Places Scrutiny Panel (Special Meeting) – 19 January 2012

PRESENT:  Councillor T Foster in the chair.

Councillors Davison (Vice-Chair), Carlile, Clark, England and Oldfield.

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

83  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. 

84  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAKThere were no requests received.

85  (20)  EXECUTIVE ACTION PLAN IN RESPONSE TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE ‘DECLARATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE COUNT FOLLOWING THE DISTRICT ELECTION AND THE NATIONAL REFERENDUM HELD ON 5 MAY 2011’ OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY REPORT – The Chairman welcomed Simon Driver, the council’s Chief Executive and Returning Officer and Mel Holmes, the council’s Head of Democratic Services to the meeting to discuss the Executive’s action plan in response to the scrutiny panel’s review of the ‘declaration and administration of the count following the district election and the national referendum held on 5 May 2011’.

Members were guided through each recommendation and a discussion ensued on all the outstanding actions.

Whilst the scrutiny panel agreed many of the actions in principle, they wished to see additional commentary and measurable targets included in the plan so that members could monitor the performance in order that progress on implementing the action plan could be scrutinised at a later date.

Resolved – (a) That the council’s Chief Executive and Head of Democratic Services be thanked for their attendance and for answering members questions, and (b) that Cabinet be asked to defer consideration of the action plan until the comments made by members at the meeting had been incorporated.