Background
Background

Agenda and minutes

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

Contact: Clive Willoughby  Tel: 01946 598328

Items
No. Item

OSC 18/70

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Jackie Bowman, Anne Bradshaw, Hugh Branney and Jeanette Forster.

OSC 18/71

Chair's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chair expressed his disappointment at the lack of Members attending the meeting, and thanked those who had attended.

 

The Chair then noted that two items on the agenda were marked ‘To Follow’ and the papers issued late. It was then stated that on this occasion the late items would be accepted for discussion, but in future, if papers were not ready they should not be included on the agenda.

OSC 18/72

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:

Councillor Ray Gill declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 8 (Housing Enforcement Policy) due to being a tenant of Home Group.

OSC 18/73

Minutes of the meeting held on 21 January 2019 pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 January 2019 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

OSC 18/74

Executive Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 54 KB

Minutes:

Committee considered the Executive Forward Plan.

 

RESOLVED - that the Executive Forward Plan be noted.

 

OSC 18/75

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 18/76

Update from the Single Table Trade Union Group (STTUG) representative pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Minutes:

Committee received the minutes of the last Single Table Trade Union Group (STTUG) meeting held on 13 November 2018 and a verbal update from the OSC representative, Councillor Sam Pollen.

 

During the discussion that followed, it was suggested that the STTUG minutes be included in future OSC agendas.

 

RESOLVED:- that

a)      The update be received, and

b)      Single Table Trade Union Group (STTUG) minutes be included in future OSC agendas.

OSC 18/77

Community Asset Transfer Policy Revisions pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Committee considered the revised Community Asset Transfer Policy, which had been revised in accordance with audit recommendations.

 

Members expressed a view that this was an excellent document, which they fully supported.

 

During the discussion that followed, Councillor Sam Pollen suggested that the old Beck Green Nursery in Egremont should be considered and the Executive Director, Operations undertook to arrange a meeting for interested parties.

 

RESOLVED:- that

a)      the revised Community Asset Transfer Policy be received, and

b)      Executive be recommended to approve the revised policy.

 

OSC 18/78

Housing Enforcement Policy pdf icon PDF 50 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Housing Strategy and Development Officer introduced the revised Housing Renewal Service’s Housing Enforcement Policy to Committee and invited comments.

 

Members stated their view that this was a thorough document.

 

During discussion, a number of concerns were raised, particularly regarding Home Group. Members were advised that if they had specific issues, they should be raised with the Strategic Housing and Social Inclusion Manager.

 

It was asked if there was a list of Home Group properties in the Borough and the Executive Director, Operations undertook to check.

 

A number of issues regarding anti-social behaviour were raised and it was suggested that Members directed these to the Copeland Hub.

 

The Housing team were thanked for their hard work.

 

RESOLVED:- that

a)      The revised Housing Renewal Service’s Housing Enforcement Policy be received, and

b)      The revised policy be recommended to Executive for approval.

OSC 18/79

Children, Young People and Families Wellbeing Model Consultation pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

Prior to discussion of this item, Members were reminded that a consultation meeting had been arranged for 15 February, to which all Councillors had been invited. It was suggested that this item be deferred until after that consultation event.

 

RESOLVED:- that this item be deferred until a future meeting.

OSC 18/80

Accessible Information Policy Task and Finish Group Report pdf icon PDF 320 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Andy Pratt, who chaired the Accessible Information Policy Task and Finish Group, introduced this item to committee.

 

Following a discussion, the Task and Finish Group were thanked for their work and for producing the draft policy.

 

RESOLVED:- that

a)      The draft Accessible Information Policy be recommended to Council for approval, and

b)      The aspiration that the recommendations contained in the draft policy be adopted.

OSC 18/81

Task and Finish Group Updates pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Officer provided Committee with an update on the current Task and Finish Groups.

 

Voluntary Living Wage  (Chaired by Councillor Sam Pollen)

Further details were being obtained from The Beacon.

Corporate Leadership Team had accepted the recommendation that the Voluntary Living Wage be a requirement in the Council’s procurement process.

A meeting with the Head of Corporate Resources was to be arranged to discuss the next stage of gaining accreditation with the Voluntary Living Wage Foundation.

 

Child Poverty  (Chaired by Councillor Ian Hill)

The Group have met with Suzanne Wilson (University of Central Lancashire) to scope the project and also attended presentations with a group of girls and Howgill.

All primary schools in the Borough were written to, however, not all replied.

 

During the discussion that followed, Councillors Fee Wilson and Andy Pratt requested a list of the schools contacted and for a copy of the letter.

 

Accessible Information Policy  (Chaired by Councillor Andy Pratt)

The Task and Finish Group had completed their work and the Draft Policy was an Agenda Item for this meeting.

 

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO)   (Chaired by Councillor Graham Sunderland)

This Task and Finish Group was a joint venture with Allerdale Borough Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

The scoping of the project is complete and the group has opted to create a Borough wide PSPO with smaller PSPOs relating to individual areas.

Draft orders are to be created by the Solicitor and reviewed by the Task and Finish Group.

 

RESOLVED:- That the Task and Finish Group updates be received and noted.

OSC 18/82

Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Minutes:

Considered was given to the Committee’s Work Programme for 2018-19.

 

During discussion of this item, the following additional subjects were put forward as possible topics for inclusion in the OSC Work Programme:-

 

·         Sports and Leisure across the Borough.

·         Street Lighting

·         Dog Fouling

·         Recycling review

 

 

RESOLVED: That the OSC Work Programme 2018-19 be updated and agreed,

 

OSC 18/83

Date and Time of Next Meeting:

The next meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be held on Thursday 21 March 2019 at 2:00pm in the Bainbridge Room.

 

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be on Thursday

21 March 2019 at 2:00pm in the Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven.

 

 

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