Only 4 out of the 12 Councillors expected to attend a meeting of the Policy and Performance Scrutiny Panel scheduled for Wednesday (January 11) actually turned up on the night.
The Chair, Cllr Pamela Holden-Brown, was joined by Cllr’s Grejewski, Mignot and Sullivan while Vice Chair Tonia Craig, along with Cllr’s Cross, Noyce, M Sollitt, Wright, Davies-Dear and Welsh couldn’t make it as neither did non-committee member Cllr Airey
Nevertheless Councillor Holden-Brown announced the meeting could proceed as the minimum number of members required to form a quorum is, according to standing orders, just three.
Last month a meeting of Hedge End Town Council Community and Culture Committee had to be scrapped after an insufficient number of councillors were available.
On that occasion Cllr Dan Clarke – who in addition to being a Town Councillor is also a Borough and a Parish councillor – was unable to attend because he had prioritised duties elsewhere.
On Wednesday it would seem that Cllr Tony Noyce had decided to attend a conflicting meeting of West End Parish Council – where he is the Chair.
It was therefore a somewhat depleted committee – in fact half the number (8) that was present at December’s meeting – that heard a verbal update from the Community Safety Team on crime and disorder in the Borough and were able to take part in the review of council grants for sponsored bodies in 2012.
A Member of the Public, John Martin (a UKIP activist) had to present a complaint to much smaller audience then he had anticipated.
Ironically the complaint concerned the lack of performance by the Scrutiny panels in relation to the recent decision by full Council to back the purchase of the Rose Bowl cricket ground.
An added difficulty was that out of the four councillors who were present on Wednesday, only two had attended the full Council meeting on December 13, however the lack of potential speakers enabled the Chair to allow Mr Martin the time he needed to present his case.
The next meeting of the Performance and Policy Scrutiny is on February 29.
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