Places Scrutiny Panel (Special Meeting) – 16 May 2013

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

Councillors Barker, Briggs, 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.

259  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.

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

261  (1)  ITEM REQUESTED FOR CALL-IN IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 22 OF PART D RULE 5 (OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY PROCEDURE RULES) OF THE COUNCIL’S CONSTITUTION – Minute 53 of the Highways and Neighbourhoods Cabinet Member meeting held on 10 May 2013 – Ealand Depot – The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting, and invited a nominee of the members who had requested the call-in to speak on the above decision and question the Cabinet Member.  Members outlined areas of concern as reasons for seeking a review of the above decision.  Namely, the decision –

  • Was contrary to 2013-14 Budget
  • Was contrary to council policy
  • Lacked consultation with stakeholders
  • Keep Ealand Depot open for the good of community
  • Was considered to be contrary to the policy framework or contrary to, or not wholly in accordance with the budget.

Following a discussion on the above issues, the Highways and Neighbourhoods Cabinet Member was invited to respond to the concerns and reasons for the decision being called in, and be held to account for the decision taken.  The Director of Places, Assistant Director Community Services and Head of Neighbourhood Services were also invited to comment.

Resolved – That no further action be taken, and the above decision of the Highways and Neighbourhoods Cabinet Member (minute 53 refers) be implemented with immediate effect.