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that the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 16 December 2021, be
received and approved as a correct record.
The Service Manager, Scrutiny and Democratic Services presented the Committee with an update on the Scrutiny Workplan 2021/2022. The Workplan included suggestions for three additional topics, as submitted to the Scrutiny Research Officer in preparation for the meeting.
Members of the Committee were also provided with a status programme detailing the progress of ongoing topics on the Scrutiny Workplan. The Service Manager, Scrutiny and Democratic Services, updated Members of the Committee on the following topics;
Scrutiny Panel A had made progress with the review of tenancy support via their last meeting on the 14 October and an Informal Working Group meeting had been held on 14 September 2021, whereby Members had been presented with detailed information on the Selective Licensing Scheme via a presentation given by the Service Manager for Strategic Housing & Lettings, Phil Warrington and the Environmental Health Team Leader, Stacy White.
Members of the Panel agreed that it was important for them to consider the Selective Licensing Evaluation Report and subsequent Cabinet Report prior to making their final recommendations to Cabinet.
The Cabinet Report detailing consultation proposals was due to be presented in December. This report set out the consultation process for renewing the Selective Licensing Scheme for a further 5 year period. Scrutiny Panel A Members agreed that it would be prudent to feed into that consultation and also consider the wider consultation feedback prior to concluding their findings and presenting them to Cabinet in March 2022.
Progress on the review of Climate Change has been made through both Working Group meetings and formal meetings of the Panel. At the last meeting of the Panel on the 28 October, Members of the Panel considered both the Councils strategic plans in relation to the assets and services that are managed and the wider climate change issues for Ashfield as a District.
Members were informed that the Panel are currently considering a number of draft recommendations for submission to Cabinet in March 2022.
Play Park Inclusivity
The Service Manager, Scrutiny and Democratic Services updated the Committee on the progress that had been made organisationally on ensuring that existing playparks were reviewed in relation to inclusivity and all future playparks considered inclusivity requirements as part of the initial design stages.
Councillor Dale Grounds provided the Members with an update on this review and the work that had been undertaken with Council officers to ensure the District’s recreational areas were equipped to allow access for all children.
Members agreed that the work of the Panel and Councillor Dale Grounds had ensured that this was spotlighted and positive actions had already taken place to address the issue. It was agreed that there was no need to continue with the review however a progress report should come back to the Panel in 2022.
Covid-19 Recovery Scrutiny Panel
The Covid-19 Recovery Scrutiny Panel continued to monitor the recovery actions put into place both by the Council, its partners and businesses within the community. The Service Manager, Scrutiny and Democratic Services ... view the full minutes text for item OS.6