Dumfries and Galloway Council Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 1 October 2013
Time:
10.30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Ivor A Hyslop (Leader)-Lochar
Brian Collins (Depute Leader)-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Graham Bell-North West Dumfries
Ian Blake-Abbey
Richard Brodie-Annandale South
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Karen Carruthers-Annandale East and Eskdale
Rob Davidson-Abbey
Jim H Dempster-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Iain Dick-Stranraer and North Rhins
Peter Diggle-Annandale North
Archie Dryburgh-Annandale East and Eskdale
Gillian Dykes-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Grahame Forster-Wigtown West
Alistair Geddes-Mid Galloway
Patsy Gilroy-Dee
Jack Groom-Nith
Yen Hongmei Jin-Lochar
Jeff Leaver-Lochar
Gail Macgregor-Annandale North
Jane S Maitland-Dee
Denis R Male-Annandale East and Eskdale
Sean W Marshall-Annandale South
John Martin-Nith
Tom A McAughtrie-Abbey
Jim McColm-Mid Galloway
Marion McCutcheon-Stranraer and North Rhins
David J McKie-North West Dumfries
Ronnie Nicholson-North West Dumfries
Graham Nicol-Mid Galloway
Ronnie E Ogilvie-Annandale South
Craig Peacock-Annandale East and Eskdale
George N Prentice-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Willie Scobie-Stranraer and North Rhins
Colin Smyth-Nith
Davie Stitt-Abbey
John Syme-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Graeme Tait-Annandale North
Stephen Thompson-Annandale North
Ted Thompson-Lochar
Roberta Tuckfield-Wigtown West
Alastair Witts-Nith
Andrew S Wood-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Colin Wyper-Dee
Apologies:
Finlay Carson - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Andy Ferguson - North West Dumfries
Jim McClung - Wigtown West
Item Number Item/Description Action
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

PROCEDURE - The Leader advised the Council that he understood that the Labour Group and SNP Group on the Council had agreed to form a coalition following upon the resignation of 7 Members of the Dumfries and Galloway Conservative and Unionist Group and the formation of a new Group as the Dumfries and Galloway Independent Conservative and Unionist Group.  On this basis, he resigned as Leader of the Council and thanked his party colleagues, officers, family and friends for their support during his 6 years in office as Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council. 

 

The Depute Leader resigned as Depute Leader of the Council.

 

The Proper Officer called for nominations for a Chairman for this meeting pending the appointment of Leader of the Council.

 

Rob Davidson intimated the resignations of SNP Group Members from their positions as Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of Committees and nominated George N Prentice as Chairman for this meeting.

 

Patsy Gilroy intimated the resignations of Dumfries and Galloway Conservative and Unionist Council Group Members from their positions as Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of Committees and seconded the nomination of George N Prentice as Chairman for this meeting.

 

There being no other nominations, George N Prentice assumed the role of Chairman.

 

44 Members present, 3 apologies

 
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared

 

PROCEDURE:

 

The Chairman called for nominations for position of Leader of the Council.

 

Ted Thompson proposed Ronnie Nicholson as Leader of the Council.  This was seconded by Brian Collins.

 

Ronnie Nicholson assumed the role of Leader of the Council.

 

The Leader of the Council paid tribute to Ivor A Hyslop for his leadership and major contribution to Dumfries and Galloway during his period of office.

 

The Leader called for nominations for the position of Depute Leader of the Council.

 

Rob Davidson proposed Brian Collins as Depute Leader of the Council.  This was seconded by Ronnie Nicholson.

 

Brian Collins assumed the role of Depute Leader of the Council and paid tribute to the work of the former Leader.

 
3 PROPORTIONALITY, COMMITTEE ARRANGEMENTS AND SENIOR MEMBER APPOINTMENTS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHIEF EXECUTIVE SERVICE

PROCEDURE - The Leader tabled a proposed slate of Chairs and Vice Chairs (Appendix 1); the methodology to be applied to Committee membership being on the basis of proportionality (Appendix 2); and amendments to the Council's Priorities and Commitments - Putting Dumfries and Galloway First (Appendix 3) and requested a 60 minute recess to allow consideration of the tabled papers.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING - the meeting adjourned at 10.50am and reconvened at 11.55am with 44 Members present being:-


Ronnie Nicholson, Brian Collins, Graham Bell, Ian Blake, Richard Brodie, Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Rob Davidson, Jim Dempster, Iain Dick, Peter Diggle, Archie Dryburgh, Gill Dykes, Grahame Forster, Alistair Geddes, Patsy Gilroy, Jack Groom, Yen Hongmei Jin, Ivor A Hyslop, Jeff Leaver, Gail Macgregor, Jane S Maitland, Denis R Male, Sean W Marshall, John Martin, Tom McAughtrie, Jim McColm, Marion McCutcheon, David J McKie, Graham Nicol, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, George N Prentice, Willie Scobie, Colin Smyth, David Stitt, John Syme, Graeme Tait, Stephen Thompson, Ted Thompson, Roberta Tuckfield, Alastair Witts, Andrew Wood and Colin Wyper

 

PROCEDURE - a proposed slate for the positions of Senior Councillors who were eligible for Senior Councillor remuneration was tabled (Appendix 4).

