Governance and Standards Scrutiny Panel 19 October 2017

Chairman: –  Councillor Robinson
Venue:         Function Room 1, Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe
Time:           6 p.m.




1.       Substitutions.
2.       Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and personal or personal and prejudicial interests and declarations of whipping arrangements (if any).
3.       To take the minutes of the meeting of the panel held on 26 September 2017, and the special meeting held on 5 October 2017 as a correct record and authorise the chairman to sign.
4.       Public speaking requests, if any.
5.       Inspection and risk assessment of council buildings
5.1     Discussions and questions with Peter Williams (Director: Operations) and Chris Ramsbottom, Head of Service – Asset Management and Development
5.2     Next stages (if any).
6.       Added Item (if any).
7.       Any other items that the Chairman decides are urgent by reason of special circumstances that must be specified.


PRESENT: –  Councillor Robinson in the chair.

Councillors Gosling (Vice-Chair), Longcake, Swift and Wells.

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

33      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.

34      MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 26 September 2017, and the special meeting held on 5 October 2017, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chairman.

35      PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and advised members of the panel that a request to address the panel had been received from Mr Neil Herrick.  Mr Herrick reminded members that he had attended and spoke at the panel meeting on 5 October 2017 on the subject of the Kingsway site.  However, Mr Herrick did not believe that the minute of 5 October 2017 was an accurate reflection of the discussion that was held at that meeting.

The Chairman invited the Director: Governance and Partnerships to respond to the public speaker, paying particular attention to the procedures and practices that the council followed for recording the proceedings of its meetings.

Resolved – That Mr Herrick be thanked for his attendance and contribution at the meeting.

36      (10)    INSPECTION AND RISK ASSESSMENT OF COUNCIL BUILDINGS – Further to Minute 4, the Chairman welcomed Peter Williams, the council’s Director: Operations, Chris Ramsbottom, the council’s Head of Service – Asset Management and Development and Allen Cunningham, Public Safety North Officer from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

Messrs Williams, Ramsbottom and Cunningham had been invited to the meeting to discuss with members the safety of North Lincolnshire Council’s assets following the Grenfell tower block fire tragedy.

The Chairman invited the council officers and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service to identify themselves and explain their role within their respective organisation; provide some background as to the maintenance of the council’s assets and explain what had happened since the Grenfell Tower Block fire to the council’s assets..

The Chairman then facilitated a discussion between panel members, councillors and members of the public in attendance with representatives from the council and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

Resolved – (a) That Messrs Williams, Ramsbottom and Cunningham be thanked for their attendance, verbal presentation and for answering scrutiny panel members, questions, and (b) that further meetings be held as and when the Grenfell Tower Block public enquiry publishes its interim findings.

37      ADDED ITEM – The Director: Governance and Partnerships informed the meeting that, in accordance with the council’s constitution, an added item had been submitted by Councillor Collinson titled ‘advertisements on the council’s website’.

The Chairman informed the meeting that the added item would be considered as soon as was practicable.