Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Town Council held in the Council Chamber, Windmill Lane, Northam on Wednesday 14 th May 2008


PRESENT : Chairman - The Retiring Mayor, Cllr A Eastman for item 1.

Following election of the new Town Mayor, Cllr R Tisdale took the Chair.

Members - Cllrs Mrs P D Biggs, A J Boyle, Mrs S G Collins, Mrs M Cox, B M Edwards, P Hames, R J Johnson, C K Langton, R W A Miller, R H Osborne, S R Robinson, together with 2 Parishioners

1. Address and Welcome by the retiring Town Mayor

Cllr Eastman reported that he had enjoyed his twelve months as Mayor. He had been pleased to represent the Council at many functions and he urged other Councillors to take on the role when the situation arose.

2. Election of Town Mayor

On a proposal by Cllr Miller, seconded by Cllr Robinson, Cllr Tisdale was duly elected Town Mayor. Cllr Tisdale thanked his fellow Councillors for this opportunity.

(Vote: Unanimous)

3. Election of Deputy Town Mayor

On a proposal by Cllr Robinson, seconded by Cllr Hames, Cllr Mrs Cox was duly elected Deputy Town Mayor. She expressed her thanks.

(Vote: Unanimous)

4. Appointments to Planning Committee

Following a short debate it was RESOLVED to maintain the status quo with the Planning Committee consisting of all Members of the Council.

(Vote: Unanimous)

5. Appointments to Committees/Sub-Committees

Membership of the following Committees was RESOLVED en bloc as follows:-

(a) Finance Sub-Committee - Cllrs Mrs Collins, Edwards, Langton and Osborne

(b) Town Projects Advisory Committee - Cllrs Mrs Boyle, Mrs Cox, Edwards, Hames, Johnson, Miller, and Osborne.

(c) Northam Burrows Advisory Committee - Cllrs Mrs Collins, Eastman, Hames, Langton, Miller, Osborne and Tisdale.

(d) Sustainability Working Group - Cllrs Mrs Boyle, Mrs Cox, Edwards, Hames and Robinson.

(e) Business Plan Sub-Committee - Cllrs Mrs Boyle, Edwards, Johnson and Miller.

(Vote: Unanimous)

6. Appointments to Outside Bodies

It was RESOLVED to make appointments as recorded on the accompanying schedule.

(Vote: Unanimous)

7. Standing Orders

It was RESOLVED to review Standing Orders over the coming months with a view to

having a more modern system in place for next year.

(Vote: Unanimous)

8. Cheque signatories

It was RESOLVED that Councillors Tisdale, Mrs Cox and Eastman, and the Town Clerk be authorised to sign cheques, any two signatures being required.

(Vote: Unanimous)