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The Mayor moved that standing order 12.6 ‘the requirement to stand’ be suspended so that members could remain in their seats to speak during the debate, which was carried.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Vincent Galligan, Jayne McCoy, Colin Stears, Ben Andrew, Ali Mirhashem, Rich Clare and Hanna Zuchowska.
The Mayor read a statement from Councillor James McDermott-Hill who had submitted the apologies of the Conservative Group. He also noted that he had received a statement from Cllr Nick Mattey regarding his absence.
Declarations of Interest
Councillors to declare any personal or prejudicial interests that they have on matters to be discussed at this evening’s Council meeting.
There were no declarations of interest.
Councillor Ruth Dombey moved the motion which was seconded by Councillor Steve Penneck. The motion was put to the vote and carried.
This Council believes that a strong and vibrant local representative democracy is vital for ensuring all voices in our communities are fairly represented and heard in Council decisions.
Council welcomes the work that has been done to develop a submission from Sutton about warding arrangements that will meet the Boundary Commission’s key criteria:
Council further welcomes the following key principles agreed by the cross-party working group to inform the development of the Council proposal:
Having considered the above criteria and principles, and feedback from Councillors, which has been adopted wherever it conforms to the above criteria and principles, Council believes that the attached proposal best reflects the communities of the borough of Sutton and will provide them with appropriate representation into the future.
Council therefore resolves to adopt the attached proposal for ward boundary arrangements and confirm its submission to the Boundary Commission for England.