Places Scrutiny Panel – 11 November 2015

PRESENT: –  Councillor Evison in the chair.

Councillors Gosling (Vice-Chair), Kataria and Longcake.

Councillor Collinson attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

490  DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and personal or personal and prejudicial interests –

No whip was declared.

491  MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 22 October 2015, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chairman.

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

493  CABINET MEMBER AND SERVICE AREA PRIORITIES – The Chairman welcomed Councillor Briggs to the meeting, the council’s Cabinet Member for Assets, Culture and Housing.  Councillor Briggs 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.

Resolved – That the Cabinet Member for Assets, Culture and Housing be thanked for his attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions.

494 (5)  POLICE EFFICIENCY, EFFECTIVENESS AND LEGITIMACY – POLICE EFFICIENCY 2015 – AN INSPECTION OF HUMBERSIDE POLICE – The Director of Policy and Resources circulated the recently published Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) latest inspection as part of the PEEL (Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy) programme.  The PEEL allowed the public to judge the performance of their force and policing as a whole.  The latest ‘efficiency’ inspection looked at how well forces understand the demand for their service and how well they match their resources to that demand and provided an assessment of their efficiency.

The report made the following judgements –

  • How well does the force use its resources to meet its demand? – Inadequate
  • How sustainable and affordable is the workforce model? – Inadequate
  • How sustainable is the force’s financial position for the short and long term? – Good

The Chairman then invited members to comment on the report.

Resolved – That the Chief Constable of Humberside Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside be invited to a future meeting of the Panel to discuss the restructure of Humberside Police and the recently published HMIC Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy inspection report.

495  FLOOD RISK – The Director of Policy and Resources informed the meeting that the Panel had been approached about conducting a scrutiny review on the “Humber Strategy Update”.  This would assist flood prevention partners by examining the progress with the updated strategy, and progress with the delivery of schemes on the Humber within the current Market Transformation Programme.

Resolved – That flood risk prevention be added to the Panel’s work programme for the Municipal Year 2015/16.