Agenda item

Announcements and Introductions from the Chairman, Leader of the Council and Chief Executive

To receive any announcements from the Chairman, Leader of the Council and Chief Executive including an update on the Members Scheme of Allowances.

 

Minutes:

The Chairman confirmed that he would take agenda items 4 and 5 together. There were no announcements from the Leader of the Council or the Chief Executive.  The Chairman reported on the following:

 

A – Death of Mike Fisher former Borough of Poole Councillor

 

The Chairman with great sadness reported on the recent death of former Borough of Poole Councillor Mike Fisher who was elected in 2015 and served as a UKIP Councillor for the Alderney ward until 2019.  The Chairman on behalf of the Council offered his condolences to his loved ones.  He called on Councillor Diana Butler who paid tribute to former Councillor Mike Fisher.

 

B – Death of Councillor Colin Bungey

The Chairman reported that it was with great sadness that the Council pays tribute to Councillor Colin Bungey this evening.

Colin was first elected to Christchurch Borough Council on 5 May 1983 and was re-elected in every subsequent election, representing the constituents of the Jumpers ward who valued his dedication and hard work.

Colin died at the beginning of April and served over 37 unbroken years as a councillor he represented the very best in public service.

He was a man of principle, unfailingly courteous, listened to everybody and always did his best to help and to stand up for Christchurch.

He was Mayor of Christchurch Borough Council twice and was recognised for his eminent services to the Borough of Christchurch with the title of Honorary Freeman, something he was immensely proud of.

Colin was a great public servant he was a Justice of the Peace for many years, it was first and last about public service, not politics. He was a long-standing member of The Christchurch and District Sports Council and was Chairman as Cllr Geary and I recall for more than twenty years.

He was a long-standing member of the Christchurch Sailing Club and was also a volunteer at the National Motor Museum Beaulieu.

Colin’s knowledge and experience will be sadly missed.

Councillor Margaret Phipps paid tribute to Councillor Colin Bungey as his ward colleague. Councillor Eddie Coope said a few words in tribute to Colin Bungey.

 

The Chairman asked the Council to pay silent tribute to Councillor Colin Bungey and former Borough of Poole Councillor Mike Fisher.

 

C – Members Scheme of Allowances

 

The Chairman made an announcement in respect of the Members Scheme of Allowances.  He reported that given the current coronavirus crisis he did not consider this to be an issue that the Council should be debating at this time and advised that he had asked for it to be deferred until October 2020 at the earliest.

 

D – Death of George Floyd

 

The Chairman on behalf of the Council acknowledged the death of George Floyd who was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Police Officers.  He explained that as everyone was aware this had led to demonstrations across the World including in the BCP Council area of the issues raised bythis tragic event. The Chairman reported that it should be highlighted that the BCP Council continues to work within thecommunity to promote equality on all levels.