Places Scrutiny Panel – 16 October 2013

PRESENT:  Councillor Evison in the chair.
Councillors Davison (Vice-Chair), Oldfield, Rowson and Wells.

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

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

304  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.

305  MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on      23 September 2013, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chairman.

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

307  CABINET MEMBER AND SERVICE AREA PRIORITIES – The Chairman welcomed Councillor Redfern to the meeting, the council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration.  Councillor Redfern had been invited to the panel meeting to update members on any key decisions, important business or key developments, which had occurred during the last quarter.  Namely –

  • The success of the recent careers event at the Baths Hall,
  • The progress of the ‘superfast broadband’ scheme,
  • The submission process for the University Training College,
  • Regional Growth Fund,
  • Imminent decision on Able UK development,
  • Eco2 Construction progress,
  • Humberside Airport developments,
  • Westcliff Estate developments.

Following the update, the Chairman invited members to question the Cabinet Member for Regeneration.

Resolved – (a) That the oral update be noted, and (b) that the Cabinet Member for Regeneration be thanked for her attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions.

308  CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION – The Chairman welcomed Dave Basker, Nikki Alcock and Stuart Minto, the council’s Principal Social Worker (Safeguarding Practice), Service Manager – Safeguarding and Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and Head of Safer Neighbourhoods respectively to the meeting.  Mr Basker, Ms Alcock and Mr Minto had been invited to the meeting to deliver a presentation on child sexual exploitation and how the council and partners were tackling the issue in North Lincolnshire.

Following the presentation, the Chairman facilitated a discussion on child sexual exploitation.

Resolved – (a) That Mr Basker, Ms Alcock and Mr Minto be thanked for their attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions; (b) that the Director of Policy and Resources formulate a list of stakeholders for panel members to interview as part of the review, and (c) that the Director of Policy and Resources consider the co-option of an expert to the panel for the duration of the review.

309  ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.