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Appointment of the Independent Chair of the Local Inquiry into the Street Trees Dispute

25/01/2022 - Appointment of the Independent Chair of the Local Inquiry into the Street Trees Dispute

14.1

The report set out:

 

  • the context for the commitment in the Co-operative Agreement to “appoint an independent person to conduct a local non-statutory inquiry into the management of the street trees dispute”;
  • the work undertaken during 2021 to carry out this commitment;
  • the recommended outcome of the recruitment process to identify a suitable Independent Chair; and
  • a financial envelope for the inquiry.

 

 

14.2

RESOLVED: That Co-operative Executive:-

 

 

1.    Note the work conducted to establish a firmly independent inquiry into the street trees dispute;

 

2.    Delegate authority to the Chief Executive and Director of Finance and Commercial Services to take the necessary steps to secure Sir Mark Lowcock as the Independent Chair of the Inquiry, in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Community Engagement and Governance; and

 

3.    Agree that the Co-operative Executive receive a further report with details of financial implications of the Terms of Reference once developed by the Independent Chair and agreed by the stakeholders.

 

 

14.3

Reasons for Decision

 

 

14.3.1

The appointment of an independent person to conduct a local inquiry into the street trees dispute fulfils a commitment in the Labour and Green Co-operation Agreement.

 

 

14.3.2

A rigorous assessment process has identified Sir Mark Lowcock as the recommended candidate for this role.

 

 

14.4

Alternatives Considered and Rejected

 

 

14.4.1

The need for an independent Inquiry was included in the May 2021 Labour and Green Co-operation Agreement. No alternative to meeting that requirement was considered.

 

 

14.5

Any Interest Declared or Dispensation Granted

 

 

 

None

 

 

14.6

Reason for Exemption if Public/Press Excluded During Consideration

 

 

 

None

 

 

14.7

Respective Director Responsible for Implementation

 

 

 

Executive Director, Resources

 

 

14.8

Relevant Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee If Decision Called In

 

 

 

Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee