Decision details

Appointments to local bodies (Skipton and Ripon Area Constituency Committee held on 27 March 2021)

Decision Maker: Chief Executive Officer

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Having considered the report on ‘Appointments to Local Bodies’ and the views of the members of the Skipton and Ripon Area Constituency Committee (ACC), which had been published 5 clear days ahead of the meeting on the Council website, the Chief Executive Officer agreed to:
•Extend the current appointments to the Category 2 outside bodies that fall within the remit of the Skipton and Ripon ACC to the end of the current Council in May 2022
•Appoint County Councillor David Ireton to the vacant seat on the Forest of Bowland AONB Joint Advisory Committee.
Please note that usually a non-key executive decision by an officer is not open to call-in, however in a spirit of transparency such decisions by the Chief Executive Officer under his emergency delegated powers WILL be open to call in.

Reasons for the decision:

Under his delegated decision making powers in the Officers’ Delegation Scheme in the Council’s Constitution, the Chief Executive Officer has power, in cases of emergency, to take any decision which could be taken by the Council, the Executive or a committee.
Following on from the expiry of the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (“the 2020 Regulations”), which allowed for committee meetings to be held remotely, the County Council resolved at its meeting on 5 May 2021 that, for the present time, in light of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic circumstances, remote live-broadcast committee meetings should continue, with any formal decisions required being taken by the Chief Executive Officer under his emergency decision making powers and after consultation with other Officers and Members as appropriate and after taking into account any views of the relevant Committee Members. This approach will be reviewed by full Council at its July meeting.
The Chief Executive Officer took all relevant information into account in exercising his emergency delegated powers in this matter, including considering the views of the members of the Skipton and Ripon Area Constituency Committee, and agreed the recommendations of the Committee Members.

Alternative options considered:

Local Bodies - None as the deferment of the Council elections from May 2021 to May 2022 has meant that the terms of all Council committees, Outside Bodies and Local Bodies have needed to be extended for 12 months or there would be no representation upon them.
Forest of Bowland AONB Joint Advisory Committee – None as County Councillor David Ireton was proposed and seconded as the representative for appointment to the committee. An uncontested vote was held and his appointment unanimously supported.

Publication date: 03/06/2021

Date of decision: 29/05/2021

Effective from: 08/06/2021