Agenda and minutes

Social Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Monday 4th March 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6AE

Contact: Marie Lowe 

Items
No. Item

39.

SUBSTITUTION OF MEMBERS

To note any substitution of Committee Members in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 19 – 22.

Minutes:

The following substitution of a Committee Member had been made in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 19-22:

 

Councillor P.Smith for Councillor H.Bromley.

40.

APOLOGY

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor H.Bromley.

41.

MINUTES

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 January 2019 (previously circulated).

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 21 January 2019 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

42.

ACTIONS UPDATE pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) on the status of actions agreed at the last meeting.

Minutes:

The Committee noted that the report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) giving an update on actions from the meeting held on 21 January 2019, all of which had been completed.

 

Members were advised that Breaks Manor, Hatfield had been found as a venue for the Men’s Sheds project.

43.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST BY MEMBERS

To note declarations of Members’ disclosable pecuniary interests, non-disclosable pecuniary interests and non-pecuniary interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

Minutes:

Councillor L.Chesterman declared a non-pecuniary interest in items on the Agenda as appropriate by virtue of being a Member of Hertfordshire County Council.

44.

TOWN CENTRE ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Housing and Communities) and accompanying presentation gives a brief insight into the action taken by Officers within each town centre over the past year, and indicates the direction of future developments, the Team’s successes and partnership working.

Minutes:

Report of the Corporate Director (Housing and Communities) and accompanying presentation gave a brief insight into the action taken by Officers within each town centre over the past year, and indicated the direction of future developments, the Team’s successes and partnership working.

 

The Town Centres Team in the Council works through the Hatfield Town Centre Forum and the Welwyn Garden City BID to enhance and promote the vitality of the two town centres, each of which faces different challenges.  Since 2012, the Council’s involvement in town centres has been managed within the Housing and Community Team, which brings stability and synergy with other partnership activities that are relevant to the town centres. 

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Town Centre Annual Progress Report 2018-19 be noted.

45.

YOUTH AND SPORT PARTNERSHIPS ANNUAL REPORT 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Housing and Communities) and accompanying presentation provides an update of the activities and events undertaken around young people and sport over the past year by the Community Partnerships Team who had successfully engaged with the local community.

Minutes:

Report of the Corporate Director (Housing and Communities) and accompanying presentation provided an update of the activities and events undertaken around young people and sport over the past year by the Community Partnerships Team who had successfully engaged with the local community.

 

There has been successful engagement with the local community, and especially with young people across the Borough.  New partnerships and relationships had also been developed with local, county and regional organisations.

 

Successes of the past year included; The development of a Year 12 business skills initiative called Challenge 12, a Holocaust Memorial Day Event, the creation of a Borough wide Young People’s Strategy, as well as the continued delivery of; Big Summer ‘18, the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council, Mental Health campaigns, Herts Year of Physical Activity, Primary School Games and This Girl Can.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Youth and Sport Partnerships Annual Report 2018-19 be noted.

46.

MUSEUM SERVICE ANNUAL REPORT 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Resources, Environment and Cultural Services) and accompanying presentation informs of the work of the Council’s Museum Service over the period April 2018 to March 2019.

Minutes:

Report of the Corporate Director (Resources, Environment and Cultural Services) and accompanying presentation informed of the work of the Council’s Museum Service over the period April 2018 to March 2019. 

 

The report enabled the Committee Members to see how the Museum Service contributed to local community life in the Borough through its focus on arts, culture, education and heritage.

The presentation better illustrated the depth and breadth of the work of the Museum Service across its two sites in the Borough and through the use of photographic images helped Members who may not have visited over the past year to better visualise its work and to stimulate questions and comments as part of the overview and scrutiny of this service.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Museum Service Annual Report 2018-19 be noted.

47.

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS 2018-19 QUARTER THREE pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Resources, Environment and Cultural Services) and accompanying presentation provides the Committee with key performance indicator data for quarter three collected for those services that fall within its remit along with comparative information where available.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Report of the Corporate Director (Resources, Environment and Cultural Services) and accompanying presentation provided the Committee with key performance indicator data for quarter three collected for those services that fell within its remit along with comparative information where available.

 

Performance indicators used to measure how well the Council was performing and improving services over time.  They could also be used to help plan for future service improvements where the service was consistent with our published corporate priorities set out in the Council’s Business Plan 2018-21.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Performance Indicators for Quarter Three for 2018-19 be noted.

48.

SAFEGUARDING ANNUAL UPDATE

Presentation from the Neighbourhoods and Enforcement Manager provides an update on the work of the Council to meet its responsibilities for safeguarding.

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from the Neighbourhoods and Enforcement Manager which provided an update on the work of the Council to meet its responsibilities for safeguarding.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the update on the work of the Council to meet its responsibilities for safeguarding be noted.

49.

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY UPDATE

Presentation from the Corporate Director (Housing and Communities) provides an update on the work of the Council to meet its responsibilities for Equality and Diversity.

Minutes:

A presentation was made to the Committee by the Corporate Director (Housing and Communities) which provided an update on the Council’s Equality Scheme.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the update on the Council’s Equality Scheme be noted.

50.

DRAFT SOCIAL OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE ANNUAL REPORT 2018/2019 AND WORK PROGRAMME 2019/2020 - REPORT IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 6.3(C) OF THE CONSTITUTION pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance), sets out the draft Social Overview and Scrutiny Committee Annual Report for 2018/2019 together and Work Programme 2019/2020.

Minutes:

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance), sets out the draft Social Overview and Scrutiny Committee Annual Report for the year and Work Programme for 2019/2020.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Draft Social Overview and Scrutiny Committee Annual Report 2018/2019 and Work Programme 2019/2020 be noted and recommended to Annual Council.

51.

COMMITTEE OVERVIEW WORK PROGRAMME 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 55 KB

The pro-forma which sets out the Committee’s overview work programme has been updated since the last meeting to enable forward planning of items to be considered to take place. Items which the Committee agrees it would like to consider will be scheduled into the work programme.

Minutes:

The pro-forma setting out the Committee’s overview work programme had been updated since the last meeting to enable the forward planning of items to take place. Items which the Committee agreed it would like to consider would be scheduled into the work programme.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the work programme be noted.