Decision details

Constitutional Matters: Committees

Decision Maker: Flintshire County Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Allweddol decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To deal with those matters which require decisions at the Annual Meeting of the County Council in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 1.1 (vii)-(xiii).


(i) Appointment of Committees


That Council appoints the following Committees:


Audit Committee

Clwyd Pension Fund Committee

Constitution and Democratic Services Committee

Joint Governance Committee (for Pensions)

Licensing Committee

Planning Committee

Standards Committee

The six Overview & Scrutiny Committees listed in paragraph 1.01

Grievance Committee (appointed on 9 April 2019)

Investigation and Disciplinary Committee


(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 that an additional lay Member be recruited to the Audit Committee as set out in the report; and


(b)       That a review of committees be undertaken in the next 12 months including the number of elected Members and lay members on the Audit Committee membership.


(iii) Terms of Reference of Committees


That the terms of reference for each Committee in the Constitution be approved with the addition of the Grievance Committee appointed at the last meeting and the Investigation and Disciplinary Committee as set out in the report.


(iv) Political Balance


That the seats be allocated in accordance with political balance (and the rules on membership of the Planning Committee) as set out in the revised spreadsheet.


(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 Aaron Shotton

·         Constitution and Democratic Services Committee - Councillor Ted Palmer

·         Licensing Committee - Councillor Tony Sharps

·         Planning Committee - Councillor David Wisinger


(b)       That the Grievance 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:


            Community and Enterprise           -             Labour Group

            Corporate Resources                     -             Conservative Group

            Education and Youth                     -             Labour Group

            Environment                                    -             New Independents Group

            Organisational Change                 -             Independent Alliance Group

            Social & Health Care                      -             Liberal Democrats Group


(vi) Local Choice Functions


That the Local Choice functions as set out in the Constitution be approved.


(vii) Nominations to Internal Bodies


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


(viii) Standards Committee and Appointments to Outside Bodies


(a)       That the composition and membership of the Standards Committee be noted; and


(b)       That Council notes that nominees to Outside Bodies have been appointed for the whole Council term and the Chief Executive’s power to vary those nominations (in consultation with Group Leaders).

Report author: Gareth Owens

Publication date: 16/07/2019

Date of decision: 07/05/2019

Decided at meeting: 07/05/2019 - Flintshire County Council

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