Meeting documents

Appeals Committee
Tuesday, 4th February, 2014

Place: Wheel Room, Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland PR25 1DH

 Present: Mr C J Clark, Mr J M Higgins and Mrs L R Woollard
 In attendance: Denise Johnson (Director of Regeneration and Healthy Communities), Steve Nugent (Head of Human Resources), Bernie Markham (Human Resources Advisor) and Andy Houlker (Senior Democratic Services Officer)
 Public attendance: None
 Other Officers: None

Item Description/Resolution Status Action
7 Appointment of Chairman

Councillor Clark be appointed chairman for the meeting.

(Councillor Clark took the chair)

8 Apologies for Absence

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors O?Hare, Stettner and Titherington.

9 Declarations of Interest

There were no declarations of interest.

10 Minutes of the Last Meeting
Minutes attached

That the minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 2013 be approved as a correct record and signed by the chairman.

11 Exempt Items

That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of the following item of business as it involved the discussion of information which was defined as exempt from publication under paragraphs 1 and 2 (information relating to an individual and information which was likely to reveal the identity of an individual) of Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 and in which the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing it.

12 Appeal Against Final Written Warning

The committee considered an appeal against the decision to issue a final written warning by an employee from the Regeneration and Healthy Communities service group.

With the permission of the committee and in accordance with the council's hearing procedure, the appellant addressed the meeting and questions were asked.

The Director of Regeneration and Healthy Communities presented the management's case (and called a witness) and questions were asked.

Having fully considered the representations (written and oral), the committee adjourned to reach its decision.

That the appeal against the decision to issue a final written warning be dismissed and the committee made the following comments that
1. the evidence presented supported the allegations;
2. these were serious matters and shortcomings, and whilst the committee recognised that there had been historic practices, they did not accord with current procedures and practices;
3. the management findings were correct and the sanction appropriate; and
4. there were learning points to be made regarding improved communications and appropriate training for the appellant so that procedures and practices were more explicit.


  Published on Thursday 13 February 2014
The meeting finished at 1.13pm