Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Panel – 16 November 2010

PRESENT: Councillor Davison in the Chair.

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

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

334 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.

335 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on2 November 2010, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chair.

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

337 SCRUTINY REVIEW – ‘NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE RESIDENTS PERCEPTION OF THE FEAR OF CRIME’ – Members of the panel conducted the following interview with stakeholders as part of their on-going review into ‘North Lincolnshire residents perception of the fear of crime’ –

  • Keith Ford, Service Director Neighbourhood and Environmental Services, North Lincolnshire Council
  • Stephen Coulman, Environmental Health Manager (Communities), North Lincolnshire Council

Resolved – (a) That the aforementioned stakeholders be thanked for their attendance and input into the meeting, and (b) that the position be noted.

338 (22) ABOLITION OF LOCAL AREA AGREEMENTS – The Service Director Legal and Democratic updated the panel on a letter from the Secretary of State to the council confirming that Local Area Agreements were to be abolished with immediate effect. The government’s intention was to publish an agreed single list of Whitehall data requirements. The chair then led a discussion on how overview and scrutiny might deal with performance monitoring in the future.

Resolved – (a) That the position be noted, and (b) that members of the panel be invited to the next scheduled meeting of the Scrutiny Co-ordinating Panel where relevant officers from within the council had been invited to discuss the issue further.

339 (23) LEADER OF THE COUNCIL’S FORWARD PLAN – NOVEMBER 2010 TO FEBRUARY 2011 – The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council’s Forward Plan for November 2010 to February 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. Members discussed various items on the Forward Plan.

Resolved – That the Leader of the Council’s Forward Plan for November 2010 to February 2011 be noted.

340 ADDED ITEM – The Service Director Legal and Democratic informed the panel that in accordance with the council’s constitution, the Chair had requested an added item to be included on a future agenda. The item was titled ‘future of neighbourhood watch co-ordination in North Lincolnshire’.

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.