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Declarations of interest
To receive any declarations of interest from any councillor on any item on this agenda.
Confirmation of minutes
To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 1 March 2021.
The minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 1 March 2021 were approved as a correct record.
The Corporate Director Resources (and Section 151 Officer), Clare James, has submitted a report updating the committee about the delivery of the Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme 2021/22.
The Corporate Director Resources (and Section 151 Officer), Clare James, submitted a report updating the committee about the delivery of the Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme 2021/22.
Before the official formalities of this item, the Chair clarified an error in the report at point 3.2 in the final paragraph that labelled Councillor Matthew Vincent the Chair of the group. It should have stated ‘prospective Chair’ as the group had not met.
The Chairman then proceed to go through the report.
Members asked about the paused review of Wyre Contact with YMCA and the date when the consultant’s report will be completed. Members were informed by Democratic Services that once this information was received; the committee would be informed.
Scrutiny functions review group The Chairman expressed and desire to come back to the Scrutiny Functions Review Task Group once the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny workshop, on 17 June 2021 at 6 pm, with Ian Parry is completed. The committee agreed this was appropriate.
The Chairman proposed that in order to get the Review of the District Enforcement Pilot task group reconvened it would be a good idea to, at the next meeting, invite Ruth Hunter, Head of Public Realm and Environmental Sustainability, to provide the committee with a District Enforcement update of the last year and to see if the original task groups scoping document was still relevant.
It was mentioned by the Chairman that the Call-in procedures task group be suspended for the time being and then relooked at in the future.
Members discussed topics such as town centres, pedestrianisation, parking fees, local tourism and ‘staycations’. Councillor Matthew Vincent suggested the commissioning of a task group that would cover the area of the tourism offer in Wyre following the impacts of Covid in particularly. The Chairman echoed this request, and it was agreed by members that at the next meeting they would be presented with the Update on Tourism and Visitor Services report for a second time along with a draft scoping document before commissioning this task group.
Another task group recommendation was surrounding the topic of non-financial support that could be offered or is currently offered to new businesses based in Wyre (fledgeling businesses).
Regarding anti-social behaviour, the Chairman suggested that once the current Police and Crime Commissioner election is completed then the committee could formulate some future agenda time for this topic, which was agreed by members.
The Chairman of the Citizens Advice Lancashire West Task Group, Councillor Howard Ballard, submitted the task group’s draft report and recommendations. Members of the committee will have an opportunity to comment and ask questions.
The Chairman of the Citizens Advice Lancashire West Task Group, Councillor Howard Ballard introduced the report and explained he was happy to answer any questions from members.
Members asked Councillor Ballard questions surrounding the need in the rural areas, the levels of funding to the service and the chosen area for the digital kiosk service.
Following discussions, it was proposed by Councillor Ballard, seconded by Councillor Longton and agreed by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee that there should be an amendment made to recommendation number three to remove “and that they believe the best place for such a service would be at Knott End” and to be replaced with “and that the CALW will advise on the best location for such a service.”
The Committee then noted the amended report and agreed that it will go to the next Cabinet meeting for their consideration.
The Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny thanked Councillor Ballard and the members of the CALW task group for their hard work and report. Councillor Ballard additionally thanked the members for their contributions.