Meeting documents

SCC Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee
Tuesday, 8th November, 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Luttrell Room, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY

Contact: Sarah Wright on 01823 357628 or Email: or  Jamie Jackson on Email:

No. Item


Declarations of Interest

Details of all Members’ interests in District, Town and Parish Councils can be viewed on the Council Website at

County Councillors membership of Town, City, Parish or District Councils and this will be displayed in the meeting room (Where relevant).


The Statutory Register of Member’s Interests can be inspected via request to the Democratic Service Team.



Cllr Prior-Sankey declared that a family member is enrolled on a teacher training course with SCIL at Dillington House (item 7).



Minutes from the previous meeting held on 11 October 2022 pdf icon PDF 148 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm the minutes are accurate.


The following amendments to the minutes of the meeting held on 11 October 2022:

Item 8 – Somerset Local Transport Plan: Current work in the county involves monitoring and data collection for a robust evidence base, looking at best practice examples, and carbon assessment and assessment of how close  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.


Public Question Time

The Chair 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 Chair’s discretion.  


There were no questions, statements or petitions received.



Budget Monitoring Report - Quarter 2/Month 6 (September) pdf icon PDF 1 MB

-       Report to follow


The Chair invited Lead Executive Member Cllr Leyshon to introduce the report. Cllr Leyshon thanked the chair for placing this item higher on the agenda and stated that this budget year to date has been an unprecedented challenge due to national and local issues, namely Local Government Reorganisation (LGR). In  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Briefing on Highways Service Demand, Management and Contracts, and Assessment of the 'Report It' function pdf icon PDF 895 KB

-       To receive a presentation and to consider the report

Additional documents:


A report was received from Strategic Manager – Highway Maintenance, Andrew Turner with the following highlighted:

·       Statutory duty to manage, maintain, inspect, and repair the county’s highway network through the Highways Act 1980. Highway network is SCC’s largest and most valuable asset at c£7.5m of 6700km, 2500 bridges, 50,000 streetlights  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Update on Cessation of SCC Activities at Dillington House pdf icon PDF 41 KB

-       To consider the report


An update report was received from Head of Support Service for Education (SSE) – Ian Rowswell with the following highlighted:

·       This Committee last received information in September ahead of a decision taken by the Executive on 21 September to cease SCC activities at Dillington House.

·       Authorisation was granted to SCC  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


Scrutiny at Somerset Council pdf icon PDF 42 KB

-       To consider the report


The Chair invited Scrutiny Manager – Jamie Jackson to present the report.


The following points were highlighted:

·       The report will be presented to all four Scrutiny Committees from late October to early November to request three volunteers from each Committee to form a combined Task and Finish Group to discuss  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 62 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 Executive’s forward plan


The Chair informed the Committee that the following items would be considered on the agenda for the next meeting on 6 December:

-       Insurance Policy Contract award for Somerset Council from April 2023.

-       Futures Assessment – Economic Growth and Business Opportunities.

-       Cultural Strategy including what involvement the new  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.


Any other urgent items of business

The Chair may raise any items of urgent business.


There were no other items of business.