Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

3.

Appointment of Vice Chairman

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That Councillor Elaine Wiltshire be appointed Vice-Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee for the municipal year 2020-21.

 

Minutes:

Resolved

 

(1)  That Councillor Elaine Wiltshire be appointed Vice-Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee for the municipal year 2020-21.

 

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 77 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meetings of the Committee held on 9 September 2020 and 16 September 2020.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 8 September 2020 and 16 September 2020 were confirmed as a correct record and would be signed by the Chairman in due course.

 

5.

Urgent Business

The Chairman to advise whether they have agreed to any items of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.

 

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

6.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s announcements.

 

7.

Superfast Broadband

Presentation by Ian Achurch, Head of External Funding and Partnerships, Northamptonshire County Council and Sarah Naylor, Senior Project Manager, Northamptonshire County Council.

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)   That the presentation be noted.

 

Minutes:

The Head of External Funding and Partnerships Northamptonshire County Council delivered a presentation about Superfast Northamptonshire which encompassed the national policy in context, local targets and progress, the coverage in South Northamptonshire, target projects, timescales and the plan for future development

 

In response to Councillors specific area related questions the Head of External Funding and Partnerships Northamptonshire County Council agreed to address  these with Members after the meeting.

 

Resolved

 

(1)   That the presentation be noted.

 

 

 

8.

Climate Change Working Group pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Report of Assistant Director Environment and Regulatory Services

 

Purpose of report

 

To provide a progress report on the Climate Change Action Plan and recommend next steps.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1       To note the progress made and the challenges identified

 

1.2       To endorse the proposed next steps

 

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That the progress made, and the challenges identified be noted

 

(2)  That the proposed next steps be endorsed

 

Minutes:

The Climate Change Officer presented the progress report on the Climate Change Action Plan and recommended next steps.

 

In response to the Committee’s question regarding tree planting in the area the Climate Change Officer advised a response was expected from Woodlands Trust by the end of October

 

The Committee noted that the audit of buildings had been carried out and the Climate Change Officer reported that actions could be expected prior to unitary vesting day.  Funding had recently become available and bidding for larger items would be made.  The Climate Change Officer further advised that the bidding process could become a collaborative project with Daventry and Northampton Borough.

 

In responding to councillors’ queries regarding the continuation of the climate change work once the West Northamptonshire Unitary is in place, the Climate Change Officer reported that during a meeting with her counterparts at Northampton Borough Council and Daventry District Council, a joint decarbonisation plan for 2021 was being made and it was anticipated that climate change would be a priority for the Unitary.

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That the progress made, and the challenges identified be noted

 

(2)  That the proposed next steps be endorsed

 

9.

Housing Strategy

The Housing Services Manager, Jacqueline Brooke will give a presentation updating the Committee on the Housing Strategy.

 

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)   That the presentation be noted.

 

Minutes:

The Housing Services Manager gave a presentation on the Progress of the Housing Strategy 2019-2022 Action Plan and the key priorities identified.

 

In responding to the Committee’s question regarding a hospital outreach worker for Northamptonshire and whether a reciprocal arrangement with the Horton General Hospital had been made, the Housing Services Manager agreed to contact Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire Clinical Care Group and update Members outside of the meeting.

 

In response to concerns raised by the committee that the outreach work would not continue once West Northamptonshire Unitary was established, the Housing Services Manager advised that the outreach worker worked across SNC, Daventry District Council and Northampton Borough Council and would continue to cover this area.

 

The Housing Services Manager agreed to circulate information regarding the validation of the body that provided training for the ‘Trusted Assessor’ outside of the meeting.

 

Resolved

 

(1)   That the presentation be noted.

 

10.

