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Agenda and minutes

Venue: The North Wiltshire Room - County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN. View directions

No. Item


Election of Chairman

To elect a Chairman for this meeting only


On the nomination of Councillor Allison Bucknell, seconded by Councillor Ruth Hopkinson, it was,



To elect Councillor Graham Wright as Chairman for this meeting only.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declaration of disclosable interests or dispensations granted by the Standards Committee.


There were no declarations.


Consideration of Dispensation Requests

To consider dispensation requests from Councillors Phil Alford, Jack Oatley, and any others who may submit requests ahead of the meeting date.

Supporting documents:


The Sub-Committee considered requests for dispensations as set out in Agenda Supplements 1 and 2, from Councillors Phil Alford, Jack Oatley, Jon Hubbard, Jo Trigg, Edward Kirk, David Vigar, Mel Jacob, Stewart Palmen, Caroline Thomas, Sam Pearce-Kearney, Jane Davies, Daniel Cave, Antonio Piazza, and Tony Trotman.


Councillor Kirk attended to make a statement in respect of his request, and then withdrew.


The Sub-Committee reviewed the requests, considered the criteria under which a dispensation could be granted, and after debate it was,



1)    To grant dispensations to remain in the room, and to vote, in respect of matters relating to an Other Registerable Interest as set out below, as follows:


·       Councillors Phil Alford, Jack Oatley, Jon Hubbard (Members of Melksham Town Council)

·       Councillors Jo Trigg, Edward Kirk, David Vigar, Mel Jacob, Stewart Palmen, Daniel Cave, Antonio Piazza (Members of Trowbridge Town Council)

·       Councillor Jane Davies (Member of Marlborough Town Council)

·       Councillors Sam Pearce-Kearney, Tony Trotman (Members of Calne Town Council)


For a period up to the conclusion of the current council term (12 May 2025) for the following reasons:


To prevent impediment to transaction of council business, in the interests of persons living in the Council’s area, and as otherwise appropriate.


2)    To not grant a dispensation in respect of the request from Councillor Caroline Thomas.


3)    To note the additional requests from Councillor Sam Pearce-Kearney did not require a dispensation, and to refer to the Monitoring Officer for advice.








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