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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber - County Hall, Trowbridge. View directions

Contact: Kieran Elliott  01225 718504, Email: kieran.elliott@wiltshire.gov.uk

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To receive any apologies or substitutions for the meeting.


An apology for absence was received from Councillor Jonathon Seed, who was substituted by Councillor Jacqui Lay.



To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 17 April 2018.

Supporting documents:


The minutes of the meeting held on 17 April 2018 were presented and it was,




To approve and sign the minutes as a true and correct record.


Declarations of Interest

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


There were no declarations


Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements through the Chair.


There were no announcements.


Public Participation

The Council welcomes contributions from members of the public.




If you would like to make a statement at this meeting on any item on this

agenda, please register to do so at least 10 minutes prior to the meeting. Up to 3 speakers are permitted to speak for up to 3 minutes each on any agenda item.


Please contact the officer named on the front of the agenda for any further




To receive any questions from members of the public or members of the Council received in accordance with the constitution.


Those wishing to ask questions are required to give notice of any such questions in writing to the officer named on the front of this agenda no later than

5pm on 18 June 2018 in order to be guaranteed of a written response. In order to receive a verbal response questions must be submitted no later than 5pm on 20 June 2018. Please contact the officer named on the front of this agenda for further advice. Questions may be asked without notice if the Chairman decides that the matter is urgent.


Details of any questions received will be circulated to Committee members prior

to the meeting and made available at the meeting and on the Council’s website.


No statements or questions were submitted.


Electoral Review Update

Following the last meeting of the Committee the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) informed the Council they were not yet in a position to make a determination on council-size. The consultation on division boundaries was therefore delayed.


The LGBCE have requested further information from the Council relating to the proposed council size.


The Committee will therefore be asked to consider how the Council should respond to the LGBCE.

Supporting documents:


A report was presented outlining the progession of the Electoral Review since the last meeting.


Following the submission being provided to the Committee on 4 April 2018 the Local Government Boundary Commission for England informed the Council that it was not in a position to make a determination on council size. The Commission requested a meeting with the Leader of the Council, which took place on 15 May 2018 along with the Chairman of the Committee. A separate meeting took place between the Commission and representatives of the Liberal Democrat Group, who had made a seprate submission to the Commission.

Following that meeting a letter was received from the Commission on 31 May 2018 formally requesting supplementary information from the Council in relation to its submission, with a new deadline for the preliminary stage of the Electoral Review of 13 July 2018.


A workshop meeting was held for the Commiitee on 12 June 2018 at which it considered the letter from the Commission and how the Council should respond to the request for information. Additional evidence relating to the submission was also considered.


Agenda Supplement 1 was then discussed at the meeting, being a draft supplementary submission taking account of the points raised by the Committee at the workshop meeting. Further evidence on committee number assessment, councillor hours and other comparisons were also considered.


The Committee discussed the draft, including whether they considered the evidence still supported a recommended council size of 99, and at the conclusion of discussion, it was,




That on the basis of the evidence to recommend that Full Council continue to support a proposed council size of 99; and


To endorse the draft supplementary submission on council size to Council for recommendation to the LGBCE, subject to any minor drafting and consequential changes to be delegated to the Director of Legal and Democratic Services in consultation with the Chairman of the Electoral Review Committee.



Urgent Items

Any other items of business, which the Chairman agrees to consider as a matter of urgency.


There were no urgent items.




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