Agenda and draft minutes

SPECIAL, Council - Monday, 27th June, 2022 2.00 pm

Venue: Oakham Castle, Castle Grounds Market Place, Oakham, LE15 6DR

Contact: Tom Delaney  Email: governance@rutland.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Ainsley, Begy, Blanksby, P Browne, Fox, MacCartney, Walters and Wilson.

 

2.

CHAIRMAN'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Minutes:

The Chairman informed Members that he would make a full set of announcements at the next ordinary meeting of Council.

 

3.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE LEADER, MEMBERS OF THE CABINET OR THE HEAD OF PAID SERVICE

Minutes:

There were no announcements from the Leader, Members of the Cabinet or the Head of Paid Service.

 

4.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

In accordance with the Regulations, Members are invited to declare any disclosable interests under the Code of Conduct and the nature of those interests in respect of items on this Agenda and/or indicate if Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

5.

PETITIONS, DEPUTATIONS AND QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

To receive any petitions, deputations or questions received from members of the public in accordance with the provisions of Procedures Rule 25 and 26. In accordance with Procedure Rule 21 any questions must relate to the item on the agenda for which the Special Meeting has been summoned.

Minutes:

No petitions, deputations or questions from members of the public had been received.

 

6.

QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL

To receive any questions submitted from Members of the Council in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rules 27 and 28. In accordance with Procedure Rule 21 any questions must relate to the item on the agenda for which the Special Meeting has been summoned.

Minutes:

No questions from Members of the Council had been received.

 

7.

APPOINTMENT OF HONORARY FREEMAN pdf icon PDF 206 KB

To receive Report No. 114/2022 from the Chief Executive recommending the appointment of Sir Laurence Howard as an Honorary Freeman.

Minutes:

Report No. 114/2022 was received from the Chief Executive, recommending the appointment of Sir Laurence Howard as an Honorary Freeman of Rutland.

 

Councillor L Stephenson, Leader of the Council, introduced the report and moved the recommendations, in doing so highlighting the various acts of service Sir Laurence had undertaken for the county, including as a magistrate, founder of a fund to enable Rutland Students to attend Leicester University where he had worked as a medical lecturer, and fifteen years of service as Lord Lieutenant of Rutland. Councillor R Powell, Deputy Leader of the Council, seconded the motion and as Ward Member for Whissendine where Sir Laurence resided and emphasised the high esteem he was held in throughout the county.

 

Members spoke in support of the motion highlighting Sir Laurence’s support to the Armed Forces Community during his tenure as Lord Lieutenant, including serving as an Honorary Air Commandant in the Royal Air Force, and his work on supporting links between Rutland and the University of Leicester. 

 

Members considered that Sir Laurence truly embodied the values of Rutland and in particular the motto of Multum in Parvo (Much in little) through his multitude of achievements since moving into the county and was the perfect candidate to be recognised in the way the appointment of an Honorary Freeman was designed to.

 

Tributes were also paid to Lady Howard, for her dedication and unstinting support to Sir Laurence in all his work for the county, it was highlighted that the couple were still affectionally referred to ‘Team Howard’ in the RAF community.

 

Concluding the debate, the Chairman emphasised how Sir Laurence’s dedication and attitude had made him a fantastic ambassador for the county and on behalf of the Council thanked Sir Laurence for his service to Rutland.

 

The motion to appoint Sir Laurence as an Honorary Freeman was put to the vote and with 18 votes in favour, the motion was unanimously carried.

 

RESOLVED

That Council:

 

a)    APPOINTED Sir Laurence Howard KCVO OBE as an Honorary Freeman of the County of Rutland.

 

b)    CONFERED the following privileges on Sir Laurence:

 

                   i.        To enjoy the ceremonial title of Honorary Freeman and be so addressed.

                  ii.        To be invited to attend the following Civic events in the County: Remembrance Sunday
Annual Civic Events
Any other civic events on the invitation of the Chairman of the Council

                iii.        To be invited to Annual meetings of the Council.

 

c)    INSTRUCTED the Chief Executive to arrange for Sir Laurence’s name to be placed on the Roll of Honorary Freeman held at Catmose.

 

The Chairman and Chief Executive formally presented Sir Laurence with his honorary scroll declaring his appointment. The Chairman then invited Sir Laurence to address Council.

 

Sir Laurence thanked the Chairman and Members for honouring him with his appointment and for their tributes to himself and Lady Howard. Sir Laurence also reflected on the ongoing struggles for freedom around the world and how valuable it was that those assembled to live in a country their forefathers had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.