Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Worthing Town Hall

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(The Mayor, Councillor Henna Chowdhury in the Chair)


Apologies for Absence


The Mayor received apologies for absence from Councillors Coxhill, Hunt, James, Mercer, Overton, Schan, Waight and Walker.


Election of the Mayor

To elect the Mayor of the Borough until the Annual Meeting of the Council in 2024. 


The Mayor to declare their acceptance of office.



It was proposed by Councillor Dan Hermitage and seconded by Councillor Dr Beccy Cooper that Councillor Jon Roser be elected to serve as Mayor for the coming year.


Resolved that Councillor Jon Roser be elected Mayor of the Borough of Worthing for the 2023-24 Municipal Year.


There was an adjournment whilst the newly elected Mayor received the Insignia.


Councillor Jon Roser returned to the Chamber and made his Declaration of Acceptance of Office and then addressed the Council. 


(The Mayor, Councillor Jon Roser, in the Chair)


Appointment of the Deputy Mayor

To appoint a Deputy Mayor of the Borough until the Annual Meeting of the Council in 2024.


The Deputy Mayor to declare their acceptance of office.


The Mayor proposed that Councillor Ibsha Choudhury be appointed to serve as Deputy Mayor in 2023/24, the proposal was seconded by Councillor Hazel Thorpe.


Resolved that Councillor Ibsha Choudhury be appointed as Deputy Mayor for the 2023/24 Municipal Year.


Returning Officer’s Return of Persons Elected pdf icon PDF 57 KB

To receive and note the Return of Persons Elected at the 4 May 2023 Borough Council elections.


The Council noted the Returning Officer’s return of persons elected in the Borough Elections held on 4 May 2023.


Declarations of Interest

Members and Officers must declare any disclosable pecuniary interests in relation to any business on the agenda. Declarations should also be made at any stage such an interest becomes apparent during the meeting.


If in doubt contact the Legal or Democratic Services representative for this meeting.


There were no declarations of interest made.           


Confirmation of Minutes

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 18 April 2023, copies of which have been previously circulated.


Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 18 April 2023 be approved as a correct record and that they be signed by the Mayor.


Vote of thanks to the outgoing Mayor and presentation of past Mayor and Consort Insignia


A vote of thanks to the outgoing Mayor was proposed by the Mayor, seconded by Councillor Kevin Jenkins and it was unanimously


Resolved that the Council placed on record its sincere thanks to Councillor Henna Chowdhury for the fine manner in which she upheld the tradition of the Office of Mayor of the Borough, for her service to the community of Worthing, for the fair business like way in which she presided over the meetings of the Council and that the Council also expressed its sincere thanks to Millad Chowdhury for the dedicated and friendly manner in which he carried out the duties of Consort.


The Mayor presented the outgoing Mayor with her Past Mayor insignia and Millad Chowdhury with the past Consort insignia.


Items raised under Urgency Provisions

To consider any items the Mayor has agreed are urgent.


There were no urgent items.


Announcements by the Mayor and / or Head of Paid Service


There were no announcements from the Mayor or the Head of Paid Service.


The Mayor used his discretion to allow the Leader to welcome the newly elected councillors following the local elections on the 4th May.


Political proportionality and allocation of committee seats pdf icon PDF 228 KB

To consider a report by the Director for Digital, Sustainability & Resources, attached as item 10.


(Details of the nominated committee memberships will be published to the website when they are received from each of the Political Groups)

Additional documents:


Before the Council was a report by the Director for Sustainability and Resources, copies of which had been distributed to all Members and a copy of which is attached to the signed copy of these minutes as item 10.


The report outlined a number of decisions required by Council to ensure that the decision making structure for 2023/24 was determined according to the Council’s Constitution.


It was noted that an updated Appendix B had been circulated in advance of the meeting detailing the nominations for Committee Memberships from each of the political groups and the chair and vice-chair nominations.


The recommendations outlined in the report, were proposed by Councillor Dr Beccy Cooper and seconded by Councillor Cathy Glynn-Davies.


Council unanimously approved the recommendations following a vote.




That the Council


i)              noted the decision making structure of the Council and the political balance of the Council as detailed in paragraphs 4.1, 4.2 and Appendix A;


ii)             appointed to the Committees in accordance with the wishes of the Political Groups on the Council, as detailed in Appendix B (attached);


iii)            agreed that the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Committees, as detailed in Appendix B (attached), be appointed until the Annual Meeting of the Council in May 2024;


iv)           in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 38, the Council noted the appointment of the Leader of the Conservative Group on the Council, as the Leader of the Main Opposition.



Youth Mayor

To note the Youth Mayor for 2023/24.


Council noted that Alba Braham would be the Youth Mayor in 2023/24.


The Mayor announced that he was looking forward to their support during his mayoral year.