Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Board
Monday, 13th January, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: HMS Phoebe, Town Hall, Bournemouth BH2 6DY. View directions

Contact: Claire Johnston - 01202 454627  Email: claire.johnston@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

99.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence from Members.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr P Miles.

100.

Substitute Members

To receive information on any changes in the membership of the Committee.

 

Note – When a member of a Committee is unable to attend a meeting of a Committee or Sub-Committee, the relevant Political Group Leader (or their nominated representative) may, by notice to the Monitoring Officer (or their nominated representative) prior to the meeting, appoint a substitute member from within the same Political Group. The contact details on the front of this agenda should be used for notifications. 

 

Minutes:

There were no substitute members.

101.

Declarations of Interests

Councillors are required to comply with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 and the Council's Code of Conduct regarding Disclosable Pecuniary Interests.

Councillors are also required to disclose any other interests where a Councillor is a member of an external body or organisation where that membership involves a position of control or significant influence, including bodies to which the Council has made the appointment in line with the Council's Code of Conduct.

Declarations received will be reported at the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations interest received.

102.

Public Speaking

To receive any public questions, statements or petitions submitted in accordance with the Constitution. Further information on the requirements for submitting these is available to view at the following link:-

https://democracy.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/documents/s2305/Public%20Items%20-%20Meeting%20Procedure%20Rules.pdf 

The deadline for the submission of public questions is Monday 6 January 2020.

The deadline for the submission of a statement is 12.00 noon, Friday 10 January 2020.

The deadline for the submission of a petition is 12.00 noon, Friday 10 January 2020.

Minutes:

 

There were no public statements, questions or petitions submitted to the meeting.

103.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 134 KB

To consider and amend the Board’s Forward Plan as appropriate and to consider the Cabinet Forward Plan.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman informed the Board of the items on the current Cabinet Forward Plan and put forward those items he considered the Board should scrutinise at its next meeting.

 

The Board agreed that the following items as suggested by the Chairman be included on the O&S Board agenda for February:

 

·     Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) strategic and neighbourhood governance

·     Budget and MTFP

·     Bereavement Services

·     HRA

·     Organisational Design Estates Strategy – previously agreed

·     Seascape Group Ltd Strategic Plan

·     Winter Gardens – previously agreed

·     York Road – previously agreed

 

A concern was raised that the CIL item would need a significant amount of time and therefore maybe some of the other items should be reconsidered. The Chairman did not feel this would be necessary.

 

The Chairman also suggested that representatives from the three BIDs within the BCP area be invited to the next O&S Board Meeting to provide the Board with a foreshadow on emerging issues.

 

The Chairman advised the Board that when the O&S function was established it was agreed to have a review after the first year. This would take place in July; a timetable would be drawn up and further information would follow.

 

The Chairman raised a concern regarding a proposal to limit public questions to only items on the meetings agenda. The Chairman felt that this would constrict public engagement and felt that O&S in particular should be exempt from this. The Board debated this issue and there was general agreement with the Chairman. The Board therefore,

 

RECOMMENDED that:

 

‘the Audit & Governance Committee ensure that the key principle of engaging the public through Overview and Scrutiny, as outlined in the Constitution, can continue to be met; that public questions may be received by the O&S Board and O&S Committees on any issue within the remit of that O&S body and are not restricted to items already listed on the agenda for that meeting.’

 

The Chairman also advised the Board of his intention for the Board to commission a working group and this is something which would be progressed in the coming weeks.

 

104.

Scrutiny of Corporate Related Cabinet Reports pdf icon PDF 161 KB

To consider the following Corporate related reports scheduled for Cabinet consideration on 15 January:

·         Smart Places Programme

 

The O&S Board is asked to scrutinise the reports and make recommendations to Cabinet as appropriate.

 

Cabinet member invited to attend for this item: Councillor Vikki Slade, Leader of the Council.

