• Should this meeting have been recorded?

    7th June 2013 | News | Claire
  • I thought that last night’s overview and scrutiny committee meeting should have been the first meeting to be recorded … if so, where was the recording equipment? -(refer to http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/officers_advise_meetings_will_be_recorded_on_a_trial_basis/)

    Other issues that came up, included:

    – Cllr Sheila Kerridge supporting a proposal to be debated at cabinet next Wednesday regarding the creation of a new National Park, taking in part of East Devon – see Sidmouth Independent News blog about it here – http://sidmouthindependentnews.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/powerful-marketing-opportunity-for-east-devon-and-dorset/

    Councillors agreed that this item should be referred to the overview and scrutiny committee for closer examination, following a report in the cabinet papers that dismisses the proposal.

    – a proposal by chair, Cllr Tim Wood, that think tanks (private committees that are not required to be agendad or minuted) should be put on the forward plan for the scrutiny committee. 

    – a proposal by me that pre-application advice and its confidential nature, should be included on the forward plan for the overview and scrutiny committee

    – a suggestion by Cllr Mike Allen that I had “brought the council into disrepute” for talking to journalist, Anna Minton (author of Scaring the Living Daylights out of People – http://www.annaminton.com/Scaring%20The%20Living%20Daylights%20March%2027th%2013.pdf). 

    Cllr Allen asked that the minutes of the March meeting record that I had “admitted” talking to Ms Minton, following a question from him.  Cllr Allen also wanted my “links” to the Express & Echo recorded in the minutes of the March meeting, following a question by the member of the public who said that he used to work with me at the newspaper in the 1990s.  Cllr Allen’s request was supported by Cllr Peter Bowden. 

    Below is the full list of meetings that are to be recorded.

    – Full council
    – Cabinet
    – Development management committee
    – Overview and scrutiny committee
    – Housing review board
    – Audit and governance
    – Licensing and enforcement committee
    – Standards committee