APPLICATION TO THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE

 FOR DISPENSATION

Please note that each section MUST be completed.  Please refer to the attached Guidance Notes when completing the form.

1. YOUR DETAILS

 

 

Your full name:                        Councillor Ken Lloyd

 

 

Name of your Council:            Carmarthenshire County Council & Carmarthen Town Council

 

 

Your address and postcode:  c/o County Hall, Carmarthen, SA31 1JP

 

 

Contact telephone number(s):

 

 

Email address:

 

 

2. DETAILS OF YOUR INTEREST

 

What is the matter under consideration?

 

Any matter relating to Carmarthenshire County Museum

 

What is your interest in the above matter?

 

My wife and I are members of friends of Carmarthenshire County Museum

 

 

When will the above matter be considered?

 

At any time during the remainder of my term of office

 

 

Are you applying for dispensation to:

 

Speak only:                                                 Speak and vote:       x

 

Make written                                                 Exercise Executive

Representations      x                                   Powers                      

3. GROUNDS FOR DISPENSATION

 

Regulations issued by the National Assembly for Wales prescribe the circumstances in which the Standards Committee may grant a dispensation. These grounds for granting a dispensation are summarised below and are set out in full in the attached guidance notes. On which of the following grounds do you believe that a dispensation should be granted in this case? Please tick the appropriate box(es).

 

·          at least half of the members considering the business has an interest

·          my inability to participate would upset the political balance of the meeting to such an extent that the outcome would be likely to be affected;

·          my participation would not damage public confidence

x

·          the interest is common to me and a significant proportion of the general public;

·          my participation in the business is justified by my particular role or expertise;

·          the business is to be considered by an overview and scrutiny committee and my interest is not a pecuniary interest;

·          the business relates to the finances or property of a voluntary organisation of whose management committee or board I am a member and I have no other interest

·          it is appropriate to do so in all the circumstances where not otherwise possible to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate a person’s disability

 

 

 

 

 

Carmarthenshire County Museum is located in Abergwilli on the outskirts of Carmarthen. It is managed by the County Council.

 

The museum is housed a building that began life as a college of priests, founded in the 1280s, which then became the palace of the Bishop of St Davids between 1542 and 1974. It was here that the New Testament and the Book of Common Prayer were first translated into the Welsh language in 1567 during the episcopate of Bishop Richard Davies.

 

The museum tells the rich history the county through a diverse collection of artifacts, paintings and portraits. In addition there is a notable collection of Welsh furniture and costume, a Victorian era village schoolroom, articles associated with the county's farming and agricultural heritage and an exhibition on World War II's home front.

 

The Friends of the museum, which doesn’t have charitable status, were formed in 1989 by a group of people interested in museums and galleries and aware of the difficulties which faced many of them at that time. Membership soon reached 300 and the Friends continue to donate gifts of objects which the museum staff wished to add to the collections. Over the years Friends have planted trees and flowering bulbs to enhance the grounds. A small group of Friends meets regularly to undertake cataloguing of parts of the collections.

A varied programme of events takes place throughout the year, ranging from talks on a wide variety of topics and musical evenings, quizzes and discovery trails. A regular newsletter is published.

 

My wife and I have been members for many years and usually attend meetings that have guest speakers. However we do not participate in any promotional or fund-raising activities.

 

I am concerned that without a dispensation I may not be able to participate in Council business relating to the museum.

 

I do not believe that my participation in such business would undermine public confidence. Support for the museum is not limited to those who are members of the ‘Friends’. It would seem perverse that a Councillor who supports the continued existence of the museum but is not a member of the ‘Friends’ would not have a prejudicial interest in council business relating to the museum, but I may well have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I confirm that the information provided on this form is true to the best of my knowledge. I agree that this application and all the information contained within it may form part of a public report to the Standards Committee. I request a dispensation in respect of the above matter.

Cllr Ken Lloyd

 

 08/01/2019

 

Signed:                                                                      Date:

 

Please return this form to the Monitoring Officer, Chief Executive’s Department, Carmarthenshire County Council, County Hall, Carmarthen, SA31 1JP.

 

Guidance notes

 

 

(1)  Please read through the Code of Conduct and decide which of the paragraphs is most appropriate to your case. Brief details of the relevant paragraphs are noted in the table below. If you are unsure, please contact the Monitoring Officer for advice.

Para.

Type of personal interest

 

10(2)(a)             

Council business which relates to or is likely to affect:

·     your employment or business,

·     your employer, firm or company

·     a contract made between the Council and you

·     any land, lease or licence in which you have an interest

·     a public body or other association in which you have membership or hold a position of general control or management

 

 

10(2)(c)             

Council business which affects your well-being or financial position, or the well-being, financial position or other interests of a person with whom you live or have a close personal association

 

 

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Council business which is being considered by an Overview and Scrutiny Committee and which relates to a decision of the Cabinet or another Committee of which you were a member at the time [County Council only]

 

 

 

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(2)  The Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations)(Wales) Regulations 2001(as amended) state that a Standards Committee may grant dispensations where:

 

(a)    no fewer than half of the members of the relevant authority or of a committee of the authority (as the case may be) by which the business is to be considered has an interest which relates to that business;

 

(b)    no fewer than half of the members of a leader and cabinet executive of the relevant authority by which the business is to be considered has an interest which relates to that business and either paragraph (d) or (e) also applies;

 

(c)     in the case of a county or county borough council, the inability of the member to participate would upset the political balance of the relevant authority or of the committee of the authority by which the business is to be considered to such an extent that the outcome would be likely to be affected;

 

(d)    the nature of the member's interest is such that the member's participation in the business to which the interest relates would not damage public confidence in the conduct of the relevant authority's business;

 

(e)    the interest is common to the member and a significant proportion of the general public;

 

(f)      the participation of the member in the business to which the interest relates is justified by the member's particular role or expertise;

 

(g)    the business to which the interest relates is to be considered by an overview and scrutiny committee of the relevant authority and the member's interest is not a pecuniary interest;

 

(h)    the business which is to be considered relates to the finances or property of a voluntary organisation of whose management committee or board the member is a member otherwise than as a representative of the relevant authority and the member has no other interest in that business provided that any dispensation shall not extend to participation in any vote with respect to that business; or

 

(i)      it appears to the committee to be in the interests of the inhabitants of the area of the relevant authority that the disability should be removed provided that written notification of the grant of the dispensation is given to the National Assembly for Wales within seven days in such manner as it may specify.

 

(j)      It is considered appropriate in all the circumstances to do so where not otherwise possible to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate a persons disability