Places Scrutiny Panel – 16 December 2013

PRESENT:  Councillor Evison in the chair.

Councillors Davison (vice chair), England, Oldfield and T Foster.

Councillors Collinson and Whiteley attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

325  DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – There were no declarations of pecuniary or personal and prejudicial interests.

No whip was declared.

326  MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 6 November 2013, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chairman.

327  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK – There were no requests received.

328  NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE TOURISM STRATEGY – Further to Minute 322, the Chairman invited panel members to discuss the presentation received at the last meeting from the council’s Assistant Director Planning and Regeneration and Tourism and Town Centre Manager.

Members discussed the content of the presentation and the value that could be added by the scrutiny panel if members decided to conduct a review into the area’s tourism strategy.

Resolved – That North Lincolnshire Tourism Strategy be added to the panel’s work programme for the Municipal Year 2013-14.

329  CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION – Further to Minute 323, the Director of Policy and Resources updated members on the status of the review, including the confirmed list of stakeholders to be interviewed and the interviews still to be arranged.

The Chairman also invited those members’ who had attended stakeholder interviews to summarise the key issues which had been discussed.

Resolved – (a) That the position be noted, and (b) that the Director of Policy and Resources provide a written summary of each interview, to be circulated to each member of the panel.

330  (12)  OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY ANNUAL REPORT 2011/2012 – The Director of Policy and Resources submitted the Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report 2012/13 for consideration and endorsement.

An oral overview of the report was provided.  Members were advised how the report outlined the developments within Overview and Scrutiny in 2012/2013, the effective working relationships that had been developed with external partners, a summary of the work carried out by each of the four panels in the last council year and the future challenges faced.

Resolved – (a) That the Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report 2012-2013 be received, and (b) that the annual report be published and circulated to appropriate partners and organisations.

331  ADDED ITEM – The Chairman informed the members that as per the council’s constitution, Councillor Davison had requested an added item on ‘officer involvement in members review of child sexual exploitation’.

Resolved – That consideration of the added item be discussed by the panel at its meeting on Wednesday 8 January 2014.