Economic Development and Corporate Issues Scrutiny Panel – 18 October 2010
PRESENT: Councillor Jawaid MBE in the chair.
Councillors Glover (Vice-chairman), Bainbridge, Barkworth, Ellerby, Poole and Wardle.
The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.
175 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUCICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – The following members declared personal interests –
Nature of Interest
|Councillor Ellerby||179||Member of Federation of Small Businesses|
|Councillor Poole||179||Member of Federation of Small Businesses|
No whip was declared.
176 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 4 October 2010, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chair.
177 PUBLIC SPEAKING – There were no requests received.
178 (5) ADDED ITEM – LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIPS – The chair welcomed the council’s Chief Executive to the meeting. In accordance with the council’s constitution, the Chief Executive had circulated a briefing paper and was in attendance to discuss the added item requested by Councillor Poole on ‘Local Enterprise Partnerships’.
The chair introduced the item and asked the scrutiny panel if they wished the Chief Executive to summarise his briefing paper. The members unanimously agreed this.
Following the summary of the briefing paper, the chair asked Councillor Poole to initiate discussions on the briefing paper and ask questions of the Chief Executive.
The chair then invited any other scrutiny panel member to ask questions of the Chief Executive.
Mr Driver responded to the questions accordingly.
Following conclusion of the questions/discussion on the briefing paper, the scrutiny panel agreed the following –
Resolved – (a) That the report be noted, and (b) that Mr Driver be thanked for his attendance and for answering member’s questions.
179 ADDED ITEM – APPOINTMENT OF A MANAGEMENT CONTRACTOR TO THE BATHS HALL OR BATHS HALL AND PLOWRIGHT THEATRE – Further to Minute 174, the chair informed the members that in accordance with the council’s constitution, Councillor Glover had informed the Service Director Legal and Democratic of an added item to be included on a future agenda. The added item was titled ‘Appointment of a management contractor to the Baths Hall or Baths Hall and Plowright Theatre’.
Resolved – That a relevant report be prepared by appropriate officers and, in consultation with the Chair, the issue be included on a future agenda for consideration by this panel.
180 (6) SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE REVISIT – The chair welcomed Marcus Walker, the council’s Head of Strategic Regeneration, Housing and Development and Laura Farr, the council’s Economic Development Manager to the meeting. Mr Walker and Miss Farr had been invited to update members on the progress made in implementing the recommendations contained within the 2008 ‘support for small businesses in North Lincolnshire’ scrutiny review.
Mr Walker informed the scrutiny panel that following completion of the review, an action plan was considered and subsequently endorsed by Cabinet at its meeting on 22 October 2008.
The panel was advised of what progress had been made towards implementation of the five recommendations. In addition, Miss Farr provided members with a comprehensive oral presentation on the many initiatives that the council had put in place in order to assist small, medium and large businesses in North Lincolnshire.
Members then engaged in further discussions with Mr Walker and Miss Farr.
Resolved – (a) That the information presented be noted, and (b) that Mr Walker and Miss Farr be thanked for their attendance and for answering member’s questions.
181 (7) LEADER OF THE COUNCIL’S FORWARD PLAN – OCTOBER 2010 TO JANUARY 2011 – The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council’s Forward Plan for October 2010 to January 2011.
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 October 2010 to January 2011 be noted.