Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Wednesday, 18th January 2023 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Morecambe Town Hall

Contact: Jenny Kay, Democratic Services - email 

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Minutes of the Meeting held on 7th December, 2022 (previously circulated). 


The Minutes of the meeting held on 7th December, 2022 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.


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Report of the Head of Democratic Services. 

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The Chair welcomed the Chief Executive, the Leader of the Council, the Head of Planning and Place and the Head of Property, Economic Growth and Regeneration to the meeting.


The Chair advised that the Health Care meeting had now been rescheduled for 8th February.


The Chair began by expressing his concerns regarding the late commencement of the Planning Informal Task Group, the progress of the Morecambe Future High Streets Bid Task Group final report and the postponement of the Ethical Investment Strategy Task Group until the new Municipal Year.


Morecambe Future High Streets Bid Task Group


With regard to the Morecambe Future High Streets Bid Task Group final report, it was agreed that Democratic Support would finalise the report which would then be considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for approval before being submitted to Cabinet.


Ethical and Sustainable Investment Policy Task Group


The Committee went on to discuss the Ethical and Sustainable Investment Policy Task Group. It was reported that this piece of work had been agreed by Council at its meeting, therefore officers could not comment on the resource implications of undertaking this work. It had come at a time when officers were committed to working on Outcome Based Resourcing to reduce the Council’s budget deficit and was therefore postponed until after the forthcoming elections.


The Leader stressed the importance of Scrutiny, the need for resources for it to function and that Cabinet Members should welcome the challenge. It was suggested that an expert could be invited to give advice on the Scrutiny function within the City Council.


The meeting was adjourned at 6.50pm


The meeting was reconvened at 6.59pm




Planning Informal Task Group


The Committee went on to discuss the Planning Informal Task Group. Members were reminded that the outcome of the recent Peer Review had been circulated to them. The Chair advised that he raised a number of questions which had been answered by the Head of Planning and Place and that this would be circulated to the Committee.


It was agreed that the Informal Task Group would meet as soon as possible, comprising of interested Members of the Committee to expediate the process. The first meeting would be with the Head of Planning and Place.


It was further agreed that the Head of Planning and Place would make arrangements for the Chair to contact the Lead of the Peer Review to discuss the independent workshops that had been undertaken as part of the process with service users such as developers, architects and agents.


It was agreed that the Implementation Plan, which was the Council’s response to Peer Review would be reported to the Committee.


United Utilities and the Recent Water Outage


The Chair went on to discuss the problems that occurred during the water outage in December 2022. It was reported that the Chair of the Committee would contact the Chair of Lancashire County Council’s Scrutiny Committee to take this forward with United Utilities and request that the City Council’s Overview and Scrutiny  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.