Places Scrutiny Panel – 9 January 2013

PRESENT: –  Councillor T Foster in the chair.

Councillors Davison (vice chair), Clark, Evison and Oldfield.

Councillors Collinson, C Sherwood and Whiteley attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.36 (b).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.




Nature of Interest

Councillor Davison


217 Husband employed by North Lincolnshire Council Neighbourhood Services

No whip was declared.

215  MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 5 December 2012, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chairman.

216  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK There were no requests received.

217  CABINET MEMBER AND SERVICE AREA PRIORITIES – The Chairman welcomed Councillor N Sherwood to the meeting, the council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Neighbourhoods.  Councillor Sherwood had been invited to the panel meeting to update members on any key decisions, important business or key developments, which had occurred during the last quarter.  Namely –

  • The impact of the recent heavy rainfall and its effect on local residents.
  • The progress being made to identify owners of dykes and other water courses.
  • Additional funding allocated to identifying and resolving drainage problems.
  • Progress in repairing pot holes.
  • Winter maintenance arrangements.

Following the update, the Chairman invited members to question the Cabinet Member for Highways and Neighbourhoods.

Resolved – (a) That the oral update be noted, and (b) that the Cabinet Member for Highways and Neighbourhoods be thanked for his attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions.

218  (22)  CORPORATE CONSULTATION QUESTIONNAIRE GUIDELINES – The Chairman welcomed Chris Skinner and Dave Hey to the meeting, the council’s Head of Communications and Head of Stronger Communities.  Mr Hey and Mr Skinner had been invited to the meeting to discuss with members’ the  recently amended Corporate Consultation Questionnaire guidelines.

Following a brief presentation, the Chairman invited panel members’ to comment on the amended guidelines.

Resolved – That the amendments to the Corporate Consultation Questionnaire guidelines be noted.

219  (23)  COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FRAMEWORK – The Chairman also invited Mr Skinner and Mr Hey to guide members through the council’s amended Community Engagement Framework.

Following a brief presentation, the Chairman invited panel members’ to comment on the amended framework

Resolved – That the amendments to the Community Engagement Framework be noted.

220  (24)  COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT QUESTIONNAIRE – The Director of Policy and Resources circulated a questionnaire which, if agreed, would be used to learn the views of the public of North Lincolnshire on how the council engaged with its residents.

The Chairman invited panel members to comment on the questionnaire.

Resolved – (a) That the amendments made at the meeting be incorporated into the questionnaire, and (b) that once amended, the questionnaire be advertised and circulated, following guidance from the council’s Communications Team.

221  JOINT REVIEW WITH THE PEOPLE SCRUTINY PANEL – ‘KEEPING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE SAFE IN NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE’ – The Director of Policy and Resources informed members’ that the next meeting of the special joint scrutiny panel had, following consultation with the Chairman, been rescheduled to an as yet unknown date due to the unavailability of stakeholders.

Resolved – (a) That the position be noted, and (b) that members’ be informed of the new date and time as soon as possible.

222  HUMBERSIDE POLICE AND CRIME PANEL – The Chairman and Vice-Chair updated panel members’ on recent developments with the Humberside Police and Crime Panel.

Resolved – That the position be noted.

223  PLACES SCRUTINY PANEL WORK PROGRAMME – The Chairman facilitated a discussion with panel members’ on the panel’s work programme for the remainder of the municipal year.

Resolved – That members’ consider potential work streams for the panel and report them back to the next meeting.

224  ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.