Council approves new constitution

Havant Borough Council has approved a new constitution – the legal framework of the authority which sets out the rules and procedures it must follow.

The changes seek to make the operation of the council more agile, cost effective and able to respond to the needs of the community. 

Approved at full council on Wednesday 27 January, the agreed amendments will ensure that improvements can be made in governance arrangements, to increase efficiencies and provide continued value for money for residents. 

The document, previously 438 pages, has been whittled down to less than 253 and is seen as uncomplicated and written in a language that is easy to understand. 

Leader of Havant Borough Council, Councillor Michael Wilson, said: “Havant Borough Council had agreed that the current constitution had aged over time and required updating. 

“Following a full review, we have listened to all the comments of members and officers of the council and have received the expert advice of consultants Bevan Brittan solicitors.

“Harmonising these changes with partnering authority East Hampshire District Council will help to align governance and best practice across the two authorities, whilst also recognising the individual requirements of each council and the needs of its residents.  

"These key changes will provide clarity for members, the public and officers alike, and respond to changes in standards required in public life. The new constitution is flexible, fit for purpose and is far easier for everyone to follow and understand.

“I would like to thank those who have worked together to modernise and revise this important legal framework and I am pleased that full council has endorsed this important document today.”

A council’s constitution ensures that it complies with all relevant statutory requirements placed upon a local authority. 

Read a full copy of the report.