Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Panel – 30 November 2010

PRESENT: Councillor Davison in the chair.

Councillors Ali, Armitage, Clark, Ellerby, England and T Foster.

Councillors Barkworth, Collinson, Jawaid MBE and Poole attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

341 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.

342 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 16 November 2010, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chair.

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

344 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’

  • Mike Prudom, Deputy Justices’ Clerk, Scunthorpe Magistrates Court
  • Susan Sheriden, Youth Offending Service Manager, North Lincolnshire Council
  • Mel Cook, Editor, Scunthorpe Telegraph

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

345 PRELIMINARY FLOOD RISK ASSESSMENT – The Service Director Legal and Democratic informed the meeting that as a result of the EU Floods Directive, the UK introduced the Flood Regulations at the beginning of the year ahead of the Flood and Water Management Act. Under the regulations, Lead Local Flood Authorities, i.e. County and Unitary Authorities, were required to deliver a Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment to the Environment Agency by mid June 2011 for national collation and submission to European Commission by December that year.

The initial guidance was provided in June and final guidance was not expected before November. The timescale therefore was tight, however, the council had commenced work and engaged Consultants to assist in delivery. The first target was to deliver a draft report and plans by the end of January 2011 followed by consultation with partner organisations on the Flood Forum.

Before submission to the Environment Agency, the guidance was that the Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment be reviewed by an Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The guidance states ‘Early inclusion of the Flood Risk Regulations item into the Overview and Scrutiny committee work programme between January and June 2011 would be necessary to ensure submission to the Environment Agency by the 22 June deadline’.

Resolved – That the Service Director Highways and Planning be invited to a future meeting to provide members with more detail on the implications for overview and scrutiny of the Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment.

346 (24) LEADER OF THE COUNCIL’S FORWARD PLAN – DECEMBER 2010 TO MARCH 2011 – The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council’s Forward Plan for December 2010 to March 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 December 2010 to March 2011 be noted.

347 ADDED ITEM – The chair informed the meeting that following a meeting with the Head of Safer Neighbourhoods, and the subsequent Corporate Services Cabinet Member decision on the future of Neighbourhood Watch in North Lincolnshire, her initial concerns over the future of the service had been resolved.

Resolved – That the added item on the ‘future of Neighbourhood Watch co-ordination in North Lincolnshire’ be withdrawn.