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9 June 2010

A meeting of the Social Overview and Scrutiny Committee held in the Council Chamber, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, Herts at 19:30 on 9 June 2010

NumberItem
01SECTION A - Procedural Business and Policy Review and Development Items
02APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN

To note that Councillors D.Bennett and F.Thomson were appointed Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Committee at the Annual Council meeting until such time as their successors are appointed.
03APPOINTMENT OF "HEALTH CHAMPIONS"

To appoint Members as the Council's "Health Champions" for the Municipal Year 2010/11 (currently Councillors A.Canter and T.Skottowe).
04APPOINTMENT OF CO-OPTED MEMBERS

J.Martindale and C.Rogers are the current Tenants Panel representatives who have been appointed as co-opted members of the Committee (non-voting). The Tenants Panel will make nominations for appointment for the Municipal Year 2010/11.

The Social Overview and Scrutiny Committee is the Council's designated crime and disorder scrutiny Committee with power to review or scrutinise the discharge by the responsible authorities of their crime and disorder functions. With effect from 1 April 2010 members of the public and representatives of community groups are able to sit on this Committee as co-opted Members with a view to holding Community Safety Partnerships to account. This is subject to the discretion of the Committee where it believes that co-opting members of the public would be of benefit. The Social Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be asked to consider this at it's meeting in June 2010.
05SUBSTITUTION OF MEMBERS

To note any substitution of Committee Members in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 19 - 22.
06APOLOGIES
07MINUTES

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 25 March 2010 (previously circulated).
08NOTIFICATION OF URGENT BUSINESS TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER ITEM 24
09DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS

To note declarations of Members' personal interests and Members' personal and prejudicial interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
10PUBLIC QUESTION TIME AND PETITIONS

Up to fifteen minutes will be made available for questions from members of the public on issues relating to the work of the Committee and to receive any petitions.
11CHRYSALIS SCHOOL OF AUTISM

A presentation to give the Committee an overview of the School.
12PRESENTATIONS 
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(a)Council for Voluntary Services (CVS)
(b)Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB)
(c)Women's Refuge

who are recipients of annual grants. The presentations are to inform the Committee of the work done by these groups and to give some insight into how the grants are spent.
13FINESSE LEISURE - FOURTH QUARTER AND ANNUAL MONITORING REPORT 2009/10

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) to consider the fourth quarter and annual monitoring report of Finesse Leisure Monitoring 2009/10.
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14PERFORMANCE INDICATOR REPORT 2009/10 - SOCIAL

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) providing information on the targets and outturns for the Social Local Performance Indicators and Social National Performance Indicators for quarter 4 and annual targets and outturns for 2009/10.
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15WELWYN HATFIELD COMMUNITY CHEST

To consider an application for funding under the Council's Community Chest Scheme from the Hatfield Central Ward for recommendation to the Cabinet.
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16COMMITTEE OVERVIEW WORK PROGRAMME 2010/11

The pro-forma which sets out the Committee's overview work programme has been updated since the last meeting to enable forward planning of items to be considered to take place. Items which the Committee agrees it would like to consider will be scheduled into the work programme.
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17RESPONSE FROM CABINET TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

The Committee is asked to note that the Cabinet approved the recommendation contained in minute 171.2 of the meeting on 6 April 2010.

Money Hole Lane Car Park - Request for Automatic Security Barrier

Cabinet resolved:-

(1) That temporary closed circuit television cameras be introduced for a maximum period of three months to monitor issues at Money Hole Lane Playing Fields on the basis that if this was insufficient the period could be extended in order to ensure that evidence of the full extent of any anti-social behaviour was obtained and to allow other options to be looked at for dealing with these as appropriate.

(2) That, subject to satisfactory evidence being provided, approval of the installation of road humps and the resurfacing of the playing fields car park be sought as part of the Council's budget process for 2011/12.
18SECTION B - Scrutiny Items - Executive Members are excluded from this part of the meeting
19CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS FOR SCRUTINY

To consider

(1) whether any Cabinet decisions should be scrutinised post-implementation (Paragraph 14.1 of the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules)

(2) whether any items which relate to areas covered by the Committee which a member of the Committee may wish to raise with a view to deciding whether an issue should be scrutinised.

The Administration and Opposition Groups each have the right within the Municipal Year to have one scrutiny topic referred to a Sub-Committee.

Where the Committee decides an issue should be scrutinised, a scrutiny Sub-Committee should be appointed to carry out the specific piece of scrutiny work (paragraph 6.3 of the Procedure for the Operation of the Overview and Scrutiny Function).
20COMMITTEE SCRUTINY WORK PROGRAMME 2010/11

The pro-forma to set out the Committee's scrutiny work programme is attached to enable forward planning of items to be considered to take place as appropriate.
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21CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS FOR REVIEW GROUPS

To consider any issues for review relating to areas covered by the Committee.

Where the Committee decides an issue should be reviewed a Review Group (ratio 3:2 with an Administration Chairman) should be appointed to review the specific item.
22RESPONSE FROM CABINET/COUNCIL TO SCRUTINY RECOMMENDATIONS/REPORTS

There are no responses to report to this meeting.
23COUNCILLOR CALL FOR ACTION

To receive any request from a Councillor for a discussion on behalf of residents on an issue affecting a single council ward where local problems have arisen and other methods of resolution have been exhausted.
24SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS, IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIRMAN, IS OF SUFFICIENT URGENCY TO WARRANT IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION
25EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

The Committee is asked to resolve:

That under Section 100(A)(2) and (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be now excluded from the meeting for item 27 (if any) on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of confidential or exempt information as defined in Section 100A(3) and Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

In resolving to exclude the public in respect of the exempt information, it is considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
26PART II - Private and Confidential Items
27ANY OTHER BUSINESS OF A CONFIDENTIAL OR EXEMPT NATURE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIRMAN

Exempt reports are available to authorised persons only.

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