Agenda and minutes

Overview & Scrutiny Panel
Tuesday, 27th August, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent. View directions

Contact: Charles Hungwe 

Items
No. Item

184.

Apologies for Absence

185.

Declaration of Interests pdf icon PDF 87 KB

186.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 84 KB

187.

Leader of Council's Presentation - Corporate Statement 2019-2023 pdf icon PDF 114 KB

    Report to follow

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    Minutes:

    Councillor Bayford, Leader of Council introduced the item for discussion. In his background comments, Councillor Bayford said that Cabinet had agreed an approach to the Corporate Business Planning on 13 June 2019. This was followed by the adoption of the draft Corporate Statement by Cabinet on 25 July and thereafter shared with Members at a Members Briefing session on 30 July.

     

    The Leader was now engaging the Overview & Scrutiny Panel to get their view on any proposed changes to be considered by Cabinet (on 19 September) before taking a final position to Full Council in October.

     

    Members made comments to the draft Corporate Statement as follows:

     

    • The current Council Planning policy did not have a clause on climate change. There was a need to have such a provision in order to give direction for large developments that incorporate solar panels;
    • Wording regarding working with the Electoral Commission on electoral boundaries needed to be clearer;
    • The wording under Ramsgate Port and Harbour needs to be changed to reflect more the relationship between the port and the local area including Ramsgate Town;
    • Comments on social housing need more detail;
    • There should be a commitment to reduce carbon footprint whilst pursuing economic growth for the district;
    • The commentary on the Council’s contribution to the Parkway Station project should reflect how this would benefit the local area;
    • The commitment to recycling was welcome. Could there be a commitment to work with KCC on such initiatives as introducing a park and ride service?
    • There is a need to reflect in the statement that Council was striving to improve service delivery with limited resources. This was especially so considering that the council was working with a reduced staff resource.

     

    The Leader of Council and Madeline homer, CEx responded to Member comments as detailed below:

     

    • the Corporate Statement was an aspirational document, more detail was to be included in the implementation plans that supported the vision;
    • Cabinet would consider all comments and recommendations forwarded by the Panel before finalising the corporate statement to go Full Council;
    • Council was studying the Preston model in relation to the Parkway Station to learn any lessons from that experience which could be used for managing such a strategic infrastructure project;
    • TDC £2million contribution to the Parkway Station project should be judged in the light of KCC contributions of £3million as well as a commitment to underwrite the project and a commitment to contribute £14 million to the project from SE LAP;
    • Significant railway infrastructure development contributes to significant economic growth to an area;
    • Council was reviewing the services being delivered to test if resources were sufficient to deliver such services and because the resources were limited, there was a need to make difficult decisions at times on resource allocation;
    • Members could assist by explaining to the public, the services that TDC provided from their share of the Council tax, as some of the services were provided by other public agencies.

     

    The Chairman then invited Members to formally make recommendations to be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 187.

188.

Reviewing the OSP Work Programme for 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 94 KB

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    Minutes:

    Councillor Albon, Chairman of the Travellers Review Group gave a verbal update on progress regarding the work activities of the review group and made the following points:

     

    • The review group met and identified a number of proposed sites for consideration as proposed temporary campsites for travellers;
    • These sites would be presented to the Panel in a full report back to the Panel at the November meeting and not the October meeting as previously agreed;
    • Members would be meeting with the travellers community representatives at the next meeting of the review group.

     

    Members agreed to add the report back item to the agenda for the November Panel meeting and thereafter noted the report.

189.

Forward Plan & Exempt Cabinet Report List pdf icon PDF 74 KB