Governance and Standards Scrutiny Panel – 29 June 2017

Venue:  Function Room 1, Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe

Time:  6:30 pm

AGENDA

1.       Substitutions.

2.           Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and personal or personal and prejudicial interests and declarations of whipping arrangements (if any).

3.           Public Speaking Requests (if any)

4.           High Rise Tower Blocks in North Lincolnshire

4.1     Discussions and questions with representatives from Ongo Homes (Mr P Stones – Director of Regeneration) and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (Mr P McCourt – Emergency Response (South Bank) and Control Centre)

4.2     Next stages (if any).

5.           Governance and Standards Scrutiny Panel

5.1        Terms of Reference and Membership of the Governance and Standards Scrutiny Panel

5.2        Future dates of the Governance and Standards Scrutiny Panel

5.3        Training Requirements

5.4     Future Work Programme and Priorities.

6             Community Governance Review – Update.

7             Added Item (if any).

8.       Any other items, which the chairman decides are urgent, by reasons of special circumstances, which must be specified.

MINUTES

PRESENT: –  Councillor Robinson in the chair.

Councillors L Foster, Godfrey, Longcake and Wells.

Councillors T Foster, Marper and Waltham MBE attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37(b).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

1        GOVERNANCE AND STANDARDS SCRUTINY PANEL – The Chairman welcomed all those in attendance to the inaugural meeting of the Governance and Standards Scrutiny Panel.

2        DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – The following members declared personal interests –

Member Minute Nature of Interest
Councillor L Foster 9 Member of Bottesford Town Council
Councillor Robinson

 

9 Member of Epworth Town Council
Councillor Wells 9 Member of Barnetby-le-Wold and Kirmington and Croxton Parish Council

No whip was declared.

3        PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK The Director: Governance and Partnerships informed the meeting that Mrs Joyce Wright, Chair of the Market Hill Residents Association had requested to address the scrutiny panel to discuss high rise tower blocks in North Lincolnshire.

The Chairman suggested that Mrs Wright’s presentation be considered as part of the deliberations on the ‘high rise flats in North Lincolnshire’ agenda item.

Resolved – That Mrs Wright address the scrutiny panel as part of its discussion on high rise tower flats in North Lincolnshire.

4        HIGH RISE TOWER BLOCKS IN NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE – The Chairman welcomed Pete Stones, Ongo Director of Regeneration, Neil Webster, Ongo Head of Regeneration and Paul McCourt, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service Emergency Response (South Bank) and Control Centre to the meeting.

Messrs Stones, Webster and McCourt had been invited to the meeting to discuss with members the safety of North Lincolnshire’s four high rise tower blocks following the Grenfell tower block fire tragedy. The Chairman invited Ongo and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service to identify themselves and explain their role within their respective organisation; provide some background as to the maintenance at the four tower blocks and explain what had happened since the Grenfell Tower Block fire at North Lincolnshire’s four tower blocks.

Following the verbal presentation, the Chairman invited Mrs Joyce Wright, Chair of the Market Hill Residents Association to comment on the work of partners following the Grenfell tower block fire.

The Chairman then facilitated a discussion between panel members, councillors and members of the public in attendance with representatives from Ongo and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

Resolved – (a) That Messrs Stones, Webster and McCourt be thanked for their attendance, verbal presentation and for answering scrutiny panel members, councillors and members of the publics questions, and (b) that further meetings be held as and when the Grenfell Tower Block public enquiry publishes its interim findings.

5        (1)      TERMS OF REFERENCE AND PANEL MEMBERSHIP The Director: Governance and Partnerships briefed members on the Governance and Standards Scrutiny Panel terms of reference and panel membership which were agreed by council at its Annual Meeting on 18 May 2017.

Resolved – That the panel’s terms of reference and panel membership be noted.

6        (2)      MEETINGS OF THE SCRUTINY PANEL – The Director: Governance and Partnerships circulated dates of future scheduled meetings.

Resolved – That the future meetings of the scrutiny panel be noted.

7        TRAINING REQUIREMENTS – The Chairman invited members to contact the Director: Governance and Partnerships should they require member development on any aspects of the panel’s terms of reference.

Resolved – That the position be noted.

8        CONSIDERATION OF WORK PROGRAMME Members discussed their future work programme and priorities for the 2017/18 municipal year.

Resolved – That the panels work programme be formulated, incorporating suggestions put forward by members at the meeting.

9        COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE REVIEW – The Director: Governance and Partnerships updated Panel Members on the Community Governance Review, paying particular attention to the ongoing consultation in Barton parish.

Resolved – That the update be noted.

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

 

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