MINUTES OF THE EXTRAORDINARY LOUTH TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
HELD ONLINE USING THE ZOOM CONFERENCING PLATFORM
ON TUESDAY 27th APRIL 2021
Present The Mayor, Cllr. D. Hobson (DH) (in the chair).
Councillors: Mrs. E. Ballard (EB), J. Baskett (JB), M. Bellwood (MB), L. Cooney (LMC), A. Cox (AC), S. Crew (SC), D. Ford (DF), J. Garrett (JG), D.J.E. Hall (DJEH), G.E. Horton (GEH), D. Jackman (DJ), A. Leonard (AL), Mrs. S.E. Locking (SEL), K. Norman (KN), Mrs. J. Makinson-Sanders (JMS), J. Simmons (JS), F.W.P. Treanor (FWPT) and Mrs. P.F. Watson (PFW).
NB: Cllr. Mrs JMS joined the meeting at approximately 7:45pm.
Councillors not present: H. Filer (HF) and D. Wing (DEW).
The Town Clerk, Mrs. L.M. Phillips, the Town Clerk’s Assistant, Mrs. M.C. Vincent and a member of the public were also present.
336. Apologies for Absence
Cllr. HF and Cllr. Mrs. JMS may be late.
337. Declarations of Interest / Dispensations
338. Closed Session
It was RESOLVED to go into Closed Session in accordance with the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 due to the business to be discussed in the following item, information being of a confidential nature in relation to a complaint.
a. Following the Council’s Complaints Procedure which included a summary of the complaint given by the complainant, a summary of the Council’s position given by the Town Clerk and questions asked of both by Councillors and of the Council by the Complainant, it was RESOLVED that the Council had accepted the complainants wish to leave and found that it had acted in accordance with its procedures. However, the Council were sympathetic to the complainant’s position and thus also resolved that it would not seek to pursue him financially over the matter, provided he was able to clear and vacate the site, in accordance with the lease, by 30th June 2021. Further, the Council wished the complainant well for the future and were also happy to agree, in principal, to support him in any forthcoming ventures of the same nature, if it could practically do so.
NB: At periods during this item the Town Clerk and the Complainant went into the Waiting Room. Cllr. AC left for a comfort break at 9:04pm returning at 9:07pm. Cllrs. AC, LMC and Mrs. PFW left the meeting between 9:34-37pm and Cllr. KN left the meeting at 9:43pm. Cllr. GEH abstained from voting.
It was RESOLVED to suspend Standing Orders at 9:57pm in order that the meeting could continue past the 3 hour mark.
It was RESOLVED to come out of Closed Session.
339. Next Meeting
The Council noted that the date of the next scheduled Council Meeting was 5th May but that this might change to the 4th May 2021.
The Meeting Closed at 10:02pm.
Signed_______________________ (Chairman) Dated_________________________