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;

Governance and Audit Committee;

Grievance Committee;

Grievance Appeals Committee;

Investigation and Disciplinary Committee;

Joint Governance Committee (for Pensions);

Licensing Committee;

Planning Committee;

Recovery Committee;

Standards Committee; and

The five Overview & Scrutiny Committees listed in the report. 


(ii)        Determination of the size of Committees


That the size of each committee be as set out in paragraph 1.04 of the report.


(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


That the seats be allocated in accordance with political balance as set out in appendix 2 to the report and the rules on membership of the Committees as set out in paragraphs 1.08 – 1.14 of the report, and that the seats on the Grievance, Grievance Appeals and Investigation and Disciplinary Committees be allocated to give a broad political spread of membership. 


(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

·             Constitution and Democratic Services Committee - Councillor Neville Phillips

·             Licensing Committee - Councillor Tony Sharps

·             Planning Committee - Councillor David Wisinger

·             Recovery Committee – Councillor Richard Jones


(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:


Community, Housing & Assets                 Labour (Councillor Ian Dunbar)

Education, Youth & Culture          Labour (Councillor David Healey)

Corporate Resources                      Conservative

Environment & Economy               Independent Alliance

Social & Health Care                      Liberal Democrat


(vi)      Approval of the Constitution


That the rules, procedures, delegations and codes/protocols within the Constitution be approved, including the temporary changes to the rules of procedure to accommodate virtual meetings.


(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 change to membership of Councillor Gladys Healey replacing Councillor Paul Johnson.


(ix)      Appointments to Outside Bodies


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



Report author: Gareth Owens

Publication date: 15/03/2022

Date of decision: 25/05/2021

Decided at meeting: 25/05/2021 - Flintshire County Council

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