The meeting of the Full Council of Surrey Heath Borough Council was the last that I will chair as Mayor of the Borough. The next meeting of the Full Council is on May 16th, and is our annual meeting, where the Mayor passes on the Mayoralty to a new Mayor for the new council year.
Sadly, at last night’s council meeting, there was not a single member of the public in attendance, nor even was the local press in attendance, but more on that in a later post.
A couple of notable things from last night’s meeting,
- Following a High Court ruling in early February, prayers, taken at the beginning of a council meeting, are not allowed on the council meeting agenda. Although this does not preclude the opportunity, prior to the start of the counil meeting, for a period of quiet reflection, and that to be led by a person of faith. And so it was that in my declared multi-faith year, we had a member of the Sikh faith to guide our thoughts. Especially appropriate as we have a Councillor of that faith on our council.
- Publication of members’ attendance at meetings of the Council, Executive and Committees. A welcome piece of transparency in the council’s affairs.
There are six meetings of the Full Council in our council year, and it took me the early meeting to get the hang of the procedures. However, the last two meetings have been ones that have gone smoothly and efficiently, which have had some humour and been ones that I’ve really enjoyed. So, just as I’m fully competent in the role of Council chairman, I have to pass on the role.