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 19/1

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Sam Pollen.

OSC 19/2

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 Jeanette Forster declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 8 (North West Ambulance Service Quality Report 2018/19) due to being employed by the National Health Service.

OSC 19/3

Minutes of the meeting held on 3rd April 2019 pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That the minutes of the meeting held on 03 April 2019 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

OSC 19/4

Executive Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Officer explained that the Executive Forward Plan is a standing item on Overview and Scrutiny Committee agendas. He explained that this enabled the committee to align their work programme with the Executive’s work programme in order to effectively hold them to account.

 

RESOLVED: that the Executive Forward Plan be noted.

OSC 19/5

Update from Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee

Minutes:

Councillor Gemma Dinsdale joined the committee at this point.

 

The Executive Director explained the function of the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee. Councillor Mike Hawkins added more information as he has knowledge of the committee through his role as a Cumbria County Councillor. Chair asked for information on the committee to be sent to him and clarified if the deputy chair can attend in his absence.

 

RESOLVED: that the Chair be sent the details of the Committee.

OSC 19/6

Update from the Single Table Trade Union Group (STTUG) representative

Minutes:

Role and attendees of Single Table Trade Union Group (STTUG) detailed by the Scrutiny Officer. He advised that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee representative on the group is Councillor Sam Pollen.

 

As Councillor Sam Pollen had given his apologies for the meeting there was no update to be received.

OSC 19/7

Housing - Disabled Facilities Grants Review 2018/19 (Presentation)

Minutes:

The Housing and Social Inclusion Manager gave a presentation on Disabled Facilities Grants Review 2018/19.

 

Members asked a number of questions throughout the presentation on:

 

·         What is the eligibility criteria for the grants?

·         What is the minimum cost for the grants and has this been affected by inflation?

·         If an elderly relative is moved into the residence how does that affect the eligibility of the property?

·         How are the contractors chosen for carrying out the alterations to buildings once the grant has been granted?

 

Councillor Jeffrey Hailes stated that he has seen brilliant work carried out by Copeland Borough Council and that it was a “fantastic and significant improvement to the quality of life” of the person.

 

The committee thanked the Housing and Social Inclusion Manager for her presentation and her teams work over the past twelve months.

 

RESOLVED: that the presentation be received.

OSC 19/8

North West Ambulance Service Quality Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 520 KB

Minutes:

The Executive Director presented the North West Ambulance Service Quality Report 2018/19 and asked for feedback from members.

 

Members asked a number of questions on the report. Questions included:

 

·         How is the morale of staff after the industrial action that was taken by them earlier in the year?

·         How many volunteers are involved in the service?

·         How is training and safeguarding implemented in reference to volunteers?

·         How are quality checks of ambulance and staff assessed?

 

The Scrutiny Officer was asked to send the feedback from members to the report author.

 

RESOLVED: that

a)      The Scrutiny Officer pass feedback from the group to the report author, and

b)      The report be noted.

 

OSC 19/9

Whitehaven Sports Centre Proposed Floor Plan pdf icon PDF 346 KB

Minutes:

The Executive Director presented the Whitehaven Sports Centre Proposed Floor Plan and invited feedback from members.

 

The Executive Director explained that the Sports Centre has been open for 35 years and this significant refurbishment shall extend the lifespan of the facility a further 20 years. The outside of the building and the parking provision are not planned to be changed during this refurbishment.

 

Councillor Gemma Dinsdale asked a question in relation to the potential relocation of some NHS services to the Sports Centre. The Executive Director indicated that that has been discussed but the scale of that has not been finalised at this point.

 

Councillor Fee Wilson remarked that the model of leasing out community assets that are underused to the NHS is promising.

 

Councillor Jeanette Forster asked if the refurbishment was part of the commercialisation project from the Council. The Executive Director said that it was not and that the project was part of the Social Inclusion agenda.

 

Councillor Fee Wilson asked if the Overview and Scrutiny Committee could analyse the leisure provision throughout Copeland. The committee decided to add the topic to potential items for task and finish groups for the year.

 

RESOLVED: that the Whitehaven Sports Centre Proposed Floor Plan be received.

OSC 19/10

Task and Finish Group Updates pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Officer presented the Task and Finish Group Updates.

 

Councillor Gemma Dinsdale asked about how the Voluntary Living Wage accreditation would affect apprenticeships. The Scrutiny Officer advised that all apprentices have been paid the voluntary living wage since 2018 and this would continue.

 

Councillor Andy Pratt asked if all final reports from Overview and Scrutiny Task and Finish groups could be made available to members. The Scrutiny Officer said this was possible and he will email councillors a list of reports available.

 

RESOLVED: - that

a)      The Scrutiny Officer circulate a list of the final reports from past Task and Finish Groups, and

b)      The Task and Finish Group updates be received.

OSC 19/11

Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 117 KB

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Officer presented the Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme.

 

The Scrutiny Officer used a presentation to promote discussion in the group as to what topics should be added to the work programme this year. Topics discussed were varied and included:

 

·         Children’s Play Areas

·         Road Maintenance

·         Copeland Community Fund

·         Anti-Social Behaviour

·         Integrated Care Communities

·         Leisure facilities in Copeland

 

Members were asked to bring more topics to the next meeting where the programme will be finalised.

 

RESOLVED: That the OSC Work Programme 2019-20 be updated and agreed.

OSC 19/12

Date and Time of Next Meeting:

The next meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be held on Thursday 4th July 2019 at 2pm in the Bainbridge Room, Copeland Centre.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be held on Thursday 22 August 2019 at 2pm in the Bainbridge Room, Copeland Centre.

 

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