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Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary or Personal Interests and/or Non Registrable Interests


No declarations of interest were made.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 158 KB



that the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 11 February 2021,

be received and approved as a correct record.


Scrutiny Work Programme 2021/2022 pdf icon PDF 179 KB


 The Service Manager, Scrutiny and Democratic Services welcomed everyone to the first Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting of the new municipal year and reminded Members that the Council’s Scrutiny Workplan, as submitted, was revised and refreshed annually with new topics for review as required. 


The report also provided Members with an overview of ongoing review topics and enabled them to submit suggestions for new topics which could originate from a variety of sources including global and national issues, local ward difficulties or particular requests from local residents.


The Workplan was predominantly Scrutiny Member led but the Council’s Corporate Leadership Team (CLT) and Cabinet Members would also, on occasion, submit topics for discussion and possible inclusion on the Workplan should issues become apparent and require further examination.


Members were also requested to give some thought to their review suggestions as topics that encompassed too wide a remit would often leave limited room for Cabinet to accept the recommendations and effect real change.  It was imperative that the time spent on reviews was worthwhile to ensure any recommendations considered by Cabinet were robust and could provide real value, benefit and progression to the Council, the District and its residents.  


Ongoing Topics


Play Park Inclusivity

The review in relation to play park inclusivity had commenced at the Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting in March 2021 but as a result of officers having to juggle differing priorities due to Covid-19, it had been agreed that the review would be held in abeyance and resurrected as soon as practicable.


The Vice Chairman, Councillor Dale Grounds, advised Members that progress in relation to the review had been moving forward and he was presently working with officers regarding the provision of additional, fully accessible, play equipment at the Council’s play parks.  It was suggested that the Council’s Service Manager for Place and Wellbeing, Sarah Daniel and the Council’s Place and Projects Officer, Will Kent, be invited to the next meeting of the Committee to present an update in relation to this topic.


Veterans and Service Personnel

The Scrutiny Research Officer advised Members that following 3 productive meetings, the Committee were now due to present their recommendations for this review to the Cabinet on 19 July 2021.  The review had been extremely worthwhile with assistance from Mark Leek, a public representative for the Armed Forces and Gillian Welch, the Council’s Senior Community Engagement Officer, who had worked tirelessly to enable the Council to achieve the MoD Bronze and Silver Employer Recognition Award through the Defence Employee Recognition Scheme.


The review had been extremely positive which had resulted in a strong set of recommendations being ready for presentation to Cabinet in July.


Tenancy Support

Scrutiny Panel A had already held a scoping meeting which had been attended by the Council’s Service Manager, Housing Management & Tenancy Service, Nicky Moss and the Service Manager, Strategic Housing & Lettings, Phil Warrington who informed Members on a variety of tenancy support provisions including the Money Management Team, Tenancy Sustainment, prevention of eviction and homelessness.  ...  view the full minutes text for item OS.3