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Note: In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this meeting is to be held as a remote video conference facilitated by the ZOOM video conferencing platform.
Calling to Order of the Meeting
The meeting of the Council will be called to order to receive Her Worship The Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
The meeting of the Council was called to order to receive Her Worship The Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
A minute’s silence was observed in memory of the late, learned and former Councillor, Mr Edward (Ted) R Barr, who sadly passed away on 26 February 2021.
Apologies for Absence
To receive apologies for absence from Members to determine the quorum of the meeting in accordance with Rule 7 of Part 4 of the Constitution.
An apology for absence was received from Councillors F S Broadley, R F Eaton, F S Ghattoraya, Miss A Kaur, Mrs H E Loydall, R E R Morris and Dr I K Ridley.
Declarations of Interest
Members are reminded that any declaration of interest should be made having regard to the Members’ Code of Conduct. In particular, Members must make clear the nature of the interest and whether it is 'pecuniary' or ‘non-pecuniary'.
Report of the Chief Executive / Head of Paid Service
The Council gave consideration to the report (as set out at pages 6 - 9 of the agenda reports pack) which asked it to confer upon the University of Leicester the honour(s) of the Honorary Freedom of the Borough and, accordingly, to admit the University as an Honorary Freeman of the Borough.
It was moved by Councillor Mrs S Z Haq, seconded by the Leader of the Council and
UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED THAT:
(i) The Council confer upon the University of Leicester the honour(s) of Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Oadby and Wigston and that, accordingly, the said University of Leicester be admitted as a Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Oadby and Wigston, in recognition of the University’s distinguished and eminent services and associations with/in the Borough and upon the occasion of its 2021 centenary in marking the year in which its first students enrolled at the University;
(ii) The Common Seal of the Borough Council of Oadby and Wigston be affixed to the certificate, scroll or similar token to be presented to the University upon conferment and admission of the Freedom of the Borough and as an Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Oadby and Wigston; and
(iii) Arrangements be made to procure the relevant certificate, scroll or similar token and to formally bestow the honour(s) at an appropriate civic ceremony and/or reception to be held on a future date to be confirmed and at such a time when the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions either permit or have ended in their entirety.
Councillor Ms C D Kozlowski joined the virtual meeting at 6:15 pm and, having not been present for the full duration whilst the item of business was considered, took no part in the debate on the item of business and voting thereon.