 

VOTE

 

3.1      MOTION by JANE S MAITLAND seconded by RICHARD BRODIE to note the proposed amendments to the Council's Priorities and Commitments - Putting Dumfries and Galloway First - and to receive a further report on the implications of the amendments to a future meeting.


3.2      AMENDMENT by RONNIE NICHOLSON seconded by BRIAN COLLINS that the proposed amendments to the Council's Priorities and Commitments - Putting Dumfries and Galloway First be approved.


3.3      On a vote being taken by roll call, Members voted as follows:-


Motion - 15 votes being:-


Graham Bell, Ian Blake, Richard Brodie, Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Peter Diggle, Patsy Gilroy, Jack Groom, Jim McColm, Jane S Maitland, Denis R Male, Craig Peacock, George N Prentice, Graeme Tait and Roberta Tuckfield


Amendment - 29 votes being:-


Ronnie Nicholson, Brian Collins, Rob Davidson, Jim Dempster, Iain Dick, Archie Dryburgh, Gill Dykes, Grahame Forster, Alistair Geddes, Yen Hongmei Jin, Ivor A Hyslop, Jeff Leaver, Tom McAughtrie, Marion McCutcheon, Gail Macgregor, David J McKie, Sean W Marshall, John Martin, Graham Nicol, Ronnie Ogilvie, Willie Scobie, Colin Smyth, David Stitt, John Syme, Stephen Thompson, Ted Thompson, Alastair Witts, Andrew Wood and Colin Wyper


MEMBER - Richard Brodie left the meeting - 43 Members present


Decision


NOTED


3.4      the change of name of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Group on the Council to Dumfries and Galloway Conservative and Unionist Council Group;
 

3.5      the resignation of 7 Members of the Dumfries and Galloway Conservative and Unionist Council Group;


3.6      the formation of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Independent Conservative and Unionists’ Group;


AGREED


3.7      the positions of Chairs and Vice Chairs (Appendix 1);


3.8      the methodology to be applied to Committee membershop being on the basis of proportionality (Appendix 2);


3.9      the amendments to the Council's Priorities and Commitments - Putting Dumfries and Galloway First (Appendix 3);


3.10   the positions of Senior Councillors who were eligible for Senior Councillor remuneration (Appendix 4);


3.11   to hold a full Council meeting within 14 days to determine membership of COSLA and appointments to Outside Bodies.

 
MEMBERS - Andrew Wood and Willie Scobie left the meeting - 41 Members present 


MEMBERS - Graham Bell, Peter Diggle, Colin Wyper, Karen Carruthers, Jack Groom, Roberta Tuckfield, Ian Carruthers and Graeme Tait left during consideration of the following item - 33 Members present

Governance and Elections Officer

4 SCOTTISH FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE: PROPERTY ESTATE STRATEGIC INTENT - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHIEF EXECUTIVE SERVICE

Decision

 

AGREED

 

4.1      notwithstanding the operational autonomy of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Board,  to express this Council's concern at the lack of consultation (in particular the west and south of Scotland areas) on the proposal to close the control room at Dumfries Fire Station as part of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's property rationalisation which was considered at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Board on 26 September 2013;

  

4.2      to remit to the Chief Executive to write to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Board expressing this Council's concern at the lack of consultation on the Strategic Intent Proposals and that this Council would seek an opportunity to comment on any future proposals which could affect public confidence in the Service;

 

4.3      to advise the Scottish Fire and Rescue Board that this Council, in acknowledging the requirement for the Fire and Rescue Service to serve the needs of Scotland as a whole, that the newly approved Council Priorities and Commitments - Putting Dumfries and Galloway First - will strive to maintain the existing levels of police and fire service cover in Dumfries and Galloway;

 

4.4      to remit to the Police, Fire and Rescue Sub Committee to raise these issues with Members of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Board who would be attending the Sub Committee meeting scheduled for 3 October 2013; and

 

4.5      to place on record the contribution made by fire control staff to public safety.

Policy and Performance Advisor - Donna

5 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE LEADER DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Leader due to the need for a decision.

 

Action Details

ItemDetail
3 Action by Governance and Elections Officer - Committee membership and website updated as required - AS.
4 Action by Policy and Performance Advisor - Donna - Actions implemented and completed as directed