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To receive from Members declarations as to disclosable pecuniary, non-disclosable pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests in relation to any Agenda item. See Notes below.
No declarations were received.
To elect the Executive Leader of the Council.
(NB: The Executive Leader is elected by the Council from among its membership for a four year term or until that Member's term of office comes to an end as a Councillor, he/she resigns from the office or he/she is removed from office by the Council.)
In conjunction with a report by the Managing Director (a copy of which is appended in the Minute Book) it was proposed by Councillor R B Howe, seconded by Councillor Mrs S J Conboy and
that Councillor G J Bull be elected Executive Leader of the Council for the remainder of the Municipal Year to the Annual Meeting in May 2018.
Councillor Howe referred to his appointment as Executive Leader in May 2016 that drew upon his skills and experience to guide ideas about how the Council should be operating through a combination of vision, structured approach and customer service for the residents. He reported upon his progression with the ongoing projects of commercialisation, transformation and engagement with Town and Parish Councils, as well as the Council’s role in the devolution process.
In so doing, the Council were reminded of his appointment as the Deputy Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority in May 2017 and the difficulties associated with delivering their 100 day plan in conjunction with managing the workload as the Executive Leader. With that in mind, Councillor Howe intimated that the Council required a full time Leader and expressed his support for Councillor Bull, with shared values and principles to continue to lead the work of the Cabinet. In referring to the Combined Authority, Councillor Howe reported upon his role in ensuring Huntingdonshire was fully represented through large infrastructure projects and the wider economic development for the region.
In concluding, Councillor Howe thanked his fellow Cabinet Members for their support and wished Councillor Bull well in his future role. He also thanked the Officers of the Council and the excellent working relationship and partnership with the Managing Director that he hoped would continue going forward.
Councillor Bull informed the Council of his background being born and raised in Huntingdonshire and was honoured to lead the Council. In thanking Members for their support and trust, Councillor Bull referred to the Members role, with differing political views, but all working for the best interests of the residents. Councillor Bull thanked Councillor Howe for his leadership and friendship in terms of the effort as well as being an excellent advocate for the Combined Authority.
Focusing on the future, Councillor Bull highlighted the ongoing financial issues faced by the Council and would continue to pursue the commercialisation agenda and transformation project led by the Managing Director and excellent officers. In setting out the vision of the Council, Members noted that the authority would strive to achieve good quality services that residents required. The Council also were reminded of the need for sustainability and responding to changes, from public sector reforms through to population growth and development, meeting the requirements of affordable housing and the demands of homelessness.
In concluding, Councillor Bull informed the Council of the aims of his leadership to make Huntingdonshire an even better authority and in return for respect and support from Members welcomed the opportunity to work more closely with them.
APPOINTMENT OF CABINET AND DEPUTY EXECUTIVE LEADER
The Executive Leader to announce the names of –
(a) a maximum of nine Councillors who shall be Members of the Cabinet; and
(b) a Deputy Executive Leader who shall be a Member of the Cabinet.
(NB: The Deputy Executive Leader is appointed by the Executive Leader until the end of the term of office of the Executive Leader, he/she resigns from the office or he/she is removed from office by the Executive Leader.)
The Executive Leader, Councillor G J Bull, announced that he had appointed Councillors D Brown, S Cawley, Mrs A Dickinson, R Fuller, J A Gray, R B Howe and J E White to join him as Members of the Cabinet for the remainder of the Municipal Year. He also announced the Councillor R Fuller would be the Deputy Executive Leader and Vice-Chairman of the Cabinet. Councillor Bull outlined to Members how the Cabinet Portfolios would align to the Corporate Priorities as set out in Corporate Plan.
Councillor Bull presented details of the Cabinet Portfolios for the remainder of the 2017/18 Municipal Year:-
Councillor D Brown Commercial and Shared Services
Councillor S Cawley Transformation and Customers
Councillor Mrs A Dickinson Community Resilience and Regulatory
Councillor R Fuller Deputy Executive Leader and Housing and Planning
Councillor J A Gray Strategic Resources
Councillor R B Howe Devolution and Growth
Councillor J White Operations
CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND PETERBOROUGH COMBINED AUTHORITY MEMBERSHIP
To consider appointments to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and one substitute member from the Conservative Group for the remainder of the 2017/18 Municipal Year.
In light of the changes effected in Minute No. 23 and 24 ante, it was
that Councillor R B Howe, Executive Councillor for Devolution and Growth be appointed to act as the Council's appointee to the Combined Authority and Councillor G J Bull be appointed as the substitute member.
VARIATIONS TO THE MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES AND PANELS
Group Leaders to report on variations to the Membership of Committees and Panels if necessary.
On the recommendation of the Executive Leader, Councillor G J Bull, it was
(a) that Councillor R Harrison be appointed to the Overview and Scrutiny Panel (Economy and Growth) in place of Councillor K M Baker;
(b) that Councillor R Fuller be appointed to the Development Management Committee in place of Councillor G J Bull;
(c) that Councillor Mrs A Dickinson be appointed to the Licensing and Protection and Licensing Committee in place of Councillor R Fuller; and
(d) that Councillor G J Bull be appointed to the Employment Committee in place of Councillor R B Howe.
The meeting ended at 7.20pm.