Agenda

Place Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday 28th June 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Lodge Road, Daventry

Contact: Tracy Tiff, Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Notification of Substitute Members

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 232 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 17 May 2022.

4.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

5.

Highways and Transport Contract Review

To receive a presentation on the Highways and Transport Contract

 

6.

Call in of the Cabinet Decision of 14 June 2022: Item 10: UK Levelling up fund Round two pdf icon PDF 613 KB

Called in by Councillors:

 

Bob Purser

Wendy Randall

Gareth Eales

Emma Roberts

Janice Duffy

Cathrine Russell

Kyriakoulla Jolley

Keith Holland-Delamere

 

In accordance with 10.5.5 of the Constitution:

 

Item 10: UK Levelling up fund Round two

 

Decision:

 

RESOLVED: That Cabinet;

 

a.     Noted the activity made to date, timescales and next steps for the Levelling Up Fund applications.

b.     Delegated Authority to the Executive Director of Place, Economy and Environment in consultation with the Executive Director of Finance and the Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Town Centre Regeneration and Growth and approved the final two bids being made to the LUF round two, subject to any Council funding contribution also being in place before submission.

c.     Recommended to Council Subject that, subject to the business case, and the capital and revenue implications stemming from it, being endorsed by the Chief Finance Officer and the relevant portfolio holders, that it approves the additional £21m.

 

b)     The Reason:

 

·       To challenge the process that was deployed in identifying projects that could be included in any submission.

·       To confirm that Ward Councillors are key stakeholders in their wards and to note that Ward Councillors were not included . The accompanying cabinet report stated “the council has engaged with key stakeholders” – elected members and resident / community groups were not among them.

·       We believe there should have at least been a level of pre-scrutiny prior to a Cabinet decision.

 

The Cabinet decision contravenes clause (d) of the Principles of Decision Making within the WNC constitution which states: “due consultation and proper advice is taken and consideration of alternative options before decisions are reached”

 

c)     The alternative course of action or recommendation proposed:

 

      i.          review the process by which recommendations are made to Cabinet so that the process for any phase 3 will be better and more inclusive of Ward member views.

     ii.          Given the purpose of the Levelling Up Fund, we also want to seek recommendations to ensure that left behind areas are not further left behind.

 

Additional documents:

7.

Review of Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 445 KB

To review and note the Committee Work Plan.

 

Additional documents:

8.

Urgent Business

The Chairman to advise whether they have agreed to any items of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.

9.

Exclusion of Press and Public

In respect of the following items the Chair may move the resolution set out below, on the grounds that if the press and public were present it would be likely that exempt information (information regarded as private for the purposes of the Government Act 1972) would be disclosed to them:  The Committee is requested to resolve: “That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that, if the press and public were present, it would be likely that exempt information under Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act of the descriptions against each item would be disclosed to them.”