Agendas, reports and minutes
Date: Thursday, 11 June 2015
Minutes: Read the Minutes
Minutes of Special Meeting of the Highland Council held in the Council Chamber, Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness on Thursday, 11 June 2015 at 10.30am.
1. Calling of the Roll and Apologies
A’ Gairm a’ Chlàir agus Leisgeulan
Dr D Alston, Mr R Balfour, Mrs J Barclay, Mr A Baxter, Mr D Bremner, Mr I Brown, Mrs C Caddick, Mrs I Campbell, Miss J Campbell, Mrs H Carmichael, Mr A Christie, Mr B Clark, Dr I Cockburn, Mrs G Coghill, Mr J Crawford, Mrs M Davidson, Mr N Donald, Ms J Douglas, Mr A Duffy, Mr D Fallows, Mr G Farlow, Mr B Fernie, Mr M Finlayson, Mr C Fraser, Mr H Fraser, Mr L Fraser, Mr S Fuller, Mr J Gordon, Mr B Gormley, Mr K Gowans, Mr A Graham, Mr J Gray, Mr M Green, Mr R Greene, Mr A Henderson, Mr D Kerr, Mr R Laird, Mr B Lobban, Mrs L MacDonald, Mr N MacDonald, Mr J McGillivray, Mrs D Mackay, Mr D Mackay, Mr W MacKay, Mr G MacKenzie, Mr A MacKinnon, Ms A MacLean, Mr T MacLennan, Mr K MacLeod, Mr H Morrison, Ms L Munro, Mr B Murphy, Mr F Parr, Mr G Phillips, Mr T Prag, Mr M Rattray, Mr I Renwick, Mr A Rhind, Mr G Rimell, Mrs F Robertson, Mr J Rosie, Ms G Ross, Mr G Ross, Mr R Saxon, Dr A Sinclair, Ms G Sinclair, Mrs J Slater, Ms M Smith, Ms K Stephen, Mr J Stone, Mr B Thompson, Mrs C Wilson, Mr H Wood
Depute Chief Executive/Director of Corporate Development
Director of Development & Infrastructure
Director of Care and Learning
Director of Finance
Director of Community Services
Mr J Gray in the Chair
Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Mr J Ford, Mr D Hendry, Mrs B McAllister, Mrs I McCallum, Mr D Millar, Mrs M Paterson and Mr M Reiss.
2. Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations of interest.
Tributes to the late Charles Kennedy
Prior to commencement of the formal business, the Convener and Group Leaders paid warm tribute to the late Charles Kennedy who had been the Member of Parliament for Ross, Skye and Lochaber from 1983 to 2015.
In this regard, it was confirmed that Mr Kennedy had been very highly regarded as a committed internationalist, a global citizen, a passionate European, a compassionate and principled British politician, a great Scot and a respected and much loved Highlander.
The thoughts and prayers of the whole Council went out to his family and friends, especially his son Donald, and also to the people of Lochaber who were grieving for a much loved son who had never lost touch with his roots in the community and would always be remembered.
3. Notice of Motion
Nominations for the following Senior Member posts were moved and AGREED at the meeting –
Leader of the Council – Mrs M Davidson
Chair of Resources Committee – Mr B Fernie
Chair of Education, Children and Adult Services Committee – Mr D Millar
Chair of Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee and Planning Review Body – Dr A Sinclair
Chair of Community Services Committee – Mr A Henderson
Chair of Community Safety, Public Engagement and Equalities Committee – Mr H Fraser
Chair of Highland Licensing Committee – Dr I Cockburn
Chair of Audit and Scrutiny Committee – Mr R Laird
Vice Chair of Audit and Scrutiny Committee – Mr G Phillips
Leader of the Opposition – Ms M Smith
At this point, the Leader of the Council thanked the previous Chairs of the respective Committees for the work which had been undertaken to date.
4. Membership of the Council
Ballrachd na Comhairle
It was NOTED that the political make-up of the Council was now as follows –
Independent – 32/ SNP – 21/ Liberal
Democrat – 11/ Labour – 8
Highland Alliance – 5/ Non Aligned - 3
It was also NOTED that the formula in respect of the number of places on Strategic Committees remained as 9/6/3/2/2 and that revised Committee membership lists would be circulated for the next meeting on 25 June 2015.
5. Convener of the Council
Following nomination, it was AGREED that Mrs I McCallum should become Convener of the Council.
Thereafter, the Leader of the Council thanked Mr J Gray for the work which he had undertaken for the Council during his time in the role of Convener.
The meeting ended at 11.00am