Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday 24th January, 2019 9.30 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Allerdale House. View directions

Contact: Ian Hinde  01900 702544

No. Item


Declaration of Interests

Councillors/Staff to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, other registrable interest or any other interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda, in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.


None Declared



To answer questions from members of the public – submitted in writing or by electronic mail no later than 5.00pm, 2 working days before the meeting.


Mr P Nicholson submitted the following question,


“Please explain why your previous answer which refers to the Executive on 5 February 2014 Procurement Considerations Paragraph 9 should not be understood to refer only to the operation of the LLP and not the initial prior selection of the partner before the operation can take place so that before awarding the contract Scrutiny would have evidence to advise the Executive that Allerdale Borough Council could, as advised by the Council’s own auditors DeLoitte, be in unlawful contravention of The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 amended 2009 which requires lawful process in the selection of contract award procedure and Scrutiny has not evidenced, unless the Committee can answer now, that they have seen tendering or lawful competition for partnership before Allerdale Borough Council Executive, arranged that the only company to be exclusively selected for partnership with Allerdale to develop our community’s land would be Lucent that is based in Luxembourg with beneficial owners, at various times, in Cyprus, Isle of Man, USA and the Channel Islands, none of which pay UK taxes. 


For the sake of clarity and the avoidance of doubt please clarify your answer in 9 final sentence 9.1.3 “Therefore any individual transaction carried out by the Joint Venture for which the Council is involved.”  This is meaningless and misleading and needs to have meaning as further considerations continue”.


The response to this question will be provided to Mr Nicholson in writing


Public Participation

To hear representations from members of the public on items which appear on the agenda – submitted in writing or by electronic mail no later than 5.00pm, 2 working days before the meeting.


None Received


Portfolio presentation by the Executive Member for Transformation


Councillor Konrad Hansen, Executive Member and portfolio holder for Transformation delivered a presentation to members.


The presentation included details of the work undertaken in his portfolio, successes, the future challenges and who is involved in the portfolio.


Councillor Hansen provided an update on the member training he had delivered on portable devices, advising members that one to one sessions are available.


Councillor Hansen supported by the Head of Projects and Programmes, and the Head of Customer Operations and Transformation then took questions from members on the new projects function, the role of scrutiny and the use of portable digital devices.





Portfolio presentation by the Executive Member for Governance and People Resources

To include;


a) portfolio remit summary

b) annual report of the West Cumbria Community Safety Partnership



Executive Member for Governance and People Resources, Councillor Joan Ellis provided an overview of her portfolio, including the work of the various functions including, legal/licencing, electoral and democratic services, people resources and assurance, risk and audit.


Councillor Ellis also delivered an update from the West Cumbria Safety Partnership; priorities include tackling Modern Slavery, Violent Crime/Alcohol and Substance Misuse, Domestic Abuse, Anti-Social Behaviour and reducing the number of reoffenders.


Councillor Ellis, supported by Head of Governance and Regulatory Services took questions on the West Cumbria Safety Partnership and how Scrutiny can help her portfolio.


Task and Finish Group/Working Group Updates


Members discussed the Star Chamber and the upcoming budget but no updates were provided.


Work Programme

a) to consider the current work programme

b) to determine new items for the work programme, including task and finish groups



The Community Safety Partnership was added onto the Task/Finish Work Programme.