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Location and Accessibility of Meetings

Meeting Dates, Member Induction & Development Dates 2012/13


All meetings of the Authority and its Committees are held in the Conference Suite in the Headquarters of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service in Bridle Road, Bootle. Bridle Road is located between Netherton Way and Park Lane in Bootle, a short walk from Aintree Station which is on the Ormskirk branch of the Merseyrail Northern Line. There is a small visitors car park at the front of the building and a larger car park to the rear from where access to the Conference Suite can be gained.

Meetings of the Authority and its Committees are accessible to the public except where exempt information, as defined in the Local Government Act 1972, is being considered. This is for example likely to be the case for most meetings of the Appeals and Appointments Committees.

The Authority does welcome the attendance of members of the public at meetings. Any members of the public who do want to attend meetings are requested if possible to speak in advance to Helen Peek or a member of Committee Services on 0151 296 4114 so that suitable arrangements can be made.

Dates of Meetings


All Authority & Committee meetings are in the Conference Suite, at Fire Service Headquarters, Bridle Road unless otherwise stated.

2012/13

Date

Event

Tuesday 12th June 2012 AGM New Member Induction and PDP meetings
Tuesday 3rd July 2012 Authority
Thursday 5th July 2012 ELB
Thursday 12th July 2012 Initial Meeting of all Appointed Member/Officer Sponsors 11.30hrs Community Safety & Protection Committee followed by Audit Sub Committee
Tuesday 17th July 2012 Standards Committee And or Strategy Day/ Induction
Thursday 19th July 2012
Consultation & Negotiation Committee
Thursday 26th July 2012 Policy & Resources Committee followed by Learning Lunch Topic TBC Performance & Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday 31st July 2012 Authority
August Break
Tuesday 4th September 2012 Audit Sub Committee followed by Learning Lunch Topic TBC Performance & Scrutiny Committee
Thursday 6th September 2012 Executive Leadership Board  
Thursday 13th September 2012 Social Growth and Localism Sub Committee
Thursday 27th September 2012 Authority
Thursday 4th October 2012 Policy & resource Committee
followed by
Performance & Scruitiny Committee
Thursday 11th October 2012  Executive Leadership Board
Thurs 18th October 2012 Consultation & Negotiation Committee
Thursday 25th October 2012 Learning Lunch Topic TBC Followed by Community Safety & Protection Committee
Tuesday 6th November 2012 Standards
Tues 8th November 2012 Executive Leadership Board
Thursday 22nd November 2012 Audit Sub Committee
Tuesday 4th December 2012 Authority
Thursday 6th December 2012 Performance & Scrutiny Committee followed by
Executive Leadership Board
Thursday 20th December 2012 Authority

Christmas Break

Date

Meeting

Thursday 3rd January 2013 Community Safety & Protection Committee followed by Audit Sub Committee
Thursday 10th January 2013 Executive Leadership Board
Tuesday 15th January 2013 Policy & Resources Committee followed by Learning Lunch Topic TBC Social Growth and Localism Sub Committee
Thursday 17th  January 2013 Consultation & Negotiation Committee
Wednesday 20th & Thursday 31st January 2013 MF&RA Budget Strategy Day
Thursday 7th February 2013 Executive Leadership Board
Tuesday 12th February 2013 Authority
Thurs 14th February 2013 Audit Sub Committee followed by Performance & Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday 26th February 2013 Budget Authority
Thursday 7th March 2013 Executive Leadership Board
Thursday 21st March 2013 Standards Committee
Thursday 26th March 2013 Consultation & Negotiation Committee
Thursday 28th March 2013 Community Safety & Protection Committee followed by Learning Lunch Topic TBC Audit Sub Committee
Tuesday 2nd April 2013 Policy & Resources followed by Social Growth and Localism Sub Committee
Tuesday 9th April 2013 Authority
Tuesday 31st April 2013 Executive Leadership Board
Tuesday 7th May 2013 Authority
Thursday 30th May 2013 Performance & Scrutiny Committee followed by Audit Sub Committee
Tuesday 4th June 2013 Executive Leadership Board
Tuesday 11th June 2013 Annual General Meeting
Thurday 27th June 2013 Authority

All meetings of the Authority to start at 1pm in the Wirral Suite, SHQ, unless otherwise indicated.

