Agenda and decisions

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Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from Cllr Andy Dingwall (Cllr Steve Ashton as substitute), Cllr Wes Read (Cllr Martin Lovell as substitute), and Cllr Lance Duddridge.


Minutes from the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 142 KB

To approve the minutes from the previous meeting on 13th December 2023.


Resolved that the minutes of the Scrutiny Committee – Communities held on 13th December 2023 be confirmed as a correct record.


Declarations of Interest

To receive and note any declarations of interests in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.

(The other registrable interests of Councillors of Somerset Council, arising from membership of City, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes: City, Town & Parish Twin Hatters - Somerset Councillors 2023 )


Public Question Time

The Chair to advise the Committee of any items on which members of the public have requested to speak and advise those members of the public present of the details of the Council’s public participation scheme.

For those members of the public who have submitted any questions or statements, please note, a three minute time limit applies to each speaker and you will be asked to speak before Councillors debate the issue.

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Scrutiny Communities Work Programme pdf icon PDF 28 KB


Community Services Budget Monitoring Update pdf icon PDF 344 KB

To consider the report and presentation.

Additional documents:


The committee received a report and presentation from Christian Evans, Strategic Manager – Finance and Business Partnering. The chair invited comments and questions from members, and noted the report.


Open Spaces Briefing pdf icon PDF 343 KB

To receive the presentation.


The committee received a presentation from Jonathan Stevens, Head of Operations, Regulatory, and Operational Services, and Sarah Dowden, Service Director – Regulatory and Operational, on Open Spaces. The chair invited comments and questions from members, and noted the presentation.


Growth/New Housing pdf icon PDF 8 MB

Presentation to follow.


The committee received a presentation from Chris Brown, Service Director of Housing. The chair invited comments and questions from members, and noted the presentation.


Review of Street Cleansing and Groundcare Operations

To consider the report and business case.


The committee resolved under 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 to exclude the press and public from the meeting, on the basis that if they were present during the business to be transacted there would be a likelihood of disclosure of exempt information, within the meaning of 12A to the Local Government Act 1972:


Reason: Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).