 

The Cabinet report will be published on Tuesday 7 January 2020 and available to view at the following link:

https://democracy.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=285&MId=3725&Ver=4

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Smart Place Programme - The Chairman asked the Leader to introduce the report a copy of which had been circulated and which appears as Appendix 'A' to the Cabinet minutes of 15 January in the Minute Book. The Portfolio Holder outlined the aims of the report and recommendations. A number of points were raised by the Board in the ensuing questioning including:

 

·     The impact of the smart place programme throughout the conurbation. The Leader advised that BCP were in talks with the companies providing super-fast fibre and they were keen to expand to the whole of the conurbation. Issues concerning transport would only work when looking at the full corridor across the area.

·     Opportunities for businesses. It was noted that these were critical to the operating model. If, in order to fulfil the digital operating model, it needed to be developed in house there may be opportunities which were missed. The Leader advised that this paper is about the need for aninvestment plan to explore the different opportunities.  Some part of the plan would be best delivered in house whilst others would be best delivered by partners within the sector in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.

·     A Councillor questioned the need for accuracy to £400k in the figures when the total investment over 15 years was over £1bn. It was noted that the commitment to the investment plan did not commit to output and there was a significant benefit which would outweigh the cost; whilst noting the point on the point on the necessity of accuracy. The commitment from the plan was just over £250k. The figures had already been submitted to the Local Enterprise Partnership and gone through the first stage and due to go before the full board on 28 January. The issues raised with the figures would be looked into and the leader would provide a response by email.

·     A Councillor asked about income streams, it was noted that there would be a full exploration of this within the investment planbut there was commercial sensitivity around what could be included within the paper.

·     Concerning whether the project was likely to be approved the Leader advised that the LEP were looking to fund 7 or 8 projects and were required to spend remaining funds by March 2021. Other projects were becoming undeliverable and therefore the chances of the project getting funding were considered to be fairly good.  Alternative options would be considered if funding from the LEP was not secured.

A Councillor commented that the only investment required to progress the project at this stage was £20k and the O&S Board should absolutely be supporting it and whether there was anything more the Board could do to support it. It was agreed that the Chairman should write to the LEP on behalf of the Board supporting the project. It was suggested that BCP was both the physical and digital gateway to the area. This aspect of the Local Industrial Strategy should be included in the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 104.

105.

Scrutiny of Leisure and Communities Related Cabinet Reports pdf icon PDF 206 KB

To consider the following Leisure related reports scheduled for Cabinet consideration on 15 January:

·         BH Coastal Lottery

·         Approval of Fixed Penalty Notices Policy for Environmental Crimes and associated pilot scheme for litter enforcement in Bournemouth Town Centre

 

The O&S Board is asked to scrutinise the reports and make recommendations to Cabinet as appropriate.

 

Cabinet member invited to attend for this item: Councillor Lewis Allison, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Communities.

 

The Cabinet report will be published on Tuesday 7 January 2020 and available to view at the following link:

https://democracy.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=285&MId=3725&Ver=4

Additional documents:

Minutes:

BH Coastal Lottery Small Grant Scheme Criteria and Proposal to Extend BH Coastal Lottery Across BCP - The Chairman asked the Portfolio Holder for Tourism Leisure and Communities to introduce the report a copy of which had been circulated and which appears as Appendix 'D' to the Cabinet minutes of 15 January in the Minute Book. The Portfolio Holder outlined the aims of the report and recommendations. A number of points were raised by the Board in the ensuing questioning including:

 

·     That funding for smaller amounts for local charities was difficult to come by and welcomed the expansion. The scheme would be open to Charities from March this year;

·     A Councillor had received a letter raising concerns that the Council was encouraging gambling and questioned how the risk of potential gambling addiction would be mitigated and what safeguarding measures were in place. It was reported that underage gambling would be difficult as a bank account was required, and age had to be verified in order to buy tickets. People in general would buy 1-2 tickets per week and then had to wait for the results from the draw. Due to the fact there was no instant gratification the risks of gambling addiction were minimal. Although any user could self-refer for a refusal to sell further tickets. The scheme was also required to make a donation to gambling addiction charities.

·     A Councillor commented that it was great that people could choose where the funding was going and was a form of charitable donation.

·     In response to a question about how the funding for good causes would be split once the scheme was expanded geographically the Board was advised that the BCP wide scheme would start from zero as the previous funding pot would be fully distributed first.

