Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee
Tuesday 10th July 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Taunton Library Meeting Room

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

Items
No. Item

107.

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.

108.

Minutes from the previous meeting held on 19 June pdf icon PDF 90 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm the minutes are accurate.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting on 19 June 2018 were accepted as being accurate by the Committee.

109.

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 four public questions with regard to Item 5.

 

Brenda Weston, Trustee North Taunton Partnership

I would like to ask members of scrutiny committee to consider carefully the case that Trustees of the North Taunton Partnership have made in our written consultation response regarding the unique situation of Priorswood  ...  view the full minutes text for item 109.

110.

Library Service Consultation update pdf icon PDF 869 KB

To receive a verbal update.

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation which gave a high-level overview of the consultation exercise that ran from 19th January – 13th June 2018.

 

The Committee heard that the consultation was widely publicised including: posters and materials in library buildings; media coverage; social media; direct promotion to campaign & friends  ...  view the full minutes text for item 110.

111.

Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Joint Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To receive the report.

Minutes:

The Committee considered this report which outlined a proposal to establish a Joint Scrutiny Committee of council members from across the Heart of the South West to scrutinise the Heart of the South West (HotSW) local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). 

 

The Committee heard that currently there is no collective local authority  ...  view the full minutes text for item 111.

112.

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service Update pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To receive the report.

Minutes:

The Committee received a report and presentation which outlined the continued positive progress of the joint servcie in 2017/18 and included the extension of the joint servcie to inlcude Torbay Council (May 2017).

 

The Trading Standards Service delivers Somerset County Council’s (SCC’s) statutory responsibility to enforce a wide range of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 112.

113.

Planning Control Service Improvement Service pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To receive the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report which outlined an Improvement Plan to improve the performance of the Planning Control Service.

 

The Planning Control, Enforcement and Compliance Service deals with Minerals, Waste and planning applications for the County Council’s own developments (such as schools or new/amended highway developments). It also provides an  ...  view the full minutes text for item 113.

114.

Registration Service Update pdf icon PDF 96 KB

To receive the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered this report which outlined the performance of the Registration Service for the 2017/18 period.

 

The Registration Service fulfils the Council’s statutory duty to undertake the registration and solemnisation of Births, Deaths, Marriages, Civil Partnerships and Citizenship Ceremonies.  All of these events mark key moments in an individual’s  ...  view the full minutes text for item 114.

115.

Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 48 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.

 

It was noted that some Members find 9.30am meeting start times difficult due to travel distances.  Following debate, the Committee requested the following addition to the work programme:

·        A Trading Standards update in 12 months time

116.

Any other urgent items of business

The Chairman may raise any items of urgent business.

Minutes:

There were no other items of business.