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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Town Hall, High Street, Maidstone

Contact: Sam Bailey  01622 602263

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Perry and Powell.

 

2.

Notification of Substitute Members

Minutes:

Councillor Blackmore was present as a substitute for Councillor Perry and Councillor Newton was present as a substitute for Councillor Powell.

3.

Notification of Visiting Members

Minutes:

Councillor D Burton was present as a visiting member and indicated his wish to speak on item 10. Legal Proceedings.

 

Councillor M Burton was present as a visiting member to observe.

 

4.

Election of Chairman

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That Councillor Cox is elected Chairman.

 

5.

Appointment of Vice-Chairman

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That Councillor Harper is appointed Vice Chairman.

 

6.

Disclosures of Lobbying

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of lobbying.

 

7.

Exempt Items

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the press and public be excluded from the room during consideration of item 10. Legal Proceedings due to the possible disclosure of exempt information.

8.

Minutes (Part I) of the meeting held on 8 July 2015 pdf icon PDF 35 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes (Part I) of the meeting held on 8 July 2015 are agreed as a correct record and signed.

 

9.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the press and public be excluded from the room for the reasons set out in the report having applied the public interest test.

 

10.

Minutes (Part II) of the meeting held on 8 July 2015

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes (Part I) of the meeting held on 8 July 2015 are agreed as a correct record and signed.

 

11.

Legal Proceedings

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Ms Patricia Narebor, Head of Legal Partnership, presented a report to the Committee setting out the basis for initiating legal proceedings against a third party.

 

Ms Narebor outlined the basis of the legal challenge against the third party.

 

In response to a question from the Committee, Mrs Alison Broom, Chief Executive, outlined the steps that MBC had taken to attempt to resolve this issue without resorting to legal action.

 

The Committee expressed its total confidence in the professionalism of MBC’s leadership team when dealing with this issue, and requested its confidence to be recorded in the minutes.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.  That authorisation is given to the service and progress to conclusion of legal proceedings to protect the Council’s interest.

 

2.  That delegated authority is granted to the Chief Executive to negotiate and conclude settlement options with the third party where opportunities arise.

 

Voting: Unanimous

12.

Duration of Meeting

Minutes:

4.00 p.m. to 5.22 p.m.

 

 

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