Agenda and draft minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 16th September 2020 6.00 p.m.

Venue: THIS WILL BE A VIRTUAL MEETING

Contact: Jenny Kay, Democratic Services - email  jkay@lancaster.gov.uk 

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Items
No. Item

9.

Minutes

Minutes of the Meeting held on 5th August, 2020 (previously circulated). 

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 5th August 2020, were agreed as a correct record.

10.

Items of Urgent Business authorised by the Chair

Minutes:

There were no items of Urgent Business.

11.

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. 

 

Minutes:

The were no Declarations of Interest made.

12.

Discussions with Councillor Caroline Jackson

Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Housing

 

           Council Housing

           Homelessness

           Private sector housing

           Social Housing

           Caravan sites

           Traveller sites

           Refugee housing

           Household support & resilience

 

Councillor Caroline Jackson has been invited to the meeting for this item.

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed Councillor Caroline Jackson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing to the meeting.

 

Councillor Jackson gave the Committee a detailed overview of the work that had been undertaken within her portfolio over the past 6 months.

 

A number of questions had been submitted in advance of the meeting relating to Local Authority Trading Companies, camper vans, Mellishaw Traveller site, housing waiting lists, affordable housing grants and private rental evictions.

 

Resolved:-

 

That Councillor Jackson be thanks for her attendance at the meeting.

13.

Work Programme Report

Report of the Chief Executive. 

 

This report will be circulated separately.

Minutes:

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 Committee was reminded that the Chair and Vice-Chair had met with the Council’s Executive Team to discuss the outstanding Work Programme and the suggestions that had been submitted for the forthcoming year.

 

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

 

 

Resolved:-

 

 

Matter for Consideration

 

Detail

Comments/

Expected Date of Meeting

Local Authority Trading Companies.

 

That it be requested that the Committee consider the Business Case for each proposed LATC before they were considered by Cabinet with all Members being invited to the meeting so that any views could be submitted to Cabinet prior to consideration of the cases.

 

Minute 23 - 20th November 2019.

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee invited to briefing the following week on this subject.

 

 

TBC.

 

 

Traffic issues.

 

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

 

Invite relevant Cabinet Members to the meeting.

 

 

Scheduled for October meeting.

How the City Council is progressing with the Climate Emergency.

 

Add to Work Programme.

 

Consider the findings of the People’s Jury.

January 2021.

Autism and Neurological Diversity Friendly district.

 

Remain on Work Programme.

 

 

TBC.

Inadequate 4G/5G Coverage within the District.

 

Remain on Work Programme.

 

 

TBC.

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

 

Remain on Work Programme for later in the year if required.

 

TBC.

Monitoring of previous Task Group recommendations.

 

Remain on Work Programme.

 

 

TBC.

Cabinet Member attendance at Overview and Scrutiny meetings.

Invite relevant Cabinet Member to meetings.

 

 

 

Ongoing.

Crime and Disorder meeting – November 2020.

 

Invite the relevant Cabinet Member.

 

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

 

Annual meeting.

 

Committee requested to submit topics for discussion in advance.

 

 

November 2020.

 

 

 

 

Task Groups and Working Groups

 

Name

 

Progress

Action

Property Portfolio Informal Task Group.

 

 

Met once – could not arrange a further meeting as the 2 leading officers left the Council.

 

Revisit in the New Year

Review of Recycling Working Group – requested by Council.

 

Met once before lockdown.

 

Restart and include Fly Tipping in the scoping and Term of Reference.