Venue: Room 9 - Town Hall
Appointment of Chairman
* Resolved that Councillor Murphy be appointed as Chairman for this meeting of the Committee.
Councillor Murphy here took the Chair.
Apologies for Absence
It was reported that there were no apologies for absence.
* Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 19 January 2015, be approved and signed.
Declarations of Interest from Members
No Declarations of Interest from Members were made.
Exclusion of the Public
Recommended that the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item for the reason stated:
Item Reason (under the Local Government Act 1972)
6 Information relating to any individual (Para 1 of Schedule 12A)
* Resolvedthat the public be excluded from the meeting during
consideration of the following item for the reason stated:
Minute Reason (under the Local Government Act 1972)
53 Information relating to any individual (Para 1 of Schedule
Disciplinary Appeal - DB - Chief Executive's Department
The Committee had been convened to consider a disciplinary appeal brought by DB, Chief Executive’s Department.
The Committee were informed that a telephone call had been received just prior to the scheduled start time of the hearing from the Appellant’s Trade Union, advising that the Appellant’s Trade Union Representative was on sick leave. Neither the Appellant nor their Trade Union Representative had attended the Committee hearing.
A further telephone call was made to the Trade Union
to seek further details and it was confirmed that a postponement
was requested on the grounds that the Trade Union Representative
was on sick leave and no alternative representation could be
arranged. It was also confirmed that DB had been advised by his
union not to attend the Committee hearing without Trade Union
Members then discussed the request, during which they
expressed their dissatisfaction with the manner in which the
postponement had been requested by telephone and at very short
(1) the appeal be adjourned; and
(2) that a letter be sent from the Chief Executive to all Unions reminding them of the protocol for requesting postponements of hearings of this Committee.