Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Friday 23rd April, 2021 1.30 pm

Venue: Zoom Virtual Meeting

Contact: Ian Hinde  01900 702544

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409.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 190 KB

To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 26 March 2021

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held 26 March 2021 were signed as a correct record.

410.

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.

Minutes:

None declared

411.

Questions

To answer questions from members of the public – submitted in writing or by electronic mail no later than 5.00pm on a working day, allowing two clear working days before the day of the meeting.

 

Minutes:

None received

412.

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.

Minutes:

None received

413.

Reports from Outside Body/Scrutiny Groups

To provide the Committee with verbal updates and an overview of the

Scrutiny function in the following external bodies which this Council is

represented on:

 

a)  Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee – Councillor Paul Scott

 

b)  Cumbria LEP Scrutiny Board – Councillor Carmel Bell

 

c)  Cumbria Police & Crime Panel Joint Committee – Councillor Adrian Kirkbride

 

d)  West Cumbria Site Stakeholder Group - Councillor Marion Fitzgerald

 

and to include responses to the following:

 

·  How do you know whether this body/organisation is effective and creating value?

·  What information do you get that enables you to make these judgements?

·  What happens if you conclude its not effective or creating value?

·  How do you gather views from this area on expectations and priorities and evaluate how effectively the body/organisation understands and responds to these?

·  How do you ensure that this body/organisation allocates resources equitably and effectively to the benefit of this area amongst others?

 

Minutes:

Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee

 

Councillor Scott provided an overview of the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee and provided responses to the questions asked by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Councillor Scott explained that the group receives presentations from both North and South Acute Trusts including key data and statistics. The Committee is also attended by several key stakeholders who answer questions and report on known issues.

 

The committee makes recommendations to the Chief Operating Officers, Cumbria County Council and Members of the Cabinet.

 

To gather views from other bodies and members, Councillor Scott acknowledged that improvements could be made and will work with officers in Allerdale to gain insight and comments from members.

 

Councillor Scott went on to highlight the successes of the merger of the Workington GP Practices and that the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee had oversight and were able to provide contributions throughout the process.

 

In relation to resources, Councillor Scott stated that resources were allocated fairly between North and South Cumbria, however, as the West Cumberland Hospital is in Copeland, Allerdale may not receive the same level of services.

 

Councillor Scott then answered questions from members in relation to the Covid 19 Pandemic, forward planning and the merger of GP services.

 

Councillor Scott also advised that a response to a question relating to the Social Value Act would be provided to members after the meeting.

 

Cumbria LEP Scrutiny Board

 

Councillor Carmel Bell was unable to attend the meeting and will provide an update before the next meeting

 

Cumbria Police & Crime Panel Joint Committee

 

Councillor Adrian Kirkbride was unable to attend the meeting and will provide an update before the next meeting

 

West Cumbria Site Stakeholder Group

 

Councillor Fitzgerald provided an overview of the West Cumbria Site Stakeholder Group and provided responses to the questions asked by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

The group is split into 6 subgroups;

 

·  Low Level Waste Repository

·  Environmental Health

·  Risk, Hazard and Waste Management

·  Spent Fuel Management and Nuclear Materials

·  Emergency Planning

·  Enablers

 

All the subgroups report back to the main group.

 

At the last meeting of the main group, members received a presentation on Social Impact and the Supply Chain around Sellafield and discussed the Cumbrian Nuclear Prospectus and the Copeland Vision.

 

Councillor Fitzgerald as well as the main group also attends the Risk, Hazard and Waste Management and Spent Fuel Management and Nuclear Materials Subgroups. An update of the current work of these groups was provided to members, which includes the ongoing participation in three large NDA and Sellafield Consultations, including Strategy 4.

 

Councillor Fitzgerald advised that the group receives honest and frank reports regarding the situation at Sellafield and that Allerdale is well represented across the board with several other members attending meetings of the subgroups. To obtain further access to NDA/Sellafield Councillor Fitzgerald also attends a monthly meeting with the Stakeholder Relations Manager.

 

Members then debated ‘communities’ and Councillor Fitzgerald welcomed engagement with members regarding topics covered by either the main group or any of the subgroups.

 

414.

Draft Council Strategy Delivery Plan 2021/2022 - To consider the Draft Strategy Delivery Plan pdf icon PDF 221 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The Assistant Chief Executive (Strategy, Policy and Performance) supported by Councillor Fitzgerald (Executive Member: Policy, Governance and People Resources) presented the Council Strategy Delivery Plan 2021/22, highlighting key areas to members.

 

When the Council Plan was agreed in 2019 a four-year delivery plan was agreed. Due to the pandemic however it was necessary to introduce a one-year interim delivery plan for 2021/22.

 

The new plan recognises the changing state of the pandemic and that the emphasis is moving away from response to the recovery phase.

 

Members were also advised that the interim plan includes additional strategic planning and focuses strongly on regeneration, in particular the Workington and Maryport projects.

 

The Assistant Chief Executive also clarified to members that although the Council will have a clearer picture in relation to Covid-19 in 6 months, important decisions need to be made now.

 

Members asked questions in relation to the impact Covid-19 has on strategic planning, public markets, grant/furlough schemes.

 

Councillor McCarron-Holmes requested that the committee consider using key witnesses going forward. The Chair clarified that this would be considered as part of the Work Programme.

 

Members then debated fly tipping; officers confirmed that performance statistics relating to fly tipping are included in the Quarterly Performance Reports.

 

415.

Update on the Economic Recovery and Growth Strategy - To consider the draft strategy document pdf icon PDF 236 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Assistant Chief Executive (Strategy, Policy and Performance) provided members on the background and updates to the Economic Recovery and Growth Strategy.

 

The strategy is being put forward to replace the existing business growth strategy which was adopted in 2016. Since then the Council has changed and it has been decided a new strategy is required, and to take advantage of funding from the Stronger Towns and Future High Street Schemes.

 

In 2020, in addition to developing the new Economic Recovery and Growth Strategy, Mott McDonald were also commissioned to update the Baseline Economic Assessment and to Develop the Workington Town Investment Plan. The final draft of the strategy will be presented to Executive for adoption in May 2021.

 

Members then asked questions and debated ensued in relation to Town Centre Management, Government Funding Distribution and Private Sector Partnerships.

 

Councillor Grainger left the Meeting

416.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 233 KB

Minutes:

Members noted the contents of the Forward Plan.

417.

Work Programme 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 398 KB

Proposed calendar for next year and suggested potential topics

Minutes:

The Chair advised that the meeting dates for 2021/22 have been provisionally arranged to align with Executive Meetings.

 

Members discussed potential topics and agreed to hold an informal session for members after the AGM but before the next committee meeting.