Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee
Tuesday 19th June 2018 9.30 am

Venue: Luttrell Room - County Hall, Taunton

Contact: Lindsey Tawse on 01823 355059, Email: ltawse@somerset.gov.uk  Jamie Jackson on 01823 359040, Email: jajackson@somerset.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

96.

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:

There were no declarations of interest. 

97.

Minutes from the previous meeting held on 22 May 2018 pdf icon PDF 68 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm the minutes are accurate.

Minutes:

It was agreed that Minute 88 would be amended to reflect that there were members of the public present although no public questions were asked.

 

With the exception of this change, the minutes of the meeting on 22 May 2018 were accepted as being accurate by the Committee.

98.

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:

There were two public questions regarding Item 5.

 

Dr Clive Wall, Stawley Parish Council

The information provided by CDS and Gigaclear is poor and inconsistent.  It lacks clarity and the necessary detail to enable specific householders and businesses to establish if, when and how they will receive faster broadband, including  ...  view the full minutes text for item 98.

99.

Connecting Devon & Somerset Broadband Programme update pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To receive the report.

Minutes:

The Committee considered this report which provided an update on the Connecting Devon & Somerset (CDS) Broadband Programme.

 

The report highlighted that Phase 1 of the Programme has concluded and slightly exceeded its targets.  Construction for the Phase 2 Extension Programme for Exmoor and Dartmoor has now been completed and the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 99.

100.

South West Heritage Trust Annual Report pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To receive the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report and presentation which provided an update on the South West Heritage Trust following its third year of operation. 

 

The report highlights the successful delivery of Agreed Activities specified within the Grant Agreement to ensure that Somerset’s rich heritage is better protected, celebrated and made available  ...  view the full minutes text for item 100.

101.

Revenue Budget Monitoring Report Q4 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 68 KB

To receive the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received this report which outlined the actual expenditure (or Outturn) compared with the Revenue Budget for the 2017/18 year, and the consequent effect on the Council’s levels of reserves.  The report also detailed under or overspend at each service level, individual schools and early years providers balances and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 101.

102.

Corporate Performance Monitoring Report Q4 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 106 KB

To receive the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered this report which provided an update on performance across the organisation.

 

The report summarised that there is one red segment (C4) and one segment with a declining performance (C1).  50% of objectives are green, 42% are amber and 8% are red.  The report was presented to Cabinet  ...  view the full minutes text for item 102.

103.

Consultation on Draft Air Quality Strategy pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To receive the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered this report which outlined a proposal for public consultation of a draft Air Quality Strategy for Somerset.

 

The Strategy has been drafted by the multi-agency Somerset Air Quality Steering Group which includes all five district councils as well as SCC.  The document identifies traffic pollution as the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 103.

104.

Property Disposals update pdf icon PDF 51 KB

To receive the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered this report which provided an update of the Council’s disposal programme to include the sales of parts of the County Farm Estate.

 

Property disposals in the last financial year amounted to capital receipts of approximately £7.7M. In the last 10 years the Estates team have raised £72M  ...  view the full minutes text for item 104.

105.

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.

 

In considering the forward programme, concern was expressed over the length of future agendas.  Following discussion it was agreed that

·        the Governance Manager would work with the Chair to re-prioritise planned agenda items

·        Officers would be asked  ...  view the full minutes text for item 105.

106.

Any other urgent items of business

The Chairman may raise any items of urgent business.

Minutes:

The Chair reminded Committee Members that the July meeting will be held in the Taunton Library Meeting Room.