Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee
Tuesday 4th July 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Luttrell Room - County Hall, Taunton

Contact: Neil Milne on 01823 359045  Email:

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Declarations of Interest

Details of all Members’ interests in District, Town and Parish Councils will be displayed in the meeting room. The Statutory Register of Member’s Interests can be inspected via the Community Governance team.


Cllr A Bown, Cllr S Coles, Cllr P Ham, Cllr M Lewis, Cllr T Lock, Cllr T Napper, Cllr D Ruddle, Cllr J Thorne, all declared a personal interest as a District and/or City/Town, Parish Councillor.


Minutes from the previous meeting held on pdf icon PDF 73 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm the minutes are accurate.

Additional documents:


The minutes of the meeting held on 21 March 2017 were accepted as being accurate by the Committee, provided Cllr Healey was shown as substituting for Cllr Lewis, and they were signed by the Chairman.


Public Question Time

The Chairman will allow members of the public to ask a question or make a statement about any matter on the agenda for this meeting. These questions may be taken during the meeting, when the relevant agenda item is considered, at the Chairman’s discretion.  


There were no questions.


Council Performance Monitoring Report - Q4 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To consider this report.

Additional documents:


The Committee considered this performance monitoring report that provided an overview of the Council’s performance across the organisation. The Strategic Manager – Performance began by addressing comments made by the Chairman after he had spoken at the last Cabinet meeting to urge an improvement on the timeliness of the data  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.


Connecting Devon & Somerset update pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To consider this report.


The Committee received a thorough overview of the report from the Service Manager – Economy which explained that CDS was a local government-led partnership that worked to extend superfast broadband infrastructure in areas where commercial providers did not plan to deliver a Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband service.


The report  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.


Trading Standards Update pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To consider this report.


The Committee considered this report and received a PowerPoint presentation from the Devon and Somerset Trading Standard Service Manager outlining the performance of the service during 2016/17 and its operational plan for 2017/18.

It was reported that the joint service has consistently exceeded its savings target since its creation in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.


Registration Service transformation pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To consider this report.


The Committee considered a report and received a verbal overview from the Acting Strategic Manager – Registration and Scientific Services. Members had the benefit of hearing an overview of the services provided and it was noted that service volumes continued to increase year on year. The service at the same  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.


Vision Volunteers Update pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To receive a presentation and update on the Vision Volunteer projects.


The Committee heard from the Service Manager, Business Change who introduced the report which provided an update on the County Plan Vision Projects progressed by the vision volunteers. By way of background it was explained that the projects came about following the publication of the County Plan in January 2016  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.


Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 46 KB

To receive an update from the Governance Manager, Scrutiny and discuss any items for the work programme. To assist the discussion, attached are:

·        The Committee’s work programme

·        The Cabinet’s forward plan

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The Committee considered and noted the Cabinet Forward Plan of proposed Key Decisions.


The Committee considered its own work programme and the future agenda items listed, and noted that the next meeting would take place in September and it was requested that the Flood and Water Management update include details  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.


Any other urgent items of business

The Chairman may raise any items of urgent business.


The Chairman advised the meeting that following the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea that he had requested an update and sought reassurance, on behalf of the Committee, that all buildings owned by the Council and all schools in Somerset conformed to fire  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20.