Agenda and draft minutes

Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee
Tuesday 3rd October 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Luttrell Room - County Hall, Taunton

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

Items
No. Item

31.

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:

Cllr Simon Coles declared an interest as a Borough Councillor.

 

Cllr Bob Filmer declared an interest in Item 7 as a member of the Bridgwater Tidal Barrier Planning Committee.

32.

Minutes from the previous meeting held on 05 September 2017 pdf icon PDF 92 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm the minutes are accurate.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 05 September 2017 were accepted as being accurate by the Committee.

33.

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:

Sue Osborne asked a public question regarding Item 8.  She expressed concern that the Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Resources had disregarded the recommendation made by the Committee at the last meeting to suspend sales of county farms.  She asked what reassurance could be given that the recommendations of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.

34.

Corporate Performance Monitoring Report Q1 (+1) 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To receive this report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered this report from the Strategic Managers for Performance and for Business Change.  The report provided Members with an update on performance across the organisation.

 

Members were reminded that this was the first performance report using the refreshed metrics and that quarter 1 plus 1 month data had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.

35.

2017/18 Revenue Budget Month 4 pdf icon PDF 165 KB

To receive this report. 

Minutes:

The Committee received this report from the Service Manager, Chief Accountant which provided an update on the current Revenue Budget outturn position for the 2017/18 financial year based on the end of July (Month 4).

 

The Committee heard that the Authority’s forecast shows a projected net overspend of £10.054m when  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.

36.

Flood & Water Management including the Bridgwater Tidal barrier pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Presentation to be tabled at the meeting.

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from the Strategic Commissioning Manager (Community Infrastructure) and the Service Manager, Flood Risk Management.  The presentation provided an update on the Lead Local Flood Risk Management Service (LFRMS), the Bridgwater Tidal barrier and the future of the service.

 

The Committee heard that the LFRMS has  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.

37.

County Farms Task & Finish Group

To receive a verbal update from the Chair of the County Farms Task & finish Group. 

Minutes:

The Governance Manager provided an update on behalf of the Chair of the Task & Finish Group. 

 

The Committee heard that the Group had met for the first time last week and that Cllr Philip Ham had been appointed as Chair.  Further meeting dates had been set and the Group planned  ...  view the full minutes text for item 37.

38.

Library Service Update and Proposed Strategy pdf icon PDF 529 KB

To receive this report. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report and presentation from the Director for Economic & Community Infrastructure Commissioning and the Strategic Manager, Community & Traded Services.

 

The Committee were updated on the progress and performance of the library service, the proposed strategic direction for the service over the next three years and a community  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.

39.

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 addition to the work programme:

·        Update on Library Service Consultation (Feb/Mar 2018)

 

Following a suggestion from a Member, it was agreed that consideration would be given to scrutinising the Revenue  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.

40.

Any other urgent items of business

The Chairman may raise any items of urgent business.

Minutes:

With regard to the proposal from Devon County Council to form a Joint Task & Finish Group to monitor the Connecting Devon & Somerset Broadband Programme, the Governance Manager confirmed that officers are waiting for some further information from Devon colleagues before they were able to provide an update to the Committee.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 40.