Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Panel (Special Meeting) – 18 February 2009

PRESENT: Councillor Davison in the Chair.

Councillors Bainbridge, T Foster, Mrs Redfern, Sherwood, Whiteley and Wilson.

Councillor Kirk attended the meeting on behalf of the decision maker Councillor O’Sullivan.

Councillors Barkworth, Briggs, Eckhardt, Smith, Swift and Waltham attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 37 (b)

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

145 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – Councillor Mrs Redfern declared that she had been lobbied by the Bangladeshi community.

No whip was declared.

146 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 51 of the Leisure, Arts and Culture Cabinet Member meeting held on 9 February 2009 – The chair invited a nominee of the members who had requested the call-in to speak on the above decision and question the Leader of the Council. Appropriate members outlined areas of concern as reasons for seeking a review of the above decision. These included: –

(i) “The removal of Crosby Local Link from Frodingham Road will result in detriment to residents in one of the most deprived areas of Scunthorpe. Residents suffering from financial deprivation and/or ill health are most likely to be adversely affected to increase the social exclusion of these residents is unacceptable and we request that the council re-consider retaining the status quo.

(ii) Also, the decision is contrary to the council’s policies relating to equality in the provision of and access to services”.

Following a discussion on the above issues, the Leader of the Council 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 Service Director Community Planning and Resources was also invited to comment.

It was then –

Moved by Councillor Mrs Redfern and seconded by Councillor Sherwood –

That the decision be referred to Council as it is considered to be contrary to the policy framework and contrary to the council’s budget.

Motion Lost

It was then moved by Councillor Sherwood and seconded by Councillor T Foster –

That the above decision (minute 51 refers) be referred back to the decision maker for reconsideration within five working days.

Motion Lost

Resolved – That no further action be taken, and the above decision of the Leisure, Arts and Culture Cabinet Member (minute 51 refers) be implemented with immediate effect.