Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Monday, 9th September, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Civic Centre, Poulton-le-Fylde

Contact: Peter Foulsham  Scrutiny Officer

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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 pdf icon PDF 552 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 22 July 2019.


It was agreed that the minutes of the meeting of the committee held on 22 July 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.


District Environmental Enforcement Pilot pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Councillor Simon Bridge (Street Scene, Parks and Open Spaces Portfolio Holder) and Mark Billington (Service Director People and Places) have submitted a report.


Alan Fitzpatrick, Waste and Recycling Officer, will attend the meeting to present the report and respond to comments and questions from the committee.

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Ruth Hunter, Street Scene Manager, presented a report regarding the District Environmental Enforcement Pilot scheme.


She gave reasons as to why the scheme had been introduced, the impact the scheme had made on the Borough’s streets and the desire for the committee to look into the next steps.


She gave insight into how the services had been monitored internally, the back systems used by District Environmental Enforcement and how the Council had used social media to keep up momentum and to get the word out that Wyre had taken steps to keep the streets clean.


The committee discussed various points, which included littering by young people, purposeful and accidental littering, the financial benefits for both District Environmental Enforcement and the Council, and the transparency of the fine process.


Members discussed the possible scope of a Task Group regarding the contract with District Environmental Enforcement. It was highlighted that there may be a need for more information to be made available so that the Task Group could scrutinise all aspects of the contract, to ensure the Council delivered the best service for its residents.  


It was agreed that the committee would commission a task group to review the District Environmental Enforcement pilot scheme and to provide recommendations for how the council should continue with environmental enforcement.  


Business Plan 2019/20 - Quarterly performance statement pdf icon PDF 107 KB

The Service Director Performance and Innovation has submitted a report, the 1st Quarter Performance Statement 2019/20, April – June 2019. (The report on the previous quarter, January- March 2019 has also been republished, for the committee’s information).


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The Service Director Performance and Innovation submitted a report, the 1st Quarter Performance Statement 2019/20, April - June 2019.


Concern was expressed about the following worsening measures, to which particular attention would be paid on receipt of the Quarterly Performance Statement for Quarter 2 of 2019/2020 in December:


o   Town Centre vacancy rates – Fleetwood

o   Out of work benefit claimant count


Comment was made that the Council should be seeking to increase the employment rates of Wyre residents employed in Wyre.


It was agreed that the report be noted.


O&S Work Programme 2019/20 - update report pdf icon PDF 99 KB

The Service Director Performance and Innovation has submitted a report, updating councillors about the Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme 2019/20.


Peter Foulsham, Scrutiny Officer, introduced a report that had been submitted by the Service Director Performance and Innovation.


An update was given to the committee on the current Task Groups and the progress they had made. Members were made aware of the planned meetings for the Poulton- Fleetwood Link Task Group and of the Residents Parking Permits Task Group, which was scheduled to start on the 16th September 2019.


It was highlighted that at the October meeting of the committee, a report would be submitted by David Thow, Head of Planning, regarding small businesses and Wyre’s high streets. There was the possibility for this to lead to a new task group, on Wyre’s high streets to be commissioned in the New Year.


The Chairman, Councillor Ibison, reiterated the importance of attendance at the additional meeting, of the committee, on the 23rd September. The meeting was intended to be an opportunity for the committee to consider the implication for Wyre of the recently published Statutory Guidance on Scrutiny.