Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 19, 2017

Meetings Bloody Meetings

The Borough Chief Executive in the Now  report wrote “Tragically, the last two weeks started with the Council joining other public and Government organisations across the Country in paying its respects to those people who lost their lives, or were injured, and their families and friends, in the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks on Saturday 3 June 2017. The Council lowered its Union flag, to half mast, and observed a 1 minute’s silence in its offices on Tuesday 6 June, and our thoughts continue to be with those affected.

“Also on Tuesday 6 June I met with Darren Lamb  from Financial Management Group , as part of the financial and options appraisal work being done towards the procurement of new leisure facilities in the Borough.

“In addition on Tuesday 6 June, together with Tom Lynan, Admin and Electoral Services Manager, members of the Admin and Elections team and other senior officers, I briefed Presiding Officers in advance of the Parliamentary General Election, and Borough Council By-Election for Aughton Park on Thursday 8 June.

“On Wednesday 7 June, preparations for the Elections continued, and I held the usual briefing of Count Supervisory staff. Election Day, Thursday 8 June saw a high turnout across the Borough. Rosie Cooper was re-elected as MP for the West Lancashire Constituency in a count which extended into the early hours of Friday 9 June. In the South Ribble Constituency Seema Kennedy was re-elected as MP.

“Doreen Stephenson was elected as a Borough Councillor for Aughton Park Ward. My thanks go to all those staff involved during the day, and overnight into Friday 9 June for the professional manner in which they conducted these Elections and particular thanks go to Terry Broderick, Borough Solicitor and Tom Lynan and his team in this regard. As always the Elections involved a great team effort. My thanks also go to the staff who ensured continued service delivery throughout this period.

“The political balance of the Council after the Election on 8 June is 31 Labour, 21 Conservative, 1 Our West Lancashire and 1 vacancy. Friday 9 June saw the official handover of the Writ advising of the election of a Member of Parliament for the West Lancashire Constituency, to the nominated Post Office representative.

“On Monday 12 June I hosted the regular session with Senior Managers, and as well as providing my usual update, (see below), it was good to welcome Dawn Yates-Obe, from Effective Training, who ran a session on creative thinking, which was most thought provoking. Also on Monday 12 June, I met with Terry Broderick and Jacky Denning, Assistant Member Services Manager, in preparation for the Extraordinary meeting of Council on 28 June, organised to bestow the honour of the Freedom of the Borough on Mr Carl Eaton  of Skem Menaces.

“On Tuesday 13 June, together with Terry Broderick and Jacky Denning, I met with Councillor Stephenson to welcome her back to the Council and update her on the current position in terms of the organisational structure, finances, priorities and projects and the democratic arrangements in place.

“Also on Tuesday 13 June, Cabinet met and made decisions on a number of matters, including on Granville Park Conservation Character Appraisal Update, Housing Revenue Account – Income Recovery Policy 2017, and Local Plan Review Consultation – Feedback on Scoping and Issues and Options Consultation.

“On Wednesday 14 June, I was pleased to meet with Neil Shaw, Principal Advisor, at the Local Government Association to talk about the work the LGA are doing, touch base on some work we are doing together in relation to the organisation of a Brexit event for Chief Executives, and to update him on the Council’s progress on its priorities.

“On Thursday 15 June, I was pleased, together with Heidi McDougall, Director of Street Scene and Michelle Furlong, Operations Manager, Street Scene, to visit Birch Green and Tanhouse Wards with Councillors, as part of the current programme of Ward Visits. It was good to visit and be shown around these wards and to see first-hand some of the aspects Members are most proud of, and to talk about some of the issues and ideas they are wanting to pursue.

“On Friday 16 June, we joined other Councils and Government agencies in lowering our Union flag to half mast, as a mark of respect to all those who have lost their lives, and others affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower in London. Our thoughts are with all those involved, and their families and friends at this very sad time.

“Also on Friday 16 June I was pleased to visit Edge Hill University with Brian Bailey, Director of Strategy & Funding, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, to discuss the feasibility of using this as a future conference venue, for a possible Lancashire based event on Brexit. In addition on Friday 16 June, I held my regular election planning meeting with Terry Broderick, Tom Lynan and Matthew Jones, Legal and Member Services Manager. This was an opportunity to review the experience from the elections on June 8, and to continue planning for the Borough Council By-Election for Derby Ward on Thursday, 29 June”.

“Finally on Friday 16 June, I attended the regular meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Items under consideration included The Development of a Key Route Network of Local Roads; Improving Air Quality in the UK, Draft Response to Consultation, and various Governance and Economic Development related matters”.

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