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23 September 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 23 September 2010

NumberItem
01SECTION A - Procedural Business and Policy Review and Development Items
02SUBSTITUTION OF MEMBERS

To note any substitution of Committee Members in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 19 - 22.
03APOLOGIES
04MINUTES

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 9 June 2010 (previously circulated).
05NOTIFICATION OF URGENT BUSINESS TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER ITEM 21
06DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS

To note declarations of Members' personal interests and Members' personal and prejudicial interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
07PUBLIC 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.
08EQUALITY ACT 2010

A presentation to give the Committee an overview of the Equality Act 2010.
09A SINGLE EQUALITY SCHEME FOR WELWYN HATFIELD

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) advising Members of the requirement to replace the existing Equality and Diversity Scheme with a new Single Equality Scheme.
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10FINESSE LEISURE - FIRST QUARTER MONITORING REPORT 2010-11

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) presenting Members with the first quarter monitoring report in accordance with the agreed Monitoring Framework.
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11WELWYN HATFIELD COMMUNITY CHEST - ORDINARY FUNDING APPLICATIONS

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) informing Members of the applications received for Community Chest Funding for approval and recommendation to Cabinet.
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12CAR PARK MANAGEMENT AT KING GEORGE V PLAYING FIELDS

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) informing Members of the consultation held with stakeholders regarding the proposal to introduce car parking charges at King George V Playing Fields and asking that a recommendation be made to Cabinet to release £60,000 capital to finance the project.
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13COMMITTEE 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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14RESPONSE FROM CABINET TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

The Committee is asked to note that the Cabinet approved the recommendation contained in Minute 23 of the meeting on 5 July 2010.

Community Chest funding as follow:

Hatfield Central £2,418.85 Renovations to Birchwood Scout Hut
Welham Green £2,473.32 A Bola Machine for North Mymms Cricket Club
Northaw & Cuffley £5,130.00 Repairs to Village Hall
Welwyn East Ward £5,070.00 English Oak signage for Mardley Heath
15SECTION B - Scrutiny Items - Executive Members are excluded from this part of the meeting
16CONSIDERATION 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).
17COMMITTEE 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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18CONSIDERATION 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.
19RESPONSE FROM CABINET/COUNCIL TO SCRUTINY RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS

There are no responses to report to this meeting.
20COUNCILLOR 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.
21SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS, IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIRMAN, IS OF SUFFICIENT URGENCY TO WARRANT IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION
22EXCLUSION 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 24 (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.
23PART II - Private and Confidential Items
24

ANY 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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