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Declarations of Interest
Following advice from the Monitoring Officer and for the purpose of transparency, Cllr Rae Humberstone advised the Committee that he had previously worked for Oxfordshire County Council, leaving in 2015. However during that time the Complainant was his line manager, however did not have a personal friendship with the Complainant, or any contact since leaving the Council.
Matters exempt from publication and exclusion of the public
If Council wishes to exclude the press and the public from the meeting during consideration of any aspects of the preceding agenda items it will be necessary for Council to pass a resolution in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 specifying the grounds on which their presence could involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as described in specific paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act if and so long as, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
(The Access to Information Procedure Rules – Section 15 of the Council’s Constitution – sets out the conditions under which the public can be excluded from meetings of the Council).
The Local Hearing Panel did not wish to exclude the press and the public from the meeting during consideration of any aspects of the preceding agenda items, and therefore did not pass a resolution to do so, as they felt the public interest in maintaining the exception did not outweigh the public interest in disclosing the information. This was agreed by all parties.
Local Hearing Panel (Case No. 18058)
The Monitoring Officer had submitted a report to provide the Local Hearing Panel with the Investigator’s Report and all associated evidence to enable them to determine the allegation that Littlemore Parish Councillor, Michael Evans, had breached the Littlemore Parish Council Code of Conduct for Members.
In accordance with Section 28 of the Localism Act 2011, which provides that arrangements must be in place to deal with complaints of Councillors breaching their code of conduct, the Local Hearing Panel conducted a hearing into complaint reference 0018058.
A copy of the decision notice is attached to these minutes.