Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 18th September 2019 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Morecambe Town Hall

Contact: Jenny Kay, Democratic Services - telephone (01524) 582065 or email 

No. Item



Minutes of the Meeting held on 19th June, 2019 (previously circulated). 


The Minutes of the meeting held on 19th June 2019 were signed by the Chair as a correct record.


Items of Urgent Business authorised by the Chair


There were no items of Urgent Business.


Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Councillors of interests in respect of items on this Agenda. 

Councillors are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary 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). 

Whilst not a legal requirement, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9 and in the interests of clarity and transparency, Councillors should declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, at this point in the meeting. 

In accordance with Part B Section 2 of the Code Of Conduct, Councillors are required to declare the existence and nature of any other interests as defined in paragraphs 8(1) or 9(2) of the Code of Conduct. 



There were no Declarations of Interest.


Work Programme Report pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Report of the Director of Corporate Services. 


The Committee was requested to consider the Work Programme report which included a list of suggestions for the Committee’s Work Programme that had been received from members of the public and Councillors. The Chair advised that she, along with the Chair of Budget and Performance Panel, had met with the Council’s Executive Team to consider the suggestions. Many of the suggestions were operational issues and also a large proportion were in the County Council’s remit.


The Committee considered the suggestions and agreed to the following being included in the Committee’s Work Programme:







Traffic issues.


Invite Lancashire County Council’s Highways Service to a future meeting to advise the Committee on traffic issues within the district and on the Transport Masterplan and also how Climate Change is being considered within the Masterplan.


Weeds within the District.

Request the timetable of work for the removal of weeds.


Improving the integration of services between the 3 tiers of Local Government.


Scoping of an Informal Task Group.

Consideration of re-introducing the Committee System.


Request a report to October meeting of the Committee.

Referral to Budget and Performance Panel :

·         Staff Turnover

·         Number of temporary staff


To request that the quarterly monitoring reports include these issues.


Send date of the next B&PP meeting and the link to the last minutes of the Panel to the Committee.


Review of Recycling – plans to undertake a review with the City Council.


To be considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee once the review is complete.


Autism and Neurological Diversity Friendly district.

Add to Work Programme for later in the year.


Inadequate 4G/5G Coverage within the District.


Add to Work Programme for later in the year.


Crime and Disorder meeting – 20th November 2019.


Invite the relevant Cabinet Member.


Members of the Committee to submit issues in advance of the meeting.

Deadline to be provided in an email.

Invite Local Government Association to a meeting to discuss local government structures.


Add to Work Programme for late next year.

Local Authority Trading Companies.


Circulate information that has been provided previously.


Property Portfolio Informal Task Group.

Establish an Informal Task Group.


Monitoring of previous Task Group recommendations.


Add to the Work Programme.

Constitutional Issues:


·           Scrutiny representative on all Advisory Groups

·           Consideration of the start times of Advisory Groups to consider those Councillors who work.

·           Cabinet agenda to have a standing item allowing the Chair or their representative the chance to speak or raise issues from the Pre-Scrutiny function.


Refer to the Leader of the Council.

Scrutiny Guidance.

To consider at October’s meeting.


Cabinet Member attendance at Overview and Scrutiny meetings.

Invite relevant Cabinet Member to meetings.


October – Councillor Janice Hanson.

November – Councillor Alistair Sinclair