Economic Development and Corporate Issues Scrutiny Panel – 18 January 2010

PRESENT: Councillor Smith in the chair.

Councillors Glover (vice-chair), Bainbridge, Barker, Barkworth, Berry and Wardle.

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

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

No whip was declared.

121 PUBLIC SPEAKING – There were no requests received.

122 (13) PERFORMANCE MONITORING – QUARTER 2 LOCAL AREA AGREEMENT DATA 2009/2010 (ECONOMIC BOARD) – The Chair welcomed Marcus Walker, Head of Strategic Regeneration, Housing and Development to the meeting and invited him to present the quarter 2 performance figures for the economic board.

The Head of Strategic Regeneration, Housing and Development answered questions relating to a number of the performance indicators, explained the successes that had been made meeting certain targets, the difficulties faced with meeting targets that had been set before the recession and actions that had been agreed to help reach these targets. Members were advised that the targets were being adjusted to reflect the impact of the recession and that this would further highlight the positive work that had been achieved throughout.

Members discussed the South Humber Bank project and the impact that this would have on the local economy, the infrastructure and the need to address emerging issues with increased traffic flow on the A160. The Head of Strategic Regeneration, Housing and Development confirmed that the issues had already been highlighted and that he was attending a meeting with the Highways Agency to find an acceptable solution. It was agreed that he would provide feedback to the panel on any decision that was made.

Further discussions focused on the Lincolnshire Lakes development, which had attracted national recognition for currently being the biggest and best development project within the United Kingdom. The number of potential new jobs that would be created within the area, and also how the building trade had dealt with the difficult times.

Resolved – (a) That Marcus Walker be thanked for his attendance at the meeting, (b) that he report back to the panel with decisions to be made at the meeting with the Highways Agency referred to above, and (c) that the information presented be noted.

123 (14) LEADER OF THE COUNCILS FORWARD PLAN – JANUARY TO APRIL 2010 – The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council’s Forward Plan for January to April 2010.

The plan contained details of all matters and issues likely to be the subject of key decisions for a period of the next four months, updated on a monthly basis.

Resolved – That the Leader of the Council’s Forward Plan for January to April 2010 be noted.