UK has seen the hottest week since records began, whilst as recently as August, Storm Francis provided winds of 78mph in the south of England. The year has also been characterised by continued widespread flooding across the country caused by frequent unprecedented rainfall events, from March through to August, culminating in loss of life in the recent train derailment tragedy. Harm to humans is not caused uniquely by low temperature in Winter.

 

In the context of the recent cross-party project to urgently address the global climate emergency in practical and effective strategies for the people of Dartford, is it not time to reappraise the criteria by which the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol is engaged? In the same way that this Council responded so well to the pandemic emergency, can we not extend this thinking to a more appropriate response to the welfare of rough sleepers as victims of the climate emergency as well? Will the Council once again set an excellent example of compassion and care for all?

 

That this Council resolves to

 

- Revisit the criteria by which SWEP is applied in the Borough of Dartford to better reflect the variety of severe weather which we all  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.

8.

Urgent Items

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

To consider any reports to the General Assembly of Council by other Committees, Boards, Panels and Officers.

9.

References from other Committees (if any)

10.

Coronavirus - Governance Review and Reinstatement of Full Allocation of Seats On, & Appointments to, Membership of Committees pdf icon PDF 211 KB

To consider and agree the restoration of committee seats as agreed at the last Annual Council meeting on 22 May 2019 and any changes to the memberships of committees, sub-committees, boards and panels notified by Group Leaders..

11.

Restructure of Directorates and Appointment to Statutory Officer Posts pdf icon PDF 139 KB

To consider proposals to restructure directorates and to approve appointments to Statutory Officer posts.

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12.

Scrutiny Committee Annual Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To consider and note the Scrutiny Committee Annual Report 2019/20.

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13.

Crime & Disorder (Overview & Scrutiny) Committee Annual Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To consider and note the Crime & Disorder (Overview & Scrutiny) Committee Annual Report 2019/20.

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14.

General Assembly of the Council Work Plan 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 118 KB

To consider and agree the General Assembly of the Council Work Plan 2020/21.

15.

Reserved Minutes pdf icon PDF 217 KB

To consider any of the minutes of the following Cabinet meetings reserved in accordance with Standing Order 16;

 

(a)       for full debate by Political Groups on the Council;

(b)       by Ward Members.

 

Cabinet

 

23 January 2020

5 March 2020

28 May 2020

25 June 2020

23 July 2020

24 September 2020

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