Agenda and decisions

Venue: The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, Northants NN12 6AD

Contact: Emma Faulkner / Lesley Farrell, Democratic and Elections  Email: 221534

No. Item


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 pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 4 December 2019.



Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.


Draft Budget Investment Growth 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Report of Executive Director Finance.


Purpose of report


The Draft Budget 2020/21 incorporates £1.86m of investment growth.


The Scrutiny Committee is invited to consider, discuss and offer feedback on the proposed draft budget growth for 2020/21, prior to consideration by Cabinet and Full Council in February 2020.





The meeting is recommended:


1.1     To note the report.


1.2     Identify any areas to be discussed or referred to Cabinet for further consideration.




(1)      That the report be noted.


(2)      That the Assistant Director Wellbeing be requested to give further consideration and reviews to the proposed Communities Strategy Officer and Town Centre Manager posts prior to consideration of the draft budget by Cabinet.


Sports and Leisure Showcase, including Leisure Contracts

The Assistant Director Wellbeing will present a Showcase on Sports and Leisure in South Northamptonshire.  The Showcase will include information on Leisure Contracts.




(1)      That the presentation be noted.


Council Tax and Business Rates Showcase

The CSN Resources Operations Director will present a Showcase on Council Tax and Business Rates.




(1)      That the presentation be noted.


NIC/Strategic Rail

The Assistant Director Planning and Economy will give a verbal update on NIC/Strategic Rail.




(1)      That the verbal update be noted.


Towcester Relief Road pdf icon PDF 132 KB

The Executive Director- Resources to give an update to Members on the progress of the Towcester Relief Road.


Briefing note is attached for information.




(1)      That the update be noted.


Review of Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To review and note the Committee Work Plan and to consider potential next steps with regard to Section 106 Agreements.


Following queries raised at the last meeting of the Committee regarding Section 106 Agreements, details regarding current agreements in place are attached at appendices 3 and 4


Members may wish to consider these appendices in the scoping of a Section 106 specific Scrutiny Review.


Additional documents:




(1)      That the list of topics and work programme be noted.


(2)      That an informal working group consisting of Councillors Sandra Barnes, Adil Sadygov and Hywel Davies be appointed to consider transport provision from Section 106 Agreement funding.


(3)      That an informal working group consisting of Councillors Sandra Barnes, David Harries and Stephen Clarke (Cabinet member observer) be appointed to consider health provision from Section 106 Agreement funding.


Urgent Business

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



Exclusion of Press and Public

The following report contains 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 has 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.”





Silverstone Experience Loan

Exempt report of Executive Director (Finance).




(1)      That the exempt update be noted.


(2)      That a further update be added to the July meeting and the Silverstone Heritage Chief Executive be invited to attend this meeting.