In order to make the Town Council "more dynamic" it was agreed that the committee structure should be re-organised.
The previously agreed changes:
- Councillors would only be allowed to sit on 2 committees. (Except CEST)
- They could apply to sit on a committee if they had relevant knowledge and experience.
- In the event that some committees were over-subscribed Councillors may not get their first or second choice. The Mayor would make the final decision of who sat on each committee.
- The size of the committees would be reduced so that they did not hold a majority. (i.e. If the Council has 12 members each committee would have 5 or less)
So next Monday the Council will re assess the structural changes and vote whether to change standing order 36a so that the majority of Councillors have to object before a motion can be struck down.
I guess the reason the bar was originally set so low was to allow Councillors who may have felt "railroaded" or have changed their mind because they were misled or additional information came to light after the vote. Also frequently one or more Councillors are absent from the main meeting.