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Meeting Details

16 May 2018 - 18:15 to 00:00



1. The retiring Chairman will take the Chair at 18.15
2. Prayers.

3. District Council Elections - 3rd May 2018.
(a)  To receive the Certificate and Return of the Returning Officer as to persons elected as District Councillors for the several District Wards. 
(b)   Declarations of Acceptance of Office.
(c) The Chairman will extend a welcome to newly elected Members.
4. Election of Chairman.
The Council will elect the Chairman for the ensuing year.
(a)   It will be proposed that Councillor Cecile Irving-Swift be elected as Chairman of the Council for the year 2018/2019.
(b)  The proposal will be seconded.
(c)  The retiring Chairman will then enquire if there are any other nominations. 
(d)  The proposition will then be put to the Council.
(e) Upon the same being carried and so declared by the retiring Chairman, he will then vacate the Chair in favour of the new Chairman. 
(f)  The retiring Chairman will then invest the new Chairman with the Badge of Office after which he will take the chair to the left.
(g)  The new Chairman will make the Declaration of Acceptance of Office and then take the Chair.
Vote of Thanks 
(h) A vote of thanks will then be moved to the former Chairman for his services during the past year.
(i)  The motion will be seconded. 
(j)  The proposition will then be put to the Council.
(k)  The former Chairman will reply to the vote of thanks and on conclusion take his seat in the Chamber. 
(l)  A presentation of flowers will be made to the former Chairman's consort.
5. Appointment of Vice-Chairman.
The Council will proceed to appoint the Vice-Chairman for the ensuing year.
(a)  The Chairman will invite a proposition for the appointment of the Vice-Chairman of the Council for the year 2018/2019. 
(b)   The proposal will be seconded. 
(c)  The Chairman will then enquire if there are any other nominations. If not, the proposition will be put to the Council. 
(d)  The Chairman will then invest the new Vice-Chairman with the Badge of Office.
(e) The new Vice-Chairman will then make the Declaration of Acceptance of Office and be seated to the left of the Chairman. 
6. Apologies for absence.
7. Minutes.
To sign the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 22nd February 2018 and the extraordinary meeting of the Council held on 5th March 2018 (copy attached). (Please note queries relating to the accuracy of the Minutes must be submitted in writing to the Monitoring Officer by noon on  Tuesday15th May 2018 - Constitutional requirement - Part 6l, Section 3.3). 

8. Declarations of Members' Interests.

To receive declarations of Members' disclosable interests and the nature of such interests in any of the following agenda items.

9. Inaugural Speech of the new Chairman.
10. Chairman's Announcements.

11. Announcement of Group Leaders and Deputy Group Leaders.
12. Constititution of Committees.
(a) To determine the allocation of seats on Committees to political groups and to consider the appointment of members to Committees for the year 2018/2019 as nominated by political groups (schedule to be circulated at meeting). 
  Note:  If the Council wishes to adopt committee memberships which do not accord with political balance arrangements the vote must be nem con (i.e. no votes against).
(b)   To appoint Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of Committees for the year 2018/19 (schedule to be circulated at meeting). 
13. To consider the following appointments:-

It is recommended that the representatives on each body submit a written report in respect of the activities of the body to which they are appointed at the end of the municipal year 2018/19.

14. Questions under Council Procedure Rules Nos. 10 and 11.

(i)    To answer questions from members of the public, if any.

(ii)    To answer questions from Members of the Council, if any.

15(i) Motion under Council Procedure Rule 12.

To consider the following motion, notice of which has been given under Council Procedure Rule 12 by Councillors Ken Ritchie and Stephen Dabbs:-


Daventry District Council expresses its deep concern at proposals for its dissolution in the course of the restructuring of local government in Northamptonshire following the abolition of the County Council.

This Council is not opposed to, and recognises the necessity of, change.

However, it strongly believes that any local government re-organisation should take account of the nature of the District, i.e. a historic market town surrounded by rural villages and hamlets and that any new democratic arrangements should allow decisions affecting the District to be taken by locally elected representatives of residents of the District.

This Council is therefore opposed to any re-organisation which would include Daventry District in a wider authority which includes, and may consequently be dominated, by the much larger urban area of Northampton town.

The Council therefore instructs its leaders in the course of negotiations:

  • To oppose the unnecessary proposal of the former Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government that new authorities should have at least 300,000 residents;

  • To propose that DDC should become a unitary authority on (or broadly on) its present boundaries and that it should work in partnership with neighbouring authorities in delivering services which might be more effectively provided over a larger geographic area.

This Council notes that the former Secretary of State required that any proposals for re-organisation should “command a good deal of local support”. This Council therefore resolves to consult residents of the District on:

  • Any proposal which DDC may make on local government restructuring;

  • Any alternative proposals advanced by the Secretary of State or other significant and relevant proposals made by other districts and/or boroughs in the county.

15(ii) Motion under Council Procedure Rule 12.

To consider the following motion, notice of which has been given under Council Procedure Rule 12 by Councillors Wendy Randall and Aiden Ramsey:-


Daventry District Council recognises that it is likely to be disbanded as a result of the proposed restructuring of local government in Northamptonshire resulting from the abolition of NCC.

This Council therefore wishes to do as much as it can, in the time available to it, to enhance the attractiveness of Daventry town, to improve its amenities and to take whatever other actions are appropriate to make Daventry an even better place to live, work and study.

This Council therefore, as a matter of urgency, resolves:

  1. To establish a Working Group to consider possible actions and to make recommendations for action;

  2. That the membership of the Working Group should be, subject to the agreement of the Town Council, an equal number of District Councillors and Town Councillors, the District Councillors being councillors for Daventry town wards appointed to broadly reflect the electoral support for parties within the town;

  3. That the Working Group should in the course of its work consider the views of residents expressed through the recent ‘Daventry’s Future’ consultation and the proposals that many have made for the improvement of the town.

15(iii) Motion under Council Procedure Rule 12.

To consider the following motion, notice of which has been given under Council Procedure Rule 12 by Councillors Wendy Randall and Jason Pritchard:-


From 1st April 2018 the cost of a burial at Welton Road cemetery in Daventry, which is owned by this Council, has risen by approximately 100% for an adult and 300% for a child. 

The decision to make these increases has been made under powers delegated to the Chief Executive and consequently the matter has not come before this Council for approval.  


Although it has been claimed that these charges have been increased to bring them into line with charges in other local areas, this does not appear to be the case. 

It is therefore resolved:  

  • that these charges are immediately returned to their pre-April 2018 levels; 

  • that any future increases in the costs of burial will require the approval of the Council; 

  • that appropriate refunds are made to those who have been charged at the increased levels.

16. Reports of Committees.

To receive for information purposes only the Minutes of the under-mentioned Committees.

17. Recommendations of Committees.
To consider the recommendations of the several Committees and to pass such resolutions thereon as the Council may determine. (Please note that further to copies previously circulated with Committee agendas, copies of the related reports are available for public inspection).
25. Schedule of meetings - changes to meeting dates.

To note that the Corporate Governance Committee scheduled for 31st May 2018 will now take place on Tuesday 22nd May, in place of the scheduled meeting of the Licensing Committee which is no longer required.

26. Urgent Business.

To consider any other item, which the Chairman decides is urgent, notice of which has been given in writing to the Chief Executive prior to the commencement of the meeting. 

27. The Chairman will formally close the meeting following which light refreshments will be served and the Chairman will meet the press.

Meeting Documents

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Declarations of Interests


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