Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Panel 16 March 2010

PRESENT:  Councillor Davison in the chair.

Councillors Waltham (vice-chairman), Ali, Barkworth, Clark, Ellerby and T Foster.

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

249  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.

250  MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 2 March 2010, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chair.

251  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK There were no requests received.

252  (28)  LOCAL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP – PERFORMANCE MONITORING QUARTER 3 REPORT FOR SAFER AND STRONGER COMMUNITIES – Discussions with Councillor L Foster (chair of the Safer Neighbourhoods Strategy Board Board), Caroline Briggs (vice-chair), Bruno Watson (acting theme lead for Safer Communities) and David Hey (theme lead for Stronger Communities) – The chair welcomed the above to the meeting to discuss quarter three performance of the Local Strategic Partnership Safer and Stronger Communities theme.

The chair requested an explanation as to what information would be contained within the ward profiles and why a copy of the place survey had not been made available to members of the panel.Bruno Watson explained that the ‘place survey’ may have been subject to a matter of public record and that he would enquire and provide a written response to the panel, in addition to a copy of the ward profiles.

Further discussions focused around the ‘Connecting Communities Programme’. David Hey explained that the team was actively engaged with community champions to encourage cohesion within certain areas of North Lincolnshire.The work would be assessed throughout and would be used as a measure to consider future resources and whether to roll out to other areas.

Bruno Watson elaborated on the ‘Local Compact’ and also the progress that was being made in response to the scrutiny panel’s review last year into the Neighbourhood Action Teams, the improvements being made to the SNAP document and information relating to performance indicators NI 15, MFC 5a/5b and the inaccurate data that had been supplied to the National Treatment Agency for the calculation of NI 40. Concerns were expressed over this inaccuracy and the potential impact that this would have on the Local Area Agreement. The chair confirmed that a report was being taken to the Strategy Board and that she would provide feedback to the panel at the next scheduled meeting.

Resolved – (a) That the information received be noted, and (b) that all the above officers be thanked for their input and attendance at the meeting.

253  (29)  LEADER OF THE COUNCIL’S FORWARD PLAN – MARCH TO JUNE 2010 – The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council’s Forward Plan for March to June 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.  Members discussed various items on the Forward Plan.

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

254  ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for discussion at this meeting