Membership of Outside Bodies 2011/12


The Authority is a Member of the Local Government Association and of the North West Employers' Organisation as well as of LACDE (Local Authorities Confronting Disasters and Emergencies) and the Safer Merseyside Partnership.

Its representatives for 2011/12 are as follows:-
Organisation Members
Fire Service Commission Councillors Newman and Mahon
LGA Urban Commission Councillor Ted Grannell
L.A.C.D.E (Local Authorities Confronting Disasters and Emergencies) Councillor Ted Grannell
Merseyside Brussels Office Councillor Steve Niblock
Fire Support Network Councillor Newman 
North West Partnership Board Councillors Tony Newman, Dave Hanratty and Lesley Rennie
North West Employers Organisation Councillor Robbie Ayres

North West Partnership Board


North West Partnership Board - Cllrs Newman, Hanratty and Rennie.

The Authority is represented by 3 Elected Members on the North West Partnership Board, meetings of which are also attended by the Chief Fire Officer or Deputy Chief Fire Officer. The Board was created in September 2010 as a requirement of the Government for Fire Authorities and is a grouping of the five North West Authorities of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. The Board is comprised of 14 Elected Members nominated by the constituent Authorities in accordance with their respective sizes. It meets approximately every two months and rotates its meetings around the region. North Wales Fire Service usually attends the meetings in an observer capacity. The Board is one of a number across the country which the Government needs to meet its requirements and work collaboratively in the following areas:

  • Common and Specialist Services
  • Effective Resilience Plans for large scale emergencies
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Training
  • Control Rooms
  • Procurement

Where possible the Board also works with other regional organisations such as the Government Office North West, the North West Development Agency and the North West Employers’ Organisation. Merseyside provides the lead Legal Advisor to the Board.

In 2011/12 the representatives of Merseyside on the Board are Councillors Newman, Mahon and Rennie.

Elected Member Sponsors 2011/12

  • Equality & Diversity - Cllr Robbie Ayres paired with Cllr Tony Newman
  • Consultation, Information Management & ICT - Cllr Terry Jones paired with Cllr Lesley Rennie
  • Fire Service Direct - Cllr Ted Grannell
  • Prevention & Protection - Cllr Barbara Murray paired with Cllr Jimmy Mahon
  • Value For Money/ Finance - Cllr Andrew Blackburn
  • Corporate Risk & IRMP - Cllr Violet Bebb paired with Cllr Linda Maloney
  • Health, Safety & Environment - Cllr Niblock 
  • Response Cllr Colin Strickland paired with Cllr Dave Hanratty
  • Training, Development and Lifelong Learning - Cllr Sharon Sullivan 
  • Voluntary Sector - Cllr Ian Lewis paired with Cllr Barbara Murray
  • Youth Engagement - Cllr Ian Lewis paired with Linda Maloney

District Council Questions


Under the provisions of the 1985 Local Government Act, Councillors from the five District Councils are entitled to put down questions about the Authority to meetings of their individual constituent Councils.

The Authority Members nominated to answer such questions in 2010/11 are:
  • Liverpool - Councillor Dave Hanratty
  • Knowsley - Councillor Tony Newman
  • St. Helens - Councillor Linda Maloney
  • Sefton - Councillor Jimmy Mahon
  • Wirral - Councillor Denise Roberts

Equal Opportunities Policy


The Authority is firmly committed to providing equality of opportunity for current and potential employees and equality of service to the community. To achieve this the Authority will create an environment in which there is respect for every individual and recognition of their needs and aspirations, regardless of their sex, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, religion or creed, political beliefs, trade union activity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, age or any other factor which cannot be justified.

Secretariat


The Secretariat to the Authority is provided by Democratic Services within the Legal Services Directorate, who are located in Bridle Road. They can be contacted by way of the following telephone numbers and email addresses

Tel: 0151 296 4112

Email: democraticservices@merseyfire.gov.uk

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