Agenda and minutes

Extraordinary, Council - Thursday, 15th June, 2023 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Gosport, PO12 1EB

Contact: Lisa Young  email:

Note: Extraordinary 

No. Item


To receive apologies from Members for the their inability to attend the meeting


Apologies for non attendance were received from Councillors Huggins, Gledhill Kelly and Maynard and Honorary Alderman Searle, Dickson and Whitbread. 


Declarations of Interest

All Members are required to disclose at this point in the meeting or as soon as possible thereafter, any disclosable pecuniary interest or personal interest in any item(s) being considered at this meeting.



There were none.


Mayor's Communications


The Mayor advised that it continued to be a privilidge to meet so many residents of the Borough.


To receive Deputations in accordance with Standing Order No. 3.4 and to answer
Public Questions pursuant to Standing Order No.3.5, such questions to be
answered orally during a time not exceeding 15 minutes.

(NOTE: Standing Order No. 3.4 requires that notice of a Deputation should be received by the Borough Solicitor NOT LATER THAN 12 O’CLOCK NOON ON TUESDAY 13 JUNE 2023 and likewise Standing Order No. 3.5 requires that notice of a Public Question should be received by the Borough Solicitor NOT LATER THAN 12 O’CLOCK NOON ON TUESDAY 13 JUNE 2023)



A deputation was received from Mr Miles, he advised that he was representing the residents of Peel Common, in particular those that used Brookers field for exercising, either themselves, or animals, or playing football.


He advised it was disappointing to see the lack of security on the site that although it was felt to be secure was not secure enough to prevent travelers from invading which had negatively impacted on the local population. There had been pollution, noise pollution, vandalisms, threats to wildlife and local businesses.


The invasion had to stop and he suggested that effective security be installed in the form of bollards that were tamper proof, required no power and cost no more than £4500. This was significantly less than the cost of the clear up following their departure, reported to be £40000.


Security of the site was important, concern was also expressed that the Council were not able to swiftly manage the situation as a result of having no Head of Streetscene or onsite legal officers. In addition there had not been wildflowers planted where grass had been removed.


In answer to a Members question, Mr Miles advised he had not contacted companies detailed in his hand out to establish if the barriers were angle grinder proof. A Member had done so and confirmed they were not.


Members thanked Mr Miles for his deputation and acknowledged the difficulties that had been presented.



Questions (if any) pursuant to Standing Order No. 3.3

(NOTE: Members are reminded that Standing Order No. 3.3 requires that Notice of Question pursuant to that Standing Order must be received by the Borough Solicitor NOT LATER THAN 12 O’CLOCK NOON ON WEDNESDAY 14 JUNE 2023 )



There were none.


Re-appointment of an Independent Person Under the Localism Act 2011 pdf icon PDF 191 KB

To advise members of the recruitment process for an Independent Person under The Localism Act 2011 and to recommend appointments be made by the Council.



Consideration was given to the report of the Borough Solicitor and Monitoring Officer, seeking the reappointment of Mr Large as an Independent Person of the Council.




1.    The Council approves the re-appointment of Mr Peter Large as an Independent Person for the purposes of Section 28 of the Localism Act 2011 for the period of 4 years ending on 30 JUNE 2027; and

2.    The Council thanks both Mr Willis and re-appointed Mr Large for their ongoing dutiful diligence and support.



Appointment of a Climate Change Sub-Board

Report to follow.


This item was withdrawn from the agenda.



That in relation to the following item the public should be excluded from the meeting, as it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the public were present during this item there would be disclosure to them of exempt information within Paragraph 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, and further that in all circumstances of the cases, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons set out in the report.



RESOLVED: That the press and public be excluded from the meeting by virtue of paragraph 1 of Part 1of Schedule 12 of the Local Government Act 1972 as the next item contains personal information.


Appointment of a Chief Executive

To advise the Council of the result of the recruitment and selection process undertaken for the appointment of a Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service and seek the Council’s confirmation of the appointment.



Consideration was given to the appointment of the Chief Executive as recommended by the Appointments Sub-Board.


RESOLVED: That the Council approve the appointment of the candidate for the role of Chief Executive.