Agenda and decisions

Environment & Economy Select Committee - Wednesday, 13 March 2019 6.00pm

Venue: Shimkent Room - Shimkent Room - Daneshill House, Danestrete

Contact: Lisa Jerome (01438) 242203 Email: lisa.jerome@stevenage.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Decision:

Apologies for Absence were received from Councillors Sarah-Jane Potter and Simon Speller.

 

Councillor Michael Downing declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 2 – Environment and Economy Select Committee – Work Programme – Paragraph 5.1.6 relating to the Transport Strategy as Chairman of the Bus User Group (BUGS).

2.

ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMY SELECT COMMITTEE - WORK PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To agree the Scrutiny Work Programme for the Select Committee for the new Municipal Year.

Decision:

The Committee considered a report by the Council’s Scrutiny Officer, which invited the Committee to agree its Scrutiny Work Programme for the 2019/2020 Municipal Year. The report highlighted Members responses to a Scrutiny survey, suggestion by Members and residents for future Scrutiny Reviews, Monitoring Reviews of Recommendations and Policy Development Scrutiny work to be undertaken by Portfolio Holder Advisory Groups. With regard to suggestions by residents, Members were informed that responses had been provided to the respective residents.

 

Members discussed the suitability of the topics proposed and whether the Committee was of the view that the scrutiny process could add value to their consideration.

 

It was RESOLVED:

 

1.           That Scrutiny Members’ feedback on ideas for improving Scrutiny as set out in section 4 of the report be noted.

 

2.           That having considered ideas put forward by individual Members, the following matters be added to the list for consideration, prioritisation and scoping as possible Environment and Economy Select Committee Scrutiny Work Programme items for 2019/2020:

 

·         Post Office Provision across the Town: The review should include coverage across the Town, ownership, the relationship between post offices and the shop operators, consideration of where the Post Office would be in five years time. Members also agreed it would be useful to speak to affected staff about how terms/conditions and training had changed.

·         Fairlands Valley Park: it was agreed that this item should be taken in conjunction with the review of leisure facilities and parks detailed at paragraph 5.1.2 of the officer’s report. The Assistant Director (Direct Services) suggested that the broader, strategic scrutiny could be undertaken by the Environment and Economy Select Committee with the more detailed Fairlands Valley Park scrutiny being undertaken by the Community Select Committee. The link with other Council strategies such as the Healthy Stevenage Strategy should also be considered.

·         Impact on Brexit on the Local Economy: It was noted that the Senior Leadership Team was monitoring this on a daily basis and that the Council was actively tracking the developments on a Business Continuity basis so it would not be suitable to include the issue in the Committee’s Work Programme.

·         Town Centre Regeneration/SG1 Project: Agreed that this was in the remit of the Planning and Development Committee.

·         Emerging Transport Strategy: The Planning Policy Manager advised that the consultation on the Strategy had been extended until the end of March. Responses would then be evaluated and a report would be submitted to the Executive and then on to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in the Summer. An update on the Strategy could be provided to the Committee at a later date.

·         Outcome of the Local Plan: Agreed that this was in the remit of the Planning and Development Committee.

·         Climate Change: The Planning Policy Manager agreed to circulate to Members the Climate Change Strategy that was produced by the Council in 2009. The Assistant Director (Direct Services) suggested that this issue could be aligned with the Corporate Asset Management  ...  view the full decision text for item 2.

3.

URGENT PART 1 BUSINESS

To consider any Part 1 business accepted by the Chair as urgent.

Decision:

None.

4.

EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

To consider the following motions –

 

1.  That under Section 100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as described in paragraphs1 – 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act as amended by Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006.

 

2.  That Members consider the reasons for the following reports being in Part II and determine whether or not maintaining the exemption from disclosure of the information contained therein outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

 

Decision:

Not Required.

5.

URGENT PART II BUSINESS

To consider any Part II business accepted by the Chair as urgent.

Decision:

None.