The Chair informed Council that he had continued to enjoy attending events over the last month in his capacity as Chair. These events, which showcased the best the county had to offer, included a celebration evening for the Consett Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion, a Royal Visit to the Milburngate Development, the Lumiere Programme Launch, and a reception for Durham University International Students at the Town Hall.
The Chair asked that everyone be respectful to each other during the meeting. Robust debate was part of the democratic process but the Chair asked Members to respect the views of others and not to point fingers at others during debate.
Where points of order were raised, once a ruling had been made on advice of the Head of Legal and Democratic Services, it would not be re-visited
Finally, the Chair reminded Members of their responsibility to attend all mandatory training sessions. If a Member had not yet attended they should look out for the final sessions, which were being arranged shortly.