Matters especially brought forward by the Mayor and the Leader.
(i) Elections/Appointments New Councillors
I would like to thank all Members for their support in electing me as Mayor.
Members, as you will know the Local Elections and Police and Crime Commissioner Election took place on 6th May and I would like to thank all those involved in making these happen under the Covid restrictions.
Firstly, I would like to welcome our new Councillors and would be grateful if you would stand as I give your name so we can all identify you.
Councillor Jeremy Moulton – Millbrook Ward
Councillor Spiros Vassiliou – Swaythling Ward
Councillor Mike Denness – Bevios Ward
Welcome to our new Cllrs:
Cllr Joshua Payne – Peartree Ward
Cllr Matthew Magee – Bitterne Ward
Cllr Amanda Guest – Redbridge Ward
Cllr Diana Galton – Coxford Ward
Cllr Robert Stead – Woolston Ward
And welcome back to all of you who successfully defended your seat.
Members, today’s meeting is being live streamed and will also be available for members of the public to view online after the meeting. For any member of the public filming I remind you that the right to film is limited to the duration of the meeting and recording must cease when I close the meeting.
Filming or recording is not permitted if the effect would be to interrupt or disturb the proceedings or if it is intrusive of a specific individual or individuals. If in my opinion this is occurring, it will not be permitted, and I will ask you to stop.
Similarly, some members of the public attending the meeting may object to being filmed, photographed or recorded and will expect that these wishes are complied with.
(iii) Meeting Protocol
I would like these meetings to run efficiently and effectively. To that end I would ask you to keep in mind through the year the basic courtesies we need to adhere to for this to happen: – timeliness both in arriving at the meeting and listening carefully to the speeches and arguments. I would also ask you to remember the courtesies you would like from members when you are speaking and extending those to others.
In addition we have a Covid meetings protocol which members have been sent and should abide by.
Members, you have been allocated a seat here in the in the Guildhall and the Chamber when we return there which is reflected in the seating plans made available to the public. Therefore, I would ask that you remain in the seat you are allocated, or if you wish to move, you give notice of your intention prior to the next meeting.
(iv) Mobile phones and electronic devices
As a reminder to Members, wi-fi is available in the Guildhall and Civic Centre. The use of mobile electronic devices can therefore be used in the Guildhall and in Committee Meetings.
I would urge Members to use their good sense and behave with courtesy, particularly in not tweeting messages which would otherwise be in breach of our rules or the law. For example, tweeting material discussed in confidential session would be a very serious breach.
As in previous years, there is a £25 fine for mobile phones ringing and this will go to the Mayor’s charity.
(v) Induction and Training for Members
Members, there are a number of induction, training and refresher sessions that have been arranged. New members are expected to attend all but they are open to all of us as a refresher and update. If you need further details please contact the PA Team.
(vi) Announcement from outgoing Leader
Cllr Hammond made an announcement and confirmed he would be stepping down as Leader of the Labour Group and that a new Leader would be elected shortly.