Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

23.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

24.

Declarations of Interest

Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary, personal or personal and prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests relating to items on this agenda and/or indicate if S106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.   

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

25.

Urgent Items of Business

To determine whether there are any additional items of business which, by reason of special circumstances, the Chair decides should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items of business.

26.

Items for Exclusion of Public and Press

To determine any items on the agenda, if any, where the public are to be excluded from the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no items requiring the exclusion of the public and press.

27.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting of the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee held 21st November 2018.

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 21st November 2018 be approved and signed as a correct record.

28.

Highways Study Group pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To consider a report of the Highways Study Group (to be circulated)

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Highways Scrutiny Study Group which advised on the work of the Group and to recommend that its findings be implemented.

 

The Study Group held four meetings, calling on officers of the Council and other agencies and to monitor the additional highways investment and to make recommendations.

 

The Key Lines of enquiry for the Group were to:-

·                     Monitor the additional Highways investment allocated by Cabinet for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020;

·                     Investigate how the performance of the Highways contract;

·                     Look at how the Contract is managed;

·                     To ensure the Council achieves value for money;

·                     Report finding/outcomes to Cabinet via either of the involved Scrutiny Committee’s.

 

The Study Group had some concerns around the performance of pot holes being filled and although this was accepted as just one element of the whole Highways contract, when Members considered the KPI’s they felt the backlog of unfilled pot holes was high. Members also expressed concern around some parts of the KPI’s that focused on gully cleaning performance.

 

Resolved:

 

1.    That the recommendations of the Highways Scrutiny Study Group as detailed below, be approved:-

 

a)    That the Highways Scrutiny Study Group is satisfied and assured on the spending plans for the additional Highways investment funding allocations.

 

b)    That the Study Group is further assured on the governance arrangements in place around the monitoring of the Highways contract.

 

c)    That the Study Group is generally happy with the performance of the Highways Contract, but have some concerns with the performance indicators not being achieved in relation to pot holes filled within the required time.

 

d)    That the Study Group understands that Cabinet is looking at the overall Highways Contract, and request that Scrutiny be able to consider any proposals that Cabinet are considering, in relation to the Highways Contract before a final decision is taken.

 

 

29.

Town Centre Enforcement

Director of Neighbourhoods to report

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from the Director of Neighbourhoods that provided an update on Rochdale Town Centre enforcement and support.

 

The presentation covered the following areas:-

 

·         Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs);

·         Why the Council chose Rochdale Town Centre;

·         The Current scope of the PSPO;

·         Town Centre dedicated Enforcement Wardens;

·         High-Profile Joint Patrols with Greater Manchester Police;

·         Numbers of PSPO related offences on an average day;

·         Example – Warden case studies;

·         Council’s approach to Homelessness;

·         Support for Rough Sleepers.

 

Committee Members were pleased to note the amount of inter-agency working and also the support for rough sleepers.

 

Resolved:

 

1.    That the presentation be noted.

 

 

 

30.

Economy Directorate Plans 2018-19: Quarter 3 Performance Update pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Quarter 3 Performance update – Economy Directorate

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee scrutinised the progress at the end of Quarter 3 (1st October – 31st December 2018) towards achievement of the targets contained in the Economy Directorate Plan 2018-19.

 

In accordance with the Council’s performance management framework, progress toward targets contained within Directorate Plans are to be reported to relevant Overview & Scrutiny Committees at the end of each quarter.

 

88.9% (8) of the actions included in the Directorate Plan 2018-19 were still ongoing.  One further action had passed the action deadline date and was yet to be completed.

 

The Operations Director, Rochdale Development Agency provided an update on Rochdale Market.

 

Resolved:

 

1.    That the Quarter 3 (1st October – 31st December 2018) progress towards achievement of the targets contained in the Economy Directorate Plan 2018-19 be noted.

31.

Neighbourhoods Directorate Plan 2018-19: Quarter 3 Performance Update pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Quarter 3 Performance Update – Neighbourhoods Directorate

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee scrutinised the progress at the end of Quarter 3 (1st October – 31st December 2018) towards achievement of the targets contained in the Neighbourhoods Directorate Plan 2018-19.

 

In accordance with the Council’s performance management framework, progress toward targets contained within Directorate Plans are to be reported to relevant Overview & Scrutiny Committees at the end of each quarter.

 

70.6% (12) of the actions included in the Directorate Plan 2018-19 were still ongoing. A further 29.4% (5) of the actions had passed their due date and were not fully complete.

 

Resolved:

 

1.         That the Quarter 3 (1st October – 31st December 2018) progress towards achievement of the targets contained in the Neighbourhoods Directorate Plan 2018-19 be noted.