Background
Background

Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven. CA28 7SJ

Contact: Clive Willoughby  Tel: 01946 598328

Items
No. Item

OSC 18/84

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Anne Bradshaw, Hugh Branney and Neil Ferguson.

 

OSC 18/85

Declarations of Interests in Agenda Items:

 

To receive declarations by Members and/ or co-optees of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting).

 

Members are advised however, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other interests.

 

Members are reminded that they may not, by law, participate or vote in any discussion in a meeting on a matter in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest

 

Members are advised that they should leave the room during consideration of any items of business in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest.

Minutes:

There were no declarations made at this meeting.

 

OSC 18/86

Minutes of the meeting held on 8 February 2019 pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That the minutes of the meeting held on 8 February 2019 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

 

Arising from the minutes, Councillor Sam Pollen stated that the meeting regarding Egremont Nursery (Minute OSC 18/77) had not yet taken place and Councillor Felicity Wilson stated that the copy of a letter to schools requested (Minute OSC 18/81) had not been received.

OSC 18/87

Executive Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 54 KB

Minutes:

Committee considered the Executive Forward Plan.

 

RESOLVED - that the Executive Forward Plan be noted.

 

OSC 18/88

Update from Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee

Minutes:

The Council’s representative, Councillor Anne Bradshaw, was not present at the meeting therefore no update was received.

OSC 18/89

Update from the Single Table Trade Union Group (STTUG) representative pdf icon PDF 646 KB

Minutes:

Committee received the minutes of the last Single Table Trade Union Group (STTUG) meeting held on 13 February 2019 and a verbal update from the OSC representative, Councillor Sam Pollen.

 

RESOLVED:- that the update be received.

 

OSC 18/90

Public Space Protection Orders pdf icon PDF 380 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Committee received and considered a report from the Public Spaces Protection Orders Task and Finish Group, which was introduced by the Assistant Solicitor.

 

During the discussion that followed, Members expressed their concern at the high level of dog fouling in the borough and the perceived lack of enforcement.

 

It was suggested that the orders be publicised.

 

The Task and Finish Group and the Assistant Solicitor were thanked for their work.

 

RESOLVED:- that

a)      The draft Alcohol Control Order and Dog Control Order be recommended to Executive for implementation, and

b)      It be recommended to Executive that a campaign be organised with Schools and Town & Parish Councils to raise awareness.

OSC 18/91

Housing

Minutes:

Committee received a verbal update on Housing issues from the Strategic Housing and Social Inclusion Manager.

 

Members were advised that an update on the Homelessness Strategy will be given at the next meeting and and update will also be given on the Disabled Facilities Grants with results from 2018/19.

 

RESOLVED:- that the update be received and noted.

OSC 18/92

Rural Strategy pdf icon PDF 22 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Committee considered a request from the Rural Services Network to call on Government to develop and implement a national rural strategy.

 

During the discussion that followed, it was suggested that this would be a large piece of work and that a Task and Finish Group should be set up after the elections. It was also suggested that the Task and Finish Group include representatives from Town and Parish councils, the Lake District National Park Authority and the County Council Local Area Committee.

 

RESOLVED:- that a Task and Finish Group be set up after the elections and that  representatives from Town and Parish councils, the Lake District National Park Authority and the County Council Local Area Committee be included.

 

OSC 18/93

Outside Bodies Annual Report pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Committee received a report analysing responses from Members representing Council on Outside Bodies in 2018/19.

 

RESOLVED:- that the Outside Bodies report be received and noted.

OSC 18/94

Cumbria Public Health Strategy pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Committee considered the draft Cumbria Joint Public Health Strategy and felt that a large proportion of this report linked in to the Rural Strategy. It was therefore suggested that this draft report be considered by the same Rural Strategy Task and Finish Group after the elections.

 

Members were advised that Professor Colin Cox would be attending the Executive meeting on 16 April 2019 at 2pm in the Bainbridge Room and that members were also welcome to attend.

 

RESOLVED:- that the draft Cumbria Joint Public Health Strategy be considered by the Rural Strategy Task and Finish Group after the elections.

 

OSC 18/95

Response to Waste Consultation - Government Waste and Resources Strategy pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Committee considered the consultation on Government Resource and Waste Strategy.

 

The Community Services Manager highlighted areas that would affect Copeland and those where Copeland had already implemented.

 

RESOLVED:- that

a)      the report be received, and

b)      the Overview and Scrutiny Committee endorses Copeland’s continuing approach to achieving best practice solutions for our community.

OSC 18/96

Cumbria LEP Scrutiny

Minutes:

The Council’s representative, Councillor Ray Gill, advised that he had attended the first meeting of the Cumbria LEP Scrutiny Committee and that future meetings would be held quarterly.

 

RESOLVED:- that the update be received.

 

OSC 18/97

Report from Overview and Scrutiny Performance Sub-Committee

Minutes:

Committee received an update from the OSC Performance Sub Committee meeting held on 26 February 2019 and were advised that the minutes of this meeting were also available on the Council website.

 

RESOLVED:- that the update be received.

OSC 18/98

Task and Finish Group Updates pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Minutes:

Committee were updated on the position of the recent Task and Finish Groups.

 

Councillor Ian Hill presented a report from the Child Poverty Task and Finish Group, which was well received by the Committee.

 

Councillor Hill thanked Suzanne Wilson from UCLAN for her invaluable help and input. It was also stated that only junior schools had been approached so far and that senior schools should be looked at in the next phase.

It was suggested that the Task and Finish Group continue after the elections.

 

 

RESOLVED:- that the update be noted.

OSC 18/99

Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Minutes:

Committee considered the Work Programme and suggested the new Overview and Scrutiny Committee consider the Work Programme as a priority at the first meeting after the election.

 

RESOLVED:- that the update be noted.

 

 

Before closing the meeting, the Chair thanked the committee, officers and other Members who had joined Task and Finish Groups for their support over the last year.

 

Members thanked the Chair and, as he would not be standing for re-election, wished him well for the future.

 

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