·     Councillors asked about studies of gambling addiction in relation to the Bournemouth Lottery. It was explained that there wasn’t any known but previous research had taken place when establishing the lottery. This could be circulated by email if Councillors wanted it. If there was a significant increase in the quantity of tickets an individual was buying, they would be contacted by the company running the lottery.

 

Pilot scheme for the use of fixed penalty notices for relevant environmental enforcement issues and associated policy - The Chairman asked the Portfolio Holder for Tourism Leisure and Communities to introduce the report a copy of which had been circulated and which appears as Appendix 'E' to the Cabinet minutes of 15 January in the Minute Book. The Portfolio Holder outlined the aims of the report and recommendations. A number of points were raised by the Board in the ensuing questioning including:

 

·     Whether the beachfront would be included within this scheme. It was noted that there was no motivation for specific targets or unnecessary fines. It was important that the beachfront would be included and it was one of the worst areas. The Portfolio Holder confirmed that he had confidence in Council Officers ability to be impartial and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 105.

106.

Scrutiny of Environment Related Cabinet Reports pdf icon PDF 207 KB

To consider the following Environment related report scheduled for Cabinet consideration on 15 January:

·         Fleet Replacement Funding Strategy

 

The O&S Board is asked to scrutinise the report and make recommendations to Cabinet as appropriate.

 

Cabinet member invited to attend for this item: Councillor Felicity Rice, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change.

 

The Cabinet report will be published on Tuesday 7 January 2020 and available to view at the following link:

https://democracy.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=285&MId=3725&Ver=4

Minutes:

The Chairman asked the Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change to introduce the report a copy of which had been circulated and which appears as Appendix 'B' to the Cabinet minutes of 15 January in the Minute Book. The Portfolio Holder outlined the report. A number of points were raised by the Board in the ensuing questioning including:

 

·     The Board asked for information on what was included within the £4m of funding. It was explained that this excluded Christchurch’s fleet for which separate funds had been identified. It included 140 vehicles in total including highways vehicles;

·     The Board asked about the considerations given regarding more sustainable vehicles versus the cost of replacement vehicles. The Portfolio Holder commented that the first priority was reducing the amount of waste produced and therefore reducing the need for vehicle use. The current investment from government in electric vehicles was not sufficient and they were therefore still very expensive, 2 to 3 times the price of normal vehicles and BCP did not have the budget available.

·     Unfortunately much of the fleet needed replacement in order to continue services over the next few years. Availability of electric vehicles was also an issue.

·     A Councillor asked about how much BCP was prepared to spend in monetary terms and in carbon terms. The Portfolio Holder commented that she was looking at a way to value the environmental and economic issues.

·     In response to a question the Service Director advised that the Dorset contracts would be coming back in-house to BCP in April and services would be continuing as they were. The fleet would be moving to a sustainable fleet over a period of time to meet the Council’s carbon-neutral ambitions;

·     The Board raised concerns regarding the lack of detail within the report regarding the vehicle replacement. It was noted that in a previous version of the report these were included but a corporate decision was taken to remove this information as it was a lot of data and would be meaningless to most. The Corporate Director undertook to provide the details of the schedule of vehicles to Cabinet and O&S Board.  The Board were concerned that it did not have the level of detail needed to scrutinise properly and that Cabinet did not have all the information available.

·     A Councillor raised further concerns about the lack of a long-term fleet strategy along with this report and was disappointed that the two issues had not been brought together. The current necessity for fleet replacement would target environmental credentials as all cars coming in would improve the current baseline.

·     The Board questioned whether different options had been modelled, including high tech vehicles and lease/hire options, as there was no detail contained within the report.

·     Concerns were raised again on the lack of detail forthcoming from the report and Portfolio Holder and questioned whether Cabinet had the information it needed to take a decision. Others noted that funding for this had already been approved and the detail was not  ...  view the full minutes text for item 106.

107.

Future Meeting Dates

To confirm the arrangements for future meetings of the Overview and Scrutiny Board for the remainder of the municipal year.

Minutes:

The Chairman confirmed that there was likely to be O&S Board meetings at both 2.00pm and 6.00pm on 10 February. The dates for the meetings in March and April were under discussion.