Decision details

Constitutional Issues including Committees

Decision Maker: Flintshire County Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To approve the constitutional arrangements for the Council for the forthcoming year.


(i)        Appointment of Committees


That Council appoints the following Committees:


Appeals Committee;

Clwyd Pension Fund Committee;

Constitution and Democratic Services Committee

Climate Change Committee

Governance and Audit Committee

Grievance Committee

Grievance Appeals Committee

Investigation and Disciplinary Committee

Joint Governance Committee (for Pensions)

Licensing Committee

Planning Committee

Standards Committee; and

The five Overview & Scrutiny Committees as listed in the report. 


(ii)        Determination of the size of Committees


(a)       That the size of each Committee be as set out in paragraph 1.04 of the report, and the size of the Grievance Committee, Grievance Appeals Committee, and Investigation and Disciplinary Committee be increased to 13; and


(b)       That the political balance and terms of reference for the Climate Change Committee be established at the next meeting of the County Council on 19 July 2022. 


(iii)       Terms of Reference of Committees


That the terms of reference for each Committee as set out in the Constitution be approved.


(iv)      Political Balance


(a)       That seats be allocated in accordance with political balance as set out

in Appendix 1 and the rules on membership of the Committees as set

out in paragraphs 1.09 – 1.14;


(b)       That the seats on the Grievance, Grievance Appeals and Investigation

and Disciplinary Committees be allocated to give a broad political

spread of membership; and


(c)        That further consideration be given to rules 3 and 4, as detailed in paragraph 1.12 of the report, to improve current procedures on making nominations to the Planning Committee.  


(v)       Appointment of Chairs of Standing Committees


(a)       That the Chairs of the following Committees be appointed (noting any restrictions on eligibility):


·             Clwyd Pension Fund Committee - Councillor Ted Palmer

·             Planning Committee - Councillor Richard Lloyd

·             Constitution and Democratic Services Committee - Councillor Rob Davies

·             Licensing Committee - Councillor Rosetta Dolphin


(b)       That the Grievance Committee, the Grievance Appeals Committee and Investigation & Disciplinary Committee should each appoint its own Chair from amongst its membership; and


(c)        That the following groups be allocated the Chair of the Overview & Scrutiny Committees as outlined:


Overview & Scrutiny Committee            Group to Choose Chair

Corporate Resources                                  Independent (Councillor Richard Jones)

Community, Housing & Assets                 Independent (Councillor Helen Brown)

Education, Youth & Culture                      Labour (Councillor Teresa Carberry)

Environment & Economy                           Labour (Councillor David Evans)

Social & Health Care                                  Liberal Democrat


(vi)      Approval of the Constitution


That the rules, procedures, delegations and codes/protocols within the Constitution be approved.


(vii)     Nominations to Internal Bodies


That the make-up of the Appointments Committee be approved.


(viii)    Standards Committee


That the composition and membership of the Standards Committee be noted, including the appointment of Councillors Teresa Carberry, Andrew Parkhurst, and Anthony Wren to replace the membership of Councillors Gladys Healey, Patrick Heesom and Arnold Woolley.


(ix)      Appointments to Outside Bodies


That Council delegates authority to the Chief Executive, in consultation with Group Leaders, to make appointments to outside bodies for this council term. Including authority to change any appointment (in consultation with group leaders) during the Council term as required.

Report author: Gareth Owens

Publication date: 23/08/2022

Date of decision: 24/05/2022

Decided at meeting: 24/05/2022 - Flintshire County Council

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