Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Panel – 29 September 2009

PRESENT: Councillor Davison in the Chair.

Councillors Waltham (vice-chair), Ali, Armitage, Ellerby, England and K Vickers.

The Service Director Highways and Planning attended as advisor to the panel.

Councillors Briggs and Smith attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

184 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – The following members declared a personal and prejudicial interest in the following matters:

Subject & Nature of Interest
Cllr England 187 Home flooded June 2007 – received Council grant towards repairs
Cllr Davison 187 Family member works for Neighbourhood and Environmental Services
Cllr Ellerby 187 Owner of land which suffered from flooding in June 2007

No whip was declared.

185 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 15 September 2009, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chair.

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

Councillor England having declared a personal and prejudicial interest left the meeting.


(i) Discussion and questions with stakeholders responsible for flood protection in North Lincolnshire – The Chair welcomed Rob Beales, Head of Better Routes and Rod Chapman, Asset Team Manager, Better Routes to the meeting and provided them with a brief overview of the review so far.

The Head of Better Routes was asked about his perspective of the work undertaken by the North Lincolnshire Flood Forum, whether he felt the Forum was achieving its aims and whether improvements could be made. The Chair also asked whether there had been an effective response to the June 2007 floods from North Lincolnshire Council.

Members engaged in further discussions over the future of the Forum, the improvements that had been made in the communication lines between all partners and agencies involved, improvements that could be made to the way in which flood and water management was carried out in North Lincolnshire and also what areas needed further attention to resolve issues relating to flooding.

Councillors Davison and Ellerby both left the meeting having at different points during the discussion/ questioning declared personal and prejudicial interests on which they sought advice. Councillor Waltham proceeded to chair the meeting.

Upon the agreement of the chair and officers in attendance, the decision was made to adjourn the meeting.

Resolved – (a) That the meeting be adjourned, (b) that the Head of Better Routes and the Asset Team Manager, Better Routes be thanked for their attendance and input into this meeting and be invited to attend at a future date, (c) that the stakeholders be contacted and asked to attend at a future date, and (d) that the position be noted.