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Items
No. Item

8.

Attendance by Reserve Members

To note the attendance at this meeting of any duly appointed Reserve Members.

 

Reserve Members may attend meetings:-

 

(i)                 to take the place of an ordinary Member for whom they are a reserve;

(ii)               where the ordinary Member will be absent for the whole of the meeting; and

(iii)             the meeting notes at the start of the meeting at the item ‘Reserves’ that the Reserve Member is or will be attending as a reserve;

(iv)              if a Reserve Member whose intention to attend has been noted arrives after the commencement of the meeting, then that Reserve Member can only act as a Member from the start of the next item of business on the agenda after his/her arrival.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note the attendance of the following duly constituted Reserve Members:

 

Ordinary Member

 

Reserve Member

Councillor Dan Anderson

Councillor Ghazanfar Ali

Councillor Ramji Chauhan

Councillor Marilyn Ashton

Councillor Maxine Henson

Councillor Niraj Dattani

Councillor Angella Murphy-Strachan

Councillor James Lee

Councillor Kanti Rabadia

Councillor Paul Osborn

 

9.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of disclosable pecuniary or non pecuniary interests, arising from business to be transacted at this meeting, from:

 

(a)               all Members of the Committee;

(b)               all other Members present.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that there were no declarations of interests made by Members.

RESOLVED ITEMS

10.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 114 KB

That the minutes of the Special meeting held on 4 October 2018 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the Special meeting held on 4 October 2018 be taken as read and signed as a correct record subject to the following amendment:

 

Minute 7, Paragraph 2 – Electoral Review 2018-19 – Local Government Boundary Commission for England

 

Add in an additional sentence after the first sentence as follows:-

 

‘Another Member suggested that the Commission had made its decision and were unlikely to revisit the number of councillors’.

11.

Electoral Review 2018-19 - Local Government Boundary Commission for England pdf icon PDF 184 KB

Report of the Director of Legal and Governance Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received the report which sought approval to the Council’s representations to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) and which was regarded as urgent for the reasons set out on the supplemental agenda.

 

The Director of Legal and Governance Services introduced the report and advised that the deadline for representations was 11 February 2019.  An officer outlined the suggested responses, areas of disagreement on a ward by ward basis.

 

A Member stated that he did not agree with the proposal that Roxbourne be a three Member ward and that nor did he accept the consequential changes arising.  He also stated that he did not support the name changes citing Pinner in particular.  Another Member endorsed the views in relation to the Roxbourne ward stating that there were a number of wards that had issues of deprivation and criminal activity and therefore it was not credible to use this argument as a justification for having three Members.  In contrast, the view was expressed that ward work did increase when there was instances of crime.

 

In response to a Member’s question, the officer advised that the name ‘River Pinn’ would be deleted in relation to the commentary on Rayners Lane ward and only ‘Yeading Brook’ would be used in the submission.  It was acknowledged that Yeading Brook had been the recognised natural boundary here for the past twenty years.

 

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)          the representations set out in Appendix B to the officer report with regard to ward boundaries and associated electorate figures be submitted to the LGBCE as part of the current electorate review of the Borough;

 

(2)          the representations set in Appendix C to the officer report with regard to ward names be submitted to the LGBCE as part of the current electoral review of the Borough be approved;

 

(3)          the Director of Legal and Governance Services make any necessary minor drafting amendments and adjustments to ensure that the Council’s submission was accurate.

 

[Note:  Councillors Ashton, Baxter, Halai, Hinkley, Moshenson, Osborn and Wright wished to be recorded as voting against the above resolutions].

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Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Report of the Director of Legal and Governance Services

Minutes:

Members received a report which set out the proposal for review of Harrow’s polling districts and polling places in accordance with legislation.

 

The Director of Legal and Governance Services outlined the content of the report and dew Members’ attention to a tabled amendment, the purpose of which was to assist in making progress on future polling district and polling station arrangements once the final recommendations of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England had been published.

 

A Member proposed a further amendment in relation to the appointment of non-voting co-opted representatives on the Review Group and it was

 

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)          a Review Working Group be established to undertake the review of the polling districts and polling places in Harrow;

 

(2)          wok on the future arrangements be commenced following the publication by the LGBCE of the final recommendations;

 

(3)          the Group Leaders nominate five Members (3 Labour, 2 Conservative) to be appointed to the Review Working Group;

 

(4)          if the nominated Members was unable to attend any meeting, a substitute could attend in place of that Member;

 

(5)          the additional appointment of one non-voting co-opted representative from Harrow East or Harrow West Labour Party and one Harrow East or Harrow West Conservatives be recommended by the Group Leaders for appointment to the review Working Group;

 

(6)          the terms of reference of the Review Working Group, as set out at Appendix 1 to the officer report, be agreed.