Agenda and decisions

Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 24th January, 2023 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, District Council Offices, Gernon Road, Letchworth

Contact: Committee Services - 01462 474655  Email: Committee.Services@north-herts.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Members are required to notify any substitutions by midday on the day of the meeting.

 

Late substitutions will not be accepted and Members attending as a substitute without having given the due notice will not be able to take part in the meeting.

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Raj Bhakar and Ian Moody.

 

Having given due notice Councillor Terry Hone substituted for Councillor Moody.

2.

MINUTES - 6 DECEMBER 2022 pdf icon PDF 327 KB

To take as read and approve as a true record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on the 6December 2022.

Decision:

RESOLVED:That the Part 1 Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 6 December 2022 were approved as a true record of the proceedings and be signed by the Chair.

3.

NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS

Members should notify the Chair of other business which they wish to be discussed at the end of either Part I or Part II business set out in the agenda. They must state the circumstances which they consider justify the business being considered as a matter of urgency.

 

The Chair will decide whether any item(s) raised will be considered.

Decision:

There was no other business notified.

4.

CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Members are reminded that any declarations of interest in respect of any business set out in the agenda, should be declared as either a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest or Declarable Interest and are required to notify the Chair of the nature of any interest declared at the commencement of the relevant item on the agenda.  Members declaring a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest must withdraw from the meeting for the duration of the item. Members declaring a Declarable Interest, wishing to exercise a ‘Councillor Speaking Right’, must declare this at the same time as the interest, move to the public area before speaking to the item and then must leave the room before the debate and vote.

Decision:

(1)        The Chair advised that, in accordance with Council Policy, the meeting would be audio recorded;

 

(2)        The Chair drew attention to the item on the agenda front pages regarding Declarations of Interest and reminded Members that, in line with the Code of Conduct, any Declarations of Interest needed to be declared immediately prior to the item in question.

5.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

To receive petitions, comments and questions from the public.

Decision:

There was no public participation at this meeting.

6.

URGENT AND GENERAL EXCEPTION ITEMS

The Chair to report on any urgent or general exception items which required their agreement.

 

At the time of printing the agenda, the Chair had agreed the urgency of one item to Cabinet in December regarding the ‘Careline In House Provision’, as notice of Part 2 was not provided in required time.

Decision:

The Chair advised that he had agreed to one urgency proceedings since the last meeting and this was with regard to the “Careline In House Provision” item that was presented to Cabinet in December, as the Part 2 notice was not posted publicly within the required timeframes.

7.

CALLED-IN ITEMS

To consider any matters referred to the Committee for a decision in relation to a call-in of decision. At the time of printing the agenda, no items of business had been called-in.

Decision:

There had been no items called-in by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

8.

MEMBERS' QUESTIONS

To receive and respond to any questions from Members either set out in the agenda or tabled at the meeting.

Decision:

No questions had been submitted.

9.

CRIME AND DISORDER MATTERS

To receive presentations from Hertfordshire Police and Citizens Advice Bureau on Anti-social behaviour and scams.

Decision:

Presentations were received from Hertfordshire Constabulary regarding Anti-Social Behaviour and Safe Streets, with a specific focus on women and girls.

 

A presentation was also received from North Herts Citizens Advice regarding scams, with a specific focus on telephone scams.

10.

OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE RESOLUTIONS pdf icon PDF 343 KB

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE, MEMBER AND SCRUTINY MANAGER

 

To consider the outcome of Overview and Scrutiny Committee resolutions.

Decision:

RECOMMENDED TO COUNCIL: That Council continues to support the work of Community Safety Partnerships and other partner agencies and work on the delivery of a Women’s Safety Charter alongside these agencies.

 

REASON FOR RECOMMENDATION: To highlight and enable Full Council to consider the important work of the Community Safety Partnerships and other partner agencies as well as the delivery of a Women’s Safety Charter alongside these agencies.

 

RESOLVED: That the document entitled Resolutions of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee was noted.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: To enable the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to review and comment on actions and feedback received regarding resolutions previously made.

11.

ENTERPRISE UPDATE - PART 1 pdf icon PDF 216 KB

REPORT OF THE SERVICE DIRECTOR – ENTERPRISE.

 

To provide the committee with an update on the progress of the Enterprise Directorate as set out in the departments work programme

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Committee noted the report.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: The report is following the request of the committee for an update on the progress of the Enterprise Directorate work programme and is for information only.

 

12.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

To consider passing the following motion: 

 

That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the Press and Public be excluded from the meeting on the grounds that the following report will involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

 

Decision:

RESOLVED: That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the Press and Public be excluded from the meeting on the grounds that the following report will involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

13.

ENTERPRISE UPDATE - PART 2

REPORT OF THE SERVICE DIRECTOR – ENTERPRISE.

 

To provide the committee with an update on the progress of the Enterprise Directorate as set out in the departments work programme.

 

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Committee noted the report.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: The report is following the request of the committee for an update on the progress of the Enterprise Directorate work programme and is for information only.

14.

PART 2 MINUTES - 28 SEPTEMBER 2022, 6 DECEMBER 2022

To take as read and approve as a true record the Part 2 minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on the 28 September and 6 December 2022.

Decision:

RESOLVED:That the Part 2 Minutes of the Meetings of the Committee held on 28 September and 6 December 2022 were approved as a true record of the proceedings and be signed by the Chair.

 

15.

OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 216 KB

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE, MEMBER AND SCRUTINY MANAGER

 

To consider the issues that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee plans to review at future meetings and the activities of its sub-groups.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1)   That the Committee prioritised proposed topics for inclusion in the work programme attached as Appendix A and, where appropriate, determined the high level form and timing of scrutiny input, with the additional agenda item:

 

(2)   That the Strategic Housing Update be presented to the Overview and Scrutiny on 9 March 2023. 

 

(3)   The Committee, considered the most recent iteration of the Forward Plan, as attached as Appendix B.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS: To allow the Committee to set a work programme which provides focussed Member oversight, encourages open debate and seeks to achieve service improvement through effective policy development and meaningful policy and service change.