Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee
Tuesday 5th September 2017 9.30 am

Venue: Luttrell Room - County Hall, Taunton

Contact: Lindsey Tawse on 01823 355059  Email: ltawse@somerset.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

21.

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.

Minutes:

Councillor Vijeh declared an interest in Item 5 as a number of the county farms are within her division. 

22.

Minutes from the previous meeting held on 04 July 2017 pdf icon PDF 77 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm the minutes are accurate.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 04 July 2017 were accepted as being

accurate by the Committee.

23.

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.  

Minutes:

Mrs Sue Osborne asked a public question in relation to Item 5.  Mrs Osborne declared that she was the wife of a county farm tenant.  She welcomed the proposal of a county farms Task & Finish Group especially as it would be Member-led but she questioned how this would fit with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.

24.

Asset Rationalisation: A Refreshed Approach and County Farms Task & Finish Group pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To receive the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from the Director, Commercial and Business Services and the Head of Corporate Property.  The presentation detailed the background to asset disposal and explained the need for a new approach to asset rationalisation.

 

The Committee heard that the sale of assets had achieved in excess of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.

25.

Strategic Roads Update pdf icon PDF 560 KB

To receive the report.

Minutes:

The Committee received this report from the Strategic Commissioning Manager, Highways and Transport which updated Members on strategic roads investment in the county.

 

Members were informed that funding for strategic roads improvements comes from a number of sources and a number of new funds have emerged since the last update.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.

26.

Parking Services Update pdf icon PDF 182 KB

To receive the report.

Minutes:

The Committee received a report from the Parking Services Manager which included progress made within parking services and introduced the revised policy for the introduction of resident parking.

 

Members were made aware that since June 2012, the County Council has been responsible for on street parking enforcement across the entire  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

Highways Terms Maintenance Contract pdf icon PDF 935 KB

To receive the presentation.

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from the Interim Director, Economic & Community Infrastructure Operations and was joined by the Business Director, Skanska regarding the new Highways Terms Maintenance Contract.

 

The Committee heard that the letting of the new contract is due to be considered by Cabinet on 18th October.  The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.

28.

Somerset Road Safety Strategy DOTX 233 KB

To receive the report and presentation.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report and presentation from the Service Manager, Transport Data & Road Safety which detailed the new approach to the Somerset Road Safety Strategy.

 

The Committee heard that the current Road Safety Strategy was launched in 2013 and it is now appropriate to review it and develop a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28.

29.

Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 47 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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered and noted the Council’s Forward Plan of proposed key decisions.

 

Following debate, the Committee requested the following additions to the work programme:

·        A verbal update from the county farms Task & Finish Group (03 Oct)

·        An update on the County Plan (31 Oct)

·        An update on Parking Services  ...  view the full minutes text for item 29.

30.

Any other urgent items of business

The Chairman may raise any items of urgent business.

Minutes:

There was a brief discussion about a proposal from Devon County Council to form a Joint Task & Finish Group to monitor and scrutinise the Connecting Devon and Somerset Broadband programme.

 

Cllr Thorne expressed an interest and the proposal will be considered in more detail at the next Committee meeting on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 30.