Conclusions of the Section 106 Transport Working Group pdf icon PDF 69 KB

Report of the Assistant Director: Planning and Economy

 

Purpose of report

 

To update Members of the Scrutiny Committee on the work undertaken by the Section 106 Transport Working Group and its conclusions.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1      To note the work and conclusions of the Section 106 Transport Working Group, to accept this as the final report of the group.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

            

(1)   That the work and conclusions of the Section 106 Transport Working Group be noted, and the final report be accepted.

 

(2)   That they recommend that Council consider whether to recommend to the new Unitary that it consider the merits of appointing a travel plan coordinator’.

 

 

Minutes:

The Assistant Director: Planning and Economy updated the committee on the work undertaken by the Section 106 Transport Working Group and its conclusions.

 

In considering the report, the Committee discussed the requirement for a travel plan co-ordinator and agreed that the conclusions of the report should be submitted to Full Council with an additional recommendation that the West Northamptonshire Unitary Council consider appointing  the merits of appointing a travel plan co-ordinator.

 

Resolved

            

(1)   That the work and conclusions of the Section 106 Transport Working Group be noted, and the final report be accepted.

 

(2)   That Full Council be requested to recommend to the West Northamptonshire Unitary Council to consider the merits of appointing a travel plan coordinator’.

 

 

11.

Review of Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To review and note the Committee Work Plan.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1) That, subject to the addition of a special meeting of the Committee in November to receive the Chief Executive of the Clinical Commissioning Group and the additional Business Strategy to be allocated early next year, the work plan be noted.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered its work plan.

 

The Committee agreed that given the importance of Primary Care Services in Northamptonshire, a special scrutiny meeting should arranged in November for the Chief Executive of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to attend.

 

The Assistant Director: Wellbeing advised that she had been invited to join the Primary Care Working Group around Towcester provision which would assist to develop links to the wellbeing team and with adult social care.

 

The Assistant Director: Planning and Economy advised the committee that it was anticipated that the Business Strategy would be submitted to the January 2021 meeting for consideration.

 

The Committee agreed to add two additional items to the work programme, updates on the Link Road and the Saracen’s Junction.  The Democratic Services Officer advised that the items would be scheduled at the appropriate time.

 

Resolved

 

(1) That, subject to the following amendments, the work programme be noted:

·         addition of a special meeting of the committee in November to receive the Chief Executive of the Clinical Commissioning Group

·         Move Business Strategy from items to be allocated to January 2021

·         Add updates on the Link Road and Saracen’s Junction to be considered at the appropriate time 

 

12.

Exclusion of Press and Public

The following report(s) contain exempt information as defined in the following paragraph(s) of Part 1, Schedule 12A of Local Government Act 1972.

 

3– Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

Members are reminded that whilst the following item(s) have been marked as exempt, it is for the meeting to decide whether or not to consider each of them in private or in public. In making the decision, members should balance the interests of individuals or the Council itself in having access to the information. In considering their discretion members should also be mindful of the advice of Council Officers.

 

Should Members decide not to make a decision in public, they are recommended to resolve as follows:

 

“That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that, if the public and press were present, it would be likely that exempt information falling under the provisions of Schedule 12A, Part I, Paragraph 3 would be disclosed to them, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”

 

 

 

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that, if the public and press were present, it would be likely that exempt information falling under the provisions of Schedule 12A, Part I, Paragraph 3 would be disclosed to them, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

13.

Presentation from the Chief Executive of The Silverstone Experience'

Exempt presentation from the Chief Executive of the Silverstone Experience.

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)   That the exempt presentation be noted.

 

(2)   That the Chief Executive of the Silverstone Experience be invited to attend a meeting of the Committee in the New Year to give a further update

Minutes:

The Chief Executive of Silverstone Heritage presented an update to the Committee.

 

The Committee asked detailed questions which were duly answered.

 

The Committee requested that the Chief Executive of Silverstone Heritage provide a further update in 2021.

 

Resolved

 

(1)   That the exempt presentation be noted.

 

(2)   That the Chief Executive of the Silverstone Experience be invited to attend a meeting of the Committee in the New Year to give a further update